Beauty Changes Lives: Harleigh’s Story

Read about how the beauty industry can change a life in just one
short year. This essay was written by a September 2020 Graduate of the
Cosmetology Program at the State College of Beauty Culture.

Choosing a career is never easy, especially as a young adult
coming out of high school. As a senior in high school, you are expected to know
exactly what you want to do with your life and I was clueless. Somehow time
flew by and I found myself in the 3rd quarter of my senior year and I still had
no idea what the next chapter of my life would entail. Time was running out for
me to decide and after endless hours of debating with myself about my purpose
in life and what I wanted to do, I finally came across cosmetology school, and
ever since my life hasn’t been the same.

After starting cosmetology school at the State College of Beauty
Culture in Wausau, WI, I quickly
realized how empowering and fun it was. Signing up I knew it wasn’t going to be
easy and that it was no walk in the park, but in the end it is absolutely worth
every one of the 1,550 hours.

As I get ready to graduate cosmetology school I reflected on how
the industry has changed my life and in my 12 months of time at school this industry
has already blessed me by giving me confidence, passion, and the ability to
help others every day. I have always had issues with my body and self-confidence.
Growing up this impacted me greatly and to this day I struggle with these
negative thoughts about myself. Once I
started cosmetology school at SCBC I saw my confidence skyrocket and I was able
to step out of my comfort zone.

I was so excited to be learning so much and that I could go home
and use everything I learned on myself. I started practicing doing my hair and
makeup on myself and I started noticing a difference in how I felt about
myself. I was finally starting to like the person looking back at me in the
mirror, it allowed me to let go of some of the things about myself that I
disliked. Knowing that what I was learning could help me feel good about myself
made me even more excited about helping others and it started my passion for
the industry.

The confidence I have gained from cosmetology school allowed me to
leave part of my past behind and discover new things about myself like my
passion for beauty. Because of the
cosmetology industry I was able to grow to love myself more and ignite a
passion for beauty and helping others feel good about themselves.

I didn’t realize how much I love cosmetology until recently when
my school was shut down because of COVID-19. I hated having nothing to do at
home and I missed my clients so dearly I found myself in tears many times over
the course of those 10 weeks wishing I could go back to school. School gave me
a reason to get out of bed, get moving and make a difference in someone’s day.

Starting cosmetology school was the best decision I could have
made for myself, it has allowed me to use my creativity and have fun every day
that I work and that’s how I know that this is meant for me. The
beauty industry is so rewarding and has given me the gift of confidence and
passion that ignites a fire in my heart.

But most importantly it has
given me the opportunity to use my creativity and skill set to help a wide
variety of people every day.

The best
thing about the cosmetology industry is that there are no boundaries and that
it is inclusive to every one of all ages.

There is something for everyone and
so much freedom to do whatever makes you feel good. Since confidence and my
self-image is something I struggled with, I know how hard it can be when that
negativity starts to affect your life. Cosmetology allows me to use my
creativity to give every client I work with a look that makes them feel good
about themselves, and I get to educate them on how to do it at home so they can
look and feel good all the time. It’s the feeling to know that when your client
walks out the door that they are happy and feel beautiful. I am so happy to
have found an industry to work in that I love and can excited about. Helping
people feel good is just another reward that the cosmetology industry has given

cosmetology industry and the State College of Beauty Culture have forever
changed my life for the better and I would not take back one second of my
journey thus far.

SCBC has given me the opportunity to get my
foot in the door and start my adventure to becoming a cosmetologist with the
best support system of students and staff. The Instructors and students at SCBC
have taught me that cosmetology is so much more than doing hair and they have
helped me become the hardworking person I am today.

Cosmetology changed my life because it gave me the confidence to
become my true self, passion to do something I love every day, and the ability
to help every person that sits in my chair. This industry allows you to help
change people’s lives and might even change yours … So what are you waiting for?

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