The influx of people into the region has meant that many new types of businesses are needed, including in the service industry – and those folks require industry training as much as new CDL drivers. Among demand has been for cosmetologists, barbers, and related personal services such as spray tanning and henna tattoos. Until January, the nearest training facility was Billings. Now there is a facility in Miles City that opened in January. Their their first student graduated this summer and is already employed. The Montana Beauty College uses a building block business model. Until three years ago owner Molly Anderson was home raising her children and cutting hair part time. First she opened Montana Beauty Supply in Miles City and using those profits was able to start the Montana Beauty College.
Anderson has the cosmology business in her blood with relatives in Glendive and Terry who have been successful in the industry for years. Ready to go back to work full time a number of years ago, Anderson got into the supply side of the industry because she found such a delight in finding cutting edge products for her own customers that she wanted to make them available to to others in eastern Montana. Three years ago she opened Montana Beauty Supply in Miles City. When asked why, her eyes still light up with enthusiasm as she talks about looking for products that were difficult for her to locate in the area, finding them, and bringing them home for her customers so they could current whether in Glendive, Billings, or LA. From the beginning she wanted to offer the opportunity for people to train locally, and the success of Montana Beauty Supply allowed her to open the Montana Beauty College in January. It is a small school, currenty there are just seven students, and a new term is starting this fall. The student who graduated, like several of the students, transferred from Billings to the Montana Beauty College so they could be close to home. Per state law, a cosmology student needs 300 classroom hours and 1700 practicum hours. Anderson said that in during classroom time, the students meet the state requirements which in some cases are for out-dated and seldom-requested techniques and also teach skills that are in current demand such as proper application of spray tans and other spa procedures including modern nail looks. Students perform tasks on the public who are able access premium services at a reduced price. The students are closely supervised while they are training with the public.
Find out more about the Montana Beauty College or schedule an appointment with a student at 406-234-6277 or check them out on the web at www.montanabeautycollege.com .