BARTLETT, TN (WMC) - Tennessee's first natural hair care school is set to open its doors in Bartlett next month.
Owner Tamika Turner is getting ready for the June 2 opening of the Institute of Beauty.
"The best can be challenged, but there's only one first," Turner said.
"The beauty industry is trending in the direction of natural hair and it's taken on a life of its own," State Representative Antonio Parkinson said.
Parkinson created a bill that passed in 2013 that approved standalone natural hair care schools.
"There was a two and a half year rule-making period to lay out the rules," Parkinson said.
Turner said this is more than a school. Opening the door brings opportunity to natural hair stylists who otherwise would have to go to a full cosmetology school.
"Working adults or parents--they just can't commit to the full 1,500 hours," Turner said.
She said to earn a license specifically for natural hair care at her school is only 300 hours with an apprenticeship. The best part? It's only a fraction of the cost of a full cosmetology school.
"We're going to have them to come in for $1,000."
Parkinson expressed excitement about how the school will kick start the business.
"This is going to crest business owners," he said.
Both are hoping the first stop opens doors for more natural hair care jobs and businesses in the Mid-South and particularly in Tennessee.