Help­ing oth­ers to shine

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

TRACY Coles loves ev­ery­thing about her job as a hair­dresser.

The owner of The Pavil­ion sa­lon in Rose­wood re­cently got the op­por­tu­nity to pass on her pas­sion to dis­ad­van­taged young women in Asia.

She was se­lected for Sch­warzkopf Pro­fes­sional’s Shap­ing Fu­tures ini­tia­tive that saw the 49-year-old spend two weeks in Myan­mar teach­ing hair­dress­ing skills.

Based in the Good Shepherd Sis­ters con­vent in the city of Mandalay, Mrs Coles took ten stu­dents un­der her wing who were work­ing to build brighter fu­tures in the midst of civil war and other tragic cir­cum­stances.

She worked along­side Ip­swich hair­dresser Kristy Mid­g­ley in a small sa­lon within the con­vent.

“It’s al­ways been on my bucket list to be able to give back,” Ms Coles said.

“When you’re pas­sion­ate and love your job and in­dus­try, it’s easy to pass that on and give those girls an in­sight to why we love hair­dress­ing.

“We would leave and the girls would stay in the hair stu­dio and go through their notes all night so the next day, they nailed it.”

They used wa­ter paints to ex­plain shad­ing and pri­mary and se­condary colours.

The girls had never even picked up a paint­brush in their lives up to that point.

“You don’t re­alise we have it all and how we prob­a­bly sweat on the lit­tle things in life,” she said.

“You go over there and it’s put into per­spec­tive.”

Work was done to de­velop the hair­dress­ing pro­gram in the con­vent and the teacher who leads the class was equipped with new skills be­fore the duo flew back.

The pair plan to head back over be­fore June of next year to see the girls’ progress and will up­load Youtube videos in the mean­time to give them new lessons to soak up.

Mrs Coles has worked as a hair­dresser for the past 36 years and opened The Pavil­ion two years ago af­ter spend­ing time as a hair­dress­ing teacher for TAFE Queens­land.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

PASS­ING IT ON: The Pavil­ion owner Tracy Coles (right) spent two weeks in Myan­mar teach­ing hair­dress­ing skills.

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