Dennis Denzel: Beautiful Stories

Really, it was the first time I went to the shop with my mom, back when I was a little kid. And she got out of the chair and she looked so happy, and I was like, “I want to do that.” I wanted to make someone look happy.

What are you most passionate about?

Honestly, everything about the beauty industry. I’m passionate about the hair, the makeup, the fashion…just everything in the big picture. Just the whole big picture is what I’m passionate about.

What do you aspire to?

My dream is actually to be a brand. I want to be that brand that you see in the stores or go to the salon, you see the name. I just want to be the best at what I can be.

What obstacles have you faced during your schooling?

Honestly, a lot. This would be my third try at beauty school. I went back right after high school, around 2010, did it almost all the way through, had $900, and had to drop because financially and stuff like that. And so the obstacles are actually staying there, make sure you have everything set like bills, work, and all that stuff, and staying focused and coming every day, would be the hardest obstacle. And right now I’m doing it, and I’m so happy about it.

How did you hear about Ogle?

Honestly, I just moved here recently, in January. Two years ago, my mom moved here, and she called me on the phone, talking about beauty schools, ‘cause she knew I was thinking about going back. She was like, “Hey, I keep hearing about this school named ‘Ogle’. You should research it and if it’s in Michigan.” But I’m like, “No, you hear it on the radio ‘cause you’re in Texas. I don’t think it’s in Michigan at all.” And I came down here last November, toured the school, did my research, and then I just made the move here around the end of December last year and just came here. That’s how I heard about Ogle.

In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of this industry?

The most rewarding aspect is actually having someone in your chair. They talk to you about everything. Any and everything. Like, you’re their stylist. You’re kind of their…what do you call it? Psychiatrist. You’re kinda their psychiatrist. So…the most rewarding thing is you get to meet new people, get to know them, and after you get done with that, you can make them feel beautiful with the work that you’ve done. If it’s makeup, if it’s hair, if it’s a facial, they feel good getting out of your chair, ‘cause they let a lot off their shoulders.

Describe a time you feel you had an impact on someone’s day.

Honestly, it was my second week on the floor here at Ogle. I had a young girl who came in and was just around school, school had just started, high school. And she messed up her hair the night before the first day of high school. So she tried to lighten it, and her hair was green. It turned out green. So she came here to get it color corrected so it could just get back healthy and everything, and she literally cried. Her and her mom cried once I got done with it. And just…went on to school the next day, and everybody loved her hair.

Anything you would like to add?

Just be you. All I have to say is…come here with a plan. If you have big dreams, go for those big dreams. If you want to be a brand like me, I want to be a whole house name, make sure you start with putting yourself out there and get everything together, like cards, fliers, social media, Instagram. Instagram is big right now, learn to use it. It’s 2015. It’s a social media world. So…use that at your advantage.

Everyone has a story.

This is Dennis Denzel’s.

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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.