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McKenzie Cooke

Title: Hairstylist and Makeup Artist
Company: McKenzie Cooke, Beauty Artist
Location: South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States

McKenzie Cooke, a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of cosmetology.

Well-regarded for her impeccable sense of style and ability to meet the needs of her clients, Ms. Cooke leverages over 10 years of experience in her role as a freelance hairstylist and makeup artist. In this capacity, she provides highly customizable hair care and other aesthetic services on behalf of women attending bridal showers, weddings, and other special events. Throughout the course of her work as a freelancer, Ms. Cooke is particularly gratified to have joined a network of like-minded artists, whose encouragement and support have been pivotal to her long-term success. 

In addition to her independent endeavors, Ms. Cooke serves as a manager and stylist at the Red Door Salon, a hair salon nestled in Amherst, Massachusetts. In addition to aiding customers with their specific stylistic needs – an in-depth process of bridging the gap between the customer’s knowledge and what they perceive – she utilizes her organizational skills and business acumen to manage appointments, take stock of inventory, foster collaboration among her team members, handle social media operations, and plan events. 

Long fascinated with artistry, Ms. Cooke’s early experiences as a dancer dovetailed naturally with the field of cosmetology, which led her to join a vocational program and, eventually, pursue a business degree.  After receiving her associate degree in cosmetology at the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative in 2012, she went on to study at Western New England University, from which she received a Bachelor of Science in business management and leadership in 2016. Following this accomplishment, Ms. Cooke collaborated with a fellow hairstylist in establishing what would become the Red Door Salon. 

Drawing consistent motivation from satisfying the needs of her customers, Ms. Cooke is most proud to have parlayed her business education toward a thriving career in the cosmetology industry, and to have lent her aid to those seeking to follow her example. In accounting for her success, she largely credits her ability to communicate clearly with her clients, as well as her penchant for remaining clear and present while on the job. Looking toward the future, she aspires to continue learning more about her craft, as well as working hard and drawing inspiration from her colleagues in the field. 

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