How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I grew up in Hawaii and I was always into beauty and fashion at a young age. I was always fascinated with hair color and knew one day I wanted to make a career out of it. I did a lot of traveling after high school and lived in 4 different cities before calling New York City home. I was living in Chicago at the time and worked in an industry where I was unfulfilled. I knew it was time to pack my bags and head to New York City, a city I always dreamed of living in. I needed a change and that's when I decided to go to beauty school and get my license.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
When I toured the school, I knew this is where I wanted to be. The standards that ARROJO sets for its students are very high and I knew this is what I needed early in my career. I choose ARROJO because I knew it would teach me the skills needed to be successful in the industry upon graduating. I wanted my first experience in this industry to be a positive one, and I didn't want to go to one of those "I'm-just-here to-get-my-license schools."
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
I knew I was getting a head start, and learning techniques that I wouldn't be learning going to another cosmetology school in New York. We learned advanced haircut techniques, razor cutting, hair paining, creative foil patterns, and get to practice these techniques in the student salon on actual people! What also stood out to me here was Gina Arrojo, and all of the instructors commitment to teaching us the best that they could.
What is your favorite new skill?
Consulting and customizing the right hair color for someone's skin, eye color, clothing, and lifestyle.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
While you are in school, really soak up all the information you can, and don't limit yourself. Figure out what kind of hairstylist you want to become and start looking at salons to find out what their education requirements are. Even if you do not see yourself in a salon, I still would recommend assisting in one where education is important to further your skills.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
I knew after graduation I wanted to find a salon that was going to nurture my passion for hair color and luckily I found just that working at Mizu New York on Park Avenue. I needed a salon that was going to teach me the skills needed to be the best colorist I can be. I am currently in the middle of my education program and I do about 5-6 models per week. Our education day is on Monday and is conducted from 9am-6pm. It is a very long day and my brain is usually fried after, but it is totally worth it and so much fun!
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