Educator Feature: Abraham Valdez

When you step into our TONI&GUY Dallas Academy, you get a feeling that you’re going to encounter fun and spunky energy. Usually, you can find students in classrooms working on mannequin heads, or at their stations working on clients. Every day students are learning something new at our TONI&GUY Dallas Academy, thanks to instructors and academy Education Director, Abraham Valdez. 

Valdez found love for hair in his hometown of Corpus Christi, where he became a cosmetologist. In 2007 he joined the TONI&GUY family as a hairstylist at one of our franchised locations in the Fort Worth area. 

Joining the TONI&GUY family

While in the salons he noticed the need for educators, in 2010 he joined the academy division. After his apprenticeship he began teaching in-salon and received his Student Instructor License that helped him secure a position at our TONI&GUY Fort Worth Academy as an instructor. As an instructor, he worked hard, later earning the Education Director position and moving to our TONI&GUY Dallas Academy. 

The Education Director’s role is to oversee all the instructors and to make certain that class curriculums are accurate. He addresses any client or student needs which allow the academy to flow continuously and as efficiently as possible.

Life In The TONI&GUY Dallas Academy

The difference between being in the salon and at TONI&GUY Dallas Academy is the time spent focusing on the work at hand. Valdez said, “Teaching, allows you to open up more to give the best insight for students, inspiring them to reach their goals.”. Salons are fast-paced and intimate, where as academies help students build relationships with their clients, which is an essential skill. 

Throughout the past, Valdez has learned  you can’t always be perfect. Admitting mistakes but learning from them helps you become a better hairdresser. The biggest advice he gives his students is to be open to learn and allow yourself to be critiqued for improvement. He says, “It’s okay if you don’t get it right away; you will eventually get there.” 

His goal as an educator is to create excitement around learning and school. The academy is full of energy and he wants the students to have fun while learning to take their skill set to the next level. Being involved in classes and showing students the possibility of doing a technique incorrectly is a way Valdez teaches students to learn. 

Hair is not his only passion; he wants to continue to impact those around him by actively volunteering for nonprofit organizations in his community. 

For more information on our academies and instructors, check out our website or schedule a tour at a location near you.