Hairstylist, artist and assistant at The Lounge, Ashbourne, Mia is making her mark on – and bringing a fizzing energy to British hairdressing.

“Three years ago, I had no idea how big the hair world was, especially on social media. Networking is a big thing in this industry.”

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What do you love about your career in hair?

That you can be anyone you want – there are so many ways you can express yourself and who you truly are. I have never felt judged as a hairdresser. I love that it’s such an open and honest profession and that you can get as creative as you want.  

What have you been up to since winning your award? 

I’ve been in the salon working on my clients, creating work that I love. I have just done my first-ever photoshoot, and I loved every moment of it.

What excites you about what you and your peers are achieving right now?

It’s the incredible level of creativity and self-expression that we’re bringing to the table. We’re not afraid to think outside the box, try new techniques and create unique looks that truly reflect our clients’ personalities. It’s all about embracing individuality and celebrating diversity, and that’s what makes our work so exciting and fulfilling.  

If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?

This whole, you’re ‘just’ a hairdresser thing. Hairdressers are artists, therapists, and confidants all rolled into one. They have the power to transform not just hair, but also confidence and self-esteem. I would love to see more recognition and appreciation for the multi-dimensional role that hairdressers play in people’s lives. They truly make a difference. 

What made you enter the It List in 2023?

I wanted to push myself to do more and prove to myself that I am amazing. I lacked in confidence from a young age, so I took myself out my comfort zone last year by entering lots of competitions, and I’m so glad I did!  

Any advice for someone thinking about entering the It List 2024?

Don’t try and be something or someone you’re not. You’re trying to get an award for you, so be yourself to the full. 

What ambitions do you have for 2024?

I want to try and do as much as I can. I’d love to be able to travel all over the world with my job, so I want to lay the foundations for that. 

Do you have what it takes to be The Business Builder 2024?

If you’re aged 30 or under, check out this year’s It List competition and submit your entry no later than Monday 20 May.


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