Elm Park barber shuts up shop after 10 years to pursue teaching career

PUBLISHED: 10:56 06 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:56 06 December 2016

Dawn Williams with family, a former employee and a loyal customer.

Dawn Williams with family, a former employee and a loyal customer.

Hayley Anderson

A barber who has been snipping, shaving and styling hair at her shop for 10 years, has closed for good so she can pursue a career in teaching.

Owner of Dawn’s Barber Shop, The Broadway, Elm Park, Dawn Williams, 45, welcomed friends, family and customers to the shop to bid a fond farewell.

“It’s a really weird feeling, it doesn’t feel like it is my last day.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone in Elm Park who has given me custom for the past 10 years.

“I have met so many lovely, eccentric, mad, strange and wonderful people and it’s thanks to them that I have been here for so long.”

Since she was seven-years-old, Dawn knew she wanted to cut hair, “mesmerised” by what her nan’s hairdresser was doing whenever she went to their house for an appointment.

She started at the age of 14 working as the Saturday girl at a hairdressers in East Ham before taking a training course to achieve her qualification.

After years of working at different shops, she decided to branch out and run a franchise before fully purchasing it herself and transforming it into one of the most popular barbers in the area.

She said: “I wanted to run a barbers instead of just a hairdressers because I do get along better with men.

“They used to be less fussier with their hair than women but there are more Essex-style boys now that are just as fussy!”

Dawn is taking a teacher training course to become a teaching assistant with the long-term ambition to become a makaton co-ordinator at schools where she would learn sign language and work with deaf children.

She said: “I like challenging myself and wanted to try something different.

“I want people to remember me for doing something that will help people and for those children to look back and think of me as one of those teachers that made a difference.

“I am going to miss working here but can’t wait for what I’m going to be doing.”

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