After attending Hassler Barber College in Nashville to be a barber, Mister Wayne came back and decided he wanted to open a school of his own. When he and his wife Melissa got married, they did just that. In 1979, Mister Wayne’s Barber and Beauty School was born.
The current Master Barber Stylist program includes 1500 hours of hair care, skin care, and nail care – much of which is hands-on, real-world experience. The students are referred to as “future professionals” and after a short training period, begin offering professional salon services at affordable prices to clients.
“The community comes and supports us and it lets our students learn. They get good service, not a ‘school grade’ service. We have prominent clients that come to see us for the high quality,” says Brittany Elmore, “our first haircut client still comes to get his haircut here.”
Brittany is the youngest daughter of Mister Wayne and Melissa and will be the one to carry on the family business.
She was kind enough to take a few minutes out of her busy day for us to ask her some questions:
What are your values as a business?
We have a strong Christian faith and we believe in being honest and working hard. The motto on our student’s t-shirts is – Look the Part, Act the Part, Be the Part, and Perform. We want students to be prepared for the real world and be able to work at a nice, upscale salon when they graduate.
We’re also a small, family-run business. We don’t want that “big corporation” feel. Keeping it personal and including students and clients as part of the family is important to us.
Why do you do what you do?
Mom and dad built such a great legacy and it’s great to help people with their confidence by doing their hair and making them look great. It’s also a great thing to be able to change student lives by giving them the skills they need to get a good career.
It’s the biggest ministry in the world to be able to help your students and your clients. I don’t know how many hundreds of lives my mom and dad have touched and it’s just awesome to be able to carry that on.
What’s your favorite part of owning and managing this business?
Helping people and giving someone a career and knowing they can take care of their family.
Do you get your hair done here?
Well, yes! If I didn’t get services done here, how could I expect other people to?
What are some of your graduates doing?
Well, there is Amanda Richards over at Mint Salon, as well as Tracy Cunningham at Loxx. Veterans Barber Shop and The Hair Lounge are both run by our graduates, as is The Gentleman’s Barber and Vicker’s Barber Shop. Callie at Jane Rose was another one, and Changez Salon is run by a former student. There’s Mark Massa who manages The Style Kitchen in downtown Nashville, as well as another graduate that styles for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on tour.
What’s changed since 1979?
Hmm. Well, we’ve renovated the space. It’s a lot bigger. Mom and dad started with five students and no financial aid and now we have over forty students and a financial aid program. My dad passed away a couple of years ago. We really miss him and we are so blessed to carry on his legacy knowing he is smiling down on us!
Any promotions or other information you want to share?
We have an affordable prom package – get an updo, gel mani & pedi, eyebrow wax, and makeup for just $65. Also, we’re taking new students – so call and ask about signing up. If you attend full-time you’ll be done in 11 months.
Thanks so much for sitting down and sharing your story with us, Brittany! We love to see small, local family business going strong through the generations.
Mister Wayne’s Barber and Beauty School is located at 170 S Willow Ave in Cookeville (next to Panda Garden).
You can call them at 931-526-1478 or visit their website for more details.
As a reader today, there are TWO chances to win!
Prize #1 – One prom package – updo, gel mani & pedi, eyebrow wax, and makeup
Prize #2 – $50 off enrollment fees at Mister Wayne’s to get you launched in your new career
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