Check out this beautiful blog post from one of our Graduates:
Why I Chose Cosmetology School
From a young age, I was obsessed with beauty. I used to beg my mother to let me use her lipstick because my “lips were chapped”. I was the cause of several pixie cuts for my friends because I got a little wild with a round brush before we all learned our lesson. For my 8th birthday, my parents bought me a beautiful pink bike, but I was too enamored with my Polly Pocket makeup kit to even notice. A person would assume that a career in cosmetology would be only natural, right? Unfortunately, it took me a solid 10 years to figure that out.
As a preschool teacher, I thought I had the best and most rewarding job in the world. I truly did love it, and since it came very naturally to me, I assumed I would be working in early childhood for the rest of my career. But I would still go home and watch hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube and dream about working behind the scenes at NY Fashion Week. One day, a parent in my class told me that she thought I always looked nice and asked me for some advice on how to style her hair and makeup. My husband and I refer to this as the “beginning of the end”. Soon, multiple parents were asking me for advice and one of them introduced me to her niece, who was a student at Entourage.
I’d always made up excuses when people asked me why I didn’t go to cosmetology school : We can’t survive on a single income, I don’t want to stand all day, I don’t want to work crazy hours, etc. After giving one of the parents a 2 page direction list to style her hair and detailed diagram of a smoky eye, my best friend sat me down and very nicely told me that if I didn’t enroll in cosmetology school, I was an idiot. That very night I sat down with my husband and we made a plan. I scheduled an appointment to meet with admissions the next day and within a month, I started classes.
During my time at Entourage, I have had the privilege of working three fashion shows (KC Fashion Week being one of them!), doing hair and nails for a developmentally disabled prom, and I now spend every day making people feel great about themselves. I have made lasting friendships and connections that I know will help me to build a solid foundation for my career. Through these connections, I was able to gain employment and am working towards becoming a platform artist for Christian Dior. Cosmetology school is hard work, but loving your life and living your dream is a happiness everyone deserves!