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Brenda Johnson – Owner of Wild Hare n Beauty
“I dabbled in hairdressing when I was young cutting friends’ and family’s hair – then I tried everything else. I did automotive, was in the fast food industry, a managerial role and cleaning. It all felt like work and I was sick of shift work so I decided to look at NorthTec study options. I realized there was a chance to learn to do hairdressing properly, did the interview, got accepted and loved it. I’m naturally good at it and my other work had helped me develop customer rapport.”
“I especially loved the science in the course that is the foundation for hairdressing. We learnt about the scalp, the hair, what’s in the products and how they can benefit you. We also had our own client base and worked with models for shampooing, highlighting and colour.”
“After a year at NorthTec I came here to Wild Hare n Beauty and asked for holiday work. I had come here as a customer and liked the environment and the range of customers. Brenda, the owner, offered me a job that became an apprenticeship. I got in-salon training here and had to sit units to get qualified but I also kept in touch with the NorthTec tutors. I’ve been here two years now and I love it. I love the staff, I love the clients, I love the work, and I’m about to qualify as a senior stylist.”
“I love it here and it doesn’t feel like work. When it doesn’t feel like work – you’re in your dream job.”
“When Georgina dropped off her CV we weren’t needing anyone here, but then our circumstances changed. She called back in at around that time and asked for work, and I loved her energy. I said yes to her because she was mature, knew where she was going, and brought all her relevant NorthTec skills with her.”
“Georgina could step straight in because she was used to handling a client base and she knew a lot of basic salon procedures, like how to shampoo. She also knew how to do things properly so I didn’t have to change any bad habits. I saw the unit standards she had already done and she wanted to go on and complete those with her apprenticeship.”
“I have owned a salon for eight years but had taken a huge risk a year previously when I bought this salon and then shifted premises to where we are now. It has turned out to be the best thing because of its connection to the community here and our team’s talent base. We have clients that come here from as far as Paihia and Auckland. We have six of us in our team here including me, and Georgina has done her apprenticeship with our senior stylist. We love having her here and because it’s been such a good experience we will directly approach NorthTec if we need another team member in the future.”
“If someone wanted to train as a hairdresser, I’d tell them to come to NorthTec because you get the job experience in...
This meant I was customer ready and confident when I started work at the salon. I’m now doing my apprenticeship here...
“I completed the NorthTec hairdressing programme while working at Snip & Style for my work experience. I chose Snip & Style because I thought it looked inviting and friendly and they had a broad client base. When I finished the work experience I kept calling in here because I missed the team – and I think they missed me.”
“After graduating from NorthTec’s NZ Certificate in Hairdressing in 2015, I then went on and completed the NorthTec NZ Certificate in Beauty Therapy in 2016. The training at NorthTec was incredible because the tutors were so dedicated and thorough, were available one-on-one, and they helped us build up our own client base.”
“This meant I was customer ready and confident when I started work at the salon. I’ve now been working at Snip & Style for four years and in 2018 I completed my apprenticeship and became a Senior Stylist.
“I’ve discovered my own drive – and it’s massive. I’m especially keen on hair-ups and have already started a Facebook page for doing hair for weddings and balls.”
“I love the team here. They have made my life incredible. I also love seeing my clients walk out of here feeling happy and beautiful. It’s a great feeling. I’m really happy with my choices.”
“One day I’d love to have a business offering both hair and make-up for high level people in the film and fashion industries.”
Diane recently opened her own hairdressing salon in Whangarei after completing two certificates in hairdressing...
Diane Crocker completed two one-year hairdressing programmes at NorthTec, equivalent to an industry apprenticeship, and went on to fulfil her lifelong dream of owning her own salon.
She launched Classic Hair Design, in Whangarei, in May 2015 and the business has gone from strength to strength since then.
Diane says: “It is going really well and my clientele is growing all the time. I have some amazing clients and I love being in business and following my dream.
“I really love being my own boss, and the satisfaction of having a business and watching it grow.
“Everything I learned at NorthTec has helped me follow my dream path and given me the foundations I needed. I am very appreciative of the tutors there and what they did for me, and I would highly recommend to anyone to go and study hairdressing at NorthTec.”