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.
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.
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.