We caught up with ARROJO Cosmetology School Alumni, ARROJO SoHo Colorist Melina in-between clients so she could share her journey, hints & tips for being successful in this industry.
How did you become interested in the beauty industry?
In high school I was into makeup. I was interested in going to school to become a makeup artist. In my senior year of high school I did an internship and my close family friends own a salon, Gemini 14 on 14th street in Manhattan. From there I started to admire hair a lot more and slowly forgot about makeup. I feel like there’s so much more to do with hair. There’s so many different colors, shapes and textures.
Why did you choose ARROJO Cosmetology School?
I chose Arrojo cosmetology school because the salon I was interning at was obsessed with Nick Arrojo and told me to come here for school because it is the best! And it definitely was, and still is.
Is there anything that stands out in your mind about your experience here?
The education here is phenomenal. Even after doing hair for years and being on the floor full time I am just constantly learning here. It is truly one big family that all wants the best for each other. It is my home away from home.
What is your favorite new skill?
My favorite skills I learned from here are all the different foiling patterns. We have techniques for all hair types and textures. I definitely learned how to tackle any hair cut or texture to color now.
Any advice you can share with current or prospective students?
Never give up! This isn’t an easy industry. You have to put in a lot of work, but it pays off! It can take time but once you get where you want to be, you will be so happy and feel so accomplished and proud.
What did you do after graduation, and where are you working now?
After graduation I wasn’t sure if I wanted to chose cut or color so quickly. I wanted to be able to really understand both. I was working in a salon assisting at first of course and then became a stylist and I was doing cuts and color. A few years later I finally decided I was ready to put my scissors down and color! Coming from ARROJO I already knew how amazing it was and how it is departmentalized so I picked up the phone and called for an interview and, years later, here I am!
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