Victorian hairdressing students (and prospective students) are in exceptional hands, with Box Hill Institute (BHI) relaunching their hairdressing program, and introducing a host of new features to innovate hairdressing education even further. Under the incomparable expertise of Jane Trewin, who hails from Sydney TAFE and was the recipient of last year’s Hall of Fame award at Hair Expo for her important work training generations of hairdressers, BHI will be a dynamic, connected and unique education experience for students. The institute hosted educators, salons and special guests in Melbourne last week to introduce them to the future of hairdressing at BHI.
Major hairdressing names such as Caterina Di Biase and Sharon Blain were in attendance to witness the significant launch. Jane compered the evening, and spoke at length about all the enthralling new features on offer, such as the use of augmented reality technology, event partnerships with Sustainable Salons, opportunities to present at GenNext at Hair Expo, new education modules, a partnership with Schwarzkopf Professional, barbering courses and facilities, innovations in the sister skincare program and more. Jane has come on as BHI’s Executive Director of Education Delivery for the entire, diverse facility, but of course has special interest and expertise in hairdressing, as a lifelong hairdresser and hair educator herself.
Other notable speakers at the event included Box Hill Institute Chief Executive Officer Norman Gray, who welcome everyone to the institute, and remarked on the magnitude of the new launch. Schwarzkopf State Manager Rachell Hanneysee was also there to signify the new partnerships between the brands, which was abundantly clear in the major Schwarzkopf Professional branding that covered the facility’s walls.
Sharon Blain spoke to the audience about her relationship with Jane and BHI’s education offering, with her all new Boot Camp online course the perfect tool to be used in education facilities, to teach timeless and necessary hair techniques, while improving on a weekly basis through a 12 week course. Sharon also inspired the audience with her own story of success, explaining how she transitioned from wanting to retire at 50, to her life now as a jet-setting global educator, with a legacy that is famous in the hair industry. Her recent collaborative shoot with the hair educators at BHI was on full display, and Sharon even re-created one gravity-defying, thread-woven look for the occasion. Patrons eagerly snapped photos of this intriguing and ethereal live hair look.
Leanne Cutler also spoke about an incredibly important facet of the hairdressing industry, and in the future of hairdressing education. She focused on the important work hairdressers can do in helping clients who are victims of physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse. She discussed the education options available to hairdressers looking to learn how to deal with these situations, and use their role as confidants and trusted advisors for good. Chief among these education opportunities is the free Safe Hands seminar at Hair Expo, and the work of the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS) in educating hairdressers on how to deal with these often life-threatening situations.
The evening was hosted at the new facilities themselves, with drinks and canapes flowing before and after the speeches. The mood of the event captured the passion and dynamic energy that the educators have on the precipice of this new era. With important partnerships, innovations and features defining hairdressing education at Box Hill Institute, the future is certainly bright.
For more information visit www.boxhill.edu.au
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