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HEREFinding Quality and Affordable Education
by Jon Gonzales
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if
you were to live forever.” – Gandhi
Finding quality and affordable education in
the beauty profession is becoming increasingly
difficult. In my opinion 90 percent of education in
the beauty profession is focused on the needs of
product companies seeking to brand their name or
Yes retail is important, but more and more of
these product companies urge us to sell their
products to the consumer only to see these same
products sold at cheaper discount at WalMart. In
short, they don’t care about you and your salon.
There’s no loyalty.
We have forgotten the heart and soul of our
profession are the hairdressers and salon owners.
Their success will benefit everyone including our
product companies. Sadly incomes for hairdressers
are at the poverty levels and salons are going out
of business at an alarming rate.
Many of these companies present good edu-
cational classes on how to use their products, but
I believe these are nearly always biased towards
the needs of the product companies disguised as
Finding unbiased quality and affordable educa-
tion focused on the needs of the people who work
in the trenches is paramount for our industry’s
Your real challenge is to find affordable and
quality education aside from the glitter and hype
so prevalent in the beauty profession; seek out
education that focuses on your educational and
business needs that will help you develop your full
learning and earning potential, and help you raise
your standard of living.
In search of finding quality education, many of
you pay hard earned money on education, and
then are disappointed in the quality of education
you need to succeed. The following tips will help
you find quality and affordable education:
Is the focus on you?
—Will their program,
class, or seminar really help you in your daily job?
Will it equip you with the skills you need to earn a
higher income? Before enrolling, be sure to care-
fully check their website and seek references from
people who’ve already gone through the program.
You work hard for your money, so make your edu-
cation worth what you pay. Don’t spend a dime
before you’ve done your research.
Is there a guarantee?
—Make sure there is
a guarantee you can receive a refund if the edu-
cation you paid for did not measure up to your
— How much experi-