“The Chapel is one of a few salons where a stylist’s creativity is really encouraged” — and creativity is one thing that newcomer stylist Sasha Martin holds dearly. Bubbly and full of life, Sasha brings a dash of positivity into everything she does, including her work at The Chapel Sevenoaks. After joining The Chapel only a few months ago, we wanted to get to know Sasha’s story a little better, so we sat down with the 26-year-old stylist to find out more.
Can you tell us a little more about your hairdressing journey?
“As a young kid, my mum’s best friend was our hairdresser. Whenever we would go round to her house to have our hair done — it was always an event. From the relaxing environment to the girly chats we used to have, I loved the social aspects of hairdressing. There was something so fascinating about the trust and love that people had for their hairdressers, and I knew I wanted to have that kind of relationship in my own job. I’m not somebody that could ever sit behind a desk, so I went into hairdressing as a way to get into a client-facing role where I could engage with people, as well as work with my hands.
I began training as soon as I left school, and after an intense training course, I qualified in just under a year. After that, I worked in a few salons but found myself going into the more management side of things, and eventually ended up teaching in the academy attached to my salon.”
So how did you find yourself working at The Chapel?
“Originally, I heard about The Chapel when one of two of my previous co-workers (Steph and Laura) began working here. After a while, I saw an ad on social media, and it sounded so enticing, I couldn't help but apply. After my interview process, I was offered the job, and it felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. The Chapel is such a positive environment compared to my previous salon, where I was working to really tight appointment times — and of course, it didn’t hurt to have two friends already working here!”
How does The Chapel compare to other salons you’ve worked in?
“When I left my old salon, I wanted more time to enjoy doing hair, and The Chapel gives you the chance to do that. I had become so caught up in teaching and managing, and I knew I couldn’t do it all 100%. So here, it’s all about the guests' experience. With really tight appointment times, you never have the opportunity to suggest that guests try something new, and you don’t really have the time to get to know them. Having found this the most important part of hairdressing from such a young age, I was so glad to find that I shared the same values as The Chapel. As a hairdresser, it’s a much better way to work when you’re not rushing around, being pulled from pillar to post.”
What’s one hair product that everyone needs in their toolkit?
“If you’re going to spend time and money to invest in your hair at the salon, then it’s also really important to use high-quality products that maintain your hair between visits. Alongside a great shampoo and conditioner that won’t strip out the colour from your hair, one product that every single person needs to use it heat protector. You wouldn’t go into the sun without sun lotion because you’ll burn, so why wouldn't you also protect your hair too? And this doesn't just apply to heat tools like straighteners or curlers. Even if you’re just blowdrying your hair, or are going away to a hot country, a heat protector will preserve your colour, reduce frizziness, and keep it healthier in the long-run. Pureology’s 21 Benefits is a wonderful all-in-one spray, covering everything from shine to damage control, and it's great for almost every hair type.”
As a stylist, what is your favourite thing about hairdressing?
“For me, it’s all about that in-depth conversation you get to have with your guest which makes the experience so personal. At The Chapel, our consultation process is tailored so that we can educate our guests as much as possible. We have things like warm and cool tone gowns to help guests to visualise things like their undertone, and what colours will work best with them. A guest might aim for ashy blonde hair when it doesn't match their undertone, and as a stylist, I really like passing on knowledge and teaching guests to take the time out and really understand their hair.
As far as my favourite parts of the job, I really like cutting short hair — anything I can get really technical with. I also love working with creative colour, transforming a guest’s hair into an unusual colour that’s not just blond or brown, and getting to see the dramatic end result. It’s probably because I’ve had every colour under the sun myself — although not all of them were on purpose!”
We’ve had a wonderful time getting to know Sasha’s story a little better. To follow even more of our stylists on their hairdressing journeys, feel free to visit our blog.