Tampa Bay’s May Student Spotlight


We’re so excited to celebrate Patricia Mallett as our May Student of the Month!

Aveda Clearwater

Why Aveda?

“I chose Aveda Institute to study cosmetology because of their reputation in the industry and mainly because I’ve been a customer of  Aveda for more than 20 years. Their products are the only ones I rely on to work on my hair consistently.

When I moved from suburban Philadelphia, I had a hard time finding a long term stylist until a friend recommended I try Aveda Institute in St Petersburg.  I went off and on for a few years seeing various students until I met Kenneth Hay (Mission Aveda, St Pete). We had a lot in common, from our age to the area we grew up in.  I felt that we could relate to each other and I told him of my dream to be a hairstylist since I was seven years old.  After one of my appointments, he scheduled me for a tour of the school.  My wheels started turning as I tried to figure out how I could juggle both school and my courier job of 30-years at FedEx. It wasn’t going to happen!, — at that time.  But that dream had planted in my brain until the timing was right and I was able to enroll as a full-time student.  I was so fortunate to be able to take an early retirement.  I’m too young to “not work” and I now have the opportunity to do what I always wanted to do.  It’s never too late to be what you might’ve been.
I’m such a strong supporter of Aveda hair and skin products, that I could never imagine promoting any other line.  I toured other local schools and there is no comparison to Aveda’s teaching structure, dedicated educators, facility, and commitment to people and the environment.
Aveda is like a family.  There was never a doubt in my mind that I would go anywhere else but Aveda Institute.”