Good Cause

TWO hair­dressers will pass on the tricks of the trade as part of a Hair Aid event.

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488925

Se­nior stylists Ro­nan Fitzger­ald and Robyn Saun­ders.

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