The Best Service on Campus. Cosmetology provides real salon experience.
Updated: Feb 3
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Walking into the cosmetology lab, visitors are immediately greeted with a professional atmosphere that is full of friendly energy. This unique class offers students the experience of working in a salon and reaching out to the people in their community.
“My favorite thing about being in cosmetology is not only the fact that we get to learn about hair, skin, and nails,” junior Kalie Bohnenberger said. “But our teacher, Ms Rhoni, also teaches a lot of important life skills. We learn how to discover our true selves, and be the best version of ourselves. We also learn a lot of communication skills and how to be personable. We use all of that not only on the salon floor when speaking with guests, but also in everyday life when we speak to people.”
The program is run by Rhoni DeMarcy, who not only teaches her students how to be a great stylist, but also teaches them real life skills that they can use later on in life. One way she does this is by hosting Salon Nights.
“I do Salon Nights for the real world experience,” DeMarcy said. “It is a great way to get our community involved. They need people to practice on because if all they did was dolls, how would they be able to work in a salon on a real human? The salon nights are always fun too when it gets poppin’ in here. That is what it’s like in a real salon. That is where they really get that real world experience.”
Salon Nights are every Wednesday night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The group also runs Salon Days every first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and they encourage everyone to come out and be a part of the fun.
“The people in this program take so much time practicing and working on new things,” junior Lexi Bertling said. “It is a good feeling when we get satisfied guests. We need all the practice we can get. It takes a lot for us to get where we are now compared to how we start in the beginning.”
One of the most fun times for the people in cosmetology is “kitmas.” Kitmas is during a student's junior year and it is when students receive a kit with all the tools they need to be a great stylist. The kit is paid for by the students themselves and is typically shipped in sometime in November. However, this year the students received them in October.
“Kitmas was really exciting,” Bohnenberger said. “None of us knew what to expect and it was just one surprise after another. It was thrilling to know that these will be my personal tools that I get to use!”
Cosmo has taught them to not only be great stylist, but to connect with other people better. It also helps them to find themselves and prepares them for a career after high school. Once graduated, students get to take their state board test to get their cosmetology license.
“I have wanted cosmetology to be my profession for as long as I can remember,” Bertling said. “I believe that it will influence my life for the better because you have to learn to be very consistent and structured.”
The cosmetology department encourages everyone to come out to their Salon Days and Nights. Not only is it a cheaper salon experience, but it is also a place where you will be treated as one. The students use only the best products along with their best attitudes. So be sure to consider coming and learning what this department is all about!