The World of Cosmetology: Teaching future stylists

(WEAU) - We all have a morning routine when it comes to starting the day, like fixing our hair.

But the hair you style in the morning has a science to it that many don't know or think about.

"I got married last May and my husband said quit your job and go to school for what you want," said Maggie Voth, student at The Salon Professional Academy in Eau Claire.

For the last 7 years, 31 year old Maggie Voth has worked at Xerox, but hair care has always been her passion.

"I don't regret giving up my job and I wouldn't change quitting my job to come to school for what I really want to do,” said Voth.

"I remember someone telling me once, why don't you get a real job," said Instructor, Jodi Gates.

Jodi Gates has taught at the academy 6 years now and says she's seen students as old as 67.

"A lot of those people, they've always wanted to do it and whatever the reason at this point in their life they decided to go back and go for it,” said Gates.

Stacy Thompson says it's an industry that gives students a wide range of options.

"First 8 weeks, they're in classroom. They learn their basics, their hair cutting, their color, color theory, all the layout for that," said Thompson.

The science behind the work is something stylists say people don't understand or respect.

"People don't think it's a real job, even though they have a hair stylist. You have to know your basic chemistry stuff. You have to have your basic anatomy and physiology stuff,” Voth.

At The Salon Professional Academy, students have the chance to give haircuts and color to customers and it's the hands on experience that they need.

"Our business in itself is all hands on, we're hands on learners," said Thompson.

"Where can you go someplace every day and change someone its immediate instant gratification,” said Gates.

"Its hard work but it's a lot of fun,” said Voth.

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