Family Focus: Karen

Name:   Karen Hope Wilson

Job Description:   Stylist

Age:   23

Star Sign:   Libra

When did you start at Linton and Mac:   1st September 2015 - opening day!

What was your very first job:   waitress at Westhills Golf Club

What was your path to Linton and Mac:   I worked alongside both Linton and Mac at Ishoka, I was Jaye's assistant for a bit - then I followed their progress on social media and jamp at the chance to work with them again when they advertised for staff for their new salon..... I started out in Travel and Tourism after I left school, to working in Tesco, to thinking I was too old to get into the industry at 18! But I applied to Ishoka through S1 jobs and started my training there. 

What are your highlights of working at Linton ad Mac so far:   working with such a close, encouraging team everyday is a highlight! But apart from that,the Aberdeen Business Awards at the Douglas Hotel where we won Best Business in Aberdeen... and of course the First Birthday Party - that was unreal! 

What are your dreams, goals and ambitions:   competing in a couple of years... making a name for myself... travel... work abroad... cruise ships maybe... eventually family, but more career driven now... three children... pet dogs... big house... the usual...!!!   

Who are your industry idols:   Kevin Luchmun, who I was lucky enough to go on a barbering course with. But really I look to red carpets for inspo.

Style icons:   Kylie Jenner // Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

Describe your own personal style in three words:   I wear what I like! individual // 90's grunge // dark

If you could have any one else in the salons style for one day, who's would you steal and why: Staci - because she always looks sooo immaculate, which is so not me... so for a day, yes please!

Worst hair day and why:   I've had every colour possible - but when I was 17 I was bleach blonde and looked pretty chav-tastic!

Where do you see yourself in five years time:   I'll be 28! Hopefully I will have met the man of my dreams, possibly married and thinking of having babies..... I'll have won some hairdresser awards already and seen some more of the world

Who are your favourite follows on Instagram:   Kevin Luchmun // Kylie Jenner // Adriana Lima // David McIntosh

Top holiday destinations:   DREAM - Australia and New Zealand // BEEN - Ibiza and Barbados

Favourite hang-outs in Aberdeen:   Tunnels // Belmont Street... anywhere! // Linton and Mac

Top tunes on your playlist just now:   Gordon City "All Four Walls" // Katy B "On a Mission" // Drake "Too Good"

Favourite movie:   Step Brother

Favourite book:   Harry Potter

Words to live by:   "do what you love - love what you do" and "never compare yourself to anyone else - you are your own person"

Worst habit:   twisting my hair and fidgeting 

What colour in a box of paints best describes you and why:   Blue - it's my fave, cobalt blue because it is bright and strong

What single individual has taught you most in life and what have you learned from them:  Gary my big bro - he has always been my rock, he has taught me how to be a decent person

Other comments:   L & M is the best thing that has ever happened to me... genuinely!

Follow Karen on Instagram: @kazwil20