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Meet Trailblazer Claire Baxter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Claire Baxter.

Claire, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Having left school very early I jumped straight into hairdressing, but I even knew before then, it was what I wanted to do. I started my career in Mount Eliza, Melbourne, in a real boutique salon, my boss at the time had such a drive and natural way with people and I remember my 16-year-old self – thinking I cannot wait to have that way with people. I couldn’t wait to make people feel soo good in their own skin. About 5 years on in my career, I was ready to jump to contract work, which gave me a sense of “ownership” in a way as it was up to me how hard I wanted to work, and knowing I only had myself to fall on financially, I made sure I made each week count. Up until July 2017, I was based in the same salon. Don’t get me wrong, I always loved my job but I feel like my love for hairdressing began again to a whole new level with a fresh scent when I joined the “Hair by Jess Lewis” team, also, I had known both Jess and Darcy for quite some time so I was pretty excited to be working alongside them. Having built up a clientele where I previously worked, of course, I was nervous to leave my previous salon but I also had the mentality of whoever was supposed to follow me over would eventually find where I was now working and that was meant to be the type of thing and it didn’t let me down! 🙂

I have now been working at “hair by Jess Lewis “ for just over a year and I couldn’t be happier. It is so important to work alongside fellow hairdressers who have similar hair beliefs and mentality. I now go to work not only doing what I love but working alongside amazing people and also feeling challenged. It’s easy to get stuck in the “same old”. I’m very thankful for my workplace!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, I know for me it wasn’t until about 6 years in yes I loved doing hair but I was just a bit stuck doing the same things & not furthering my education and at the time I didn’t really want to further my education. But in the last year, I have done more education and more watching than I ever did in my 8 years of hairdressing! I now also work alongside really inspiring hairdressers which naturally drives you. So, my advice would be to stay inspired.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about @hairwithclaire – what should we know?
My favorite thing to do would be blondes. I love that there is such a wide spectrum of “blonde “. Tones and how much blonde all come into play.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Keep an open mind to how all your co-workers color or cut, etc. Being an apprentice, you often passing up foils or toning for a senior stylist. You learn so much from doing this. I still watch the girls I work with now. Try and understand why the senior stylist wants you to use that particular toner. Ask them why they wanted the foils there. Why do you section like that? Being an apprentice, you can take all the parts you like from each colleague and one day, put it all into play.

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