Calls for reg­u­la­tion

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ex­pe­ri­ence the cost de­creased, to $750 with 10-plus years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, then $650 for 15-plus years’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘They don’t sit it (fi­nal exam) be­cause they are feel­ing con­fi­dent and have got a job and don’t see the point,’’ she said.

Bruce said many peo­ple just as­sumed their hair­dresser was qual­i­fied. Only qual­i­fied prac­ti­tion­ers could be as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers and though that did not mean they al­ways did the best work, as as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers the client had more sup­port if some­thing went wrong.

‘‘We have been call­ing on the Gov­ern­ment to reg­u­late the in­dus­try. We are us­ing po­ten­tially harm­ful chem­i­cals.’’

Though Bruce was qual­i­fied and had been work­ing in the in­dus­try for 19 years, she con­tin­ued to at­tend cour­ses as there was al­ways some­thing to learn or ‘‘tweak’’. She would like to see hair­dressers learn to learn and con­tinue their pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

Ara Hair­dress­ing and Beauty man­ager Mandy Gould said the learn­ing in­sti­tute had just launched a Cen­tre of As­sess­ment of Prior Learn­ing (CAPL) pro­gramme which gave hair­dressers who had many years of ex­pe­ri­ence the op­por­tu­nity to be as­sessed and to use their ex­pe­ri­ence to­wards a hair­dress­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Goldfin­gers Hair and Day Spa owner Tracey Gib­son, who is qual­i­fied, said there were def­i­nitely ‘‘cow­girls and cow­boys’’ at some sa­lons.

She spec­u­lated that about 50 per cent of prac­ti­tion­ers in Ti­maru were un­qual­i­fied.

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