Be honest with me here. Have you ever been guilty of saying ‘I’m just a hairdresser’? Well let me tell you that you’re not just a hairdresser. You’re so much more!

Many of us including myself and today’s guest, Kai Wan, have at times all been guilty of saying this. Today I’ll be chatting with Kai on why we should value being a hairdresser, but not for the reasons of being an award-winning, educator, influencer, social media guru or anything else that we all seem to be transfixed on becoming. No, we’re focusing on why we should not loose focus of our greatest gift, being behind the salon chair and making our clients look and feel amazing.

With a dual-heritage of a Chinese father and a Welsh mother, Kai’s fathers initial reaction to him wanting to be a hairdresser could have stopped him right there in his tracks. But it didn’t. Kai has since gone on to become a highly respected hairdresser within the UK. Wanting to be the very best he could be, he certainly hasn’t under achieved. An award winning hairdresser and industry photographer, Wella brand ambassador and the co-owner with his with Jen of the 3 salon group P.Kai Hair in Peterborough, UK.

It’s safe to say Kai has achieved so much – something you’ll learn all about in todays episode.

However with so many great moments for Kai, to this day his proudest moments in his career are not the glossy front covers and winning awards. His proudest moments are how he has the gift to make people look and feel great. As he says, “Getting a page in a magazine or winning a competition is an ego boost. But the rewards you get for how you make your clients look and feel are so much greater.” High-fives to that Kai.

I hope that you come away from listening to this podcast by never again under estimating what you do. Remember ‘You’re not JUST a hairdresser‘, you’re so pivotal and important in people lives. Enjoy and be proud of what you do!


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Today’s Guest

Kai Wan is salon owner of his 3 salon group P.Kai Hair. An award-winning hairdresser and photographer he educates hairdressers from around the world as a brand ambassador for Wella Professionals.


Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in todays episode with Kai

  • 00 min 00 sec: Show intro.
  • 03 min 19 sec: Just enjoy being a hairdresser.
  • 10 min 05 sec: Background to to Kai.
  • 12 min 08 sec: Negativity Kai experienced as a child.
  • 15 min 49 sec: Wanting to be the best I can be at.
  • 18 min 01 sec: Natural progression to becoming a salon owner and business partnership.
  • 28 min 33 sec: Brand of PKai.
  • 30 min 30 sec: Sassoon methodology training.
  • 32 min 44 sec: Challenges to overcome and keeping engaged in hair.
  • 37 min 34 sec: Ambassador roles and awards for Kai.
  • 41 min 56 sec: Kai, the hair industry photographer and tips to photography.
  • 47 min 39 sec: You’re not JUST a hairdresser.
  • 51 min 24 sec: Education provided by Kai.
  • 53 min 35 sec: The future of PKai.
  • 56 min 06 sec: Dom’s Last 5 Questions.
  • 01 hr 01 min 07 sec: Show outro.