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Recalling My First Facial Client Experience

I was transitioning from the Esthetician intro phase to the alpha phase, and it couldn’t be scarier, even though I felt pretty prepared when I left the intro phase.

The first day of being an alpha, I already had a client. What do I do?! Suddenly everything I had learned the last ten weeks went out the window. Elemental Nature? What’s that? To add more worry and stress, I realized that my first booked client was a male client! All I’ve been working on were female faces; I’m not ready for this! I was completing psyching myself out. Nobody noticed I was a nut case. Nope, I was cool as a cucumber on the outside. Internally, I wanted to melt and die.

The time came, and a huge part of me hoped the client canceled for some reason, any reason…please! But of course, Life likes to see you squirm. I saw my client standing at 6 feet 2 inches and the size difference did not play into the intimidating factor at all…Luckily, he was super nice and I performed the facial like I would normally, except massaged downward in the direction of the facial hair growth. I’m pretty sure I may have forgotten a step or two, but you have to be like Dory and “just keep swimming!”

Before I knew it, the facial ended, and I was so relieved! Excitement came over me because I did it! And I didn’t fall flat on my face. It really is not as terrifying as you anticipate it to be. After the facial, I discussed some of the beneficial products for his skin, and he ended up purchasing all of them! I felt such a glee after finishing my first client’s facial.

A few tips I would share would be to follow the facial steps as best as you can. If you don’t remember a step, just keep moving and perform the steps you DO remember. The client doesn’t know if anything went wrong unless you start acting like it is. Secondly, make sure to apply pressure and check the pressure with your client during the massages. Nobody likes to be lightly touched when he/she knows they’re coming in for a facial or massage. Lastly, be warm and friendly to your guest regardless of how you’re feeling. Check your issues at the door and put a smile on your face when you greet your guest. Good luck!

8 Tips You Should Know Before Your Next Brazilian Wax

When I started the Esthetician program, one of the things I was looking forward to was learning how to wax, specifically a Brazilian wax. For those who don’t know, a Brazilian wax is when all the hair is removed in the pubic area, front and back. Here are some tips to ease anyone on having this service performed for the first time.

1) Even though it is possible, avoid having a Brazilian wax before or during your period due to pain sensitivity.

2) Let your hair grow to a ¼ inch in order for the wax to grab better.

3) Before the service, exfoliate the area to release any hairs trapped under a layer of dead skin cells.

4) If you would like to reduce the pain, you can take a pain reliever 45 minutes before your waxing appointment.

5) Remember to breathe and relax during the service, tensing up makes it worse.

6) Do not wear any tight clothing or do anything that will cause any friction or sweat in your waxed area for the next 24 hours.

7) After the first 48 hours, exfoliate your waxed area to avoid ingrown hairs

8) Don’t shave in between your Brazilian waxing services.

3 DIY Recipes for Makeup Removal and Brush Cleaning

Who hates washing their makeup brushes? *Raises hand* meeee! It’s like washing dishes, but hey, it must be done! After using your brushes, your brushes can contain oil, dust, dead skin cells, and bacteria–all of which can cause you to break out the next time you use your brushes. Did you also know that if you use your brushes on clients, you could potentially give someone pink eye or herpes with dirty brushes? You can spot-clean your makeup brushes after each use or you can do a deep cleaning for all your brushes every two weeks. It really depends on how often you are using your brushes. I know some of these makeup brush cleaners can add up, especially if you’re cleaning your brushes often. Below are recipes for DIY makeup brushes spot cleaner, deep cleaning, and makeup removal.

Spot Cleaner

1) 3 ounce spray bottle

2) 1 part tea tree oil

3) 2 parts witch hazel

Pour the tea tree oil and witch hazel in the bottle. Make sure to shake the bottle before use.

Deep Cleaner

1) 1 part extra virgin olive oil

2) 1 part Dawn diswashing soap

Wet your brush and grab a little bit of oil and soap with your brush. Swirl and clean your brush, then rinse with water. Avoid having water enter the ferrule because this can loosen the bristles and ruin your brush. Lay your brush at an angle so that the water doesn’t go towards the handle of the brush.

Makeup Remover

1) Push-down bottle dispenser

2) 1 part witch hazel

3) 1 part extra virgin olive oil

I provided this recipe because you already have the ingredients if you went with the first receipe, so why not? Add the witch hazel and the oil into the dispenser. Shake the bottle before using. Use a cotton ball, dispense the solution, and remove stubborn eye makeup.

These recipes allow you to be hygienic without the cost! Your guests will thank you, and you can save the money to invest in more brushes or makeup! Enjoy!

Twelve Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that is very well known for its skin healing properties. The plant secretes a clear gel from its leaves that has multiple uses. I have listed twelve ways Aloe Vera can be useful in your life.

Aloe Vera Leaf

  1. It is soothing and can treat burns from hot tools, the oven, or sunburned skin.
  2. It can treat cuts due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacteria, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
  3. All those “anti” properties above can also help with oral health such as bleeding gums and mouth ulcers.
  4. It can heal skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
  5. It helps with stretch marks by repairing the skin.
  6. It is a moisturizer. It is fast-absorbing and hydrates the skin well.
  7. It helps with the itchiness from insect bites
  8. It improves digestion when taken internally. It helps with issues such as constipation or diarrhea.
  9. It assists in detoxifying the body by absorbing toxins in the intestinal tract, which can speed up the body’s metabolism.
  10. It is high in vitamins and minerals and can naturally increase what the body is lacking.
  11. It not only helps repair dry and damaged hair, but also with building strength in the hair.
  12. It improves elasticity and has antioxidants to battle free radicals which slows the aging process.

Makeup Educator Shawn Peltier

Portrait Shawn Peltier

Instructor Shawn Peltier

I met Shawn Peltier for the first time during my transition to Alpha Phase. He performed a demonstration of low effects makeup using toilet paper to create a bloody gash and some other products to create scarring. A couple of weeks later, my class had the pleasure of having Shawn Peltier as our makeup educator. Little did I know, he had a plethora of tricks up his sleeves.

Shawn came into our class and forever changed our makeup education. He taught us how to work with whatever tools and supplies we were given. It’s amazing to experience it firsthand because most of my classmates, myself included, have difficulty working with some of the products. But within three days of being there, he created such beautiful looks. I was pretty much in awe. He showed us that it was possible to achieve something great even with limited resources.

Shawn has been such a wonderful addition to this program. In five short weeks, I’ve been educated on lash application, bridal makeup, 3D art, runway makeup, and the history of makeup trends each time we cover a certain topic. He is very meticulous yet incredibly patient and kind in instructing his students. Sometimes for us to work on just an eye look, it can take up to two hours, but he works through it with each and every one of us. I specifically enjoyed learning how to apply feathers to create a 3D art look. This is something I can use for any costume party like a masquerade ball or animal-themed party.

The great part is enjoying what I’m learning and being able to walk away with the knowledge. In each makeup theory class I have been in, I have always been able to take something away at the end of the day. Shawn is personable, upbeat, fun, and energetic, but what I admire is his passion for makeup and his willingness to share his tips and tricks with us. I hope he’ll be staying for a while to spread his knowledge to future CAI students.

Almost to the Finish Line

I am two weeks away from finishing the esthetician program, and I couldn’t be more excited. This journey has been awesome. I first inquired about the program in April and to see it all come to a close feels incredible. Whenever I share my experience with others about Cinta Aveda Institute, I have nothing but good things to say. I am most impressed by the wonderful educators I have had the honor to learn from. Not only are they incredibly knowledgeable, but they are warm, friendly, and willing to assist the students in any way they can. To me, that is one of the best traits an instructor/educator can have—to create a learning environment where students feel at ease in approaching their educators with questions.

In addition to having great educators, I’ve also had the opportunity of meeting a caring group of girls who are humorous and spunky in their own special way. I am thankful to have come across such individuals that I am able to call my dear friends. Getting through the day is definitely easier with them because the laughs we share make ten hours feel not so long.

Through speaking to other students of their experience from other schools, I feel the level of training I have received from Cinta Aveda Institute surpasses what other schools can offer. I appreciate the chance to work with actual clients and the school creating a spa setting as close to reality as possible for me to practice in. Being able to receive and take tips home are also a great motivation and a good way to reflect on the service I have provided. If I had to do this all over again, I still would choose the same school to help me succeed in my future goals.

Skin Care Tip: Wear Sunscreen

If I could emphasize one skin care tip to everyone, it would be to apply sunscreen! I come across many people who ignore this task, carefree since they are youthful and have beautiful skin.

Primarily because I love the sun, I am a huge advocate of sun protection. In order to continue enjoying the warm kisses of the sun while still slowing down the aging process, I make sure I always apply some type of broad-spectrum sunscreen on my face and my body. And don’t forget the ears!

There are two types of sunscreens: a physical sunscreen that reflects the sun’s rays, and a chemical sunscreen that absorbs the rays and scatter them. I lean more towards natural products, so my preference is to use a physical sunscreen. However, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen.

For sunscreen to be effective, it should be applied at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. In addition, it should be re-applied. For many women, re-applying is difficult, since they’re already wearing makeup. However, the makeup also acts as another barrier against the sun. If you will be having prolonged sun exposure without reapplying, throw on a big, fashionable hat. Also remember to apply sun protection even on cloudy, overcast days because the UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds.

I like to kill two birds with one stone, so for the last few years, I’ve been using tinted moisturizer with a minimum of 15 Sun Protection Factor (SPF) which gives me protection and light coverage. For more coverage, you can use a facial moisturizer with SPF and apply your favorite foundation over it. Protect your face and skin now, so that years from now, you’ll need to do less work to maintain your beauty!

Esthetics Intro Phase

My esthetics class was the biggest class thus far. With 21 women crammed in a small room and all kinds of personalities, even I didn’t know how I was going to handle it.

July 2014 Cinta Aveda Institute Esthetics Class Group Shot

Thankfully Kim, my educator, was the best intro educator anyone could ask for. Her loud, fun-filled personality really lifted the energy of a room full of reserved women who were unacquainted with one another and unsure of what to expect these next ten weeks. Kim made me feel at ease even though many of the topics that were covered were initially quite unfamiliar to me. I was the girl who had all kinds of questions. I wanted to know! I highly encourage future students to ask as many questions as come to mind because this is your learning environment. Once you’re at work, not everyone has the time to address your questions.

I remember the first day. We were introduced to hands-on training—the hand ritual. It hit me then that we were going to be moving at a faster pace than I had anticipated. The first day is usually chill and relaxing, right? Nope! You dive right into it. Within a few weeks, I was already doing facials. There was a lot of information to absorb. I gained so much information about interesting subjects—holistic health approaches, types of skins and conditions, skin diseases, hygiene, lash extensions, massages, makeup, and waxing. All of which I can actually apply to real life! No more learning calculus which I would use never!

My school days were flying by quickly. When I was told that the facials I was performing needed to be done in under an hour, I thought, “Are they crazy? I’m not going to be able to do that. It took me two hours to complete this facial, there is no way I’ll be able to reduce that to under an hour!” But amazingly, at the end of the intro phase, it did happen. I was really worried about passing all the facial practical tests, but I did so well and realized I needed to give myself more credit.

Ten weeks really went by like nothing at all. I was sentimental on the last day of intro. It was a great experience, and now I am looking forward to applying my knowledge with actual clients and receiving their feedback on my work.

Light Up the Holiday Season: Shampure Candle

Aveda Shampure CandleI was exposed to the Shampure aroma during my first visit to Cinta Aveda Institute. The lit candles are placed throughout the guest areas and allow this aroma to simmer in the air. However, I learned that I had an affinity for the aroma when it attacked me in the restroom. What a lovely scent! I had to find out what this scent is. It turned out that the Shampure scent has a combination of numerous flowers and plant essences, lavender and ylang-ylang to name a couple.

I love lighting candles, especially during the holiday season, and the Shampure scent gives off a calm and pleasant aroma – perfect for the holiday chaos. In addition to the wonderful aroma, the candle can last for 50 hours or more. I like that the candle is a compact size yet it can withstand the long hours of being lit during the holidays.

What really topped the cake for me, however, was when one of my educators shared with me that the candle can also be used as a moisturizer! Say what?! How? The candle is made with soy wax so one can pick up some wax while the candle is lit and use it as a hand moisturizer. Surprisingly, it does not have a greasy feeling at all! Also, because the wax is made from soy, it is safer to inhale compared to many other alternative candles. I wouldn’t recommend finger-dipping into every hot, soy wax candle to use as a moisturizer, but the Shampure candles are definitely a good substitute when no moisturizer is readily available.