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TGt Meets... Karoliina Saunders - IWD Special

We spoke to salon owner Karoliina Saunders as part of our series of interviews with inspirational women to celebrate International Women's Day!

Name: Karoliina Saunders

Location: Highworth – Karoliina Saunders Hair Design

Occupation: Salon owner/Session stylist

Which woman would you compare yourself to?

Donna Karan - She is fantastically creative woman in the way she designs but she is equally good at running her own business. I try very hard to be both creative and a good businesswoman.

What would you say is your most valuable skill and why?

My versatility is a great skill. I can adapt to any situation very quickly which is important in hairdressing. Each day is different and being versatile means I have been able to grab every opportunity that has come my way.

Why do you think it's important to have an International Women's Day?

It's a great idea to celebrate women all over the world. It's a chance to acknowledge the many roles women undertake in today's society from being mothers and homemakers to working and running businesses.

How do you maintain a work/life balance?

I surround myself with a great team both at home and work which allows me to delegate when necessary. I also have to be very strict and disciplined with myself so I make sure I see my family. Being organised is the key to success when it comes to work life balance.

Have you ever had to give up or miss out on anything in order to pursue your career?

Yes! Sadly it always seems to be that I have to miss events with friends like celebrating birthdays and other key events.

Do you ever experience any discrimination in the workplace because of your gender?

Personally I have not had this experience but I know it does happen in the hairdressing industry. And, while we have lots of women working as hairdressers, many of the most successful names and those working at the very top are men. There have also been fewer women who have been awarded the British Hairdresser of the Year title and this is something I hope will change moving forward. 

Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to fellow females looking to get into your profession?

Be prepared to work incredibly hard and try to get employment in a salon that is the right fit for you, When you feel happy and really part of a team that is when the job doesn't feel like work and you can produce the best results.

If you could have dinner with 5 inspirational women dead or alive, who would they be?

Dolly Parton, Madonna, Margaret Thatcher, Michelle Obama and Joan Jett

As a successful female, where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

I would love to be a winner in the British Hairdresser of the Year competition! The ultimate accolade. As well as running a successful salon I would like to have established a training academy as I am passionate about sharing knowledge. As I love session styling, I want to grow that side of my career and hope to one day see my work on the cover of Vogue!

Karoliina Saunders Hair Design

Karoliina Saunders Hair Design

Karoliina Saunders Hair Design is a contemporary boutique hair salon in Highworth, Swindon.

2 Sheep Street , Highworth, Swindon, SN6 7AA

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