Our interview with Cosmetology student, Alicia Bodiker - Aveda Institute Las Vegas
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Our interview with Cosmetology student, Alicia Bodiker

Cosmetology Student of the Month Alicia Bodiker at Aveda Institute Las Vegas

We are so proud of all our students at Aveda Institute Las Vegas. This month, we had the pleasure of interviewing Alicia Bodiker. She is currently enrolled in our cosmetology program and has so much drive and talent.

Please tell us your first and last name and your age.

My name is Alicia Bodiker and I am 21 years old.

What were some of the reasons you chose Aveda for your education?

To be completely honest I googled “Beauty schools near me” and this school was the closest to me. I then went on and to do a little research on Aveda and put in my contact information to schedule a tour! I had my husband and daughter tag along on the tour so we could get a feel for how much our lives were going to change!

You are graduating soon, congrats! Do you have a job lined up after graduation?

I’m currently looking into salons at the moment to try to find the best fit for me. I can tell you this, wherever I do decide to go to I know I’ll make the best out of it and strive only for greatness for my guest as well as myself!

What are some of your goals for 2019?

My number one goal for 2019 is to GRADUATE! Even though I won’t be enrolled in a school I definitely want to attend masterclasses among other things just to continue my education. I just want to be working at a salon where it brings me happiness and I’m able to spread that joy with others.

Aveda has a Cosmetology and an Esthiology program, what helped you in your decision between the two?

I’ve always wanted to be in the cosmetology industry. Hair is my passion therefore this program is perfect for me. Ever since I was little I’ve been obsessed with beauty, especially hair! Ask my parents how many times I’ve cut my own hair!

Who/What inspires you?

My family are my inspiration! My husband and daughter are everything to me! Their love and support inspires me to be the best of the best! I am also inspired by big time hair stylists such as Jen Atkin and Oribe Canales. I’m also inspired by the instructors here at our institute. They’re such good people and always encourage my classmates and I. They’re also pretty funny so shoutout to them for making everyday a fun experience!

What is your specialty when it comes to hair?

I’m OBSESSED with Balayages! Am I the total best? No, NOT YET! Women’s haircuts are also something I am determined to master!

Who do you follow on social media for inspiration?

I follow tons of hair stylists! Some of my favorites are @philipwolffhair, @lisalovesbalayage, and @domdomhair! I could watch their videos ALL day!

What is your favorite social media platform for beauty and why?

My favorite social media platform is the one and only Instagram! I love Instagram for many reasons. Number one reason being that there’s not only pictures being posted but also short videos to always reference back to. 2. Instagram offers live videos! I always join in on live videos with the hair stylists I follow to ask questions! The best bonus about Instagram is that it’s your FREE portfolio! People from all over can check out your awesome work and be inspired! Inspiration is all over Instagram!

What are three characteristics about yourself that will make you successful in the beauty industry?

The three characteristics that will help me be successful in the beauty industry are passion, determination for perfection as well as sincerity. I believe these characteristics are the foundation to my success as a hair stylist. I’m an extremely focused and detail orientated person. I only try to shoot for perfection. I want my guests to fall in love with their service every single time! My personality is only half of what my guests are going to experience, the rest is my professional creative craft!

What Aveda products do you use and why?

I’m a huge fan of the Smooth Infusion line, I pretty much use everything from the line on my guests. Personally I love our hand relief and the shampure dry shampoo! Those two are life savers!

What do you like the most about the beauty industry?

What I like the most about the beauty industry is the diversity! I like that everyone is able to find their passion and run with it.  This industry will live forever as its consumers are continuously looking for only the best of the best. Up and coming artists are getting hungrier and hungrier with each trend that rises, and it’s passion like that in which creates excellent artists everyday.

What helped you in your decision to go to beauty school vs a traditional college?

Before I moved here from California, I was a student at Sacramento State University. I’ve always loved school and thought that by graduating from a college was the only way to make an actual living. It took me 2 years to finally realize that it was time for a change and to put my dream to work! Here I am at Aveda, turning my dream into a reality!

Tell us about your greatest accomplishment so far in your beauty career.

Just being here in school is by far my greatest accomplishment. I’m really proud of myself for starting my career. I always think about how lucky we are to have Google! Thanks to Google I found Aveda!

How do you balance work, school and family life?

Life is crazy busy but it is so worth it! The three days a week schedule is very helpful, it allows my family and I to still spend time together. I’m also really grateful for the friends I’ve made here at Aveda, they make it an awesome experience. Thank you to everyone who has impacted my life during my time here!

Think Cosmetology Sounds Like Your Dream Education?

We think so, too! In our cosmetology program you can learn things like hair cutting, coloring and chemical restructuring, skin care, makeup, and nail care. We would love to meet you and see how our cosmetology or esthiology programs could be right for you. To learn more, fill out the request more info form or call us at 792-459-2900.


Aveda is a global industry leader that has a complete education system with dedicated programs for the latest techniques and trends in hairstyling and salon business development to make sure that you are always on top of your game in this industry.