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Aspiring stylists learn from the pros (VIDEO)


OGDENSBURG — Cosmetology students from across St. Lawrence County learned tips from the pros Monday at the first-ever “Hair Event” hosted by Board of Cooperative Educational Services’s Northwest Tech Center, 100 Park St.

Stylists from salons from across the county, including Salon 1020, Ogdensburg, Today’s Hair & Spa, Potsdam, Tangles Salon & Day Spa, Gouverneur, SmartStyle, Potsdam, and Suzann’s Hair Shoppe, DeKalb, traveled to the center to answer questions and talk about their experiences as they gave hair tutorials to the 75 students.

The students learned about hair dyes, styling techniques and different types of haircuts. Some students also walked away with salon products and straighteners won in raffles.

The demonstrations were organized by Northwest Tech cosmetology teacher Vicky L. Garrabrant and teaching assistant Colleen Evans. Students from Southwest Tech Center, Fowler, and Seaway Tech Center, Norwood, also attended.

Mrs. Garrabrant has worked for more than 27 years in cosmetology and has taught at Northwest Tech for more than seven years.

“It’s nice for the stylists to share their situations and to hear how they handled difficult situations,” she said. “Not everything is going to go perfectly all the time. Things will happen. Students are seeing what goes on in the field. But they are also seeing it’s fun, it’s possible and you can take it as far as you want to take it.”

Shelly L. Murray, owner of Today’s Hair and Day Spa, Potsdam, said she welcomed the opportunity to share her experiences with the students.

“It’s a fun industry,” Ms. Murray said. “It can be entertaining, fun and educational all at the same time. I think by the students seeing something different than the day-to-day, hopefully it inspires them to continue in this profession.”

Sarah A. Fitzpatrick, a stylist at Salon 1020 who graduated from Northwest Tech in 2007, was happy to be back at her alma mater helping aspiring stylists.

“The BOCES program definitely benefited me — from being more confident to learning the basics of a one-layer haircut,” she said. “It definitely will get the students on the right track as far as the basics they are going to have to learn.”

Cosmetology student Samantha E. King, 18, Ogdensburg, was very impressed by the visiting stylists’ knowledge. “I think it’s great to have them show us what they know,” she said. “I learned how to do a type of clipper cut.”

To see video of the event, visit

Aspiring hair stylists learn from the pros
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