Bliss’ Natasha Named Apprentice of The Year at The VTCT Awards!

Celebrating Bliss Young Star Natasha Bloor: Apprentice of the Year at the 60th VTCT Excellence Awards

The team at Bliss are delighted to wish heartfelt congratulations to our amazing Young Star stylist Natasha Bloor, who recently clinched the coveted title of "Apprentice of the Year" at the prestigious 60th VTCT Excellence Awards. This well-deserved honour marks a significant milestone in Natasha's journey as a dedicated learner and passionate hairstylist. 

Natasha's Triumph: A Moment of Pride

Upon winning the Apprentice of the Year award, Natasha radiated with enthusiasm and pride. "It felt amazing and exciting to be the winner of Apprentice of the Year," she shared. What made this moment even more special was the accompaniment of Katy Perry's song 'Firework' during the award presentation. The song's message resonated deeply with Natasha, symbolising the importance of embracing one's true self and unique qualities. "I am proud of myself for working hard to receive this award," Natasha beamed.

The Inspiration Behind Natasha's Passion

Natasha's journey in the hair industry is a testament to her unwavering passion. From a young age, she knew she wanted to be a hairdresser. "When I had my hair done for the first time, I realised I would like to do this as a career," Natasha revealed. A pivotal moment came when Bliss salon owner, Nick Tedd, who shares Natasha's experience with hearing loss, visited her school and shared his own journey. This connection ignited Natasha's determination even further. "I managed to contact Nick about an apprenticeship at Bliss, and I’ve been here ever since. I am now fully qualified & am a stylist with my own clients - it’s been fantastic!"

Overcoming Challenges and Rising Above

Natasha's journey wasn't without hurdles, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic when masks posed communication barriers. Natasha revealed, "The most challenging part of my apprenticeship was during Covid time when everyone was wearing masks." Determined not to falter, she persevered by seeking clarity whenever unsure and effectively communicating with clients. The eventual return to mask-less interactions was a welcome change that enhanced Natasha's communication experience.

Defining Success and Pushing Boundaries

For Natasha, success as a learner is deeply intertwined with acknowledgment and validation from her tutors. Bliss Hair Salon's culture of feedback and support played a crucial role in her growth. "I never stop learning as hairdressing is part of the fashion industry; it is always changing," Natasha emphasised. Her commitment to continuous learning and her passion for the evolving field are key drivers for her achievements.

Bliss Award Winning Apprentices

Empowering the Community and Giving Back

Natasha's impact extends beyond the salon floor. She shared her experiences with the deaf community, organised workshops, and collaborated with organisations such as Deaf-innately Women. She organised a workshop focusing on hair care and styling for deaf and hard of hearing women, addressing their unique challenges and providing solutions. This initiative, born from Natasha's empathy and determination, also helped raise awareness within the salon and foster a more inclusive environment.

A Future Filled with Creativity and Impact

Winning the Apprentice of the Year award has invigorated Natasha's passion for creative colouring work. She envisions further success in the salon, driven by her creativity and the desire to help more deaf individuals embrace hairstyling. As she continues her journey, Natasha aims to uplift the deaf community and empower them to pursue their dreams.

A Grateful Heart and Future Prospects

Natasha is grateful for her supportive team, bosses, and Kleek tutor, Leona, who nominated her for the Apprentice of the Year award. To experience Natasha's exceptional hairstyling skills and enjoy a unique, inclusive salon experience, don't hesitate to book your appointment with her via our online booking link.

Natasha Bloor's journey is a remarkable testament to dedication, passion, and the power of breaking barriers. As she continues to shine, her story serves as an inspiration to us all. Congratulations once again, Natasha, on your incredible achievement!