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When Lori N. enrolled in nursing school, she was driven by her passion to help people, but as her education progressed, she knew something wasn’t right. That’s when she had the epiphany.

“I’m not happy. This isn’t what I want to do,” Lori remembers, now a licensed cosmetologist of eight years and a member of the Regency Admissions team. An energetic environment was important to her, and it was missing. That’s when she started looking into cosmetology schools.

Bailey E., a current student at the Regency Beauty Institute near Minneapolis, MN also a member of the Admissions team, had a similar epiphany. Bailey started college because she felt like it was something she ‘had’ to do.

So, Bailey returned to her personal interest in cosmetology and let that passion lead her.

What appealed to Lori and Bailey about beauty school?

For Bailey, it was the potential a cosmetology education would give her. She wanted options – to always have the ability to pursue new opportunities. She knew a cosmetology license would give her that flexibility.

“Creative people are not going to stay in one thing forever,” Bailey said. “So, the fact that you can be a cosmetologist and do platform artistry and do wedding hair or be in a salon or do photo shoots. There are so many different paths.”

Besides expressing creativity, cosmetologists are constantly meeting new people, another benefit important to Bailey when she enrolled at Regency.

The opportunity to be unique as a cosmetologist drew Lori; “I love that individuality is so important in this industry.”

Tips for choosing a school

Lori says anyone considering cosmetology should look at accreditation and the nationwide presence of the beauty school. Accreditation is the most authoritative and reliable indicator of a school’s concern for integrity toward its students and quality education.

To obtain and maintain their accreditation, each Regency school must submit reports and information and pass on-site inspections by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS). Accreditation also allows Regency schools to offer federal financial aid to those students who qualify.

Bailey remembers the feeling of excitement and potential the moment she walked through the door at the Regency campus she toured in Minneapolis. That’s how she knew the Ridgedale campus was right for her. Personalized education was also important to Bailey. The financial aid counselors and admissions representatives she worked with knew her by name.

Besides support from Regency, she’s also been wowed by the support Regency students received in the communities where they learn.

“The people [often salon owners] who come in and talk to us, take time out of their day to come in for salon fair. The support for Regency is huge. They know the kind of students Regency graduates,” Bailey said.

Ready to join the next generation in beauty? Call (800) 787-6456 to schedule a tour at one of our 88 campuses to learn if cosmetology is right for you!

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