Thank you so much to Charlotte Howard, the beautiful and talented hostess of the Hair Artist Association Radio Show, for having me on the show on May 31! We covered so much ground about the importance of beauty education and continually growing and learning in your field. Charlotte, of all people, would know best – she has worked in countless different roles in the beauty business and has the knowledge and experience to back it up. The Hair Artist Association does some great things, so I urge all of you stylists and other beauty professionals to go check it out. We talked about all sorts of things, such as what today’s beauty school student looks like, what students look for in a beauty school, how students are finding ways to pay for school, and why it’s important to turn your passion into a profession. If you care at all about beauty and you are thinking about entering the beauty business, then take the plunge and talk to cosmetology schools about your options. You can have a career that matters, and that you are passionate about.
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For those of you who aren’t familiar with Charlotte Howard, she’s worked in all sorts of roles in the beauty industry and can attest to the value of a cosmetology education. She shared with us how she got into the beauty business in the first place.
Charlotte said, “I started right after high school. I’ve always loved doing hair, since I was 16 actually. I was doing family members’ hair and that’s how it actually started, because my mom couldn’t fix hair! [Laughs] I got tired of getting teased at school and I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I went to Trident Tech right out of high school, having that hands-on atmosphere doing people’s hair in the clinic really helped me, because it helped me build the confidence and looking at the results after someone got their hair done made me feel good. That’s how I got started in the industry, and after that I became a salon manager and did that for 10 years.
Then I started my own salon and have been freelancing ever since. There’s so much opportunity, because I’ve been helping other people get started in their businesses as well, coaching them and speaking. There’s so much you can do with your cosmetology license. I don’t think a lot of people realize the power of it.”
I thought this was great advice from Charlotte Howard, who’s worked all across the industry, for aspiring cosmetology students: ”The one piece of advice I would give is to always plan ahead and follow your passion. If you really are passionate about the industry, don’t be scared of following your passion. If you want to do hair, you can go ahead and start planning it out right now. And even if it’s 6 months down the line, you’re able to say, ‘Here’s my plan. Here’s what I’m going to do.’ Plan that financial aid and plan your schedule of classes, that’s my recommendation. Keep up with all the industry resources that are available to you, like this information we’re providing for you.”