NEED some pampering? Beauty students at CQUniversity's Derby St campus will today offer free manicures and pedicures to raise the profile of their beauty salon.
The salon offers clients discounted rates in exchange for practical experience in a professional environment for students.
Beauty student Chloe Eckert said the salon operated to a professional standard and encouraged Gladstone residents to make a booking and drop in for some pampering.
Ms Eckert was originally attracted to study beauty therapy as a way of getting out of school, in Year 12.
But the 19-year-old's interest in beauty as a profession became serious when she realised how fascinating the science of beauty was.
"I thought it was just about make-up, but it's everything to do with skin, and having the knowledge to really, really help people at what they want," she said.
Ms Eckert now aims to work as a make-up artist backstage at movie sets, and takes her first step toward this in a few months when she graduates from
CQUniversity with a Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy.
She said she was hoping more people would find out about the student beauty salon, which takes appointments every day.
CQUniversity beauty therapy educator Kathleen Andrews was yesterday excited about the upcoming open days, and is passionate about providing opportunities for people to enter the beauty profession.
She said CQUniversity was the only registered training organisation that offered beauty studies at the diploma level.
Ms Andrews said the merger of TAFE and CQUniversity in July had been good news for her students, with the idea of an open day at the salon suggested by CQUniversity's communications team.
"It has massive potential," she said.
The beauty salon will be open 9am-2pm today and tomorrow, and is located in E Block. Bookings are essential. Contact 4970 7722.