How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
When I was growing up, I always helped my mom color and blowdry her hair. Our hair is curly and pretty difficult to manage, so I was constantly doing my own hair and my moms. I became more and more interested in cosmetology in high school and would cut my own hair and my friends.
Why did you choose to teach at ARROJO Cosmetology School?
A few years back, I was at premiere in Orlando and saw the ARROJO booth. I thought the energy was incredible. I kept going back to watch the demos and I remember buying the dry shampoo and deep conditioner and telling my old co worker, "man, I would love to work with them someday". Fast forward to 2014, I moved to NYC from Florida and I saw that ARROJO Cosmetology School was looking for educators. Being an educator was always my main goal. I love being behind the chair, but teaching others is something I've always wanted to do full time.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
Everyday is a new experience. There is always something new going on in the classrooms. It's always fun because each class has its own unique energy and vibe. I just love that I can mentor the students and try to help them out whenever they need.
What is your favorite skill to teach?
I love teaching the students how to do finger waves. I think they get a bad rap because they can be difficult at first, but I've had quite a few lightbulb moments and students have said "Your tips really helped!"
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students about the industry?
This is one of the few industries, that within 30 seconds of meeting someone, you are instantly touching them. You have the trust of a complete stranger. You can really affect someone's perspective of how they look and feel about themselves. There is no better feeling than having someone look at themselves after you are done with their service and make them feel like a brand new person. That's what truly is great about this industry. The impact we have on people's lives.
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