The Ogle School Denton campus offers day and evening courses and qualifications in cosmetology in this fun-loving, unconventional Texas city.
As well as class training, students receive invaluable practical experience in our on-campus, student-powered salons, supervised by our licensed, experienced instructors.
Since 1973, Ogle School has prepared committed students for rewarding careers in the beauty industry through salon-modeled, student-centered training and development of the highest caliber.
Denton is a town full of character, from the Art Deco architecture to its eclectic mix of antique shops, coffee houses and trendy bars. With 121,000 residents, it’s got a friendly small town vibe by Texas standards, but with three universities and an internationally renowned music scene, Denton is an alternative paradise, as well as a laid back place to live.
There are a variety of jobs in the local beauty industry, with hundreds currently advertised on job search sites. The city boasts a range of salons, hairdressers and nail bars.
As with the rest of Texas, the beauty industry has a long history in Denton. The town has many salons, including Soho Salon, one of the oldest in town, which has been making customers feel fabulous for over 20 years.
International beauty products chain Sally Beauty moved to Denton in 1982, at which point it had 119 nationwide stores in the chain. (The company is now the biggest beauty products distributor in the world.) Their worldwide support centre opened in Denton in 2003, and the company offers annual scholarships for high school graduates wanting to enter the cosmetology profession.
Denton is a fast-growing town, one of the top 25 fastest growing cities in the USA, and 7th in Texas. It came 58th in Money magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Live in America’ in 2006.
With its major student population and rapid growth, Denton is a young city – the median age is 33, so the market for beauty treatments and products is healthy.
Employment in the personal care sector in Texas is above the national average, with over 45,000 jobs for hairdressers, stylists and cosmetologists alone.
Denton is the international Headquarters of Sally Beauty, the world’s largest retailer of beauty supplies to salons and retail customers, known for its sales representatives who are beauty product experts. Sally Beauty is one of the largest employers in Denton, with over 450 staff.
Dentonites are fiercely loyal to their town, and so there’s a big sense of community here. Locals hang out in Denton Downtown Square, affectionately known as just ‘The Square’, a grassy area surrounded by some of Denton’s best-loved historic buildings and most popular shops. At the Square’s centre is the beautiful and historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, the center of the Denton universe. No longer dishing out justice, it’s now home to Denton’s Courthouse-on-the-Square museum, and it’s a popular focal point for social activities. There are regular drum circles held on the courthouse steps on Saturday nights, where locals gather to make music and dance. Drop by with a drum or borrow one and join in with the groove.
Other social events happen on the lawn in front of the courthouse, including outdoor concerts where audiences sprawl on the grass or in chairs to soak up the music and atmosphere. The annual Holiday Lighting Festival is held here at Thanksgiving time, a family event featuring live music and carriage rides in the square.
The rest of the Downtown area, with its colorful wall art and historic architecture, is packed with independent shops selling vintage fashion, used books and handmade crafts, with a huge array of restaurants, bars and music venues.
Denton is spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out – whether you want sushi or steak, you’ll find it at one of the many establishments in the Downtown area or further afield.
Many students and residents get around town by bicycle, and the nearby countryside has plenty of outdoor activity on offer, like boat trips, fishing and hiking around Lake Ray Roberts. The area known as North Texas Horse Country is close by too, famed internationally for its horse breeding farms which attract enthusiasts from all over the world.
For big-city amenities, Denton is within easy reach of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, (Denton forms the third point in the ‘Golden Triangle of North Texas’), so it’s conveniently located for major entertainment and sporting events, while retaining its own quirky, off-beat character.
Denton is a haven for independent retailers. There are boutiques and antique shops on The Square and around, offering fashion, furniture and gifts, and you can lose hours exploring the murky depths of the two Downtown Mini Malls, emporiums of cool antiques and collectibles, from old Barbie dolls to vintage clothes and decorations. If you spot a must-have purchase, try making the dealer an offer – you may snag a bargain!
The huge and dusty Recycled Books is on The Square, three floors of used books on any subject imaginable, and a great place to while away a rainy afternoon. Check out the local bands section of the CD racks for some new musical inspiration.
Some foodie favorites in the area are Chop House Burgers, one of the best-known burger joints in the metroplex area, famous for its gut-busting beef creations. Capital Bar is a party favorite, boasting an irresistible alchemy of drinks, music and atmosphere. Louie Louie’s Duelling Piano Bar is one of the city’s nightlife highlights – a raucous party where you can sing along to everything from soul to heavy metal – write your request on a napkin, leave it on the piano, and the players will do the rest! Or for an evening in the company of some funny guys and gals, head over to the Improv Comedy Club, part of the nationwide chain of premiere comedy clubs that started in New York City in 1963.
Other shops worth exploring include the quirky music choice on offer at Mad World Records, and shabby chic vintage, up-cycled furniture and vintage clothes at the Boyd Girls Vintage Market, a mecca for junk-hunters.
For big name retailers and modern shopping, head over to the Golden Triangle Mall, located close to the Ogle School campus, and home to over 90 specialty shops, with the big players like Dillard’s, Macy’s, JCPenny and Sears all on hand.
With two major university campuses (the University of North Texas and the Texas Woman’s University), Denton is a true college town with a lively student population. Downtown there’s a buzzing coffee shop culture, with pavement cafes to sit and sip a latte while you watch the street life go by.
Jupiter House is a must for a morning coffee and chat, or head to its sister shop, the Europa, to indulge in one of their amazing confectionary items – chocolate coated strawberries, anyone?
Denton comes to life at night, partying until 2am and later, as the bars and clubs on the Square and Fry Street turn on their lights and crank up the jukeboxes. The student crowd is concentrated around Fry Street, while The Square offers drinking, eating and music options for a more mixed clientele. The street is often filled with bubbles, blown from a van selling exotic herbs and spices – Denton is that kind of town!
Denton was named America’s Best Music Scene in 2008, and has a huge variety of live music on offer every night of the week. There’s Andy’s on The Square for live music on the ground floor and a grungy basement for drinks, linked by a dumb waiter. The building is full of character, having started out as a grocery store in 1877, and done time as a risqué movie theater. There’s also the more chic Paschall Bar upstairs for cocktails.
Other venues include Haileys, where indie band Midlake performed their first gig, and J&J’s Pizza, who have regular band nights in their basement, and Cool Beans, a bar on Fry Street that has live music on the roof (yep, the roof!)
Crooner Pat Boone was a student at UNT, and came back to the city briefly to open the Pat Boone’s Country Inn restaurant.
Music is the life-blood of Denton – there’s live music on offer all over town, and you can hear anything from rock and country to alternative and jazz. UNT is a well-known centre for the study of jazz music, and several famous musicians started out here, including Norah Jones and hot indie band Midlake, who were students on the jazz program. Roy Orbison, Meatloaf and Pat Boone also studied at the university.
The city has a choice of museums and art galleries to wander around – the Campus Theatre is a major player, a 1940s Art Deco-style landmark hosting eight performing groups as well as visiting shows.
Denton loves beauty pageants, and can claim not one but two Miss Americas! The Miss Denton County Scholarship Pageant is the local regional heat for the Miss Texas and Miss America competitions, and there are other local pageants, including the Texas State Cinderella natural competition for younger children.
The North Texas State Fair and Rodeo draws in thousands of visitors to Denton, who come to enjoy cowboy culture, rodeo fun and a showcase of the best in Texas country music. The fair also traditionally features a beauty pageant and Rodeo Queen contest.
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