At 22, Tamara Giggins is achieving great things.
In May 2015 she opened her own Hairdressing Salon, Tamara’s Hair Boutique in Wangaratta and hasn’t looked back. The business is going from strength to strength with existing clients booking in advance to secure their next appointment and a 6-8 week waiting period for new clients.
Tamara got her first taste of hairdressing and beauty when she studied Certificate II in Hairdressing in 2010 then Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics at GOTAFE in 2011 while at Secondary School. She discovered a passion for Hairdressing and went on to complete her Certificate II in Hairdressing the following year.
“My cousins were hairdressers and I used to have my hair changed all the time. It looked fun so I thought I would give it a go.”
After leaving school, Tamara was offered an Apprenticeship. Because she wanted to stay in Wangaratta, she studied at GOTAFE every Monday and worked the rest of the week in the Salon. She loved the fact she didn’t have to travel to Melbourne and could learn in her home town with a local Hairdresser. She completed her hairdressing studies and Apprenticeship in 2014.
“I really enjoyed my experience with GOTAFE. The training was challenging as all trades are but I had the best teachers, Liz K and Carmel Cook, to work through my studies and Monica Lockyer with beauty, who is still one of the best teachers out there.”
Tamara has had on-going training with colour companies and other qualified Hairdressers to better her skills and learn other techniques.
“You never know everything, there is always room for more learning as a Hairdresser.”
Tamara believes Hairdressing and Beauty is a very hard industry as you are in people’s faces all the time and always talking.
“It’s not for the faint hearted and you are on your feet for long hours. We are not perfect but if you work hard, make mistakes and learn from them you will be an excellent Hairdresser/Beauty Therapist. Most of all be passionate and have fun.”
Tamara has just taken on a qualified Hairdresser and hopes to employ an Apprentice next year. She wants to give them the best possible experience and start in their career.
Tamara’s next goal is to expand and move into a new salon next year. Having qualifications in both Hair and Beauty, Tamara says she is able to offer clients more and this has paid off in the long run.
“I could not imagine doing anything else in my life. I love making people feel beautiful and making them feel good about themselves.”