Ben Gauge, a stylist from a Bedfordshire-based salon has recorded the highest score possible at the end of his hairdressing exams.
Ben Gauge, 21, has worked at Lou Lou’s salon in High Street, Biggleswade, since the salon opened in 2019. He recorded a score of 700 out of 700 in his End Point Assessment. This means he is well and truly qualified as a level two hairdresser.
After short lived careers in retail and hospitality, Ben realised his dream of becoming a creative stylist. He did this when he joined Lou Lou’s and began his training with Central Hairdressing Herts and Beds. He absolutely loved every aspect of the training and his enthusiasm and talent quickly stood out.
“We are incredibly proud of what Ben has achieved; his top score is so well deserved,” said trainer, Donna Harries. “When you have a real passion for hairdressing then the sky really is the limit as Ben has proved. He simply loves pushing himself and giving himself fresh creative challenges.”
Ben’s abilities and confidence in front of a camera means he’s already featured in promotional videos and social media campaigns for Central training and is a busy member of his salon team. It is only recently that the examining body has disclosed how points are awarded and, according to Emma Nugent, who runs Central Hairdressing Herts and Beds, Ben’s achievement is a first. “We could not believe it when we realised that Ben had not dropped a single point,” she said. “He scored the highest result possible. This is a first for us as far as we are aware!”
For Ben, being a hairdresser offers so many opportunities and he would recommend the industry and hairdressing as a career. “I love what I do plus the support I have had from both Central and the Lou Lou’s team has been incredible,” he explained. “My exam success has given my confidence a real boost and that makes me a better hairdresser. I really have faith in my abilities which means my clients get the best results possible and that’s what matters most.”