How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I grew up always wanting to play with my mom's hair. When I was 2 years old, my mom told me Santa was going to melt down all my bottles and pacifiers into "something special for me" which turned out to be a baby vanity station with a plastic blow dryer and curl rods. It was all history from there! I spent my early teens researching how I could color and add hair extensions to my own hair and ended up experimenting on my friends and family. I loved watching makeover shows onTV and was inspired by the way they could totally turn around a persons self esteem by giving them a fresh and updated look.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
It seemed natural to me that I would be attending cosmetology school after high school. When my peers were researching their college decisions it became time for me to pick a Cosmo school. I discovered ARROJO before the website even went live and was familiar with Nick from watching What Not to Weargrowing up. Going to school in New York City seemed really exciting and I knew I wanted to be a part of his brand, so I made my decision without questioning it. I wanted to be the best hairdresser possible, so I wanted the best education possible.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
The ARROJO educators really understood that each student learned differently. I was in a full class so our educators were responsible for making sure each one of us understood what we needed to learn, which must have been challenging. I remember each student receiving really individualized help in the specific areas we needed and our educators made sure they were always finding new ways to keep learning interesting, especially in the classroom where it could be easy to lose focus. They really made sure that we were always finding new sources of inspiration and guided us to train our eyes to how hairdressers see hair and approach situations.
What is your favorite new skill?
My favorite skill I learned while in cosmetology school was hair painting; it's fun being able to personalize the look from something natural and subtle to more extreme and trendy.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
My best advice to students is to take school seriously because the time you get there goes by so quickly. The more you focus and learn in school the better you'll do when moving on to working in a salon. There's certain areas that I wish I had focused more on while in school. Sometimes it's hard to look past the fact that you're in school and realize that everything you do is going to effect your future work. Do your best and you'll get the best results.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduating, I assisted in a small boutique salon that didn't offer much education or advancement toward my future. I then worked at d.anthonys hair studio which was an ARROJO ambassador salon. That was a much more inspiring and education-focused environment to be in. I ended up coming back to apprentice at ARROJO studio a year after graduating cosmetology school because I really wanted the best education and future I could get. My best advice to students is to continue to work on the education that ARROJO Cosmo provides by continuing to apprentice with ARROJO studio. It's quality of work you won't get anywhere else.
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