From Saturday girl to salon boss

Jessica Davies is the salon owner of JD Hairdressing in Torfaen. At just 26 years old, she has quickly progressed from an apprentice school leaver to a successful business owner.

‍Jessica tells us how she recruits apprentices of her own to help them break into the industry and boost her business.


“As soon as I left school I started an apprenticeship”

As a child I always wanted to be a hairdresser. During school I chooseHairdressing Level 1 as a GCSE option. It included some days based in school and others gaining practical skills in a hair salon. I soon started as aSaturday girl in a hairdressers called Hair On Harpers. As soon as I left school and passed my Level 1 I was offered an apprenticeship in Level 2 to further my career.


“I learnt on the job and gained confidence”

Leaving school aged 16 I already had my Level 1 which was a great achievement. I was really lucky to have been given the opportunity to learn on the job and go onto complete my Level 2 in Hairdressing. From there I progressed even further. I gained more confidence and worked through my Level 2 Barbering and then myLevel 3 Hairdressing. I never thought I would one day have my own salon. When I was just 21 the biggest opportunity came up for me which I couldn’t refuse. I was given the chance to take over the business myself and become my own boss - I have never looked back.


“Mycareer highlights have been watching my apprentices and business grow.”

I have had many career highlights. Watching my apprentices grow is amazing. Watching the business grow makes me so proud. Having clients that have stuck by me through my journey - from a Saturday girl to where I am now is unbelievable.


“Apprentices are the future of my business”

I want to be able to give people the opportunity that I had as an apprentice.It's really rewarding watching my apprentices grow in confidence and experience. To have apprentices in the salon is a massive help – both for the business and myself. It is a weight taken off my shoulders. They help me with lots of jobs and get lots of experience. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am now and the business would not be as successful as it is.Apprentices are the future of JD Hairdressing and I want to thank them.


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November 12, 2021