Entire first class at natural hair care school passes state exam - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Entire first class at natural hair care school passes state exam

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The trend to natural hair care is not just helping women look beautiful in a healthier way, it is also empowering women while putting them to work in Memphis.

Tennessee's first natural hair care school is at the Institute of Beauty in Memphis. Students at the school are heading to their apprenticeships after 100 percent of the first class passed a state board exam. 

Passing the theory exam puts the students one step closer to receiving their license. That's one step closer to achieving their dreams.

It's not just a huge step for the students. The accomplishment is a big step for the Institute of Beauty.

"Our students are in the salons now earning the second portion of their natural hair care license," Tamika Turner, Institute of Beauty owner, said. 

It's all part of a natural hair care law that was passed in 2013 that encourages economic growth in the community while placing an emphasis on natural hair care. Now, it's paying off. 

Turner said all the students that took the theory exam passed. The exam scores provides students like Tiffani Stewart with a lot of confidence.

"It makes me feel very confident in the teachers and what they taught us and the knowledge that I've gained so far," Stewart said.

Stewart said the knowledge and education she has received at the school will help her fill in the gaps in the local demand for natural hair expertise.

"I actually went to cosmetology because I wanted to do locks and natural hair, but they didn't have a natural hair program in place," Stewart said.

As a result, Stewart made her way to the Institute of Beauty.

After students finish their apprenticeships in local salons, the only thing standing between them and their license is the practical exam.

For those interesting in making a career in natural hair and looking for a way to start, Turner has one message. 

"Most definitely come out and see us and we can get you enrolled in school," Turner said.

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