Student blog: Pivot Point Study Abroad in Barcelona

This month, we packed our passports and jetsetted to Barcelona! From the top of Monjuich Hill to the cobbled stones of Girona, here’s what MC College Saskatoon Student, Meaghan Palmer, had to say about the trip:

As we landed in Barcelona, Spain I knew I was going to love it there. Our first excursion was a trip to the little town of Sitges just outside Barcelona. We had been travelling for many hours with very little sleep but it was still beautiful. We were surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and small buildings that looked like something from the past.

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After we toured the town for a bit we were served paella; which is a traditional Spanish dish at a restaurant located just off the beach. It was a wonderful first day in Barcelona!

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Our time in Barcelona was filled with tours of the beautiful city. We were able to see the Sagrada Familia which is a church designed by Gaude that has been being built for over a hundred years and is planned to be finished in 2026.

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During our time there we got the privilege of two days of international training. We learned so much in those two days that we are now able to take back and further our careers in the beauty industry!

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We also got to see things like the Picasso museum and the Cathedral of Barcelona.

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My favorite part was our tour of the city from the top part of a double decker bus. The day was beautiful and we were able to enjoy the sun while taking in the breath taking sites of Barcelona.

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My eight days in Barcelona was filled with culture, shopping, dining, and training.

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We sipped wine in the center of Barcelona on the rooftop of our hotel. We dined in five star restaurants while enjoying the company of each other. I highly recommend Pivot Point’s study abroad trip to anyone who wants to experience culture, and the opportunity of international training. It was an experience I will never forget.

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Mannequin Heads: Behind the Scenes

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Do you remember cutting off your Barbie or Ken dolls’ hair and wishing for it to grow back? Or trying to curl their hair but end up melting it? For many future hairstylists, Barbie and Ken are usually their first clients/mannequin head.

From finger waves to balayage, Hairstyling students use mannequin heads to practice their craft. But unlike practicing on an acrylic/plastic haired friend (we’re talking about Barbie!!), students at MC College learn the Art of Hairstyling on Pivot Point mannequins that are made with 100% real human hair. Working on real human hair allows students to experience realistic results. These mannequin heads are considered as the Ferraris’ in the Hairstyling Industry.

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But…where does the hair come from?

Pivot Point collects hair from China and India. In many parts of the world, people sell their hair for income. Once collected, the hair is grouped based on length and then disinfected several times. From there, it undergoes chemical treatments to achieve different colors and hair textures. Throughout the whole process, the hairs’ moisture and elasticity levels are monitored to ensure it’s still consistent with human hair. To make hair education as realistic as possible, Pivot Point mannequin heads’ features are hand painted to make it look anatomically correct. The hair is professionally implanted (by hand) and evenly distributed to mimic natural human hair growth. From implanting hair to painting it’s on fleek eye brows, the head itself is created and assembled by artists in China.

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To ensure that these artists are treated equally and are given ethical working conditions, all Pivot Point mannequin heads are SA8000 certified. This means that educational goods such as mannequin heads are created in a working environment that’s free of forced and child labor, poor working conditions and wages, and unfair work hours. The certification also ensures that “the quality of goods match the well-being of the artisans who create them”.

So, how do you know if mannequin heads are SA8000 certified? Look for the below tag:

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For more information on SA8000, visit:
http://www.mccollege.ca/web/mcc/images/pivotpoint.pdf
http://www.sa-intl.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=937

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