I was born and raised in Oxford, and for the first 23 years of my life living in Marston with my parents
I attended school locally while having a Saturday job at a local salon. I left school with the intention on having a career in childcare, and began a college course in doing so. However, at the age of 17, I tragically lost my brother in a road collision, which made me re evaluate my life choices. I then decided this life choice was not for me.
I looked around for an apprenticeship, and found one who was hiring. They offered me the job, and while I enjoyed learning something new, I found the space I was in stifled my creativity. And so, having done a big bulk of my apprenticeship, moved onto somewhere else and quickly found the same thing. This continued, and while I worked at my last place of work for over 3 years, I yearned for more and never really felt content.
One day, I was looking through a job finding website, and I came across an advert for Popham. I attended an interview with Nikki, and although being there a very short length of time, I felt this was a space that allowed self development and improvement. I was delighted to be offered a job following a trade test, and couldn’t wait to start.
My first day, I was in for a big shock. I was used to being the big fish in a small pond, and now I was a minnow in the Atlantic Ocean. But even though I was absolutely terrified, the team were lovely and supported me throughout my wobbly times.
Now, after being here for almost 3 years and taking on role as Training Manager, I still feel incredibly lucky and enjoy every day of being at Popham.
“I had my hair cut with Sarah. She was friendly, welcoming and professional and really listened to what I wanted plus offered some helpful suggestions regarding what would work with my hair and face shape. Lovely cut thank you – and love my fringe!”
“There’s something very special about Popham and I think it comes from the understated confidence of the team, which rubs off on the clients as they spend an hour relaxing in the chair and admiring the unfolding wizardry in the mirror(s). Thanks Sarah, lovely cut and chat.”
“Sarah was lovely – really knowledgeable, skilful and helpful. She listened to what I wanted and spent time understanding my hair type so that she could cut my hair to fit what I’d asked for in a way that looked and felt great. Thank you!”
“Thank you sorry much Sarah, I absolutely love my hair, I’ve been coming to you for years and every visit I’m reminded why, you’re so talented, you listen and offer insightful suggestions and advice. I always leave the salon feeling fabulous. Thank you so much. ”
“I love my new hair cut. Sarah some how gave me exactly what I wanted when even I didn’t know what I wanted.
Thank you. You are a mind reader.
I have had so many compliments on my new hair cut. Makes me feel great.”
“Sarah has been doing my hair for well over a year. It wasn’t great before but with consistent good colour, cutting and excellent advice on looking after it, my hair actually looks really great. I am so pleased. It just goes to show that if you find a brilliant hairdresser, keep going back! Very happy!”
Sarah is the best hairdresser I’ve ever had, she listens and understands exactly what I’m looking for and cuts my hair beautifully.
I was so impressed by the professionalism, people skills, knowledge and confidence of both Sarah and Jean. So comforting to feel in such capable hands and in such a relaxing environment too. Delighted with both cut and colour – thank you so much for all your care and attention.
“My trip to Popham was a delight from beginning to end and thanks to Sarah’s expertise I have the best haircut I’ve had in years and feel ten years younger. Such friendly professionalism is rare and I am glad to have found it.”
“Excellent experience with Sarah – she really listened to what I wanted, took time to explain her approach, and gave me a really lovely hair cut! Rest of the salon experience was great – friendly reception, nice cup of tea!”
“Excellent experience with Sarah – she really listened to what I wanted, took time to explain her approach, and gave me a really lovely hair cut! Rest of the salon experience was great – friendly reception, nice cup of tea.”