Now a full-time stylist in upstate New York, Alyssa Marucci came to ARROJO Cosmetology School on the recommendation of a colleague, and discovered her unbridled passion for the hairdressing craft. A Graduate of Class 20, we caught up with Alyssa to see how she is enjoying life as a hair stylist.
Alyssa, how did you become interested in the beauty industry?
My parents always joked when I was a kid that I was more focused on doing my hair than doing my homework. In high school I was fascinated by everything artistic, whether it was music, fashion or theater. I always saw my career path going towards theater but even being backstage I was doing my own hair and makeup as well as the other cast members. While I was in college for performing arts, I got a job cleaning and sweeping up in a salon near me. I found myself more and more in love with the craft the more time I spent in the salon watching the stylists, and finally I realized that the beauty industry had always been my passion.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
The owner of the salon where I was working was so happy for me pursuing my dreams he directed me to apply to ARROJO Cosmetology, saying that it was the best of the best! Seeing the space and meeting the students and staff, I felt like it was the perfect fit for me.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
Although they prepped us thoroughly for the state board exam, I felt like the educators were really focused on preparing us for actual salon situations. Also, being in NYC we went on a lot of trips to museums and other places to gain inspiration for our work. It made me feel like I was becoming an artist.
What is your favorite new skill?
Before starting cosmetology school I was really shy and unsure of myself, but the lessons taught in class really helped me become more confident when speaking and working with people in general. I feel like coming out of school I was ready to handle anything.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
Never let the fear of failing hold you back. Try everything and just remember why you are doing what you're doing. I love what I do and when I'm having an off day I just remember I literally make art for a living and get to make people happy in the process. It's really satisfying.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduation, I worked as an apprentice at NY Jungle Salon in Tappan, NY which is the salon that inspired me to go to school in the first place! I now have my own chair there and am taking clients four days a week. Occasionally I assist hairstylists for editorial work as well, which is something I'm looking to do more of in 2017 as I continue my growth as a stylist. I never want to stop creating.