00:00:02 My name is Jon H and I’m a senior stylist here at Sejour. Day to day responsibilities are obviously to pass my experience onto the younger assistants and generation. Sometimes we have very egoistic people but you know, as a part of being a hairdresser, you have to kind of learn how to deal with these types of people. They’re paying a lot money for an hour’s worth of service so we try and give it the best, you know, we could possibly give them, really.
00:00:26 When I started doing full time I was around 17 years old. I used to work in my Dad’s salon, he was a hairdresser, too. Just basically sweeping the floors up and making horrible cups of tea and coffee. You know, growing up in that environment, that atmosphere, it was quite a relaxed atmosphere. It’s social, it’s fun but, yeah, I pretty much knew that I was going to be heading in this direction. I just knew from day one that this would be my future. To be honest with you, he didn’t really want me to work with him.
00:00:54 His aim was obviously to push me into the direction of Vidal Sassoon, Nicky Clarke and John Frieda type thing. I was working at Nicky Clarke’s and did a youth training scheme and basically built my way up from there. It was a great experience because we were involved in all aspects of hairdressing from music videos to photo shoots to cat walks. Yeah, it was a great point in my life. It was definitely one of the highs. We also did get quite involved with travelling abroad and doing the Milan and New York cat walk shows for various designers. Which was a great buzz.
00:01:29 I like the pressure, I like the pressure factor, having to deliver the goods. You know, I like a challenge. I mean, now we’re trying to implement all that kind of stuff at this salon here and build our creative team. It is a pretty special salon, yes. I mean, you meet all walks of life from models to bankers to lawyers to fashion editors. So, of course, yeah, I mean, these type of salons here are if you wanted to kind of work, would be the place to get in. But obviously, it comes down to your drive and you know, you presenting yourself to, you know, are you going to make it work for you?
00:02:02 The good thing I like about this job is you love it so much that actually you don’t really get tired because it’s so social. I mean, we have the role of kind of the agony aunt role. So, you know, we’re here for them. So, you know, the things we hear in the salon is literally beyond so, going down to that personal level really that’s going to work. You know, they kind of find a lot of trust in you. Yeah, doctor, counsellor, therapist, hairdresser all rolled in one.
00:02:29 To an extent I think luck does play a role but I think you create your own opportunity in life. I was very strong minded, still am and know pretty much what I want. My aspirations and hopes for the next years ahead would be possibly to play a bigger role within this company. I mean, taking on the responsibility of trying to put an art team together is pretty, pretty big anyway but, I mean, if once I’ve achieved that and done that then I think possibly a bigger role within this company. Who knows what the future years…we may have another salon like this possibly to create another art team there or possibly manage that team.
00:03:06 So, I mean, who knows but after I’ve completed one project then I’ll think about the next one.