How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I didn’t have much interest in hair and beauty until after I graduated college. My intentions of going to law school were no longer appealing, so my sister, Daniela, came up with the idea of me getting a cosmetology license. I felt that I was too intellectual to be a hair dresser, but even if I wasn’t going to be a hair dresser I needed to learn how to at least do my own hair, or so my sister said.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
After looking around for a good school, my sister walked me into Arrojo Cosmetology. I had never felt more out of place and more intimidated in my life; I was totally out of my element. Here I was, fresh out of school, barely knowing how to comb my own hair, surrounded by all these talented and artistic men and women. We took a short tour and decided that if I was going to be a good hair dresser THIS is where I needed to be, at Arrojo Cosmetology School.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
Once I got over my initial fear of displacement, the amazing experiences at Arrojo just started rolling. One of my fondest memories was sitting in a class with Nick, where he asked us “Where do you see yourself in one year? 5 years? And 10 years”? He shared with us his story of working for Vidal Sassoon and how he started his first salon. At that point I made a decision to work twice as hard to acquire the skills, which my peers seemed to have naturally, to get to where I wanted to be.
What is your favorite new skill?
One of the most important skills I learned at Arrojo, besides razor cutting, was having an effective consultation. Good communication is a key element to understanding what your client wants and the ability to verbalize to them what you, as the stylist, are visualizing.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
The most important advice I can give to current and prospective students, is enjoy the learning experience and work hard at all times. Even after you graduate continue your education, this is a field that is ever growing and constantly evolving, so there is always something to learn. To be the best, you must train with the best. Oh, and I advise everyone to come to terms with working weekends. Haha.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
I graduated Arrojo Cosmetology School in January of 2010 and by the following April I became permanently licensed in cosmetology and beauty enhancement. Since then, I went on to get my barbering license and become an educator for Joico/ISO. At the same time I continued to attend classes and receive certification in various techniques including extensions and keratin treatments. On September 16th of 2014, only 4 years after receiving my license, at 28 years old, I opened the doors to my own salon, VG Hair Design Studio located in Rye, NY. After several features in local papers such as The Rye Record, and magazines such as The Westchester Wedding Planner, today, a year later, we are revered as one of the best salons in Rye.
Success is the product of a great foundation and hard work, and I feel privileged to have had Arrojo Cosmetology as the foundation of my success.
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