BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 1 - (Page 40)
"Cutting hair is
a lot like wine.
You can take
a wine tasting
and know a
little, but with
Branford Academy of
Hair & Cosmetology
Nov. 11, 2012
Tennis, reading, walking her dog
PERHAPS YOU'VE NEVER considered the similarities
between a wine connoisseur and a hair stylist. Stacey
Conn, a recent graduate of Branford Academy of Hair
& Cosmetology in Brandford, Connecticut, says that
wine tasting and haircutting are more similar than
they initially appear. "Cutting hair is a lot like wine.
You can take a wine tasting workshop and know a
little, but with continued learning you can eventually become an expert," she said. Even though she
just left the cosmetology classroom, Stacey hopes to
continue learning and eventually move from beauty
school graduate to a barbering connoisseur.
Fresh from passing the State Board exam, Stacey
spoke with BeautyLink about her beauty school
What did you do before enrolling in
After earning a bachelor's of science degree in
Management, I worked in the restaurant industry
for 21 years. I loved the customer service part of the
work but not the corporate stress.
What prompted your career change?
I wanted to do something that gave me a sense of satisfaction. I love seeing customers leave with a smile
on their face. I thought about how much I'd always
loved cutting my brother's hair, and cosmetology
just felt like the right fit.
How did you select a school?
Does your school have a
student you'd like us to
interview for a future
"A Student's Perspective" in
BeautyLink? Write to us at
I checked out every school in my area. At Bradford,
I received a friendly reception and the staff did a
great job of answering my questions and making
the enrollment process easy. The admissions team
stayed in touch with me via email as I evaluated
schools. Even the financial aid process was straightforward and easy.
Aside from style, what is different about
serving male and female clients?
Men are "lower maintenance" and trust the stylist's
recommendations. They are open to suggestions.
A woman will specify how much length to cut, the
precise color she wants and where the color should
be applied. Guys view the hairstylist as the expert.
What do you think makes an outstanding
instructor in the cosmetology classroom?
Professionalism is important in every job. Being on
time and having a professional appearance are important because the instructor is a model for how students
should behave when they begin working in a salon. It
is also important that an instructor knows the content
and how to teach to different learning types.
What were some particularly helpful parts
of the learning experience?
I enjoyed learning about individual skin chemistry
and coloring. We did monthly model workshops where
we created different looks such as a bridal look or
zombie look. It's easy to look at a color palette and
envision what a shade will look like. But when the
color is applied to an individual, their hair color, eye
color, complexion and skin tone can totally change
You just passed the state boards. What
advice would you offer to students
preparing to take their state exams?
Take your time and prepare thoroughly. Make sure
to read the questions very carefully because just
one word can influence the answer. I made flash
cards and reviewed the entire Milady book. The
exam covered questions from every section of the
What did you enjoy most about school?
Is there any other advice you'd like
I learned how much I enjoyed cutting men's hair in
the student salon and determined I'd like to eventually become a barber.
Mentors are a great help. Find a professional hairstylist who will let you hang out in the salon, observe
and ask questions.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 1
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
An Audit-Ready Mentality
Launching a Career in Beauty
Your Fire: Your Purpose
Beauty Changes Lives
Good for Them and Good for Your School
Stopping the Taboo Mentality
Skin Care Council
Planning Your Financial Future in 2014
A Student’s Perspective
What They Want
2013 AACS Annual Convention In Review
People & Places
Associate Member Profiles: Accountants
Upcoming 2014 Events
New School Members
Index to Advertisers
BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 1