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About Your Hair: Beauty Schools Pivots From Classroom to Online During COVID-19

By Dr. Linda Amerson

Beauty schools have faced challenges like many other businesses. Due to the curriculum requiring theory and hands-on experience, owners and students were forced to adjust their curriculum. Two Texas Schools share their challenges. Carol Frasure, Director at Graham’s Barber College, Dallas, said they reopened their brick-and-mortar campus on June 2. The dual school, which includes a barber course, cosmetology-to-barber crossover course, and hair weaving course; offering online and in-person classes. During the pandemic, classes were all online. Graham’s Barber College opened in 1965. A historical landmark in South Dallas, the 4,000 square foot building is GI Bill Approved and owners are Carol and Carl Frasure. House of Elegance opened August 2019 and started its first class on January 6, 2020, only to have a mandatory temporary closure in March.

School hours are 8:30 am-9:00 pm—day classes (8:30 am-3:30 pm 30 Hr. Program or 8:30 am-5:00 pm 40 Hr. Program) and night classes (5:00 pm-9:00 pm 20 Hr. Program) The House Of Elegance is offering Cosmetology License and Cosmetology Instructor’s License. As of April, the required 1500 hours needed to complete your Cosmetology License was decreased to 1000 hours. There weren’t any major issues during this transition, just a few minor adjustments to the curriculum that worked out for both parties. “Now our eager cosmetologists can get out in the field working doing what they love in a quicker time frame, while still receiving all the knowledge needed to be a professional in their field.

There are two instructors-Director of Education Ebony Stewart and CEO Linda Stewart. There are currently five students attending, with two students still on the 1500-hour program and three on the new 1000 hour program. “This COVID-19 epidemic was a disaster for us, especially as a new school just trying to get off the ground as far as promotion and advertising,” said Director of Admission, Brandon Stewart. “We were just getting situated and comfortable as things finally got rolling after years of hard work to get this school off the ground and make this dream a reality. We had to act quickly to keep our students from falling behind and to keep them on course to meet required hours needed for the program. Our Director of Education did a marvelous job with the students transferring her classes to online interacting and teaching them through video calls.

“I am so thankful for our students’ response being so understanding and flexible with their schedules to continue the course they have set to become cosmetologists. They are all so eager to learn, they have been right with us ready and willing to do whatever it requires to adjust and continue on. Revisions were online classes through group video calls on May 18, 2020.” He continued,” Due to this Coronavirus, we had to change the requirements for all parties involved with the House Of Elegance Cosmetology School. First and foremost we had to sanitize the entire school before considering opening back up from top to bottom. We require all parties to take a COVID-19 screening, as well as checking their temperature and all parties must wear a mask before entering our facility. “Since we have been back in our facility classes have been going well and business is starting to pick up. As things start to get back to normal and more people hear of the great education and service we are offering our community, we pray we continue to grow to serve and meet our community needs. “Our mission at House of Elegance Cosmetology School is to give students the education they need to be fully prepared for a lifelong career in the cosmetology industry, as well as the full ability to pass the Texas State Board Licensing Exam to obtain the necessary license to work in the State of Texas.”


Brandon Stewart Director of Admission 361-742-2477 Cell 361-334-0255 Office CEO: Linda Stewart Director of Education: Ebony Stewart

Dr. Linda Amerson, Board Certified Trichologist, LA’s Hair & Scalp Clinic, 817-265-8854. Our award-winning products may be purchased at #ScalpDoctor #39yrVeteran

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