Ambassador Lina Bonsor

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I started hairdressing when I was 14, I was a Saturday girl in a local Regis salon. After I qualified, I stayed at the same salon for 2 years. I then moved within the company to Supercuts inside the local largest shopping centre in Coventry. I stayed there for around 4 years, and massively enjoyed my time there. I left there on good terms and tried a few office jobs as I had a young son and wanted my weekends with my family, well…that was a bad idea!

I soon left that and got back into a local unisex salon. I did the best I could with such a basic understanding of barbering/gent’s hairdressing, I remember being told by my first ever gents cut that a tapered neck was rounded, and square was a straight line. Simple enough? nope! I was always confused by it as it never looked right. My curious mind got the better of me, so I decided to apply to work in a barber shop. I met a wonderful older gent called Martin Grant who was the owner of Grants hairdressers and barber shop in Earlsdon in Coventry. he offered me a basic barbering position. I was terrified! I started with him on the following Monday. He told me to stand over his shoulder and take in as much as possible as I’d be cutting hair by the weekend, and he was right.

Fast forward 22 years later to 2021, I am now a British Master Barber, State Registered Senior Hairdresser, State Registered Senior Barber, Master Craftsman in both and a grand master barber. My proudest achievements are working with the British Master Barbers and on the Matakki’ s stage alongside their amazing team.

I have used and followed Matakki Scissors for a good few Years, If I form a belief-based partnership with someone then I’ll do everything in my power to uphold that. I had spoken to Emma and James personally a few times and I love their passion for the industry and how they work with each other, and the team is just wonderful to see. I know the company is a family run business and I love that, but the extended team really are like a big supportive family. I have the Matakki Oriba’s, Arrows, the Flower thinner, and Matakki Sharks and I use variations of these for every haircut. The quality and craftsmanship of the products is second to none and the customer service really is the best.

I’m always inspired by people I meet and if I see an amazing haircut and feel I can give it a go, I will do. I admire anyone who can run a business, spend time with family, keep staff happy, pay the bills and drink enough water.

My advice is to focus on what you’re doing, you have no control over what other people say, do or think so don’t waste your time and energy worrying about it. It wont change anything. 3+3=6, 5+1=6, 10-4=6 It doesn’t matter how you get there if you get the correct result. Bounce creative ideas off each other and push yourself to be the best you can be, Team spirit is precious and can make the area and the people in it come alive.


Watch Linas interview here on our YouTube channel.





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