Collete Hood - An Aveda Alumni portriat of her in a green grass field wearing a dress and red long curly hair

August 10, 2017

Find What Sets Your Soul on Fire: An Aveda Institute Idaho Alumni Success Story

At Aveda Institute Idaho, we are passionate about our students and are committed to giving them the best possible education to prepare them for the passion-filled career that awaits them after graduation.

That commitment to our students doesn’t stop when they leave our facilities, however. It continues long after. More than just advanced classes and job placement services, we cheer our students on as they do great things with their lives.

Let’s take a look at one of our amazing cosmetology alumni, Colette Hood!

Collete Hood - An Aveda Alumni portriat of her in a green grass field wearing a dress and red long curly hair

Her Time at Aveda Idaho

Before school, Colette knew she wanted to pursue a career in cosmetology. She was drawn to the creative aspect as a cosmetologist but didn’t quite know what to expect and what specifics she would find a passion doing.
After attending school at our Boise campus, Colette fell in love with the products, staff, and students that she still considers a huge part of her life. It was those instructors that contributed so deeply to her education, giving her a heavy passion for the art of hair, specifically color formation.

The building of color, the technique of a perfect blend, and the experimentation with some of the fun new trends helped to build that passion, and one that has only grown!

Graduating in 2013 with a full head of gorgeous hair herself, Colette left our Boise campus ready to put more color into the beautiful world that awaited her.

Beyond Cosmetology School

Colette found a job within just a few months of graduating from our program, finding her first home at an Aveda salon. It was within these familiar surroundings that Colette was able to start mastering her skills and conquering her greatest challenge to date: “Building her client book.”

Building a client book is often one of the most challenging tasks a new stylist faces, but with tenacious grit it can be conquered. Colette took this challenge by the horns using techniques she learned here at Aveda Institute Boise.

We always strive to prepare our students for the future, which is why we include a variety of skills in our cosmetology school curriculum, ranging from hairstyling and hair coloring techniques to manicures and pedicures to makeup.

Now, Colette is working as a color specialist in Boise at a “cosmo-contemporary” salon called the Azure Hair Studio LLC, where she strives to learn and grow her skills even more. Even after six years behind the chair, she still believes in the value of learning and growing.

Colette has said, “Coloring hair feeds my soul!” Her love for color continues by helping others get that perfect color blend not only with their own hair but with extensions as well. She has expanded her skills in the extension world by offering different types of extensions such as hand tied, tape ins, and flat tips for all those who have long hair dreams.

Check out her Instagram page @hair_by_hood or her Facebook page @HairByHood to see all of her amazing hair transformations like this phenomenal color correction:

Before photo of a mid-length hair in need of a color correction (bad blend of blonde and red)

After photo of color correction with dark purple hair

Find What Feeds Your Soul

We are so glad that Colette pursued cosmetology and found a career that she is passionate about! There are only more amazing things in store for her, and we wish her luck through every step. As with all of our students, we continue to cheer her on and are here for every obstacle and success that may await her in her beautiful journey.

Like Colette, Aveda Institute Idaho wants to help you find what feeds your soul! Cosmetology is a great career choice with so many opportunities! Some cosmetologists love specializing with color formation, some love creating different cuts and styles, and some love trying different nail shapes and designs.

While it’s important to have a well-rounded knowledge, you can totally find your niche and set your soul on fire! If you are interested in this career but not sure what you want your “niche” or specialty to be, choose Aveda Idaho and you can discover what drives your love for beauty. Give us a call and discover how we can help you take your first step, and know that we will be there until your last.

Check Out Our Other Amazing Alumni

Making Your Dreams a Reality: An Aveda Idaho Alumni Success Story

Making It in the Real World: An Aveda Institute Idaho Alumni Success Story

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