Jenks Beauty College

How to Become a Cosmetologist in Oklahoma

Cosmetology is a growing segment of the beauty industry and the economy overall. This fact draws a lot of people in and makes them want to pursue this path for a career. Many people pursue cosmetology as a career because it is a passion and they love working at a job that is creative. For these people the industry growth is just a bonus. Whichever boat you fall into, there are certain steps you have to follow to become a cosmetologist. The steps you have to take will vary depending on which state you live in. To become a cosmetologist in Oklahoma, this is what you’ll have to do: licensed cosmetologist holding blow dryer in a salon

Hours

To become a cosmetologist, most states require that you fulfill a certain amount of education and training. Cosmetology is a very comprehensive program that can cover many different topics and techniques when it comes to beauty. Although cosmetology is comprehensive, the hour requirement is usually much less time than it would take you to graduate from a traditional four year college. In the state of Oklahoma there is a 1500 hour requirement that must be fulfilled before you can get your cosmetology license. This means you could be done with school and working in the industry in as little as 50 weeks.

School

A beauty school with a cosmetology program is where you will go to fulfill the hours that are required by the state board. At Jenks Beauty College our cosmetology program not only offers the required hours to get your cosmetology license, but it is designed to give students the tools they need to build a career in the beauty industry. hair stylist working in salon While you are in cosmetology school you can learn a variety of topics like hair cutting and styling techniques, hair coloring, employee/employer relationship skills, client relationship skills, and effective communication. These skills can help you in many different areas of the industry, not just cutting and styling hair.

Exams

Another step in getting your cosmetology license in Oklahoma is taking the exams that the state requires. There are two exams or parts that you will have to take before getting your cosmetology license. The first is the written portion and the second is the practical exam.

Written Exam

The written exam portion is a 100 question test that will cover the following topics:
  • Sanitation, disinfection, and safety
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • Haircutting and hair styling
  • Weaving and braid extensions
  • Chemical texture services
  • Haircoloring
  • Skin care
  • Nail care
  • Licensing and regulation

Practical Exam

The practical exam is more hands on and gives the students the opportunity to actually perform the services to show that they are competent and capable. The services that the practical exam covers are:
  • Pre-exam set up and disinfection
  • Manicure services
  • Facial service
  • Chemical services
  • No-base virgin relaxer
  • Bleach retouch
  • Shampoo service
  • Hair shaping service
  • Permanent waving service
  • Blow drying and thermal curling service
  • End of exam disinfection
Your time spent in cosmetology school is what can help prepare you to sit for these tests. The cosmetology program at Jenks covers a variety of topics that are in the exam. It can also provide students an opportunity to hone their practical skills in the student clinic. hairdresser cutting hair

Getting Licensed

Once you pass the exams, the next step is simple. You just have to fill out and send in an application to the state board and pay your application fee. Once the state board reviews your application and receives your exam scores, they will issue your license. Once you receive your license, it’s time to go find a job and start living the dream!

Still Have Questions?

Still have some questions about what it takes to get your license? That’s okay. The first step is to contact us at Jenks. We can help you get enrolled in the cosmetology program to start working on your hours. Once you start your cosmetology education, you can get the required information to pass the exams and when you graduate our team can help you navigate the licensing process. If a career in cosmetology is what you want, we can help you get there! Don’t wait. Get started today.

Building a Balanced Schedule

Life is busy. It’s a fact. If you are thinking about going to beauty school, it can be a tough decision. There are so many things to do in the tiny amount of time given in a day. Sometimes you may find yourself wishing that you didn’t have to sleep so you could get to the things that you didn’t have time to do. Adding school on top of everything else may seem like it’s too much, but here’s a few tips, tricks, and reasons why it may actually be a good idea.

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A Brighter Future

One main reason that going to beauty school is a great idea, even if you already have a schedule that is busy, is that it can help you create a future that is more exciting and rewarding. Going to school can help you move from a job or career that you endure to something that you look forward to every day. Making this change can make your busy schedule feel not so busy after all.

Find Flexibility

The beauty industry is known for offering a lot of flexibility. There is flexibility of where you can work, what type of job you can pursue, as well as scheduling. Becoming a certified or licensed cosmetologists, for example, can open a lot of doors that can allow you to create a work schedule that is a good fit with the other obligations you may already have. Once you are licensed, you can look for employment opportunities that offer this flexibility and hopefully open up your schedule a little more than it is now.

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Growth and Opportunity

In addition to offering flexibility, the beauty industry is also going through significant growth. The occupations of hairdressers and cosmetologists are growing at 10% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is faster than average for all other occupations. The esthetics industry has even more dramatic growth at 12%. This means that there are and should continue to be a lot of opportunities in the beauty industry for you to pursue.

Another great characteristic of the beauty industry is that it can provide a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities. Those who have their cosmetology license, for example, could pursue the options of opening their own salon or spa. Many salon owners and even beauty school owners are people who once went to beauty school themselves. You may not have thought about beauty school as a place that produces entrepreneurs…but it is.

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Becoming a Trend Setter

It’s true that the beauty industry has become home to many career changers who have families. It is important for parents to lead the way for their children by example. If you want your children to follow their dreams, pursue an education beyond high school, or have the guts to try their hand at starting their own business the best way to encourage them is to do it yourself. By going to school to learn what you love to do, you are showing your children that this is an important thing for them to do as well. They will likely see this and notice it. You will become the trendsetter in your family.

Beauty School Schedules

Another really convenient part of going to beauty school is the great class schedules that are offered. At Jenks Beauty College our programs are offered at different times to fit different schedules. This makes it possible for you to continue to do the things you need to do while building a better future.

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Starting Your Future Today

So, life is busy and you have a lot going on. Going to beauty school can be an investment in your future to help create a better balance of work, family time, relaxation, and control over your time that you need. That balance can help you feel less overwhelmed and more satisfied with your career and life in general.

Don’t wait another minute. Invest in your future and contact us. We can help you get started on your journey to an amazing career in the beauty industry. We can’t wait to see what you become!

Food That Makes Your Skin Glow

“You are what you eat,” as they say. This can be true when it comes to your skin at least. Depending on what some of your main dietary staples are, you could either be helping your skin glow or making your skin dull. Here are some foods that affect the health of your skin. Some of them may surprise you.

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Chocolate?

That’s right. Chocolate can really change the way your skin looks and feels. The cocoa has properties that are good for your skin. You may have seen or used lotions and creams that have cocoa in them. Eating a little bit of chocolate can help too. Eat a few squares of dark chocolate and it may help brighten your skin.

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A Spoonful of Yogurt

Dairy has a lot of proteins that make your skin stronger and more resistant to wrinkling. Some doctors say that Greek yogurt is especially rich in proteins that help your skin remain wrinkle-free. Eating a serving of Greek yogurt every day could keep the wrinkles away.

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Magic Pomegranates

Pomegranates are a fruit that can help your skin look more colorful by increasing the blood flow. The antioxidants help your circulatory system work to help the complexion of your skin shine a little brighter.

sunflower seeds

Bored?

If eating is something you do when you’re bored, sunflower seeds are a great fix. They are also packed with vitamin E which helps protect your skin from harmful elements, namely sunshine. So next time you’re bored and start to get snacky, grab a bag of seeds. It can help curb your appetite AND save your skin.

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Strawberry

Yep. Strawberries are good for you skin too, and thank goodness. Nobody complains about having to eat strawberries. They are rich in vitamin C which helps keep your skin hydrated, so your skin will be feeling soft, smooth, and moist.

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Kidney Beans

If acne is a problem for you, eat some kidney beans. They have a lot of zinc in them which has been said to help a lot with clearing up unwanted blemishes and zits. Many acne creams have zinc as an ingredient and adding to your diet by eating some kidney beans could help as well.

Olive Oil

This stuff is versatile when it comes to helping skin. You can add it to your diet as well as apply it topically. If you have parched lips or rough elbows you can apply some olive oil to make them shine! Also, complimenting your next meal with a little olive oil can help heal your skin from the inside out.

Want to learn more about having healthy skin? Check out the Jenks Beauty College esthetics program. We can help you begin your training to becoming a skincare professional. Contact us and get started today!

Pell Grants: What You Need to Know

Intimidated by financial aid? Don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know about Pell Grants and how to apply for them.

Jenks Beauty College offers financial aid to those who qualify.

What is a Pell Grant?

Pell Grants are a form of federal aid that do not have to be repaid (see exceptions here). Pell Grants are given to undergraduate students and those who are expanding their education by enrolling in a teacher training program.

That means, at Jenks Beauty College, only students who qualify in our Cosmetology and Instructor programs may receive a grant.

The money you can receive from a Pell Grant varies by year. This year, there has been a change in how much a qualifying student can receive.

Updated Pell Grant Information

This award year, (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018), eligible students can receive 150 percent of their Federal Pell Grant Scheduled Award. In order to qualify for these additional funds, you must already qualify for Pell Grants for the year, and you must be enrolled in at least part time courses.

For more information on the updated Pell Grant information, please see here.

How to Apply

First start off by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). You can start your application by clicking here.

What You Will Need to Apply

  1. Create an FSA ID. This is the username and password that you will use to apply.
  2. Documentation including: your social security number (SSN), your driver’s license, federal tax returns, any other information about income.

Try using this resource to walk through filling out the FAFSA®.

Why Should You Apply for Financial Aid?

Whether you think you qualify or not, you should apply to get more information on what is available. Aid can ease the financial burden that can come with education. Our dedicated staff members here at Jenks Beauty College are here to help answer your questions and help you get started.

Financial aid isn’t something to be scared of. It can be a great resource in helping you get the education you’re dreaming of!

Contacting Jenks Beauty College

If you’re interested in getting your education at Jenks Beauty College, contact us. For more info on what is required for admission, click here. We can’t wait to help you get started!

Protecting Your Skin and Hair For The Summer Season

Summer has finally rolled around! Sunshine, warmth, pool days, beach trips, and festivals are all here. The changing of the seasons brings great things, but it can be hard on your skin and hair. Increased exposure to heat, sun, salt, and chlorine can really do some damage. Even turning on the air conditioner can cause your skin and hair to dry out because in addition to cooling things off, it also dehumidifies the air quite a bit. So, what can you do this summer to protect your skin and hair? Here are some tips we have gathered to help you keep your skin and hair looking as beautiful, lush, soft, and smooth as possible:

Hair

Keeping skin and hair safe in summer
Everybody knows that you should protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. But what about your hair? A lot of people don’t think about taking protective actions for their hair when they are going out to lay by the pool or play on the beach. Chlorine from pools, salt from the ocean, heat, and sunshine can all dehydrate and damage you hair, making it frizzy and unmanageable. There is a myriad of things you can do to protect you hair from the summer elements.

    1. Cover it up!– If you are planning on spending a lot of time out in the sun, wearing a hat is good idea. Hats help protect both your scalp and hair from the elements and will help keep it healthy.

Keeping skin and hair safe in summer

  1. Keep it up!– Put your hair in an updo, braids, or a messy bun instead of leaving it down and parting it. The bun helps trap moisture and also protects your scalp from burning where the part in your hair would normally be.
  2. Clean it up! (or not)– Shampooing your hair too much can be counter productive during the summertime. Your body produces oil for your hair naturally that will protect it from the sun. Instead of washing your hair with shampoo everyday, try using a cleansing conditioner or a dry shampoo a few times a week. Rotate between these different types of products to help your hair keep some of its natural oils.
  3. Smooth it out!– There are a lot of products out there that you should use to help keep your hair in amazing condition during the brutal summer months. There’s masks, leave in conditioners, dry shampoos, mists, and sprays that can all help rescue your hair from the summer elements. Research the variety of products out there and how they protect your hair from the sun and heat. Find ones that will work best for your hair and the conditions you live in.

Skin

The most obvious thing you can do to protect your skin from the sun is to apply sunscreen. But choosing the right sunscreen can be tricky because there are so many options. SPF stands for “sun protection factor” and refers to how much protection from the sun’s UV rays the sunscreen offers. Using a higher SPF sunscreen will provide better protection.

Keeping skin and hair safe in summer

Some other good things to do when using sunscreen is to apply it often. Sometimes the sunscreen won’t last very long because of water, sweat, or using a towel to dry off. Reapplying sunscreen every two hours is a good practice to adopt. Also, you need to give your sunscreen time to work. It takes at least 20 minutes to absorb into the skin and work effectively. Applying sunscreen with the other lotions or skin creams that you use on a daily basis already is a good way to make sure it soaks in and works well. It’s also important to be cautious when using a tanning bed. Just like the sun, tanning beds can burn your skin and cause a lot of damage.

In addition to using sunscreen, wearing clothes that effectively block the sun is a good way to protect your skin. Long sleeve shirts and pants that breathe well are a good choice. This will protect you from the rays of the sun, but still allow you to stay cool in the heat.

Now you’re ready to head out and enjoy the great weather! If you’re interested in learning more about how to make your hair and skin beautiful check out our cosmetology and esthetics programs. You can also contact us to learn more. Have a great summer!

Who is Beauty School For?

You have been contemplating being a cosmetologist for years. Since the day you “accidentally” cut your younger sister’s hair and tried to blame it on the dog, in fact. It has been a dream that has been heavy in your mind since that fateful day, but now that it is finally here and you are steps away from enrolling, you are wondering if it’s right for you.
Will you fit in? Is this career a good fit? Are you good enough?
Do not fear. Everyone has these moments of worry, and if you find yourself here take a look at our five points that will help put them at ease.

  1. Your Creativity Shines!

    Beauty School PathYou have always been a creative person, you find yourself watching the hairstyles in movies or videos on DIY hair masks and successfully replicating them. You are always begging your friends to let you try the newest color technique and making masterpieces on their hair, or hosting your own spa night. That creativity is begging for an outlet and pursuing a career in cosmetology can give you just that.

  2. You Aren’t Afraid To Fail!

    Anything you do in life is going to be a trial, and sometimes you will fail. But with every little “fail” you experience, you grow twice as much in the other direction! While fails may be scary, you are ready to embrace each one to become a master in your field. Whether you are a hair cutting master, or a waxing maven – you are ready to fight.

  3. You Love Making Friends!

    Beauty School PathTalking to people doesn’t scare you, and making friends comes easy. You love getting to know people and hearing their stories, whether they be in your chair, or sitting next to you in class. Learning together with a group of amazing friends seems like a dream come true, and that’s exactly what is going to happen in cosmetology school!

  4. Hard Work Doesn’t Scare You!

    Beauty School PathWhile some people shy away from digging in deep, you are always the first to roll up your sleeves and get stuff done. Getting messy doesn’t scare you, whether it’s mixing hair dye, applying mud masks, or anything in between. You are ready to tackle it, and have baby wipes and paper towels ready to manage any messes.

  5. Your Passion Runs Deep.

    Even though you worry about if you will fit in in beauty school, you are driven by a heavy need to follow your dreams, and to make this your everyday. You are ready to wake up every morning and do something you love, and you know this is it. You are ready to follow your dreams.

Feeling better? We hope so, because our next cosmetology class starts soon and we would love to have you join us! That career in beauty is calling, don’t make it wait any longer.

What Can You Do With an Esthetician’s License in Oklahoma

If you are thinking of pursuing an esthetics license in Oklahoma, you are probably wondering what you can do once you have sat for the state boards and have that shiny license in hand. The answer is easy: a lot more than you think. A quick online search found over 200 job listings for estheticians local to Jenks – that’s a lot of need!
If you are looking into pursuing esthetics as a career, here are some amazing things you can do with it.

    • Waxing Salon

      What can I do as an Esthetician
      While waxing may seem like an add on to an ordinary day at the salon, many waxing specific salons have begun popping up, offering specialized hair removal services including traditional waxing, sugaring, and threading. Waxing is a steadily growing offshoot within esthetics that is in need of some talented individuals to help it grow.

    • Day Spa

      What can I do as an Esthetician
      This is perhaps the career path that most people associate with an esthetics future. Working in a day spa will allow you to utilize all of the expertise you learned in school, from waxing to facials to makeup. And as the spa industry continues to boom and grow at a rate of 59% per year, positions are always opening up as the demand increases. Esthetics truly is a hungry industry, looking for well trained players to fill their ranks.

    • Management

      What can I do as an EstheticianIn order to receive your esthetics license you will be training in the basics of business and salon management. These are valuable courses that can open up a wide variety of doors for students in the future, creating the possibility to manage a spa, or even own one. If you dream of owning a spa and bringing a custom experience to customers, you can make that dream come true.

Are you convinced? We wouldn’t blame you, esthetics truly is a future full of possibility, with hundreds of job opportunities that could be available to you.
Ready to get started? Contact our admissions office today and get ready to change your life.

Male MUAs Who Are Paving the Way

Some of our favorite makeup artists are new and trendy male MUAs who are showing off their skills on social media. If you’re not following these guys, you’re missing out! Check out our top 5!

1. Manny Gutierrez

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2. James Charles

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3. Patrick Starrr

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4. Bretman Rock

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5. Michael Finch

Who are your favorite male MUAs? Share with us in the comments below!

Cosmetology: The Perfect Career for Moms

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Being a mom is a job in and of itself. Adding a full-time job to the equation seems nearly impossible. Between the soccer practices, theater rehearsals, and the dreaded parent/teacher conferences, where is the time for a career? We admire that moms always seem to put their children first, but we think it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. How, you ask? Cosmetology! A future in beauty could be the answer to your inner career debate. Here are some reasons why we think that cosmetology is the ideal career for moms.

Mom&Children

Flexibility

Who doesn’t love to choose their own schedule? Trying to fit in a 9-5 while being the glue of your family is not ideal for most women. As a cosmetologist, you can build your work schedule around your mom schedule.Cosmetology allows you to put what really matters first, and that’s your family! Never miss another ballet recital or family dinner again.
Beauty Industry

It’s a Growing Industry

The world of cosmetology is on a path of continual upward growth. It’s predicted that between 2012 and 2022, cosmetology jobs are expected to grow at 13%. Growth is something that one should always look for in a career choice. Without growth, your career could easily become stagnant and that isn’t something that anyone wants. With such high rates of growth and progress in the world of beauty, your career options are countless! The best parts are that there are cosmetology careers offered across the globe! Once your kiddos grow up and decide to attend college across the country, no problem! You can pack your bags and tag along. Is being an overbearing mama bear really a bad thing? Yeah right!

Adult Interactions

We aren’t saying that you don’t cherish each and every moment with your children because we know that’s not true. As an adult, though, as much as you enjoy the in-depth discussions of Dora The Explorer and nap time, it’s normal to crave adult interactions. In cosmetology, you get to mingle with various crowds ranging from CEOs to school teachers. You will get to meet all different types of people throughout your day! Each day will consist of new people and new conversations. Aw, just imagine the intriguing and mind growing conversations that are to be had. By the time your day comes to an end, you will actually look forward to an extensive, Scooby Doo convo.

You Become a Role Model for Your Kids

As a cosmetologist, you wear more than one hat and answer to more than one title. You are a saleswoman, an artist, a trendsetter, and not to mention, an entrepreneur. Your kids will learn that they can be anything they want to be if they put their minds to it! You can lead by example and become an inspirational figure for your children to look up to.

It’s Never Too Late to Start

More often than not, as a maternal instinct, moms choose to put themselves last and always place their family before them. They slowly push their goals further and further behind until they seem utterly unattainable. At that point, they are usually put away and forgotten. We have good news, though, there is no age limit in cosmetology. There is no timeline as to when you can become a cosmetologist.

“Even if you think the tentacles of security have already wrapped themselves around you and you can’t move because of your obligations, it’s never too late-there are always unlimited ways to follow your dreams, and it is much easier than you think.” – Rhonda Byrne

We know how intimidating starting something new can be. You owe it to yourself to follow your dreams, so don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back. As we mentioned before, we truly admire the dedication and hard work that goes into being a mother. That is why we offer flexible class schedules like night classes to accommodate your motherly obligations! If you want a way to express your creativity and you need flexibility, then check out our cosmetology program and see if a career in beauty is the right path for you! You can also learn more about what your journey through cosmetology school will look like by clicking here.

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