What’s it like to be a student at Lytle’s Beauty College?

Starting a new school can be scary, starting a new career even scarier. Here’s what our latest Cosmetology classes had to say about their first few weeks here at Lytle’s Beauty College.


“Coming in, I had no idea what to expect. Not being from Santa Rosa and not knowing anyone that was going to be in my class made me extremely nervous. I arrived 45 minutes early (very glad I did) and got to calm myself down before I came in. When I did come in to class Fari greeted me and made me feel very comfortable. When we all got clocked in and ready to go it was silent and all I could think was; it’s always going to be like this and I’m going to make no friends”. I was very wrong! Once we started looking through our books and the day went on it all got much more comfortable. I honestly feel that if we didn’t have Fari it would be very hard to feel as comfortable as we do. She is the most accepting teacher I have ever had, I love her!”

– Hailey D.

” I was a little overwhelmed at first but after the first weeks I was very happy. Our Sophomores were so inviting and were also helpful. My first test I didn’t use the tools I was told to use and didn’t do so well but after I started using the online learning and other tools we were given I did much better. I loved the color chapter and even though wrapping a perm isn’t something I would like to do everyday, I still enjoyed that chapter as well. Fari is so helpful and kind. She makes me want to be interested in what I am learning. Sonny was helpful during finals by making it easy to explain the steps for each application. I am very happy here and that I can for the first time say, I love what I am learning about! Fari is a wonderful teacher and makes you feel like no questions is a dumb question.”

– Madison G.

” My first day was very exciting but a bit nerve wracking at first. Once class started I was more calm because the staff is really welcoming and comforting. The Sophomores in the class were also really nice and helpful. After all the typical first day of school stuff it was really cool diving right into theory and manicuring. I think it’s really great that there’s a lot of hands on learning and it made me really excited and anxious (in a good way) to go through schooling here at Lytle’s Beauty College. “

– Cynthia C.

” My first 6 weeks was awesome! My Sophomores were super welcoming as well as helpful with any questions I had. I was never afraid to ask the teacher of fellow students any questions.

  I was afraid mostly for the tests but Fari goes over the material so much during the week that it is pretty munch ingrained your mind by the time the test comes along.

  The best part is learning in an environment where everyone wants to grow ass well as see everyone else grow. Everyone always has a positive attitude.”

– Kayla S.


Think About it Thursday

Want to see what it might be like to be a student at Lytle’s Redwood Empire Beauty College, Inc.? Is it exciting and fun? Scary sometimes? (Hint: The answer is Yes to all!) But read on to look inside a day in the life of our students and why they wouldn’t trade a minute of it.

This Thursday see what the first day of class is like. Next Thursday we’ll take a look at what it feel like after the first 6 weeks.

The first day of a new career…

“My first day was exciting. Everyone was friendly and extremely welcoming. The sophomores greeted us with breakfast. There was juice, fruit, bagels, muffins, etc. It was a great way to start the day. We started learning about skin right away. Everyone gave us advice about how to keep up in the class. At lunch some of the girls went to Starbucks, it was a good bonding experience.” – Cosmetology student about day 1

” The Sophomores were very welcoming and so helpful, which made the first day so much more enjoyable. Theory was a little overwhelming, but once we started putting our stuff in our lockers and doing practical work it was really fun. I have always wanted to “do hair” and this school makes me love it even more! These classes actually make me WANT to do homework. I’m so glad I came to Lytle’s.” – Danielle D.

” My first day at Lytle’s Redwood Empire Beauty College, Inc. was exciting and fun! All the girls were really nice and welcoming. We learned all about skin and facials. The facial was really relaxing and I loved learning how to do it. Learning about the different types of skin as well as knowing why certain peoples skin is darker or lighter than others is so cool and interesting. The college so far, is so much fun and I can’t believe I get to go to such a wonderful school. I’m having way too much fun for being in school! I can’t wait to learn more and to start my career cause this is something I’ve wanted to do since I was little.” – Rebekah M.

” My first day at school was full of excitement and nerves. Everyone I met had a welcoming smile and was very comforting. We learned about a couple of topics right off the bat. Both teachers are so great, I love how welcome they make everyone feel. I can’t wait to learn more! – Hannah O.

” The first day was everything I expected it to be. It was stimulating, exciting, and a wonderful start to a new career. Everyone from my fellow classmates to the educators are so positive and happy to be here. It’s been a while since I’ve been in school and I was a little worried about how I’d “do”. I have to say I was a little overwhelmed at first but every thing seems to be clicking just fine. That’s a relief! I am absolutely thrilled to be here. It was a struggle to decide to completely change my life; move, quit my career, and move away from my family. After my first week I can say that I’m so glad I had the courage to come here and be part of this institution. Thank you for accepting me into your family.” – Lani M.

” My first day was great! We began with the study of skin! The sophomore girls are very nice and helpful! Fari is a great teacher! The girls in my class are very nice and I’ve already made great connections with some of the girls! I’m looking forward to my remaining 1600 hours. Every morning I wake up excited to come to school, which is a feeling I’ve never had! I love Lytle’s Beauty College!” – Mika B

” My first day was so exciting and nerve racking. I didn’t think I would be learning so much in the first few days, but I feel like I already know so much. I’m a little overwhelmed with the workload but I know I’ll get used to it really quick. I really like all of the girls in my class and feel like I’ve already made some really good friends. I’m excited to see what the rest of this year has in store.” – Taylor M.

” I have had a great experience since the minute I got here. Fari is a great teacher and helps with anything she can. Everyone has been nice and has helped me in any way. I feel welcome and comfortable here. I can’t wait to experience the rest of my time here at Lytle’s!” – Shannon H.

Think About it Thursday

Want to see what it might be like to be in Beauty College? Is it exciting and fun? Scary sometimes? (Hint: The answer is Yes to all!) But read on to look inside a day in the life of our students and why they wouldn’t trade a minute of it.

This Thursday see what the first day of class is like. Next Thursday we’ll take a look at what it feel like after the first 6 weeks.

The first day of a new career…

“This is something I’ve been looking forward to since I was just a little girl! I was full of both nerves and excitement, knowing that the day had finally begun for me to start my new career! Everyone was so nice and welcoming, especially the students that had been here a little longer than me! Right when Kathy started telling us about herself and the expectations, so to speak, of Lytle’s Beauty College, you could tell that this wasn’t just a normal beauty school. People here act as one big family; encouraging, complimenting, and generally caring for one another. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to be here and I look forward to everyday on this ongoing journey through and beyond/after I leave Lytle’s Beauty College!” -Maranee C.

​”On my first day of my new life we were in the area of nails. I love getting my nails done so I was super excited about that. The diseases, conditions, and disorders of the nails were very interesting. The pictures really helped to show me what it truly looked like. I love everyone in my class and they were all very welcoming and helpful around the classroom. At first, I was very nervous coming into a school where I didn’t know a single person, but I’ve already met some amazing girls and I feel like we’ve known each other forever. We eat lunch together, we’re partners for everything, we joke around, and we study together. Doing all of this has made my first week fo school amazing and I’m so happy I started here. I love it!” -Jazymne Taylor

​”I was very nervous my first day, I didn’t know what to expect. I got to class early and found that most people were already there. The teachers introduced themselves and seemed very nice, which made me relax some. After the introductions we pretty much jumped right into the lesson. It was a little overwhelming at first but the teachers and students who had already been here for 6 weeks were very helpful. The day flew by, before I knew it the day was over and I had finished my first day as a Cosmetology Student. Even with how fast paced and overwhelming the first day seemed, it was a lot of fun.” -Jessica Rankin

“​My first day at Lytle’s Beauty College was really exciting for me. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. All of the staff and teachers are very helpful. Even though all the information was new and somewhat overwhelming at first, class was fin and interesting. The seven hour class day went by really fast, I expected it to feel much longer. I can’t wait to see how the year at Lytle’s goes, I think it will be great.” -Cosmetology Student about Day 1

“My first day here went really well and was way better than I expected. Coming into this I thought it was going to be very long and boring days just learning out of a book. The teachers are so great and have the perfect way of teaching. They don’t overload us with too much information at once and I love how we start the day off learning new things and then practicing the new things. It’s the perfect balance for me and I look forward to coming to school knowing each day I am getting closer to achieving my goals. The teachers make it easy to open up and if we don’t understand how to do something they are more than happy to re-explain and help. They never think a question is stupid, so I’m not afraid to ask questions when I don’t fully understand something. I’m so grateful to be here and can’t wait to continue my time here and learn as much as I can.” -Charleen Vierra

“My very first few days have been exciting to say the least. I have learned so much in only a few days. I hope to learn even more in the next few weeks. As for the classroom atmosphere, everyone is so welcoming, Fari and Austin are such wonderful teachers. I am excited to learn from them and I already like their teaching methods. I’m excited to see what is next to learn.” -Alexis Garth

“I couldn’t have asked for a better first day here at Lytle’s Beauty College! Having not been in school for a few months, I was nervous but quickly that changed. Right away I made some friendships that I can tell will last throughout our time here and even after that. The people who sit around me are very helpful and always ready to answer and questions I have. Right after we all introduced ourselves to Fari and then she went back and said all of our names which impressed me that she had them down so fast. I also noticed how Kathy was with all of us when she came into the classroom. I loved seeing that she is not only a business owner, but actually goes in depth with the students of her school.” -Samantha Noel

Think About it Thursday

Have you ever thought about whats it’s like to go to Lytle’s Redwood Empire Beauty College, ? Wondered if you’d even like it? Well here’s your chance so peek inside and she what’s happening here at Lytle’s Beauty College. Today’s post is from Zone 1 students with just 6 weeks of training. How was the first six weeks of school? Read on to find out.

“This has been and continues to be the best experience of my life. I love coming to school and I like the teaching format so far. It is clean, concise, and easy to comprehend. This college is so lucky to have an educator like Fari! She is a wonderful teacher. If I had Fari as my teacher in elementary, junior and high school; I’m sure my grades then would have been much better! So, hats off to you for a great education and my future career!” – Katrina P.

” I really enjoyed my first six weeks at Lytle’s Beauty College. Everyone is so helpful, especially the educators. They are all so hands on and I feel like they all genuinely want us to succeed. We started in the skin section which was a little overwhelming, but afterwards when we moved on to color, I loved it! Color felt like it came very natural to me. I really enjoyed seeing the hair color change and being able to see each step of it. I really look forward to moving to the floor and being able to apply all these concepts to actual clients.” – Krista H.

“My first 6 weeks have been amazing! I love everything. Fari is the best teacher, you can really see how much she cares about her students and making sure they succeed. Austin is also great! I love having him in the classroom, he is a great instructor and he also really cares for his students. All of the information I learned my first 6 weeks really made me excited to be here and continue my education throughout this program (and of course after I graduate too). All of the staff here is wonderful! I already think that this is an amazing school and I can’t wait to see how much I learn and grow!” – Nicole S.

“I have appreciated the motivation is the staff to create empowered career oriented individuals as opposed to cookie cutter replicas off of a factory line. We are encouraged and emboldened to find who we are while maintaining a high level of respect and achievement.

I have never been an A student. I have never felt it important to receive high marks. At Lytle’s Beauty College, I enjoy what I’m learning and the manner in which we learn, lecture ​AND​ hands on. I am most proud to say I ended my initial 6 weeks with a 98% overall grade. I could not be happier knowing I worked hard every moment of every day in class and having it pay off. It wasn’t my easiest accomplishment by any means, but it is one of my most valued” – ​Fiance W.

“The first six weeks were full of change for me. For the first time in my life I received 100% on a test and worked hard to get it. All of the self limiting beliefs I had about myself academically and some of my value systems which were negative, I was able to challenge and have proved myself to be a smart, driven, and talented young woman. I did have my moments where I did not see myself ever understanding something but with the help of Austin and Fari, I ended the chapters with confidence. My biggest challenge had been trying to find a way to incorporate my style and technique into what I do. Slowly I am about who I really am everyday at Lytle’s Beauty College.” – Hilary F.

” I’ve had such and awesome experience the first 6 weeks. I learned so much that I’ve already applied to my life. I’m so excited and eager to move forward in my life as a successful hair designer and salon owner and use all that I’ve learned here at Lytle’s Beauty College. I’m so thrilled to be completing my last 6 weeks here in Zone 1 (basic training) and finally go down tot he floor and work on real clients. This school is truly a family.” – Chelsea F.

Think About It Thursday: A Day in the Life

Want to see what it might be like to go to Lytle’s Redwood Empire Beauty College, Inc.? Is it exciting and fun? Scary sometimes? (Hint: The answer is Yes!) But read on to look inside a day in the life and why our students wouldn’t trade a minute of it in A Day in the Life Blog posts…


Hi! My name is Lo and I’m a current student at Lytle’s Beauty College. I graduate in a few months and can’t wait to be working out in the industry! Now, I don’t really want to be working full time behind a chair at a salon. Instead, I really want to do competition work and editorial hair and makeup styling. I’m obsessed with avant garde styling and the artistic side of doing hair. I dream of pastel colored, high texturized hair paired with dark lips and brightly painted eyes. Not necessarily what your everyday client is looking for, but I’ll find the ones who are! I also really want to open a mobile salon and boutique, but that’s farther down the line when I want to settle down a bit. So naturally, when I heard about the Junior Style Stars Competition, I knew I had to enter. I’d done a few competitions at school and thought it’d be a fun experience and the next step in getting my name out there.

For those of you not in the know, The Junior Style Stars National Hair Competition is an exciting and challenging way for students all around the country to showcase their talents as young hairdressers. By submitting either a Bridal or Men’s Styling themed mannequin, each Cosmetologist in training gets a chance to win amazing prizes and gain memories from an experience of a lifetime. Sounds amazing, right? Sure, there was a cost to enter and it meant adding even more to my busy schedule, but I knew it’d be worth it in the end. So I took the plunge and signed up for the bridal styling part of the competition. As a contestant of Junior Style Stars, I received a box full of goodies required for my participation: 2 mannequin heads, directions for getting my completed mannequin photographed at JC Penny’s, a little card with my contestant identification number and a free can of hairspray. As an added bonus for being one of the first 100 to enter, I got a rad Babyliss Flat Iron!

Entering the competition meant I had to complete a full bridal look on a mannequin including ornamentation, hair color, and of course an up do fit for a real bride on her wedding day. On top of that, the mannequin could only be worked on during school hours. Once I got my practice mannequin in the mail I got down to business and began plotting my plan of attack. My style of hair design is extremely avant garde and not so subtle, but I knew I wanted to take a more classic approach and touch on the glamorous and wearable part of hairstyling. I deliberated on what I wanted to achieve and I chose to showcase a soft, almost Victorian look. I imagined cream and silky pastel violet flowers with hair that seemed to organically undulate and wrap around in an asymmetrical updo with color peaking out of the swirls. To complete the look, I fashioned a handmade fascinator and bodice out of tulle, satin, lace, and purple and white flowers. I spent as much time as I could practicing technique and drawing up designs for the hair color and updo. Time certainly flew and then it I had to actually execute the final look. Overall, I feel like the final results were what I wanted. Of course, I wish that the color could have worked out as I had originally planned, but it still ended up flowing nicely with the whole concept. We’re always our own worst critics, so there’s definitely things I would have done differently. At the end of the day, it was such a blast and I accomplished everything I wanted.

Getting the mannequin head photographed was, by far, the most amusing part. Let me tell you, walking through the mall with a doll head was super akward. I guess not everyone likes carrying heads around with them? So after submititng myself to severe rubbernecking outside JC Penny’s, I was relieved to finally get my bride’s picture’s taken. It also kind of finalized the whole journey for me. I was finally done with my end of the competition and therefore was waaay less stressed. Then, of course, I got antsy all over again just thinking about the rounds of judging that were about to ensue. About a week after getting my bride photographed, I got an email saying that they couldn’t find my pictures! I was a nervous wreck for a hot minute, but they found them and all was well.

Finally all of the entries were posted on the Junior Style Stars website and now judging is going on as I write this! So far I’ve made it through to the 4th round of judging, and am hoping to make it into the top 10 finalists. I already feel proud of how far I’ve made it and the challenge I gave myself. I really like that I grew as a hair dresser through out this competition and am so happy I took the plunge and entered. I also realized how much I enjoy doing competition work and have already started working on entries for other competitions. Here’s hoping I make it through the next few rounds of judging! You should check out all the beautiful brides by clicking here.


As proud of her as we are and were here at Lytle’s Beauty College, Lo did not make it to the end of the competition. She didn’t let that stop her, as she kept entering any competition that came up here in school and otherwise. She was chosen again as a finalist in the avant garde category of the Bay Area Student Hairdresser Awards student competition which took place in June. June was a busy month for Lo as she graduated, took and passed her state board licensing exam and then the next day competed in the final round of the competition.

Lo we are so proud of you and support you in all your endeavors to make your dreams come true.