Business People Fall 2018 - Page 7

EDUCATION COSMETOLOGY IS PART CHEMISTRY, PART ANATOMY S TO RY A N D PH O TO S BY WINONA WHITAKER OTTUMWA – Beauty school students do more than cut hair. Their final exam includes questions about chemistry, electricity and anatomy, said Leslie Owens, campus director for Iowa School of Beauty in Ottumwa. Bill Oswald originally opened Ottumwa Beauty Academy downtown, Owens said. His son, Mark, took over the business when Bill retired, and today Mark’s son Andrew is president of the business, Owens said. In the 1980s, the school was renamed Iowa School of Beauty and moved to 609 W. Second St. It now has locations in Marshalltown, Sioux City, Urbandale and Ankeny as well. Iowa School of Beauty in Ottumwa offers a cosmetology course which includes hair care and nail and skin care, and a nail technology course which covers manicures, pedicures and artificial nails. Course work at the school is contained in a stack of books several inches high, Owens said. The books cover a myriad of subjects including the chemistry of hair color, cos- metics and solutions used in the industry. Students must know how heat is created in blow dryer and curling irons, and they must understand all the parts of the human body that the curriculum requires them to come in contact with, Owens said. “So there’s a lot of terminology that peo- ple don’t realize that cosmetologists have to learn.” Student Madyson Randall sat at the recep- tion desk on a cool day in mid-October. Randall began taking classes in August 2017, she said, and was nearing graduation. Covering the reception desk is part of the classwork, Randall said. “It’s just training so