Introducing Guest Blogger: Karine Jackson | Hairdresser Extraordinaire

karine jacksonTell us about your background? Professional & personal

I started my career in her parents’ salon in the small Australian town of Wollongong. I always had a passion for hairdressing and couldn’t wait to leave school to start! I finished my training and the big city was calling. At 20 I jumped on a plane and travelled a bit before coming to London to see where all the major fashion action happened. In 1995 I returned to Australia with my Londoner boyfriend and married him.

In 2003 I decided it was time to take the plunge on my own, which had always been a big dream. I very quickly realised that London was where it’s at; to me it’s the setting for fashion. I had worked here for 10 years and couldn’t leave. So, I opened in Litchfield St, a fabulous airy salon two doors away from the Ivy restaurant, and the adventure began!

I won London Hairdresser of the Year in the 2007 British Hairdressing Awards, became a finalist for Men’s Hairdresser of the Year in 2009, won the Fellowship Consumer Image of the year Award in 2011 and hold the L’Oreal Colour Specialist Degree.

Do your research, know your figures and DON’T give up at the first hurdle.

I’ve also appeared on The One Show and in publications such as Marie Claire and The Observer Magazine and I am very happy to include Hollywood actress Neve Campbell, British actress and star of Terra Nova, Shelley Conn and Little Boots amongst my clients.

What is your proudest achievement?

I’ve won many awards but my proudest and favourite was a little red car for being Charles Worthington’s Performer of the Year in 2001!

Who is your female inspiration?

Aung San Suu Kyi.  She gave up her husband and children for her country; she is so graceful, calm and still held strong to her message even after 20 years of house arrest

Tell us a bit about your business.

I fell in love with the space, which is light and airy, and the downstairs was perfect for a beauty area.

I introduced an organic colour range, Herb UK, to the salon and over 80% of our clients switching over.  I’m really proud of our very friendly service – I have a great team here.

What made you decide to become a Hairdresser?

From a very young age it’s what I wanted to do. I had cut all of my sister’s dolls’ hair by the time I was eight and at 15 I left school to start training.

What are your top tips for starting a business?

Do your research, know your figures and DON’T give up at the first hurdle.

What would you like to achieve over the next 12 months?

I would like to be one of these amazing salons that excels during the recession, we are doing well so fingers crossed!  I’d also like to win London Hairdresser of the Year again.

Karine will be blogging soon so keep an eye out for her blog!

About the author

Leonnie has worked with the WATC team for over 5 years. Leonnie also runs her own Design company www.destinydesigns.co.uk.

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