5 Top Tips to be being successful

September 30, 2022

If you’re starting out on your hairdressing journey, Darrel Starkey shares what he learnt along the way.


If you want anything in life to be a success, you must commit to it. It is something that will not only help you succeed, it will be recognised by others in the industry and resonate with them too – remember, first impressions count. Your commitment and drive will take you through the different levels of your career and also through the ups and downs (yes, there is both) but will make you even more passionate to succeed and get to where you want to be. Show your commitment by always going the extra mile, asking questions, doing extra days and education and throwing yourself into your work. You will never regret being committed.


A lot of people ask me how I know so many different people throughout the industry and the answer is simple – I just spoke to them. It can be daunting when you see or come across someone you aspire to be or look up to in the industry, but always remember, they were in your position or at your level once and they love nothing more than meeting those who share the same passion as them. Social media is a great way to interact, meet people and engage with other like-minded individuals but where possible, attend events and introduce yourself.


Immersing yourself in the industry is a great way to progress. For me, I attended (and still do) every event, exhibition, show and discussion I possibly could as it only enhanced my career, my network of contacts and my knowledge of the industry. Whether it’s educational or social, being seen is something that helps your career and allows you to meet new people who you perhaps would never have crossed paths with before. At these events and outings you also gain access to some of the industry’s most iconic names and from this you can only improve and progress.


Never, ever, think you are on your own in the industry – there is always someone to help or willing to help at every single avenue and to cover every single area. Never feel that you are on your own or can’t quite grasp something, asking for help is all you need to do. Within our industry, sharing and helping each other is how we progress and evolve as one and this is something I have stuck by and is the reason for my own personal progression.


The number one piece of advice –be you. Our industry is all about individuality and being yourself and this is all you need to be – yourself. Show your true personality and be confident that you can achieve anything, make incredible relationships and be given exceptional opportunities. Being something you are not will only go against you, so be the person you are on the inside!