Pauline Takes Groom­ing to New Heights

Groom­ing to New Heights

mailife - - Contents - By MELA KATONIVUALIKU Pho­tos by ANDY PAUL

SHE grew up in an era of bell bot­toms and hair spray – what was for 60 year old Pauline Camp­bell an era of good groom­ing. “Ev­ery­thing was co­or­di­nated back than – clothes with matching stilet­toes and ear­rings,” the Wainibuka vil­lager said. Camp­bell is the Prin­ci­pal and Di­rec­tor of Pivot Point Fiji, an in­sti­tu­tion that has been de­liv­er­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion for the hair, beauty and fit­ness in­dus­try since 2003. A for­mer sa­lon busi­ness owner who wanted to make change in the in­dus­try, Pauline in­vested in build­ing a school to pro­vide Fiji’s po­ten­tial best with the skills they needed. In 1981 she had in­vested in the hair and beauty in­dus­try de­spite hav­ing no knowl­edge what­so­ever. In 1982 she opened her first sa­lon, called Ulu Fiji in Lau­toka, and later her staff trav­elled to Ba and Si­ga­toka. “We also did free­lanc­ing jobs for re­sorts and our bridal pack­age was our big­gest draw­card.” With a goal fo­cus­ing on train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, Pauline went on to es­tab­lish the hair and beauty school in 2003 in a fran­chise with Pivot Point In­ter­na­tional. In part­ner­ship with Pivot Point and Fit Col­lege she is able to award cer­tifi­cates and diplo­mas that are rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally and which qual­ify Fiji stylists, ther­a­pists and per­sonal train­ers to suc­ceed in their cho­sen ca­reers. “We’ve built world-class skills in cour­ses that in­spire cre­ativ­ity, teach tech­niques, new dis­ci­plines and over­all busi­ness savvy. Our stu­dents are a part of a fam­ily who are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing them with the es­sen­tial tools and

re­sources for a life­time of learn­ing,” she said. Their part­ner school, Pivot Point In­ter­na­tional is con­sid­ered a leader in hair and beauty ed­u­ca­tion, with more than 250 mem­ber schools in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and lo­ca­tions in more than 72 coun­tries. At least 50,000 stu­dents are trained an­nu­ally with Pivot Point world­wide and have in­cluded some of the world’s top stylists. “When stu­dents en­roll in our Pivot Point In­ter­na­tional cour­ses all their text­books, tools and prod­ucts are pro­vided, brought in from New Zealand and Aus­tralia,” Camp­bell said. “Our Diploma in Hair­dress­ing pro­vides sa­lon fun­da­men­tals and prac­ti­cal work, teach­ing a wide range of hair­styles in women’s sculp­ture, men’s bar­ber­ing, col­or­ing, tex­ture ref­or­ma­tion, bridal pin­ups and hair de­sign. “Diploma in Es­thet­ics can build suc­cess­ful beauty ther­a­pists with knowl­edge of spa fun­da­men­tals, fa­cial and body ther­apy, wax­ing, man­i­cure and pedi­cure, and makeup. “Lots of prac­ti­cal work in both cour­ses it helps stu­dents gain con­fi­dence to per­form well in the work­place,” she said. “Also in part­ner­ship with Pivot Point Fiji, Fit Col­lege pro­vides top fit­ness ed­u­ca­tion. “As the only per­sonal train­ing course provider in Fiji, the Cer­tifi­cate III and IV in fit­ness are rec­og­nized overseas. The pro­gramme in­cludes com­mu­ni­ca­tions, car­dio­vas­cu­lar, strength and con­di­tion­ing as well as child and spe­cific pop­u­la­tion train­ing.” Camp­bell said that with an im­prove­ment of life­styles, a wave of health con­scious­ness was sweep­ing Fiji and peo­ple were now will­ing to spend on fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in gym­na­si­ums and re­sorts… “which goes well for fit­ness ser­vice providers and life­style prod­uct com­pa­nies.” Don’t worry about over­do­ing it – Fit Col­lege not only runs fit­ness cour­ses but also Fist Aid and Train­ing and As­sess­ment, so that its stu­dents can give first aid and CPR in the com­mu­nity or at the work place.

Pauline with her daugh­ter Melissa.

Pauline keeps on top of things while as­sess­ing a stu­dent’s work.

A stu­dent is ap­ply­ing bridal make-up on a model.

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