Is Empire Beauty School a good school?
stuck up bitch

Bethlehem, PA

#84 Oct 25, 2012
Jen wrote:
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I pay to have my hair/nails/facials etc done for the same reason I pay someone to clean my house, pick my trash up at the curb, and mow my grass. My husband and I make enough money to pay people to do my boring menial tasks for me. The original question was asking what people thought about it because the original topic starter was thinking about going. A few people like me think it costs way too much money for what in the end, is not a real education or degree, and it is a very bad idea. I advised the original person to take that same amount of money and go to real college and get a real degree. If you have a different opinion then that's more than ok, everyone is entitled to their own. But no one got on here just to "bash" hair stylists.
Empire costs about 20,000 for 10 months of school. Any college costs at least 20,000 in tuition plus room and board. PER YEAR. At the school I wanted to go to it is $45,000 a year, so that is $180,000, without a guarantee of a job. Whereas Empire is 160,000 less and almost guaranteed to find you a job. So it is in fact NOT the same amount of money for a "real" education. It is 8 times more and you do not learn a trade OR have experience in the field.
Rudeness

Scituate, MA

#85 Oct 25, 2012
Wow. It looks like some of the cattiest and most rude comments come exclusively from the "hairstylists". Which tells me they don't have a very high level of intelligence, and that won't serve them well in any other career. So it looks like you choices are limited anyway. How can you possibly defend your "trade" when you are making it look so bad? Thanks for the insight, I will be sure to avoid the beauty industry all together.
Ignorance

Elizabethtown, KY

#86 Nov 8, 2012
Wow! I am completely overwhelmed and heart broken by the amount of ignorance on this forum. I am a current student at Empire Beauty School, and since everyone else feels the need to post their opinions about my school, and my Empire Family, I can't help but feel the need to express my own. Yes, Cosmetology School is expensive, but as I read these hurtful comments it becomes clear to me that most of you have no clue about what it means to be a Cosmetologist. My grandmother is a salon owner, and my mother manages and works as a stylist in her salon. Both of them are extremely successful. So successful, in fact, that both of them make well over $1,500 a week. I can't remember ever wanting for anything growing up, and it's because of their hard work and dedication to a job that they love. I would also like to point out that I am not "dumb", nor did I choose the path of Cosmetology because I had no other options. I graduated from high school with a 3.7 GPA, received a 23 on my ACT, and was the recipient of a small academic scholarship to Western Kentucky University. After praying about which career path to take I chose Cosmetology because it's what I love. I enjoy going to school every day, I enjoy the creativity that my future profession demands, and most of all I love making people feel good about themselves. Nothing means more to me than seeing a smile on the face of my clients. What most people dont understand is that we learn way more in school than haircutting. In fact, I'm willing to bet that half of you wouldn't even come close to passing the Anatomy and Phisiology, the Sanitation Procedures, or the Chemistry portion of our State Board Exam. I realize that people will always have their own opinions about everything, but I encourage you to remember this:“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”-- Mother Teresa
Trexis

Sunbury, PA

#87 Dec 5, 2012
Contemplating wrote:
Hi, I was just reading the comments because I actually was thinking of putting my bachelors on hold (I'm about half way through it) and going to Empire for a hairdressing license, and working in the field while I finish my Bachelors degree. I just love hair, and I love education. Unsure about my major (Psychology, Biology or Earth Science), but I definitely think everyone should have a bachelor's degree. Has anyone done this? or have any recommendations?
I go to empire in pottsville, pa. I loved doing hair and I passed up a college scholarship to go to empire and become a cosmetologist. It was the worse mistake ever. Empire has made me hate doing hair and nails. And it is true they never have supplies. I school gave old almost gone make up to the class to share for the curriculum. They ran out of paper towels for the school for a week straight. I also missed school for a surgery that I couldn't postpone, they called me on Tuesday and told me I had till Thursday to come to school or I would be dropped from the program. No matter what happens to you, if you miss 14 days in a row (yes counting Saturday and Sunday, and even holidays when the school isn't open) you get kicked out. I missed the whole nail section, I was given 3 days to make up 2 weeks of work or else I wouldn't get to go on the salon floor till I waited 18 weeks and took the class over. Needless to say I'm quitting tomorrow.
anon current student

Stratham, NH

#88 Mar 13, 2013
WONDERING wrote:
I was thinking about signing up dose anyone know anything about it?
i hate that school soooo much. unprofessional, insensitive, ghetto,and money hungry describe EVERY CAMPUS. They're bull shit. They outright lie to you and tell you pivot point is what most salons use, you don't even do that on boards! the worst part is if somebody told on me for complaining about the school i would be terminated! all we have are unhappy customers,dumb rules, and heartless incompetent teachers. teachers who speak out get fired almost immediately. even receptionist! fuck empire. you'd spend the same amount of money at any other beauty school and they'll give you a better kit. if anything in your kit breaks its on YOU to replace it no matter how soon. i went to this school on the false impression that it was the only beauty school in my area. everything is broken, unsanitary, cheap, and don't get me started on aesthetics! just RUN.
anon current student

Stratham, NH

#89 Mar 13, 2013
stuck up bitch wrote:
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Empire costs about 20,000 for 10 months of school. Any college costs at least 20,000 in tuition plus room and board. PER YEAR. At the school I wanted to go to it is $45,000 a year, so that is $180,000, without a guarantee of a job. Whereas Empire is 160,000 less and almost guaranteed to find you a job. So it is in fact NOT the same amount of money for a "real" education. It is 8 times more and you do not learn a trade OR have experience in the field.
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Also i would like to add that there are 4 high end salons in my immediate area who refuse to hire empire girls because the education is completely sub-par. empire promises job placement. let me tell you what that means: there's a cork board in the break room with FIVE YEAR OLD pamphlets tacked to it. in reality you're on your own.
Biggest Bunch of Crap

Glasgow, KY

#90 Apr 9, 2013
I'm currently a student at a Cosmetology school. I agree with everyone on this site that says Beauty School is BS! Ok, we might need to know how to do pin curls and finger waves but do we really need to read about them, study, fill out 40 pages in a workbook, and then actually take a written test? Lol! Also, we spent over two weeks reading, writing, and studying about braids, but we only spent about 3 hours ONE day actually doing hands on braids! Oh, and there was also a written test on braids but after all the reading and writing about braids I couldn't do a decent braid to save my life! OMG, I almost forgot we spent a couple of days practicing how to use a Hot Press Comb and for the life of me we don't even have a Hot Press Comb in my school and I've never even seen one, I don't think they even make them anymore, Lol! I agree it's so stupid and so does the lady who has been doing my hair for years! Get this we are only taught 4 basic cuts in Cosmetology School! Lol!!! 1800 hrs KY and only 4 basic cuts? It's very expensive and way outdated! I swear we spent way more time doing wet sets in class than we did practicing how to do foils. OUTDATED!!! To much reading and writing and test over stupid stuff just to prove Cosmetology School is not stupid! LOL! I mean really I totally get having to study and test over health issues but what idiot group of people decided we needed to read, write, and test over things that are really hands on learning? Now, if all of Cosmetology school were hands on learning then I would say it would take about 1/2 the time and money and we would have much better hairdressers!
raje

Mumbai, India

#91 May 21, 2013
been there wrote:
The last two classes that graduated from there ALL failed state boards....that school sucks. I went there, I transfered. It's big, new, and pretty. That's the only good things I can say about it. All they care about is money. Do yourself a favor and go to the other school, you'll learn more.
there are lot of schools other than this try marinello school of beauty
Abby Adams

Sacramento, CA

#92 May 24, 2013
I attened Empire beauty chool and i love it. It was the best school and ilearned a lot from it.
beotch

Pittsburgh, PA

#93 Jun 4, 2013
Really?? you learned ALOT from them? then your not a real student! The WORST school I have ever seen or attended! Pond Scum is to nice of a term to describe them!! Liars and thieves! Please go to a different school!
Abby Adams wrote:
I attened Empire beauty chool and i love it. It was the best school and ilearned a lot from it.
Mortified

Campbellsville, KY

#94 Jun 10, 2013
Biggest Bunch of Crap wrote:
I'm currently a student at a Cosmetology school. I agree with everyone on this site that says Beauty School is BS! Ok, we might need to know how to do pin curls and finger waves but do we really need to read about them, study, fill out 40 pages in a workbook, and then actually take a written test? Lol! Also, we spent over two weeks reading, writing, and studying about braids, but we only spent about 3 hours ONE day actually doing hands on braids! Oh, and there was also a written test on braids but after all the reading and writing about braids I couldn't do a decent braid to save my life! OMG, I almost forgot we spent a couple of days practicing how to use a Hot Press Comb and for the life of me we don't even have a Hot Press Comb in my school and I've never even seen one, I don't think they even make them anymore, Lol! I agree it's so stupid and so does the lady who has been doing my hair for years! Get this we are only taught 4 basic cuts in Cosmetology School! Lol!!! 1800 hrs KY and only 4 basic cuts? It's very expensive and way outdated! I swear we spent way more time doing wet sets in class than we did practicing how to do foils. OUTDATED!!! To much reading and writing and test over stupid stuff just to prove Cosmetology School is not stupid! LOL! I mean really I totally get having to study and test over health issues but what idiot group of people decided we needed to read, write, and test over things that are really hands on learning? Now, if all of Cosmetology school were hands on learning then I would say it would take about 1/2 the time and money and we would have much better hairdressers!
I am mortified that you claim to be at all educated, and you thought you were going to go to SCHOOL and not have to participate in theory work, written exams, and book work. If "doing hair" was that simple then I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't be a requirement to go to school to do it legally.....
Idiots

Campbellsville, KY

#95 Jun 10, 2013
been there wrote:
over half of the students at trendsetters are transfers from empire....that should say something
It does - Trendsetters will take anyone - especially those kicked out of Empire for poor performance or laziness!
cheriebeary73

Rochester, NY

#96 Aug 26, 2013
I just happen to stumble across this and was blown away by the responses written. First, I have to say, I am actually signing up for Empire Beauty School today to follow my dream of having a career in something I enjoy. I will most likely go the Esthetics route with my license. Anyways, I already have an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies. A very long time ago I made the mistake and listened to advice of "others" telling me Paralegals make awesome money! Well I made ok money, but had to put up with unbelievable stuff from Attorneys and Catty-co-workers! The long hours are dreadful, and quite honestly the work can get real boring! After many tries in different law firms, title companies etc. I finally decided to take a Civil Service Exam, which I passed and ended up getting hired for a Government Job at my County Clerk's Office. Again, nightmare of a job. I find I love to be social, and I love dealing with hair, skin, and nails, so it was a no brainer for me to think of going for Cosmetology. I want the luxury of my own schedule even if it means I make less then my Paralegal profession. My associates degree took me 2 years at local college and cost me around $30k. I went back to college for Medical Assisting,(again listening to bad advice of others!)Between my Paralegal and Medical Assisting I owe $55k! Empire beauty school is $13k and I will be done in less then 1 year! I am finally doing something I want to do and don't care what people think. My one sister has always said to me, "do what you have a passion and interest in and the money will follow" Do not do something just for the money, because you will hate your job! So please don't judge people for their career choice and call them stupid etc.. I am by no way stupid!
tamm

Mcdonough, GA

#97 Aug 27, 2013
Owner-Stylist wrote:
<quoted text>Yea, I have had to fix those "home-made" cut & colors. Keep right on doing them people cause that's when the big bucks roll in!
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I think all of you guys that agreed with Jen are retards,> I have an BS degree in nursing, this profession stressed me out big time, I decided to go to Cosmetology school for something a bit laid back the money I made is a master stylist was 3x more than nursing. so for all u illiterate people, get a life. this is a real profession.
Grammar natzi

Brandenburg, KY

#98 Sep 7, 2013
trendsetter student wrote:
I love my school, everybody who comes from the orther cant do hair when they tranfer, most cant cut, sum dnt know how to color, most of the transfer student who come to trend setter from the orther school have more hour than me and i still know more!!!!!!!!!!
I think you need to go back to middle school and learn grammar
Jersey2013

West Orange, NJ

#99 Sep 7, 2013
Jen...If people want to pay that kind of money to go to any school, that is their business. At least they are willing to work and they are doing something with their lives. It's not your money and you are not paying for their education. You people sit behind your computer and try to put other people down...as far as anyone is concern you might be unemployed and miserable. If a person want to become a hair stylist, Dr., nurse, teacher, cashier, garbage man it's their life and their business. I respect everyone out there who are making a honest living. I love going to my hair stylist, she is a hard working lady with her own hair salon and she is a great person. Get off of your high horse before someone knock you off of it and before you know it, you will have nothing.
future professional

Decatur, GA

#100 Sep 19, 2013
I have a Pell grant. Tuition is 18 thousand for 2 years l. You learn more than cutting hair. We do waxes, nails, make up, relaxers, color, perms, styles, and so much more. Books and beauty supplies are part of tuition. We get to keep everything we get from day 1. We recieve top of the line supplies. We have the best most caring staff and are far better than trendsetters. At the end of the 2 years we go to state to get an intermediate license and 6 months later we go back and recieve our MASTERS in cosmetology. Try and find another college where you pay $18,000 for a masters. Cosmotologist make the world go 'round, without us Yall would be looking like some nasty cavemen and women.
Like it is

Elizabethtown, KY

#101 Sep 21, 2013
Wow
Domino

Elizabethtown, KY

#102 Sep 21, 2013
Ignorance wrote:
Wow! I am completely overwhelmed and heart broken by the amount of ignorance on this forum. I am a current student at Empire Beauty School, and since everyone else feels the need to post their opinions about my school, and my Empire Family, I can't help but feel the need to express my own. Yes, Cosmetology School is expensive, but as I read these hurtful comments it becomes clear to me that most of you have no clue about what it means to be a Cosmetologist. My grandmother is a salon owner, and my mother manages and works as a stylist in her salon. Both of them are extremely successful. So successful, in fact, that both of them make well over $1,500 a week. I can't remember ever wanting for anything growing up, and it's because of their hard work and dedication to a job that they love. I would also like to point out that I am not "dumb", nor did I choose the path of Cosmetology because I had no other options. I graduated from high school with a 3.7 GPA, received a 23 on my ACT, and was the recipient of a small academic scholarship to Western Kentucky University. After praying about which career path to take I chose Cosmetology because it's what I love. I enjoy going to school every day, I enjoy the creativity that my future profession demands, and most of all I love making people feel good about themselves. Nothing means more to me than seeing a smile on the face of my clients. What most people dont understand is that we learn way more in school than haircutting. In fact, I'm willing to bet that half of you wouldn't even come close to passing the Anatomy and Phisiology, the Sanitation Procedures, or the Chemistry portion of our State Board Exam. I realize that people will always have their own opinions about everything, but I encourage you to remember this:“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”-- Mother Teresa
Good post
anon

Marietta, GA

#104 Nov 11, 2013
been there wrote:
The last two classes that graduated from there ALL failed state boards....that school sucks. I went there, I transfered. It's big, new, and pretty. That's the only good things I can say about it. All they care about is money. Do yourself a favor and go to the other school, you'll learn more.
Actually their the oldest cosmetology school. And I've seen statistics and know people who've graduated. There all doing great.

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