Applying Makeup

July 25, 2014

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

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

Surviving the Beta Blues

July 15, 2014

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the halfway point of your education. By the time you reach Beta you’re at about 800 hours, half of what you need to get your Cosmetology license here in California. You’ve survived Intro and Alpha and now you’re starting to get more comfortable on the salon floor as well as with your class room. But you have no idea what’s in store for you yet!

A Row of Heads and Sinks at Cinta Aveda Institute.  Photo by Pipsqueak Productions.

The Beta phase will start to test you as a student as well as a stylist. If you were lacking when first in Alpha, you’re starting to get better. Your services aren’t taking as long (hopefully) and your skills are getting better with each service. You’ve probably spent your fair share of time in dispense as well as at your station with guests. You’ve gotten used to the six hours on the floor and four in theory. But now that’s changing. All your service times need to be faster. You don’t get to spent as much time in dispense coming up with color formulas. Your classmates are starting to wear on you. In Beta, things start to change. Gone are the cheery “We’re the best friends” and now it’s all about focusing on where you’re going to end up after you leave school. You tour salons to see what’s out there and possibly where you’ll want to work (or not want to work). While in Beta, you’ll hit the hour mark when you can start externing at a salon, something that will really open your eyes to how things are outside of school.

All of these things start happening faster and faster all the while you’re still trying to learn what you need to do before taking your state board test. But what really starts to happen is the blahs. You’re done with being at school. You’re done with some of your classmates. You feel as if those last 800 or so hours are simultaneously speeding at a million miles an hour and crawling like a snail up hill in a head wind. You get the Beta Blues as they’re called. If you don’t take care of them, just like the real blues, the emotions start to get the best of you. Myself, I let them get a hold of me a bit too much but there are things you can do to make sure they don’t get you for too long. Here’s what I did:

  1. Stay focused—Write down what your goals are: for school, work, life, etc. Keep those goals in a place where you can see them every day. Memorize them. Burn them into your head. Remember that those goals might not be attained in a day, a week, a month, a year or soon, but they will be attained when you remain focused.

  2. Acceptance—This goes along with staying focused. Learn to accept that some things are not going to go your way when you want them to. That’s all right, it happens. Learn to accept that not everyone is you and people do things differently. That’s what makes us all unique and similar at the same time. Have a fellow student that grates on you like nails on a chalkboard, accept them for who they are.

  3. Don’t Get Cocky—While you’re starting to get better at things you still need to remember that you’re still in school. What you think you know, you don’t know. While you might have a different, faster way of doing something, that doesn’t mean that you are a gift to the world and that everyone should bow down to you and worship the ground you walk on. Remember this: The higher you climb up that pedestal, the farther you have to fall.

  4. Get Rid Of The Negative—A negative attitude will suck the life out of a room quick. Think about it, the last time you walked into a room with a bunch of people and one of them was in a bad mood, you could feel it. Negative energy brings not only yourself down but those around you. Get rid of that negative energy. Having a bad day? Write out a gratitude list, listing everything you’re grateful for at that time. It will change your day immensely. Have a friend that is negative, talk with them about it. See what you can do to help. If you can’t, try not to let it affect you. Just because someone else is having a bad day, doesn’t mean you have to have a bad day.

Surviving Beta isn’t that hard but during those fourteen weeks, it seems like an eternity. With the right frame of mind and focus, you can do it! If you think you can’t, talk to someone. Talk to someone that went through what you’re going through, you’ll see that we’ve all been there. You’re not alone and you don’t have to do it alone.

Students at the Cinta Aveda Institute Campus.  Photo by Jeffry Raposas.

What You Can Expect to Find After School

July 10, 2014

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

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.

My Advice to You: Get a Job in a Salon Now!

June 30, 2014

When I first started here at Cinta Aveda Institute, I had the “luxury” of being unemployed and being able to fully focus on school and what I needed to be a good student. Of course, after a month of being unemployed that money quickly starts to evaporate and you realize that maybe being just a student isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But what job should you get while attending beauty school? Starbucks gives you flexible hours and some kick ass caffeine perks (not to mention your work uniform is pretty similar to the schools so you get to save some dough on clothes), a retail job can work around a school schedule as well plus give you the bonus of discounts on what they sell. You could work in a restaurant or bar, make some tips and since it’s the service industry, you can practice your customer service skills.

When I was looking for work, I decided against working in a bar or restaurant since I had just come from a job like that and I thought “Too Soon”. I got a job working for a non-profit for about two weeks before I realized that it was more like a telemarketing firm than a non-profit. Then it hit me: get a job in the field you’re studying! What better way to really get an idea of what you’re in for than to be in it from the get-go!

OK, first off, it’s not that easy. Take a gander at Craig’s List, under the jobs section and you’ll see that there are a metric crap load of salons looking for receptionists (they’re also looking for stylists, Gammas I’m looking at you) but they’re also looking for the right receptionist. Some of the salons want you to have previous experience in a salon, other salons say they want someone who will work weekends only (a tough one for us on the TTS side of school), most of the salons want someone who is trendy and looks like they fit into their high end establishment. And they all want to pay you minimum wage (which, my advice: get one in SF where the minimum wage is at least $10.50/hr).

One of the toughest things you’ll find is getting your foot in the door. Most of the salons I looked at didn’t really want someone (or just me) who was in school for Cosmetology. I was told that they were concerned that I wouldn’t be able to work on their schedule, which might have been true. Another tough thing I encountered was my lack of experience as a receptionist. Sure, I’ve managed a large comedy club and a staff of over 30 employees as well as been a jack of all trades with over 20 some years of work experience, but just not as a receptionist. Even my current job, I had to fight to get my job there because I was “over qualified” for the position. But once I got my foot in the door and showed that I wasn’t over qualified but more than qualified to do the job, I got the job!

Getting a job in a salon while in beauty school is like basically getting paid to go to school while you’re not in school. As a receptionist, I get to watch stylists doing cuts their way, learning several different methods of cutting, styling, consultations and retail sales all while being paid to do my job. And once the staff learns that you’re in school, they will go out of their way to teach you things that they’ve learned since leaving school. It’s the best of both worlds! You get to learn and pay rent! And an even better perk: get a job in the shop or salon you want to work in while you’re still in school and you’ll more than likely have a job working behind the chair before you even graduate school. It’s win-win!

The Student-run Salon at Cinta Aveda.  Photo by Pipsqueak Productions.

Growing Out a Graduated Bob: Step by Step

June 25, 2014

Woman Growing Out a Graduated Bob.

  1. It is possible.
  2. Accept that it is a process, and be patient!
  3. Understand that the awkward phases are only temporary!
  4. Make regular salon visits for clean-up and healthy trims ONLY!
  5. Don’t give up!
  6. The back or nape of the head grows hair the fastest, so this will be only part of your hair getting trimmed. Don’t take too much length, if any, off of the front.
  7. Take biotin supplements, eat healthy & balanced, and exercise. A healthy lifestyle means healthy growing hair!
  8. Consider the possibility of extensions once your hair reaches a length that is long enough to conceal them.
  9. Style, style, style! Because hair will seem unflattering and awkward in the grow-out phases, styling is so important! Fake-it till you make it by adding extra volume in the back and perhaps use a flat-iron in the front to make the lengths seem longer.
  10. Get frequent scalp massages to stimulate blood flow and encourage hair growth!
  11. Avoid chemically treating your hair. Bleaching, perming, and relaxing hair will only keep breaking your hair and making it impossible for the lengths to match up to each other.
  12. Invest in some hair accessories like headbands, clips, and barrettes. These are easy embellishments to use that can give you more style and hides some of the unflattering lengths.

Congratulate the Beacon Award Winners!

June 16, 2014

2014 Beacon Banner with Event Dates

Cinta Aveda Institute has some of the best beauty students in the industry. We are proud of each and every one of them. Sometimes, though, we have to boast about how great our students are. For the second year in the row, ever since Cinta Aveda Institute started participating in the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) prestigious Beacon competition, our students have taken top honors and honorable mentions. Beacon is part of the PBA Beauty Week, North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event hosted by Cosmoprof North America.

Beacon provides the nation’s most promising cosmetology students with education and opportunities to network with the industry’s highest profile salon owners and stylists during PBA Beauty Week, July 12-14, 2014 in Las Vegas. Beacon students attend specialized classes with the biggest names in the industry, get up close and personal with NAHA finalists and get a firm understanding of the business of beauty.

  • 2014 Beacon Winners from Cinta Aveda Institute

    1. Sunny Chea

      Portrait of

    2. Alicia ‘AiLi’ Garcia

      Portrait of Alicia ‘AiLi’ Garcia

  • 2014 Beacon Honorable Mentions from Cinta Aveda Institute

    1. Katherine Buchignani

      Portrait of Katherine Buchignani

    2. Saajida Lane

      Portrait of Saajida Lane

    3. Andromeda Quan

      Portrait of Andromeda Quan

This recognition is important not only for the winners but for the whole school. We are celebrating with you — Sunny, AiLi, Katherine, Saajida, and Andromeda — we are all incredible proud of you, of your accomplishments and talent, and of how well you’ve represented Cinta Aveda Institute to the world.

PBA Beauty week logo Beacon winners receive free tuition, and honorable mention attendees pay a small fee, to attend PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas, which includes a full line up of education tailored specifically to them. Students are also able to tour the Cosmoprof North America trade show floor to meet beauty business leaders and attend PBA’s annual Business Forum where they can learn the role global distributors and manufacturers play in the industry. As part of this year’s Beauty Week, PBA is encouraging Beacon winners to post the “I’m Going to Beacon 2014!” graphic on their social media pages as a way for their followers to support them on their journey to Beauty Week.

Today our students win the Beacon awards, tomorrow they will be professionals accepting the North American Hair Association awards! Here’s an image from a winner from last year’s NAHA award.

NAHA Award Winner for 2013


June 15, 2014

Bangs are the perfect way to add a hint of something fresh and new to your look. Bangs allow for a change in your appearance without drastically cutting off all of your precious mane. Bangs are fun because there are different ways to style and cut them, depending on if you want an edgy look, a soft look, a dramatic look, etc, etc.

Model with Bangs

A few different types of bangs or fringe include choppy bangs, blunt bangs, wispy bangs, and side-swept bangs to name a few. I will tell you a little bit about each type and how to maintain them.

Choppy bangs are great for most face shapes, and I love them because they are ready to wear. Not too much must be done to style these types of bangs because they are purposely cut asymmetrically, with unevenness to add texture and visual interest. Just add a bit of paste or pommade to create some separation and accentuate the piecey-ness.

Blunt bangs are lovely because they make a statement. A little bit more time must be spent on styling blunt bangs since they are meant to fall into a straight line. Also, those with small or short foreheads should avoid them. To style blunt bangs, make sure they are sufficiently wet. Take your blow-dryer and heat style with a basic comb by blowing the bangs back and forth in opposite directions. This makes sure the bangs fall straight across when they dry, and takes care of any pesky cowlicks in the hair line. If you want more volume, a brush can be used instead of a comb. Mist a minimal amount of light hair spray on your palms, and then gently pat down any stray hairs, making sure not to press bangs onto forehead.

Side swept bangs are a good option because they don’t get too weighed down. Side swept bangs can be worn more as a bang or as a face framing layer, depending on where they are pulled from. They look good on all face shapes. Because of their length, they are very versatile. Side swept bangs also look great pinned back, twisted, and clipped away with a cute barrette. Style with a round brush, using the blow-dryer and brush to feather hair away from face, softly.

Hopefully this gives some insight for the many options that are available to those desiring new fringe!

Updo Types

June 14, 2014

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