ARROJO Cosmetology Class 6 have now joined Classes 1-5 as high-flying, beauty school graduates. They completed the course with a Graduation Party Presentation, where each student created and presented one entire head to toe look, inspired by an era or theme of their choice.
With an audience of students’ family and friends invited to attend the Graduation, the show opens with a slideshow of quotes from the class. They tell us about “an invaluable teacher who has given us an immeasurable gift,” the “constant inspiration,” and the “dedication and patience” required to to teach the full gamut of cosmetology education.
With hearts warmed, School Director, Loretta O’Connell, speaks of how the school has, in twenty-four months, put fifty-eight Graduates into the industry; and of how this class with big personality put their heart and soul into every day of their education.
Class teacher, Arianna Marino, reveals the seven month student journey: How in the beginning creating a simple center-part is a gut-wrenching task, and how after much blood, sweat and tears each Graduate is now confident in all elements of cosmetology, in a modern and creative, precision-based method of hairstyling.
But seeing is believing and the stellar presentation of a chic runway show was evidence enough that this class has made the giant leap from students to stylists.
Jenika’s model is the first to walk the runway. The haircut is a a modern shag - longer lengths and disconnection blending for movement and fluidity within face-framing shape - in dark brown color tones, and with spots of red popping out beautifully. Inspired by Washington Heights, a Dominican neighborhood of New York City, this is a style straight from those uptown streets.
Lindsey’s model is next on the catwalk and her inspiration is the Pacific Islands: tribal, earthy, wild. Ergo this model is a modern sexy woman, with natural color tones, but also an asymmetrical shape to the cut that gives space and freedom. Completing her look, edgy styling that is dynamic and versatile.
Kelly, inspired by the style and elegance of 1940’s French Riviera chic, uses an avante-garde approach to send out her model as the modern Veronica Lake pin up. Her technique mimics the natural landscapes, colors and textures of the time to create a rich vibrant hue, and an opulent updo with timeless beauty, vintage grace.
Shawna’s model represents the culture of Berlin: Old architecture, street style and chaos, working as one. An asymmetrical cut with strong short to long shape, elegantly crafted from the front, and blended with flashes of bright blond, shine and texture. It creates the stark visual interest reminiscent of the liberal German metropolis.
Yessania’s model goes to Sleepy Hollow to bring us mysterious, raw texture, short to long layers, and dark and vibrant tones. A contemporary, offbeat, and innovative interpretation of one of America’s most enduring yarns.
Alexa’s model features feudal Japanese fusion. Inspired by the yin and yang of Japanese painting, the style is made up of hard and soft lines, metallic blonde color, and a blunt, one-length cut, artfully sculpted into the minimalist style of the time and place.
Completing the presentations, Mirella’s model takes us to Las Vegas. A hue of rich natural brown creates thrilling depth and dimension in a hairstyle that is cut and sliced into fun and playful shapes - with layers upon layers making the Vegas body and bounce.
After rousing applause, certificates for Best Attendance (Shawna), Best GPA (Shawna), and Best Retail Average (Kelly) are awarded, with the winners given gift certificates to classes of continued education at the ARROJO advanced academy.
A closing speech by school owner, Nick Arrojo, reflects on all the skills the Graduates put to practice for their presentations: creativity, visualization, image consultancy, team work, public speaking, the art and craft of hairstyling and makeup. “For these new hairstylists, this is just the beginning of a lasting, prosperous, and rewarding career,” he said. “Let’s celebrate their magic.”
(Here is a selection of images showing the Graduates celebrating their big day. To open a slideshow window, click any image. To move to the next image in the series, click on the right-hand-side of the image window.)