Step into the captivating world of hairdressing, a realm where scissors and brushes become tools of artistic expression. Allow us to introduce the extraordinary Nicole Rodger, the recipient of our prestigious Hair Apprentice of the Year award. Hailing from the renowned Toni & Guy salon, Nicole's dedication to honing her skills and embracing the creative possibilities of this dynamic industry is truly inspiring.

Join us as Nicole shares her invaluable insights into her journey, unveiling her unwavering passion for her craft. From her time at the salon to her dream of crafting stunning wigs for the big screen, Nicole's story will ignite your own aspirations and fuel your flame of creativity.

Step behind the scenes for an exclusive glimpse into Nicole's captivating journey. 

How does it feel to be nominated for the Student of the Year award?

It feels incredible to be noticed for my hard work and effort I have put in and I feel extremely proud of myself.

Can you tell us your favourite memory from studying at The Masters?

My favourite memories are learning different techniques and tips and tricks from all of the different educators and meeting new people.


 Why did you choose to study your course?

I was studying at a different school on a fasttrack course, but wanted to change to apprentice when I started working at my salon. So they moved me to The Masters and it is so much better. 


What have you loved most about your course or time at The Masters?

I have loved the educators and how they make you feel confident in what you’re doing and not nervous or worried. 

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If you could have a one-on-one mentoring session with a renowned figure in your industry who would it be, and what would you ask them?

It would be Jen Atkin, I think she is incredible! I have followed her since I started hairdressing and I have read her book and it is such an amazing book to get the fire going. She is an inspiration, she has achieved so many milestones throughout her career that I would also love to achieve at some point.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I have lots of ideas... I would love to have a salon of my own, but before that I really want to refine and enhance my skill set. I want to learn how to make wigs and work with extensions so I can create pieces for TV and film. 


When I open my own salon, I want to create a space where everyone feels included, appreciated and that they can have fun and express themselves.


Do you have any advice for any students who are wanting to excel in your industry?

Do the work. No one is going to make you take initiative and do it. This industry is all about constantly updating your knowledge and skills. Be passionate about what you’re doing and it will fall into place.

“Winning Apprentice of the Year 2023 has been one of my best moments. I am honoured that my hard work and dedication was recognised and rewarded. Winning this award has highlighted how much I love this industry and how excited I am for the future.”


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