Laura Dawson | Hairdresser, Harlow's DenSunday, 20 December 2015
I've been thinking a lot lately about where I want my blog to go and what kind of things I want to cover. Something I've had on my mind for a while now was a series of blog posts about some incredible women I know. I'm lucky enough to have some really amazing friends, who are kicking ass in their careers.
Kick-ass careers is going to be a weekly post, I'm running it on a Sunday to inspire you all for the week ahead....
Introduce yourself and what you do...
I am Laura, and I'm a hairdresser and salon manager at Harlows Den in Leeds - where we specialise in vintage and alternative hairstyling, cuts and colours.
What steps did you take to secure your dream career?
Well I actually started this career later in my adult life, in my early 20's. I've always done hair as a kind of side project but never really took it seriously. I moved away from home at the age of 18 and went to university, as you do, and completed a media degree. Realising this wasn't for me I then went into retail management and hated every second. So in a giant leap of faith, I decided to risk it all and embark on my hairdressing career.
A good solid year of working a 7 day week to study, get the experience I needed and to pay the bills and my tuition and here I am. It was worth all of the lack of sleep and exhaustion, I wouldn't change it for the world.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to pursue the same career?
Jump in at the deep end, and don't be afraid. Get the right qualifications within the right educational institute and get the experience you need.
What has been your proudest moment at work to date? (It could be past or present job)
I feel proud every day, walking up to the sign at the salon and looking at what myself and my team have created. Harlows Den has only been open a year and we have achieved so much already - things can only get better
Who or what inspires you?
My mum mainly. Growing up we had a lot of shit thrown at us from every angle but my mum was the pinnacle of strength and determination. She made myself and my two sisters into the independent women we are and without her inspiration I wouldn't be as driven as I am. Aside from that there is countless hairdressing idols of mine, HisVintageTouch and Cassandra Platinum to name but a few.
Last book you read...
The last book I read was actually called Women Who Love Too Much - which actually sounds a bit morbid - but it's a great self help book for women who struggle in relationships, whether it be because of the past, control, and emotional and physical abuse. It changes your way of thinking and dealing with relationship and taught behaviours. A bit of a change to my usual serial killer drivel...
Last album you listened to...
I've got a real soft spot for Etta James at the moment and I've just been listening to her greatest hits on repeat. They don't make voices like that anymore.
Mantra in life...
You have to be happy with yourself first. Do whatever it takes to get yourself there, be on a constant journey of self improvement and learn from your mistakes. It's taken me 28 years but I think I'm finally there.
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