Franchising - 8 November 2023
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Lola Skelton – Apprentice to Franchisee
Here at Francesco Hair Salon, we believe in helping people to excel and doing everything we can to support them.
Newest Franchisee, Lola is a perfect example of this! She has gone from starting with FG as an Apprentice at just 17 years old, to working her way up to become Salon Manager and now Owner of one of our most successful salons, Francesco Hair Salon Eccleshall!
Lola winning Hair Trend Image Of The Year At the 50 Years of FG Awards Night in 2019
Lola started her career with Francesco Hair Salon 13 years ago as an Apprentice and has worked her way through all her hairdressing qualifications, achieved the Master Colour Expert accolade with Wella Professionals and has been a grand finalist in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy!
In 2019, Lola became the Salon Manager and later in 2021, she partnered with Franchisee Anne, who helped to mentor Lola ready for taking over the reins! And now, as of April 1st 2023, Lola is the sole Franchisee of her very own salon and has big dreams to continue building on an incredibly successful environment, with a tight knit expert team and loyal clientele!
We spoke to Lola about her 13 years with Francesco Hair Salon and to celebrate this next step in her career.
What do you love about hairdressing?
Making people feel good about themselves is what motivates me to do my job. I am passionate about empowering women and truly believe that the feeling of transforming your looks really can change a person’s mindset for the better.
What has been the best memory whilst working at Eccleshall?
We are always having heartwarming, funny and memorable moments with our clients and with the team; there’s never a dull moment in our salon! But a memory I’m always extremely proud of is when we won the Colour Team Of The Year award at FG Awards Night, it was an amazing achievement for all of us.
Winning Colour Team of the Year in 2017 at the Business Awards!
What has been the most challenging moment so far in your career?
Last Christmas, during the busiest work week of the year the salons’ water pipes burst due to the cold weather. The salon flooded and we had only 1 wash basin for the entire week! It was a real challenge to keep my team and I working together and staying positive despite the odds!
Franchising is the right choice for me. It’s the perfect path for me to put my energy and expertise into…
Why did you choose to franchise with Francesco Hair Salon?
Francesco Hair Salon has looked after me for 13 years and everyone in the company feels like my family. They have always supported me in every way possible and given me opportunities throughout my career that I’m incredibly thankful for. Franchising is the right choice for me. It’s the perfect path for me to put my energy and expertise into. I’m ready now more than ever to get stuck in and run my own salon!
Awards night 2016 Lola won Technician Of The Year!
If you had to choose a favourite hair service, what would it be?
It has to be Foiling. It’s so therapeutic to do and gives clients that instant brightness they are after – I could foil all day long! This year I am running a Foiling Course for our Advanced Education Academy, this way I’m also sharing my love for foils as well as my expertise.
I also love doing big transformations, picking people up when they are lacking confidence and transforming their hair to give them a new boost of confidence is my favourite! I often have clients saying “I feel like me again” after their appointments and this reminds me why I do this job and how important it is to each and every client that comes through our doors.
What does the future look like for Francesco Hair Salon Eccleshall?
I want to transform the salon into an even more beautiful space for our clients to experience. I really want to focus on creating a luxury pampering experience that can be tailored to suit each individual client. I would love to add new services into the salon and become specialised in new areas. I’m very excited to add my flair and put my stamp onto the salon!
We wish Lola all the best with her new venture, your #FGFamily are proud of you and can’t wait to see what the future brings for Francesco Hair Salon Eccleshall!
Find out more…
Contact Francesco Hair Salon Eccleshall to book in for a bespoke consultation and explore which style and colour will work for you.