I started my career at the age of 14 in a Saturday position assisting 10 stylists. I got my inspiration from my uncle who owned a salon in the West End in Kensington High Street and styled the stars. I achieved my NVQ Level 1 and Level 2 in Hair and Beauty. Whilst doing my training I went to the L'Oreal Academy, achieved my colouring, cutting and blow drying skills to list a few. I also attended barbering courses and learned with in-house training. In this ever-changing industry you never stop learning new techniques and product awareness; that's what inspires me.
Once qualified I went from Stylist to Senior Stylist and gained several many more years experience with a good group of stylists where we we had great opportunities putting on shows and competitions. I then went on to management having completed my management course in July 2007. I thrived in managing a busy salon but being self-employed was my next goal. I really enjoyed working for myself and keeping up with skills. I put myself on a course with one the top hair styling icons, Patrick Cameron, with the skills I put my knowledge in to several weddings. With the experience and skills I've gained through my career I felt it was time we put the West End experience into a local growing village. With clean, sharp, new inspiring ideas with a stylish environment with affordable prices.
Toby started his career in hairdressing in 1992 working in a Mayfair salon in the West End, where he trained while studying at the Joshua Galvin Academy. In his six years there, he was working with a wide range of the industry's great cutters and colourists and covered numerous fashion shows and photo shoots for some of the top fashion houses in the UK.
He then moved on to work for a group of salons in Essex for several years, building a large client based in-house, while also doing freelance work for magazines for a number of years.
Never stepping away from service industry, Toby and Lucinda now open Lucinda Wildin Hair together.
I first started my hairdressing when I was just 15 years old doing work experience, I then stayed on as a Saturday assistant until I left school and went to college. Within that time my college found a job placement with Java in Chelmsford where I started my full time aprenticeship. I took many courses throughout this time and also training days at Wella in London. I had many opportunities where I participated in hair shows as well as being lucky enough to meet some famous hairdressers on the way such as; Adie Fellon, Joshua Galvin and Lee Stafford.
I was also involved in competitions held by Wella in London and got through to the reginal finals which was an amazing experience and a big confidence boost. After being an apprentice for two years I was then a graduate stylist for another two years until I left to have my first child. I still stayed within the hairdressing industry by doing family and friends hair at home. After having all four of my children I then decided to get back into hairdressing by going back to college, where I refreshed my knowledge and completed a one year course to learn new skills and gain more confidence. I then carried on my career at Lucinda Wildin Hair where I have found more confidence in new skills within up to date colour trends such as balyage.
I am always looking to improve my skills and keep up with all up to date trends through continuous re-search.