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Tooting's Young Entrepreneurs: Emma Howie

Tooting's Young Entrepreneurs: Emma Howie

| by Editor | Posted in News, Business & Finance

Continuing our series featuring some of Tooting’s great young entrepreneurs, we feature Emma Howie, owner of hairdressing recruitment specialists, Hair Motion.

I’m originally from New Zealand, but I now live in one of the best places in London - Tooting! I always knew I wanted to become a hairdresser and at the age of 19 I began my hairdressing journey.

“After weighing up my training options I decided to study at Sevilles, an exceptional hairdressing academy in Auckland. I figured that to become the best you needed to learn from the best, and I loved it! It was so much fun being part of the fashion industry and getting to work in a creative environment. I especially loved making people feel good about themselves. When I first qualified I had no idea just how far this career would take me.

“In 2010 I took my hairdressing skills to Sydney. I found work easy enough but some of the salons I interviewed with and trialled in had different working ethics.  I eventually found a salon that I was comfortable in, and I continued to acquire new skills. After two years I could no longer deny the truth – London was calling, and I needed to answer! With one suitcase and my styling kit in hand, I headed to the hustle and bustle of London to pursue the infinite possibilities.

“As soon as I arrived I signed up with a hairdressing agency, which was a new concept to me and something I had never done before. The agency found me work in different salons around the capital, with assignments lasting anywhere between one day to a full-time, permanent role. I had such a good experience with these agencies but noticed that the demand was greater than the supply, so I saw a gap in the market. I therefore decided to start my own agency to provide professional hair stylists with salons that perfectly fit their creativity and personality. From this idea, Hair Motion was born!

“I launched Hair Motion last year after working for a high street recruitment agency. I now have an array of both hairstylists and salons signed up with Hair Motion.

“This is a really exciting time for Hair Motion as I am working on getting into hairdressing training colleges to workshop with students that will soon be graduates. I want to bridge the gap between study and getting paid salon work. Hair Motion is here to help support hairdressers throughout their career journey. My future goal will be to take Hair Motion far and wide and help set up overseas job opportunities around the globe. You know what they say, dream big and dream globally.

I’m being mentored by Business Launchpad in Tooting who have been a fantastic support – there’s such a community vibe there! I have a business counsellor and I can’t begin to tell you how beneficial she has been. When ideas are all up in your own head, it’s such a relief to sit down with another person and work them out together.”


To find out more about Hair Motion and how they can support local hair salons and stylists, you can visit their website, follow them on Facebook, Instagram and contact Emma via email at, call her on 07873 390 300 and connect with her on LinkedIn.​

Based in the Trident Business Centre on Bickersteth Road, Business Launchpad offers free business support & counselling to young entrepreneurs aged 16-30 in Wandsworth. To find out more about Business Launchpad, click here.

If you’re a young Tooting entrepreneur who’d like to be featured in future articles, then drop us some details via email – we’d love to hear from you!

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