After a year of fundraising, in October 2018 Gary Young traveled out to Zulu Natal with the Coco’s Foundation to help build a couple of houses for orphaned children living in the area many of whom have HIV and have little or no support network.
the group helped out at breakfast club and after school activities for the orphans in the area and took a group of the orphans on a shopping trip to buy them school uniforms.
The whole trip was an amazing success and great experience.
In 2019 Kiki Cavie and Emma Hobden will be making the trip out to Africa to do another set of houses with the Coco’s Foundation if you would like to help with their fund raising please go to their just giving pages on the links below;
Yes, I originate from Italy, having moved to the UK at five years old.
I consider England my home, though love visiting my family and village in Puligia.
Now I live in Eastbourne with my husband/work partner Gary, son Daniel and small dog Daisey.
My creative ability lead me to hairdressing. This journey started at Chichester College.
On completion of my two years, I was fortunate to join Crowns in Worthing.
Crowns gave me the key foundations to deliver the skills l have continued to learn in my thirty years plus in this industry.
I’ve worked in two other salons within Sussex.
Ian and Martin in East Grinstead and Topknots based in Heathfield. All three salons have changed names since my time with them though are still business.
In between my last two employers I took on new challenges.
I landed a job to train as a window dresser. I found this great fun though missed being part of a team as well as meeting people.
So back into hairdressing. Within this period I was in partnership with a small successful salon in Forest Row.
My early thirties lead me to three years in Bahrain due to family commitments. This brief time allowed me a great insight into hairdressing with different cultures due to the expat community.
At present I share daily magic with my husband/partner Gary and the incredible team at The Grove Experience. The dream that became a reality in 2009.
We opened our doors with a team of four in total, Presently we have 15 in our team with in-house training for our young designers as well as external students.
Personally I will do my best to make you feel special and always give you the best advise and direction in creating the style you wish to achieve.
I believe in working in harmony with your lifestyle and hair.
I would love to meet you and help create a touch of magic…
I started my hairdressing career when I was 14 by going to college as a day release from school; this is where I decided hairdressing was the career for me.
From there I looked at the different ways you can get into hairdressing and decided the apprenticeship route was the best suited to me as I enjoy the salon atmosphere and felt it was going to give me the best training possible. My careers adviser put me in touch with Topknots in Heathfield as they had the best reputation for hairdressing and training in our area. I was very lucky to join their cutting club, which was a club that ran on a Tuesday after school, where we learnt everything from shampooing to cutting and colouring hair. This then leads into a Saturday job in the salon, which gave me the opportunity to see and learn how a salon runs.
Although I only started doing the very basic jobs like making refreshments and making sure the salon had enough clean towels and sweeping the floor, I was always really busy and learning lots of new skills by watching all the stylists.
I started my NVQ full time upon leaving school in 2002, I couldn’t wait to get trained and become a successful hair designer. Throughout my training, I was always inspired by learning lots of new things and would always be first to book to go to shows and training events.
When I completed my NVQ level 2 alongside the Topknots in-house training program the following year in 2003, I was very excited to build up my clientele and do the best I could for my guests. That year I was very proud to receive the Topknots Student of the Year. After a year in the salon in Heathfield working on the Graduate level, I had built up a good client base and was promoted to the Hair designer level.
Shortly after this Gary suggested I join the Paul Mitchell Artistic team which he is a part of, The team educate for Paul Mitchell at events around the UK teaching other hairdressers new colour, cutting and styling techniques. To join the team we had to learn everything about Paul Mitchell colour and takehome products, after which we went on a two-day training and accreditation course in Aylesbury. This is where I learnt how to educate and present to others at the end of the two days we took an exam on Paul Mitchell colour, products and the chemistry of hair.
I passed my exam and became a senior associate with honours. Over the time I have been working as an educator for Paul Mitchell I have always wanted to improve my knowledge and skills every year and have had a lot of opportunities on the journey to becoming a platform artist and working alongside Gary and the rest of the senior team. I have also been fortunate enough to have training and coaching from the American Paul Mitchell Art directors who are very well known in the hairdressing industry.
Over the years working with Topknots I have used the knowledge & skills I learnt with Paul Mitchell in the salon with my guests to help them get the look they want and to manage their style at home. In 2006 I won designer of the year and in 2007 won star of the year of which I was very proud.
In 2007 the owners of Topknots Ian & Gaye retired and sold the company which soon became the ‘Great Hairdressing group’ which it is still known as today. I continued working for the new owners and continued to enjoy my work rising up through the promotion levels in the salon.
In 2008 I moved to the Eastbourne Salon on the Sovereign Harbour as I moved house to Eastbourne. I was lucky fortunate that a number of my Heathfield guests followed me to the Eastbourne salon. The following year 2009 I was given the opportunity to manage the salon in Eastbourne, which was something I really wanted to do. I managed a team of 10 and learned a lot from the experience.
In 2011 I felt I had accomplished all I could with the Great Hairdressing Group and it was time to move on to what I know will be an even more successful future at the Grove Experience.
Since joining the Grove Experience team I have completed two years of 365 business courses which I really enjoyed getting to learn more on the business side of the hairdressing industry.
After having two years out of the Paul Mitchell Artistic team to complete my business courses, I really couldn’t wait to get back into the team and start doing some show work again. I have completed my Paul Mitchell Prev-you training which is where we get assessed on colour and cutting techniques and styling looks which we will then be educating in the shows.
I enjoy learning new skills and have learnt how to do Hot towel wet shaves which is another service I am now offering my male guests.
I have also learnt Threading which is a technique using thread to remove hair, It was originally used on men to remove mono-brows but is now used on ladies as well to remove unwanted hair and reshape eyebrows.
October 2015, I started volunteering at St Wilfred’s Hospice cutting and styling hair for patents and their family’s. I really enjoy giving back to my local community.
IN 2016 I won the salon designer of the year, and then again in 2017.
I have recently completed a course at the London school of barbering to upgrade my shaving skills and gain an NVQ level 3 in Shaving.3
In the future I would be interested in having or running my own branch within Experience Hair design, I would also like to get into more Media work with Paul Mitchell doing photo shoots for magazines.
I currently live in Eastbourne a short walk from the salon with my Husband Tony and our dog Ernie.
I am lucky to have a great group of friends which I enjoy spending time with. My family have always been a great support network for me from when I started my training right up to now and are always keen to see me doing well in what I enjoy.
I look forward to welcoming you as a guest at the Grove Experience soon.
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Gary Young (SRSH)(Master Craftsman)
On leaving school in 1983 I joined a local salon in Eastbourne on a three-year apprenticeship going day release to college on my day off.
I achieved my City & Guilds hairdressing with a distinction.
I stayed on at college another two years for advanced hairdressing, theatrical make-up, and manicuring and basic beauty all on a day release basis while working at the salon.
After leaving my first salon I worked freelance for the next three years doing Hairdressing and make-up, for local photographers and theatres and people on the go.
In 1990 I Joined Topknots Hair Design Ltd. During the twenty years with that company, I worked my way up through the company I joined the management team in 1993, which led to running the Heathfield salon. I took part in setting up and open the Buxted Park studio then oversaw the running of the two units.
In 2000 I joined Ian and Gaye Auburn as a Director of the studio that we opened on the Waterfront in Eastbourne, I spent 8 years building that salon up, and oversaw the sale of the Topknots company to the Great Hairdressing group and then became the operation director for that group overseeing the running of their 7 salons in Kent and Sussex.
Over the 31 years of my hairdressing career, I have attended many courses and training sessions the most relevant are, The Complete 365 Business Builder Programme, ten years of S.O.T.A / Symposiums, 365 Immersion Program. For eight years I was involved in 365 as a lecturer. Weeks advanced cutting at Vidal Sassoon’s, Advanced Hair Extensions course, First Aid with St Johns and Red Cross.
I have worked with Paul Mitchell ‘THE COLOR’ since it was launched in the U.K.
In 2004 I took my colour associate exams and passed at the level of master associate with honours.
In 2008 I became a platform artist for Paul Mitchell and now work internationally educating on all aspects of hairdressing for Paul Mitchell and Salon Success.
In October 2009 I left as a director of Topknots / Great Hairdressing and started the Grove Experience with my wife Giovanna this is a full concept Paul Mitchell experience salon in Grove Road in Eastbourne, we currently have a team of ten and are growing and going from strength to strength.
I am very proud of this new venture and the whole Grove Experience Team.
In 2014 Gary became a State Registered Senior Hairdresser.
In 2017 Gary became a Master Craftsman , State Registered.
In 2018 I was very privileged to travel to Africa with the Coco’s Foundation to help build two houses for Orphaned children many of whom have HIV. this was an emotional rollercoaster of a trip, that I loved every minute of.
The Grove Experience
International Paul Mitchell Artistic Team.
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