An alumni of a trailblazing cosmetology school, Chris Hansen is now celebrating five years as a full-time colorist at ARROJO Studio SoHo, our flagship salon location.Blending technical knowledge and creative awareness to become a top-class colorist, Chris has become one of our most popular young talents, pleasing clients with her commitment to quality color and caring service. She is blessed with an innate understanding of tone and contrast, and of tailoring hue to the personality and lifestyle of the individual. We caught up with her to see where the time went. . .
Chris, congratulations of five years at ARROJO! Looking back, what have you learned since leaving cosmetology school?
Chris: The best assistants makes the best stylist/colorists. It's hard work, but it pays off. It's just a year or two of your life, then you will be a stylist for life. Commit to being the best assistant you can be.
What do you enjoy about coloring hair?
I love the artisty and creativity of hair color but once you start to build a clientele you realize the importance of customer service and a great chairside manner; sometimes pleasing a client and having them return means so much more than just the color they receive. Having people come back to you is a wonderful feeling.
What other opportunities has working at ARROJO given you?
I've become part of the education team here at ARROJO. It's amazing to pass on what you have learned and see others grow, whether it's an apprentice at ARROJO, or a stylist who has come from elsewhere to study with us in our Advanced Academy. How to put together a lesson plan for a theory class was a big learning curve yet it also gave me a huge jump in self confidence. I've also traveled with the ARROJO Artistic Team to present new trends and techniques on stage to thousands of stylists.
What do you consider your greatest achievement as a hairdresser?
I could not have asked for a better career. I've been promoted twice at ARROJO, I travel and teach, I get to be creative and invent new trends, and I'm fully booked!
Finally, any advice for our current students?
Education is the key to success. Don't think you've made it when you leave school, you've get to keep learning, keep feeling inspired, keep being the best you can be.
Here's Some Pictures of Chris and Her Work. . .