Z Hair Academy The Z Difference

The Z Difference

Find out what Z Hair Academy graduates, parents of graduates, industry partners and customers have to say about our cosmetology school. You’ll see why their experience was worth talking about!

Z Hair Academy Testimonials

Graduates and Parents
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“…I have never been so blessed to have chosen Z Hair Academy it has taught me so much— not only just the technical but the real world…” “Ron and Judi really care for their students even when they are graduated and out in the real world. They do anything and everything to still help them along their journey— we are never forgotten! They have helped me so much throughout my life journey and did everything they could to make sure I had what I needed. I have never been so blessed to have chosen Z Hair Academy it has taught me so much— not only just the technical but the real world. If I had to do it all over again I would still do it the same exact way; I would never choose any other place. Doing hair is my dream and, I would never be on this path without them. Ron and Judi have truly inspired me and have shown me how to be inspired. I knew I loved doing hair but seeing their passion set a great example of what it is really about! Thank you so much for everything you have done for me and my future. I will always remember what you have taught me!” Taylor Roles, Z Hair Academy Graduate
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“…Shannon’s education and experience at Z Hair Academy have set her up with a great career with many options to take her throughout life…” “I'm trying to find the perfect words to thank you for such an excellent and exciting educational experience for my daughter Shannon! I knew she was in good hands from the minute I met Judi and Ron. But never did I realize the amount of care, guidance and real-world advice that Shannon would receive. She came an amazingly long way in just 11 months. Truly, her education and experience at Z Hair Academy have set her up with a great career with many options to take her throughout life. BRAVO, Judi and Ron! If only other parents could feel my sense of pride as my daughter graduates today. Thank you for everything!” Shelly, Parent of Z Hair Academy Graduate
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“… thank you both for bringing in Suzie Bond and Steven Cristobal from L'Oreal Professionnel. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the presentation…” “Ron and Judi, I just wanted to thank you both for bringing in Suzie Bond and Steven Cristobal from L'Oreal Professionnel. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the presentation. I love my new job, and I really feel like my education has given me the ability to step in and learn from my fellow stylist with confidence rather than be intimidated and settle for less. It was thrilling to realize I was able to learn techniques in school that 20+ year industry professionals are doing in the salon and it only confirms what I've believed from the beginning— you guys are truly the best of the best!  So thanks again for bringing such a great educational opportunity to our community!” Liz, Z Hair Academy Graduate and Stylist
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“…At Z, they didn't just teach me the basics of doing hair; they taught me how to be successful and how to have confidence and passion for doing hair…” “As a graduate of Z Hair Academy, I can say in one year it completely changed my life. At Z, they didn't just teach me the basics of doing hair; they taught me how to be successful and how to have confidence and passion for doing hair. Z is a school filled with amazing instructors with incredible knowledge and patience for teaching. The opportunities and preparation Z gives their students allowed me to be successful in less than two months after graduating. I proudly passed both my theory and practical exam and began working in a well-known, upscale salon in Overland Park. Z was the right choice for me and should be for those serious about doing hair. I'll always be thankful to Judi and Ron and their amazing staff for getting me where I am today.” Katie, Z Hair Academy Graduate and Stylist
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“…My education at Z Hair Academy taught me not only the technical skills necessary to work behind the chair but many other aspects of cosmetology and business…” “My education at Z Hair Academy taught me not only the technical skills necessary to work behind the chair but many other aspects of cosmetology and business. The salon project specifically prepared me to open my studio— a project at the time I didn't even think would become a reality. On a more personal note, Ron's business knowledge has been a prime example of how I would like to run my business. Z Hair Academy is a leader in the evolution of cosmetology to strive for professionalism, and they are raising the bar for the standard of excellence of the industry I am proud to work in.” Kari, Z Hair Academy Graduate and Salon Owner
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“…After graduating from Z, I went to work in a salon right away. From day one, my employer was confident in my abilities as a stylist…” “The education I received while at Z Hair Academy was the top of the line. All of the instructors are knowledgeable and know how to convey their expertise to the students. Additionally, I received education from some of the top companies in the industry including TIGI, Matrix, Aveda and L'Oreal Professionnel, just to name a few. My experience at Z went beyond just the formal education of how to do hair. I learned about making a connection with each client and the power of giving someone confidence in themselves. After graduating from Z, I went to work in a salon right away. From day one, my employer was confident in my abilities as a stylist. I encourage anyone who is serious about being a hairstylist to go to Z Hair Academy.” Shannon, Z Hair Academy Graduate and Stylist
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“…Your program has truly prepared her to make the jump from ‘school’ to the real world. It would be very difficult to put a dollar value on the care, concern and preparation you have given her to go out and make a living…” “This letter is in reference to our daughter's experience and education the last year with Z Hair Academy. After investigating several cosmetology programs with our daughter Kara, we carefully chose Z Hair Academy. When helping one of your kids make a life decision on whether to continue in college or a trade program, there is always some hesitation. There were immediate demands and changes she had to make to her schedule. Your tough standards and business practices were difficult in the beginning. As parents, we wanted to protect but watched our daughter begin to blossom in your program. Her confidence and skills in cosmetology, as well as life, were extremely noticeable. We want to personally thank you and your staff for the wonderful experience and training you have given Kara. Your program has truly prepared her to make the jump from ‘school’ to the real world. It would be very difficult to put a dollar value on the care, concern and preparation you have given her to go out and make a living. Thanks so much for the investment you have made in Kara.” Mike and Linda Everett, Parents of a Z Hair Academy Graduate
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“I feel very privileged and honored to have received an education from Z Hair Academy. I was very confident going out into the real world, and I can truly say that Z gave me a complete learning experience. Every bit of it prepared me fully for my career. I have no doubt I will be successful.” Kayla, Z Hair Academy Graduate and Stylist
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“…We are all privileged to have known Z Hair Academy. Thank you so much for such a valuable year…" “Dear Ron, I want to thank you and Judi for doing such a great job teaching me about the world of cosmetology and creating such a wonderful and realistic learning environment. I know you want to better this industry and the people in it, and it shows from the staff you've chosen to the students that fill this place. We are all privileged to have known Z Hair Academy. Thank you so much for such a valuable year.” Morgan, Z Hair Academy Graduate and Stylist
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“…Ron, Judi and their staff are wonderful educators who work hard to make sure their students can have the most out their careers as stylists…” “My time at Z Hair Academy was not only educational, but it brought out a talent I never knew I had and opened the door for many opportunities, including being selected by Sam Villa himself to model at the Redken Symposium in Vegas and being hired by a wonderful high-end salon here in Lawrence. Those opportunities do not come easily, and it was an honor to be a part of that.  Ron, Judi and their staff are wonderful educators who work hard to make sure their students can have the most out their careers as stylists. I am a proud graduate of Z Hair Academy and can now say I have a successful beginning to a long-term career in the beauty industry.” Emily Rader, Z Hair Academy Graduate, Stylist at Salon Lucca
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“…If you want a top-notch education that keeps on giving, even after graduation, choose Z Hair Academy! It's a ‘Z Thing’!…” "Choosing Z Hair Academy was the best decision I made to begin my career as a cosmetologist. Ron and Judi McKenzie go above and beyond to bring in other industry professionals from all around the country to learn from; I believe this gave me a running start to the beginning of my career. The one-on-one time all my instructors gave me could not be beat; they all had so much knowledge to share with me on a daily basis.  I still use most of the professional tools I received in my kit; they are the best! I graduated knowing I was prepared to take my boards and begin this wonderful journey. Now that I am working behind the chair I am thankful every day for the education I received at Z. If you want a top-notch education that keeps on giving, even after graduation, choose Z Hair Academy! It's a ‘Z Thing’!” Patricia Hatzfeld, Z Hair Academy Graduate
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“…Z Hair Academy is by far the best education you could ask for. Like the beauty field itself, they are constantly changing and growing…” “If your dream is to be a successful cosmetologist, Z Hair Academy is by far the best education you could ask for. Like the beauty field itself, they are constantly changing and growing. The instructors are all extremely helpful and kind. One of my favorite qualities of Z is how they teach ‘outside the box.’ Of course they instruct you on the fundamentals you need to pass the state exam, but they do so much more! From bringing in guest speakers to help motivate and educate (Sam Villa, Ben Mollin), to hosting student hair and make-up talent shows. They go above and beyond to inspire their students and deliver a profoundly unique learning experience. When you become a student at Z, you become part of a family. Ron, Judi and all the instructors want you to succeed. They are genuine with you every step of the way. I honestly cannot rave enough about this school. The education I received and the relationships I made are truly invaluable.” Lindsay, Z Hair Academy Graduate and Stylist at Salon Adiktd
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“…I loved my experience with Z Hair Academy because it built my confidence, not only in hair but just myself in general…" “I loved my experience with Z Hair Academy because it built my confidence, not only in hair but just myself in general. I did a lot of growing at Z. I have always had an interest in hair, but Z helped turn my interest into a passion. A passion to not only make people happy but to set out to better myself every day. With every experience good or bad you learn, and with that knowledge comes growth. I feel Z strives to make you successful and responsible. In the cosmetology industry, these two go hand and hand. I am thankful for Z holding their students to a higher standard. This has not only helped me in the industry but also helps me strive for greatness in everyday life.” Maggie Swiggart, Z Hair Academy Graduate
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“Kansas City Fashion Week was an incredible experience that brought me joy. This experience made me realize how much fun being a professional updo stylist would be. I grew as a person and as a stylist that day at KCFW. Everyone who wants to be a stylist should have this experience.” Sarah Pfannestiel, Z Hair Academy Graduate
Industry
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“…Z graduates are given superior technical training with all the tools for a successful entry into the industry…” “Z graduates are given superior technical training with all the tools for a successful entry into the industry— the opportunity for rapid growth, continuing education and accountability. Our standards are high, higher than most salons as we are particular about who we choose to join our team. Eight current artists and one in your program indicate that Z Academy is doing it right!” Cindy Holopter, Chop Tops
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“…The business side of this program teaches students to plan a career path. I always look forward to seeing the up and coming new talent!…” “I’ve hired several students from Z Hair Academy— their reputation stands true to each and every graduate. As an owner, stylist and educator in our industry, I am truly impressed with their knowledge right out of school. It’s an ever-changing curriculum that mirrors the trending times. The business side of this program teaches students to plan a career path. I always look forward to seeing the up and coming new talent!” Jen Kelly, Frankie’s Salon
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“…Their confidence and positive client interactions are a testament to their education and development they received at Z Hair Academy…” “We have been delighted with the graduates of Z Hair Academy that are stylists at Shelby Herrick Salon. They arrive with a great foundation of the latest styles and techniques as well as a passion for continuing their education through our associate program. Their confidence and positive client interactions are a testament to their education and development they received at Z Hair Academy.” Shelby Herrick, Shelby Herrick Salon
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“…You will not even have to wonder if you or your child is getting the most advanced education. The salons I do business with ask for Z Hair Academy students…” “In my 32 years as a professional salon business consultant, I have never seen an academy operated in such a professional manner. I thought I was walking into a salon with 10-year veterans working behind the chair. Their dedication to education and commitment to excellence has raised the bar for future professionals entering this amazing industry. You will not even have to wonder if you or your child is getting the most advanced education. The salons I do business with ask for Z Hair Academy students. That really makes me smile because I know they will be successful. I am very proud to be a part of this extraordinary academy.” Steve Lenz, State Beauty Supply DSC and Sales Manager
Customers
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“I only take my family of six to the Z Hair Academy in Overland Park. We always get great cuts for a great price. The staff is friendly and works well with my kids. I need a professional quality haircut for the military and Z Academy never fails to get the job done. I will always get my haircuts there.” SSG Ken Bryant, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
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“… I started asking people with cute hair cuts where they got their hair cut. They all said Z Hair Academy!…” “I moved to this area and was nervous about getting my hair cut with a new hair stylist. I started asking people with cute hair cuts where they got their hair cut. They all said Z Hair Academy! My family and I have been coming here ever since and have been satisfied every time with a good cut and good, friendly, professional service. They have listened carefully to what I want done and then do it. Thanks!” Lisa, Client of Z Hair Academy

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