5 MINUTES WITH EXTENSION EXTRAORDINAIRE MICHELLE GRIFFIN
A double business owner, multi award-winning hairdresser Michelle Griffin is also a qualified lecturer and internal verifier having worked with the likes of Habia. Michelle is also a member of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing Council and travels extensively education salons around the world on the many methods of hair extensions.
Here we grab five minutes with Michelle to find out all about her journey in hairdressing and how she progressed into the world of extensions.
When did you begin your hairdressing journey?
I loved hair from an early age. I was completely inspired by the mother of my best friend, she was a hairdresser and I just loved everything about her and her career. It was The Wedge haircut in the 70’s by Trevor Sorbie that my mom wore so well, it fascinated me this beautiful haircut. From this moment on I knew this was what I wanted to do. From this moment on I knew this was what I wanted to do.
Where was your first hairdressing job?
My first job was in a local salon called Ashley James, run by a lady called Gill Arens. From the minute I joined the team I was completely in awe of Gill and she became my mentor. She was a professional dancer so our clientele was of that nature and many wore hairpieces. I attended college every Monday and worked on the salon floor throughout the week. This was where it all began and I am forever grateful to Gill for giving me a fantastic start in life.
You mentioned that many of your clients back then opted for hairpieces, is this where your passion for extensions began?
Absolutely. I loved watching and being part of the transformation and it showed me a more creative side to hairdressing, one that I’d never even thought off. This was always in the back of my mind and it wasn’t until I visited trade exhibition Salon International that I found what I was looking for all along. I noticed an extensions company offering hair attachments for Caucasian hair and from then on I knew this was something I wanted to progress with.
When did you decide to take the risk and start your own extensions brand?
From finding the right company to work with in extensions, I invested and created a servicer in my salon which grew. I wanted quality of hair and products to compliment my education too and so Loxbox was born, which I am extremely proud of.
What tips would you give to someone who is looking to start their own range of products?
Do your research and take your time. When you are starting a business there is no need to rush. This is a life changing decision so take your time and think everything through. Take everything into consideration and make sure you have the time and funds available to give it your all. I would also advise doing your research. Look at your competitors and make sure there is a market for the business you want to build. Look at the market you are aiming for, what are the pros and cons, what will be your USP? Loads of factors come into play when looking at building a business so it’s important you examine them all.
Last but not least, where do you see your business in the next five years?
In the next 5 years GLOBAL EDUCATION NO. 1 is my aim. To fill the market for this service with quality, knowledge and support for salons and stylists around the world… And a product line is on my list to maintain the quality for longer… watch this space!
For more info on the brand, visit Michelle Griffin here.