You know that feeling when you walk into the hair salon feeling like a mess, and walk out feeling and looking like a million bucks? Since 1983, Magnolia College of Cosmetology has been teaching students how to work that magic.
It takes 1,500 hours of schooling to earn a cosmetology license in Mississippi. And hundreds have put in the work at Magnolia before taking their state board examines.
“I’ve been doing hair for like three years now. And I’m just 18. So I just think it’s something I was born with,“ Kelsey Jones, a student at Magnolia said. Jones has a little over 200 hours under her belt. But she knows one day she will open her own salon.
While some students knew cosmetology school was in their path, others are beginning a second or third career.
Ashandis Griffin says she’s one of the oldest in her class. “Sometimes you get tired of working for others…I want to be my own boss. That was one of the main reasons I chose cosmetology school.“
In about 12 to 15 months students hit the books, practice on mannequins and real people in the school’s salon.
There’s no special class on what to do when your client spills their life’s story while getting their hair done. But when it happens, like it so often does in a salon, what these students learn in the classroom goes beyond a hairstyle.
“They share so much with us. We’re like a doctor. We’re like a psychologist…We‘re sometimes their best friend…Send them out feeling loved, appreciated and just motivated all together. But with healthy hair,“ said Tonni Russell, who has been in the industry for over 30 years.
Russell, who has been teaching for over 20 years, is one of the beloved instructors at Magnolia College.
The school also has courses for people wanting to become nail technicians and estheticians.
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