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offered a twoweek trial
of classes. I
was scared to
take a leap of
Jennifer Reekers, 31
Capri College, Cedar Rapids, IA
October 22, 2012
Playing board games, and hanging out with
family, friends and three cats. Travel. Making Halloween costumes and decorating her home for an annual Halloween bash.
Shopping, especially for shoes, scarves and accessories.
WHEN IT COMES to being an effective communicator,
Jennifer Reekers, 31, brings doctoral credentials to
the cosmetology classroom. Prior to enrolling at Capri
College in Cedar Rapids, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s
degree in speech, language and hearing science from
Minnesota State University and a master’s and doctorate of audiology from the University of Iowa. As a
clinical audiologist, Jennfer worked with children and
adults afflicted with hearing difficulties.
Below, this master communicator remarks on
effective communications in both environments and
her transition from clinical practice to the student
BeautyLink: When communicating with
clients, what are some similarities and
differences between your clinical and
JR: In both careers, you must focus solely on the client
in front of you, and you must be comfortable talking
with people. The client consultation is important in
the clinic and in the salon chair. It’s the clinician’s and
the hairstylist’s job to build rapport by asking openended questions and then provide counsel.
BeautyLink: What prompted you
to change careers?
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student you’d like us to
interview for a future
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JR: I’ve wanted to be a hairstylist since age 18, but I felt
obligated to take the college route. After graduating, I
worked in a private practice where I realized that the
medical world would never be able to fulfill my desire
to truly get to know my clients or express my creativity.
I realized that I wanted a profession where I could
help others feel good by working directly with people,
spend quality time with my clients and build rapport
in a profession that values individuality. Capri College
offered a two-week trial of classes. I was scared to
“step down” from being Dr. Jennifer Reekers, but after
talking with friends and my amazingly supportive
husband, I decided to take a leap of faith.
BeautyLink: How did your friends/family
react to your decision to change careers?
JR: I assumed people would think I was crazy, so I
only told my immediate circle at first. The reactions
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were surprisingly supportive. The first thing my mom
said was, “I always saw you doing hair,” and that was
the common response from people who have known
me throughout my life. I’ve met many women in amazing careers who confessed they wish they’d become
hairstylists. An anesthesiologist told me that if she
could do it all over, she’d love to go back and do hair.
BeautyLink: What has surprised you about
JR: I was in my 30s with a previous career so I assumed
I would fully understand all of the material and magically be the most amazing hairstylist as soon as I hit
the student salon floor. Not the case! I had to let go of
the inner pressure and focus on working at my own
level. In audiology, there’s a universal protocol for
every procedure, but hairstyling encourages numerous methods to achieve the same outcome. Ask three
instructors how to achieve XYZ and you will receive
three different answers! It took several months for
me to start enjoying my creative freedom.
BeautyLink: What career goals are
JR: I would love to be a representative for a crueltyfree company and promote product lines that are not
tested on animals. I would also like to use the beauty
industry to boost the self-esteem of young girls. I had
a great experience as a camp counselor at cosmetology school, teaching girls to care for their hair, skin
and bodies while discussing self-esteem and bullying.
I can also see myself working in a salon and becoming
a cosmetology school instructor someday. It will be
amazing if I can make it all come true!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4
message from the aacs president and cea co-chairs
the workings of washington
Rejuvenate Your Passion for Business
The AACS Affi nity Program
Mobilizing Your Business Is a Thing of Beauty
Open Door Leaders
and then there’s compliance
Motivating Your Students
Use Your Resources
step by step
Taking Out the Mystery
beauty changes lives
Beauty School Insurance
a student’s perspective
skin care council
aacs listserve q & a
voices from the classroom
Celebrate the Power of Being an Educator
people & places
new products & services
associate member profiles: salons
new school members
upcoming 2013-14 events
index to advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 4
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