Thanks to BJs Beauty and Barber College, I learned industry fundamentals, how to grow, and be passionate about the beauty industry. The connections and support system I received by attending this school, could not be matched when I made my decision to further my career, and excel as an educator for a global manufacturer, and becoming a salon owner.
Matrix Educator/Salon Owner
I enrolled in the Esthetician Program at BJ’s Beauty School and graduated in 2013. I wanted a career in Individual Lash Extensions and own my own salon. BJ’s Beauty School helped me to efficiently prepare for state boards and successfully pass. Esthetician school is the beginning of your career path. Continuing education is extremely as important. From there I went on to take certification courses in lash extensions, volume lash extensions and mega volume lash extensions with Irina Levchuk, and Jill with Lash FX. I am the Owner of Epic Lashes and Brows . In 2014 I received my Permanent Makeup Tattoo Licensing and training again with Irina Levchuk at Lash and Brow Academy, Deluxe Brows, and Phi Brows in Microblading, Combination Brows, Shading and Ombré. BJ’s Beauty School is your starting point to achieve your career path in an amazing industry. What ever your passion is in, Skin care, Waxing , Facials, Medical Esthetics, Makeup, Lash Extensions it all begins here.
Epic Lashes and Brows, Permanent Makeup and Lash Extensions
Mrs BJ, I’m writing you because I thought you might want to know what I’ve been up to… First off I attended your school back in 02 or 03. Anyway my name is Aaron Anderson I finished barber college and 3 days later I moved to San Diego I’ve been here ever since!!! I opened up GoodFellas Barber Shop shave parlor in 08 and my 1st year anniversary for my second shop was 2 weeks ago and it’s been an amazing ride. Just wanted to thank you for doing what you done for the industry. I’m also in the making of my 3rd barbershop!! I’m teaming up with a barber from New Jersey and another barber from San Diego. Its gonna be upscale barber services! Hair cuts starting at $35 – $40… We’re going for it!!! Well I hope this gets back to you somehow. Hope all is well. Thanks again. Ps maybe I’ll stop by the school sometime when I fly home.
People really never know all the inner workings of a person’s life. We may never hear about the impact our choices make. Fortunately, for me, I have had the opportunity to be both mentored and befriended by this remarkable women, Bj .
Bj was a part of the final leg of my journey to become a licensed cosmetologist.
I started at Crown Beauty College in downtown Tacoma on a scholarship at 18 years old and in a fresh new marriage. I transfered to Clover Park technicol College for more academic structure and then left to have our baby. When it came time to go back and finish, I didn’t want to. My mom who understood me like no other bribed me to go back to school. She used jewelry and words of wisdom. She told me that my diploma and license would be my key to freedom. She said, even if you never use your license, you will have a choice. It is the key that will unlock your future. Clover Park did not have opening to let me come back and frankly, though they were strong on the academics they were weak on hands on training.
My next stop was at Mr. Rodgers Beauty College. Bj was the manager. By then I was 20. She was only 8 years older than me but it may as well have been 2 decades because she was a power to be reconded with. I was habitually arriving to school minutes before the day began, smelling of smoke and looking like the wreck of the Hespus. And though I was gifted as a hairdresser and that got me through many an opportunity, it was not going to get me through this fierce woman. Bj challenged me. She said- you have every excuse in the book for being late and looking a wreck. But so do i. I have a baby too and I manage to get to work on time, dressed for the beauty business with my make up on and prepared for the day.
It’s time you do too. You have a choice. You can decide to straighten up, look the part or get out.
That brave young woman, changed my life by simply being herself and doing her job.
And now this brave 68 year old woman business owner, wife and mother continues to inspire me as she battles pancreatic cancer. She has beat the odds and lived beyond the 3-6 months her doctors gave her. She is now on her 3rd year. With her daughter April Simpson’s research and recommendations for a new cancer drug, Bj continues to touch lives and make a difference in this world.
I owe so much of my career to Bj. I love you Bj. Thank you for helping to make me the woman I am today.
Let me start by saying BJ’s Beauty & Barber College changed my life forever! After riding 3000 miles across the country on my bicycle to clear my head, I found myself enrolling in beauty school after seven years prior as a machinist. April Simpson was hard on me about things that I thought were unimportant at the time, but now in my career I can see every little detail that I learned has brought me to where I am today. Little things like sweeping the floor around my clients feet before I let them get out of the chair 🙂 Ms. BJ was the big boss and made me nervous every time she walked through the salon, but those nerves kept me in line and helped carve me into the stylist I’ve become. Going through the motions is one thing, but finding passion in what I do has played the most important roll in becoming a successful hairstylist and salon owner. I love working with my hands and being around people all day long. Honestly when you do what you love you won’t only be great at it, but successful as well! When I graduated from BJ’s I moved to Colorado and my first job was at Smart Style in Walmart. It wasn’t long before I realized I needed to move on, be my own boss, and let my ideas and creativity shine. I rented a chair in a great salon for over a year before I was fortunate enough to build my own salon out of my home. Now my commute is amazing, my clients are my best friends, my wife gets to stay home with the kids, and my books are always FULL! Thanks again to all my wonderful teachers at BJ’s Beauty & Barber College who helped shape me into who I’m today!
Bens Hair Studio
One of the best decisions I ever made was to enroll in the esthetics program at BJ’s Beauty and Barber College. I started in late 2013, graduated in April of 2014, and opened my own business a month later. I started out leasing a room in a salon, within nine months my business had outgrown that space. Moved my esthetics business to a two room suite with waiting area and ample storage space, but soon outgrew that space too. Leased a second suite in the same building, and business boomed again, so opened up a second location in another city. A beautiful, spacious 8 room spa in a prime location. I have my eye on opening a third spa within the next three years. I credit BJ’s and my esthetic instructor for much of my success. I received a great education with amazing support. BJ’s helped me grow so much personally and professionally.
From the moment I began Bj’s Beauty College I felt welcomed and wanted from each instructor and student. The amounts of hands on training and information taught by the instructors is amazing! I have never learned so much in a couple of months. Because of the smaller class sizes, I learned 100% of what was being taught because the instructors focused on each student. Bj’s Beauty College is extremely blessed with a huge clientele and that gave me the opportunity to build my clientele IN SCHOOL! I took my cosmetology schooling very seriously and that resulted in me beginning an amazing paying career after finishing school. After receiving my license, I began my own business leasing a chair at Madison’s Salon. I work 6-7 days a week, 10-12 our days. I learned this work ethic from Bj’s because of the long school days that resembled working in a salon. I can’t thank Bj’s enough for preparing me mentally, and physically to become the best stylist possible.
HEY APRIL, I REMEMBER YOU MOM TELLING US IN CLASS DAT 50% of yall wont finish school, and 50% of those that do, get burned out and quit. those were words that burned in my brain when i first decided to become aPROFESSIONAL BARBER STYLIST. and through all tha fun ,DRAMA,EVEN THE POLICE COULDNT STOP MY DESTINY , I THANK YOUR MOM BJ SIMPSON FOR GIVIVNG ME THAT CHANCE AND HELPING ME WITH THE FOUNDATION TO BECOME WHO I AM TODAY…..THANK YOU GUYS FOR HELPING REALIZE WAY BACK THEN….THAT THEREZ NO COLOR ON HAIR & BEAUTY …..THANK U SO MUCH, MUAH DA SHOWSTOPPER
Muah Da Showstopper
Here are some of the top producing salons and shops our students own or are working in.
• FoxFire, Karen, Owner, Topie, Stylist
• Third Dimensions in Bonney Lake
• Studio Salon in Bonney Lake
• Family Ties, Ms Candace Wesley, Owner – Tacoma
• Unfadables, Jo Neil, Owner – Federal Way
• Adam’s Flair for Hair, Adam Garibaldi, Owner/Educator
• JC Pennys Tacoma Mall and South Hill Mall
• J Kenlows Tacoma Mall, Sea-Tac Mall, South Center
• Melissa Pritchard Owner-Che’mel Salon
• Stephanie Goff OwnerIdentity Salon
• Marnie Owner-Stylebar Salon
• Alyx, Elaina, Shannon Stylist- Bangs
• Ashley Stylist- Salon Ish
• Kia Hanson Owner-Lush Lashes
• Ashley Bensing Owner-Beauty Bar
• Dianna Demmel Owner-Essential Esthetics
• Nikki Misley Owner-Epic Lashes & Brows
• Courtney, Alyssa, Ashly, Stylist-Tuscan Salon
• Samantha Asmussen Stylist-Madison’s Salon
• Great Clips