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Waxing

August 10, 2014
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Cinta Aveda Institute Facilities. Image by Pipsqueak Productions.With a cosmetologist license you are also allowed to do waxing as well. I have come to find I love waxing! Waxing eyebrows, arm pits, nose hairs, legs, just about anything you need waxed, I will do, except for Brazilian waxes.

With waxing you have to be very careful in the way you apply it, the way you pull the wax off, and what you use afterwards.

When applying the wax, you have to examine the growth pattern and see which way the hair grows, and from there, you apply it with the growth pattern not against it. Also make sure the hair is long enough to wax. It has to be at least one half of an inch.

If it is honey wax, after you have applied it, apply the strip with the same way you applied the wax. Smooth down over the muslin strip with the growth pattern. Make sure to pull the skin taut before pulling the strip off. You want to pull the strip against the growth pattern, so pull the skin the opposite way.

With hard wax, you do not use a muslin strip, you simply let the wax harden. This type of wax is great for waxing the nostrils.

When finished with waxing, make sure to remove the wax with oil. The best oil to use is tea tree oil for it is used to help swelling and is antibacterial.

Make sure, before applying wax, you exfoliate the skin and take off any make up. The area must be clean.

Applying Makeup

July 25, 2014
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With beauty school you earn all kind of beauty, such as make up, waxing, nails, a basic facial, tweezing etc. Well I think my favorite out of all of these is make up.

I have learned so much from YouTube, the internet and going into sephora and Mac. One thing that I did not know was how to apply and in which order. All I wore was powder foundation, mascara and eye liner.

Foundation has become my favorite thing as well as eye shadow application. People always wonder why it looks so “cake-y.” It could be a number of reasons. They may put on powder foundation and then a liquid/cream concealer or they just simply put way too much make up on. So I will tell you the correct way to apply foundation and the rest of your makeup.

  1. Have a clean and moisturized face.
  2. Apply your liquid foundation, as much 1-2 layers depending on the coverage.
  3. Apply your concealer, to your under eye area, and any blemishes you wish to conceal.
  4. Apply your setting powder or your foundation, depending on the coverage.
  5. Go into your contouring and highlighting. Make sure your contour is not shimmery, because then it defeats the purpose of contouring. Contouring is for making something look farther away. Shimmer does the complete opposite. It’s okay for your bronzer and highlight to have shimmer though.

Make sure your contour color is a mate brown color. You could even use a foundation that is two to three shades darker than your skin tone.

Makeup Kit from Cinta Aveda Institute.  Image by Jeffry Raposas.

The Difference Between Ombre and Tipping

July 15, 2014
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So many people don’t know the difference between ombre and tipping. They are very similar and it’s understandable why they wouldn’t know the difference. In alpha we learned creative color and found out what the difference really is.

With tipping, you divide the hair into six sections just like a haircut sectioning. You use your foiling comb and starting from the nape, you section out two 1/4 in sub sections and you drop those down. On the third section, you tease the tips so there is no distinct one when you apply color or enlightener. And you continue on with that two to one ratio.

With an ombre it is more than two colors on the hair. The beginning on the midshaft, what some would call roots, would be one color fading into another color in the middle of the hair shaft, then on the ends it would be another color. This is a technique that not everyone can do. They may not know how to tease in a way that it makes that blurred line.

I have been able to do this kind of style on a couple people and I am so thankful I have great teachers that have shown me how to get it to come out beautifully. When we learned, they did my hair, since I was bright blonde. It started out with this really pretty pinky-purple and faded into this gorgeous purple/grey color. I had this for awhile and had a lot of fun with it, until I had to cut my hair off because of it.

Woman Getting Her Hair Prepped with Foil in Her Hair

My Own Hair and Its Journey Through Beauty School

July 5, 2014
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Being in beauty school, it is inevitable that you’re going to change your hair. This I knew, but I did not want to cut my hair off. I was blonde with long beautiful hair when I started. I love my long hair and I was not ready to give it up at all!

At the time I wanted to do something fun, so my hair dresser gave me pink tips. And that was so fun. What I didn’t know is that hot water makes your hair fade. So my pink tips faded fast and I was sad. So we got rid of them and did a color cleanse on my ends. Color cleanse is 30 grams of enlightener, 30 grams of developer, and 30 grams of Shampure. And it took it right out!

After that I decided I did not want to be a warm blonde! I wanted to be cool. So we toned my hair. Then in alpha we did purple to grey ombre! This was the craziest I have ever gotten with my hair. It faded so fast that I just wanted to redo it.

Unfortunately that destroyed my hair and my ends were so straggly. So then, we cut it all off. My teacher at the time, Chelsea, gave me a super cute concave graduation. I’m going to be honest, I cried a little. But I got through it. After that I went back to blonde to start over in my growing out process, which then, in turn, I realized was way too much high maintenance to stay blonde. And I went red/brown. Yes red is high maintenance but I have no problem with the red fading. The best part is that I can’t even tell I have new growth!

And that has been my experience throughout beauty school with my hair.

Updo Types

June 14, 2014
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Work on an Updo for a Fashion Show.There are three main updos that usually updos are built off of. One is the French twist and, in my opinion, is the easiest one. All you do is take the hair pull it straight back and twist the ends in on itself. And remember hide those pins! It’s simple, elegant, and always so beautiful.

The second is chignon, trust me I don’t know how to pronounce it either, but this is more like a bun. It’s a little more complicated but still very easy. You can make a bow chignon which has become very popular, even the Hilton’s wear it!

The last one is the drape. This is probably the most tedious of them all. You have to make a pony tail with only the center half of your hair. Then you take the rest and pin in sections lying across the pony tail in the middle. It turns out pretty, but I don’t think it’s in style any more.

What is always in style is definitely the Marcel waves like they wore in the 20’s and in the Great Gatsby. These are all just basic updos and can certainly become more than the simple elegance they are. They become extravagant, artistic, and creative styles. Besides, when the hair is down, almost every updo that a celebrity wears on the red carpet is taken from one of these designs.

They are all so easy and so buildable which does make it for everyone even if you are not a cosmetologist.

Work on Updos for a Fashion Show

Doing Makeup for a Horror Film

June 7, 2014
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Creative team is an amazing opportunity that this school gives us. I was fortunate enough to help with the horror film that the academy of arts put on. I did two 10 hours days. They were long but fun days!

To see how a film is actually shot from the behind the scenes point of view was an extraordinary experience. I view films so differently now that I got this experience. I had to do makeup and hair for the scenes. With that I had to touch up their make up with our Aveda finishing powder and our air control hair spray.

One scene was in a Chinese restaurant and there were two guys and two girls, which were the main characters. The next scene I worked on was a bathroom scene which I had to keep up on their make up twice as much because they were running into the bathroom. In that confined space I got to know the actors a bit more and talked a lot with the sound guys. The last scene I did was in “art studio” they just put it together with fake walls. One actor finds a robot which then comes to life.

While they were shooting that scene I helped decorate and put make up on four Aztec men. Which I was not complaining about one bit!

It was such an awesome experience and all my family members always got excited when I had something new to tell them about. I cannot wait until they are done editing the movie so I can finally watch my work in action!