BLOG: How to position yourself as an industry educator, by Halo Hair’s Joseph Ferraro

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Director of Halo Hair and Beauty, Joseph Ferraro is an expert stylist and colourist as well as a recognised educator throughout the UK. A keen member of the Fellowship and ex F.A.M.E. Team member, Ferraro is currently a co-project leader for the Fellowship’s ClubStar Art Team. He also educates for leading manufacturer Sebastian Professional.  

My first foot into the door of becoming an industry educator was when I auditioned for Sebastian Professional’s Cult Team in 2011. I was selected to represent the brand and was lucky enough to become one of their educators.

Through sustained hard work and being part of the prestigious Fellowship for British Hairdressing, I applied to be a member of the F.A.M.E. Team and was fortunate to be given the opportunity. This opened up so many doors, allowing me to meet and collaborate with fellow hairdressers and icons of mine.

These early opportunities and experiences expanded both my knowledge and skill set particularly when it came to stage work and photographic shoots.  Now equipped with this knowledge, I am confident in my ability to train not just my team at Halo Hair and Beauty, Harrogate, but other young hairdressers in the industry.

Being an industry educator has helped me to achieve a number of accolades:

  • British Hairdressing Awards North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year Finalist 2010/11/14
  • Hair Magazine Awards Salon Stylist 2013 and 2014.
  • Fellowship for British Hairdressing Fellow with Honours 2013
  • Fellowship for British Hairdressing Image of the Year Finalist 2011
  • Clothes Show Young Hairdresser of the Year Finalist 2009 and 2010  

One of the most exciting aspects of being an industry educator is having the opportunity to travel the world. So far I’ve travelled extensively throughout the UK, Australia and Monaco!

To be a successful industry educator, it ultimately takes hard work and determination. My advice is that you must enter competitions, assist your icons whenever you can and continuously want to learn.

Finally, do what you believe in; don’t just follow.