Hey everyone, my name is Andrew Myers, Federico’s new student Services Coordinator. I’m a 25 year old guy who’s only exposure to the beauty industry is the haircut I receive every couple weeks. Compared to my friends, I’m probably the most concerned of my appearance. A few of my friends haven’t seen a razor or a pair of shears in years, and have no intention of changing that any time soon. In fact, if you would have told me six months ago that I’d be working in the beauty industry I would have laughed at you. Yet here I am, starting a job working for a beauty institute. So, I’d like to share with you my initial impressions about the industry.
It’s not just about hair. I know, in retrospect I can’t believe that’s all I thought it was, but maybe you’re in the same boat as me and are equally blown away that hair is just one portion of the industry. The men and women here do cut hair, but they also address nearly every aspect of the human body. Where a painter has a canvas to create a work of art, a cosmetologist has the canvas of a human body to do the very same thing. In the case of the cosmetologist, however, they have a canvas with particular contours and preferences so there’s an added degree of difficulty in creating their piece. Here are a few examples of the transformative power of this industry:
Even though there is an incredible amount of skill and talent shown in the images above, that isn’t where this industry ends. There is an immense push in this industry to help the less fortunate as well as those who have been through a tragedy. Some of the students I’ve met here at Federico want to take their licenses and follow it up with a nursing program so they can use their skills to help people with severe burns and the victims of abuse. Their hope is to remind these people of just how beautiful they are and to restore the physical beauty they had before their tragedy.
Here are a couple examples of the work they do:
As you can see, the work this industry does is impressive, helpful, and so much more than just hair. In just a few short days in this Industry I’ve discovered this much. I’m excited to see what the future holds and I hope you enjoy reading about it.
Founder of BeautyMastermind
Original Sebastian Platform Artist
A true visionary with over 35 years of experience, Edwin Lombardi visited Federico on April 7th to present his class “Mixing the fundamentals of design”. This advanced education class included a live demo and a hands-on session with a select group of students utilizing mannequin heads. The class focused on texturizing techniques to create a modern classic style.
Sonya, a student who attended the class appreciated the simplistic nature to the presentation, “he takes the fundamentals and simplifies them by removing all the fluff, to create completely attainable designs. He can take these simple ideas and combine them into something that looks almost impossible to do.”
Edwin who has worked with some of the biggest names in industry got his start at age 17. Fresh from beauty school, Edwin was given the opportunity to do a two year intensive training program that included private training from Sebastian founder, Geri Cusenza.
Working as platform artist, Edwin traveled the world as a member of the original Sebastian design team. Throughout his storied career, Edwin was a pioneer in the industry utilizing video education and eventually became an Artistic Director for Sebastian creating seasonal hair collections with other industry icons Geri Cusenza and Robert Lobetta.
Edwin gave a homeroom presentation the following day that included a dramatic transformation of one of our own students.
Co-Owner of Lunatic Fringe
SAM VILLA Educator
Andrew Carruthers presented his Modern Foundations class in Federico’s advanced training room on February 16th and 17th. As the Education director for Sam Villa and co-owner of Lunatic Fringe, Andrew spends much of his time traveling and presenting to many of the industry’s top professionals.
Students, Alumni and local salon professionals were introduced to his technique of conjoining foundational techniques with fashion trends. “I love to take tiny sections and create flawless graduation. I also love taking the entire top of the head, compressing it into one section, and taking a razor to it.” Andrew believes that there is more than one way to skin a cat, “One of my biggest pet peeves is when we are told this is the right way to do something, because in the end there are many ways to get an end result.” Students appreciated the intimate atmosphere which left time for plenty of hands on education.
Q & A with Andrew Carruthers
Do you any advice for new stylists?
The wide variety of paths that we have in our industry can be overwhelming… especially to extremely motivated stylists. Dip your toes in a lot of different opportunities when you are young you find an initial direction to go. Don’t worry if it’s the right direction, you can always alter your course layer… every experience you have feeds the next.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Passionate, Relatable, and Honest
What is your most rewarding memory in the Industry?
The first time I saw James Morrison cut hair… it wasn’t even the haircut that he was doing, it was how he approached the hair. You could see elegance, confidence, and passion just in a way he picked up the section and held his scissors. It was the moment that I knew what type of heart I wanted to convey through my hairdressing.
Co-Founder of Hairbrained.me
Gerard kicked off his career as a hairdresser at Vidal Sassoon NYC, and in 2010 he joined the ARROJO team. After 20+ years of experience in the industry, Gerard was classified as a well-known, world-class hair stylist and educator who has cemented his place as a true visionary.
During Gerard’s 2-day visit to Federico, he demonstrated two Advanced Razor cutting techniques. He led a class for current Federico students and another for Federico alumni and local salon professionals. Both classes focused on advanced razor cutting and editorial styling, creating a look that incorporated disconnection and inside-out layering.
This live session of Advanced Education included live model demonstrations by Gerard and hands-on mannequin sessions where our guests were able to then recreate the look with Gerard closely observing. Once the cuts were complete, our guests were able to dress and pin there cuts to create an editorial, edgy look that featured iron work, braiding and hair padding.
Here’s what some of the participants had to say about the class…
“I have already taken sculpture here at Federico but every educator has a different look on the techniques of cutting. Gerard gave me a whole new perspective on cutting hair.”
“The class exceeded my expectations. Learning a very technical way of cutting will help me to be a more consistent stylist.”
“I love that I was taught a new approach to some old techniques”