About Cinta Aveda Institute

Esthetics—Alpha Phase

I’ve been in the Esthetics Intro Phase about three months, getting down to the basics of facials, skin analysis, learning about skin disorders and diseases, and about the pressure points of the face and body. I always thought that esthetics was only about facials. I never even thought waxing was involved until I first went on my admission’s tour where they explained to me what I would be learning.

Now that I’ve absorbed and learned all the basics, it was time to move on up to the Alpha Phase—the Spa Experience Floor. There, I get to work on real clients instead of just doing practice facials on fellow students in class. I remember the first day on the spa experience floor—everyone was just everywhere: nervous, scared, anxious, and excited. But, eventually, we all nailed it and got everything down.

By this phase, you’ll get to find out what your weaknesses and strengths are. You’ll also find out what you like doing best. So far, I love doing facials because I get to make someone’s day better and also help make their skin look healthier. It’s just an amazing feeling. I also like waxing, especially legs and arms. I still need more practice waxing eyebrows though. Waxing eyebrows can be a bit tricky depending on the amount of hair and the desired shape. Soon enough, I’ll nail that one too with more practice. Thank god I haven’t waxed off all the hairs on someone’s brows yet!

Choosing to attend Cinta Aveda has been the best decision I’ve made in my entire life. And if I had the chance to change my past educational experiences, I’d make going to Cinta Aveda my first choice.

Wellness

When I began as a student at Cinta Aveda, first thing in the morning we would go into the main room and conduct “morning wellness.” This normally consisted of meditating before we began to dive into our long day ahead.

We still continue to have ‘wellness’ during theory as Alphas. I love it! Not only is it a pick-me-upper from the long mornings, it allows me to look internally to make sure that I have a positive mindset. I truly believe that we—people in general—give off energies. And being in the beauty industry, estheticians must have a positive vibe so that we can care for our clients and give them the best service even if they are having a bad day. We intake that negative energy and in return fill them will new providential energy.

Major factors to our health are our perceptions and attitude. Jen, one of Aveda’s beautiful instructors, showed us a Youtube video “The Science of Happiness—An Experiment in Gratitude” that demonstrates how happiness can affect people.

This video made me think of myself and how I can continue to strive for good chi and find outlets to let go of the collected energies from our long days on the spa floor.

First is a hot shower to wash any unworthy emotions and promote a good night’s rest. On occasion, a glass of red wine or sleepy tea is needed. I think we need to focus our energies in the morning, since most of us wake up tired, sluggish, and dreading the day ahead of us. Apart from getting more sleep, there are a few quick and easy things we can do to help start our days off on the right foot.

  1. Wake up to great music. I think most of us are energized and motivated by great music.
  2. Floss. A lot of people don’t floss everyday. If you do floss first thing in the morning, that tiny action can make your mouth tingle and can make you feel like you’re doing something great for your health. Because you are.
  3. A quick workout. Yoga. Ten sit ups, ten push ups, and ten squats.
  4. A quick note. Write a quick note to your significant other, friend, or to yourself. Starting the day expressing gratitude for the little things in your life can make you amazing.
  5. Eat breakfast. Too many people skip out on breakfast, but it really boosts your mood and metabolism.
  6. Smile. Say good morning to strangers.

Setting the tone for the day is so important and it begins as soon as we wake up. Do what makes you feel good and alive. Get moving and attack your day with a smile.

Fashion Week 2014

As I reach the homestretch of my time here at Cinta Aveda Institute, I’m finding myself falling in love with my passion for makeup even more than I had before I attended CAI. With the help of our new educator, Shawn Peltier, I have been inspired to work hard to achieve my goals as a makeup artist. This week he had us focused on Fashion Week, its history, the artists/designers, the makeup, the models, and more. Fashion Week happens only twice a year in the major fashion capitals of the world such as Milan, Paris, New York and London. Fashion weeks are held several months in advance of the season to allow the press and buyers a chance to preview the fashion designs for the following season. In 1945, the first ever New York Fashion Week was held! Crazy to think how far we have come in the industry, huh?

As far as the makeup aspect goes, it has been more on the natural side. Polished but still with that lived-in look. Shawn had us specifically focus on Atelier Versace’s Spring 2014 Haute Couture look. This look involves natural complexion, brows, and lip. The eyes bring the most attention with gorgeous blue hues and a dramatic winged liner. Using the tools we have at school and the magic of makeup, we mimicked Versace’s look to practice the routine of Fashion Week and repetition of the look to get it just right.

Eye Makeup Samples Side by Side

An example from the Haute Couture show in Paris (left) and an example done by Shawn on me during our Advanced Theory Class (right).

“With the return of the 1950s to the Atelier Versace runway, Pat McGrath echoed the decade’s emblematic curved-shouldered jackets with a vibrant doe eye: ‘Donatella wanted something graphic, aerodynamic and fun.’ The make-up artist drew a deep angled curve on the lids with blue-green eyeliner, before highlighting with a thick stroke of iridescent color for depth. Think Fifties meets fashion rock.” — Vogue

Choosing Aveda

Finding your place in the world can be a nerve wracking, exhilarating, and just downright scary.

I lived in Denver and I was figuring out what I wanted to do. Because I knew that I wanted to be involved in beauty and nurturing, a close friend suggested that I investigate the Aveda Institutes.

A week or so later, I called and made an interview. I instantly knew that this was the place for me. As I was going through the process, I explained I wanted to travel and really dive deep into skin and makeup. They mentioned the CIDESCO program here in San Francisco. So I left my life in Denver and enrolled here at the Cinta Aveda Institute.

I can honestly say this was the best decision I’ve ever made for myself. This school is filled with the most amazing staff and educators; they are incredible! I am receiving a great education and I couldn’t be more grateful for the immense dedication and hard work everyone does here.

Originally, I thought that after my training, I would just be giving facials and working in a cute spa. But after seeing my own potential, and seeing the opportunities this school opens — I feel I have the world at my fingertips, literally. With my CIDESCO diploma, I can travel and practice esthetics all over the world.

I am incredibly lucky to attend this school; I highly recommend it. If you want a job in the beauty industry, this is the place for you.

First Graduation Celebration

Graduation day was just a couple of weeks ago! I was super-excited for this event. Not only were we graduating, but we were allowed to bring in our own model and do their makeup. The best part was that it was animal-themed!

The days before the graduating, we picked the animal we wanted and we strategized and planned what we wanted to do with our models. We felt very confident because we had lots of help from our teachers and they taught us how to apply feathers or glitter or, since it was animal-themed, even gills! We were able to practice on our classmates to try out our ideas and see if we liked them or wanted to do something differently.

I choose to do a peacock for my model. Peacock’s were my grandmother’s favorite bird; we used to have them at our house when we were younger. And no one else chose the peacock. My model was my little sister. I liked bringing in my little sister and showing her where I was going to school and what I was learning. She’s interested in some of these things as well, so I think it was a great experience for her to come in and be a model.

Combo Image of Model as Peacock

We had plenty of time to work on our models. We also had the cosmos come in and do our models’ hair. They had a walk thru of what to do, how to walk and pose. If they had costumes, they were able to put them on. Then it was show time! Our friends and family showed up to watch our graduation accomplishments!

I had a great time with my sister, and also it was such a great moment of accomplishment. I loved having my family come and watch. I can’t wait for my next graduation for CIDESCO!

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