Beauty Schools: Same Service, Half the Price

February 20, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

By E’lyn Taylor

On a breezy Tuesday morning at Ogle Beauty School on Mockingbird Lane, Daphne Harvey sits patiently as her highlights receive touch ups. Two students on each side of Harvey neatly fold pieces of aluminum foil covered with coloring solution onto sections of her hair.

Harvey has been a loyal client at Ogle for nine years. A coworker recommended the school to her because it was cost-effective in obtaining a good cut and style for much less than a salon would charge. For those who like to maintain their hair with high-end touches, but still appreciate bargains, a visit to one of the beauty schools around town may be just the fix.

Many clients prefer beauty schools over expensive salons that offer the same services. (PHOTO BY E'LYN TAYLOR / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

“Ogle is very upscale, I pay no more than $38 for a highlight and style,” Harvey said.

Schools such as Ogle, Dallas Barber and Stylist and Paul Mitchell School all offer discounted services to the public. The only catch is that the stylist is a student and not an experienced professional. That does not bother people like Bridgett Spears, who received final touches done on her hair recently at the Paul Mitchell School in Carrollton. She raved her $15 wash-and-style.

“It’s a learning service and the students are eager to please,” Spears said.

For a wash and style at a regular beauty salon a client is normally charged no less than $40, while at a beauty school the cost is $15 (tips are appreciated). Highlights could range up to $200 at a salon, however, at a beauty school, expect to pay no more than $35. A man’s haircut would be in the $20 range at a barber or stylist, while at a barber or beauty college it would be less than $10.

With in-class lectures, cosmetology textbook and hands-on training, students learn how to apply these skills. The school curriculum traditionally includes esthetics, skin care, nail technology and makeup artistry.

Students like Erin Quarles, who currently attends Ogle Beauty School, are eager to start the hands-on training and build skills necessary to work on clients.

“The school is very hands-on so you get to learn a lot,” Quarles said.

Beauty school is indeed survival of the fittest. Most schools require students to complete 1,400 to 1,600 hours, which can last up to two years.

Ogle Beauty School graduates receive solid technical skills, training in communication, sales skills and artistic excellence. The aspiring stylist also receives training in esthetology (skin care) and nail care.

Ogle prides itself on the hands-on training that will offer students opportunities to work and enhance their skills and techniques.

Quarles began training at Ogle ten months ago. Just fresh out of high school, she wanted to pursue her passion of styling hair. After she graduates she plans to open her own beauty salon.

Quarles says that she has witnessed a tremendous increase in the volume of clients each week once they discover the products used and inexpensive prices.

“We get a lot of clients because we use good products you wouldn’t see at a beauty salon and our prices are cheap,” she said.

Texas Barber and Stylist College (TBS) in North Dallas specialize in men’s haircuts, braiding and women’s styling. Instructors commented that they have observed a tremendous growth in students as well as clientele.

Andre Harvey, a TBS client, says that he has had only one bad experience in the two years he has been a client.

“The service here is really good, you just need to catch the right one,” he jokingly said.

Gayle Parker, who is a stylist instructor at TBS College, says that her school has had a steady and balanced flow of customers after the downturn of the economy. She also witnessed an increase in not only customers, but also in students. Recalling the time after the lay offs at General Motors two years ago, Parker remembers many former GM employees applying at TBS.

Instructor Parker is of the opinion that everyone with a genuine passion to do hair should immediately plan to get their license because the job market is on a steady decline.

“The license is a good thing to have, it’s is a good safety net,” Parker said.

Student Instructor LaTiffany Williams began as a student at TBS but after training, she found a love in teaching students how to develop skills. Williams’ advises students to remain focused. She also encourages anyone wanting to pursue beauty school to wait no more and pursue it now.

“Now that more people are pursuing beauty school, it’s probably going to get harder,” Williams said.

Legendary hairstylist Paul Mitchell has created products and a brand that is known worldwide. Mitchell created schools throughout the country to share the passion, knowledge and skill with others who share the same aspiration.

Paul Mitchell student, Kim Nguyen, says the reasoning for their booming clientele is that the school offers advance training.

“You can look around we have a beauty salon environment,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen began her career as an account executive for a corporate office. Last year she was laid off from her job. Her desire was to enter a profession in which she could make money while doing something she loved.

“Before getting into the corporate world, I had always had a passion to do hair,” Nguyen said.

Ogle client Daphne Harvey believes the high-end touches for half the price persuades clients to tell their family, friends and coworkers about the best kept secret of beauty schools. She finds it thrilling to see what new style or product her stylist has to offer each time.

“I’m eager each time I visit,” she said.

Two Dead After Drug Deal Goes Wrong at The Phoenix

February 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Praveen Sathianathan and Aida Ahmed,

Police search a car at the scene of the shooting late Wednesday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Two suspects are charged with capital murder after a drug-related shooting near Burger Street in the 5600 Block of Mockingbird Lane claimed the lives of two men Wednesday night.

The Dallas Police Department said Jason Greer Frappier, 24, and Chrisitian Avalos, 25, have been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Chadwick Daniel Ryan, 27, of Arlington and Robert Manuel Allen, 29, of Dallas.

According to Dallas Police Lt. David Pughes, three men were sitting in a Jaguar and one man was outside the car when the drug deal went awry. Shots were fired and the two suspects ran away on foot toward the Phoenix Midtown apartments. Chadwick Daniel Ryan died at the scene. Allen was taken to Baylor University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Frappier, who was shot in the elbow at the scene, was also taken to Baylor, where he is being treated and guarded by police. Avalos was arrested, taken to Lew Sterrett Justice Center and is refusing to cooperate with police officers.

The incident, which happened next to the Phoenix apartment complex, is suspected to be a drug deal gone awry.

Police found marijuana and money in the Jaguar, and after a search warrant was issued for an apartment in the Phoenix, a total of 30 pounds of marijuana was found. Three weapons were also recovered at the scene.

In a press conference held Thursday afternoon, Lt. Pughes said the two suspects were believed to be living in the apartment.

Management at the Phoenix declined to comment on the incident.

Witnesses nearby, including an off-duty officer who was stationed at the Kroger Grocery store about 50 yards away, came running to the scene.

Police are in the process of contacting 50 witnesses that saw parts of the shooting. There is also a surveillance tape from the nearby Kroger that may have the shooting on tape.

SMU issued a crime alert Thursday morning verifying that no SMU students were involved in the incident.

Disclaimer: The video below may disturb some readers. Watch at your own discretion.

VIDEO: Press Conference, Phoenix Shooting from on Vimeo.

Video by Praveen Sathianathan
Still Photography by Stuart Palley
Video Editing by Andy Garcia

Stay tuned to the Daily Mustang as this story develops.

Construction Closes SMU Boulevard

December 20, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Daily Mustang Staff

Construction relating to the George W. Bush Presidential Library is closing SMU Boulevard for six months, according to Gary Shultz , SMU’s director of web communications.

All traffic on SMU Boulevard from Dublin Street to the southbound access road of North Central Expressway will be closed from Jan 3. through the summer.

“Cars can use University Boulevard or they can go on Mockingbird Lane [as detours],” Shultz said.

Side walks on both sides of the street will also be closed but students will be able to use a sidewalk connection from the intersection of North Central Expressway and SMU Boulevard to Dyer Street, to and from the east side of campus.

“The map of the sidewalk will be sent out later this week or after Christmas,” said Shultz. “It will run from the closed intersection.”

Mustang Express will also be rerouted for the the closing. A temporary stop will be placed at University Boulevard and Airline Road.

UP City Council Vote Favors SMU’s New Zoning Plan

September 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Chandler Schlegel

In a unanimous vote the University Park City Council decided Tuesday to allow SMU to rezone land along North Central Expressway to Mockingbird Lane. In a SMU request to Bob Livingston, UP city manager, Paul J. Ward, SMU’s vice president of legal affairs, requested the council’s approval of a resolution supporting the Municipal Setting Designation.

While the property allows SMU to have a variety of options for expansion on that land such as new dormitories, a community center or Greek housing, SMU officials plan to choose buildings that will complement the nearby George W. Bush Presidential Library.

Instead, SMU is currently hoping to build a recreational area that will include a multipurpose athletic field and indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

The rezoning vote also gives SMU the former site of Chase Bank on Mockingbird Lane, which the university plans to use as a temporary construction office.

SMU still plans to make use of the site south of Mockingbird Lane, however has run into problems since the City of Dallas owns the land while SMU owns the Mrs. Bairds factory on that property. The university is hoping to receive a municipal setting designation for the land to develop the site further.

Plans to install tennis courts, an electrical substation and information systems technology station on the site are underway.

The City Council’s vote is non-binding and must be reviewed by state officials, however currently University Park officials support SMU’s effort.

Tornado Touchdown in Dallas

September 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Tornado Touches Down in Dallas from on Vimeo.

Halle Organ reports on the damage caused by the tornado that touched down on Mockingbird Lane Wednesday night. The tornado skipped through Mockingbird Lane causing minimal damage. Organ spoke with Dallas Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Jason Evans, about the damage and the fire department’s response.

A look inside Pinnacle Coatings Group, located at 616 West Mockingbird, after its walls crashed down. (PHOTO BY HALLE ORGAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU student Chris Dell also got video footage of the funnel cloud over the city, check it out here.

Tropical Storm Hermine Brings Heavy Rain, Tornados To North Texas

September 8, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Students rush to class despite pouring rain and flooding on campus. (PHOTO BY AIDA AHMED / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Aida Ahmed

Rain and strong winds come down today as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine and will continue onto Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

“Anywhere from three to ten inches of rain has hit the metroplex,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore. “It’s going to continue to rain more most of the day and later there may be a potential for tornados.”

Moore also reports southeast winds of 15-25 mph and WFAA channel 8 reports a flash flood watch through Thursday morning.

On campus the intersection of SMU Boulevard and North Central Expressway on the west side of the expressway is now open after  being closed due to flooding.

Earlier today the Owens Fine Arts Building experienced leaks and flooding causing its emergency alarms to go off. The University Park fire department were deployed to campus to help combat the emergency and the campus emergency crew has now cleaned up the situation.