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Phillip Gaines – Moore Norman Technology Center

This dad’s new career path is shear genius.

THEN: Daughters can be expensive, and Phillip Gaines has four of them. The pharmaceutical rep said his girls liked to have their hair styled a certain way, and the cost of taking care of that hair was astronomical. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, Phillip made a 180-degree career shift and enrolled in the cosmetology program at Moore Norman Technology Center. His plan was to save money, but also to bond with his daughters.

“I wanted to be an above-average dad,” he said, adding that helping his daughters with their hair would give him more daddy-daughter time.

“And,” said Phillip, “along with their bonding time, I could actually enhance their looks.”

Before he could get the seal of approval from the girls, he needed to improve his skills. At MNTC, he learned more about his daughters’ hair, but he also learned about:

  • A wide array of products to use on different hair types.
  • Nail care, including how to give manicures and pedicures.
  • The basics of hair color treatments and haircuts.

NOW: Phillip has completed numerous internships and has gone to trade shows and expos to learn more about the industry. He has a salon he uses to practice techniques on his daughters and their friends. He plans to take the state board exam, and this summer he hopes to be a licensed cosmetologist.

“I like the pampering side of it, more than anything. I love to be able to give people the euphoria and satisfaction they come to a salon for.”

Phillip Gaines
Cosmetology student

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