My Bridal Stylist Career with DJ Grad Kim Nguyen

My Bridal Stylist Career with DJ Grad Kim Nguyen


What path did you take?
I have been a bridal hairstylist in the wedding industry since high school. After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, I worked in education while being a bridal stylist on the weekends. My love for the beauty industry led me to obtain my license in cosmetology at the Douglas J Aveda Institute in 2014. Now I am a full-time bridal hairstylist as well as a bridal hair educator for other artists. I love what I do and would not have it any other way!

What led you to Douglas J for your cosmetology education?
I am a firm believer in investing in oneself and striving for the best. Since Douglas J had a renowned reputation as the leading institution for hair education, I knew this was where I wanted to attend.

What career advice would you give the younger version of yourself?
Success is on the other side of fear. Keep pushing forward and stay consistent.


What do you find most fulfilling about working in the beauty industry?
The smiles and gratitude that I receive from my brides just fuel my passion. I am so honored they chose ME to bring their wedding hair vision to life. When it comes to my hair students, I live for those “ah-ha” moments when a hair concept or hair technique resonates with them.

How did you discover your niche in bridal hairstyling?
I have always loved styling. I have 3 younger sisters and they have been my guinea pigs for years. When friends and family started asking me to style their hair, I became passionate on learning how to create different types of styles. Before long, I was enrolled in Douglas J to get my license and the rest is history.

What does your typical week look like?
In a typical week is usually filled with admin work, bridal hair previews, content shoot days with hair models at my studio, and/or 1-on-1 bridal hair classes. Fridays-Sundays are reserved for weddings!

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