Now a full-time stylist & salon owner making her own success happen, Kelley Brandon charmed us with her inviting smile, passion to serve others, and knack for making people look and feel more beautiful and happy. We caught up with her to find our how she is enjoying life as a professional hairdresser.
Kelley, How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I have always been intrigued by the beauty industry. I have the gift of service and I am truly able to put my gift to use in this industry. I want to be able to make others feel beautiful inside and out.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
I chose ARROJO because it’s ultimately a great school! ARROJO teaches you the latest trends currently taking place in the industry and they really challenge you to be your best, and to never stop learning, even after school.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
I loved that, in addition to our main educators, we had a wide variety different teachers from ARROJO Studio salons come to teach our classes. It's a unique experience that ARROJO can offerFor me, it really gave a different perspective on how to approach cutting and coloring. I learned that there’s always a different way to approach something new. Not everything has to be cookie cutter.
What is your favorite new skill?
Creating vintage and Pinup looks!
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
Hang in there! At times it may feel like the tests and state board exams are never ending but you will get through it. Be the best student YOU can be and don’t compare yourself to others. There are so many doors to be opened with this career and this is just the beginning.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduation, I bounced around for a while until I found the salon that was the right fit for me. I found a happy home working at HEAT Lounge in Atlanta, GA. But I soon got the urge to open my own salon location and become a business owner. I am incredibly proud to have opened Canvas Salon in the heart of one of Atlanta's best shopping and nightlife districts. come visit any time!