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August 5, 2013
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Knowing literally nothing about hair, much less cutting, color, and styling, I enrolled in the Cinta Aveda Institute. I was terrified going back to school, at 36 years old. I sat in the front row with my pen and paper out ready to learn as much as I could.

I decided to put my best foot forward and really work hard at beginning a new career. I had worked for Trader Joe’s for the last 10 years, and though I loved it, I was ready for something new.

On the side, for the last 8 years, I worked as a professional makeup artist and costume designer. Though the idea of being an artist was a romantic one, I had conceded to the idea that I would need a “real” job to make ends meet.

Educator Kevin helps hold a baby while students around him work at SF Earth Day 2013

To my surprise, Kevin Blackwell called my bluff. He was my intro instructor, and I don’t think I could have been luckier to have him as my first impression to the world of cosmetology. He was professional, fun, had a genuine passion for the industry, and above all successful.

After the third day I realized that cosmetology was an art, and living the life of an artist didn’t mean being poor, angry, and disenfranchised; like I thought for years. And the art I was going to learn to do was going to walk down the street everyday!

Once I allowed myself to have fear and acknowledge it and learn from it, I really began to grow in the Cinta Aveda Institute. Kevin was the catalyst for my enthusiasm toward the industry and really pushed me to do my best. His guidance, both considerate and straightforward prepared for my time on the salon floor.

Kevin’s introductory classes have made my experience with guests at the Cinta Aveda Institute rewarding, challenging, professional, and has ensured that I am on a clear path to a rewarding career as a cosmetologist. I am excited to move beyond the Cinta Aveda Institute, and taking what I’ve learned from Kevin; I have confidence that my next steps in the industry will be based in preparation and excitement for one of the most rewarding careers I can imagine.

Not many professionals can say that their work is grounded in the concept of making people feel good, I can.

Take Control Of Your Future

October 30, 2012
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I began my education at The Cinta Aveda Institute a year ago. I decided to enroll based on the suggestions of a few of my friends. Sure, I had styled my own hair, however I had never really touched hair prior to my intro classes.

Additionally, I didn’t realize the passion that the institute would help me develop for the industry of cosmetology.

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I have two degrees already, one in advertising and a second in creative writing. Neither of which I am currently using.

I was incredibly skeptical of The Cinta Aveda Institute considering I have already earned an “education,” and I can say my prior experience with higher learning has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t believe that my time spent at the University was spent wisely. Sure, a lot of the responsibility fell on my shoulders, but I can see many ways I was failed by the University system. I was never told the practicalities of the professional world and upon graduating I was set free with no real world experience and an astronomical debt.

I hold true to the idea, that any place of education that costs so much to require major financing has an obligation to its students to give them every opportunity to succeed. Yes, I believe that a huge responsibility falls on the shoulders of every place of higher education to: open doors to their students and aid them in applying what they are learning in real life, and give them a fair shot at paying back their education without the fear of financial insecurity for 20+ years.

As far as opportunities for students of The Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been met with enthusiasm and encouragement from industry leaders in the San Francisco area. I got hired at a salon in Union Square almost immediately after enrolling. I guarantee having The Cinta Aveda Institute on my resume helped me land the job. That alone has put me on the fast track to working as a professional stylist in the cosmetology industry.

I have been encouraged by my educators to push myself toward success, and my successes at school I have carried to the work place. I am excited to transition to a stylist in-training at my job.

I keep close photographic records of my cuts, colors, and styles at school and I share them with my current boss and other stylists in the city. Showing this seemingly minimal excitement has put me ahead of the game and I now have a number of salons contacting me for potential jobs.

Although, I have moments of fear and frustration at school, I know that if I continue to put my best foot forward I will have a solid education and experience behind me to reach my dreams and work professionally; and, most importantly, pay back my debts and live comfortably. I am confident that The Cinta Aveda Institute has given me the tools, the drive, and the foundation to be a great stylist.