HAUS SALON + THE AMERICAN REFUGEE COMMITTEE IN THAILAND
Empowering Hairstylists Across the World in the Fight Against Domestic Violence
HAUS SALON GOES TO THAILAND
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
DAY ONE OF TRAINING
Today the HAUS team had their first of four days of classes with hairdressers in the Nu Po refugee camp.
Below, HAUS Salon co-founder Charlie Brackney leads the first day of class with hairstylists in the Nu Po refugee camp, assisted here by Nikki Brown and Mackenzie from HAUS Salon in North Loop Minneapolis and Reilly from HAUS Salon in South Minneapolis. Attendees have been using their phones to document what they are learning. Notice the banner we printed for the event was translated into several languages. In addition to demonstrations, there is a translator Kay Thi who is translating everything we say so the class understands clearly what is being taught. Below, Mackenzie and Charlie demonstrate a scalp and shoulder massage which is how the HAUS team starts every service. Our explanations got very complicated very quickly, and Kay Thi never stopped, never got flustered. Kay Thi is a member of the GBV Committee from Nu Po. "I have many dreams," Kay Thi said. "I dream to help my people. I want to help them grow their lives. Maybe I'll go to America, and I can help as a translator."
Nikki Brown, Color Director for HAUS Salon at North Loop Minneapolis, shows Hser Kaw Wah how to properly hold her shears when cutting hair. Tips like these will help these Thai hairdressers become more skilled stylists and will enable their salons to be successful. If their salons are successful, they will be able to successfully use their anti-domestic violence skills learned from the ARC to help their clients. "I loved this moment where we all walked around and were working with the students on scissor position. They were all such attentive students," said Natalie Hansen, Stylist Director for HAUS Salon. "These moments made me realize how universal the language of hairdressing is."
Many of the tools the HAUS Salon team brought with them to Nu Po will be donated to the hairdressers there. Stylists throughout the Twin Cities came together with HAUS to generously donate their gently-used tools to these Thai hairdressers. Things like hair dryers, irons, clips, combs, shears and much, much more. Thank you to Urban Village Salon in St. Paul, Petite Salon in St. Paul, The Apiary Salon in St. Paul, The Beauty Room in Minneapolis, Salon Moda in Vadnais Heights, Spalon Montage in Chanhassen, and more for your generous donations. They are making a big difference! "We got the class room set up with the kits ready for the students," said Natalie Hansen. "Thank you to everyone (our salon industry friends) for all of the donations. These tools have a new life and will be taken care of with a lot of love! All of the tools donated gave these people hope and the ability to grow their business with resources they would have never been able to afford on their own."
Below, Natalie Hansen, Stylist Director from HAUS Salon in South Minneapolis, demonstrates hair cutting techniques to hairdresser students in Nu Po Refugee Camp in Thailand. For this first hair cutting demonstration of the workshop, Dina the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Manager at the Nu Po Camp was the model. She was so excited! She grew out her hair for months so she could be a model for this class. Dina worked so hard to set up everything for this training, and we are so very grateful to her! The people watching Natalie are hairdressers from the Nu Po camp who are attending the training. They are just as captivated by her skills as we are when we watch Natalie work her magic! One surprise for us was seeing how everyone abandoned paper note taking in favor of documenting everything on their phones.
Ma Mu works at the hospital in Nu Po. She started cutting hair at the hospital for disabled people who can't afford to go to a salon. When ADRA started offering hairdressing training she decided to join. She is planning to open a salon in Nu Po in the next few months especially for handicapped people and their families. With her haircutting skills from ADRA, other patients at the hospital started asking for her services. "Cancer patients come to me when they know they will die soon. They want to look beautiful."
The barber below is Paul, who is a student in the HAUS class. The HAUS team stopped by Paul's salon in Nu Po on the way to the workshop and took this photo of the stylist in action. Charlie says Paul is quite talented, especially with his fading skills.