After a seven-year run as the lead hairstylist on TLC’s hit show What Not to Wear, Nick Arrojo may be moving on from the show, but he’s far from hanging up his shears. The man behind some of the most stunning and heartwarming makeovers on TV is already well underway in his next endeavor – growing a hairstylist education program and expanding his branded line of personal care products.
Arrojo says this is a natural, positive step for him and his close-knit team of stylists at his flagship salon in New York City, ARROJO Studio.
“As a busy hairdresser, my goal is to give each client a top-notch haircut that suites their personal life and style, and helps them look great and feel fabulous,” Arrojo said. “After seven terrific years as hairdressing host [on TLC’s What Not to Wear], I’m sad to be leaving the show, but I’m comfortable with the decision, and I can walk away proud of the job that I’ve done and the people that I’ve touched.”
Within the past year, Arrojo expanded his original studio into a 13,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that includes a retail store, space for a future product concept store, an educational center for aspiring stylists, and a café for all to enjoy. The salon employs 70 staff members, helping approximately 850 clients each week achieve a new hairdo.
The studio also features the ARROJO product line (also available for purchase online), moderately-priced “luxury + performance” hair care products. The line most recently incorporated three new body washes launched in May.
Arrojo’s educational center for aspiring hairstylists, called ARROJO Academy, teaches a select group of prospective stylists both basic and advanced styling techniques in an intimate setting. Arrojo explains that the school is designed to offer students the strongest possible platform for a successful career.
“We want to exceed previous expectations of cosmetology schools in a concerted effort to raise standards of excellence and professionalism in the hairdressing craft.”
Despite Arrojo’s continued success, for many fans, Arrojo’s departure from What Not to Wear is the end of an era for the show. However, they still have the opportunity to get their own makeover from Arrojo or one of his seasoned stylists at the salon in New York.
Arrojo said, “In the long run, I’ll continue to grow my business and educate others in the craft that I love. Of course, as one door closes, another one opens, so I’m looking forward to new and exciting opportunities coming my way in the future.”
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