Student Spotlight: Cap


Our students are amazing, which is why every month we feature one who is going above and beyond at VICI Beauty School. Cap, a cosmetology student at our Milwaukee campus, originally was set on esthiology, but after talking with our administration team, decided to try cosmetology. Now she’s succeeding at both hair and skincare! She’s working hard in an industry she never thought she’d be a part of – before VICI, Cap was going to school for Baking and Pastry Arts. To learn more about her journey at VICI Beauty School, we invited Cap to sit down and chat with us.

VICI Beauty School: You originally expressed interest in esthiology? Why did you decide to go into the cosmetology field?
Cap: I visited VICI Beauty School two years ago and I did two tours, both for the esti program. At the time, I was going to microdermabrasion appointments (my esthetician had graduated from VICI), and she convinced me to get a free mini facial. She said it was amazing and I had to try it. I had never had a facial before, and it stuck in my mind. I could see myself doing that. Then, during my recent tour, administration put in the back of my mind that I could do both skincare and hair and be covered for everything in cosmetology. I never did anything with my hair or makeup. Now I know more about hair in general, and I know more about my own hair.

VICI: Why did you decide on VICI Beauty School, an Aveda Institute?
Cap: I knew a couple of people who had gone here. It was convenient and close to home. I came in for my tours and it felt so warm and comfortable. I liked that it was small, too – the classroom sizes are really nice.

VICI: How does esthiology and cosmetology work together for you?
Cap: I can see myself doing a little bit of both. It’s never an awful thing to have a big skill set. I want to learn more hair cutting techniques. When I came here, I didn’t know anything. I was a little behind everyone else. I didn’t watch YouTube videos or anything about hair. But now, I would love to combine both skincare and hair into my career.

VICI: You mentioned that you felt like you were behind everyone else? How did you overcome that challenge?
Cap: When I started, it was so stressful. I felt like I had to work 10 times harder than anyone else. I had to read my books ahead of time. I would go home and take home all my stuff with me and practice wrapping perms and roller sets. I would quiz myself. I felt funny because I didn’t see anyone else having my struggles. But I just kept challenging myself. Everyone was on one page and I was on another. I’ve worked up to where I am. I didn’t think I would survive this long. I didn’t think I would make it. I didn’t even tell my family because I didn’t think I would finish. But now I can do some colors and cuts in two hours. It’s amazing! It’s been quite the journey. This takes a lot of practice and understanding that everyone learns at a different pace.

VICI: We are so happy to see you succeeding now! What would you like to do after you graduate?
Cap: I would love to learn more about hair cutting and visit a few shops to see if they’ll take me under their wing. I also want to learn more about skincare. That’s where I’m more of a natural. I want to learn more about waxing and sugaring, as well chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

VICI: What advice would you give to a student just entering this program?
Cap: Be patient. Be polite. Be prepared and continue to be productive. Work really hard and don’t get too comfortable and too cocky. Every time you think you’re having a bad day, remember that if you’re coming to school, you’re learning something new. I just learned three new braids! And it’s never too late to learn.

We thought it would be fun to learn a little more about Cap. We asked her some “just for fun” questions:

VICI: What is your favorite color?
Cap: I love turquoise. I could never choose between green and blue!

VICI: If you could any animal, what would you be?
Cap: Kangaroo. I love kangaroos. It’s the only animal that can carry everything with them.

VICI: Where did you go to high school?
Cap: I went to Milwaukee High School of the Arts almost ten years ago.

We asked Cap if she had any final words she wanted to add. She said, “The Administration is awesome and the skincare instructor is amazing. The instructors seem like they push a little too hard but it’s actually for your benefit. It’s so you can make your own decisions without them. Everyone wants you to do well. You have to be positive and understanding and open to the idea of change.” Wise words from Cap!

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Check out some of Cap’s work below!