Whether we like it or not, we’ve entered an unprecedented era. The world’s leading business figures are more visible and accessible than ever before. Because of social media, public interest with entrepreneurship, startups and company leadership seems to have reached an all-time high. Did you ever wonder what separates the most successful business people in the world from those that strive to be successful? The answer is simple – hard work and perseverance. You can take your business from good to great, not by managing, but by leading your team to success.
To do this, you must share your vision with your team, inspire them to dream about the future and provide strong leadership and direction along the way. Your team, in turn, will help make your business the success you want it to be.
We meet inspiring entrepreneur Sarah Mason who shares her journey from the very beginning.
A national and international award-winning hairdresser, Wella Professionals guest artist, educator and passionista, Sarah Mason opened her eponymous salon in Galway in 2016.
“All I ever wanted to do was hairdressing. I have been plaiting and braiding hair since I was six years old! Hairdressing is in my blood so it was something I was always going to pursue, and I’m so glad I did. I started an apprenticeship in Zeba Hairdressing when I was 16. I qualified at the Aidan Fitzgerald Academy in Blackrock when I was 19 and two years later, I was working as a salon manager. I work really closely with my team every day. We offer a very creative energy in a relaxed environment and last year we enjoyed huge success adding many new awards and accolades to the salon. I am so proud to be working alongside a multi award-winning team which is just incredible.
In my opinion, the key to being a good hairdresser is being able to listen. You need a good path of education and you have to be open minded. Trust is everything and allows you to build a good relationship with your clients.
From young ambitious students to well established women in business, we also attract a creative client base who are fearless and allow us to push the boundaries within the industry. My days are really busy but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My morning generally starts with the kids – getting them up, ready and off to school before heading into the salon for appointments with my clients or education time with my apprentices.
While I really enjoy the days I spend working as a guest artist in the Wella studio in Dublin, I love nothing more than a good day in the salon. Making someone look and feel good by creating a full makeover is one of the joys of the job. I have been in London twice already this year at a global colour launch and guest artist day with the Wella passionistas.
We also made time to squeeze in a shoot to capture some fresh new looks for spring. I will be heading back to London soon to work with our global creative director at London Fashion Week which is really exciting. I am also working on a very exciting global project for Wella but it’s all top secret for now. Watch this space!
Opening the doors of Sarah Mason Professional was the best thing I ever did in my career. If you want something enough, keep going until you get there. Sure you will meet obstacles and challenges head on, but you will also overcome them and learn from them. The best advice I could give anyone thinking of pursuing a career in hairdressing is to find a good salon that offers top class training. The world of social media is buzzing right now so look for inspiration from our ambassadors around the globe. The world is your oyster – it’s up to you how far you want to push yourself.
SARAH MASON PROFESSIONAL
Address: UNIT 3 FORSTER COURT, GALWAY,
Tel: 091 565916,
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