Here at The Salon Upstairs, we like to think of ourselves as a work family committed to supporting each other and helping one another grow. Our director Naomi Curran is particularly focussed on providing training and “hairducation” to ensure that all staff members are continually advancing their knowledge of industry standards and techniques. With the help of Naomi’s passion and focus on education, our stylist Emily Bennion has had the chance to expand her horizons and amass an impressive set of hairdressing skills.

Emily has worked relentlessly in order to improve her skills and deliver excellence to clients, and she had this to say about her experience at The Salon Upstairs: “Over the past 2 years that I have been training alongside Naomi, I have never stopped learning. I have been able to watch an amazing business grow and my training has been phenomenal at the salon. We have been lucky enough to have private trainers and our own visiting examiner who have taught me to the very highest of industry standards. With time and training, I’ve realised how much more there is to hairdressing. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to train and start my career here with supportive colleagues and lovely clients.”


In order to achieve the standard she has attained today, Emily has worked hard on her skills through and apprenticeship with Total People, a company which provides opportunities for young people to learn practical skills related to the profession they wish to pursue. Whilst hairdressing does of course involve mostly practical skills, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any exams to pass! The past couple of years has seen Emily study for her National Vocational Qualification Level 2 in hairdressing, which has been no mean feat. For this qualification she has to pass six theory exams, study eight theory and seven practical units. If each of these units wasn’t enough, each unit has anywhere from five to twenty practical exams to pass. In order to complete the course, Emily will also have to undertake a six-hour practical exam wherein she has to complete a restyle, cut, and finish, an intricate hair up style, a curly blow dry and some colour work. In essence, the qualification Emily will have at the end of her training is incredibly in depth and will serve her well in her hairdressing career.

On top of this qualification, Emily has been lucky enough to attend shows such as Pro Salon Live in Manchester and meet some of the most skilled stylists in the industry, including celebrity stylist Chris Appleton. If you’d like to know more about these events, keep an eye out for the blogs on our website, We are sure Emily will go on to do great things, and Naomi’s focus on education and growth within the team members is just one of the reasons why The Salon Upstairs in Market Drayton is the best choice for you and your hair!