Michelle is a natural teacher who clearly enjoys passing on her knowledge to others particularly in Excessively curly hair “I love that moment when students get over their preconceptions of Curly hair and realise it’s just a different texture, nothing more. Removing the fear and helping professionals add another string to their bow is a great motivation for me,” says Michelle.
Michelle Thompson's high-energy approach to her craft gives her the drive to achieve much in her career. Michelle displays a strong talent for working with both excessively curly hair and caucasian hair types. In 2004 Michelle stepped up to the challenge of teaching and now teaches specialist course around the world. Michelle teaches cutting at all levels from classic to creative cutting and many aspects of Afro hairdressing including relaxing, styling, long hair and finishing to name a few. She is qualified as an NVQ Assessor and is a member of HABIA’s (Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Association) Skills Team.
Whilst currently being the creative director of the 4th largest hairdressing group in the Uk, Michelle is instrumental in creating PR imagery for the group, course development and maintaining current, creative standards and trends. This includes standards between 32 salons, 4 training academies and 16 graduate salons within independent Further education colleges across the country.
Michelle has had outstanding success in awards and competitions and has presented on stage for Wella Trend Vision finals, Wella exposure, Avlon Europe, Salon International and The Fellowship for British Hairdressers to name a few.
She has won many titles and nominations including British Afro hairdresser of the year 2009 at the schwartzkopf proffessional british hairdresser of the year competition. winner of the whal black beauty and hair competition where she has won northern stylist of the year for 3 consecutive years in a row and was finalist for Midlands and Afro hairdresser of the year for the British hairdessing awards 2013. Michelle really enjoys competition work as she feels that it keeps her skills current and perspective fresh, two things that in turn benefit her students.
Michelle has also had a wealth of experience in constructing and creating themes for hairshows .She was the creative director behind the hurricane hairshow for Avlon Europe at the black beauty and hair awards in 2009 and the new classiqe show at the sensationell awards 2010 and was the creative director behind the scenes of the South African big brother amplified 2011 and 2012. Michelle was also responsible for the creative vision behind contestants taking part in Nigerias Niga sings 2011.
Publications Editorials advertorials and clients Wella
Avlon Europe / USA
Organic root stimulator
Black beauty and hair
South African hairdressers journal
Brun ( Paris)
Highlights ( back to black)
Afro British hairdresser of the year 2011/13 Finalist
Afro British hairdresser of the year 2010. Finalist
Afro British hairdresser of the year 2009. Winner
Afro British hairdresser of the year 2008. Finalist
Afro British hairdresser of the year 2007. Finalist
Black beauty and hair Wahl / sensationell awards
Northern stylist of the year 2010,09,08
Stylist of the year 2011
Stylist of the year 2010,09,08,07
Weave stylist of the year 2009
Colourist of the year 2007
Golden scissors award 2006