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Cosmetology School Overland Park

Alumni Spotlights | Cosmetology School Overland ParkBeyond the Academy With Julia

Meet Julia, a recent graduate of the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Overland Park! At Z Hair Academy, Julia received a comprehensive education from top industry professionals, and after completing 1,500 hours in our progressive cosmetology program, she graduated in 2023 before going on to work at a professional salon. Get to know Julia and learn more about her experience at Z Hair Academy through the quick interview below!

In Her Words

  • Why did you choose to attend Z Hair Academy?

    I chose Z Hair Academy because the environment was much more welcoming and comfortable than other schools. I knew instantly that I would get the best, most hands-on education in the Kansas City area at Z Hair Academy!

  • Where do you currently work?

    I currently work at Sway Salon as a full-time commission stylist. Sway is a sustainable salon that, besides giving clients amazing hair, focuses deeply on reducing waste in this industry. We are a gratuity-free, hourly pricing salon to be 100 percent transparent on the price. I love this because I get paid for my skill and time; I don’t have to rely on tips to make good money—it’s amazing.

  • What advice would you give to a new student?

    My biggest piece of advice is to LISTEN TO YOUR INSTRUCTORS. Just because they are giving you corrections doesn’t mean you are terrible at doing hair. They want to help you learn and push you to be your absolute best. Every word they say is gold, and I still to this day remember the little things they said while I was in school. Shoutout to Sherri, Kate, Chrissy, Schueler, and Ruby for all the incredible skills you have helped me work on. Thank you, Ashley, for supporting my TikToks. Thank you, Ron and Judy, for an incredible experience.

  • How has Z Hair Academy helped further your career?

    Z Hair Academy’s “Summit” Leveling System has had a huge impact on my career. Because of this system, I can get my clients to rebook and buy products with no problem; this is huge, especially starting out. It seriously has made a significant impact on how quickly I’ve been able to build my clientele straight out of school.

  • What do you do in your spare time?

    In my spare time, I put energy into my social media for cosmetology. I genuinely love doing this because not only can I build clientele, but I can connect with other stylists that are thousands of miles away from me. I’m able to learn even when I’m not at the salon. I also like to hang out with my cats.

  • What is your favorite hair product?

    My favorite hair product changes so much that it is hard to pinpoint just one. But if I had to choose, I would say Joico’s Defy Damage line is my holy grail. I cannot tell you how many times this has saved my hair after impulsive decisions or when clients need extra support for their next appointment.

  • What do you wish you knew when you were a student?

    When I was a student, I wish I had known exactly how much of a positive impact cosmetology would have on my life. I am 20 years old with a full-blown career, and I have never been happier. There were days in cosmetology school where I just wanted to quit. I wish I knew it’s okay to take a step back sometimes to regain a positive outlook on life before giving 100 percent of your mental and physical energy to strangers every day.

Can You See Yourself at Z Hair Academy?

If you want to learn from industry professionals and study to become a professional stylist like Julia, we encourage you to learn more about the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Overland Park or one of our three other locations. Get started today by speaking with a member of our admissions team!

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