Today you’re in for a treat – we’re about to know what it means to be the current British Hairdresser of the Year.

I’m joined by one of the most exciting hairdressers of our generation and the 2017 British Hairdresser of the Year, Sally Brooks. Today you’ll learn all about the story of how Sally’s dedication and commitment to her profession has led her to the ultimate accolade in hairdressing, and what this massive responsibility now means to her.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Sally is the co-founder of award-winning London salon, Brooks & Brooks, with partner Jamie Brooks. If you’re someone who is serious about the hair industry, you should know of Sally and the impact she is having on British hairdressing. She and Jamie pride themselves on finding, seeing and developing up-and-coming hairdressers. And now as British Hairdresser of the Year, Sally is taking this prestigious title and responsibility seriously by promoting the hair industry in the positive light that it should be and all the many opportunities that it can offer.

Sally’s conversation is one that I highly recommend that you all take note of. It’s the perfect story to how a local village girl has risen to the top of the hair industry, working alongside some of the best on the way, and widely credited with Jamie Brooks on producing hairdressings new stars such as Darcie Harvey, Grace Dalglish and one of hairdressings biggest names, Sophia Hilton.

With the British Hairdressing Awards 2018 just one week away and Sally up for nomination again, I’m confident to know that if she is to win the title again, it will be in very good hands for another year. So let’s get to it and tune-in to todays fantastic episode.

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Special thanks to Sally Brooks for joining me today.

Until next time, Peace, Love and Smiles all the way… Goodbye!

Today’s Guest

Sally Brooks is one of the most exciting hairdressers of her generation. With more than 25 years’ experience, she is the co-founder of award-winning London salon, Brooks & Brooks, with partner Jamie Brooks and is the current British Hairdresser of the Year. She is in demand internationally and across the UK for her education, seminars and shows and is passionate about passing on her knowledge to the next generation of stylists.

Sally and Jamie pride themselves on finding, seeing and developing up-and-coming hairdressers and have nurtured an award-winning team, which sees members in demand around the world for their imaginative and innovative trends and techniques. With a plethora of awards already – including HJ’s London Hairdresser of the Year — 2017 saw Sally make her debut as a nominee for British Hairdresser of the Year, the first woman to receive a nomination for more than ten years. She clinched the title with her stunning collection at the glittering event in London. She has also been nominated for 2018 British Hairdresser of the Year.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in today’s episode

  • 00 min 30 sec: Dom’s Show Intro
  • 04 min 08 sec: Who is Sally Brooks the hairdresser
  • 04 min 01 sec: How Sally fell into hairdressing
  • 09 min 21 sec: Working at Trevor Sorbie
  • 12 min 25 sec: Not settling on something
  • 13 min 12 sec: Sally’s natural ability as a hairdresser
  • 16 min 54 sec: Opening Brooks and Brooks
  • 19 min 14 sec: No fixed plans to running the salon
  • 20 min 16 sec: How you have to work hard if you want something
  • 23 min 46 sec: Awards won
  • 25 min 22 sec: Know when it’s the right time to win awards
  • 26 min 58 sec: How it felt when Sally when British Hairdresser of the Year 2017
  • 28 min 18 sec: Getting that phone call to say your nominated as British Hairdresser of the Year
  • 29 min 39 sec:Sally’s thoughts on females and their successes in hairdressing
  • 30 min 54 sec: What Sally done the following morning after winning the British Hairdresser of the Year
  • 32 min 20 sec: Previous names on the trophy of the British Hairdresser of the Year
  • 33 min 11 sec: The ambassador responsibility of being the British Hairdresser of the Year and making the Journey to my Destination documentary
  • 36 min 21 sec: Why we need to get hairdressing apprenticeships looking more sexy
  • 39 min 42 sec: It’s your job is to give them good training
  • 41 min 17 sec: How Brooks and Brooks train their staff
  • 43 min 46 sec: Training Sophia Hilton
  • 44 min 56 sec: How to create the right team environment
  • 46 min 10 sec: The type of people applying for a job at Brooks and Brooks
  • 48 min 49 sec: You not sacrafising anything
  • 53 min 36 sec: How excited is Sally for her British Hairdresser of the Year Nomination
  • 56 min 17 sec: Current projects Sally’s working on
  • 57 min 02 sec: Dom’s 5 Quick Fire Questions
  • 59 min 29 sec: Dom’s Show Outro

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