How an award-winning Blackley hairdresser is a role model in his community

A hairdresser from Blackley has received a high magnificence award – and is turning into a job mannequin in his group.

Callum Walker, 21, who has constructed his personal hairdressing model, Swarvella, has been named ‘Rising Star’ on the prestigious UK Hair and Magnificence Awards 2022. He positioned first within the class after his fiancé entered him into the competitors final yr. He’s ready for his trophy and certificates from the awards to reach within the put up.

Callum advised the M.E.N.: “The awards have been streamed reside on TV and I organised a giant viewing celebration and had it enjoying on a number of screens. I had been feeling anxious about all of it day, so when my title was introduced in first place, I could not imagine it!

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“I used to be buzzing. Everybody began screaming and my mates began shaking me. Somebody pushed the TV over! I used to be like, ‘oh my God!’

“The awards have changed my life. It feels absolutely amazing. The recognition means everything, it’s my life. To finally get that recognition, it is like a plaque to place as much as all of the individuals who advised me ‘you can’t do it’.

A photo of Callum Walker
Callum Walker from Blackley has received a high hairdressing award

“I am now a part of a large community where I can help other hairdressers and stylists who have questions and want to be up there with all the other finalists in the competition.”

Describing the response to his awards information from the Blackley group, Callum stated: “My household and mates have been so supportive. My nana was fairly emotional. I did not count on that response in any respect.

A photo of a lovely curly look on a client
A beautiful curly look on a shopper

“It wasn’t just my family who are over the moon. Clients have been behind me and it wouldn’t be possible without them supporting me.

“Numerous my purchasers have been watching the awards with me they usually’ve been tagging me in posts and sharing the information. Neighbours have been knocking on my door to say congratulations and I have been despatched items. It is overwhelming.”

A photo of Callum and his nana
Callum and his nana

Hairdressing fanatic Callum is cementing his place as certainly one of Manchester’s hottest hairdressers.

In October, he shared with the M.E.N. about his expertise for creating brilliant and daring appears to be like for Traveller weddings and the Parklife pageant. Since then, he has amassed 1000’s of Instagram followers and has additionally attracted alternatives in TV.

A photo of Callum Walker working on a client's hair
Callum Walker engaged on a shopper’s hair

Callum continued: “In the last few months, I have been rated ‘5 stars’ by Google and ‘top 3 in Manchester’ for hairdressing businesses. The overall interest has increased so much. This year, I have 32 different weddings booked.

A photo of a bold Swarvella braid for Parklife
A daring Swarvella braid for Parklife

I have gone a bit crazy with weddings, it’s gone absolutely wild! In November, I did a marriage in Cheshire out of the curiosity of a solid member from Completely Ascot on ITV. I’ve just lately grown shut with Vivienne Cooper from that programme and she or he requested me to do a wedding ceremony for numerous ladies.

A photo of a pretty up-do look created by Callum
A reasonably up-do look created by Callum

“I did about 13 girls that day. It was my first experience with clients from a TV production. It was absolutely outstanding. It wasn’t just a business opportunity, I have now made a friend for life.

“I used to be additionally shortlisted for a TV present for E4, which is from the makers of The Nice British Bake Off. I t can be a dream to proceed having extra alternatives in TV, as a result of I might like to challenge my story and use it to assist individuals sooner or later.”

A photo of Vivienne Cooper from ITV's Absolutely Ascot, who invited Callum to do her hair
Vivienne Cooper from ITV’s Completely Ascot, who invited Callum to do her hair

Now, Callum is utilizing his affect for good past the net magnificence world. He has been invited to be a visitor speaker at his previous highschool, to speak to college students about his journey to hairdressing success.

A photo of a voluminous hairstyle created by Callum
Callum recurrently will get requested to create voluminous kinds for weddings and social occasions

Callum beforehand opened up about his struggles a a teenager- he was kicked out of faculty, which was a worrying time for himself and his household. However he discovered to channel his frustration into an ideal ardour for hairdressing.

A photo of a lovely updo by Callum
A beautiful updo by Callum

“The pupil referral units that helped me when I was removed from education- they have all reached out to me,” Callum stated. “They’ve invited me to talk to the youngsters who’re in the identical state of affairs I as soon as was in. It is phenomenal. I can not get my head round it.

A photo of a fairytale look, created by Callum
A fairytale look, created by Callum

“This school really, really helped me- they even helped me with a diagnosis for mental health. People have said ‘we knew you’d do something!’ It made me very, very emotional. It’s nice to see that they all remember me and that I am still in their thoughts.”

Sooner or later, Callum hopes to develop his model and launch his personal merchandise.

Photo of Callum Walker
Callum has been named ‘Rising Star’ on the UK Hair and Magnificence Awards 2022

He added: “I’ve truly had lots of people projecting their curiosity in me beginning up a coaching academy. It’s fairly a frequent factor that retains being introduced up. I might like to preserve pushing my enterprise as a lot as I can. Lots of people are encouraging me to do issues like this. It’ll occur when it occurs.”

Observe Callum’s model Swarvella on Fb and Instagram and examine his magnificence tutorials on YouTube.

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