Former shelf stacker gets ahead to be TV star’s stylist

Stacey Johnson created a style fit for a star when she worked on the hair of Charlie Brooks of EastEnders

Stacey Johnson created a style fit for a star when she worked on the hair of Charlie Brooks of EastEnders

First published in News by

WHEN hair stylist Stacey Johnson was stacking shelves in Asda she never thought that one day she might be modelling the hair of the stars.

Last month, Stacey’s talent and hard work came to a head when she had the opportunity to style the hair of Charlie Brooks – who plays Janine in the BBC’s EastEnders – for the British Soap Awards.

The 32-year-old from Stratton studied an apprenticeship in hairdressing at Philosophy Hairdressing in Witney but always preferred the styling side of the work.

The mum of two said: “I wasn’t happy doing hairdressing as such but I loved watching the people doing the hair for weddings and special occasions and arranging it.

“But at the time I thought that to get to that stage you need to do a lot of the hairdressing side of things. I was also getting ready for my wedding”

After Stacey had her first son Isaac, now six, she started working at Asda Walmart in North Swindon, where she met star Jahmene Douglas before he found fame through The X Factor.

She said: “We worked in different departments so I didn’t know him that well but he deserves everything he has got. He is such a lovely bloke.

“I think he inspired a lot of people to follow their dreams.

“Working in Asda is great and they are so supportive.”

Stacey had always been the first choice for her girlfriends when it came to doing hair for parties.

Stacey said: “My best friend, Kelly Walker, was getting married in 2012 and she wanted someone she knew to do her hair and so she asked me. She didn’t want a stranger doing it.

“Everyone who saw her said she looked amazing, and said that her hair was better than the bridesmaids, which had been done by professionals.

“It was then really that I thought if it is that good I should probably give it a go and try to set up my own business.”

Stacey then completed a qualification in Hair Up from the Guild of Beauty Therapists, and set up her own company, Updoo.

The business took off, and soon she was asked to do the hair for a photo shoot for Cotswold Life.

She said: “I was asked to do the hair of Chrys Columbine, the international burlesque star for the magazine.

“I had no idea who she was until after the shoot.

“She said she absolutely loved it, because I treated her like a normal person.”

Her work with Cotswold Life got her noticed by several other high profile clients, including Charlie Brooks.

Stacey said: “We actually have a mutual friend and we were put in touch.

“She said she liked my work and asked if I would do her hair for the British Soap Awards.

“She was so lovely, she was just really nice.

“I thought that there must be something about her that is like Janine, but there wasn’t, not at all.”

l To find out more about Stacey, or to book her to do your hair on your special occasion, visit www.updoo.co.uk.

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6:55am Sat 7 Jun 14

gambon says...

and this is news?
and this is news? gambon
  • Score: -5

9:40am Sat 7 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

gambon wrote:
and this is news?
Yes.
It's becoming evident that if you work at Asda you go on to fame and fortune.
Just look at Jahmene wossname 😜
[quote][p][bold]gambon[/bold] wrote: and this is news?[/p][/quote]Yes. It's becoming evident that if you work at Asda you go on to fame and fortune. Just look at Jahmene wossname 😜 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -3

9:59am Sat 7 Jun 14

Localboy86 says...

Great story, good luck
Great story, good luck Localboy86
  • Score: 11

11:34am Sat 7 Jun 14

bradley red 1 says...

More desperate reporting from a desperate newspaper, 65p a time you are having a laugh!
More desperate reporting from a desperate newspaper, 65p a time you are having a laugh! bradley red 1
  • Score: -9

5:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

crgh27 says...

bradley red 1 wrote:
More desperate reporting from a desperate newspaper, 65p a time you are having a laugh!
I think it's a great story and just the sort of good news we should be celebrating. Bradley - I suggest you go out and do something newsworthy, rather than just make cynical comments when other people do.
[quote][p][bold]bradley red 1[/bold] wrote: More desperate reporting from a desperate newspaper, 65p a time you are having a laugh![/p][/quote]I think it's a great story and just the sort of good news we should be celebrating. Bradley - I suggest you go out and do something newsworthy, rather than just make cynical comments when other people do. crgh27
  • Score: 15

8:07pm Sat 7 Jun 14

timt1964 says...

this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?!
this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?! timt1964
  • Score: -2

8:23pm Sat 7 Jun 14

OldWitneyBoy says...

timt1964 wrote:
this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?!
It's a shame these stories are tagged with ridiculous stupidity and ignorance. No one related to this story is trying to be famous. Firstly, if you read the story correctly (if not get someone yo help you with any big words) this person left Asda a long time ago to start their own business and was successful enough to enjoy a rare experience. If the shelves are empty - and that's not often at Asda - maybe ask current employees and not people that left as they had higher ambitions than stacking shelves.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?![/p][/quote]It's a shame these stories are tagged with ridiculous stupidity and ignorance. No one related to this story is trying to be famous. Firstly, if you read the story correctly (if not get someone yo help you with any big words) this person left Asda a long time ago to start their own business and was successful enough to enjoy a rare experience. If the shelves are empty - and that's not often at Asda - maybe ask current employees and not people that left as they had higher ambitions than stacking shelves. OldWitneyBoy
  • Score: 9

10:17pm Sat 7 Jun 14

timt1964 says...

OldWitneyBoy wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?!
It's a shame these stories are tagged with ridiculous stupidity and ignorance. No one related to this story is trying to be famous. Firstly, if you read the story correctly (if not get someone yo help you with any big words) this person left Asda a long time ago to start their own business and was successful enough to enjoy a rare experience. If the shelves are empty - and that's not often at Asda - maybe ask current employees and not people that left as they had higher ambitions than stacking shelves.
your comments prove my point about the average poster on here.its MY opinion and if you dont like it then fine but remember that you will never win an argument by resorting to questioning my intelligence(which is far superior to most of the yokels on here,thats why my comments cause their brains to overload as they dont understand that not everyone agrees with the crap written in the crappy adver)
[quote][p][bold]OldWitneyBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?![/p][/quote]It's a shame these stories are tagged with ridiculous stupidity and ignorance. No one related to this story is trying to be famous. Firstly, if you read the story correctly (if not get someone yo help you with any big words) this person left Asda a long time ago to start their own business and was successful enough to enjoy a rare experience. If the shelves are empty - and that's not often at Asda - maybe ask current employees and not people that left as they had higher ambitions than stacking shelves.[/p][/quote]your comments prove my point about the average poster on here.its MY opinion and if you dont like it then fine but remember that you will never win an argument by resorting to questioning my intelligence(which is far superior to most of the yokels on here,thats why my comments cause their brains to overload as they dont understand that not everyone agrees with the crap written in the crappy adver) timt1964
  • Score: -7

10:51pm Sat 7 Jun 14

OldWitneyBoy says...

I didn't see a point about the average "poster" on here and there is no argument to be won or lost. And when you post something so childish and demeaning to a success of someone who is working hard to establish themselves in a business based in where they used to work, then everyone has the right to question your intelligence. That's my opinion.
I didn't see a point about the average "poster" on here and there is no argument to be won or lost. And when you post something so childish and demeaning to a success of someone who is working hard to establish themselves in a business based in where they used to work, then everyone has the right to question your intelligence. That's my opinion. OldWitneyBoy
  • Score: 8

8:41am Sun 8 Jun 14

Localboy86 says...

timt1964 wrote:
OldWitneyBoy wrote:
timt1964 wrote:
this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?!
It's a shame these stories are tagged with ridiculous stupidity and ignorance. No one related to this story is trying to be famous. Firstly, if you read the story correctly (if not get someone yo help you with any big words) this person left Asda a long time ago to start their own business and was successful enough to enjoy a rare experience. If the shelves are empty - and that's not often at Asda - maybe ask current employees and not people that left as they had higher ambitions than stacking shelves.
your comments prove my point about the average poster on here.its MY opinion and if you dont like it then fine but remember that you will never win an argument by resorting to questioning my intelligence(which is far superior to most of the yokels on here,thats why my comments cause their brains to overload as they dont understand that not everyone agrees with the crap written in the crappy adver)
My opinion is that you were and ugly unloved child so you spend your adult life trying to make people as miserable as you
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OldWitneyBoy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: this story is amazing! In my local asda the shelves are always bloody empty.are the staff too busy trying to be "famous"?![/p][/quote]It's a shame these stories are tagged with ridiculous stupidity and ignorance. No one related to this story is trying to be famous. Firstly, if you read the story correctly (if not get someone yo help you with any big words) this person left Asda a long time ago to start their own business and was successful enough to enjoy a rare experience. If the shelves are empty - and that's not often at Asda - maybe ask current employees and not people that left as they had higher ambitions than stacking shelves.[/p][/quote]your comments prove my point about the average poster on here.its MY opinion and if you dont like it then fine but remember that you will never win an argument by resorting to questioning my intelligence(which is far superior to most of the yokels on here,thats why my comments cause their brains to overload as they dont understand that not everyone agrees with the crap written in the crappy adver)[/p][/quote]My opinion is that you were and ugly unloved child so you spend your adult life trying to make people as miserable as you Localboy86
  • Score: -4

8:48am Sun 8 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Anyone not aware that "tim" and Channel Zero are the same person....?

Thought not 😜
Anyone not aware that "tim" and Channel Zero are the same person....? Thought not 😜 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -7

9:46am Sun 8 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

Ollie Dognacky wrote:
Anyone not aware that "tim" and Channel Zero are the same person....?

Thought not 😜
It does amuse me how you manage to be so reliably wrong about absolutely everything.

As I've told you before, just because you use multiple logins on this site, it doesn't mean everyone else does.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Dognacky[/bold] wrote: Anyone not aware that "tim" and Channel Zero are the same person....? Thought not 😜[/p][/quote]It does amuse me how you manage to be so reliably wrong about absolutely everything. As I've told you before, just because you use multiple logins on this site, it doesn't mean everyone else does. ChannelX
  • Score: 7

8:17pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

+6 👍for you on an ageing thread and -6 👎 for me.
That's handy 😄
+6 👍for you on an ageing thread and -6 👎 for me. That's handy 😄 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: -1

5:19pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Alan B'stard says...

Whatever happened to RobFM?
Whatever happened to RobFM? Alan B'stard
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

Alan B'stard wrote:
Whatever happened to RobFM?
Who's RobFM 😐
[quote][p][bold]Alan B'stard[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to RobFM?[/p][/quote]Who's RobFM 😐 Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

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