Margaret Wandyga

Open Colleges Partner - Beauté Internationale

Renee Steggink

"Talk to your therapist the next time you are having a treatment about the industry, and you will get an honest answer."

Renee Steggink has been with Beauté Internationale for eleven years. She trained as a beauty therapist, then eventually went on to work on reception at Beauté Internationale and worked her way up to sales and marketing manager, the position she has now held for seven years.

Renee works closely with schools, TAFEs and private colleges across Australia helping to design their beauty student kits, she also implements stock control, ordering and fit outs of equipment as well as furniture needs.

Renee has worked on the partnership with Open Colleges since 2012, supplying kits to distribute to Open Colleges' beauty students.

1 What advice would you offer students looking to get into the beauty industry?

The next time you are having a beauty treatment, talk to your therapist about the industry, and you will get an honest answer. It’s a glamourous industry for the client but not always for the therapist. You need to love talking to people and helping them deal with whatever problems they want to overcome with a reasonable amount of care and attention.

2 Can you tell us a little about the Beauté Internationale and your products?

Beauté Internationale has been around for over 20 years and has a high industry standing. We are a trade-only company so the general public cannot access us. Only industry students or salon owners can get in the front door or on the website. We pride ourselves on being exclusive to the trade.

We stock all the top brands: everything in beauty and hair, from waxing, tanning, gel and acrylic nails, furniture, equipment, hair colour, bleach and more. Everything from your favourite shade of OPI polish to the top brands of Goldwell hair colour.

3 Can you tell us what's in the kit provided to Open Colleges students?

We provide a unique kit to Open Colleges that has been customised for their course structure. It includes tinting, massage and make-up.

4 How do you stay up to date with the latest trends?

Trends come and go so quickly you need to always be learning. I am my own guinea pig constantly testing and trialing all the industry has to offer. Social media is king, if it’s hot online we will know about it.

5 What's the most rewarding thing about working in the industry?

We also work outside our industry circle, one example is our work with the Chicks in Pink breast cancer cause to supply hair wigs to patients undergoing treatment. This is a service we offer with no profit to ourselves. It can be difficult at times but extremely rewarding.

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