|PHOTOS: Courtesy of CHCSA|
Hair salon and social enterprise Ooosh! kickstarts its training program with five young women.
True to its mantra of “doing well (financially) while doing good (in society),” Ooosh! the hair salon organized a three-day training workshop for five young students from various social agencies.
The modish salon, situated in Delfi Orchard, not only provides an array of professional hair, face and nail services, it is also an academy where youth-at-risk can acquire a skill to kickstart their careers in life.
Working hand in hand with CHCSA, the purpose of the workshop, held from Jan. 13-15, was to arm the students with communication skills and work ethics—essentials for anyone who wants to be a successful hairstylist.
Training was done through a series of role play and discussion-based teaching sessions while social workers covered topics ranging from personality profiling to strength maximization and client interaction.
“Young people who may not have much working experience can pick up soft skills that will help them go further ahead in life. These skills, coupled with the training at Ooosh!, should equip young people to fulfil their dream of a career in the hairstyling business,” says Victoria Yee, 27, a full-time social worker.
Cherlyn Goh, a 21-year-old student who has a keen interest in hairstyling, was glad she attended this session. “At the workshop, I learned more about my strengths and weaknesses through personality profiling. I feel more confident and prepared for my basic professional hairdressing course.”