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Embracing Experience: A Journey Through 35 Years of Hairdressing Wisdom

Updated: Mar 25

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Niki Lutley

As a seasoned hairdresser with over three decades of experience, I've witnessed the evolution of the industry firsthand. From the days of cap highlights and perming hair to the modern era of social media influence, the fundamentals of hairdressing remain timeless. It's this wealth of experience that I'm passionate about sharing with the world.

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From Junior Apprentice to Salon Owner: A Path of Learning

My journey began in the late 80s as a junior apprentice, surviving on a modest wage of £28.50 per week. Every task, from passing perm rods to shampooing hair, played a crucial role in shaping my skills and passion for the craft. It was during this time that I discovered my love for teaching, which led me to become a certified NVQ educator in the mid-90s.

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Washing hair

Teaching not only provided me with a platform to share my knowledge but also instilled in me a deep sense of fulfilment. Even as I ventured into salon ownership in 2000, education remained at the forefront of my endeavours. Over the next decade, amidst the highs and lows of business ownership, I never lost sight of my dedication to both learning and serving my clients, many of whom became lifelong friends.

Taking Education Online: A New Frontier

Today, I'm excited to embark on a new chapter of my journey by bringing my passion for teaching online. Through social media platforms and online courses, I aim to support both aspiring and seasoned hairdressers in honing their skills and embracing the wisdom of generations past.

Preserving Old-School Techniques in a Modern World

While trends may come and go, the fundamentals of hairdressing remain constant. From classic techniques to innovative approaches, there's value in embracing the lessons of the past. As mature hairdressers, we carry with us a legacy of knowledge that deserves to be celebrated and shared.

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Supporting the Next Generation

Whether you're just starting your journey or seeking to expand your skillset, my goal is to provide you with the support and guidance you need to succeed. From educational resources to emotional encouragement, I'm committed to helping you achieve your goals and thrive in the world of hairdressing.

I invite you to join me on this journey of learning and growth. Whether you're a student in my membership program or participating in one of my courses, you'll find a supportive community dedicated to elevating each other and celebrating our shared passion for hairdressing.


As I reflect on the past 35 years, I'm reminded of the countless lessons learned and the invaluable experiences gained. Now, as I look to the future, I'm excited to continue sharing my knowledge and supporting the next generation of hairdressers. Together, we'll honour the traditions of the past while embracing the opportunities of the present.

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Thank you for being a part of this journey.

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