From Youtube tutorials to being her family’s personal hairstylist, Julia knew she was destined for a career in the hair industry. Now taking clients at ARROJO SoHo, we caught up with Julia to talk about her experience during cosmetology school and pick her brain about what it takes to become an ARROJO stylist.
How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
Growing up, I generally always gravitated towards the arts. I spent most of my time studying YouTube’s latest braiding tutorials...when I probably should have been studying for other things. I was everyone’s personal hairstylist. After freshman year of studying graphic design at college, I decided to leave and start a new journey, and follow my real passion. After doing my research, I realized how many different opportunities there are in the beauty industry, and I wanted to hop on board as soon as I could.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
I knew if I was going to start my new life as a hairstylist, I would go big or go home. ARROJO’s reputation is by far one of the best in the industry. After visiting the Cosmetology School in TriBeCa and seeing the program, I felt extremely comfortable and confident in my decision to be a part of the ARROJO family.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
There are so many things to choose from, but I would have to say that taking clients in stage 4 was a big highlight for me. It’s amazing how much you grow in such a short period of time. Being given the chance to feel like a true hairstylist with clients really made the experience come full circle. Although it was nerve-racking at first, the teachers were always there to guide you, and make both you and the client feel comfortable.
What is your favorite new skill?
I love slide cutting and point cutting when refining. It’s a fun way to remove weight and have the hair lay soft. You can play around and really personalize the haircut.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
Give it your all and really push yourself. Prove to yourself that you are ready for what the world has to throw at you after your short 7 months at school. Practice good habits like catching the early train to school, finding models two weeks in advance, and keeping up with the workbook. At the end of the day, you are in control of your own future and reputation. Have an open mind and absorb as much wisdom from the educators as you can. Stay focused, positive, and be humble. All your hard work will speak for itself.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduation I set up an interview to work for ARROJO. After receiving the amazing news that I was given the opportunity to start the apprenticeship, I gave in my start date. I took one month off to regroup, and take a much need vacation so I was able to hit the ground running when I started my apprenticeship in May.
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