Where Are They Now: Robin Butler, Miller Fashion Forward Scholarship – 2018

Robin Butler

2018 Sydell & Arnold Miller “Fashion Forward” Scholarship Winner

As she worked toward earning an undergraduate degree in economics, Robin Butler learned that the first rule of economics relates to balancing supply and demand. After graduating college, Robin put her newfound degree to work in the beauty industry, where her salon, The Curated Curl and Company, in Durham, N.C. is supplying the market’s demand for curly hair experts. Below, she shares how two seemingly unrelated topics – economics and curls – are coming together in a beautiful way.

How did your degree in economics evolve into a career in beauty?

I’ve always enjoyed the art and creativity of beauty. And I like the freedom of being an entrepreneur. My background in economics helped me think through how I could supply an unmet demand in the market. I saw there was a need for experts who could confidently work with textured and curly hair. I like the practicality of beauty – executing the theory through hair design and color.

What did you do to turn your dream career into a reality?

It was a matter of laying the foundation brick by brick. The first step was going to beauty school. Then I started thinking about how to differentiate my services in a big ocean of salons. I became a DevaCurl curly hair artist – providing me with a point of differentiation in the market.

What surprised you about beauty school?

How much fun it was! I loved being able to use the right side/creative part of my brain and balancing it with the logical left side content I’d learned in college. I found out I enjoy the creative, intuitive and artistic processes involved in painting hair, more than I enjoy looking at analytical regression models! But it’s not all about having fun. Building a business requires patience and lots of work to build a successful brand.

How do you see your career evolving?

I really want to disrupt the beauty industry. Consumers need information to be educated about how to maintain healthy hair. I want to help them preserve the integrity of their textured hair while allowing them to work versatility into their look. My salon is helping clients find healthy solutions to care for their curly and textured hair.

What advice would you offer to others pursuing a career in beauty?

As the commercial says, “Just do it!” But be strategic and have a plan in place.  Establish a nest egg before you leave your nine-to-five. Set a six month goal and then identify what steps need to happen to reach that goal. Consider what part of the business you want to work in, whether behind the chair or for a product company. If you want to open your own salon, save up some capital to get started. But just do it!

How has beauty changed your life?

This career has given me the creative freedom to create the life I want to live. It allows me to connect with others and inspire them to live the live they want to live. At the end of the day, this career has helped me find a job that doesn’t feel like work!

 

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European Wax Center Announces Winners of Inaugural “Don’t Hesitate” Scholarship

European Wax Center Announces Winners of Inaugural “Don’t Hesitate” Scholarship 

(April 1, 2019 – San Diego) European Wax Center (EWC), one of the world’s fastest growing beauty lifestyle service brands, is excited to announce four winners of the “European Wax Center │Don’t Hesitate scholarship. Awarded exclusively to EWC employees, the scholarship is administered by Beauty Changes Lives. Each awardee’s school receives a $5,000 tuition scholarship toward the student’s esthetics or cosmetology education. In their application videos, winners shared their “don’t hesitate” confidence. Winners and their respective schools are:

 

Mackenzie Farley, Bayonne, NJ, IG @mackfarley

Capri Institute

After just a few weeks working at EWC, Mackenzie knew she’d found her calling in helping guests feel more confident in their own skin. Remarking on how she helps clients find their unapologetic confidence, Mackenzie says in her video, “I am inspired by watching my guests walk in, but strut out. I want to help each guest feel beautiful, radiant and confident.”

Haley Rodwald, Prior Lake, Minn., IG @heyitz_haymae

Empire Beauty School

An advocate for personal branding, Haley states in her application video, “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card and how you leave others feeling becomes your trademark.” But her best inspiration comes from a note her mom wrote in her yearbook, “If you have nice eyebrows, you literally have everything you need in life. May you always have a nice sharp eyebrow pencil.”

Baillie Jo Slaughter, Moorehead, Minn. IG, @bailistafari

Josef’s School of Hair, Skin & Body

In her application video, Baillie speaks about self-confidence and empowering others to find their own confidence. “I’m not sorry for the amount of love and support I have for myself because it helps me encourage others,” she says. “When there is someone cheering you on and encouraging you to go past your fears, you’ll have the confidence to create and try new challenges.”

Cassandra Funk, Allentown, PA, @cutsbycassi

Metro Beauty Academy

Cassandra says it took time for her to develop unapologetic confidence and she wants to pay her confidence forward. “One reason I re-enrolled in cosmetology school was to help others find their confidence, feel comfortable taking risks and not hesitate from going after what they were previously scared to pursue,” she says in her application video.

“European Wax Center is proud to support women through educational opportunities. We are grateful for the success we’ve had as a brand, and these scholarships are our way to pay it forward so that every one of the recipients can pursue a confident career without hesitation,” said Sherry Baker, President of Marketing and Product Development, European Wax Center.

The Don’t Hesitate scholarship reflects growing demand for licensed beauty professionals.  According to a report published by Career Education College & Universities (CECU), nearly 800,000 beauty and spa professionals will be needed in the next decade to meet employer demand. A 2017 study published by the International Spa Association reported more than 30,000 positions in the professional spa industry are currently unfilled.

“European Wax Center’s generosity is helping the Foundation and partners throughout the industry galvanize resources that celebrate the opportunities available to licensed beauty and wellness professionals and the confidence to pursue these opportunities without hesitation,” said Lynelle Lynch, Beauty Changes Lives President.

Beauty Changes Lives Spring 2016 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Winners

San Diego, Cali. (May 25, 2016) – The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, through generous funding from Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart, is pleased to award 20 Spring 2016 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education scholarships. Launched in 2013, the nationwide competition awards 10 “Basic” scholarships covering 50% of tuition (up to $10,000) to students enrolled in a cosmetology program at a qualified school. In addition, 10 licensed hairstylists are awarded continuing education scholarships to attend a North American Sassoon Academy, including travel and course fees up to $5,000.

Winners are determined by a panel of award-winning hairstylists, platform artists and educators. Each applicant is given a composite score that weighs written essays, inspiration boards and online videos. While professionalism and technical details are important in scoring, judges focus on each applicant’s passion for the industry and vision for how their career in beauty will change lives.

Spring 2016 winners of the “Basic” Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Program and their respective schools are as follows:

Caitlyn Boland – Arrojo Cosmetology School, New York, NY
Kevin Campos – Arrojo Cosmetology School, New York, NY
Christina Davis – Penrose Academy, Scottsdale, NY
Cody Hill – Summit Salon Academy, Tampa, FL
Erika Katz – Douglas J. Aveda, Chicago, IL
Tehya Marciniak – The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton, WI
Shelby Marcus – Aveda Institute, South Austin, TX
Alexa Muir – Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair, West Jordan, UT
Christina Palumbo – Arrojo Cosmetology, New York, NY
Tami Skendzel – Paul Mitchell the School, Richland Richland WA

Spring 2016 winners of the “Advanced” Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Program and their employers are as follows:

Caitlyn Duffy – Salon Red, Atlanta, GA
Lindsey Garrett – The Parlor St. Johns, Portland, OR
Stella Hay – Voo Doo Hair Lounge, Boulder, CO
Leia’ Love – Leia’ Love Hair & Nail Salon, Fairlawn, OH
Marc Mapile – Dej Salon Sherman, Oaks, CA
Lizz Praedin – Nicole Lynne Salon, Allentown, PA
Katelyn Quigney – Nicole Lynne Salon, Allentown, PA
Carla Ramos – 2nd Level Barbershop, Poughkeepsie, NY
Heather Tabor – Pink West Salon, Dripping Springs, TX
Julz Taus – Coda Sutra Salon, Torrance, CA

The multi-year, $1.5M scholarship program honors the legacy of Vidal Sassoon, his passion for lifelong learning and the value he placed on the hairstylist as educator. Advanced winner Julz Taus Coda shares Sassoon’s passion for education, particularly at a time when next gen talent relies heavily on technology as a teaching tool. “Teaching lets me cultivate the compassion and support that are so critical in learning and it’s something this industry is at risk of losing,” Taus says, noting that previous generations of stylists had to learn how to enhance their craft by learning from each other.

Spring 2016 “Basic” scholarship winners will bring a wide breadth of career experiences into the cosmetology classroom including work in finance, health care and professional theater. “The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program is making it possible for individuals to pursue a long-deferred dream of a career in beauty,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

Learn more at beautychangeslives.org/scholarships/.

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