When I was a young man, I always thought being a hairdresser would be great – the ability to create beautiful hair is something I could really enjoy!
With the wisdom of an 18-year-old, when I graduated from high-school, I chose buying a car instead of saving to go to beauty school. After 2 years of working in a bakery on the overnight shift, 1am to 9am, and being burned up and down my arms from the hot ovens, I decided to revisit the idea of going to beauty school.
I visited a beauty school and was convinced more than ever that beauty school was for me. That was in May, I saved all the money I could, sold my car and by September of that same year I was enrolled in beauty school.
By December I was broke. There were no bakeries hiring in Columbus, so I went back to my old employer in Washington Court House. My former boss decided he was willing to take a chance on me and help me figure out a way to make my goal a reality. I then went to the beauty school owner and asked if I could go to school part-time, 4 days a week, instead of the full-time hours they required. Fortunately, the beauty school owner agreed to work around my schedule at the bakery because he thought I would be worth saving; he gave a 20-year-old kid a break.
I committed to working 3 full days at the bakery and going to beauty school the other 4 days each week. Because I sold my car, I had to take a Greyhound bus to Columbus to go to school for 4 days and then on Saturday nights I would take the Greyhound Bus back to Washington Court House so that I could be there for my three days at the bakery.
Finally, I got all my hours in at the beauty school so I could graduate! But I had one problem, I still owed the school $120.00 and their policy was…until your tuition was fully paid the school would not turn in your hours to state board and you could not get your license. Broke and desperate, I went to the owner of the school again and asked if he would turn my hours in to state board so that I could get my license and work. To my surprise he said yes. He was willing to give a young person a chance and allowed me to pay him when I could.
There are many who gave this young man a break along the way, who helped me succeed in my career, and helped me become who I am.
I want to pay it forward. I want to extend financial assistance to someone, just as it was extended to me.
If you have thought of how great it would be to be a stylist at Kenneth’s or know someone who would like to have a career at Kenneth’s please apply at: kenneths.com/licensed-professionals.
~ Kenneth Anders