Creating Successful Entrepreneurs in the Professional Beauty Industry

Posted: Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Long before January 2004, Abbie McGahan knew what she wanted to do with her degree in cosmetology. She saw a need for her business and pursued her goal. It took her almost four years, but she succeeded. The results have been spectacular. She is a successful business owner in Kenai operating Anew Salon and Renew U Hair Design Academy in the old Carrs Mall next to Sears.

With the salon you get to choose from services like cuts, color, perm, scalp treatments or highlights, waxing, pedicures or manicures. You can also bronze the body with the innovative Magic Tan Sunless Tanning machine. So told, this is the top of the line in body spray. The booth is totally private with no one else in the room. A complete tan without UV rays in less than 60 seconds.


Tera Moore gets a relaxing facial from student Bridget Williams in a designated room designed for comfort and privacy.

With the school you get fourteen students who must fulfill the 1650 hours and pass state exam for their license in hairdressing. This is where they learn from the basic chemistry of the hair and scalp, to the artistry of coloring.

They are introduced to fundamentals of cutting, styling, chemical restructuring of the hair and state safety requirements. They have hands on learning that will provide them with a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. If they choose to pursue their career further, they can continue classes to reach another 350 hours for esthetics; 600 hours to become an instructor. The school also offers the 12 hour course for manicures.

While the students are in training, it is the general public that comes in for services that allows the student to gain the practical experience needed to perfect their trade. Most services offered by the school are at discounted prices. While in school, with the required supervision, the students offer the same variety of pampering you'd get from an established salon. Whether you're having a haircut, perm, hi-lights, coloring, pedicure, manicure, waxing, facial or a peel, they are trained and supervised by the instructor, Lori Strauss, who has 20 years experience in the field and the previous owner of a school for cosmetology.


The sailor's nail tech Adrina suits up for a Magic Tan Sunless tan.

The school has graduated two students already and there are more to follow.

These students see themselves with a career and some will even want to pursue further education in specialized services. Options and variety are endless. Vocational training and grants are often available through the Job Center for these classes for those wishing to start a career in cosmetology.

When all said and done, Abbie succeeded in her pursuit of being a business owner and offering the community another option in hair care, health and beauty. When her students graduate and pass their exams, receive their Alaska license to practice, it will be time for them to realize their dreams as professionals.

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