“I never pictured myself as a hair stylist,” says Aziza Rasulova, a graduate of ARROJO Cosmetology and assistant at ARROJO Studio.
Aziza changed her mind when she moved from Russia to Manhattan two years ago. “I have a degree in Business and Economics, but when I moved to New York, I was constantly reminded of my passion for hair. I started braiding hair for my friends and I liked making people look good. I bought fashion magazines to study the editorials and that led me to seek employment with a salon. It wasn’t until then that I realized I needed to become licensed to work as a professional in the industry.”
“I looked at a few schools, but ARROJO Cosmetology stood out from the rest. The website was clean and interesting. I liked the neighborhood and the school’s environment felt professional. When I came in for a tour of the school, I met Nick; he was working behind the chair with the rest of the stylists in the studio. Later on, I watched students during their client session and they looked just like the staff in the salon. That’s when I knew I wanted to be here.”
“I enjoyed school every single day, which never happened before. I used to lose interest in other subjects, but at ARROJO there was always something new to learn. I had fun with the different projects, especially the Era Presentation. I chose to represent the Victorian Era and styled my hair, makeup and fashion as they did. I liked it because it was a chance to introduce my class to something new.”
We asked Aziza for advice to pass on to new students, and she said, “It’s important to keep yourself inspired. I watch other stylists and still buy fashion magazines to look at the editorials. Work hard for what you want. I’m an assistant in the cutting department at ARROJO Studio, and already halfway through the apprentice program. I’m looking forward to being on the floor. So far I’ve been involved with the ARROJO Underground presentation, traveled to assist with Advanced Education at ARROJO Ambassador salons, worked on photo shoots and went to Chicago with the ARROJO team for the American Beauty Show. I love working backstage to watch the transformation of models for a show. It’s a great place to learn - everyone is so open to sharing their knowledge and experience.”