ARROJO Cosmetology Schoo alumni stories offer the chance to catch up with our graduates. Here we chat to Olga Vapnyar, a student who came to us ready to embark on her second career, and is now one of NYC’s most desirable hair stylists.
How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
I embraced the beauty industry as a second career. After not finding the job fulfillment I was looking for, I thought becoming a hairstylist would allow me to express my creativity, make people feel great, and develop a lasting, rewarding career for myself.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
I knew that Arrojo had a great reputation. From the moment I walked into the Arrojo Cosmetology School facility, I knew that the education and environment offered there were bar non. I couldn't envision going anywhere else.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
I remember the educators being very knowledgeable and supportive. The special friendships I built with my classmates. Great training for the state board. And bringing models/taking clients at different stages of my education offered great incite to my future apprenticeship and career.
What is your favorite new skill?
While I love working with all sorts of textures, creating beautiful shapes out of my fellow curly girls' hair always gives me a great satisfaction.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
I would advise students to not be afraid to go after what they want. The journey won't always be easy but it will definitely make you better and stronger in the long run.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduation, I was fortunate enough to attain a cut apprenticeship with Arrojo Studio and am proud to say I've been with the salon for 7+ years, currently working there as a Top level stylist and educator.
To begin your own journey as a stylist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call 212 242 7786 x 5 x 411.