Are you a young hairdresser who one day dreams of being a salon owner? If you answer yes to this question, then this podcast has your name on it. Our conversation today is with 24 year old salon owner and educator Luke Hawkins and he’s giving us an insight into what life looks like as a young salon owner.

For many hairdressers being a salon owner can be their ultimate career goal. But is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

Theres no denying it is difficult out there right now for salon owners. Staff shortages, cost of living crisis, high rents just to name a few of the growing challenges salon owners face in 2023! All of these on the back of pandemic and lockdowns that left many salons fighting for their sheer survival . So why do so many still want to be a salon owner?

Thats one of the first questions I want to ask Luke in todays episode. Luke will reveal his experiences, including how his salon had to cope with the pandemic lockdown during it’s very early days of opening.

As we go deeper into the podcast we also get to hear why Luke is happy to describe himself as a non-award winning hairdresser. He has some big opinions on this that you may or may not agree with. And being an educator too, specialising in teaching commercial haircuts, I just had to learn more on why the hair industry needs more educators like Luke. Its a conversation I know you’ll enjoy!

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Today’s Guest

Non-Award winning hairdresser Luke Hawkins has developed his own brand after building a successful independent salon business in Oxfordshire.

Luke divides his time between working in his salon, delivering education for goldwell and working freelance on education in London where he collaborates with Richard Ashforth and the Saco team. You cannot help but feel motivated by him.

Show notes:

Heres some of what we cover in todays episode with Luke Hawkins

  • 03 min 50 sec: Back ground to who Luke Hawkins the hairdresser is.
  • 05 min 23 sec: Why become a salon owner.
  • 08 min 57 sec: Look inside the Luke Hawkins salon.
  • 11 min 13 sec: Salon owner dealing within the lockdown of covid 2020.
  • 15 min 37 sec: Loosing team members.
  • 17 min 45 sec: Value the service you offer.
  • 20 min 37 sec: Luke as a young business owner and goals.
  • 23 min 42 sec: A non award winning hairdresser.
  • 26 min 33 sec: The hair awards Luke would want.
  • 32 min 10 sec: Making a real difference to the industry.
  • 37 min 41 sec: Should we focus on our one passion.
  • 40 min 21 sec: How to let Luke take your hairdressing career on a journey.
  • 43 min 51 sec: What last thing do we really need to know from Luke.





Podcasts mentioned in Todays Episode

EP253: How to Recession Proof your Salon Business, with Richard McCabe

EP233: Why You Need to Work ‘ON’ and Not ‘IN’ your Salon Business, with Jessica Crane


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