Dean Bradwell has certainly made a name for himself within the hairdressing industry.

At just 32 he was a finalist for the North East Hairdresser of the year at the British Hairdressing Awards two years running.

We caught up with Dean as he goes from strength to strength in his career, with the opening of his new salon, POP in Middlesbrough – and find out how YOU could be his next apprentice.

He said “I’d never really considered a career in hairdressing growing up; it just never really crossed my mind. I really didn’t have an easy time at school, I suffer with Dyslexia, and it really knocked my confidence. So when I left school I worked in factories, which I didn’t enjoy at all. It wasn’t until after months of nagging from my mum that I decided to give hairdressing a go.

“And I have never looked back, hairdressing has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to meet some truly amazing people and have some fantastic experiences.

“It was a real honour to be named a finalist for the North East Hairdresser of the year, for the second year in a row. Although I didn’t win this year- it certainly won’t stop me entering every year!

“I am very excited to open my new salon POP; it’s all about bringing London style and fashion to the North East. It’s going to be really sleek and modern – but very service driven by taking the time to listen and understand exactly what it is the customer wants. But essentially it’s all about the hair, I love precision cutting and classic hairstyles, but adding a modern, edgy twist.

“I am looking forward to working with Saks Apprenticeships – I chose them as my training provider because students get quality one to one time with their educator and they have a really high standard 
of education which I feel is really important. I really do believe getting the proper education can help to establish yourself and help get you further in your career.

“If I could give one piece of advice to those starting out in their hairdressing career it would be to find a mentor and commit to your learning. In hairdressing, it doesn’t matter if you’re a junior apprentice or a senior stylist, you will never stop learning.

“As hairdressers we are lucky enough to work in an industry that is always changing and adapting with changing fashion and trends. There are so many creative minds and so much knowledge you can gather from listening too and watching others.
“Also, practice practice practice. It’s that simple; I still practice my skills to this day simply because I want to be the best I can possibly be. ”

Dean is looking for an apprentice to work alongside him at his new salon, POP in Middlesbrough. If you would like the opportunity to learn from one of the BEST in the business, you can send your CV and details to .
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