WINNING an award at The News’ Hair and Beauty Awards was a bittersweet victory for Charlie Rhodes.
Charlie, 25, from Havant, came runner-up in the female stylist of the year category. Scores of Charlie’s clients nominated her for her work at the Cutting Company, Waterlooville.
Unfortunately, a couple of weeks previously, the owner closed the salon and Charlie found herself without a job.
Charlie said: ‘I was devastated. I started working there when I was 15 and had worked my way up from Saturday girl to manageress.
‘They were like my family.’
Charlie continued to cut her clients’ hair from home but she said it just wasn’t the same as being in a salon.
Luckily for Charlie, a helping hand was on the horizon.
When she collected her award from The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs on stage, Amy asked the audience if anybody had any jobs going and gave Charlie the mic.
Charlie said: ‘When I went to the awards I was jobless and I sold myself on stage, afterwards a couple of salons approached me with job offers and celebrity hair stylist Lee Stafford gave me some advice to treat the awards as a stepping stone and encouraged me to keep on going.’
Several salons asked Charlie to work for them, including Lisa Edwards.
After some careful consideration Charlie decided to accept their offer of a job in the Lisa Edwards Petersfield salon.
Manager Richard Pearce said: ‘We heard that she had been made redundant and we thought “that’s not right”.
‘She was up there collecting an award so she was clearly talented.
‘We offered her a job immediately and we are excited to have her work for us. She’s very happy and so are we.’
Charlie started work last week and is already loving being in the salon.
She said: ‘I’ve come to a lovely salon. I’m really grateful to the awards. I can’t really explain how happy I am.’
The News’ Hair and Beauty Awards are held every June.