Mariama Dashiell: Beautiful Stories

My uncle, he was a barber and when I was eleven years old he gave me one of his mannequins that he kind of chopped up. He like gave it to me and there was this lady that would do our hair, my younger sister and I, and I would like practice braiding on that mannequin and then from then I would just always do my own hair. Then in high school I’d do all the girls on the basketball, and volleyball  team’s hair.

What are you most passionate about?

I just love all of it. I’m not really most passionate about anything, because I want to be a well-rounded artist and hairstylist. I think that’s something I don’t want to stay set on, like the makeup, the hair. I just want to do everything.

Describe a challenge you faced during your schooling.

When I was nineteen I moved here, into the Dallas/Fort Worth area on my own and it wasn’t what I thought it was. It was a little harder for me, so I had to actually go back home and live with my mom again. Now I’m ready and I’m more stable, I’m able to do it on my own this time.

Why Ogle?

I came through the wrong door, like everybody does, I didn’t know; found eventually it was upstairs. I came in and everyone was just so welcoming, so warming. The instructors, especially Ms. Dee, she gave me a hug, she didn’t even know me. Mrs. Tonya showed me like where to go. I just feel like it felt like home. It felt like I was accepted here, you know not getting a cold shoulder or anything.

What did you learn about the beauty industry that you did not already know?

I discovered that it’s never ending, like there’s so many avenues in the beauty industry. There’s so many different routes that you can take; from hair to makeup and everything.  I didn’t know you could just, under a cosmetology license, that that covers actual makeup. You know, you just take classes and get certificates and everything. That’s one of the things I have learned.

What do you find to be most rewarding?

The most rewarding part for me is that … Well how I feel, what I see, in the beauty industry is that we have the power to make someone’s day. We have the power to make you feel beautiful. We have the power to make you forget about whatever obstacles, whatever you’re going through at home, we like hold that power as a stylist or as a makeup artist to make you feel like the world has stopped or time’s stopped and everything’s about you in that moment. That makes me feel great inside and even if I’m going something, it makes me feel better to know that I made someone else’s day or I made someone feel beautiful and they just came in and like the world was over.

What advice would you give to someone that’s struggling or doesn’t have the motivation?

No matter what you’re going through, you know, it’s not the end of the world. You know a lot of people they have, you know, like going through way worse. Someone’s always going through something and you are too, but you have to stick with it and you have to continue to be positive. If you just give up and quit, you’ll never know if it would have worked out.

Would you recommend Ogle to others?

With Ms. Dee, she always teaches us that we’re a second chance school, you know, we’re like a school of many chances, so if anything ever happened, they welcome you back with open arms. From the instructors to the students, we’re all like a big family. That’s what I love about Ogle and I would definitely advise them to come here because if something happens they’ll always try and help you out, versus just kicking you out of school or anything.


Everyone has a story.

This was Mariama’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.