It's time again to put the spotlight on one of our Graduates, to see where they are and what they've done since those heady days as a student at ARROJO Cosmetology. Melissa Garner, on you go...
1.How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I began coloring my hair at the age of 12. Back then I was a light golden blonde, but I felt like a red head on the inside. Fast forward to my early 20s and countless triumphs and tragedies with hair color experimentation, I had finally found the hairdresser who got me, Sonia Rightmeyer. I had never considered a career in the industry, but for four years Sonia tried to persuade me to go to cosmetology and begin a career in hair. Towards the end of those four years I went through multiple life changes and decided to give the hair industry a try.
2. Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
When I decided to drastically change careers, I knew that I had to move to New York to train with the best of the best. I had decided that it made more sense to go to school in NYC to begin my career in the right direction as opposed to going to school in VA, and eventually moving to NYC. After scouring the web, ARROJO quickly became my one and only choice. I was completely blown away at the open house. The space was state of the art, the curriculum was structured and challenging, and the classes were small-sized, so I knew I would get lots of attention from the educators. It was a no brainer. I knew by attending ARROJO I was setting myself up for success.
3. Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
Arianna Marino. She was the main educator of my class (Class 8). She was able to push me out of my comfort zone while maintaining a safe learning environment. In doing so, Arianna helped me recognize the talents I had at the time and to develop them further. She is still an inspiration and I often think of her while I’m educating.
4. What is your favorite new skill?
Everyone learns differently and there are three categories of learning styles. Kinetic, the participant learns best through hands on training. Visual, the participant learns best by watching a demonstration. Finally there is the audible learner. This person learns best by listening to the instructions or methods. I’ve recently learned how to better incorporate each style and/or combinations of the styles in all of my classes. As a result, I’ve been able to get through to the majority of my students.
5. Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
Invest in yourself by investing in your education. Cosmetology school is the beginning of your education. Find a salon that has a training program in addition to being a place that you can ultimately see yourself working behind the chair. What you put in is what you get out.
6. What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
I found my home at mizu New York and completed their in-house training program to become a full-time stylist. While apprenticing, I was a National Semi-Finalist for Goldwell’s ColorZoom competition. Since the completion of my program, I have begun to fulfill one of my dreams to become a color educator. I’m proud to be a Goldwell Technical Associate as well as being a Colorist at mizu, a renowned New York City salon.