have so many wrong perceptions about this program. To get into
Cosmetology requires a huge commitment.”
Internet, recruiters, and its worldwide reputation, SMC has a
very long reach. It found Loyal Kainoa on the ‘Big Island’—Hawaii.
“I was browsing around on the Internet when I found SMC,
and I thought it looked like a really cool school. And it was
one of a very few schools I found that offered Cosmetology,”
says Loyal. “But it was a very nice woman from the Outreach
program who came to Hawaii and recruited me. She actually called
me up, which I thought was very different.” So Loyal—who
was named after the Hawaiian singer Loyal Garner—headed to
‘the Mainland’ and the shores of Santa Monica.
my family, but I’ve made so many close friends here that
it’s made my whole adjustment really easy,” says Loyal.
“And you need that kind of support if you’re in this
program at SMC: It’s really not easy. The first two
months are incredibly intensive, and you’re up all night
doing homework. And then you’re in school every day from
8 to 4:30, which is essentially like having a job. And there is
so much that we have to learn,” she continues. “Chemistry,
Human Anatomy, Physiology; there’s really no time to do anything
else.” But Loyal is convinced that the intensity of her training
will pay off big.
really like to have my own salon, so I’m planning on studying
Business soon,” she says. “But all of our teachers and
assistants here have worked in salons, and they know the business
and all the newest techniques. I feel that—even without a
degree—I’m already getting a real education in what
this business is all about.”