Karla Garcia

Karla Garcia, Aveda Institute—Phoenix, Ariz.

Karla’s humor shines through in her application video. “Hairnets are not the next hair trend. Trust me, I tried,” she laughs, remarking on her job as a prep cook. Before finding her Christian faith, Karla lived in New Orleans, New York City and Oahu, Hawaii, and experienced both domestic abuse and homelessness. She believes education is the key to success and aspires to combine two very different careers – owning a vegan beauty salon and serving as an attorney and advocate for education reform. How does beauty change lives? Karla says it’s a lot like her application, “unorthodox but incredibly sincere.”