Despite the challenging times the UK and global hair industry has experienced in recent months, Saks has bucked the trend and opened a new hair salon in Newark.
When salon owner Zoe Chamberlain joined Saks Lincoln as a stylist in 2013, she realised quickly that she wanted her own Saks salon. And as soon as salons were given the go-ahead to reopen it was all systems go! Saks Lincoln owner Rachel Banks ensured Zoe took up the ongoing training opportunities that the brand has to offer with Saks Art Team and L’Oréal Professionnel. Zoe’s career then took a creative turn when she joined the annual Saks A-Team training programme in 2015, exploring techniques suited to session styling. Mentored by creative director Luke Pluckrose and Saks Art Team, she’s been assisting at shoots and shows ever since. A brilliant colourist, Zoe was also named L’Oréal Colour Trophy grand finalist in 2015 and three-times regional finalist 2017-19.
“I love the buzz of salon life and that feeling when your customer loves ‘the look’,” says Zoe. “Thanks to Rachel and Saks HQ I now know all the stuff that goes on to make it happen. Being part of Saks means I get loads of ongoing help from HQ. Things like setting up and running my website and helping with social media really make a difference. My timing’s been pretty crazy given CoVid-19 but during lockdown I saw how supported our salon owners are behind the scenes with team-HQ helping us navigate it all – we had a clear picture of what to do going forward.”
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