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Cosmetology School Overland Park

Alumni Spotlights | Cosmetology School Overland ParkBeyond the Academy With Patricia

We are excited to introduce Patricia, a 2016 graduate of the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Overland Park! While at our award-winning cosmetology program, Patricia received a comprehensive education from top industry professionals before graduating and transitioning to a professional position at Beauty Brands. Get to know Patricia 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?

    When I was touring different schools, the Z Hair Academy cosmetology school in Overland Park was the first one I walked into and felt at home. Choosing a cosmetology school can be difficult, especially with multiple options in our area.

    The first reason I chose Z Hair was because they weren’t brand-specific. They brought in different educators from all facets of the cosmetology world, and the student kit can’t be beat! To this day, I still use the tools I received seven years ago. This gives you such an advantage when beginning your career, having stellar tools to hit the ground running behind the chair. They also helped me develop a goal-setting mentality. There is always something to work towards and challenge yourself with.

  • Where do you currently work?

    I currently work at Roots and Branches Salon in the River Market area downtown. I have been at this salon since 2021 and loved every second of it. I rent my chair and enjoy having a salon atmosphere and the camaraderie with other stylists. We’re able to see each other’s work and learn from one another every day.

  • What advice would you give to a new student?

    You did it, taking the first step toward an incredibly rewarding career! Try not to compare yourself to anyone else; you are what matters. The amount of focus and drive you put into your education will return tenfold. I was a massage therapist for seven years before changing my career path. It was the best decision I ever made! You got this! It’s a Z Thing!

  • How has Z Hair Academy helped further your career?

    When I have been present in conversations about hiring prospective cosmetologists and they are a graduate of Z Hair Academy, they are immediately put on top of the list. The reputation Z Hair Academy has built is such a positive one and will give you an advantage when looking for your dream salon.

  • What do you do in your spare time?

    I live in downtown Kansas City, so I enjoy the local vendor pop-ups on the weekends and exploring the parks around the city. Occasionally, my husband and I like to escape the city and visit the mountains in Colorado or the woods in Arkansas.

  • What is your favorite hair product?

    I really like Kevin Murphy Un.Tangled; It’s a great detangler and works well as a cutting lotion.

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

    The first salon I applied to did not hire me, and it was a gut punch to my self-confidence. I felt I had done everything right to guarantee myself a job after graduation. I decided to reach out to one of my instructors, and they reminded me that it didn’t matter where I worked; just GO DO HAIR! Start doing what you love, and everything else will fall into place. She was right.

Can You See Yourself at Z Hair Academy?

If you want to learn from industry professionals and study to become a professional stylist like Patricia, 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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