The Wave of the Future

Karen Gorden and Paul Chambers of the Cosmetologists Chicago Board of Directors pose with Nick Arrojo, Zoe and Amanda of the ARROJO Creative Team.

Cosmetologists Chicago held an info-packed FIRST MONDAYS workshop with world-renowned hairdresser Nick Arrojo, who demonstrated a new wave technique, The American Wave.

Alongside Nick, two ARROJO creative team dynamos, Zoe and Amanda, created six beachy, textured looks. The permanent chemical service that is kinder and gentler on hair than a traditional ‘P-word’, as Nick would say. The system only breaks a select amount of bonds within the hair, allowing it to maintain softness while adding texture and wave.


Three of the six textured, beachy looks created at the event.


Six models show off ‘make-overs’ created by Nick and the ARROJO Creative Team

CC Voices had the opportunity to attend the event and caught up with Nick to get his four best tips for salon owners and professionals.

On The Craft of Cutting with a Razor:

“When I cut with a razor, I create space. I love the craftsmanship that a razor allows. It’s like sketching your cut rather than drawing a graphic drawing “

On The Future:

“We are at the beginning of a texture revolution that’s created by hairdressers. Millennials are all about texture; to look young you have to stay young. 50 is the new 30, 40 is the new 20!”

On Finding a Great Salon Location:

“Try to be at street level because walk-ins offer great opportunity to get new clients; and have fabulous windows so everyone can see your space and get the benefit of natural light.”

On Finding Mentors:

“In order to be an inspired hairdresser you have to have mentors. Find people who you respect and who truly care about the profession.”

Thanks for all of the great tips, Nick!


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