Following my family footsteps – three generations of successful women

Charlotte Button, owner of Scarlet Knight Hairdressing won the 2021 Welsh Hair Salon of the Year at The Great British Hair and Beauty Awards. She tells us the secrets to her success.

Growing up in a family of hairstylists

I excelled academically in school but felt ready for working life. I was ready to get away from formal means of education. I left school at age 16 and began my apprenticeship in hairdressing. I grew up in a family of hairstylists with both my grandmother and aunt owning successful salons. I love being creative and being around people.

I love making people feel amazing

When I joined the hairdressing industry, I fell in love with the work ethic and salon life. I thrive being busy and making people feel amazing after getting their hair done. I worked hard to develop my skills and grow my client base. It was tough but I wanted to be better and there was always room for improvement. I still believe that 15 years later.

I met my husband and we set up our own business

I wanted to see how other salons worked, so moved to a salon in another town. I worked hard during my training to continually develop. I threw myself into competitions and never stood still. I met my husband in the salon I joined and a few years later we opened our own business. I always wanted to be my own boss. Once we opened the salon, I developed my passion for training and nurturing new learners.

Apprentices are the backbone of our salon

I decided to take on apprentices to help build our business and give back to the local community by providing jobs and opportunities. I want to help others follow the same path as me. Apprentices are invaluable to us - they are the backbone of the salon. They ensure our salons run smoothly, our customers are happy, and the team are assisted.

Our apprentices have flourished and excelled

If you put in the effort to nurture and develop an apprentice, they will give back to the business. We have been lucky enough to develop so many apprentices over the years who have flourished into excellent hair and beauty therapists. We are so proud of each one of them.

Find out about taking on an apprentice or studying an apprenticeship with us.

January 4, 2022