Faces of Rockford: Local stylist prepares for 2014 Winter Olympics

Amber Kypke (Photo by Audrey Carpenter)

By Audrey Carpenter
Staff Writer

A local beauty school instructor will be traveling a long way this winter to style hair in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

Amber Kypke has been a beauty instructor at Tricoci University’s Rockford campus for three years. She has been a stylist, hair product representative and a trainer/educator throughout her career.

Kypke says it’s been a life-long dream to go to the Olympics to style hair.

She went through a detailed interview process competing against thousands of other stylists. “Two hundred thousand people applied to do a variety of volunteer jobs at the Olympics,” she said. “Only 25,000 were selected. I was one of them.

Years ago, I saw a barber in the Olympic Village and thought, ‘I would love to do that myself,’” Kypke told The Rock River Times.

After the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kypke called the Training Village in Colorado and asked how to go about becoming a hair stylist in the next Olympic games. She was instructed to call London. London instructed her to talk to a sponsor. So, she called Proctor and Gamble. She applied with them online in an extensive process. She then had to complete a four-part English test. Then, a Skype interview. Then, she had to submit a picture of herself.

Finally, she got word that she had been chosen. She is not sure yet where they will have her once she arrives to work on people, but her desire is to work in the Olympic Village, just like the barber she saw long ago.

While she will have room and board paid for once she gets there, she is raising money to pay for her trip. The flight is approximately $2,000. She has a plum fund online where people can donate to the cause (http://www.plumfund.com/pf/GetMs.AmbertotheOlympics) and is also selling Butter Braids, a Danish flaky pastry, to raise money.

She will be leaving for Russia in February. Asked if she was nervous, she said, “I hope my luggage arrives with me!” She does not speak Russian, and her parents are somewhat concerned about her traveling by herself, but the excitement is overriding any concern.

I’m just excited to do this,” she said. Krypke is confident the experience will propel her career even further.

From the Oct. 16-22, 2013, issue

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