Beauty is hard work
They might be studying facials and manicures, but Whitireia’s beauty therapy students have proven themselves savvy businesswomen as well.
Thirteen first-year students raised more than $4240 in just nine weeks to be able to attend an industry expo in Auckland recently. The class washed cars, sizzled sausages and got local businesses to donate raffle prizes to raise the funds, and were also awarded a community grant.
Eight students ended up attending the expo, as five had other commitments.
‘‘It was a big thing because no other students around the country had ever fundraised, let alone in the amount of time we did,’’ student Nicole Moloney says.
No other student groups attended the New Zealand Beauty Expo, held every two years in Auckland’s ASB showgrounds.
The Whitireia students were recognised at a swanky New Zealand Beauty Awards dinner in Auckland for their efforts to attend.
‘‘It was overwhelming at the dinner when we got recognised,’’ Ms Moloney says.
‘‘ They said we’re an inspiration to other students.’’
The expo is a showcase of new technology and products for the beauty industry, and the students were able to meet industry figures and discover career opportunities.
Eyelash extensions and ultrapointy ‘‘stiletto’’ manicures, as seen in a Lady Gaga music video, are all the rage right now, the class says.
The women had time for a bit of fun in between learning new beauty techniques and networking – they visited the Sky Tower and casino, a thrill for those who had never visited Auckland before.
Some students had never been up Mt Ruapehu either, so a detour was made on the drive up to Auckland so the class could play in the snow.
Now it’s back to hard work in the classroom – before being let loose on beauty practice the students have to learn theories of anatomy, physiology, physics, chemistry and electricity.
‘‘It’s a lot more in-depth than other people give beauty therapy credit for,’’ Ms Moloney says.