Listen up hairstylists. Every month I will bring you an exclusive insight into my world through my diary entries. The world we both share. My achievements, my mistakes, the happy, the sad and the challenging. But who am I? My name’s Justin Mackland, a colourist, a level 3 apprentice stylist and a Schwarzkopf Social Queen from Ishoka in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dear Diary,

There are so many aspects of my job that I feel both comfortable and confident in. This month I want to talk about something that challenges me. When I first began my industry journey a few years ago, in my head, the art of cutting hair stood out to me to possibly be one of the easier tasks of hairdressing. Oh, how wrong I was. Cutting hair, particularly short hair has become one of the biggest challenges I have faced during my time training, like it actually gives me the fear LOL. I had days of wondering… Am I only CUT out to be a colourist for the rest of my life? (Pardon the pun).

Luckily, I am so fortunate to have such an incredible and patient mentor in Philip Bell. Philip’s passion for educating the industry added with his creative flair really keeps me inspired and determined to succeed. My Schwarzkopf Sister Rebecca Jacques (@rebeccajacques_hair) is such an incredibly cool cutter and I use a lot of her images as inspiration on my training days. I guess what I am trying to say is, during your training/on your way to the top, you are absolutely going to have bad days but the absolute best way to deal with feeling inadequate or that you’re a failure is to take a step back, look how far you have come, surround yourself with people who inspire you, practice, practice, practice and I promise you will succeed.

I know I will get the hang of cutting short hair very soon but for the time being practice makes perfect and I am determined to one day be an incredible hairstylist in all aspects of hairdressing. In our industry especially which is full of perfectionists and creatives, we are far too hard on ourselves. Always bring your own sunshine, even when it’s raining.

I’d love for you to reach out and share your biggest challenges. Hit me up on Instagram @justinatishoka

All my love,

Justin xoxo