It has been quite a month. From Fashion Week to a trip to the movies to charity events and nationwide competitions, our students have been learning about their new craft in exciting and innovative ways. To tell us all about it, Laura Martin, one of our wonderful educators, has written this insightful report.
Spring is right around the corner and at ARROJO Cosmetology we are embracing new experiences and exploring spring fashion. Class 12, our newest students, just had their first model session. After practicing diligently on their mannequins, they got to try out their skills on real people. “It was a lot easier than the mannequin,” said one student, Deirdre. Another student, Clare, also enjoyed the experience: “I was nervous, but I felt like all my steps were there.”
For a look at the more daring side of fashion, classes 9 and 10 attended a styling class at Sebastian, where they learned about the latest tools and products and had a chance to try out their new knowledge on each other, creating looks that were both wearable and fashion-forward. Class 9 also attended a tour and demo at Make-Up Designory; they observed students making bald caps, a lesson on drag makeup, and received a detailed demonstration of how to create the perfect smoky eye.
All ARROJO Cosmetology students took a trip to the east village to watch the inspiring new film, Vidal Sassoon: The Movie. The documentary covers the extraordinary life and career of the world’s most famous hairstylist. One student, Grace, in class 11, called the film “amazing.” Katia, from class 10, gushed, “I would go see it 120 times.” Amber, from class 9, called Sassoon “the smartest man alive.”
From famous stylists to young designers, our students are always finding fresh sources of inspiration. Designer Alisha Trimble asked a select group of senior students to create hairstyles for her “Animal Saints” show at New York Fashion Week. The eight students who participated in this event styled 15 professional models, two of which were contestants on America’s Next Top model. After only 6 months of school, the students produced runway ready looks. “It was a team effort,” said class 9 student, Amber. Renee, from class 10, agreed: “It was a really cool experience, we all worked really well together.” The jump to professional editorial styling may seem like a long one for students, but, in school, each class explores every aspect of hair design, from classic to avant-garde. With a world-class team to learn from, they are well prepared for such events.
Another group of students styled hair for the IJC fashion show at NYU, styling 45 student models for a show featuring collections from Romeo and Juliet, American Apothecary, Susan Hanover, and others. The hairstyles for the various collections ranged from messy ballerina buns to soft, tumbling waves. Our students made a terrific contribution to a wonderful charity event.
Working as part of a team is a great creative experience, but for students who prefer to work independently, we offer information and support for a variety of national contests. One of our part-time students, Bethel, competed in the Junior Style Stars competition. Submitting a men’s look and an updo, she now has the chance to win $5000 and national acknowledgement. She describes the experience as an emotional one. “It was exciting, scary, challenging, rewarding. There were so many steps, especially because I did two competitions. Everyone at school was so incredibly helpful. They were my cheerleaders. It came from my educators, the director, and my classmates. I feel like I’ve already won.”
We are rooting for Bethel, and looking forward to more exciting events next month! We’ll keep you posted… — Laura Martin, ARROJO Cosmetology Educator