Fiona Murrell is 40 years old and a partner at Finicky’s Hair Design. Fiona started her career as a Saturday girl at Strands Hair Design of Felixstowe and Woodbridge.
From there, Fiona started her apprenticeship with Strands until she qualified 2 years later.
Fiona then joined Nick at Scissor Trix, where she rented a chair.
From there, Nick and I started Finicky’s.
My interest outside Finicky’s are going out for meals with my family, going on holidays and of course my wonderful family. Bringing up 4 boys is a hobby itself. And of course spending time with my husband Nick.
Nick is 43 years young and has been hairdressing for 26 years. Nick started his apprenticeship in Ipswich, for Franco’s, where he spent 4 years learning his trade from Franco, who he owes a lot to and has an enormous amount of respect for.
Nick says “I think young people going into hairdressing today would all benefit from a boss like Franco.”
Nick then joined his friend Karl Turner to help get a new venture, called Scissor Trix, started. Nick rented a chair off of Scissor Trix for 2 years and really enjoyed his time, making some great friends. Nick was later joined by his wife, Fiona, who also rented a chair.
In 1991, Nick and Fiona, decided to open their own shop, as the time was right. A shop came up in Trimley St. Mary, which needed some work but it was the beginning of Finicky’s Hair Design.
Nick says “My interests outside Finicky’s are football, fishing, motorcycles, and of course my wonderful family which mean the world to me. I have 4 boys, Conor 15 years old, Ellis 12 years old, Archie 4 years old, and Jett 2 years old. My wife Fiona, who is also a partner at Finicky’s is the best wife and mum in the world.”
Hi, I’m Emma, 21. I started out hairdressing as a Saturday girl in 2005 at a local Felixstowe salon, Hair Artistry. This was while I was at school studying for my GCSE’s. Once I had finished the salon kept me on as an apprentice. I went on to complete an NVQ level 2 in hairdressing and extended my training by gaining my NVQ level 2 in barbering. I studied all this at The Hairdressing training school which has now changed to WS training in Ipswich.
I stayed at Hair Artistry for 6 years from starting there in 2005 but after qualifying in the 2008 and having the chance to grow as a stylist, I then felt it was the right time for a change to further my career elsewhere. This is when I took the opportunity to move to Finicky’s. I started here in October 2011. I’m really enjoying my time here it’s such a friendly atmosphere and family-orientated salon. This I feel aided me in settling straight in. It’s nice to see lots of my clients following me from my previous salon.
I have also started doing my NVQ level 3 which I started in the January. This is something that will help me if I wanted to go on to assess in the salon. It also covers a lot more depth about hairdressing and the types of styles and colours at the higher level. It has also boosted my confidence in trying out new styles and provide the best possible advice to the client. I enjoy the opportunity to solve problems for clients that sometimes cannot decide their ideal style.
In the salon I enjoy every aspect of hairdressing I particularly enjoy colouring and colour change, cutting and hair up. I have had a few opportunities to style weddings and also other celebrations like proms and balls. I like being able to have a choice of different styles for the client in the way they would like it for the special day.
In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends and family, going out to dinner, partying and going on holidays to enjoy the sunshine.
I am Steph, I’m 22 years old. I started working in a hairdressers while I was doing my exams at school as a Saturday girl. I started doing an NVQ Level 2 in beauty therapy when I finished school, after I completed this at Suffolk College I went on to do hairdressing.
I trained at the hairdressing training school, which is now WS training. I worked in a village salon near Ipswich while I was doing my hairdressing apprenticeship. I worked at this salon for 4 years and then decided I wanted to further my hairdressing skills and experience.
I joined the hairdressing team at Clarice House in Ipswich, this is where I trained in a new treatment called bralizilian blowdry, which is a smoothing treatment that eliminates frizzy, hard to manage hair and is a great conditioning treatment, this treatment has been very popular.
I met lots of new people and learnt new skills which helped me offer new services to my clients in the salon. I left Clarice House and moved to a new salon in Kesgrave called Identity Hair and bBeauty. While I was working at Identity I brought my new skills and training to the salon so we could offer more services to our new and regular clients.
I have now joined the Finicky’s team and am really enjoying working here. I have met lots of new people who are very friendly and welcoming and the salon has a great atmosphere. I hope to bring all the new skills I have learnt throughout my hairdressing career to the salon with me so I can offer them to our clients, so we can offer even more services at the salon.
My favourite aspect of hairdressing is colouring and giving people advice and new ideas on what colours to have. I am also hoping to bring some of my beauty training to the salon so we can offer some beauty treatments.
In my spare time I like socialising with my friends and family, going out for meals and the cinema. I also enjoy clothes shopping and going on holiday so I can relax by the beach.
Hi, my name is Morgan, I’m 15 years old. I’ve worked at Finicky’s for 1 year, and love it.
I’ve always wanted to be a hairdresser for as long as I can remember, and am looking forward to doing my apprenticeship at Finicky’s, when I leave school in May.
I currently study photography, art, textiles and production art at school. Outside of school and work I also do photography as a hobby, it really interests me as I love all the different ways you can change a photo by editing or using different software. I’m also often sketching various designs, so I guess that’s a hobby too.
I would say I was artistic an person, and think this has inspired me to choose hairdressing as a career. After I have qualified I would like to specialise in hair colouring. And I make a good cup of tea too!