In fulfilling our promise to exceed your expectations, our journey takes us to Thailand and Cambodia, each place offering an opportunity to learn and to give, and to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Davines Hair on Stage
We are proud to represent Victoria as Davines’ flagship salon of Vancouver Island at “Hair on Stage” from November 14th to 16th in Bangkok, Thailand. This spectacular event provides us a chance to network with like-minded individuals interested in “sustainable beauty.” Here we can get together to share ideas, projects, and trends from around the world, and learn from internationally renowned hair designers, like Davines Artistic Director, Angelo Seminara, three-time winner of the British Hairdresser of the Year award. We are thrilled to attend this creatively enriching, innovative, and eco-friendly style experience.
Held at Asiatique the Riverfront on Thailand’s major river, Chao Phraya, the Davines Hair on Stage coincides with the annual Loy Krathong, a festival of floating baskets. Traditionally, the festival is held on the 12th full moon of the Thai lunar calendar, and people pay respect (for abundance) and ask forgiveness (for pollution) from the river goddess. As the lit baskets float down river, some people believe that they take away negativity and bring good luck.
Kate Korpi Salon and Academy
In keeping with bringing about positive change, our journey takes us from Bangkok to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to the Kate Korpi Salon and Academy, a Davines sponsored, not-for-profit hair school. We’ll be volunteering from November 29th to December 6th to help transform the lives of trafficked young women, men, and children through education and empowerment. We believe that holistic beauty not only includes environmental sustainability, but also social responsibility in taking steps to help others in order to make our world a better place.
Kate Korpi Salon and Academy is a high-end, western-style hair salon and academy currently staffed by Guest Artists from around the world. The pricing model is set to attract people who have the means to pay, and all profits go to supporting the academy with the hope of creating a self-sustaining operation after three years. Eventually the students will become the teachers, or move on to have their own salons, or work in other high-end salons. At risk youth and traffic survivors will learn the fundamentals of cosmetology, and also develop their confidence, self-esteem, and life skills, which will help them create a career path to secure employment.
If you’re a stylist, or just interested in learning more about how to help, visit the Justice and Soul Foundation for more information on how to become involved with this life transforming and rewarding volunteer experience. If volunteering is not an option available to you, donations are gladly accepted to help with costs for the students. A little or a lot, all is appreciated as it goes to helping students get food, clothes, and housing, as well as pay for tools, tuition, and psychological support. In order to make a difference, as Mahatma Ghandi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” Or simply put, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”