Former Bolton College apprentice starts her own hairdressing business aged just 23
A YOUNG apprentice is proving she is a cut above.
Former Bolton College hairdressing apprentice Sarah Ratcliffe has opened her own salon at just 23 years old.
And now she is helping to inspire the next generation of apprentices.
Sarah, who is from Westhoughton, has opened her hairdressing salon at 819 Chorley Old Road, after excelling in her studies and building a base of loyal clientele from the local area.
The new salon now employs seven stylists from the local area — including three current hairdressing apprentices from Bolton College.
Sarah, who has a four-year-old daughter called Tia Lexy, said: “Hairdressing is my passion; I eat, sleep and breathe it. I got my first job at a salon when I was 17 and started my level two apprenticeship on a day release at Bolton College.
“In March, I completed my level three and have taken the huge leap to set up my own salon. My ultimate goal is to inspire the next generation of hairdressers, and set up a training academy at my own salon to pass on key skills to my employees. I’m working hard to build a lasting relationship with Bolton College and its team of lecturers who have really helped me on my way.”
Ann Birtwistle, hairdressing lecturer at Bolton College, said: “We are extremely proud of Sarah. Since launching her salon, she has already secured endorsement from the Paul Mitchell hair care brand and is also looking to set up a mini training academy.
“At only 23 years old her future couldn’t be brighter. Not only is she a role model for apprentices everywhere, she is a shining light in the hairdressing world — I’m sure we are going to be hearing lots more about her in the future.”
Sarah became an internet sensation this year after a photo of a hairdo she created — the firework bun — went viral.
After experimenting with the firework bun on a fellow student — which involves one long plait in a spiral style — Sarah uploaded a photograph to Facebook, where it has been shared by hundreds of people and received responses from all over the world.
Since it was posted, the picture has received 120,000 likes and more than 1,800 people have commented on it.
People have travelled all over the country to have their hair styled in a similar way.
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