Thinking of a Career in Cosmetology?

Cosmetology is not easy, but it is rewarding, flexible and only the beginning of a path that can go anywhere.

To those that are thinking of a career in cosmetology, do your research, understand what the industry demands and know what your strengths are.

I recommend that you have a clear understanding that it really is about stepping up to your plate and making sure that you are prepared and qualified to enter both an exciting and rewarding career but, one that requires work and effort. As will all good intentions, there will be tears, both of frustration and happiness. Frustration when you have to practice the same task again, until you own it and joy when you nailed it and can move forward!

In the past 54 years I have seen graduates make enormous amounts of money. I have seen many, many more successes than failures. Sadly, I have also seen graduates leave the industry for other fields, when their people skills and endurance could not make the test of time. As with all good things, clients take time. Building a client base takes patience and knowing.

I have seen students enroll in class and find their passion! Their energy is positive and contagious every day of class. They never seem to tire and are pleasure to educate. I have also seen students fade away because they do not know how to be part of a team and find it difficult to be accountable for their apathetic approach to their very own education. It is my opinion that it is a choice only the student must make.

Cosmetology is not easy, but it is rewarding, flexible and only the beginning of a path that can go anywhere.

I am that example. I left college at 18, knowing it was not for me. I began an amazing education at the Don Roberts Beauty Schools in 1965, taught my first class at 19 and managed my first school at 21. I bought my first school from Mr. Roberts 10 years later, my second, two years after that. I am still in the classroom, enjoying every minute of it.

Cosmetology is not for the weak. Our graduates are sought after, even before they obtain their license. That in itself says it all. A DR diploma does not come without effort. Ask our graduates, they will tell you.

The beauty industry is filled with exciting opportunities for those with the high standard of excellence and proficiency. We provide both a rigorous classroom and practical training. The industry is ever changing and re-inventing itself. What was, is now new, in a different presentation.

The industry demands perfection, detail and desire. Your passion must be obvious to you, almost to the bridge of exhausting to you those around you.

The sky is the limit, but you must have the desire to put your hands in the air and hold them there long enough to receive a quality education, which is what we provide.

Grab your future, own your own business if you desire, become a make-up artist, cut and color hair, do art design with every pedicure, give the very best facial. Massage the tired body of client, educate those around you and travel while you work. I did and never looked back.

As you enter the Don Roberts School of Hair Design campus, there is a small saying on the left wall. “Put your big girl pants on and deal with it!“ This is what we must all do to move forward, be a success and thrive on what we can give the client.

I welcome your thoughts or questions. Contact us and start the conversation.

Jan Stemmer

Owner of Don Roberts School of Hair Design


  • I was excited to enroll in the crossover Barber Program. I was required to first have a valid cosmetology license as 900 hours from my cosmetology training rolled over to the Barber Program. The cosmetology education received at DR made the Barber program very easy. I now have both my Cosmetology and Barbers licenses. I professionally practice and teach within both curriculums.

    R. Ducret

    The entire staff is knowledgeable, encouraging, and refreshing. Each Instructor’s passion and commitment to their craft encouraged me to go farther. I am multi-licensed and now proud owner of Catina’s Tranquil Garden. This is an amazing industry!

    C. Radford
  • My journey started with the Manicuring program. My second year I graduated from the Instructors program, on a full scholarship. In my third year of study, I completed the Esthetics program. All my needs exceeded my expectations. As a current staff member, I work with a team of exceptional educators. I am now able to give back to my students what was given to me.

    V. Eenigenburg

    I was referred to Don Robert’s from a successful Don Robert’s graduate and am currently enrolled in the esthetics program. I thrive on the relaxation energy, essential oils, and massage. I enjoy helping all my clients relax and enjoy the moment. At graduation, I look forward to a new and very different career change.

    P. Smagacz
  • In life you get what you invest. At DR, my instructors didn’t meet me half way, they met me the whole way. I gave my education 100% of my everything; desire and effort. This school is for serious minded individuals who want to thrive in the beauty industry. I worked hard and earned the Choice Scholarship. My training allowed me to obtain my license; one week out of school I opened my own suite/Loft Salon and Suites-Jade on The Set. I am able to book my own hours around the needs of my family.

    C. Lucas

    My educational journey at Don Roberts began in cosmetology and continued in the instructor’s program. Since I had the cosmetology curriculum fresh in my brain, I was then able to crossover 900 hours from the cosmetology program and into the barber’s crossover program and then only had to complete 600 hours for the barbering program. At a more accelerated rate, I was then able to pass my state test for barbering. The crossover program was such a great way to fast-track my learning path.

    J. DeWindt