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Beauty Business is Booming!

Beauty Business is Booming!

During these troubling times, more people wonder whether their jobs are in jeopardy. But with the current economy, there's one line of work that's proving to be a cut above the rest.

Check out this article about a student at Stewart School in Sioux Falls, SD:

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During these troubling times, more people wonder whether their jobs are in jeopardy. But with the current economy, there's one line of work that's proving to be a cut above the rest.

Brittney Wieseler didn't expect to find herself in this kind of classroom.

"I started out at SDSU and attended there for a year, originally going for my nursing degree," Brittney Wieseler said.

But she quickly learned that nursing wasn't for her. So she found something that was.

"Cosmetology has always been an interest of mine growing up," Wieseler said.

But that's not the only reason Wieseler decided to enroll at the Stewart School in Sioux Falls. She'd heard that those who cut hair for a living aren't as worried about their jobs being cut.

"A lot of students graduating from here are doing very well. Most salons are hiring from the school. They graduate from here, get their temporary license and are off working in salons," Wieseler said.

Before Jama Jensen enrolled in cosmetology school in November, she was already a member of the workforce.

"I did work in Brookings and quit my job to come to school," Jensen said.

Jensen wanted a job that allowed her to be with her 2 kids.

"The job before allowed me to work nights so I decided to go to school to be more with my children," Jensen said.

While Jensen considers herself as a non-traditional student, in this classroom changing careers is fairly common.

"We have quite a few students who have a marketing background, a business background," Senior Instructor Tawny Bottum said.

Bottum says the school is seeing an increase in both traditional and non-traditional students.

"They finally have been in the work field and maybe it is the recession but feel like were at a job because it was a job and wasn't something they truly loved to do," Bottum said.

Now these cosmetologists-to-be are getting the chance to do something they enjoy.

"It's a good field to be in. We're the modern day, day makers," Bottum said.

Before these students head out on their own, they put in 2,100 hours at the school, which takes about 13 months at full-time status.

"It's definitely harder than I expected. It's not just cutting hair. There's a lot of book work involved and you need to know all the haircuts and the chemistry behind color and perms," Wieseler said.

But because they're in the training process, the school is able to keep low prices which attract more customers through the doors.

"We have not seen a drop in clients," Bottum said.

Stewart School officials are actually seeing a boost in clientele. Mainly because they say people still want to feel good about themselves.

"When people are feeling down what better place than going to your hairdresser, your cosmetologist because you always feel better when you leave here," Bottum said.

And each night, when these students leave this working classroom they also feel better. Knowing their future is a little more secure.

"In the long run, I can always fall back on this if I want to do something else in life," Wieseler said.

With new styles evolving all the time, Bottum expect the industry to keep on growing.

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