Four years after its inception, the Tajmeel Qatar International Beauty Academy has announced plans to open its doors to male beauty therapists, the Peninsula reports.
As part of a new pilot program to start this month, some eight men, mainly from Arab countries including Egypt and Jordan, will take a six-month training course in spa therapy.
Following the course, which is part-time and could possibly be held on a men-only day, the academy may also offer hair dressing, a Tajmeel official told the newspaper.
The courses come at a time when the male grooming industry is seeing a boom in the GCC. Anti-aging expert and London-based Dr. Neetu Nirdosh explains the phenomenon in Gulf News:
“Good grooming is a sign of prosperity and in the Gulf it is important to look good. Arab men enjoy taking care of themselves.”
Tajmeel, which was founded in 2009 by the Social Development Centre, offers several long- and short-term classes for women on the basics of hairdressing and makeup, as well as holistic therapy. Graduates of its programs become internationally certified to offer such services, and include Qatari females.
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