Do You Dream of Being of Cosmetologist?

Claremore Beauty College offers hands-on experience and personal attention with a focus on helping students achieve success in the exciting field of cosmetology.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: August 2012

Denise Nelson and Mindy Gerving of  Claremore Beauty College.

Denise Nelson and Mindy Gerving of Claremore Beauty College.

If you’ve dreamed of going to cosmetology school but the schools you’ve checked out ­simply haven’t made the “cut,” be sure to check out Claremore Beauty College. In April of this year, Claremore Beauty College celebrated 43 years of service to the community.  

Claremore Beauty College stands apart from others of its kind for a variety of reasons. One unique attribute is that the curriculum is hands-on from the very first day of class. “Unlike many schools, we begin students working hands-on with ­mannequins on day one,” says owner Denise Nelson. “We also have an excellent clientele that comes in regularly, so students get plenty of practice working with real people as well.”

Personal, one-on-one ­education is a priority at Claremore Beauty College. “Our students do not get lost in the crowd,” explains Denise. “We work with each and every ­student to help them get their life on track, with a focus on teaching them interpersonal skills that will make them even more successful in the ­cosmetology field.” The college boasts a 100 percent pass rate.   

Denise and her husband Duane have owned the school since 1996 and have enjoyed the privilege of seeing many young people succeed in their lives. “It is thrilling to take a young ­person into the school and see the difference in one year’s time,” said Denise. “He or she can go from a quiet, insecure and unmotivated person to a confident, knowledgeable and successful career person.”

Claremore Beauty College is located one block from the downtown area. It is in a one-story building with 3,300 square feet that can accommodate 30 students. The facility consists of one major clinic area, individual work stations, one large classroom, a library, and an administrative and counseling office.

Denise is proud of all of the graduates and thrilled to see them enjoy success in the ­growing field of cosmetology. Thirteen of the Claremore area salons are owned and managed by Claremore Beauty College graduates. “It is such a joy to see each graduated student in town and hear about their success stories,” said Denise. “We are so proud of all of them.” Claremore Beauty College has educated over 1,500 students since 1969.

The school prides itself on offering an outstanding ­education, and the instructors feel it is very important that ­students understand the basics of everything they do. “A good basic education will give them the freedom to make good choices in their client consultations. Yes, the student may have to do a project over and over to ­accomplish a task, but in the end they will be proud of their progress,” said Denise. “Every student learns at a different level, and we understand that. Some students learn very quickly, and some need extra attention.”

Because Claremore Beauty College doesn’t overcrowd the school, keeping class size to 15 to 20 students at any given time, the students have the regular privilege of one-on-one attention with the instructors. Denise has 33 years of experience in the field, and instructor Mindy Gerving has 18 years of ­experience.

The cosmetology course is 50 weeks long, and financial aid is available for those that qualify. To check out Claremore Beauty College, you can go to their ­website, To receive a catalog about the school, you can email Denise Nelson at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0

For more information, contact

Claremore Beauty College

200 N. Cherokee Ave.Claremore, OK 74017(918)

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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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