Hi, I am currently a hairstylist planning to start Surgical Tech school in the fall. I have known many, many stylists who have become nurses. I think there is quite a parallel in skill sets required for both jobs. I've also read that nursing and doing hair are the #1 and #2 on lists of careers with the highest rated of job satisfaction...so the grass is greener on BOTH sides!
I work on a 50/50 comission in a high-end salon, 5 days a week. I make about a third of my weekly paycheck on Saturdays, so my plan is to continue to work Saturdays, maybe even extending my hours, while I am in school Mon-Fri. If you are able to use/hire an assistant, book heavier when you are there, and take more color clients vs. haircuts & blowouts, you should be able to maximize your limited time at work.
I saw that the original post was a while ago, maybe you could post an update on how its going?