The Biggest Lie I Was Ever Told About Cosmetology


“How hard can hair cutting be? It doesn’t require creativity.”

biggest lie in cosmetology

As far back as I can remember I have always loved hair, make up, and fashion. I remember watching my mother set her hair on rollers every Saturday night before church.

Her hair was always perfect and sometimes she would let me help by gathering her curlers and hair pins. I spent time wrapping my hair in towels and scarves, wishing I had her hair length and thickness.

As I grew up, I always begged my mother to allow me to do my own hair. I started practicing on myself, by trying to achieve the perfectly cut bangs. I attended catholic school and had to wear my hair in braids or a bun while at school. I learned to do intricate braids with and without ribbons.

My classmates always wanted to try my styles, since there were so few styles that we were allowed to wear.

My parents always complimented me on my creativity and encouraged be to try things where I could express myself. I took up painting, guitar lessons, and even tried to write a few poems.

I started cutting my own hair in layers and sometimes when I was feeling daring asymmetrical cuts. Every weekend I made it a point to have a new style before going out with my friends. Right before high school graduation I was trying to figure out what career fields I would be good at.

My grandparents wanted me to become a primary school teacher or a nurse, but those professions didn’t seem fun. I started to look for a way to support myself that did not involve spending all my time with small children or trying to keep people alive.

I signed up for help through the school career center on campus. My guidance counselor tried to dissuade me with the biggest lie in cosmetology. She said, “How hard can hair cutting be? It doesn’t require creativity”.

Obviously her stylist had not gotten any style memo’s since I’d started there. The biggest lie in cosmetology, is that no creativity is required. I decided to pursue my career plans in the beauty industry. Everyone I came into contact with who loved my creative styles and wanted me to do their hair.

The more creative my styles became the more positive attention I attracted. I finally realized the only way I was ever going to stand apart from other people was to use my gifts and talents. Learning how to direct my personal talents by going to beauty school helped boost my confidence in what I had learned.

The biggest lie in cosmetology, is not often disclosed when you need to make a career decision. Now that I have clients my creativity helps me to attract and keep clients that appreciate what I have to offer.

If you enjoyed my story and want to start using your creativity to earn a great full or part time income, then contact us here. Don’t become a victim of the biggest lie in cosmetology.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

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