A GOODWICK hairdresser is heading to Cambodia next month to pass on her skills to local women in order to save them from a life of poverty and destitution.

Michelle Summers-Davies, owner of Michelle's salon in Main Street, is travelling to Cambodia with Hair Aid, a not for profit organisation that sends teams of hairdressers to poverty-stricken countries.

The hairdressers work directly with people in need, teaching hair cutting skills and livelihood skills so they can earn money to feed, clothe and house themselves and their children.

The 46-year-old will be flying out to Cambodia on February 19. She will spend four days learning about the country, its culture and the challenges faced by its most vulnerable inhabitants.

Her team will go into orphanages and school rooms to offer free haircuts and learn more about the country as well as helping previous Hair Aid graduates expand their skill set.

For the following five volunteers will visit communities on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, teaching five different haircuts to women living in critical poverty often rescued from the sex trade, prostitution, drug lords, gangs and child pornography.

She was inspired to take a step out of her comfort zone by another Matrix educator who has just returned from a Hair Aid project in the Philippines

"I've never done anything like this before but I thought this is the best time to do it, a new year, a new start and a chance to give something back," she said.

"I am nervous and excited at the same time, but the feeling of doing something that will change lives of others means so much to me and so so much to them.

"It will be a tough few days and one hell of adventure but one I will always be proud of doing."

Michelle is currently raising £1,800 to go towards resources for the Cambodian trainees and to partially fund the trip.

To help Michelle's project go to www.gofundme.com/hair-aid-project?member=1496660.