Oamaru stylist Stacey Jordan will be cutting hair in a completely different setting when she travels to Indonesia with Hair Aid in September.
Hair Aid, based in Australia, is a non-profit organisation that gives low-income earners who live on the streets, shanty towns or slum areas in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines the opportunity to learn hair cutting skills that can later be used to provide for themselves and their families.
Miss Jordan will travel to Bali with about a dozen others for a week, and will literally teach people to cut hair on the streets of the Indonesian island.
“We’ll be working on the streets with all of the elements, so it’s going to be interesting.”
Last year, Miss Jordan took part in a similar initiative in the Philippines.
The Fusion Hair stylist is looking forward to again helping people develop a new skill.
“Doing it last year was such an amazing experience that I really wanted to be part of it again. It’s amazing to be able to help give disadvantaged people a better future.
“It gives them a chance to help earn money for them and their families.”
Through teaching new skills in a new place, Miss Jordan also hopes to learn a few things herself.
“It’s definitely an experience, being able to learn about a different culture and a different way of life. It makes you really appreciate what you have here, really.
“I found when I went to the Philippines, I learned so much from them, even though I was teaching them .. it was great.”
She believed the experience would also help her in her chosen career.
“It gives me more experience and knowledge. I’ll work with hairdressers from other countries as well and they have different ways of doing things. It will help me grow.”
Miss Jordan had to apply for her place on the trip, as there were only limited spaces available.
She is now tasked with raising about $3000, which she plans to do through a cutting day at the salon, a movie night and raffles.