Reader Agrees with Legislators

Quit Funding an Underground Economy

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to the column by Fred Jones [Stylist Newspapers, July 2012] regarding the opportunities for those who attend beauty schools.

In my opinion, there is a real chasm between schools and salons. Schools want to have everyone in the state become licensed cosmetologists; they want to keep their schools full because that's how they make their money.

Salons, like the Marines, want a few good cosmetologists. Cosmetologists who know how to shampoo, do a haircut, greet clients, and do a tint retouch without applying color down to the eyebrow. The salon owners don't want the incompetent graduate, who just paid the school fifteen to twenty five thousand to teach them to get a license.

What Fred Jones didn't say in his story is that in the past three years California has licensed 135,000 cosmetologists. That's right, one hundred and thirty five thousand licensed cosmetologists.

Now here's the rub, most of these newly licensed cosmetologists have not produced a single tax paying job, not one! So I say hooray to the legislators who have the good sense to quit funding an underground economy. It's about time they start thinking about the taxpayers of this state.

135,000 cosmetologists paying beauty school tuition equals 2.4 billion dollars the schools receive. For that much money they could afford to pay their instructors $100 per hour and give the students a great education. Salon owners can then have the recent hire hit the salon floor ready to go to work.

Instead, beauty schools charge the students a premium price for all of the books, equipment and extras they use. If you factor in the in-school salon, the schools keep all of the money they bring in.

It is said during a recession, vocational schools experience landmark sales. This recession has proven this to be true.

The problem with so many cosmetology graduates without jobs is they end up providing services for all of their friends and family. All of these people are clients who are not coming into salons. We hear time and again when asked about former clients who no longer come into the salon, it's usually not another salon. It's a friend or a cousin, or sister who is doing their hair now. Even social workers are advising their clients to learn how to do hair so they can stay home with their kids and do hair at home

I don't want to spell doom and gloom. I just want to warn those who have not yet enrolled and are being heavily recruited by schools, you have a rough road ahead.

Andre Nizetich, President American Board of Certified Haircolorists