Ambrea Busby’s New Skills

Many people decide not to pursue their dream job because they just feel like they don’t have the skills necessary for it. Ambrea Busby was one of those people, certain that she didn’t have the talent to make it in the beauty industry. Here’s how she was able to overcome that certainty and discover her own set of skills with Ogle School.

Ambrea Busby’s New Journey

What made you interested in cosmetology?

I always wanted to be in the beauty industry, probably, since I was in high school. I just felt like I didn’t really have a talent for it, so I was like, “No, never mind.” But the older I got, I was really just working basic jobs, and they were getting boring. So right after I had my daughter, my husband went back to school. He went to trade school. And when he graduated, he was like, “Well, you need to go do something that you want to do.” So, I was like, “Oh, I’m okay, maybe.” That made me start looking up trade schools, like beauty schools.

Why did you choose Ogle?

I chose Ogle because first of all, I put in applications to multiple places, but Ogle got back the quickest. So I was like, “Maybe God’s trying to give me a sign that I just need to go ahead.” I had been sitting at home for probably about a year after I had my daughter. I was like, “Maybe it’s time for me to go back,” and then they got back so quickly. And I’m a horrible procrastinator, I will wait until the day of an event to go find an outfit to wear, like hours before that. So, I was like, “Maybe I just need to stop procrastinating and just go ahead and go up there.” I think that’s what it was. It just happened so quickly that I was like, “Okay, maybe this is the school.”

What are you the most passionate about?

I’m really into styling African American hair. When I came here, I was like, “I don’t want to touch African American hair. I just want to work on white people’s hair and that’s it.” But I think I just hadn’t learned how beautiful our hair can be. And it seems like even the people who I don’t bring in, just walk-ins, they’re always like silk presses and stuff like that. I’ve mastered that at this point. So, I’m like, “Maybe when I get out of here, since I’m so good at it, I’ll just go ahead and do that.” But I love color, and I love working on just coarse hair. It makes me happy.

What obstacles have you faced at Ogle School?

Color theory was definitely hard for me to take on. I’m getting ready to go to Phase 3 next week, and it just seemed like learning everything about all these millions of colors was just too hard for my brain to register. I actually have an instructor out there, Ms. Leep, and even if I ask her a million and one questions, she will answer every single one of them. I really appreciate that about her. She doesn’t know that I like her. I always told her I don’t like her, but I do like her, just because she always helps. When you go to school here, you know they’re not going to let you fail. They’re not going to let you walk out of the building and not know what you’re doing.

Talk about your support group.

I actually have three best friends at this school. One of them, I started exactly when she started, and then the other two came into the class after me. They’ve become like my sisters. I don’t call them friends anymore. I call them my sisters. My Ogle squad. I think all three of them were at my wedding a few weeks ago. They are really supportive. We crack up all night. We have clients. Our clients crack up with us. I mean, there’s no way that you can’t have fun while you’re here.

We had one client and she was in such a bad mood that she was like, “You all are having too much fun for it to be this late at night.” And I was like, “It’s only 8:30!” And she was like, “It’s too late for that.” But they’re my support system, Nilsa, Toni, and LA.

And then, of course, my husband. He supports me 100%, and he was the one that pushed me to start. So of course, I always say him first. My mom, my dad, there are days when I don’t have anybody to watch my daughter. If my husband is at work, my mom will take my daughter. They’re all really supportive. They all understand that this is not just something I’m doing for fun. This is something I’m doing until I build a career. But yeah, mostly my girls out there. Mostly my girls out there.

Discover Your Own Beautiful Story

Ogle School wants to make sure that you’re able to pursue any beauty career you love. No matter what education you need, whether it’s the cosmetology program or the esthetics program, Ogle School can help you get through that program. You can request more information today to get even more insight into this process.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.