di is the manager and hairstylist of a thriving salon,
located in a metropolitan shopping mall. the salon offers services to both men and women and can accommodate
more than ten hairstylists. di's experience is unique in that she has both
a cosmetology license and a barber's license, besides the fact that she was
promoted to manager early in her career.
what made you decide on a career in
|becoming a hairstylist had been a
childhood dream since i was the age of five. i don't know what
first got me interested, but it was definitely a life goal.
|what were you doing before you entered the
american college of hairstyling?
|before i started studying hairstyling, i
went to college for a year at northwest missouri state
university. my parents had urged me to attend the university for
at least a year before following my dream of pursuing
hairstyling. i kind of took an unusual path towards my goal,
i actually have a cosmetology license and a barber's
license. i'm proud of the barber's license. i had gone
through cosmetology school in missouri and earned my diploma before
returning home to iowa. however, the laws in iowa required more
hours of study than missouri and i felt that i only had enough
experience to "get by", but not enough to really cut
hair. i wanted to be proficient. so, i enrolled at the
american college of hairstyling, where i knew they start you right off
|where did you work after graduation?
|great clips on east euclid avenue, in
des moines. i was there for one year, then transferred to the
shop in ames. after a year in ames, i went to my current salon, where i
could do everything (haircuts, perms, nails, colors).
|| how many hours a week do you work now?
|i work forty to forty-five hours a
|what kind of car do you drive?
|1998 pontiac sunfire
|what advice would you give new students
to the american college of hairstyling?
|what you do today does not only affect
today, but it affects tomorrow, a month from now and a year from
now. you must set goals for yourself, so that the things you do
today can help you reach the goals you set for tomorrow. i
wouldn't be where i'm at without them. also, check out every
school and find out which one is right for you.
|what would you tell other people who are
considering a barber's license?
|at least one out of every ten
women in a salon has a barber's license. i learned a lot more
about cutting hair. everything that i learned in missouri, over
a year at cosmetology school, i learned in six months at barber
school: cut, style, rat, tease, foil, perm, color, shave and clipper
cuts, you name it. and, knowing how to do clipper cuts saved
my business because a majority of my clients are men. you'd be