May 23, 2013
- Blow your hair out using a soft holding, volumizing mousse or blowdry foam.
- Clamp + twist the flat iron 180° while holding the ends out in the opposite direction (as you see in photo 2). Spin the iron slowly, but quick enough so you don’t make dents. You basically want to clamp the iron and then “flip” it. Try using the iron on medium heat until you get really good at it. When you remove the iron you should have curve number one.
- Just below curve number one, clamp the flat iron and spin it the opposite way.
- Repeat the pattern again and again. Look at the middle picture– see how she places her finger and pulls from the top? That helps to not loosen the wave you’ve already created above. Check you wave each time you make a new curve. Make sure you’re liking the pattern and not getting dent. If you DO get dents, put a little water on the spot, let it air dry while you’re doing other pieces and come back to it once it’s dry. You have to put a little moisture back in before you can get a dent out. (I use a spray bottle and lightly mist the spot.)
- Continue through the ends. I like to leave about an inch to an inch and a half out of the iron to let it be straight because I think that makes it look a little more modern.
- Do the whole head. Once you get going it gets easier. Don’t break up the waves with your fingers until the very end. Let them cool in the patterns you’ve created.
- Last but not least, add a little water-base pomade to your roots.Warm it up in your palms and then rub it in from underneath. This will help the waves stay “locked” and appear less frizzy. After your put it on the root, put whatever is left on your hands through the ends.
Source: The Beauty Department
May 22, 2013
- You’ll need a couple of larger bobby pins and a thin rubberband.
- You’ll want a side part for this because the fascinator is going to sit on the side with less hair. Create a section from your ear up to the part as you see in photo 2. Clip all that hair out of the way and save it for the end.
- On the side with less hair, twist everything back and over your ear.
- Clip it in place using a claw clip.
- Lightly tease the rest of your hair. You want to do this so that the bun you’re about to make will be a little fuller. If you have super thick hair you’re welcome to skip this step.
- The hair shouldn’t be agressively teased. It should look like picture 6.
- Remove the clip and keep twisting in an upward motion. Twist it right into a bun shape and secure using the thin rubberband. Go ahead and insert one of the large bobby pins for security.
- Take the section you had clipped up out of the clip. Lightly twist that in an upward direction and wrap it around the bun. Secure it using your other large bobby pin. If you have thicker hair and you need more pins, go for it!
- Once everthing is secured, lightly pull at the bun if you want to make it a little bigger. If you like the size of it, you can skip this step.
- Spray all over using a firm holding hairspray.
Source: The Beauty Department – A Chignon for a Fascinator
May 21, 2013
Building Your Portfolio
Pictures are a perfect way to network–portfolios are your best friend as a beauty professional and they’re just a blast to create. Building a portfolio can be taxing but immensely rewarding and are a cosmetologists secret weapon. If you really want to stand out in an interview–they’re the perfect tool! From the beginning of hair school you should have your camera in hand and document EVERYTHING. Whether it be the memories with your fellow classmates, or that incredible feeling when you successfully create a design you’ve always wanted to learn, you won’t want to forget a thing. Portfolios should be neat and professional, but don’t hold back on throwing your own personality into them. Gather all your images together and organize them into categories to give the viewer a sense of fluidity.
What you need:
- A scrapbook (Found at your local arts & crafts store)
- Sheets of white or black paper
- Laminated pages
- Your Resume
- A personalized first page
- Glue or Tape
Run over to your local art supply store and pick up a simple scrapbook; black or white works best but don’t be afraid to get a little creative with it. They come with some different designs but again, keep it fun yet professional…here’s mine:
I went for the simpler approach when it came to my chosen scrapbook, I saved all my flare for my title page and how I went about organizing my individual sections.
Creating your title page is the first thing (other than your resume) that your portfolio should contain. I created a template on Word that had pictures surrounding the text and just wrote a small paragraph of when my career began, where my education took place, some of the competitions/extracurriculars I participated in, and where my work has been featured. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of those things under your belt, just give some insight of who you are as a person, and a professional. Here are my first 2 pages within my port:
After that, all you need to do is organize all of your work into sections: Updos, Cut & Style, Color…etc and just throw it all together! Have fun with it…it’s the perfect tool to showcase your talent and creativity, be creative with it! If you have an interest in make up then throw another section in there, you never know if the salon your looking at also have a type of make up program.
That’s all you’ll need! You’ve picked a wonderful industry that has too many experiences for one life time. Keep your portfolio in mind while you’re still in school, think of how you’ll appear on paper. Make sure to document everything…chances are you can throw it into your resume and portfolio. Start your career in beauty today!
Source: Beauty School Advisor
May 20, 2013
On the Fence Between Cosmetology School and Other Advanced Education?
A lot of people who consider enrolling in cosmetology school compare it against other fields that also do not require a four-year college degree. In my last post, I talked about jobs that demand nothing more than a high school diploma, if even that. There are a lot of professions, though, that require one or two years of education. Other than a cosmetology career, what’s out there?
If you like the medical field, you could become a physical therapy assistant, a dental hygienist or even a nurse. But more and more people going for these jobs do have four-year degrees, so the best posts will be competitive. This is also true in the computer field, where jobs are available for programmers, web designers and helpdesk personnel who both do and do not have a bachelor’s degree. In law, paralegals and legal assistants can be hired with a two-year degree. In the trades, carpenters, plumbers and electricians need specialized training but not a full degree. Some office jobs like bookkeeping, claims processing and secretarial work also require only experience or community college. And if you’re in the arts’music, painting, drama, fashion design’your work speaks louder than any degree.
I wanted to list some of these jobs to help you consider all of your options. Cosmetology school can put you on a wonderfully fulfilling career path, and if you’re still interested after reviewing everything else, then I bet you’ll love being a cosmetologist and have much success.
Source: Beauty School Advisor
May 16, 2013
photography by amy nadine, post by carissa ferreri, graphic design by eunice chun
The Beauty Department has given cat eyes a lot of attention (revisit their Get Catty Video Tutorial and even our Double Line Tutorial)
The challenge, however, is to get the “wings” to look symmetrical without spending all day to do it. Here is a trick they’ve discovered that does just that. And remember: Q-Tips are your friends!
- A felt-tip black liquid liner
- A pointed cotton swab
- Look at yourself straight on in the mirror. Where your eyebrows end should be the direction your liner goes. So if you kept drawing, your liner and eye brow would connect. But let’s not do that. Now tilt your chin upwards and look back down at the mirror with your eyes. This really does make the angle easier to see. Take your felt tip liner, which is my favorite to use to achieve this look , and start at the outside corner of your eye. Draw a “flick” up toward the end of your eyebrow. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Repeat on the other eye.
- This is the time to make sure your “wings” are symmetrical with one another. Take your friend, the Q-tip, and perfect your line. Take out any harsh marks and erase them away.
- Once you have the angle of your wing, draw on your eyeliner like you normally would and connect it to your “flick.” Here you can control how thick or thin you want your line!
Voila! Perfectly symmetrical Cat Eyes!!
May 15, 2013
This quick tip is dedicated to all you gorgeous gals with “almost there but not quite” waves. You will need: Setting clips, tissue paper (I didn’t want to put tissue paper in the photo because it would have blocked too much of the pattern, but you can put a tiny piece of tissue under each clip to avoid creases!), setting spray, and light serum.
- Air dry your hair as you normally would. Try not to brush your hair after you get out of the shower!
- Once it’s 85% dry, lightly mist the top layer with your setting spray.
- Use your tissue paper and clips to set the waves in place. Try to match the pattern of your own natural waves below. It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to get these in place!
- Let it sit for about 20 minutes while you get dressed/do your makeup. If you need to, use your blowdryer on low and give it a little heat help. Make sure you use a nozzle and that your dryer is pointed down toward the floor to avoid frizz.
- Once you remove the clips, add a little bit of a light serum to your ends and a quick veil of light hold hairspray.
If your hair is super-straight on top, this might not work for you but it’s worth a shot! You may find that your top layer just needed a little more support!
Source: The Beauty Department
May 14, 2013
What Can I Expect to Learn in Beauty School?
Most beauty schools teach the fundamentals of cosmetology—enough to prepare you to pass state licensing exams. Beauty school is seen as a rite of passage by many cosmetologists—one that is both fun and challenging.
Many beauty schools set strict policies for attendance, dress code, and punctuality. They want their students prepared for a competitive job market. That means they demand more than just learning how to perform hair, skin, or nail procedures; they also demand personal discipline so that students will be early to work, clean their stations, and maintain high levels of professionalism long after they graduate.
In addition to classroom study, many beauty schools also have their own on-site salons where students can practice their skills on real clients (who pay discounted prices for the services).
The actual curriculum used by many cosmetology schools is the same as, or very similar to, what is found in Milady’s Standard Cosmetology textbooks. A full cosmetology program generally includes the following subjects:
- Basic life skills (such as setting goals and maintaining a positive attitude)
- Developing a professional image
- Communication skills
- Infection control (including how to prevent the spread of hepatitis, HIV, or other infectious viruses or bacteria in a salon)
- General anatomy and physiology
- Basics of chemistry and electricity
- Hair and scalp characteristics
- Principles of hair design (such as how to enhance a person’s look based on facial shape)
- Basic hair care (shampooing, rinsing, and conditioning)
- Basic haircutting (including core cuts)
- Hairstyling (including how to use the proper tools and techniques)
- Hair braiding and braid extensions
- Hair coloring
- Chemical hair texturing
- Wigs and other hair enhancements
- Properties of skin and nails (including how they grow)
- Skin diseases and disorders
- Hair removal (such as waxing and tweezing)
- Performing basic facials
- Nail diseases and disorders
- Performing manicures
- Performing pedicures
- Creating a resume and portfolio
- Preparing for job interviews
- Basic business skills
- Preparing for state licensure exams
May 13, 2013
Beauty careers are usually thought of as salon-only. Maybe someone will branch out and work in an entertainment setting. However, outside of these cosmetology areas, there are many other careers in beauty to choose from. You could go into marketing- working for a cosmetics or hair care company, writing about beauty in a magazine, editing a beauty magazine or blog. There are many beauty career opportunities in this field.
Another alternative beauty career is ownership and management. Beauty schools, salons and the franchises of both need managers and owners to keep things running smoothly. A person who is a good cosmetologist and a good leader would be excellent in this area.
Finally, there are more behind-the-scenes beauty careers. You could work to develop and design the beauty products we all use each day. These products also need to be sold – yet another new cosmetology career opportunity! If you want to work in cosmetology, but step out of the box a little bit, there are plenty of new beauty career ideas out there.
May 9, 2013
Aveda Art of Nature Spring/Summer ’13 Makeup Collection
Here comes the sun…and a new makeup palette, too!Aveda’s new “Art of Nature” limited-edition makeup collection for Spring/Summer 2013 brings the best colors and inspirations of the season into one delectable collection. It’s vibrant, it’s bold and it’s sure to brighten up your client’s smile—literally! “We’re seeing a return to color in makeup with techniques that create a more lived-in, less ‘done’ look,” says Janell Geason, Artistic Director for Aveda Makeup.“Our new makeup collection starts with pure pastels like the first buds of spring, and builds into lush, high-summer color.”
The collection includes two Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Colors, one Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze, two Nourish-Mint Lip Liners, one Petal Essence Face Accents, two Petal Essence Eye Definers and six Petal Essence Single Eye Colors.
To learn more, go to www.aveda.com
May 8, 2013
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Congratulations September Full Time Cosmetology Graduates! Picture from Graduation Celebration on Saturday, May 4th.