An update from a previous learner, Emmalene Gale

Reflections love hearing about your career journeys after you achieve your qualifications... Here is one we received recently:

The last few years have been a whirlwind for me since I left Reflections Training Academy and I’ve gone from nothing to so much that I didn’t even believe was possible, with a lot of hard work, trials, amazing opportunities & low times.

I’ve struggled a lot but pushed as hard as I could with my dream and I want to tell that you were the one right from the beginning who put me on the right path.I want to thank you for that advice because it has stuck with me and it’s been the best thing I ever did.

After I did my level 2 and won 3 awards with Reflections in the year I was there I stupidly left Birmingham to move to London instead of taking on level 3. I worked in a very hard quick city based barber shop for two years which was the hardest learning curve as I had to fight my way to learn and be good enough, but after that I got head hunted by the manager of Ruffians in Covent Garden because of the photos I’d posted on Instagram.

I spent 3 or so years with Ruffians and was able to learn the art of the hot towel shave and became a beard and specialist also started to train others, did stage work at Salon International on the Hi Men’s stage & did magazine work with for Shortlist magazine.

All these opportunities were flowing but a time came where my family needed me and I made the hard decision to move to Spain nearly 2 years ago even though I was doing so well.

Anyway, it’s been crazy and life changing. I’ve just opened my own beautiful barbershop 2 mins from the beach. I’m the only professionally trained barber in miles and people come from miles and miles to see me.

I never believed I would be here but I’m so so happy and I just want to tell you that after all of it and all the people I have to thank along the way... you were the first. So.... just to thank you especially and everyone at Reflections, you were all amazing to me and I will never forget where I began.

My new barbershop is called @mogwai_traditional_barbers - I love my work and am so passionate about giving the highest standard of barbering.

Past apprentice: Emmalene Gale

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Emmalene Gale

Congratulations to our learners who have got through to this year's Xposure Competition

Bristol Learners                        

1.       Jessica Seddon @Lavish Salon and Spa – Tutor: Nic Crowley

2.       Lucy Twinem @Rush  -Tutor: Nic Crowley

3.       Roberto Peula Martin@ Atelier Martin - Tutor: Amy Davies

4.       Lorenza Sanfilippo @Dyenamix Hair and Beauty – Tutor Amy Davies

5.       Beth Carey @The Snug  - Tutor: Sarah Humm


Birmingham Learners

1.       Sally Faulkner @Salon@Chaddesley  - Tutor: Jeff Fitzgerald

2.       Saoirse Ruhan @Phase 2 – Tutor: Casey Stuart

3.       Leanne Perrot @Hazel & Hayden Hairdressing – Tutor:  JeffFitzgerald


Here is some of their fantastic work:

Safer Internet Day 2017

Reflections Training Academy are helping to promote the UK Safer Internet Day 2017:

This theme has been chosen as the global Safer Internet Day theme by the Insafe network as it reflects the importance of all stakeholders of the internet to effect positive change. This change can come from individuals, schools/colleges, organisations, law enforcement and the internet industry itself. The theme encourages young people to work together to be positive, safe and respectful online. In the UK the campaign will particularly explore the ways that young people use images and videos to communicate online, and how this can impact on their views, wellbeing and reputation.

You can find out more by visiting , speaking to one of our tutors or visiting

Wella Xposure Prize

Abi Britt, winner of this year’s Wella Xposure competition has been enjoying her prize at the London Wella Studios.

She took part in a mentoring programme with Leonardo Rizzo of Sanrizz salons, London. Abi developed her knowledge of gaining inspiration and observed some current and emerging trends and techniques from the models presented.

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