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Years in the Hairdressing Industry: For more years than I care to mention but well over Forty Years!

What is your favorite thing about the Hairdressing Industry?
It is always changing. I love watching the Trends fade out and then come back again in new formations with a new take.

What is one of your Hairdressing best moments?
One of my best moments was being involved with the team that did David Bowies hair when he and his family lived in Beckenham England many many years ago.

Before becoming a Tutor, what we you doing?
Before I became a tutor I owned a salon in Tauranga called Lesley James.

Who are your Hairdressing Inspirations?
My inspiration comes from all areas of the fashion industry. It is important to look for Fashion Trends, but to make them wearable for your client.

If you could five one piece of advice for Hair over the Autumn Months, what would this be?
A time to look at a change of colour for Autumn. Warmer tones with subtle highlights. Freshen up your style to more body with soft curls. With  fashion going towards volume and wave this could be the season to look into a body wave or beach wave to get the volume and soft curls. Don’t forget to look after the condition on your hair. Regular treatments to ensure your hair in tip top condition. This will make all the difference to keeping that gorgeous look

What do you love most about training up and coming Stylists?
I love training up and coming stylists. I love watching their skills evolve and their confidence grow.

When I am not in the Academy – You will find me …
Either looking after my grandchildren and visiting my Daughters. Otherwise, I can be found at the gym.

My favorite Restaurant is?
The Sake Bar in Auckland’s CBD

What advice can you give to someone who is looking at studying the Level 3 Salon Support and/or Level 4 Emerging Stylist Qualifications?
f you are looking to study Level 3 and/or Level 4, come to Premier for a Tour and a Entry Interview. Premier Institute of Education training is the closest you will get to a salon environment. We pride ourselves on our Hands on Holistic Learning.

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