Salon’s skills academy
HAIRDRESSER and salon owner Pasky Chiarizia is adding to the skills base in Peterborough with the launch of the Verso Academy in the city centre.
Pasky and his sister and co-owner of the Verso hairdressers salon Rosanna Freestone are providing day-long academy courses upstairs at the Westgate salon, and at the same time reinvesting in their longestablished business.
There are three courses available in 2010 – advanced cutting, barbering and intermediate cutting, and Pasky is aiming to develop a basic course for college students.
“We noticed that a number of the big training schools in London had closed down, leaving only so-called household names, such as L’Oreal and Wella with their schools,” said Pasky.
“There was an opportunity for us to offer our expertise to people who wanted to learn more about their profession, to up their skills base. I would like to teach all hairdressers six basic haircuts to salon standard.
“The academy was something we always wanted to do, something we were trained to do, but until recently didn’t have the space.”
Of the academy courses, advanced cutting, scheduled for next month, is suitable for stylists with at least five years’ experience.
The men’s barbering session takes place in September and aims to give confidence in cutting men’s hair, including clipper work.
In November, the intermediate cutting course is for college leavers or team members needing a refresher. It is aimed more at precision cutting and classical techniques.
Pasky and Rosanna have a wealth of experience, more than 30 years since they started cutting hair in their early teens.
Rosanna was a British champion twice, at the ages of 16 and 17.
They started in the ’ 70s working for their father Frank’s business, Francesco Hair. Fast forward to the year 2000 and the salon was rebranded as Verso, in Wentworth Street.
“A new millennium and time for a new look to the business,” said Pasky. “It became more service and customer-orientated.”
Verso also became a 365 Day salon and so trained in the highest standards of hairdressing as a business.
Pasky became a lecturer helping other salons to run their businesses efficiently.
After 10 years, Verso outgrew the Wentworth Street premises and moved to its current site in Westgate.
For more details about the courses, visit www.versohair.com
cutting edge: Pasky Chiarizia and Rosanna Freestone styling models’ hair at the Verso salon in Westgate, Peterborough.