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Preparing for Life After the Institute

Graduation caps thrown in airAs I near graduation from Cinta Aveda Institute, I am beginning to explore the many options available to me once I complete my program. Once I pass my State Board Examination, I will officially be a licensed cosmetologist. What exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, the world is my oyster! As a cosmetology graduate, I can work in a salon, spa, blow dry bar, makeup counter, cruise ship, and much more! I can take private clients, work on photo shoots, participate in magazine editorials, and maybe even do some bridal styling. The possibilities truly are endless. In fact, some might say we have too many options. How do I figure out what is right for me?

Given that there are so many opportunities in our trade, it is important to explore each and every one. Immerse yourself in the industry and all of its components. Buy fashion magazines and take note of the hair and makeup in the editorial spreads. Try out different blow dry bars in your area. (Tip: you can always find a cheap deal on Groupon!) Talk to people who have been in the industry for a while, in different capacities. Those who own their own salon, or rent a chair in a salon versus stylists who are an employee of a salon and work on commission. Each situation yields a different experience, which may or may not be right for you. If you have a passion for travel, maybe working at the salon or spa on a cruise ship is the perfect opportunity for you.

The important thing to remember is be true to yourself, your talent, and your customer. Many people get caught up in what they think they should be doing as opposed to what is right for them, and as a result do not end up being prosperous. If you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work–you’ll never work a day in your life!

Acne is a Map to Your Body’s Systems

No one likes to break out. There are many different reasons why we breakout and what can be causing it. People can breakout in the adolescent years or as an adult and if you are really unlucky you might breakout in both.

Some causes of Acne are:

  1. Hormone Changes
  2. High Stress Levels
  3. Diet
  4. Products and Cosmetics
  5. Medications
  6. Environmental Factors
  7. Not Having Proper Cleansing Habits

If you want to know why you are breaking out, simply start by taking a look in the mirror. Where our acne presents itself can say a lot about its root cause. After doing some research, here are some locations of breakouts and what they can mean.

  • Forehead: Digestive System and Bladder

    In order to improve acne in this area, you may need to consider a diet change or an increase in your intake of water. Consider cutting back on processed foods-that can really help clear up this area.

  • In Between the Eyebrows: Liver

    An allergy often manifests itself as acne in between the eyebrows. Consider a detox of sorts. Cut down on your alcohol consumption, eat lighter foods, and consider any foods to which you may have developed an allergy (such as dairy).

  • Temples and Ears: Kidneys

    This is a quick fix: cut down on coffee, soda, and other sugary beverages, and drink pure water instead. Hydrate your body and you should see a significant decrease in acne around your eyes.

  • Nose: Heart

    Acne on your nose could mean high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Try cutting back on red meat and increase your intake of foods with Omega 3’s like avocado and fish. Additionally, because your nose is so porous, make sure that your makeup isn’t expired or try a different kind if you don’t see better results.

  • Cheeks: Respiratory System

    Acne in this area usually also points to allergies. If allergies aren’t the culprit, consider keeping your body at a neutral temperature rather than allowing it to overheat. Avoid spicy foods and add more green veggies to your diet.

  • Outside or Corners of the Mouth: Hormones

    This zone is difficult to eradicate because hormones can be hard to control. However, getting enough ZZZ’s at night, keeping skin clean and moisturized, and a balanced diet can help. Sometimes birth control can be the cause as well.

  • Chin: Stomach

    Because this area is associated with the stomach, increasing the amount of fiber in your diet, drinking more water, and generally detoxing your body may help clear up this area.

In truth, you’re fighting your acne from the inside out! If your issue is truly internal, no amount of creams and cleansers will clear up your face anyway. The right skin care routine does make a big difference, but it won’t be a quick fix. Clearing up adult acne will take time, dedication, and lifestyle changes.

Hair Extensions: Balmain Certified

Balmain Hair Extensions - Before and After

Many celebrities over the years have worn wigs, toupees, and hair extensions to accentuate a certain style, to wow their audience at an award ceremony, and to eliminate the long wait for hair to grow out naturally. Extensions are quick and easy; one can feel like Pamela Anderson running down the beach with wavy long locks of sexiness.

Extensions give instant gratification with longer, more luscious, and a fuller head of hair. We no longer have to accept the fact that our hair is too fine and flat to achieve the look we want or, perhaps, that our hair grows slower than others. The beauty industry today offers possibilities limited only by your imagination. Extensions are another tool of the trade to enhance one’s outer beauty. No need for countless medicines and magic remedies, a full head of extensions can be put in sometimes under less than 40 minutes and you can leave the salon feeling like a new person.

Balmain, an established well-known Parisian brand that started out in the 1940’s as a respected fashion house, has extended the brand, starting out with wigs and toupees as well as extensions as early as the 1960’s, evolving into what it is today: a glamorous haute couture clothing line as well as a distributer for 100% human hair originating from India and China serving celebrities and the girl next door. Where else than the famed Cinta Aveda Institute, located in the heart of San Francisco, to host a Balmain workshop?

At the Balmain extension class held at Cinta Aveda, Julie Johnson was the teacher. Julie is an entrepreneurial woman who has traveled all over the world. She visited Paris, France to meet with official representatives from Balmain where classes and demos are held, and went to Holland where the headquarters are located. There, she obtained the title of Master Trainer for the United States.

She began the class by informing us about the history of the brand as well as where the hair originates from and how her own business grew. Julie and her team then started demos on the different hair extensions that Balmain offers and what their purpose are; each client might need different systems to achieve the look they desire. Julie and her assistants checked in with each student as we learned about the brand and how to apply their line of extensions. Not only was it a fun class to attend, but it was empowering to know that we can always further our business if we are ambitious enough to succeed in the industry.

The class ended with everyone excited to start talking about extensions and hopefully start practicing what we learned, building a loyal clientele of extension “lifers”.

TimeOut’s Best Barber Shops in the Bay

January 22, 2016
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Guess who made TimeOut Magazine’s list of the best barber shops in the Bay?

Barbering at Cinta Aveda Institute

When you’re pressed for cash, head to the Cinta Aveda Institute. The city’s leading beauty school also has an entire program devoted to learning the art of barbering, where you can snag a $10 haircut including a stress-relieving head, neck and shoulder massage. Or a $5 express facial designed to cleanse and nourish the skin and reduce irritation caused by shaving. The school is state of the art with a clean—to the point of being almost clinical—vibe. It’s always bustling with people, and yet it’s easy to relax into your treatment. Note that sometimes services take longer than normal; your barber is most likely a student still learning how to perform the task.

Roller Lash—Benefit’s Newest Mascara

Three Stages of Mascara Application for Benefit Cosmetic's Roller Lash

Enhance your lashes with Benefit’s Roller Lash. Their newest mascara that offers a Hook ‘n’ Roll brush, which grabs, lifts, separates, and rolls lashes to their fullest potential. The mascara formula sticks for 12 hours!

Details: easy to remove, contains lash conditioning ingredients such as Vitamin B12 and Serin, water resistant, satin finish, and ink black color. Size: 8.5 grams or 0.3 oz.

Customers who have tried this have said the mascara instantly lifts lashes, making eyes look bigger and more awake. Others have said it curls well enough to skip the lash curler. Some with short, stubby, blonde lashes said there was an immediate change in their lashes once using roller lash; the curl and lengthening aspects of the mascara really do work and there are few to no clumps or flakiness.

Style tip from Benefit Cosmetics: For length and curl, first apply “Roller Lash” to lashes. Then, apply “They’re Real!” mascara on top of lashes.

Those of you looking for a mascara to curl, lengthen, and separate lashes should try Roller Lash out! It’s $24 of joy in a cute little tube.

Simple Tricks To Feel Fabulous About Yourself

cfN8hNzlqHdqQhjqnMT0S6UMQJ6u2xQITl6LnZiM3wwEveryone has those days where they wake up in a funk. It could be feeling blue, or still tired from the previous day. Either way, there are always a few things that could brighten your day, and make you feel fabulous.

1. Get out of bed and stretch: Even when you have no energy or motivation to get up, do it! Reach your hands up above your head, lower them to your feet. Get fresh blood pumping through your body.

2. Wash your face and brush your teeth: Splashing cold water on your face instantly revitalizes you; brushing your teeth gives you extra freshness. Feeling clean makes you more confident about yourself.

3. Put on stylish and/or comfortable clothes: Depending on where you’re headed, dress to impress. Wearing clothes that compliment your body will give you confidence.

4. Accessorize: Add something to your outfit that makes you stand out and feel fabulous, wherever your day takes you.

5. Take twenty minutes for yourself before leaving the house: Before leaving for the day, drink a cup of tea or coffee and eat something healthy. Collect your thoughts. Doing this will allow your body to relax and prepare for your activity filled day.

6. Drink plenty of water: Drinking water replenishes your body for the day

7. Go for a stroll or exercise: On your break from work go outside for a stroll through the neighborhood. If you have enough time, workout for 30 minutes or more.

8. Smile: When the little things that annoy you happen, think about the alternative.

9. Eat well: Eating food that fuels and nourishes your body makes your body happy. It can properly digest it and not slow you down.

10. Laugh: Surround yourself with people and activities that make you happy.

Brows Galore

Y3KUyf0jO8TBDr-zsIkJRoET1ckLetvQ1bJUzptkU-MBrows are probably the most important feature of the face. Brows explain emotion, express style, and are almost always what others are staring at on your face. Brows create the shape to the rest of your face, style, and present your attitude on personal grooming.

The evolution of brows has been drastic, whether it was thick bushy brows, or thin rounded ones, brows always need to be styled. Brow styling, or grooming, dates back to Ancient Egyptians, who used kohl, a dark, pigmented mineral to accentuate their brows. Egyptians would take the pigment and fill in their brows. When silent films began (around 1920s), facial expression was a major factor in explaining the story line. Women would shave their brows off and draw long, rounded brows. This way, whatever emotion they conveyed, the audience could understand it better.

The 1940s and 1950s had a fuller brow. Women still shaved, or blocked away, their brows, but usually only the outer half of the brow. Keeping the center brow allowed for a fuller, more natural brow, and drawing the second half could create a dramatic, high arched, full brow. Today’s popular brow is a combination of a thin and thick brow, where the natural shape is not only kept, but also groomed. The hair outside the natural shape is removed via wax, threaded, or tweezed, then the hair length is trimmed to match the brow shape.

No one wants others staring at your brows because they are unkept, which is why a multitude of brow bars have started. Women can go get their brows tamed for $20-$30, depending on the salon and how much upkeep is necessary. It’s a fun, easy, inexpensive way to feel pampered and leave feeling gorgeous!

A Lesson in Eyeliner with Shawn Peltier

The first time I worked with our resident Make Up educator, Shawn, I got him pretty much to myself. He asked what I would like to focus on. I thought quickly: eyeliner. I had become so accustomed to having and utilizing only a single tool: the eyeliner pencil, that I never really stopped to look at my other options.

Though there are no rules when it comes to makeup, being versed in a variety of options can come in handy, especially if your go-to goes missing. So over the course of a couple days, I got a hand in learning about other options besides a pencil.

Gel

The first rule anyone needs to know about a gel liner is that it dries so fast, it will make your head spin. Being dainty, and taking your time do not apply here. Because it dries so quickly, gel is best suited for creating super sultry, smoky looks.. What’s great about it though, is you only need a tiny bit of product. Your biggest challenge is being fast enough to smudge it out. Shawn made me practice this over and over, I thought I would die. (I would then be the first person to die from practicing applying gel eyeliner).

Powder

Using a shadow for eyeliner is great for creating a natural, or soft smudgy look. Using a wet brush, you can create a nice, even, thin line. It really comes down to where and how you apply it. As I learned, lightly pushing it into the upper lash line enhances the eyes just enough. It’s a great trick for clients with more mature skin.

Though my lessons were brief, the wealth of information I learned will certainly help me in my future eyeliner endeavors.

Goal Oriented It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

QFPLU2WT-Z_95FKt4TwCbjZRbzOqNTLF580EODd4TDkI have had plenty of chances and opportunity to do freelance work throughout school, and after I got licensed. I even got pinged to do a runway show from one of my Creative Team photos I had posted on my Instagram.

However, with the way my life sort of ended up panning out–I moved, I changed jobs, I started CIDESCO–I began evolving through my education, my focuses changed, my priorities changed, and I even changed a bit as a person.

I have always been one to never settle on doing one single thing for my entire life, but I finally decided two years ago that the beauty industry is the place for me, so that helps, I guess. However, I realized I don’t want to schlep around with a rolling makeup case and a wax warmer all my life. So, I changed my mind.

I learned more, I researched more, I reevaluated myself, and what was important to me. I basically overhauled my career/life goals. I have never been happier. I stopped listening to what others thought I should do (they thought becoming an Esthetician was like, the coolest thing ever) with my license once I got it. I actually took some great advice: Be your own board of directors.

So now, with an unlimited amount of options, I implore you to consider them all: change your mind, change it again. This industry is about expressing your creativity, so try everything, at least once.

6 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Hair

December 16, 2015
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Rd4VivTlZ4b554IM9qy-h4KHaf2ioVoRJqKHrNAkHdoI’m sure you have heard that coconut oil is very beneficial and does amazing things to your hair, but have you ever wondered how or why?

Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body. The components in the oil keep your hair strong, nourished and protected from the effects of premature aging, like baldness and excessive hair loss.

Some of the main benefits of coconut oil are:

1) It stimulates hair growth by getting deep into the hair follicles.

2) It promotes the scalp health by fighting against problems like insect bites, lice and dandruff

3) It helps moisturize dry hair

4) It adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair

5) It helps prevent hair breakage and split end

6) It helps slow down hair loss

Coconut oil is also very easy to use in the hair. You start by melting the oil in your hands until it becomes a liquid. Massage oil into your scalp, and down the hair until it is fully saturated. Leave in for as long as you desire. Leaving it in for 20 minutes is enough for a healthy and shiny look and feel. However, some people prefer to leave it in overnight with a hair cap for a intense deep treatment.