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Charlotte 11-4-18I’ve been at Gill Goddard Hair since last summer, as an apprentice. I started my training when I was a teenager but for one reason and another I wasn’t able to finish at the time. So it is really positive to be back on the programme at South Devon College and at Gill’s.

In the future I would like to open my own very boutique salon. This has been my dream since I was 18 years old. It will be a Marilyn themed small salon – with all the character of the wonderful Miss Monroe herself. And whilst clearly she was not perfect (who is?), her image is so glamourous. I love her wiggle – that tasselled dress!

We do all sorts of things as part of our apprenticeship. My perfect day training was last week when I did a men’s cut, child cut and a tent. I love doing hair-ups too. Really anything creative interests me in salon.

I’m really excited by some of the new colour treatments Hanna and Gill are planning. The Lipstick Blow Dry will be great for people who want that temporary tint or gloss for a week – perfect for a party. Having a rose tint on blond hair is really ‘in’ at the moment. So fresh.

I live with my partner. He is my best friend and we fit together – we are yin and yang. We love spending time outdoors – biking, and in the summer fishing. My stepson, who is nine, loves fishing when he is down too. He lives in Liverpool and I really like to see him as often as I can.

The summer is coming and lots of friends will be down for a visit too. I’ve always lived in Torquay. I love it here, especially when the sun comes out and you feel like you are on holiday sitting out in the garden! And when it starts to rain of course I can always snuggle up on the sofa for another viewing of ‘Some Like It Hot’ – even if it is the 100th time I have seen it. Somethings are just timeless!

Charlotte is currently looking for models as part of her training programme. Contact Gill Goddard Hair for more info 01803 866101.

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Anna started at Gill Goddard Hair last summer. She talks about the perfect day in the salon, why she is a people person and following the dream of her 10 year old self.

Anna at Gill Goddard Hair

I am really enjoying it at Gill Goddard Hair, I’ve definitely found my place in the salon. Plus I really like Totnes too – so I am happy here. Gill’s salon is a very friendly place to work; it has a really nice atmosphere. When you have the skills, you know the salon and you enjoy what you do and the people you work with, you can do it all – whatever our clients need to get them the style they want!

Why do I like cutting hair so much? You can be really creative with a cut. You can change the way someone looks. A young lady came in last week with hair down to her waist. She wanted it cut back up to her shoulders! She was so pleased with the cut – that is always a nice feeling, when someone really loves their cut. In fact, my idea of a perfect day at work would be for a client to say ‘do anything you want to my hair – just make it look good.’ I’d have all day to colour and cut and make it look amazing.

I’ve dreamt of working in a salon since I was 10 when me and my family were living in Barrow-in-Furness. (You can hear Barrow in my accent, and a bit of Shropshire as we moved there when I was 13.) I worked in a café in Shropshire, it was like being part of the family. I’ve been around customers with what my parents do all my life – they run a pub. So all in all, I would say I am a people person, with lots of practice in customer service!

Being with the other stylists in Gill’s salon is really positive. We help each other out and explain what we are doing. I think that it is important for the apprentices as well as the stylists that the salon is like that. We have all been an apprentice, and it can be hard work. You have to watch and be very willing to learn. Some people don’t give up when it gets hard. Being a stylist is great and I’m really pleased I followed my 10 year old dream!

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If you would like to book an appointment with Anna, or other stylists at Gill Goddard Hair please call us on 01803 866101.

IMG_3337This is the fourth in our series talking to stylists at Gill Goddard Hair about their hair. Sarah has been in the salon just a few months and talks here about childhood pranks, life in Spain and how much she enjoys styling as a profession.

When I was really little my mum would get my hair cut quite simply as a bob and fringe. Behind that fringe I was a pickle. I remember sneaking our mums straighteners out her bedroom. My sister and I played hairdresser with our Barbies. Mine always ended up with stubby hair because I was always washing and cutting. I would use my mum’s straighteners on the Barbie hair. It is plastic so it would stick to the tongs!

I was spoilt and when I misbehaved I blamed it on my sister. What is more, my mum believed me! To this day I can confess something I did back then, and my mum is still shocked that I was the bad one most times.

IMG_3326When I was a bit older my mum let me choose my hair style. I remember a woman coming to do our hair. She was a mobile hairdresser and lots of fun. With my mum and us kids she was at the house for most of the day cutting our hair. So once I had moved on from the bob and fringe I tried more experimental hair. Once I had a pixie cut like Vitoria Beckham. I loved the Spice Girls and I think I thought I looked really cool. Looking back I am not sure I did.

IMG_3336Since then I have never really been patient with long hair. In the past, I have often grown it out and then chopped it off again in a short style. Perhaps this reflects how I was as a stubborn teenager. Although saying that,  when I was 11 years old we moved to Spain. I did find it hard to get used to life there without knowing the language. Also, I had fair hair and blue eyes whilst all my new friends had dark hair and eyes. So I felt a bit out of place. It was better once I learnt Spanish.

I’d known for a while that I wanted to be a hairdresser. I didn’t really rate the hairdressers in Spain. So when I was 15 I moved back to England and lived with other members of my family and then trained in hair and beauty. I went to South Devon College. I really liked the way the college ran. It was like a salon, very professional. Less like you are training for just a job, and much more a profession.

FullSizeRenderAnd now? I love working at Gill Goddard Hair. I love being part of a team. I am not really someone who enjoys working on their own as much as in a group. Everyone has been really supportive. I am really enjoying colouring and now am also doing treatments. My favourite thing is to cut bobs. And if I could cut anyone’s hair, anyone at all, it would be Jennifer Aniston. I don’t think she is a customer, ha ha, but I am sure we would have a good chat if she came in!

To book an appointment with Sarah call 01803 866101