""

Ashley Thomson: ‘I received so many emails, mostly from America’

The response from my Kentishtowner article back in the summer has been incredible. In it, I explained how I was born with one hand but never let it get to me; and that while no one can actually teach me how to be a hairdresser, they can show me how it’s meant to be done. I watch carefully and then figure out a way to do the style myself.

The morning my feature went live I received so many emails, mostly from America. I was a little confused at first until a message popped up from celebrity hairdresser Sam Villa, who had been mailed the article by a friend of his in the UK. And I couldn’t believe it: he had shared it with his 52,000 fans.

Ashley Thomson: "No one can actually teach me how to be a hairdresser because they don’t have one hand, No one can actually teach me how to be a hairdresser because they don’t have one hand."

Ashley Thomson: “No one can actually teach me how to be a hairdresser because they don’t have one hand.”

I started to receive some really touching stories: one from a lady with a little girl, who was worried about her future because she also was born with one hand. After seeing my article, she was amazed at what I had achieved – and realised her daughter will be capable of anything and there was no need to worry.

Another girl had been in a car accident and had lost all feeling in her right arm: she had been training to be a hairdresser and was struggling to regain her confidence to go back and start again. She went on to say how much of an inspiration I was; and that she will now be enrolling back into college.

What else? Since the piece I’ve been approached by a clothing brand to style the hair for their new website, and have also worked on a new brochure for an embroidery company.

""

Lydia Mayvol’s wedding

And finally, I’ve been honoured to do a couple of local weddings, most recently for Kentishtowner Lydia Mayvol (left), creating 60s hairstyles for her and the bridesmaids.

Stunning, right? And the exposure led to a job offer from a salon, but unfortunately it was too far for me to travel.

So, I just wanted to say thanks to you all: my north London clientele is growing nicely, and I’ve some lovely customers.

Even better, I’m so happy other people are finding my story inspiring. Anything really is possible.

This is box title
Ashley is offering a 10% discount for readers during December. Contact him on Twitter @ashleyleehair or email Ashlee_hm@hotmail.co.uk
Previous post

Collective 159: now open for business

Next post

Free Weekend? Stroll along the Thames to Limehouse