Beauty is hard work

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.

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