Alison Smith

How long have you been in hairdressing?

I’ve been in hairdressing 30 years.

 Why did you choose to be a hairdresser?

It combines being creative with the fashion industry.

 What do you like most about being a hairdresser?

The day is never the same – I enjoy meeting people and getting to know them.

 What do you specialise in, i.e., colour, hair-up?

I enjoy cut & finish, colouring, perms and hair up.

 What do you like about working for Zappas?

We have a really good team at Zappas and the salon is great to work in.

 What/who motivates you?

My clients motivate me and the accountant!

 What/who influences you?

Magazines like Grazia give me a good insight, plus my 21 year old daughter – letting me know what’s hot & what’s not!

 What courses and qualifications in hairdressing have you achieved?

I did a 3 year apprenticeship in West London. A city & guilds level 3 Award at Reading College. Clipper, colour and cutting awards with Taps Training Courses. I attend annual cutting and technical courses at Tigi with Zappas and receive the appropriate education certificates.