From ARROJO Colorist & Educator to Master Stylist at Hairroin Salon in NYC and Wella Brand Educator, Kelly is taking the world by storm. Kelly reflects on her time spent at ARROJO Cosmetology School and dishes out advice for prospective students.
How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I always paid close attention to hair and never realized it. When I was in college I started to color and cut my own hair, which turned into friends hair, then eventually turned into me considering hair as a career. When I graduated I started looking into cosmetology schools.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
Two things: I wanted to be the best hairdresser possible and I wanted to be in New York City. ARROJO Cosmetology is ultra connected to the industry. I wanted to learn what kind of hair was trending and how to do it well. Combine that with a beautiful facility and friendly staff and I was sold.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
I never felt so challenged and so supported at the same time. There were times I literally wanted to run out of the room because what I was doing seemed too hard. But I had excellent teachers guarding the door and making sure I never gave up. All of the skills I struggled with are second-nature to me now, I'm glad I didn't give up.
What is your favorite new skill?
I am currently building my editorial styling skill set. I focused so much of my time on cut and color, I am really excited to be exploring this part of my craft. I’ve entered two contests this past year and I will be entering a third this year. I'm setting up a NAHA (North American Hairstyling Awards) shoot too!
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
Be nice to your teachers!! You have so much to learn (and so do I). School is the beginning and foundation of your career so make it a strong one! I am so glad I was such an attentive student because that skill followed me throughout my career.
What did you do after graduation and where are you working now?
I was a Colorist & Educator at ARROJO Studio for a few years and even worked in the school. I love and cherish the time spent at ARROJO. It connected me to so many wonderful people and gave me a network to fall back on. I decided to "spread my wings" three years ago and now I am a Master Stylist at Hairroin Salon in NYC and a Wella Brand Educator.
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