My office affords me a perfect view of the salon floor. I love the energy and snippets of conversation that drift through my door. The age range is diverse and spanning several decades. Some have children, some have grandchildren, and some beam with excitement over a burgeoning relationship; no matter the state of their lives they all share this school and this education in common. It’s more than enough to start a conversation on the first day that will last until graduation. This is something I’m afraid not everyone realizes when they walk through our doors that first time.
I meet with prospective students of all ages each week. One thing I’ve found is that there is a trend among those over the age of 30 asking me if they’re “too old” for beauty school. The short answer is: absolutely not! I do think, though, that this is the basis of one of the biggest struggles some of my student’s face. For reasons that some will share and others will hold close, beauty school is something they’ve dreamed of doing for a long time and never had the chance to accomplish. It’s easy for me to say that it’s never too late, but often times the obstacles these students present are entirely self-created.
Age truly has nothing to do with your success here. You all have the same excitement in common that brought you here to learn and, regardless of your age, you will bond together because of it. Everyone’s lives have taken a different path; it pays to do some self-reflection and realize that if your dream of beauty school has come up time and again over the years then it’s probably something you were meant to do. I see it every day; that glow of excitement when they master their first haircut, acrylic nail, or updo. That look is the same for everyone and is never tinged by the fear of being “too old”. In that moment you will realize that everything you’ve done up until this point has been to bring you here at the time that it was perfect for you. So yes, you may have wished you had done this 20, 30, maybe even 40 years ago, but you had your reasons that, at the time, meant the world to you. If this is when the thought of coming to school has crept up once more, I will be here to get you ready and remind you that age is just a number. Besides, there are much more important numbers to focus on while you’re here, like color formulas!