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Cosmetology Student Follows Her Dreams

Riian Aldridge

Riian Aldridge is excited about her future as she completes the Warren County Career Center Adult Cosmetology program and earns her Ohio Board of Cosmetology license. The Trotwood resident has been making wigs since 2012, and also braids hair. After earning her license, she plans to work in an upscale salon to perfect her skills in hair color, and build her online beauty product sales to include wigs.

“I wear a lot of wigs,” she said, “and I make them all. Other women compliment me and ask about them. I like making wigs because I can show creativity and use color that I might not want to try on my own hair. I learned a lot about hair color and how to apply it correctly in the Career Center program. I never knew it was so complex in its application, but it all depends on hair structure and the underlying colors in the hair.”

She said she found the WCCC Adult Cosmetology program “inspiring and beneficial,” and said she had met so many people with different backgrounds because the program is so diverse. It took her about 14 months to complete, and she said she told her son Ryan that by the time he was 16, he is 14 now, “we will have a completely different lifestyle. My children are my greatest inspiration to succeed, and I want them to see that I will follow my dreams. I want to go straight to the top.”

Along with son Ryan, she has two daughters, Rylee, 9, and Rilynn, 6. She already has a beauty product website that sells silk-based eyelashes and Edge Control for flyaway hair. She will add wigs as she develops her skills. The website can be found at: styleseat.com/beautebyRiian. 

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