Pauline Takes Grooming to New Heights
Grooming to New Heights
SHE grew up in an era of bell bottoms and hair spray – what was for 60 year old Pauline Campbell an era of good grooming. “Everything was coordinated back than – clothes with matching stilettoes and earrings,” the Wainibuka villager said. Campbell is the Principal and Director of Pivot Point Fiji, an institution that has been delivering higher education for the hair, beauty and fitness industry since 2003. A former salon business owner who wanted to make change in the industry, Pauline invested in building a school to provide Fiji’s potential best with the skills they needed. In 1981 she had invested in the hair and beauty industry despite having no knowledge whatsoever. In 1982 she opened her first salon, called Ulu Fiji in Lautoka, and later her staff travelled to Ba and Sigatoka. “We also did freelancing jobs for resorts and our bridal package was our biggest drawcard.” With a goal focusing on training and education, Pauline went on to establish the hair and beauty school in 2003 in a franchise with Pivot Point International. In partnership with Pivot Point and Fit College she is able to award certificates and diplomas that are recognized internationally and which qualify Fiji stylists, therapists and personal trainers to succeed in their chosen careers. “We’ve built world-class skills in courses that inspire creativity, teach techniques, new disciplines and overall business savvy. Our students are a part of a family who are committed to providing them with the essential tools and
resources for a lifetime of learning,” she said. Their partner school, Pivot Point International is considered a leader in hair and beauty education, with more than 250 member schools in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and locations in more than 72 countries. At least 50,000 students are trained annually with Pivot Point worldwide and have included some of the world’s top stylists. “When students enroll in our Pivot Point International courses all their textbooks, tools and products are provided, brought in from New Zealand and Australia,” Campbell said. “Our Diploma in Hairdressing provides salon fundamentals and practical work, teaching a wide range of hairstyles in women’s sculpture, men’s barbering, coloring, texture reformation, bridal pinups and hair design. “Diploma in Esthetics can build successful beauty therapists with knowledge of spa fundamentals, facial and body therapy, waxing, manicure and pedicure, and makeup. “Lots of practical work in both courses it helps students gain confidence to perform well in the workplace,” she said. “Also in partnership with Pivot Point Fiji, Fit College provides top fitness education. “As the only personal training course provider in Fiji, the Certificate III and IV in fitness are recognized overseas. The programme includes communications, cardiovascular, strength and conditioning as well as child and specific population training.” Campbell said that with an improvement of lifestyles, a wave of health consciousness was sweeping Fiji and people were now willing to spend on fitness activities in gymnasiums and resorts… “which goes well for fitness service providers and lifestyle product companies.” Don’t worry about overdoing it – Fit College not only runs fitness courses but also Fist Aid and Training and Assessment, so that its students can give first aid and CPR in the community or at the work place.
Pauline with her daughter Melissa.
Pauline keeps on top of things while assessing a student’s work.
A student is applying bridal make-up on a model.