For Class 12, an updo competition looking for demonstration of modern trends and techniques gave an exciting conclusion to Stage One of the curriculum.
An updo is a hairstyle that involves arranging the hair instead of allowing it to fall freely. It can be as simple as a ponytail, but is more commonly associated with more elaborate styles intended for special occasions such as a prom or wedding. Doing it well is an intricate skill, and a vital string to any hairdresser’s bow.
But when a new class of students arrives for their first day of school, they have no prior knowledge of the hairdressing craft; even the correct way to hold a comb is beyond their grasp. In Stage One, therefore, students must build theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the classic hairdressing topics. And by the end of the Stage, we put their newfound knowledge, techniques and skills to the test with a friendly udpo competition.
Showing detail, dexterity, and creativity these updos were fabulous: A great reflection of what Class 12 have learned, how they have grown, in eight weeks of hard work.
Stage One is just the beginning. In Stages two and three and four the students progress through the full gamut of ARROJO and State Board techniques, receiving advanced training in all the techniques of modern, creative professionals; skills that will be the launch pad for a lasting, prosperous career at the top of their profession.
We give our students a platform for success whether they want to work in the salon, in education, or in editorial and fashion-related work. The udpo competition is just one part of their education, one part of their evolution into professionals committed to excellence and integrity in the craft. And the ultimate result is the ability to create fashion-forward and functional, beautiful, wearable hair for each person to grace their chair.
(To open a slideshow widow with snapshots of Class 12’s updos, including competition winner, Clare Malarkey, with her winning mannequin updo, click on any image. To move to the next image in the series, click on the right side of the image displayed in the slideshow window.)