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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...
I’d always been interested in hairdressing and knew that this NorthTec course has a great reputation. There is so...
“There is so much more to hairdressing than I thought. It’s really interesting and fun, and gives me an opportunity to build a career.”
“I’d been working full time in customer service and realized, I wanted a change. I’d always been interested in hairdressing and knew that this NorthTec course has a great reputation. I decided my best option was to complete a foundation course first to get back into the groove of study and discipline.”
“I love how much we learn here every day and it’s great working with real clients and building relationship. I did enjoy the paperwork and theory, a lot of which came first in the course. It gave us an understanding of the different hair types, growth patterns, and the layers of the skin so we then knew what we’re dealing with when it came to the hands-on. It’s challenging but fascinating.”
“I love the input from the two tutors because each one has a different delivery and way of working. I plan to do two years training at NorthTec then a year in a salon to get qualified.”
“One day I’d love to own my own salon and be enjoying what I’m doing every day. To get there may take a couple of years or more of training but I’d encourage anyone to make that move sooner rather than later.”
I love getting real world skills and being on the campus is a really good experience. It’s easy to get around and...
“It’s great getting such relevant skills compacted into one year. Hairdressing is always something I’ve wanted to do because it involves problem solving and creativity. I spent three years working at something else first so it’s great knowing I can do this in a year and not fall behind just because I’m studying to create a career.”
“We have the best tutor ever. She makes you feel you can do this, and you want to do the best for yourself and for her. She is very up to date with the industry and knows what hair salons expect from graduates coming out of here.”
“Our class is all different ages and backgrounds so I’m amazed at how tight we are together and the tutor makes things easy to understand and enjoyable. We’ve just started colouring which I’m finding it really interesting.”
“I’m coming back for the second year then I’d like to become a senior stylist. Happiness and job satisfaction are most important to me for the future, whether that is owning my own business or finding a salon I really enjoy working in. I did Business and Admin here last year so that’s a relevant extra skill-set in my kit for whichever I choose.”
“This is so much more worth it that I thought it would be. A lot of my friends have gone to university and this could feel like a lesser choice, but I love getting real world skills and being on the campus is a really good experience. It’s easy to get around and close to family – and I have them as the start of my client base!”
Our class is a real mix of ages and backgrounds but we really gel as a group and I love the added experience of...
“I wanted to do something creative for a career and I’d been in hospitality but it wasn’t for me. I knew of this NorthTec course because I had done my hospitality training here, and now that I’m doing hairdressing I’m amazed at how much I love it. I love all of it.”
“I didn’t realise I would be so into it – or this good at it. Our class is a real mix of ages and backgrounds but we really gel as a group and I love the added experience of having clients come here for us to work with. We get to put what we learn into practice, as well as build confidence in our skills and in customer care.”
“I’m really hoping to get an apprenticeship locally and continue to learn and work within the industry. Doing this course helps us to be more salon-ready, more confident, and more useful when we start an apprenticeship. My dream for the longer term is to run my own salon.”
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.”