My First Impressions

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:

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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:

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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.

 -Andrew Myers

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