Today we met up with ARROJO Cosmetology Graduate, Ellen Ky, to discover what's she's been up to since becoming a professional stylist in NYC. . .
How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I've always loved doing hair but I didn't begin my career in beauty until after trying my hand in another career first. After college, I began teaching in an elementary school but was not entirely happy being in a classroom day in and day out. I loved working with students but I wasn't passionate about teaching math and English. Being unhappy with my career choices, I remembered that I had always wanted to be a hairstylist, and with the encouragement of close friends and family I finally had the courage to try to be a professional stylist.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
I checked out the two schools in Manhattan before making a decision - Aveda and ARROJO. I first visited Aveda and didn't feel a connection to the school. Per the recommendation of other stylists in the city, I visited ARROJO Cosmetology and fell in love with what I saw. The students were professional and dedicated to their learning and the teachers were knowledgeable and patient. ARROJO has built a strong reputation within the beauty industry as the best of the best, and that was where I wanted to be.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
I was a part-time student at ARROJO, so I had class at night. I worked full time in the daytime and it was a bit of a struggle to stay motivated. However, I had great educators and they were so supportive and in tune to part-time students' unique situations. The educators really make ARROJO great.
What is your favorite new skill?
I specialize in cutting at ARROJO, so I have been really enjoying fine-tuning my technical skills and learning from incredible master stylists. I also really enjoy giving blow outs and have been learning new tricks!
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
There is so much to learn in this industry, so it is really important to see yourself as a life-long learner. Ask lots of questions, remain curious and inquisitive, and always keep yourself challenged creatively and intellectually. To me, doing hair is both an art and a science, so it is important to be always developing both.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduating from cosmetology school, I applied to be an apprentice at ARROJO Studio in SoHo. I only applied to work at ARROJO because I knew that I wanted to teach hair one day, and ARROJO, as a company, offers many opportunities to be part of an educational environment. I am specializing in cutting and a few months away from testing out and becoming a full-time stylist!