HAUS SALON + THE AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE IN THAILAND
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

DAY THREE OF TRAINING

Today was Day 3 of training with our hairdressers in Nu Po camp, and everyone is starting to get emotional about the time going so fast. We're feeling all the feelings. Today the team gave us all traditional Karen shirts as gifts. There was crying! There was hugging! And then it was back to work. Up today...men's haircutting, long haircuts, updos, shampooing, and hair color.

Every morning the HAUS team eats breakfast of eggs and toast at a small shop down the street, followed closely by a latte of course! We're becoming regulars around here! When we arrived at class we started the day with an ice-breaker and had the students give each other scalp massages. It was a big hit, of course. It was really fun to see them relax and enjoy the moment. They are looking forward to incorporating this into services at their own salons.

Our daily breakfast.

Our daily breakfast.

The chef of our daily breakfast. We all had a bit of a crush on the chef.

The chef of our daily breakfast. We all had a bit of a crush on the chef.

The best way to start class for the day...scalp massages for all!

The best way to start class for the day...scalp massages for all!

Brent from the ARC (and Charlie's husband) documents Nikki's coloring demonstration as Mackenzie does cushion foils and Natalie performs a men's haircut in the background of this panoramic shot.

Brent from the ARC (and Charlie's husband) documents Nikki's coloring demonstration as Mackenzie does cushion foils and Natalie performs a men's haircut in the background of this panoramic shot.

 
The HAUS team of Natalie, Mackenzie, Reilly, Charlie, and Nikki with some new friends from Nu Po.

The HAUS team of Natalie, Mackenzie, Reilly, Charlie, and Nikki with some new friends from Nu Po.

 

In addition to recording demonstrations on their phones, students took careful, detailed notes so they will be able to study and review what they've learned after we leave. They have said over and over again that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for them. It has most certainly been a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, too!

 

Reilly demonstrates a technique for a long, layered haircut on our model, Cherry, for hairdresser students at Nu Po camp. This is an example of a front angle technique.

Reilly demonstrates the front angle cut.

Reilly demonstrates the front angle cut.

Reilly perfects Cherry's long hair cut.

Reilly perfects Cherry's long hair cut.

 

The team from HAUS Salon did a series of educational presentations on men's haircutting techniques and styles to the hairdressing students in Nu Po as they documented the process with notes and their phones and tablets.

Natalie from HAUS South Minneapolis creates a modern men's haircut as a student documents the process on a smart phone.

Natalie from HAUS South Minneapolis creates a modern men's haircut as a student documents the process on a smart phone.

Mackenzie demonstrates a fade during a men's haircut.

Mackenzie demonstrates a fade during a men's haircut.

Reilly demonstrates a men's haircut. Such focus!

Reilly demonstrates a men's haircut. Such focus!

 

Nikki and Mackenzie introduced hair coloring to the group today. They weren't sure if the group would be interested, but they were so off we went! Nikki created a simple and informative color theory board to teach the concept of coloring. They decided to focus on foiling, balayage and cushion foils.  As Nikki was writing color theory out on the white board, the students couldn't wait to see what was up there. They were sooooo excited to get some color education!

The Color Theory board teaching the basics of hair color. We focused on foiling, balayage, and cushion foils.

The Color Theory board teaching the basics of hair color. We focused on foiling, balayage, and cushion foils.

Mackenzie and Nikki working out a game plan for their color class!

Mackenzie and Nikki working out a game plan for their color class!

Mackenzie demonstrates the cushion foil technique.

Mackenzie demonstrates the cushion foil technique.

Nikki demonstrates the balayage color technique.

Nikki demonstrates the balayage color technique.

Nikki demonstrates a root touchup color technique.

Nikki demonstrates a root touchup color technique.

 
San San Myint sits in foils as her color processes. We can relate!

San San Myint sits in foils as her color processes. We can relate!

San San Myint with her beautiful new diva hair color by Mackenzie.

San San Myint with her beautiful new diva hair color by Mackenzie.

San San Myint and her husband with his haircut by Mackenzie.

San San Myint and her husband with his haircut by Mackenzie.

Nikki and Mackenzie gave shampooing demonstrations. We're in love with this video of Nikki shampooing the hair color out of a client's hair, the Nu Po way.  This whole experience has been incredibly humbling but also has proven you truly don't need much to have joy in your life.

Nikki and Mackenzie show off their shampooing skills

Nikki and Mackenzie show off their shampooing skills

 

It can get very hot at times in Nu Po, so the hairdressers were shown fun ways to put hair up to keep clients cool. Why not make it a fabulous updo? All of the students are really talented and are so determined to pull as much information from us as possible.  They've been so inspiring.

Naw Hser Ka Wah learning braiding and up styling techniques from Charlie.

Naw Hser Ka Wah learning braiding and up styling techniques from Charlie.

A pull braid for texture in an updo style.

A pull braid for texture in an updo style.

Beautiful (and cool) updo.

Beautiful (and cool) updo.

 

 We had a wonderful dinner with the American Refugee Committee team from Umphang at our favorite restaurant in Thailand. Charlie thanked the ARC Umphang team for their amazing job hosting us. They worked so hard on everything from securing hotels for our team, to gathering workshop materials and getting models prepared. Charlie started his thanks by saying "thank you" to the people at the table in English, Burmese, and Karen to rousing cheers from the whole table!  Chuck Schumacher is the senior program coordinator in Thailand who oversees all of the programs in the field.  He gave us a great speech, thanking HAUS Salon and all of the people who donated money to the cause these past few months.  The $27,000 raised by HAUS Salon pays for the entire ARC Sexual and Gender Based Violence prevention programming for an entire YEAR!

Charlie thanks everyone at the table in three languages: English, Burmese, and Karen!

Charlie thanks everyone at the table in three languages: English, Burmese, and Karen!

Chuck Schumacher, senior program coordinator for the ARC.

Chuck Schumacher, senior program coordinator for the ARC.

 

We'll end this incredible day with a photo of the cutest babies!

 

See everything we did during our 4-day workshop in Nu Po Refugee Camp in Thailand in April 2016