Stylist cuts no corners

Hillary Wise works to build client base to fund her education
By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Hillary Wise asks that you “come curl up and ‘dye’ with me as I start my new business.” The 19-year-old Lincoln resident graduated from beauty college a year ago and recently set up shop as an independent contractor at Trinity Hair Design at 543 F St. downtown. “This is my first kind of real job in a salon, and I’m so stoked about it,” Wise said. Despite it being her first “real” job in a salon, the quality is top-notch, according to her clients. “I’ve never had my hair cut the way she does,” said Debbie Swindler, one of Wise’s clients. “I’ll never go anywhere else.” Though Wise has completed beauty college, she is far from done with her education. Wise is currently on summer break from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo – but that won’t stop her from keeping up with her clients once school starts again in the fall. “I’ll be coming back every six weeks to cut hair,” Wise said. “I absolutely will be here when I say I’m going to be here.” At Cal poly, Wise is pursuing a degree in business administration, planning to open her own salon in Lincoln when she graduates. “I would pick no other place to live,” Wise said. “I love (Lincoln).” To fund her education, Wise – who graduated from Lincoln High School in 2007 – is also working as a direct sales consultant for Lia Sophie jewelry, doing home-show presentations. She will also look for a restaurant job in San Luis Obispo during the school year. For now, though, Wise is enjoying working out of Trinity Hair Design. “I love working with people, and it makes me happy to know what I do helps people to feel better about themselves,” Wise said. “It’s been wonderful. Every single client you see coming in is something new. It never gets old.” Owner of Trinity Hair Design Karen Thomas is allowing Wise to work out of her salon as an independent contractor to help her get a good start in the business. “It’s hard for these young girls to get started,” Thomas said. “I thought, if I could help somebody, Hillary’s a great one to help. I’ve heard nothing but nice things about her. She’s so pleasant and so cute.” Wise said she has found her passion – and she credits Lincoln High School's Regional Opportunity Program with pointing her in that direction. When she’s not working to fund her future, Wise said she enjoys dancing. The primary style of dance she does is ballet, but she has also done tap, jazz and hip-hop dancing. “I also love everything outdoors,” Wise said. “Skiing, snowboarding and wakeboarding.” Wise developed another hobby, and it came as a surprise to her – painting. Introduced to the art by a friend, Wise has sold paintings of scripture verses atop abstract backgrounds and donated the money to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. “It’s by no means a job,” Wise said. Much of Wise’s free time in San Luis Obispo is spent participating in community activities. She recently received a scholarship for her philanthropic efforts through her sorority and is a member of Rotoract, a student group of the Rotary Club at Cal Poly. “She loves to help others,” said Donna Wise, Hillary’s mother. “She’s full of life and laughter. She was heavily involved at Lincoln High School – she was head cheerleader and was very honored to be the homecoming queen for football in 2007.” To set an appointment with Hillary Wise, call 532-0422 or e-mail Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at