The Importance of a Adopting a Diverse Beauty School Culture in 2015

There’s a distinct culture that we at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy we identify with: Freedom to be yourself. Let’s face it, it’s 2015 – we are seeing everything from gay & lesbian couples finally getting married to male and female celebrities making the decision to change their sex in order to live inside of the bodies they feel they should have been born with, matching their true selves. Pop culture has evolved more in the last few years in terms of diversity and tolerance, than in the last two or three decades combined, and we as a people have come extremely far in terms of adopting diversity and living in harmony with one another.

At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy we believe that that same fundamental right to be true to yourself and who you are (so long as it does not hurt or affect others negatively) should be a part of your learning experience and education. Unless you plan on working on a deserted island, if you’re in beauty school and aspiring to become a cosmetologist, makeup artist, esthetician, hair-dresser, stylist, color specialist, barber or nail technician, you’re sure to meet some extremely diverse people throughout your long career.

Orange County and Southern California as a whole is an extremely diverse backdrop for any school or workplace. That backdrop becomes even more diverse in the creatively-free hair & beauty segment of the cosmetology industry and so we at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy have taken on an oath of self-expression, freedom of expression and positively encourage each of our students and aspiring makeup artists, estheticians, stylists, barbers, hair-dressers, color specialists and nail technicians to be themselves… that means there’s no room for bullying within our culture here at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy.

We enforce and uphold a strict “No Bullying” policy on our beauty school campus and encourage all of our students to respect one another’s differences, and to embrace one another as not only fellow-students, but future colleagues and ambassadors for the beauty and cosmetology industry. Our gorgeous beauty school is located in Santa Ana, CA, so we are not only diverse in terms of our local culture and population, but our students come from all over the nation in order to receive the very best in cosmetology instruction and some of the best preparatory courses in helping you pass your California State Cosmetology Exam.

Because of our diverse culture as well as the number of students from all walks of life, we feel it’s important to instill a strong sense of tolerance and understanding within our students. We take an active approach to our “NO BULLYING” policy and while most SoCal makeup academies or beauty schools might make a small mention of it on their syllabus, we post our rules for tolerance where they can be seen by students throughout our campus and facilities. The idea behind this is simple: we want every single student that attends Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy to feel right at home while they are learning the fundamentals of cosmetology, hair, makeup, esthetics, nails, hair and beauty. We also want to prepare our students for a lifetime of proper posture and acceptance when working with diverse clients no matter where their cosmetology careers may take them.

Bullying may not be something the average cosmetology student even thinks about on a daily basis, but if you’re of the few people who have been bullied in your lifetime, then you know how painful it can be, and how distracting it can be on your school life, work life and personal life. The cosmetology industry is an industry that is based on appearance and how you feel about yourself – we’re trying to eliminate that feeling of fear that some students may experience when considering attending our beauty academy, based on being judged by others due to their differences. These differences can include but aren’t limited to:

  • Disabilities (both mental and physical)
  • Sexual Orientation or Perceived Sexual Orientation
  • Race or Nationality
  • Gender (and Gender Identity)
  • Age
  • Personal Style
  • Religious Affiliation

Bullying can take on many different forms: everything from belittling comments, persistent criticism, withholding of resources, email attacks, gossip and lying, ignoring or excluding others, yelling, to even insults & name-calling and sometimes worse… over the years, we’ve all heard the horror-stories on the news of children or teenagers being bullied at school, but what happens when bullying carries over to our adult lives – in college (or beauty school in this case) or our workplace? At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy we adhere to a strict no-tolerance for bullying policy and are proud to support such a diverse student culture at our cosmetology school in OC – one of the most diverse places in the country!

Because we understand that often, people’s interpretations of other’s actions and intentions are highly subjective, no one wants to or should be the recipient of this kind of unacceptable behavior. Attempts to minimize a person’s reports of being bullied as “victimhood,” or self-indulgence are part of the problem – not the solution… and we intend to keep it that way. The study of cosmetology and beauty are all about feeling good about yourself, about feeling comfortable in the skin you’re in… and that means making others (our clients and fellow students) feel good about themselves too – this is the business we’re in! So we like to take part in active-expression, in embracing each other’s differences and standing up for each other as future cosmetologists!

There’s a lot of different factors that go into our beauty & makeup classrooms and our teaching experience at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, but we like to think of our philosophy and core values as some of the most important things we pass on to our students at this Orange County cosmetology school. Because we attract so many different cosmetology students from all over the nation, we often like to hear from our students at orientation and it was always a surprise when some of the most talented cosmetologists were at one point unsure of following their dreams due to being labeled as “different” or an outcast, or even being bullied or excluded by their peers.

At Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy, we instill a sense of understanding and tolerance and have a strict NO BULLYING policy in place. We find that while our mild-mannered and kind students often don’t need to be told, it’s always nice to know you’re going to be accepted. Please give us a call today to schedule your free tour of our campus and a no-obligation consultation of our Orange County Beauty Academy in Santa Ana, California by calling us toll-free at 888-463-7869.