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Hair she goes

Hiroko Kuboki considers hair an art. || Randy Briggs ||
Hiroko Kuboki considers hair an art. || Randy Briggs || [email protected]

Hiroko Kuboki’s inspiration for cosmetology stems from her childhood when her mother would creatively style her hair for school every morning. Thus Kuboki’s appreciation for hair and beauty formed.

In high school, Kuboki’s friends would allow her to apply make-up and create funky hairstyles that exemplified the current trends.

“I mainly did up-do’s, braids or any other style with a comb and styling gel,” Kuboki says.

Kuboki decided at 15 years old that she wanted to study in the United States after a family vacation in Los Angeles and Seattle. Kuboki ultimately decided to study in City College.

“I researched different schools. I wanted to go to school with a diverse mix of students.” Kuboki says. “I found that this school was diverse and the cost of living was good for me too.”

As her day at City College begins, the 22-year-old, third-year international cosmetology student from Japan, listens to a morning lecture. An hour later, Kuboki prepares to work with clients in order to transform their looks.

“I enjoy working with the clients because I like making them feel good inside as well as on the outside.” Kuboki says. “I like to see the satisfaction on their faces when I am done working.”

In addition to serving clients, Kuboki fulfills cosmetology procedural requirements, which include working on mannequins to complete a specified number of chemical, color, perm and relaxer treatments as well as various haircuts and hairstyles.

“She doesn’t waste her time [and] she is constantly working, constantly studying and learning something,” says Roxanne Tambert, cosmetology professor. “She does quality work. She doesn’t do it just to be doing it, she cares.”
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“Kuboki is a hard worker and her style is creative and unique,” according to cosmetology student Jessica Montes.

Kuboki seeks out and participates in multiple activities — hair shows, weddings and practice on friends to fulfill academic requirements and gain experience in hairstyling and make-up application. She has won several cosmetology events as result of her persistence, creative effort and talent.

“She goes out and she seeks shows and different classes that she can take.” says Tambert. “She’s modeled in different shows. She does hair and make up for different people without getting paid to get the experience.”

Kuboki considers cosmetology an art.

“I have to know what colors go together when I am doing make-up and hair,” Kuboki says. “I have to consider color in all aspects of my creativity.”

Having the passion, the love for people and the artistic ability to provide to those in need is key to success in the cosme¬tology business, according to Tambert.

Kuboki wants to expand her talents beyond Sacramento once she graduates in spring 2010. She has aspirations of working in another part of California where she can further her experience and make a name for herself.

“I always want to try to discover new things,” Kuboki says. “I don’t ever want to stop learning and growing. I always want to keep striving for more.”

“She knows what she wants, she pursues it, and she achieves the goals that she sets,” says Preston Tran, fellow cosmetology student.”

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