Family Focus: J Mac

Name:   Joanna "J" MacDonald

Job Description:   Creative Director

Age:   31

Star Sign:   Aquarius

When did you start at Linton and Mac:   "conception" - May 2015

What was your very first job:   I was a Saturday girl at the local Spar in Montrose

What was your path to Linton and Mac:   I took a gap year after sixth year, but it only lasted a month! Than I went onto uni to study Urban Development - but really I was always drawn to fashion - so thought hairdressing was an avenue where |I could realistically make a career... by this time I was 19, which is quite old to be getting into the industry! I started at Ishoka as an assistant and did all of my training and met Jen - I was there for 8 years before moving onto Saks.

What are your highlights of working at Linton ad Mac so far:   working with such an amazing team of people every day // listening to client feedback // watching assistants grow into fabulous stylists

What are your dreams, goals and ambitions:   GOALS - to be a successful hairstylist // to become a session stylist // to be published in iD and Dazed // to travel the world with work..... DREAMS - to live and work in New York // have a place in London, New York and Aberdeen..... AMBITIONS - to travel the world with work // to own other businesses, maybe a cafe and a bar // to be a trends forecaster // to live a happy life...:)

Who are your industry idols:   Neil Moodie // Sam McKnight // Gary Gill // Zoe Irwin // Adam Reid // Guido Palau

Style icons:   Alexa Chung // Kate Moss // Bianca Jagger

Describe your own personal style in three words:   black to stripe // indie // Alexa & Kate

If you could have any one else in the salons style for one day, who's would you steal and why:   Jen - because she always has fun with her style... especially her shoe choices

Worst hair day and why:   I'm blaming my mum for this one... from the start of primary school until I was old enough to know better - I had a short bob with a home-cut fringe and a round face. Not cute.

Where do you see yourself in five years time:   36 - and opening L&M Ibiza, with salons in London and New York on the cards too maybe...

Who are your favourite follows on Instagram:   GoodHood // Dazed // iD // WGSN // StreetersLDN // Zoe Irwin // Alexa Chung // Heather - for her Insta-stories of Dylan

Top holiday destinations:   BEEN - too many! New York for city break, Ibiza to party and Sardinia for chill // DREAM - South America, especially Brazil

Favourite hang-outs in Aberdeen:   L&M, obvs... // Cask // Cafe 52 // Nick's Pizza // BrewDog Castlegate

Top tunes on your playlist just now:   always Noel Gallagher and The Rolling Stones // BBC Radio 6 in the mornings and salon playlists through the day // Rhys Lewis // FKJ

Favourite movie:   "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is my all time favourite movie... more recently, my favourite has been "Nocturnal Animals"

Favourite book:   "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

Words to live by:   "YOLO" // "...a reason... a season... a lifetime..." // "if you keep thinking about it - just buy it!"

Worst habit:   not listening and not texting people back

What colour in a box of paints best describes you and why:   silver - it's magical, just like me! And I'm attracted to it, like a magpie

What single individual has taught you most in life and what have you learned from them:   Heather Dick - she has taught me everything... she's my sista from another mister!! Most importantly, she showed me how to cool it with the fake tan, the hair extensions and the make-up and taught me how less is more

Any other comments:   Always be yourself - everyone else is taken..... x

Follow J on Instagram @jmac86_