Arabella Kind

Q&A with GL Awards Hair of Fame winner Arabella Kind

Lauren Great Lengths

Arabella KindAt the age of three as she insisted on putting pink clips in her (very patient) dad’s hair, little did Arabella Kind know that she was destined for great things in the hair world. From completing her apprenticeship to opening her own boutique salon, winning the Hair of Fame award at the GL Awards has to be the icing on the cake. Actually, make that the cherry on top. Here we quiz Arabella on her life within the hair industry so far…

Introducing Arabella Kind

  • How did you begin your hairdressing career? 

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a natural fascination with hair. At three years of age, I would insist on putting little pink clips in my dad’s hair while I pretended to cut away with my imaginary scissor fingers.  

I began working in the hairdressing industry in 2011 as an assistant on a Saturday at a highly regarded salon in Leicester city centre. I was thrilled to be offered an apprenticeship with them upon leaving school.  My dream was always to be become a hairdresser and not only was I delighted to successfully complete my NVQ Level 2 apprenticeship, I went on to receive my advanced NVQ Level 3 and qualified as a hairdressing assessor myself. 

Six years on, I continue to enjoy my profession more than ever, and I’m now the proud owner of a small salon in my home town of Leicestershire named ‘Arabella’s Hair Boutique.’

  • Why did you decide to train with Great Lengths? 

I couldn’t wait to get involved with Great Lengths and I attended my training course in September 2014. I would always notice clients flicking through magazines and being particularly drawn towards the models with amazing voluminous hairstyles, often saying that they wished their own hair was like that.  This made me think about how much I really loved giving clients the hair of their dreams, and do this in a completely natural way.

I began researching in depth and soon realised that Great Lengths would be a brand that I could have total confidence in. To not only receive premium quality and 100% ethical human hair and great products, but to have professional support too. 

  • What has been your favourite transformation to date and why?

A client of mine was diagnosed with a rare disease called Vasculitis. There is currently no known cure for this disease meaning that if it is left untreated it can be fatal. My client’s case was so aggressive she was treated with a form of chemotherapy for six months. She always had very long thick dark hair but the chemotherapy meant her hair shed significantly. 

Twelve months later I was able to give this client her luscious long thick hair back using Great Lengths extensions. It was overwhelming to see such an emotional response and I’ll never forget her beaming smile as I revealed her new hair. My client said she completely felt like herself again and she was often complimented on how lovely her hair was and how natural it looked.

The added bonus for her was the fact that once they had been removed we were able to donate her Great Lengths extensions to The Little Princess Trust. She knew what a difference they made to her and really loved the fact she could help somebody else.   

  • Who are your favourite industry artists and why?

Guy Tang is a massive inspiration to me. His colours are absolutely incredible. He makes the impossible possible when it comes to colouring hair.  Another favourite of mine is Alena Famina. I originally discovered her on Instagram and think that she is amazing at both styling hair and creating stunning up dos, her skills are a true work of art. 

  • What are your hair trend predictions for 2019?

I predict 2019 will continue to see blunt cuts being at the forefront. I particularly love the collar bone length. I also hope to see long bangs as they are low maintenance for clients and can be worn forward or to the side to give a completely different look.

Check out who else went home with a Great Lengths award HERE.

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