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A special Beauty Day at NorthTec gave high school students the opportunity to learn about professional hairdressing and beauty therapy techniques.
Girls from Tauraroa Area School, Brea, Bay College and Opononi School took part in hands-on workshops in both the hair salon and the beauty therapy suite.
Supervised by NorthTec tutors, the girls had the chance to practice on teach other, ask questions and learn the professional way to work with customers.
Hairdressing tutor, Jan Dawson, showed them how to wash, treat and style hair, while beauty therapy tutor, Amelia Brookland, took them through treatments for eyebrows, skin and nails. The beauty therapy session also allowed them to learn about professional waxing and make-up application.
The tutors explained to the girls about the qualifications on offer at NorthTec, and how these would assist them into a career in the ever-popular hair and beauty industry.
Georgia Redfern and Ruby Chandler, both from Tauraroa Area School, said they had enjoyed using skincare products and learning about beauty therapy. Ruby said: “I didn’t realise there were so many treatments you could do - I’ve learned heaps, especially the science behind it. It’s made me think more about what I could do; it’s possible that I will go on to study beauty therapy.”
Budding beauticians Shenae Doak-Smith and Saraya Heremaia, from Bream Bay College, loved the opportunity to try out professional facials, manicures and make-up application. Shenae said she was interested in being a beauty therapist, while Saraya is keen to become a professional make-up artist.
Rhiannon Reti, NorthTec’s Youth Marketing Coordinator, said the day gave high school students a taster of the hair and beauty industry and a chance to talk with tutors and current students about a future career. It followed the recent Trades Day at NorthTec’s Future Trades campus, where high school students got the chance to try out different trades, helping them to make choices about further study and careers.
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