Sunday, September 11, 2016

Insider Interview: Amy Heath, Hair Stylist


In this Insider Interview, we chat to hair stylist Amy Heath about 3.15am wake up calls and working on Strictly Come Dancing:

1. What’s your usual working day like?
My usual day starts around 3:15am waking up to start work at ITV Good Morning Britain at 4:30am, I get all the presenters ready for the show to start at 6am then do all the guests until the show finishes at 8:30. I then jump on the tube to go to FOUR London for 9am to start my salon day.  Every day is different in the salon working with regular and new clients. Cutting and styling their hair to their desired looks and needs. I finish at 6pm and hop back on the tube home.

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
I was lucky that when I was younger I always knew I wanted to be a hairstylist, it had always been my dream to work in London.

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
My best piece of career advice would be no matter what you want to do, make sure you have a passion for it. You spend more time working than anything else so you need to be happy. I remember my school trying to sway me into A levels and university as I was really good at English, but I had no interest in that career path. I can honestly say I have never woken up in the morning hating my job or dreading going to work - even with 4am starts

4. What's your number one style tip?
My number one style tip would be that everyone should learn to work a tong!  Waves are the easiest and most versatile look, add Texturising Spray it can last for days.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
If I hadn't taken up hairdressing I think I would have ended up becoming a nurse.  I'm a sucker for hard work but I love working with different people everyday.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
If anyone was looking to change their career path to hairdressing my advice would be to make sure they get into a fun, fast, busy, fresh salon in a city as an apprentice.  It is hard work but being hands on is where you learn the most skill.  I was so pleased to join FOUR London, it is a great salon to work in and the whole team all get on very well and often socialise together after work.  The FOUR Directors, Maleeka, Brooke, Charlie and Denise are really fair and give their stylists and colourists lots of opportunities to expand their career into other areas of hairdressing.  When you work with an excellent team it does rub off on you.  Without their help I may not have progressed my career quite so quickly.   Oh and comfy shoes are a must! You won't know what hit you if you're not used to standing for 8 hours a day!

7. What's the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is the satisfaction of happy clients, be it salon clients, photographers, editors or producers. It's a great feeling when you have made people feel good and someone is thrilled with something you created.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?
The toughest part of my job is sometimes the sacrifices you make on family/friend time.  As with any career you have to put your all in and say yes to everything to become established. It's 100% worth it though and I wouldn't change a thing.

9. Most proud career moment to date?
The proudest moment of my career to date would probably be more to do with how proud my Mum and Nan were of me when I started working with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing - I do the hair behind the scenes. They are massive fans of the show.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
In 10 years time I hope to still be as busy as I am now with a few more magazine covers under my belt, a lovely family and working on a hair product range.

Amy works at salon Four London, you can follow Amy on Instagram and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.
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