Street Life

So every story has a beginning and this is where I started. I was born and bred in Hackney. Back when I was a kid Lower Clapton was a very rough neighbourhood. Hackney wasn’t the 'up-and-coming' district that it is now. In fact, the area that this tale begins was infamously nicknamed 'murder mile'. So, there I was, in my mother’s house using scissors as a tool for cutting hair – perhaps a controversial choice of weapon and use for this area. The streets were dangerous, and I was on a mission to escape it. Trust me when I say this – it was life or death. I had dreams...big dreams. I never allowed my environment to dictate my future.

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JLS

School was hard for me. I suffered from dyslexia which made learning very difficult. I refused to allow this to hinder me. I focused on my strengths; creativity was my thing and I excelled at it! I began to look at a career as a fashion designer, but first I had to do a week of work experience. I organised a week in a barbershop. That week my life took on a whole new direction - I was inspired by the art of barbering. #graduation

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A.P.H.S

Audie's Professional Hair Studio. I worked here for months for free so I could learn the trade from this inspirational barber. This place was home for two years, and I mean home!  Often working long days for an endless stream of client. From 8am to 12 midnight - days like these were not uncommon - hence I call it my Lucozade years. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved cutting hair there. I was mentored to dream big and achieve by Audie Cummings and with this fire in my belly I felt like the chair was holding me back in Tottenham – I had so much more to give. I had unquenchable ambition to be the best version of myself. Seeking bigger opportunities, I studied to be a qualified hairdresser and barber at Enfield College, before I headed to London’s West End. 

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Go West

I had big dreams and I could hear the West End calling.

I was a newly qualified hairdresser and I really wanted to work in Mayfair, one of the most expensive and exclusive neighbourhoods in London. I decided to do a trade test straight from college at an exclusive Mayfair salon. I was no way ready and as you can imagine I didn't get the job. Confidence was in the gutter. I had to go back and really study my craft to make sure I was well equipped for the next opportunity. It is better to prepare for opportunities and not have one then to have an opportunity and not be prepared. 

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