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Cosmetology students ready to get real

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, January 12, 2013

The cosmetology school salon at Weatherford College Wise County opens to the public Wednesday.

Instructor Carolyn Jeane said it will be open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

READY TO ROLL – Weatherford College cosmetology students prepare to move from mannequins to clients next week when the school’s salon opens to the public. Instructor Carolyn Jeane said, “You can practice on mannequins all you want, but … they don’t have ears or shoulders … It’s time to move on to clients.” Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We’re excited … They’ve been working on each other, mannequins and family members, but there’s experience that you just can’t get with a mannequin,” she said.

Services offered by the 20 students are haircuts, highlights, color, perms, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing.

“There may be a lot of knocking knees at first, but it’ll go well,” Jeane said. “It’s time to move to clients. … I’m excited for them to experience what it is they want to do.”

She said the inaugural class started in the fall, and students will complete the program at the end of the summer. They attend class 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and have already become a tight-knit group.

While the students admit to a few jitters, overall they are excited and said their instructors have prepared them well and instilled confidence in them.

“All three instructors are great,” said student Jessica Rhine of Alvord. “They are encouraging and make it a point to make us feel confident. They’re like our moms. … They’re sweet-natured and are always encouraging us.”

Jeane said she “knows it sounds crazy, but [she] likes teenagers” and being a source of encouragement seems to come naturally to this first-time instructor.

“My mom says I’ve always had a big problem of wanting to help people,” Jeane said with a laugh. “When I was in second grade, she got a phone call from the principal, ‘Carolyn’s in front of the room trying to teach the class again!’

“When I was in cosmetology school, I enjoyed not only what I did but also helping all the other girls.”

It’s a quality she has passed on to her students, too, who try to help each other out whenever possible.

Jeane said like any instructor, she’s protective of her students and asks that clients be patient and understanding.

“I just want everybody to remember they’re students and are here to practice,” she said. She and the other instructors oversee the work in the salon and are there to support the students as needed.

To make an appointment, call 940-626-3261. The salon is in the college’s Workforce Building, 502 Big Sandy Court.

AT THEIR STATIONS – The cosmetology school at Weatherford College Wise County will open its salon to the public Wednesday. There are 20 students enrolled in the program, including (back, from left) Kelly Peters of Boyd, Cynthia Castillo of Bridgeport, Jessica Rhine of Alvord, (front, from left) Taylor Oates of Bridgeport, Cari McBride of Paradise and Maegan Flavin of Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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