How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
My mom actually got me into it! I was in college and was so unhappy with my course of study, and my mom saw that I was constantly doing my hair and my friend’s hair, and that I loved doing hair, so she encouraged me to go to beauty school and pursue hair styling as a career.
Why did you choose to teach at ARROJO Cosmetology School?
I went to a school that didn’t really train me to do much else than pass my state board. I remember having my first client and asking why I was mixing a certain formula, and the reason was “because my instructor said so!” I had no fundamental understanding of how to approach hair in a real life situation. I went on to do apprenticeships and learned a lot of things the hard way. After years of taking tons of classes, working behind the chair, managing salons, and doing in-salon education, I was excited to have an opportunity to work in a place with high standards, and to be able to give students the education that I always wanted.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience teaching here?
How much I learn from the students! I am amazed at what they have been able to create. From projects in the classroom, to seeing them grow from workshopping to taking clients in the student salon, and seeing how they style models for graduation is really quite an amazing thing to witness. The fact that I am a newer educator at ARROJO and that I’ve had students thanking me for my help makes me really happy that I’ve been able to make a small impact in someone’s life.
What is your favorite skill to teach?
I love color! Being able to teach color correction or foil placement is really fun for me. I also really enjoy teaching the business aspect of the beauty industry as well. I have a degree in Business Administration, and I feel that it is really important for students to learn the fundamentals of business and marketing in order to be successful behind the chair.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students about the industry?
Don’t get frustrated if you don’t understand something the first time around, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. If you never make a mistake, you’ll never learn from them! Also, be prepared to continue your education after you graduate. Principles never change, but there is always a new technique or a better way to approach something that you can learn.
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