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Shaping Futures: Their Inspirational Trip To Mumbai And Delhi

Shaping Futures: Their Inspirational Trip To Mumbai And Delhi
Rebecca Parker

The inspirational Shaping Futures volunteer team are back from their trip of a lifetime teaching disadvantaged young people the art of hairdressing in India. It is seven years since Shaping Futures was piloted by a team of UK hairdressers and Schwarzkopf Technical advisers in India (2010) and since that time over 1700 young, disadvantaged adults have benefited from this phenomenal social initiative that reaches the poorest young orphans in 25 countries.

This Year’s Team

This year the hairdressing heroes who gave generously of their talent and time were:
Lauren Tudor from En Route Hair and Beauty joined Rhys Davidson and Gemma Slade from Rhys Davidson Hair Design in Mumbai whilst Jane DeFrancesco from Jane Creative Hair and educator Lesley Mather headed to teach in Delhi.

The Locations

This year the UK initiative took on two locations expanding its global connections with social initiatives in both Delhi and Mumbai and taking Schwarzkopf Professional one step closer to its global goal of providing 100 training programmes in 27 countries by 2020.

The Team Leader

The team was led and supported by Shaping Futures’ UK ambassador, Janet Maitland who, having spent 3 months working and training amongst some of the world’s most needy trainees, brings a wealth of experience along with her career long training specialism and credentials. All of this means that the team of volunteers are equipped and supported to push the boundaries of learning and teaching.

What Happens?

The volunteers were each immersed for two weeks throughout October in top-level training providing the students with the foundations to thrive within a hairdressing apprenticeship in India. Schwarzkopf Professional supports the initiative through skilled trainers and providing the necessary tools: model heads, products, appliances needed to teach a wide variety of hairdressing skills, including shampooing and conditioning, root retouching, various forms of cutting, colour theory and blow-drying. To top off this extraordinary experience, all students take part in a finale hairdressing show to prospective employers and press to showcase their new skills and talent to secure an apprenticeship within the industry.

For more information about Shaping Futures visit the Schwarzkopf Professional here.