Our first corporate sponsor is traveling with us! Regis Corporation, one of the U.S.’s largest operators of beauty salons and retail stores, are training Bpeace’s salon owners and 35 of their staff members on color, styling, relaxing and service techniques. Here’s a sum-up of their work so far:
Regis trainers Russell and Kevin hit the town visiting all the salons today in preparation for four days of salon training. Both were impressed with the foundation the salons had established. It was a hoot to watch the Rwandan and American stylists find common ground: a girl’s vanity, the need for pampering, or the busy mother’s need for speed . . .and a man’s bemusement at it all. The search for beauty crosses oceans and cultures.
Harriette’s salon was packed with with hair stylists so eager to learn that Russell commented that the class was easier than those he’d led in the U.S. Stylists from neighboring salons were at the door begging admission. Relaxation and cutting were the topics of the day. Four models left with beautiful new hairstyles.
Saturday’s Regis training was focused on color and customer service. The first resulted in newly born beauties (with the promise of more to come as a result of the training), the second in a salon filled with raucous noise as Russell and Kevin brought the house down as their comedy act tour came to Kigali. Their role play of salon do’s and don’ts brought screams of laughter even BEFORE the words were translated.
The stylists were so proud to receive their certificates, and our Associates Brigette and Harriette were grateful beyond words. It is hard to describe how powerful the last two days have been. Tomorrow we begin again with Jeanne and Sylvie’s staffs.
–Kate Buggeln, on behalf of Bpeace team, September 2007