Carolyn Newman is a renowned colour expert with over 30 years’ experience, educating customers and hairdressers around the globe with her latest colouring techniques. Combining superb technical and creative skills to create the ultimate colour. Known for her inspiring contemporary colour and enthusiastic presentation style, her passion is to always give a personalised and beautiful colour for every client.
HC: Hi Carolyn, can you summarise for us your career in the hair industry?
C: Hi there, I have been working in the hair industry for 38 years. Within these years, I have been working for Charles Worthington Salons for 25 years, covering the field of salon hairdresser, salon manager, operations, educator and colour director. I am also a past international educator for L’Oréal Professional.
I am super excited to be working as a freelance colourist and educator. I am a current UK educator for Schwarzkopf & Tribute Academy. I am also teaching my own colour courses, educational seminars and presented hair shows. I have done it all over the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, United States of America, Canada, Australia, South America, South Africa and Asia.
I am also a regular judge for The British Hairdressing Awards, Most Wanted Awards, L’Oréal Colour Trophy UK, Australian, German, Brazilian and Canadian L’Oréal Colour Trophy and Dutch and Australian Hair Awards.
HC: What drove you to create your own business?
C: After working for a fantastic company for 25 years, I wanted to focus more on my strength as an educator and colourist to offer the next generation of Hairdressers my experiences in the industry. I also wanted to have more flexibility to my life which includes going back to Australia to see my family more.
HC: Becoming a hair freelancer can be tricky what was your biggest challenge?
C: Working on your own, I need to be super focused and organised when doing admin days. I have clear times of when my computer is on. There is a lot to do on the internet, from bookings to social media platforms. I have become extremely disciplined to be able to get it all done.
HC: What made you choose Hunter Collective as a new base?
C: I wanted to be able to offer colour appointments at the end of the week, when salons are busy and don't need training. I wanted a cool space where where I could give my client an expert colour appointment in a relaxed but professional environment. The natural daylight is perfect for giving confident colour analysis. I can use the space to create my new colour techniques as well as the hot desks area to write my training programs so it is a very flexible workspace. The team, here at Hunter Collective, are so supportive, flexible and so much fun. It is a pleasure to work around a team like this one.
HC: What tips would you give to a hair stylist/colour expert thinking about going freelance?
Know your strengths and weaknesses.
Think very clearly about how you want to present your skills and brand to attract clients.
Attend all the industry events to network and promote yourself (which is now promoting your business).
Self belief and quiet confidence, try not to be all things to everyone, hone in on your Unique Selling Point!