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