Following in the footsteps of her mother, Brittany Moore decided to take her degree for performing arts and passion for beauty to ARROJO Cosmetology School to pursue her dream career in hairdressing. With a spot in class 14, taught by Nick Arrojo, she held tight to all the knowledge she received and has now successfully opened her own salon! We got to chat with Brittany about her experience at ARROJO and how her education laid the groundwork in achieving her biggest dream.
How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
My mother was a hairdresser and we had a salon in my house growing up. I was always so impressed with her work and her close relationships with her clients. Growing up I often snuck into her salon and experimented with changing my own color! After I received my BFA in Dance Performance I decided it was time to get serious about changing my career path. I had a very traumatic life change in college that brought me to where I am now. My mother passed away the end of my sophomore year. I struggled with the decision to continue with dance school or stay local and go to cosmetology school. I knew I wanted to have the best education possible to make a serious career change. I finished my Bachelors Degree and I decided to follow in her footsteps and begin a career in cosmetology at ARROJO.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
I looked at a number of schools, and nothing compared to the high standards and professionalism of ARROJO Cosmetology. I felt like it was more of a blend of performing arts and beauty.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
Yes, the emphasis on completing an apprenticeship. I was in lucky class 14, Nick Arrojo was my instructor. He made it clear that if we wanted to be successful, we must continue education after school.
What is your favorite new skill?
I am currently learning the basics of starting a business, which I am excited to cultivate and develop!
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
- Maintain a relationship with a mentor. I often reach out to Joey Silvestera of Blackstones Hairdressing, for guidance and advice.
- Observe other stylists. Learn from their good AND bad habits
- Respect your tools and they will last...I still use my entire kit from school!
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduation, I continued my education with a color apprenticeship at Blackstones Hairdressing in the East Village. In 2014 I moved upstate freelancing in cut, color, and formal updos. This summer I opened my own independent business, The Factory Hairdressing. My salon is in a collaborative artist loft. We offer hands on classes in jewelry design, beauty product knowledge, and hair styling. I am truly thankful for everything I learned in school. I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without my phenomenal education and guidance. If you told me on my first day of cosmetology school that in 6 years I would be running my own business, I wouldn’t have believed you!
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