The Chief Executive Officer of Hair Planet College of Cosmetology located in Ashalley Botwe, Mrs Ernestina Crankson has suffered many challenges in life to achieve her dream of building one of the best institutions that provides quality training to its students.
Very focused and determined, Mrs Crankson sacrificed her garage and sold her family’s only car to achieve this great success she had always fantasized. This occurred when she lost her saloon she left behind in the care of a worker she trusted and travelled to London.
“When I came to Ghana, the person I left my saloon to London was nowhere to be found; she had mishandled everything, all my equipment were destroyed, utility bills were left for me to pay and re-renting the place again the landlord had demanded a lot of money. So I decided to use the little equipment that were left behind to start all over again, which included selling my car and using my garage”
This was money she acquired by working tirelessly in some minor jobs abroad.
Being a beautician today came as a surprise to Mrs Crankson during her days in London with her four lovely girls. “After my secretarial school I got the opportunity to travel abroad, I got there, got married and started having kids. Fortunately all my four kids were girls. Before, they had long kinky hair and teachers were always complaining and I had no idea of what to do. So I forced myself to keep their hair clean and kempt. The hairdressing career started for me with my children”
She explained that, there weren’t many black saloons in London so she decided to do her children’s hair by herself. “Gradually I begun to have interest in it, even when my kid’s hair were not scatted I forced to do something with it, the few blacks around also started bringing their kids for me to do their hair. It became so professional and I started to receive recommendations when I went to pick my kids from school. This grew into a passion, so I advised myself and registered for an evening hairdressing course in Tower Hamlet College in London.”
She graduated from the hairdressing, got the certificate but couldn’t use it in London because she had wanted to take good care of her kids. Her family relocated to Ghana and she realised that the kind of hairdressing is different from London’s so she enrolled in Excel College of Cosmetology, graduated and invested all her money into the hair dressing saloon but to go back to London and return again to meet nothing but to start all over again.
Mrs Crankson was not discouraged from her passion, but rather garnered more courage and got an idea to establish a beauty school. As determined as she was, she decided to sell her family’s only car and use the garage as the teaching room. She placed an advert in the Mirror newspaper and within the week she had four students to start with.
“Here in Ghana we don’t have a lot of these beauty schools around and normally when students are learning hairdressing it’s purely apprenticeship, so I decided to establish the beauty school to share the ideas and skills that I have acquired in the UK.”
With a challenging foundation, Hair Planet College of Cosmetology has developed into an ultra-modern beauty school that meets international standards. They offer courses like Nail Technology, Beauty Therapy and Hair Dressing. Currently, the college has about 150 students of which some 35 will be signed out in its 5th year graduation come September.
The hair and beauty college also has a scholarship scheme for needy and students with financial difficulties. It is currently offering free training in the Adentan Municipality.
The mother of four, has accepted that obstacles are bound to come, but how one handles it will determine their ability to succeed. “I’m already aware that there would be obstacles, so if they come, I just ease down and most times I find a suitable song that I love just to de-stress myself.”
She however advised that, when young people encounter obstacles, they must use it as a step and move to the next level. “Young girls must set a goal and make sure to fulfil them, but must also learn to be courageous, organised, humble and responsible.”
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