Raj Takes the Leap

 Raj Sethi of Barrie Stephen Hair, Leicester has successfully secured herself a place on the prestigious Schwarzkopf Professional LEAP Ahead team.

Raj, 30, impressed the panel of independent industry judges with her passion and talent in her interview at the Schwarzkopf Professional ASK Academy in London, where she was joined by many hopefuls looking to make the next step in their hairdressing careers.

The LEAP Ahead programme is designed for stylists aged between 25-35 years old who are no longer eligible to enter into the numerous industry training programmes available for hairdressers under the age of 25. For someone entering the industry a little later who has not had the advantage of being in a young training programme, or perhaps have graduated from the younger training programmes already, the LEAP team is the perfect next step. 

Raj and the rest of the 2015/16 LEAP Ahead team can look forward to exciting opportunities such as their very own photoshoot, training from Schwarzkopf’s renown ambassadors, invitations to industry events, introductions to key hairdressing press members and a wealth of educating sessions. They will be led for the year by LEAP Ahead team managers, Jamie Farrar and Catherine Adams.

Jamie Farrar says, “The 2015/16 LEAP Ahead team are a highly talented mix of hairdressers, all bringing their own unique talents and skills to the table. They have a superb year ahead of them working with some of the industry’s icons and of course, their very own photoshoot which will be a culmination of all the years learning put into action.”

Raj is over the moon with her success in the competition:

“I'm so excited! The LEAP Ahead programme is so fantastic because it’s opens a few more doors for hairdressers my age who, like myself, are slightly more restricted by taking on more senior and managerial positions. I have done creative work before in and outside of Barrie Stephen Hair and it’s something I really enjoy and miss so this is the perfect opportunity to get myself back out there and noticed! I can’t wait to get to know my team members and grow as a stylist.”