Those in the know are well aware that Korea is at the forefront of international hair and beauty scene, particularly in the area of skin care. In fact, there is a name for the scene: ‘K-beauty’.
The latest looks, and the products and techniques that pull those looks together, are being developed and launched in that country, which has some of the most demanding beauty consumers in the world.
Accordingly, Melbourne Polytechnic recently gave twenty Beauty and Hairdressing students the opportunity to visit Korea to study cutting edge hairdressing and spa therapies, as well as develop their cultural knowledge and language skills.
Staff and students from the programs, which run at Preston, Collingwood and Prahran, jetted off on 19 September 2015, and spent a week in Seoul expanding their knowledge of the local hair and beauty scene.
This is the first time Melbourne Polytechnic Beauty and Hairdressing has conducted a study tour overseas, which is possible due to an AsiaBound grant from the Australian Department of Education and Training.
The staff and students were hosted by Melbourne Polytechnic’s international partner, Sahmyook Health University, who provided hands-on experiences with Korean hairdressing and spa therapies, as well as studies in Korean language and cultural activities. While there, they shared Australian curriculum related to signature treatments and sensory journeys in the specialist areas of aromatherapy body rituals and spa facials, as well as advanced creative hair cutting.
Rita Tawk (student), Simona Barta (teacher), Cheryl La Greca Markov (teacher), Margaret Gilbert (student)
Margaret, one of the students on the study tour, has been passionate about hairdressing since she was eighteen years old, but has only just commenced the Certificate IV in Hairdressing, many years later.
“I was really looking forward to meeting the Korean students and finding out about the trends in hairdressing over there and the technology they use. It was great to see what another culture offers their students in terms of how they deliver the training." she said. "It was a wonderful opportunity to broaden my horizons.”
Rita, who started studying the Diploma of Beauty in February this year, was also excited about the trip; it was her first time travelling overseas.
“I’m keen to experience the Korean beauty industry and the techniques and products they are using,” she said before the trip.
“I’ve always enjoyed beauty therapy and I love travel; I’d like to be able to combine the two in my career. This is a really good chance to expand my resume and increase my chances of getting a job or starting up my own business.”
Amy Laird, Program Coordinator for Melbourne Polytechnic’s Beauty and Hairdressing courses, believes the students will learn much more than the latest K-beauty tips and tricks.
“Australia is a multicultural country with a significant proportion of people from Asian backgrounds, so we want to enable the students to be adaptive and responsive in catering to cultural differences and customs from future Asian clients in Australia,” she said. “It will also help students who are interested in careers in Asian countries, as there are tremendous opportunities in the region.”
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Main photo: Rita Tawk (student) soaking up the Korean experience with her Korean colleagues
Melbourne Polytechnic students get an enthusiastic welcome from their Korean counterparts
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