Introducing the Face of The FHA 2017
We received some fantastic entries from members who entered our new competition and we would like to thank them all. They gave us a very tough time judging, however, finally a decision was made and we are delighted to announce that Claire Guy is our Face of the FHA 2017.
This is a new FHA initiative and during Claire’s term of office she will inspire others to enjoy the benefits of being self-employed, promote the importance of regular training together with the benefits of FHA membership.
Claire has been running her own very busy business for seven years in and around the Swindon area and specialises in styling, make up and bridal work and we asked her about herself.
Does she think education is important? “Absolutely!!! Everyone needs education and I feel that if you only take one thing away from a course it’s been valuable.”
Does she think education is important?
“Absolutely!!! Everyone needs education and I feel that if you only take one thing away from a course it’s been valuable.”
How does she keep motivated?
She keeps herself updated reading magazines, researching on line, going to exhibitions, attending lots of training courses and FHA events.
What is her greatest achievement?
“Winning FHA Men’s Stylist of the year 2014 & 2015.” She told us: “I was thrilled to win this. l love men’s hairdressing and it was amazing to be recognised for it. I also did make-up for Essensuals in Marlborough for the L’Oréal Colour Trophy in 2014.and we won the south west region.”
What is a day in her life like?
“I do “normal” hairdressing as well as the weddings, my days can be quite varied. I am very busy with weddings (often midweek) as well as trials and then my regular cuts and colours. Each day is so different which I love as it keeps it interesting.”
What does she like about working for herself?
“I love the flexibility, the fact that I am my own boss, although I would like to say I am in control of my own diary, this is not the case as someone always needs “squeezing” in.”
How does she keep her standards high?
“I feel good customer service skills are important, I regularly attend courses to ensure my skills are up to date.”
What challenges has she faced?
“I find that in the job, there are always things that take you out of your comfort zone, it’s just finding a way around it. I am fortunate that I have other FHA members local to me and we are able to bounce ideas off each other to overcome challenges we face.”
What does she love about her job?
“I love it all. I think it’s important to love your job else you wouldn’t get out of bed and be self-motivated!”
Finally we asked what does being Face of the FHA mean to her?
“It would be an honour to be the Face of the FHA. As a person I am very driven, I am enthusiastic and very approachable. I think that being self-employed it is important to have colleagues. It can be lonely but with the FHA if you need technical advice, business advice or just a moan they are there plus others who can help.. If you get stuck there is always someone you can go to ask a question, someone to vent to after a bad day etc. The FHA has many benefits including the competitions, it’s great to see what other people who aren’t in a salon enter. The skills shown over recent years are phenomenal. I would like to make clients more aware that although we choose not to work in a salon our education, product knowledge and skills are kept at the top of the game and I would love to reach out to younger people to encourage them to join the FHA.”
We think we have a worthy winner in Claire and watch with us over the coming months to see how she shapes her role and creates a special place in the FHA.