“There is no secret to success in the cosmetology industry, but you need to set goals, find a brand and maintain it well, keep up with the latest trends and empower yourself with the latest skills in the industry” – Wilna T Jones
Biashara newspaper, this morning, visited Wilna, the Founder of “I am”, a Windhoek based professional cosmetology Training Academy, who shares her story about being a hairstylist, a salon owner and describes what a typical day looks like for her, and how she decided hairstyling was what she wanted to do.
Cosmetology is a great profession where you can make good money, but you have to have patience to build your clientele and acquire the tricks of the trade to be successful. It also requires sacrifice as people stereotypically get their hair done when they are free, mostly when they are not working, which means early mornings, evenings, and weekends are the norm. Becoming a cosmetologist was always a dream for me. I took the passion from my mom; I have observed how she use to cut my brother’s hair. I remember using a whirling iron long before I was a teenager, and how my friends lined themselves out my apartment door to have their hair styled for every dance, dates and school functions.
This career also provides me with the opportunity to care for people’s hair and skins. It also offered me a chance to interact with different individuals, who trusted me with their hair and skins. It has not been a very smooth journey though, I remember when I started, people did not know who I was and they couldn’t easily trust me. I kept on improving and improving until I started to get referrals. Eventually, I was actually sought after to style hair by complete strangers, artists, beauty pageant contenders and with the nudge of this longtime passion, I decided to become a cosmetology trainer in Namibia.
Today I am a member and sponsor for Namibia Beauty Pageants, Miss Namibia and Miss Namibia Teen on National & International. I have also done jobs for Gross Barmen Lodge, for their Wellness & Fitness Facility, Hope Village Project, Christmas Shoe Box, Marua Children’s Home Sponsor Project, Scania Road worthy Project with Hope Village, Motivational Assessment at Okakarara VTC and Coca cola projects.
The lockdown has provided me with opportunity to use my free time to create other income streams. As part of my other business ventures, I have recently started offering practical lessons in cosmetology for Level 1-3 students at I am as well as for some stuff at Gazza’s Musical 2020 Project.