Graduate Name: Jace Avery
Business/Employer name: Viselli Salon
Business/Employer location: 297 Newbury st, Boston, MA 02115

What were you doing before coming to STI?

I was working as a waitress and cook after attending college for Environmental Science, when I realized it was time to make a change and follow my dream of doing hair!

How did you make your decision to come to STI?

I realized when I first went for a tour how much the teachers care about giving the best possible education to the students. I remember the first time I met Sherry and Kristine in particular and thinking, wow, no one has ever shown the amount of dedication to my education that these talented teachers would. You can tell how passionate their teachers are and it makes it so much more meaningful to be taught by people who genuinely care about your future success and wellbeing.

Were your family and friends supportive of your decision to make a career change?

The short answer is yes, for the most part. I had been heavily encouraged to go to “traditional college” before following my passion for hair. Environmental science always has been and always will be a huge part of my identity, so it was important to me to keep these values regardless of my career. Luckily, I found Viselli Salon! They are a Green Circle Salon, which means they recycle nearly everything they produce (the hair we cut off, used foils, and even leftover color). Thankfully, since my friends and family understand how important these details are to me, they have mostly been very supportive of my career change. Their only main concern was that I wouldn’t be “living up to my full potential”, but I’m very driven and have been certainly proving them wrong!

Tell me about your experience at STI. What classes did you liked best? What did you enjoy most while at school? Please share any comments you may have about the training you received.

I always loved the more science-centered classes at Spa Tech, and I’ve always been impartial to color so color class was definitely one of my favorites! It makes me so happy that we are challenging the stereotype that cosmetologists aren’t inherently intelligent and showing that it requires a lot of understanding of theory and the reasons why we do certain things the way we do.
What I enjoyed most was definitely the bonds we created with teachers and our fellow students. Connections are so integral in your growth as a cosmetologist and Spa Tech definitely invests so much in allowing you to form these meaningful relationships with others.

Favorite aspect of being a cosmetologist?

Being able to have a direct impact on people’s confidence! I love being able to help people to feel comfortable in their own skin. Having always been someone who has struggled with self-acceptance and body dysmorphia, I love being able to help people see their true selves in their reflection. If I’ve helped even one person with that, then I’ve done my job right!

Advice for prospective students?

Take advantage of your time with the amazing teachers! They are an incredible resource, make sure to ask them ALL of the questions and absorb as much as you can from there! Also, I’m sure everyone is told “practice makes perfect” but it really does! The teachers are here to back you up no matter what, so take this time to hone your skills and experiment while you’re at it. Today’s risk could be tomorrow’s next big thing!

Please share any valuable industry information that you would like for us to know about.

The only one who determines your worth is you. This is an industry that pushes the boundaries of what is “normal” every day, so take advantage of that and allow your creativity to shine! Never stop learning, and keep in mind that every mistake is an opportunity to grow![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]