With a private education and a degree, Niki Moores defies the stereotype of the hairdresser.
It was during a ski season in Meribel that she realised her true ambition was to go into hairdressing. Her parents were concerned, but she applied for an apprenticeship with West End salon Michael Van Clarke and 18 months later is a stylist and self-employed partner in the business.
‘I am now entitled to 40 percent of the income from my clients, and my potential earnings are limitless,’ says Niki, 24 from Purley, Surrey.
A haircut from Niki costs around £50, and she has been nominated for the Junior of The Year prize at the British Hairdressing Business Awards. Technical and creative skills are essential, she says, but there’s more to it than that. ‘At this level, you must be able to talk intelligently with clients about the latest exhibitions, plays and films.
‘I try to help clients in anyway that I can – if they want a number for a local restaurant, or library, I will make time to find it,’ she says.
‘Be wary of misconceptions about this industry. I had to be strong to approach my parents about my career choice, but now they are proud that i have come so far so quickly,’.