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Memorizing Facial Massages

Memorization can be one of the hardest things for some people, especially memorizing hand movements.

When I began learning to give facial massages, I thought, “Oh great. I’m only going to remember a few moves and forget the rest.” Thank goodness that our instructor allowed the video to run while we practiced the motions; it was a very soothing process. It wasn’t until a few weeks later, when she told us that she wasn’t showing the video anymore, that my heart stopped for a second. I thought, “Oh snap. I don’t know it!” I should have given myself more credit. To my surprise, I had remembered it. From that moment, I began to practice more. It shouldn’t just be in class; I highly recommend practicing at home.

I practice on my cat, Boo. Although it’s completely different, remembering the motions was the key to my success. Also, it was very amusing to watch my cat enjoy his personal massage while watching a movie.

Another form of practice is upon friends and family. If you have a very tight schedule, like I do, it can seem impossible to put the time aside to do this. I practice in the shower or on a small pillow. Making different fun learning environments can be better than always practicing on friends and family.

Working on learning through different avenues allows you a chance to become more adaptable and plays with your senses. It gives you a chance to become sensitive with your finger tips—playing with different textures and thus developing your senses. I find this beneficial because it allows me to become more detailed-orientated when I conduct skin analysis.

Learning Challenges at Cinta Aveda

Cosmetology school at the Cinta Aveda Institute was a good experience. There was so much to learn in so little time. It was quite an experience learning color, hair cutting, using different brushes, and all the different types of up do’s.

I think, at first, the most challenging thing for me was using the round brush. I never knew how to use a round brush, or how to use one hand with a brush while using the other with a blow dryer. To be honest, at first using a round brush made me feel like an idiot! But as my hands got used to the brush/dryer combination and as I learned the different twists and turns involved in a round brush blowout, it became really fun. It’s amazing how lifting the hair up in one direction and pulling it out in the other direction can create so much beauty and volume in a hairstyle.

I also thought that using a round boar-bristle brush to create slick straight hair was an amazing technique to learn. In combination with the Aveda product “Naturally Straight”, the boar-bristle brush could straighten curly Latino or African American hair into straight slick hair. I’ve used this technique on several clients and they’ve left extremely surprised and impressed that their hair could go from curly to straight without using a straightener. It’s always rewarding to see your clients happy and feeling great about themselves.

Another thing I’ve appreciated learning at Cinta Aveda was giving scalp and shoulder massages. I think I’ve gotten more complements on the massages I’ve given compared to the services I’ve performed. The different aromas that Aveda provides in combination with a good back rub or scalp massage gives the client a great sense of peace and relaxation before going into a hair cut or putting color in their hair. I always get a positive reaction or expression on my client’s face.

By the end of the Gamma Phase, we sometimes get lazy. But I strongly believe in a good scalp or shoulder massage! I enjoy giving a shoulder massage because it’s an extremely rewarding sensation to see someone physically feeling better.

Learning in Intro

Being in Intro, all we had to work on was other students or, on a couple of model days, we would work on someone from outside the classroom and perform what we had been doing in class.

Learning all the steps was both fun and super easy. We had videos to watch, and we actually performed on our classmates—which helped because they could give us immediate advice on things that we could improve while performing a massage or a facial.

It was also relaxing being in class. In the morning, we would always do wellness and deep breathing. We all got to try out each facial that we now perform on clients. So we have options to present to the client, which I feel is comforting for the clients.

Actually getting facials almost three days a week was great—but towards the end, it was a little much. Now, being on the spa floor, I’m craving a facial!

Learning to Love Makeup

Before I started my education at Cinta Aveda Institute, my interest in makeup didn’t go much further than wanting to know how to make my own face look presentable. I knew the basics—like how to apply foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick—but anything more than that made my brain scramble.

It wasn’t until we started learning about makeup at school that I really became interested. Some great things my educators demonstrated for us were contouring and bridal makeup, two things I knew nothing about.

This came to good use when I had my first bridal makeup application last weekend. I was caught off guard when the guest told me that she wanted to do a trial run for bridal makeup, but I thought back to what we had learned and put it to good use.

I started off with a clean face, then applied a light layer of Aveda Tinted Moisture. This was great for my guest since she wanted a beautiful but natural look. I then went in with different shades of pink and purple, with a touch of gold for her eyeshadow. I was a little unsure at first, but as I continued to blend all the shades, it looked really beautiful. We finished off the look with a neutral lip with a touch of pink.

I was nervous to show her the final look, as this was my first bridal makeup, but was relieved when she looked in the mirror and told me how happy she was. The smile on her face was infectious. I left school that day feeling really proud of myself, and with a bit more confidence in my ability to do makeup.

Great Memories from Intro Phase

Graduation Celebration with Pop Art Make UpMy first day of school was actually pretty exciting! All the students were really nice. The teachers were all super awesome and so willing to help us. They made us feel comfortable with asking them questions.

A memory from my time in the Intro Phase was doing a graduation celebration with Pop Art make up! I thought that was such a cool and fun experience! I have never had my make up done and then walked a catwalk showing it off! I would love to do something like that again, but with me being the one doing the make up and having my model show it off! That was a great school day at Cinta Aveda.

Embracing a Holistic Approach Toward Skincare

November 20, 2014
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When I first enrolled at Cinta Aveda, I knew that I had an obscure fondness for extracting sebum from the skin—and that’s it. I wasn’t too sure that I cared much about creating an urban retreat “getaway” type of experience, or making people feel at ease, or even treating people’s skin and creating long-term solutions addressing their concerns. I really just wanted to squeeze gunk out of pores and call it a day. Boy, has that changed dramatically!

Don’t get me wrong, I still love extractions. However my educators, along with experiences with my clients, have shaped my outlook to one that’s much more holistic: to treat the client in his or her entirety. Now I want to not only address the skin in its present state, but to address the roots of any problems—whether it be lifestyle, stress levels, medications, overall attitude, etc. One’s skin, after all, is an organ. It absorbs external free radicals, and is a reflection not only of the foods and beverages you put in your body, but also of the hormonal highs and lows, emotions, sleep quality, and an endless list of other life circumstances. To neglect these forces, therefore, would leave my work incomplete.

Personally, I think the holistic outlook will prove to be much more effective—for the mind, body, and soul. I am so grateful to have had by horizons broadened during my time here at Cinta Aveda, and I look forward to incorporating the mission of Aveda into all of my future endeavors.

Getting a Facial

Getting a FacialBeing a student at the Cinta Aveda Institute includes many benefits. My favorite is being exposed to all of the incredible products and services.

If you are a student on the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday side of the program, you can come in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays for any service, hair appointment, or facial/massage. Being in the cosmetology program means that most of my time at the Institute is consumed doing hair or occasionally getting my hair done. After a long week of school and work, nothing sounded better than a day of pampering. Because I don’t do facials myself, I decided the next best option was to come in to the Institute on a day off and book a facial. This is my review of the experience.

Being a student myself, I was more than confident in my fellow classmates’ ability to provide excellent service and I was right! When I arrived with a friend, we were both greeted promptly and offered water or tea. Then we were escorted to our private rooms and asked a few questions about our skin and our daily routines. This was one of my favorite parts of the service, because it really showcased how customizable each facial was. After explaining my skin type along with all of my problems and concerns, I was given some very helpful tips, tricks, and solutions to help improve my skin in days to come.

The facial itself was about an hour long and included a foot, and neck and shoulder massage. When the service was over, we were both taken downstairs to the experience center where we did the basket program. The basket program is essentially a run-through of all the products that were used on our skin, and what our esthetician recommended for a new and improved skincare routine.

Overall, we both had a great time and would definitely come back again for another facial!

First Day

Everyone knows that the first day of anything can be terrifying. That was certainly true the first day at Cinta Aveda Institute. There’s the alarming sense of nervousness and the million things running through your head first thing in the morning. You end up skipping breakfast because your tummy is unsettled with the endless possibilities of what might happen. As you head towards Kearny Street, you feel a tug of doubt and questions begin to pop up in your head. Did I put deodorant on? Did I turn off the coffee machine? Did I choose the right outfit? Oh lord, please don’t let me be late.

If you didn’t react this way, congratulations! I know most of the girls, that are now my classmates and friends, had some level of this panic. It was the worst when we first entered 305 Kearny and saw each other all waiting for orientation to begin. As women do, we judged one another. I’m not going to lie: I thought some were mean-looking, some relaxed, and some inattentive. Others looked as sacred as I did.

If I could have given myself advice from what I know now, it would be:

  1. Prepare the night before.
    • This includes what you will wear. It took me an hour to figure out what I wanted to wear, even though it was in black, because I wanted to appear professional and trendy.
    • Make sure you have a note pad, pen, gum, and a snack in your purse or bag.
    • Exfoliate. I don’t need it, but it leaves my skin super smooth, which makes me feel confident.
    • Look up directions and calculate how long it will take to get there.
  2. Wake up an hour early.
  3. Listen to some upbeat music. Motown brings good vibes for the day.
  4. Do some light stretching. It invigorates the muscles and allows you to steady your thoughts.
  5. Eat breakfast. Even if you’re not very hungry, eat something light.
  6. Make sure to have fresh breath.
  7. Arrive five to ten minutes early.
  8. Smile.
  9. Don’t be afraid to begin a conversation with someone.
  10. Enjoy yourself.
  11. I hope these tips work for future students attending Cinta Aveda.

New to Cinta Aveda

Graduating high school, I had no idea what career I wanted to pursue. I went to Diablo Valley College in San Ramon to try to get some of my general education requirements completed. But being at DVC felt as if I was still in high school.

I’ve always wanted to go to a trade school where I could focus on what I would be doing in my work, rather than taking other classes that I had to pass just to get to where I needed to be.

Growing up, I thought I had to go to college to be successful in life. Then I found Cinta Aveda! What I love about this school is that they have more advanced courses, such as the CIDESCO program that I am currently enrolled in. I love the fact that I can travel with that license and that it gives me more education, and in depth studies and product knowledge.

So far, I am in the esthetician phase and I love it! All the students here are so involved with what we are doing, it helps keep me in tune with everything. I have made so many friends and have met so many people—I can’t wait for where this field is going to take me.

Life in Gamma

“Gamma Phase—finally!” you’re thinking.

Also known as the “State Board Phase,” the Gamma Phase is one of the most important parts of the cosmetology program. You learn each step to pass the skill certifications for the State Board including all the official verbiage that will be used.

One of the best things about being at the Cinta Aveda Institute, during the final phase of the program, is that the school provides us with a practice State Board kit which most other cosmetology schools don’t provide. There are lots of practice tests.

Now this is the home stretch. When you first get into gamma phase, you’ll talk about the things that we’re going to complete this phase. The State Board haircut, basic blow dry and curly iron set, the perm, the relaxer (virgin application and retouch application), color (virgin application and retouch application), manicure, sculpture nail, waxing procedure, and last but not least, the facial.

One of the most important steps for State Board are the three S’s: sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. You can do everything right at the State Board, and I mean perfect to a “t”, and you can still fail if you forgot to sanitize. I try to always keep in mind what our Gamma teacher has taught us—you can never “over sanitize” during the State Board. Even if you get confused and think you don’t need to sanitize, do it anyway. It might just help you pass your test.

Don’t get scared of State Board. You’ll get plenty of time to practice. And you can take advantage of the fact that our school offers us an opportunity to come in on our off days to get extra help with the State Board’s practical.

The Gamma Phase is very very important. You may not be motivated. You may be working long hours. You may have many kids and little time. But whatever your situation, you need to find some motivation and get here. The last thing you want is to get to State Board and not know how to do a procedure. The practice State Board tests are scary, so I can only imagine being in a room full of people I don’t know trying to perform under pressure. Study and take the time to learn and understand every step to State Board. I’m so ready for State Board because of what I learned during Gamma Phase.

What You Can Expect to Find After School

July 10, 2014
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A Teacher in Esthiology at Cinta Aveda Institute.  Photo by Jeffry Raposas.

So you’ve spent the past 14 months working your tail off at school and now with license in hand you’re ready to hit the big time, right? Well, kinda. Yes, you’ve attended one of the better schools for your field and yes, you’ve received a plethora of information. But does that make you ready to start your own salon or spa? Sadly, I must pop that balloon.

What we learn in school is leaps and bounds over what other schools are teaching. And if you’re ready to scoff, then I don’t think you’ve had the luxury of taking your state boards yet. When you do, talk to the other applicants. Listen to their stories, to the way they were taught. In some cases, you don’t even have to hear them speak, you can just see from the way they do their tests that they didn’t get the same education as us.

But does all this education mean that we’re ready to be at the top? Not necessarily. Speaking from experience, what I learned in school got me far in school, but there is so much more to learn outside of school. And once you’re done with CAI, don’t think you’re done learning. Most salons that are hiring out of school expect the former student to take another year or so of their classes to learn the way of cutting hair.

In short, what you can expect to find out of school is pretty much the same as in school: a bunch of learning. But what you might not expect to find is: a new way of learning. Keep on learning folks!

Students work on a Male Client's Hair at Cinta Aveda Institute Salon.  Photo by Jeffry Raposas.

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.

The Importance of an Externship

February 23, 2014
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Externships are experiential learning opportunities, similar to internships, offered by educational institutions to give students short practical experiences in their field of study.  Unlike an internship which may last for an extended period of time, an externship will consist of one to two short shifts at an establishment in their related field of study, so that the student can get a feel for that work environment.

Although, as an extern in a salon as an un-licensed individual you are not legally allowed to have physical contact with the guest or perform services on them.  You may however, assist the stylist,  help with salon tasks or just step back and observe the day-to-day workings of that salon environment,  and each salon you extern at will be a very different experience.  

Having an externing experience is extremely beneficial as a cosmetology student because not all salons work the same, your individual needs vary from stylist to stylist and getting exposure to potential jobs is a very unique opportunity.

This knowledge prepares students for the transition from school to career, as a student hands on experience can be hard to get, this can make the difference in getting the job you want and setting for any job you can get.  

Externships are also a great source for networking, meeting new people as well as mentors in your field are great ways to kick start a successful career; and may even lead to job recruitment.

I have personally had the opportunity to extern at multiple salons and the experience was highly beneficial, I have a wonderful job set to start right after graduation and couldn’t be more pleased with my choice.
Model Shots - Rocky Montgomery by Meghan

You Choose Your Choices

January 30, 2014
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Choosing the right beauty school is a very personal choice. We all have different ways in which we absorb knowledge and grow. I can tell you one thing that everyone must do though, and that is shop for your school. Even if you are sold on your first visit, why not solidify that choice and know without a shadow of a doubt that you made the best choice.

This is my beauty school “shopping” experience…

Reno, NV “the biggest little city” was the largest metropolitan city to me during my years living in South Lake Tahoe, CA. After 7 years for snowboarding and, let’s face it “living the dream,” I was finally ready to take charge of my professional life and start cosmetology school. So Reno seemed like the best place to start looking. Although they required 200 more hours in Nevada than California did for a cosmetology license, I was still toying with the idea of staying in Tahoe. That Idea vanished very quickly, the schools I visited were, let’s just say their standards of cleanliness and sanitation where not up to a 5 year olds standards…

This led me on a wonderful weekend trip to San Francisco, CA. Now I grew up just south of San Francisco in a small town Called Half Moon Bay and my family still resided all throughout the area. But I wasn’t going to decide what school I attended because of that (If they didn’t meet my standards I was off to New York City) I started at a very well know school that raised the bar just a hair, not enough to keep me there though. It was my Visit to The Cinta Aveda Institute that really blew my mind.

It may have been the exposed brick walls, or that oh so pleasant signature scent that is Aveda, even their course curriculum blew me away. Everything I heard and experienced raised the bar for me, but even with all of that it was the people that made me decide right then and there that I didn’t need to look any further. I must say that looking back even now, with my dream job starting in just a few weeks, I owe this amazing life and start of my career to the most important choice I’ve ever made, and to my educators and The Cinta Aveda Institute.
Cinta Aveda Institutes Students Working

Mulét

January 3, 2014
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When asked in my intro phase of beauty school at The Cinta Aveda Institute what my ideal client would be my reply was “A Mullet.” Of course this response was greeted with an array of interesting remarks.  My classmates where confused, curious, and frankly just flabbergasted! Why would any respectable stylist choose or even wish to create a mullet on their client, to show their skills in such an abstruse way,  business in the front…party in the back? 

This is the tale of my favorite hair cut in beauty school and its profound inspiration and relativity to how creating a look out of a hair cut can make someone’s day.   On January 18, 2014 (the year of the horse, FYI)  I had an open afternoon schedule, and asked my Gamma teacher Nasha to keep my books open so that if there was a walk-in guest I would be able to take them.  Sure enough not more that 15 minutes later I had a women’s hair cut ascending  to the third floor, little did I know this guest was one that I had been dreaming of from the very start.  As she sat in my chair and we began our consultation she got straight to the point. 

Now Sarah was a young lady with mid length, virgin hair, and beautifully strong features.  She wasn’t your normal edgy hipster, or any other type of fashionista that screamed “I want an edgy look” so you could imagine my surprise when she bluntly stated: “I want a mullet.”  Now it took a moment for me to process  this request, but once I did the excitement was overwhelming!  We concluded the consultation and where on our way in creating a Rhianna inspired Fashion Mullet!  Using my razor throughout 90% of the cut giving it a softer more feminine feel, with an extended forward flow, and a stylish piece-y  finish, the moment I spun the chair around for her to take a look her reaction and enthusiasm was better than I could have ever anticipated.  Not only did she love her cut, I had made her day giving her the look that she wanted. Little did Sarah know that she had made my day.
Cut-A-Ton event

The Educators at Cinta Aveda

November 17, 2013
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Coming from private school K-8, a pretty relaxed bay area high school and SFSU for college my standards for teachers may be a little high. I’m very used to have teachers who are relatable and understanding. Who don’t just see this as “another job” but actually care about what they are doing. And the teachers at Cinta Aveda did not fail. In some ways, the teachers I’ve been lucky enough to have and learn from here were the best part of my whole experience. Right from the beginning I felt comfortable to go to my teachers with problems or questions I had whenever needed. In the higher phases my teachers would show little tricks that really helped be excel at whatever I was learning. Their product knowledge really helped my sales numbers improve and confidence grow in all my services.

The education I received at this school was without a doubt the best. I not only learned what I need to pass my state board exam but so much more to take with me into the industry. The teachers here have even helped with non-school related things. They’ve mediated conflict situations between students, and checked up on me when I had missed school due to illness. These are things you don’t get anywhere else.

They say “Those who can’t do teach” but that truly isn’t the case with Cinta Aveda’s staff. Every teacher I have had is an amazing stylist and I feel truly blessed that I have gotten to learn from and gotten to know them.

Around Cinta Aveda Institute Campus; Image by Jeffry Raposas

The Benefits of Externing

October 24, 2013
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The best way I can describe externing is in a way it’s like choosing a college. An Externship offers you a chance to visit a salon, observe their practices and get a feel for whether the ambiance and apprenticeship curriculum fits your personal learning styles.

There are a few things I would recommend someone to be realistic about when externing. It would be wise to ask the following questions:

1) Do you offer an apprenticeship program, and if so, how long is it?
Some programs can span anywhere between 6 months to 2 years. And since nearly all apprenticeship programs offer only minimum wage you need to be realistic to the type of lifestyle you’ll be living during that time.

2) Does your salon specialize or do you allow your stylists to cut and color?
This pertains to where you want to see yourself in the future. You may feel your talents lay stronger in one skill than the other. Or you may want to keep your career interesting by learning both. That’s up to you.

3) What’s the average employment time of your staff?
This gives you an idea of the turn-around for the employees. If the average span is more than 3 years, it’s a good sign that the staff is happy and that clientele is growing. Anything less may indicate inconsistencies in those categories.

Those questions I feel are mandatory but you should feel free customize your questions based on your lifestyle and career path.

But I would make sure that during your apprenticeship, the salon is allowing you more duties than just the basic chores of towel laundry and cleaning color bowls. You should be allowed to do at least one shampoo and observe haircuts.

Besides all those points, also just try to enjoy yourself. Try to envision what it’d be like to come to work everyday to that particular location. Because no matter what, the place you choose should just feel right.

 

For more about Rachel, check out her website and Facebook page!

Celebration Address 9/10/2013

October 16, 2013
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I was asked to speak for our recent Cinta Aveda Student Celebration. While it is a celebration for students who have either graduated or are near graduation, I still feel as though it isn’t necessarily my graduation since I’ll still be attending the Barbering program at the Institute. But that still didn’t stop me from writing from my heart and speaking to the class.

Here is the speech:

Hi, I’m Kevin. I’m an alcoholic. Sorry, wrong meeting.

When Jenna first asked me to speak for today’s celebration, my first thought was “Great… who cancelled?” Then my thoughts turned to rage, then to denial, then anger and finally… how am I doing on time?

In all seriousness, it’s been a great ride. Sometimes discouraging, sometimes aggravating, but for the most part, all awesome. I don’t think any of us really expected to receive what we’ve received here.

From Intro classes to now has been an amazing transformation, just in the amount of tears alone. We have saved so many tissues in the recent months because of the lack of tears and our confidence alone has increased tenfold! Personally speaking, I can section and cut hair at, oh let’s say, a Beta Level!

I kid, but since we’re on the topic of what we’ve learned, praise really does need to be given to all of our teachers… educators… is it teachers or educators? Educator-Americans? I can never get that right, no matter how hard I try. Our Teach-ucators have given us what we need to succeed in our careers and we should give them a big hand, even though they should get more.

And while we are giving praise, a big hand should also go to the staff that works here at the school.

In the office, in the experience center, everywhere. They help run the show behind the show. The staff have to deal with some of the most unhappy, dissatisfied, angry, self-absorbed people on a daily basis… I’m referring to us, the students. The guests are fine.

From a personal standpoint, I have the utmost respect and love for the educators and staff here at Cinta Aveda. I came here knowing nothing, a clean slate, a piece of clay that you helped to mold, me as well as my fellow students into the pre-professionals we are about to become. I feel prepared enough to go out into the professional world and Carpe the living crap out of that Diem!

How am I doing on time? Ok, I’m being given the wrap it up sign so I’ll be brief with my notes to my fellow students. Here is what I have learned through the years that I think will help us all in the future:

Do or Do Not. There is no try. Yes, Yoda said it but it makes so much sense. Don’t try, Do. Just Do.

Stay Positive

– On that note, Drop Kick the negative out of your life. You don’t need it. It will just drag you down!

Failure doesn’t come from failing. Failure comes from quitting. Never quit!

The Paper Cups are for guests only. Do not take them home. Do not use them for Jell-O Shots. They will fall apart!

Can’t means won’t. Seriously. When you’re saying you can’t do something, what you’re really saying is that I won’t or I don’t want to. Erase Can’t from your vocabulary.

Your worst day fishing beats your best day at work. I dunno, I read it on a bumper sticker on the way in to school.

A faulty craftsman blames his tools. This is true. Never say you can’t do something because your brush or comb won’t work right. Fix it. And fix yourself.

– Develop this credo: “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome” No matter what the situation is: Improvise, Adapt and Overcome. You will surprise yourself!

– My dad once told me: “Never let anyone think they’re better than you and never think that you’re better than anyone else.” This saying has stuck with me through my life.

Now, graduating class: Do do that voodoo that you do so well!

Ruth Roche Essay & Beacon

August 26, 2013
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Ruth Roche

I have always had admiration for people who chase their dreams and actually make them come true. Ruth Roche is one of those people.

She began her career in cosmetology by dropping out of college where she was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. It wasn’t what she really wanted to do and she didn’t feel passionate about the career path she was headed in. As it turns out, dropping out of college and gracing the world of hair with her incredible talent was a very smart move on her part, if not “shear genius.”

During the span of Ruth’s career, she has won NAHA awards multiple times and has contributed to the ultimate hair bible, “Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.” The hair industry is lucky to have such a talented artist who is so open to sharing her wealth of knowledge with those of us in the industry.

Her classes on business, current trends, and how to run a successful business have helped out so many professionals; I would love the opportunity to take a class with her one day.

Like Ruth, my life has taken many twists and turns to get me where I am today. It has taken me a solid 10 years since high school to finally get my cosmetology license. Being a single Mom, dealing with various hardships and lack of funds, I attended 3 different schools to get my 1600 hours. But I never gave up my dream.

I, too, will one day be a master stylist. In my 10 years working in the field, I’ve been published in magazines in the U.S., U.K. and in small magazine in Australia. My thirst for knowledge has gotten me where I am today, and my dream is to learn as much as I possibly can so that like Ruth, I can share my knowledge with the future generations to come. Because it is never too late to pursue your dreams.

I know with great confidence that Ruth or any master stylist’s second hand shears would benefit me in a great way. It will be one more tool to inspire and enable me to achieve an even greater career in this field.

You should pick me because, ever since middle school, friends and family have utilized what they recognize to be a natural talent for hair styling. At first, I didn’t see it. Over time, I realized I loved to look at people’s hair like a canvas and turn it into something they love to look at.

When I was growing up, I kept changing my hair styles constantly. In those days, my mother wouldn’t let me color my hair. I took matters into my own hands and was “caught red handed” when I stained my hair with red Kool Aid. Then I started cutting my own hair and really liked how I would mimic face framing like the models in the magazines.

Now that I’m older and even more passionate about hair, these 2nd hand shears would really feel like a stepping stone to my future dream.

What beacon means to me, is that I get to push myself even further in my career: meeting those who achieved greatness in our field of beauty.

Ruth Roche’s Collection

At first I didn’t want to send in an application. When I looked at those who won in the past, I was in awe of their work and didn’t think I could compare.

But now, knowing that the skills I have accumulated over the years has helped me through my schooling. And to enter into a contest and being one of the winners made my heart drop when I found out.

I was a little stressed at first when I received the photos, two were awesome, but one I received from a photographer the hair was cut off. I decided to use a photo from the past. It still went with my theme but you could tell with lighting and clothing it was from a whole other shoot. I wanted them to be as cohesive as possible. At that moment with the deadline I didn’t have a choice and putting together another photoshoot would have been too much work; I wouldn’t know if I would of gotten the photos on time.

I’m so grateful I decided to enter. Now in a few weeks I will be off to Vegas in hopes to sit near master stylists and pick their brains on the latest trends and tools they love to use. Maybe even work for one of them in another state. We will see.

Click here to read Justina’s blog after attending the NAHA Awards — where she received Ruth Roche’s Second Hand Scissors on stage!

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How I Knew I Made The Right Choice By Coming To Cinta Aveda

August 20, 2013
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Tate behind-the-scenes at the Bay Fashion Magazine CHLS 2013 Fashion Show (Creative Team event)! She also did makeup for the Marc Jacobs models at the show.

I always knew I wanted to attend a brand name school, so it was either Aveda or Paul Mitchell.

After finding out about the schedule, and having a great impression given to me by Jaqueline (a student), I knew it
was the school for me. This choice has only been reinforced since actually attending school. Here are
some reasons why:

1. The educators-

Every educator at CAI has not only been personable, but knowledgeable as

well. This industry is unique in that you can’t really be a part of it if you don’t like people,
so obviously the educators have great personalities. What really impresses me about them
is their level of knowledge and experience. There are makeup artists who have worked for
major brands, estheticians who have won awards for their talents, and massage therapists
that have traveled the world honing their skills. They are all so eager to impart their
knowledge onto us, rather than feeling competitive with a new crop and they have some
seriously invaluable wisdom.

NAHA 2013 Makeup Artist of the Year: Katy Albright (from Aveda Salon). Click for more Aveda Beauty.

2. The brand-

Is there any brand bigger? The answer is no, and if you don’t know that yet,
come here and you will. Not only are they environmentally aware, they walk that fine line
between environmentally conscious and high fashion. All their products are made with
100% certified organic plant ingredients and they did the most runway shows at New York
Fashion Week and 116 of the top 200 salons in the country are Aveda. You want to be a
part of network that will give you a lifetime of support? Show me where you can find better
numbers than that.

3. The education-

To go to a name brand school sometimes means you have to pay name
brand money, but the education at Aveda is so worth it. I recently became employed in a
spa setting and I am astounded to see how little some of the estheticians are qualified to
do, even after being out working for multiple years. The extra training that I’ve received at
Aveda allows me to offer a competitive edge against estheticians with more experience than
me, and that is worth its weight in gold.