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.