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Metro Beauty Academy’s unique architectural design gives a typical learning environment a run for it’s money. Our building was designed to bring inspiration and creativity by infusing the indoors with the outdoors. The open concept and modern industrial feel allows for the maximum use of natural light.
In November of 2012, we were honored to host Sebastian’s top artist Will Bostock as a guest speaker. We received a letter of praise from him which we were so honored by, we asked his permission to share: Teachers/Students of Metro, Just wanted to say thank you for having me to your awesome school. It ...Read More →
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Cutler Salon, New York City | Assistant
Since graduating from Metro Beauty Academy in February 2009, my life has been a combination of ups, downs, and most of all, hard work. Immediately after I had completed my hours at Metro, I signed up and tested for my PA State Cosmetology License where I passed with a 99% on the practical and a 97% on the theory! After obtaining my license, I began doing local work in the Lehigh Valley assisting under Adrienne Bearden-Gardner doing hair and makeup on photo shoots.
I attended the IBS show in New York City in the spring to begin networking where I had opportunities to speak to several salon owners and established hair stylists from all over the world. I then decided it was time to give it all I had and moved to the East Village in Manhattan in May.
From the very week I was settled in, I started to really hit the streets and hand out my resume to anywhere and everywhere they would accept it! After a couple days, I received several calls for interviews from well known salons which included Arrojo Studio, Dop Dop Salon, Cutler Salon, and Bumble&Bumble. After going through many interview processes, I sat and really lined up my options and then made the decision to join the Cutler Salon team. Cutler Salon is known for not only being a major A-list celebrity salon of choice, but the team is highly involved in major editorial work and New York City’s fashion weeks.
I joined the team in late June and the work has only gotten harder since then. The hours are long, the work is very serious, and the classes are very advanced. But even though it hasn’t been the easiest job to work, it has been the greatest experience of my life. Only a few months into my career, I have worked hard and been able to broadcast my looks all over the nation.
My work has been featured on stylecaster.com, the Rachael Ray Show, New York Times Magazine, Seventeen magazine, E.L.F. Cosmetics, and New York City’s 2010 spring and fall fashion weeks. I may have done a lot, but the journey has yet to be completed. I have been incredibly blessed but I know there is still so much more to see.
My story has just begun.
John Sahag Workshop | Colorist
Metro Beauty Academy graduate, Carrie Chapman-Levit, has honed her coloring skills and recently joined the John Sahag Workshop in New York City. John Sahag is legendary for his unique “dry cut technique,” and his workshop is home to renowned stylists and colorists who meet with celebrity clients such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, and more.
“The advanced color training with Wella at Metro Beauty Academy has put me four steps ahead of my peers that have graduated from other schools. I have the knowledge and skill that allows me to keep up with some color artists who have been in the industry for years,” Carrie says.
The salon is constantly involved in a great deal of editorial work, which is something Carrie enjoys because she is able to express her creativity just as she did while at Metro Beauty Academy through photo shoots as a senior floor student.
Carrie also received her bachelor’s degree in painting and art education from VCU’s School of the Arts. She has always enjoyed the art of color and is now studying under the best to provide the latest techniques to the NYC elite.
Her mentors include colorists from France and Italy who are masters at the Balayage technique in addition to New York City-based color specialists with more than 15 years of professional experience.
Although still considered a student and undergoing a two-year assistant program, Carrie will receive a chair at the John Sahag Workshop upon her training completion. She is anxious to become a part of its legacy and plans to become a Master Colorist.
“I am an artist. I will always be an artist. I have just chosen to change my medium,” she adds. “From now on, hair is my canvas.”
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The following note of praise was written from an evening Esthetics student in the Fall of 2012.
Dear Ms. Kira Weller and to All the Metro Beauty Academy Staff,
Have you ever been in a learning environment that was so impactful that left you feeling passionate about what you had learned and experienced? Have you ever had a teacher, a mentor, with the extraordinary talent to keep you totally immersed in the material being taught? Have you ever had a teacher who conveyed such deep-seated respect for each student by striving to help each individual become a success?
Throughout the years, I have earned a Chemistry degree, a Registered Nursing degree, have worked within different industries, and have had many teachers, mentors and superiors along the way. I cannot say that until I entered the doors of Metro Beauty Academy, and became an Esthetics student with Ms. Kira Weller as my teacher, that I could reply with a “Yes” to all the questions above.
I have walked away from my evening Esthetics course excited and with a renewed sense of direction every night. Ms. Weller’s infectious passion for her work, her exceptional knowledge of Esthetics and the Beauty Industry, and her ability to connect with each student exhilarates my own passion within the Beauty industry.
Ms. Weller is not only a good educator, but a great motivator as well. She captures the attention of each individual while creating an interesting and exciting learning environment by exhibiting such enthusiasm and interest in her work. She puts forth much effort in preparing her curriculum as evident by the innovative and creative ways she has made the course material not only understandable, but engaging and relevant to the career path her student’s have chosen. Ms. Weller has the talent in identifying with each student’s unique talents and is an advocate to each individual’s success
Due to the nature of the course curriculum, the programs at Metro Beauty Academy are not only theory, but “hands-on” as well. Each student is given the knowledge, the application and the confidence to master the program. Metro Beauty Academy provides their student’s with state of the art equipment, professionalism, and the dedication to make their students a success.
I have found that the positive environment, the respect and patience of the teacher’s, and their committed attitudes to be an extraordinary and valuable experience.
“Beauty is within.” Dare to be Unique. Dare to be that individual who stands out amongst the crowd. This is what I have experienced at Metro Beauty Academy.
My thanks go to Ms. Kira Weller and to Metro Beauty Academy and staff.
Fondly and with appreciation,