27 Jul Hopton mum puts hairdressing skills to the test in new TV series
A go-getter mum is hoping to show others it’s never too late to follow dreams after she switched careers and landed a spot in a national TV competition. Lesley White moved to Hopton from her native south east London last year with the intention of continuing to work as an English teacher.
But after settling, she decided to leave the classroom and follow her long-held passion for hair and beauty, and started training as a hairdresser.
And after just a few months of studying the 58-year-old was plucked from hundreds of hopefuls to star in Hair, a BBC 2 competition to find the country’s top amateur stylist.
In the show Lesley, a mum-of-one, has been pitted against nine others who every week must impress the judges with their salon skills to create a showstopping hairstyle around a certain theme.
Filming has already taken place in London and Lesley is now enjoying watching herself every on the small screen.
“It was stressful, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t, because although you have your brief you have a time frame and it just whizzes past. You’ve never met the model before so you don’t know the texture of their hair or how long it is,” she said.
“I’m living the dream,” she said. “My quality of life is so much better here, the people are so friendly. I hope other mature people will see me and think if she can do it so can I.”
Lesley has finished her level one at Lowestoft College and is going to study at Great Yarmouth College for level two, with her sights set on getting a job in a salon once she qualifies.
This news story was provided by Great Yarmouth Mercury