Hairdressing as a career – putting the record straight...

A champion of fresh young talent, John Frieda Salons Creative Director, Zoë Irwin is no stranger to inspiring the next generation. It seems fitting then, that she took up the mantle when asked to speak to school pupils around the country about the kind of career that could await them if they join the ranks of an incredible, creative community... hairdressers.

In a virtual careers talk hosted by Speakers for Schools, a charity founded by business journalist Robert Peston which is dedicated to inspiring state school students to reach their full potential, Zoë, to an audience of hundreds, talked passionately about her career. While Zoë’s love of working in a salon remains, she also spoke of the opportunities beyond the chair, styling for editorial shoots in leading magazines, working with global brands, becoming an ambassador for the likes of ghd and Wella Professionals alongside her roles as a trend forecaster and educator.

Speakers for Schools brings together leading figures across media, the arts, science, law and politics to broaden children’s career horizons. As a career often overlooked in schools, THE INDUSTRY was thrilled to work with the organisation to provide a platform for hairdressing and Zoë was the perfect person to enlighten the audience about the prospects available in this field. She joins an incredible list of speakers which has included Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of the Tate museums and galleries, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of ITV and activist and supermodel Adwoa Aboah.


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