I decided that I really should blog more and what better way to show off the talented clients I get to work with. I met Heather through another client and have gone on to work with her for the last few years on a couple of different projects. As an ex-Wella Educator, she decided to go it alone and that’s when she came to me to hel her tell her story. I love working with startups and new business because there’s nothing more scary and exciting and we’ve all been there. There’s also nothing better than seeing people succeed and grow. You’re brilliant Heather. Here’s her interview. Enjoy.
Who are you? What do you do? How long for?
I’m Heather Robertson. I have my own education company for hairdressers, regularly running a variety of courses based in Glasgow and providing bespoke in-salon training day for salon teams.
I’m based in Papillion Hair Boutique in Glasgow as a hairdresser and also work for a prestigious wedding company along with educating freelance for Wella and GHD.
HRHair has been continuing to grow since it launched two years ago, although I’ve been an educator for 15 years and in hairdressing for nearly 30 years.
What made you do your own thing?
After over a decade as an educator for one of the world’s leading hairdressing brands, I decided it was time for a change and to be my own boss. I love to create courses and to learn new skills to inspire the industry.
What’s been the most rewarding part so far?
Building a brand from scratch, seeing it develop and grow, and continuing to expand, creating new courses and training stylists.
Biggest lesson you’ve learned?
To forward plan and to go for it. Not everything will always work, but you must continue to try new ideas. Try to learn something new every day, to continue to grow and expand.
Who/what/where inspires you?
A lot of inspiration comes from social media, mostly Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. I still continuously update my skills, both within the companies I educate, and work with and externally ones too.
Describe your style of work in 3 words?
Creating. Inspiring. Simplifying.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Always a hairdresser, I first started at the age of 12.
Where’s your happy place?
When I’m not working, my happiest place is anywhere with my dog.
Last book you read?
The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunmin
Who do you admire?
Too many to mention for all different reasons! I work and collaborate with fantastic people in the industry throughout the UK. We help each other grow and share ideas.
Dream client/person to work with?
Anyone with enthusiasm, passion for their craft and eagerness to learn more.
What lessons would you pass on?
Learn something new every day.
Stop worrying about what people think.
Compete with yourself to become better.
Words or advice you live by?
Never compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 22.
You’re having a dinner party - who would you invite and why?
Oprah Winfrey. I love her optimism and views about life. I always go back and reread her books.
What’s next for you? Any ambitions still?
To expand the HRH Education brand. To continue to grow and support stylists who love to learn.