On Monday night I attended the new style networking event by The Fellowship of British Hairdressing. This new style Presidents night format was not the normal sit down dinner, it was drinks, nibbles and lot’s of chat. The fellowship is a great way of meeting like minded stylists, I am going to share how to progress as a young stylist in this blog.
Firstly I would like to say well done Karine Jackson it was a great event!
The reason why the fellowship is so important is to allow you to network with industry stylists and manufactuers and this event did just that, I had more conversations with people than I had in years it was an amazing night. The event was held at Skylon, the 300 attendees and were greeted with a glass of bubbly and gorgeous views over the Thames even though it was a horrible wet night it was still a beautiful setting.
I urge you to have a look at what the Fellowship can offer you and your salon, they have 5 different categories of membership and I will include links at the bottom of the blog. If you would like any help I am more than happy to advise, just comment below.
The night started with nibbles and bubbles whilst catching up with our hair friends, our President Karine Jackson and Fellowship Secretary Jo Martin opened the night which followed with interviews on the live lounge which was streamed on facebook with industry names like Andrew Barton and Jamie Stevens. We even sang Happy Birthday to Bruno Giamattei!
I often get asking by young stylists how to progress in the industry
By being part of the fellowship you will be able to meet the best stylists in this industry and they can help you to progress but these are a few things for you to think about.
- Learn you basics and repeat! If you want to get to assist you need to be able to confidently blow-dry and tong hair, you need to be humble and not pushy. Remember it takes years of hard work to make it!
- Volunteer to assist stylists, just watch and learn. You will find stylists more than happy to have an extra pair of hands.
- Make contact with stylists who admire, like and comment on their work. They will remember you!
- NEVER take photos for your social media and say hair by me! Until you get booked for the job you should never post work.
- Always check when you can post social media images, some session stylists want to remain anonymous. If in doubt don’t post.
- If your working for a brand never post until the images are out and always check with the photographer.
Want to know more about Fellowship membership?
ClubStar membership is designed for any hairdresser aged 16 to 25.
Individual Membership is designed for ONE person, regardless of how many salons you have.
House Membership is designed for THREE people from one company regardless of how many salons or premises you have.
House Plus Membership is designed for SIX people from one company regardless of how many salons or premises you have.
Affiliate International Membership is designed for any hairdresser or member of the hairdressing industry who lives and works outside the UK.
I hope to see you at the next fellowship event?
Images – Ashley Martin
Event – CS Media