TWO hairdressers will pass on the tricks of the trade as part of a Hair Aid event.
TWO hair stylists from a South Perth salon on their first Hair Aid trip overseas will pack up their tools and pass on the tricks of their trade to homeless youths.
Hair Aid teaches people living in poverty the skills of hair cutting and sends hairdressers on international trips to South East Asia.
Lee Preston Hairdressing senior stylist Ronan Fitzgerald will visit Manila in the Philippines for a week in January, while fellow senior stylist Robyn Saunders will travel to Chiang Rai in Thailand for a week in March next year.
Mr Fitzgerald said hairdressers on the trip will teach hair cutting skills to young people and reconnect with people previously trained by Hair Aid.
“The idea is to give them five basic haircuts, so they can just do (the haircuts) on the street; they don’t need to have a studio or electricity,” he said.
“They’ll need a water gun, scissors, a comb and that’s about it.”
Ms Saunders said she joined the Thailand trip because she wanted a bigger project to sink her teeth into after being involved with giving haircuts to the homeless in Perth.
“That’s actually going to be slightly different than Manila because we have to create an infrastructure to teach the kids, so that’s starting at grassroots,” she said.
“I like the fact that it’s not based on religion or culture, it’s based on giving a community or people within a community the means to actually create their own income.
“The great thing is, we can stick our scissors and combs in one thing, put it in a bag and we’re out.”
Mr Fitzgerald said people have been responsive, as it was more than just giving cash to a faceless organisation.
“It’s to believe in them, that you can take care of yourself if you’re just given that first step,” he said.
To donate to Hair Aid, visit hairaid.org.au/collections/internationalprojects.
Senior stylists Ronan Fitzgerald and Robyn Saunders.