Aisha Gatlin, a 38-year-old entrepreneur is making it big in life.
Aisha Gatlin realized that numerous students who graduated from different cosmetology schools faced extreme difficulties in working with textured hair. It was clear to her that the skills required to tend to the hair of African-American customers were different from what they were trained for. From this realization emerged the idea of creating her own cosmetology school which can train people, and help them become better with their skills.
Speaking with Michigan Live, Gatlin said: "As a hair stylist, you should be able to work with all types of hair. I feel like having a school here in this area will really benefit." Opening one of the very first black-owned cosmetology schools in Washtenaw County, she said: "It’s very exciting to break barriers and show other women of color that they, too, can follow their dreams and step out and do something that’s not the norm for us. This industry is dominated by middle-aged Caucasian men. To have a young black woman being able to step out … is very exciting for me."
Her school, Beautiful Luxe School, is on a mission to educate students, help them acquire licenses, and to gain competencies in their chosen field. The school offers numerous programs, each with a defined set of hours for training, and also provides the students an opportunity to get the first-hand experience as well.