A former welder and fabricator who made a stylish career change is celebrating opening his own hair salon.
Joseph Smith has launched the House of Smith salon in Scholes, completing an unusual job switch.
Just a couple of years ago the dad-of one was helping make electrical motors for the mining industry but dreamed of cutting it in the hair business instead.
He decided to put down his welding tools to retrain for his dream job and after studying for an apprenticeship at Bradford College whilst working at Krystal’s Hair and Beauty in Cleckheaton he has now realised his ambition and started his own business.
“It feels brilliant to have my own place,” said the 26-year-old from Bierley.
“There has been a lot of hard work to get here but it has been worth it.
“I am so excited to start growing the business now.
“I spent four-and-a-half years as a fabricator welder and then production engineer and it was a good job but I had always styled friends’ hair and had the desire to make that my career.
“I have to thank my mum and my partner, Verity, for their support. Without their backing I wouldn’t have been able to do this.”
The salon on Scholes Lane, which is in the former bridal shop, Elegance, has been decorated in an “old-school British” style according to Smith and includes beauty treatment rooms as well as the main hair salon.
While he intends to do all the cutting, colouring and styling of hair by himself, initially, she hopes to take on an apprentice of his own eventually.
“I am a big fan of the apprenticeship system,” he said.
“You can’t beat experience in the workplace.
Bradford College offers a range of hairdressing courses at various levels including full-time college-based study and apprenticeships. The college also boasts a salon which is open to the public where students, managed by expert staff, offer a range of salon services at a snip of the typical high street price.
For further information and appointments telephone 01274 436114.