Sometimes Fate Directs Your Path

by Betsy Kinkela, Salon Schools Group

Tabby Pinks
(Left to Right) Mari Wheeler, Sue Carter Moore, Tabby Pinks and Libby Cotterman

Sometimes, it seems, your dreams get buried.  

Or sometimes you find out you had dreams you forgot all about and fate steps in to direct your path. Take, for instance, the story of Tabetha "Tabby" Pinks. 

Many years ago when Tabby was a sweet four-year old, she was a model for a beauty show at Ohio State School of Cosmetology.  

Tabby's adorable personality captured the hearts of the students and administrators at the school that day, so much so that school president, Sue Carter Moore, presented her with a full tuition cosmetology scholarship she could use once she graduated from high school. The presentation of the award was captured on video and the video was sent home with Tabby's father.  

Time passed, and the video somehow was buried in the type of stuff that we all accumulate. During her teen years, Tabby toyed with the idea of being a hairstylist (her mother is a cosmetologist) but she never seriously pursued it.  

One day Tabby's father found the old VHS tape and mentioned it to her. As it turned out she was so young she had no recollection of the scholarship or even being a model in the hair show. 

The timing was perfect. About the same time the tape was found, Tabby had been questioning her direction in life, wondering what career would provide meaning and personal fulfillment. She had taken classes in counseling, art and she even did some missionary work in Peru.  

Clearly, she possessed an artistic eye and a strong desire to help others. Suddenly everything fell into place; all signs pointed to cosmetology. 

But would the school administrators honor the scholarship or even remember the event? Fortunately the president of Ohio State School of Cosmetology (now the Salon Schools Group) is still Sue Carter Moore and remembers the event very well. Two other participants that day also remember. Libby Cotterman had coordinated the event and Mari Wheeler had been a judge.  

Moore thought it would be fun to track down Cotterman and Wheeler and reminisce about Tabby. Cotterman is the owner of Libby & Co. in Thornville, Ohio and Wheeler is a stylist at her salon. They both were so excited that they invited Pinks to their salon to become re-acquainted. The visit included a photo shoot Cotterman arranged that made Tabby feel like a rock star. 

But best of all, Tabby found two outstanding beauty industry representatives who proved to her she was making the right decision to become a beauty professional. Cosmetology has been a passion for both Cotterman and Wheeler and it shows. With over 25 years and 45 years, consecutively, in the industry, both women consider cosmetology to be their passion while they continue to grow and thrive.  

When speaking to them, you see several common themes emerge. Both believe that cosmetology offers a lifetime of career happiness and they consider it their calling. Both appreciate the flexibility, stability and limitless growth potential and never tire of learning about new products, styles and techniques. And most of all, they both love their clients and find tremendous satisfaction helping others look and feel their best.  

They both also believe they are called to take newer stylists under their wings, especially those who show potential and a strong desire to learn. They hope to be an inspiration to younger stylists. 

At this meeting, the two women were so impressed with Tabby that she certainly possesses the artistic personality and the positive attitude to require her to be a successful hairstylist. They are looking forward to watching Tabby progress through the program and blossom into a professional stylist.  

And so, the Salon Schools Group welcomes Tabby Pinks and proves that when the time comes, everything falls into place. 

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