Martin Gold - My Life in Hairdressing
In September this year the LHAA launched its Salon Ambassadors' group and we are delighted that Martin Gold from MG Hairdressing in Stanmore was able to join us. The LHAA spoke to Martin about his career in hairdressing and asked Martin to say a few words at this year's Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony. It was an inspirational and motivating commentary from one of the masters in the industry.
Founder of MG Hairdressing and LHAA Ambassador – Martin has worked in the hairdressing industry for over 50 years and began his career at the age of 16 as a Saturday junior shampooing, cleaning up and generally looking after salon clients for the salon stylists in much the same way as many Apprentices start their career in hairdressing today. He was keen and eager to learn and took it upon himself to further his knowledge by training at the General Association of Ladies Hairdressers and later joined The London Hair Fashion Group.
Martin was soon recognised by his peers within the industry and at the age of 21 was invited to travel to Germany to work with Wella presenting hair demonstrations to an eager international audience. He continued to support Wella for many years and travelled across the world giving practical demonstrations to eager students, stylists and salon owners. His success as an International hair stylist continued and not unsurprisingly Martin was invited to take up the role of President of the London Hair Fashion Group and led as the Groups' International Artist Director.
Eventually of course, Martin opened his own salon in Stanmore and began building the brand that is MG Hairdressing. MG Hairdressing has built up a strong client base since opening in 1977 and many of his clients and their families are still with him today.
Martin said at the Graduation event "When I started my own salon at a relatively early age my idea was to have my column full every day and every one of my clients was an advert of my work. I wanted to use the salon as my catwalk and I encourage my own Apprentices to adopt this approach today as I believe it’s so important for salons to build their own stylist and working with the LHAA is a great way for them to achieve this."
In his role as an LHAA Ambassador Martin continues to supports the Academy, its Apprentices form all salons and our staff to ‘Aspire to Achieve Excellence’.