My adventure here at Aveda has come to an end. It has been such a fun ride, and I’ve learned so much on my journey: about myself and about hair.
When I started school I thought I knew the exact type of hairdresser I wanted to be when I graduated. I would be the master of big, beautiful, girly hair, (which only applies to part of my eclectic personal style) and I would love, love, love color.
I had a hard and strong vision of how my education would shape me as a hairdresser, and I wasn’t planning to budge. I was frightened of my razor and clippers because they were sharp, scary and left no room for error. I remember when we were learning men’s cutting in class, and we were asked to use our razor for the first time. While watching the instructional video, I turned white as a sheet and thought I might pass out (typical). The thought of putting a razor to my thumb was beyond terrifying. Like always, my very patient teacher helped me understand how and when to use the razor and now it is one of my favorite tools!
As the weeks and months flew by, I found myself discovering that I had a fondness for both men’s and women’s short edgy haircuts … So. Not. Cassie. I loved learning how to cut hair in new and interesting ways. I asked an instructor to challenge me on the floor one week and by the next day I was cutting a gal’s layered cut with clippers only!! Hint: it’s a great way to take off a lot of length very fast
One of the great things about the Aveda Institute is that they offer career fairs that help you meet and network with salon owners while beginning the process of finding a job for when you finish your program. It was a great way for me to see all of my options and begin thinking about where I would start my career.
From day one I knew I wanted to be a part of the thriving downtown Durham business community. As a resident of Durham, I have always felt strongly about the influence local business can have on a growing or reestablishing city. So that’s where I started my search and I found my future home: Rock Paper Scissors Salon and Gallery.
I am so excited to start my career in a salon that is involved in the community that I live in. They have a stellar reputation and a creative, innovative atmosphere. I felt immediately at home when I walked in for my interview. The owners are very professional and kind. My meeting with them was like chatting with new friends and in the end I was lucky enough to be hired before I graduated the Aveda Institute. I have even had the opportunity to take classes at the salon before graduation to help with my transition into the professional world.
The education that I have received here at the Aveda Institute has really prepared me to head out into the world of hairdressing and the friends that I have made here will last me a lifetime. So I say farewell to the Aveda Institute with a heavy heart. I have loved my time here, and I hope that all of you enjoy it as much as I have!
See you in the real world!