Award-winning hairdresser Karine Jackson was on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour to discuss why, in an industry populated primarily by women, men seem to be dominating at the top.
Karine is currently shortlisted for the prestigious London Hairdresser of the Year award, a title she previously held in 2009, and she also scooped the Most Wanted Hair Trend award in 2015.
An Ambassador for Organic Colour Systems, Karine opened her Covent Garden salon in 2003 and survived the recession to grow into a thriving West End salon.
Karine says: “I contacted Woman’s Hour after a programme on apprenticeships in which I felt hairdressing was portrayed as a poor choice of apprenticeships for women. In fact, hairdressing is a brilliant career path in a multi-million pound industry and the opportunities are incredible – amazing training, travel, ambassador roles, education work, owning your own business. That got us talking about why the general public aren’t reallly seeing women at the top of the industry – we’re finding it harder to bring in apprentices and we have to challenge this continuing perception of hairdressing as a second rate job for girls who aren’t academic enough to do anything else.
“The women I know in hairdressing continue to inspire me – they’re creative, articulate, smart, fun and they’re often juggling a multitude of commitments and making it all work. I think we should be looking at how we communicate our brilliant industry to the public so that hairdressing is seen as an aspirational career choice with great job prospects for the girls.”