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With an Ara salon support qualification under her belt, Celie Fenwick got an apprenticeship at Timaru’s Ruby Tuesday Hair Station and she couldn’t be happier.

Celie Fenwick

Aniwa Irvine is making the most of her hairdressing qualification. She liked the practical nature of her studies, and the supportiveness of her tutors at Ara.

Aniwa Irvine


Rowan Peake has always been passionate about making people feel good, and the barbering course at Ara gave him a chance to make people smile when they walk out the door.

Rowan Peake

Beauty therapy

Annica Myburgh-Joubert loves to make people feel beautiful and good about themselves. After studying beauty therapy at Ara, it’s something she gets to do every day at Shine Salon and Day Spa in Timaru.

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Annica Myburgh-Joubert

Massage therapy

Hands-on learning is a big part of all massage therapy programmes at Ara, underpinned by sound theoretical knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.

Georgia Wells