As ARROJO cosmetology school continues to revolutionize grass roots hairdressing education with an advanced, inspirational, career-shaping program, we celebrated the graduation of two more classes with a heart-warming afternoon of editorial presentations by the students who became stylists.
This was our first-ever double class graduation day and, with friends and family invited to attend the happy event, each student showcased one model that was a reflection of their newfound technical and creative scope, and an artistic interpretation of an era or theme of their choice.
And in the crucible of a choreographed runway show, the graduates showed us the power of great education. Seven months ago, these were students that didn’t know the right way to hold a comb, freshmen that didn’t know a feather from a fade. But on this day they were all-star beauty school graduates showing everything from avant-garde looks to timeless colors and cuts.
One graduate, inspired by the movement of hawks and eagles, went so far as to create every piece of feather-inspired clothing. The cut was a stunning, graduated A-line bob with ash white color tones. Styled into pin curls, it felt like a burlesque woman becoming a bird of prey. Other noteworthy examples included a retro, mod era style. Inspired by the simple elegance of Vidal Sassoon, this was a reminder of the power of geometric shapes mixed with primary colors. Then there was the graduate who created a whole new word. With the concept ‘bobsessed,’ she used a dramatic square bob to exemplify the strength and unity of New York City.
These are just three examples from a cast of 23 graduates who all pushed the creative envelope. All different, all brilliant, each look illustrated the giant leap from student to stylist, displayed craftsmanship and creativity, and promised a great future for its protagonist.
“After thirty years in the industry, this is my most magic moment,” said school owner and founder, Nick Arrojo, at the closing ceremony. “Watching young people grow, seeing them see the dots connect is why I am committed to this school, and to you. Your career starts now. You have a blank canvas; paint any picture you want to.”