Styling brighter futures

Hairdresser Sian Bennett with her employer, DavidLee Hairdressing owner Lee Fletcher, who is sponsoring her trip. Picture: Emma Goodwin
Hairdresser Sian Bennett with her employer, DavidLee Hairdressing owner Lee Fletcher, who is sponsoring her trip. Picture: Emma Goodwin

Ms Bennett, a senior colourist and session stylist for DavidLee Hairdressing, will attend the Hermann Gmeiner National Training Centre in Lipa next month.

She was selected as a volunteer at the SOS Children’s Villages facility through Schwarzkopf Professional’s Shaping Futures program, which aims to teach disadvantaged youth the craft of hairdressing.

Ms Bennett said it would give people the tools and support they needed to escape hardship, with students then able to apply for salon positions to ‘completely transform their lives’.

‘I think the program will not only be life-changing for the students involved, but for myself as a trainer,’ she said.

She said seeing the challenges and poverty people struggled with each day would be an ‘eye-opener’.

‘I felt utterly honoured, humbled and completely ecstatic to have been selected for the Shaping Futures program based on my application, skills and experience,’ she said.

‘As soon as I heard about this program from our Schwarzkopf Professional representative, I immediately knew it was something I wanted to be involved in.

‘I had been offered the opportunity to work backstage at the Melbourne Fashion Festival, as well as take part in competition work, but declined those offers on the off-chance that I would be successful.’

She said she would encourage others to consider taking part in the program, with her employer Lee Fletcher sponsoring her involvement.

‘We are so fortunate to live in such luxury with so many opportunities at our doorstep.

‘It is the very least we can do to share these opportunities with the disadvantaged who otherwise wouldn’t have these chances,’ she said.