Our Great Lengths 2014/15 ‘GL Apps’ award winner, (previously known as Fastrack), Charlotte Boyes, talks about how her career has been transformed by using hair extensions…
Tell us a bit more about you, your experience and your salon
I’m a hair stylist at POSH Hair, Nails & Beauty Salon in Leeds and have been in the hairdressing industry practically all my life! My career officially started at the age of 13 when I began working for the family business behind a backwash. I have now been qualified in hairdressing over 10 years and specialise in hair extensions and colouring.
Over the past three years, I started to enter competitions but never thought I would stand a chance coming from a small, local salon. To date I have won, Rising Star of the Year 2012/13, been a Bridal Finalist 2014/15 with my latest achievement being winning the GL Apps Transformation Award 2014/15. It just goes to show, that us little salons have just the same skills and are just as forward thinking as the bigger salons!
What was the inspiration behind your winning Great Lengths Awards entry?
With the male grooming industry growing, the inspiration for my entry came from the traditional Italian barbershop look, which has become so popular now. Many male clients are now requesting a side part with a perfect fade. To create this look I find that GL Apps is the quickest and most versatile method, but you could also use pre-bonded extensions on male hair. In my entry, I used GL Apps to add colour and texture to create this look.
How long have you been working with Great Lengths?
I’ve been a Great Lengths extensions stylist for five years and have been using hair extensions on male clients since qualifying. I actually styled two of my own clients, Richard and Matt, for the official Great Lengths Men-Hancements® campaign shoot.
What’s your most requested hair extensions look, and why?
Currently, many of my clients are requesting extensions for thickness rather than just adding length. They want natural colours and in particular the ombre look – one of the most natural ways to achieve this look is to use extensions.