ARROJO Cosmetology graduate, Amber Lastoskie, left the comfort of her small town to strike out on her own and pursue a career as a colorist. Read on to find out how Amber made it big in the city…
“My mom owns a salon, so I grew up in the industry. She took me along to all kinds of seminars and symposiums. I felt connected to hairdressing from an early age - I’ve been coloring hair since I was seven! By the time I was in high school, I was coloring hair for my friends and family.
Once I decided that I wanted to make hairstyling into a career, I knew it had to be at ARROJO. I didn’t want to settle for a standard education. I liked that ARROJO cosmetology had a modern curriculum and professional atmosphere. By myself, I moved to New York at 18 years of age; the school’s small size and welcoming culture made it an easy transition. Every hour was filled with purpose and even though I had experience as an “unofficial colorist,” I learned so many new things.
The whole experience was very genuine. I kept an open mind - I was the first person from my town to move to the city to be a hair stylist. It wasn’t a decision that everyone supported, but I followed my passion and now my opportunities are endless. At 21, I have an established career, and I have yet to feel like I’m at work. In addition to being a full-time colorist at ARROJO studio, I’m involved with education as well. I teach color classes for the apprentice program and I am collaborating on a new color theory curriculum. I also travel with the ARROJO team to trade shows, and recently had the opportunity to teach a Color Inspiration class with John Simpson, Goldwell’s Artistic Director.
I’m so grateful for everything my cosmetology educators taught me, and what I continue to learn and experience every day in the studio. It’s such a fun career - I’m happy I went for it, I’m happy I followed my dream.”