About this one. A belter of a year for Katie Gledhill: named Advanced Therapist of the Year in annual Saks Awards, Vegas wedding and – AHEM – now proud owner of Saks Beauty Halifax!
We chatted with Katie at Professional Beauty Regional Awards. Massive congrats for flying the flag as North West Beauty Salon of the year finalist again, by the way!
SO KATIE, HOW DID YOUR SAKS JOURNEY START?
How mad is this. At 16 I got my work experience in a Saks hair salon. Becky Barraclough was working there as a hairdresser and we just clicked. Becky was also a qualified therapist and went on to open Saks Beauty Halifax at 2 Albion Street.
I was actually one of the beauty salon’s first customers! I’d left the hair salon, worked for six years at the Halifax (yup, in Halifax), knew it wasn’t for me and started my beauty career. I went in for a facial and Becky took me on as a therapist, put me on the right track with training and then I became salon manager. The rest is Saks history!
TRAINEE STYLIST TO THERAPIST TO SALON MANAGER TO FRANCHISEE – HOW DOES IT FEEL?
No words – totally AMAZING!
FAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT
We’ve just introduced Decleor skincare and I’m obsessing over Aromessence Night Balms – LOVE Neroli. The essential oils have the power to sink right into skin and make a difference at a deeper level – our customers are loving their relaxation and results.
TELL US ABOUT LOVELY DAUGHTER BEAU
Ahh, my little baby – 8 already and I adore her. Everything I do is for Beau!
ALL-TIME BEAUTY ICON AND WHY
Kirsty Jewson at Saks! She lives and breathes Saks Beauty. Loads of fun, loads of energy, loads of positivity and always great advice – a total inspiration!
Deep fried brie and curly fries. This being when I’m “off plan” from Slimming World!
FAVE TREATMENT THAT YOU LOVE DELIVERING FROM FACE, BODY OR GLAM MENUS
Any of the CosMedix peels on our advanced skincare menu. Customers love seeing better, fresher skin! My fave is Benefit Peel.
A GREAT MOMENT IN YOUR SAKS JOURNEY?
That’ll be the Saks Makeup Squad, backstage at The Clothes Show. Getting creative and hanging out with all the other Saks MUAs, models and dancers – was fab!
A GOOD READ
Cosmo and Slimming World – not whilst eating the brie!
HALF HOUR OF ME-TIME – WHAT DO YOU DO?
I clean. I clean anything.
A GREAT MOVIE OR BOX SET
LOVE watching a goood box set back-to-back. I say ‘Prison Break’.
GIVE US A #PROUDTOBESAKS MOMENT. APART FROM THE SALON
Winning Advanced Therapist of the Year 2016 at the Saks Awards!
COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
FAVE #SAKS4EVE MOMENT
We like to have fun with our fundraising. Think it’s got to be that time 39 Saks people did the Velocity Zip Challenge in Wales. It was a total buzz – then we celebrated in Llandudnoooo!
(Saks UK raises funds to aid The Eve Appeal‘s research into the five women-only cancers of the cervix, ovaries, vagina, vulva and womb. The #Saks4Eve zippers raised £7,612.33 towards the £112,000 raised so far.)
FAMOUS PERSON YOU’D LOVE TO MEET AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Lady GaGa. I’d shake her up and down and tell her I love her! I’d take her for a good old night out in Halifax!
FAVE PLACE IN THE WORLD?
Ibiza. It was my first holiday with Ste and we love taking Beau to the White Isle now. Cocktails and mocktails as the sun sets!
TIME TRAVEL. WHERE, WHEN, WHAT?
10 years ago. I’d tell myself about this year – I’d think I was having myself on!
Spooning Nutella – naughty but sooo good.
A THING YOU WANT TO DO IN THE NEXT YEAR
Three! Win a Professional Beauty Award. Me and Ste are looking to buy a nice family home together. And I’m excited about taking my beauty salon to another level in 2018!
FINALLY, GIVE US YOUR #ILOVESAKS
I love Saks because for as long as I can remember I have wanted to own my own salon. I’ve dreamed about having my name on that plaque… AND NOW IT IS!
We say: “Quite right too!”
Interview with Vicky Franks, Saks UK Marketing
Huge thanks to Natalie from Saks Halifax for recording our convo!