A Year Later

September 17, 2012
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Since is my last week of school, I thought I would write about what I have learned in cosmetology school over the past year. It is really hard to believe that it has been a year. It is weird thinking of the person I was a year ago and the person that I am today.  Not just my skill level as a stylist, but personally as well.  Getting married and finishing school and moving away from the towns and coast I grew up on, I guess I am just being a little nostalgic. Whatever it is, I am filled with gratitude for everything I have been taught at my two Aveda Institutes, by my teachers and peers and from life experiences over the past year. I think it will be good for me two write all these thoughts out, and I am going to try to not tear up as I write this.

So first I am going to write about the technical things I have learned about the beauty industry.

1: DON’T FIGHT WITH YOUR HAIR

I spent most of my teen years trying to have different edgy haircuts that did not work well with my hair texture. I flat ironed my hair every day. I used some heat heat heat on my hair and did some damage making the process of trying to make my hair do what I wanted even more difficult. Learning this lesson was a biggie for me. Right after I started school I bleached my hair and SEVERELY damaged it (it felt like limp spaghetti). Luckily I didn’t lose any hair and it didn’t fall out of my head. But, yet again I was hurting my naturally beautiful hair because I was trying to make it do something completely UN-natural. So I am not saying don’t color your hair, I am just saying try and enhance what you have. Get haircuts that work with the hair texture you have. These will be the most flattering for your face as well. Get color that enhances your natural color and makes it really beautiful and stand out. DON’T bleach your hair for 10 hours straight because you just have to be platinum. 😛

2:WORK TOWARDS A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU

Trust your stylist to show you the best way to style your hair. Of course there are scumbag stylist that just wanna make a quick buck on product sales, but most of us are genuinely trying to help you make your hair look and feel how you want on a daily basis. A reoccurring theme among my clients happens when I am shampooing them or right after a blow-dry. “I wish I could have this every day! Can’t you come to my house and do this in the mornings?” Now I am aware most of them are joking,  but the thing clients seem to not understand is you can have a VERY similar experience at home. Our bodies are triggered by scents. You can carry lots of memories in your sniffer. Smells make you remember. Soooo at home in the shower as you are scrubbing you hair if you are smelling that wonderful smell you were smelling as I was shampooing you (with something I recommended to help you with whatever hair issue was ailing you) your brain will take you back to the relaxing experience you had in the chair, enhancing your at home experience. — using the products on your hair I recommenced and letting me show you how to blow dry and style your hair every day enhances your experience at home. The smell can take you back to the salon and you can walk out of the bathroom feeling like you did (or at least close to) when you left my chair. Honestly, I would never tell someone use something if it wasn’t going to work for you. SOME stylists are scumbags looking for product commission, but hey those people are in every business don’t judge us all by the scumsters.

3: BANGS

When in doubt less is more. After finishing my hours at my first aveda institute in North Carolina I went out for a pedicure with two of my favorite instructors. While having a relaxing foot rub we began to talk about the oops and uh-ohs of hair school. They told me a story about the bangs one of my fellow students cut that were so far up the forehead they were barley bangs and the face framing another student cut that included most of the woman’s hair being cut to the short face frame length. Fringes, bangs, side sweep whatever – they seem so delicate and impossible when you start cutting hair. Making an uh-oh in the back of someone’s hair, that can be worked with, covered up, or fixed. Bangs….not so much. To all cosmo students: When you start working on clients, have an instructor cut all the fringes, face frames and everything delicate, and WATCH THEM. Pay attention its how you learn. Then start cutting them yourself. And like I said LESS IS MORE. Give yourself some wiggle room. You, your instructor, and your guest will GREATLY appreciate it ;]

Ok so top three hair things I have learned over the past year.

1. Emotionally I feel as though I have greatly matured over the past year. I have been through a lot of ups and downs. I started my year of school with the end of a messy and destructive relationship and starting school was my new beginning . Unfortunately I found that there are a lot of people out there who are selfish and only care about themselves. There have been a few teachers ( who I believe know who they are) who I would really like to thank for saving me. (And now is when I tear up) I truly believe I wouldn’t have emotionally made it through without you. No one in my class in NC liked me. The drama and the things said and done were out of line but I made it through. And it was the wonderful teachers that really helped me do this. Many days I didn’t think I could make it through another day in that place. Only a couple know this but I was severely depressed and some days I just wanted to die or disappear and didn’t think I could keep going. To the teachers that showed me I could keep going and could keep doing this thing you will never know the impact you have made on me. We may keep in touch or may not, but sincerely I want to thank you for helping me start my journey and making it through. You have been a blessing to me more than you know.

2. To everyone at Cinta Aveda I must say you completely changed my outlook on this industry. You truly showed me what this industry is supposed to be. I enjoyed going to school here. You made it a peaceful learning environment that really helped prepare me for life after school. You made me see that not everyone sucks. All of the staff is caring and loving and so so so helpful to students. Even just little things you all do, that you may not even think about, make such a difference to me coming from a place that I felt as though no one cared. Thank you for opening my eyes and giving me hope in people and this wonderful industry. I am so blessed to have finished my education in such a wonderful school.

3. Overall, Keeping myself guarded, but letting people in when I need help. Perseverance. Never ever give up. Never let anyone stand in the way of accomplishing your dreams. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Karma is real and will come back around to you. When someone is unkind or hurtful, don’t return it. Always act in a way to be able to walk away when all is said and done with your head held high and proud of the person that you are.

So I learned a lot about hair and much more about becoming a better person and what a reward it is to serve others.

Thank you to everyone, my family, my fiance, my friends and teachers. You have helped me grow in enormous ways and I can not wait to start my journey in the “real world”

Outer Peace Acne Relief

September 12, 2012
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Ever since I was in high school I have dealt with acne.  I have tried everything for it, from Neutrogena, Clean and Clear and even a doctor prescribe benzoyl peroxide topical cream. Finally I decided to be an esthetician and came across Cinta Aveda Institute. I had never used Aveda products, so when I saw that they had an acne line (Outer Peace Acne Relief) and an acne facial I was really excited.  After trying both of those combinations together my skin has been better than ever and healthier too. I have learned that there is no cure for acne but it can be treated.

 

Outer Peace Acne Relief Product Descriptions:

  1. Cleanser : Cleans deep into pores—dissolving oil, makeup and other impurities—without irritation or over drying skin
  2. Acne Pads: Cleanses, exfoliates, unclogs pores—to help wipe out blackheads and prevent new breakouts.
  3. Acne spot relief: Eliminate breakouts—and the bacteria that lead to more—while reducing redness and swelling. Ideal when extra help is called for.
  4. Lotion: Helps clear blemishes—and keep oil under control—while shrinking the look of pores. Balances moisture, so skin’s not over dry or shiny.

My results:

  • I follow this 4-step skin care regimen once in the morning and once at night. It doesn’t dry my skin at all. It leaves it smooth and feeling refreshed. I must say I truly love these products and so does my skin. If you have dealt with acne and nothing is working I would definitely try this line.

Tip:

  • like with all skin care regimens you must follow a strict regimen to get the best results. It might be a little more expensive than drugstores acne regimens but its worth the price.

Braids Everywhere!

September 10, 2012
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A trend in hair styling recently has been braiding. Braids are everywhere and there are so many different types! Braiding can be very hard for some people, but it just takes some coordination and patience.

The best place to search for and learn how to do all different types of braids is YouTube. You can get step by step visual tutorials on how to create the look your going for. The different types of braids being advertised are: french, fishtail, waterfall, twisted, english braid (standard) and corn rows. Each braid has a time and place for every event! Click the links below to be directed to a Youtube video on each braid!

  1. French braids are very common and they create a pulled back, elegant style. I love having french braids put in my hair and wearing my hair wavy the following day! You can wear a single french braid or multiple french braids.
  2. The fishtail braid is actually very easy to do once you get it down. I had a hard time to start but caught on fairly quick. These braids are awesome and resemble the tail of some fish, hence the name! Fish tails are done by holding two strands, as opposed to the standard three.
  3. Waterfall braids are trending like crazy, they are so beautiful and give a look that looks like you really spent time when maybe you didn’t! its almost the same as french braiding, except every pass over you leave out a strand and pick up a new one.
  4. Twisted braids are done with two strands like a fish tail, and are extremely easy to create for a quick run-out-of-the-house style!
  5. English braids are your standard, old-school, three strand braid. They are very easy to create and are perfect for getting your hair out of the way fast with some style.
  6. The last braid I mentioned are cornrows which are used for weaving in extensions, or they can create a tight to the head braided hairstyle.

Braids are often used now with up-do’s and wedding hairstyles, as well as simply french braiding your fringe backward to get it out of your face! Have fun with these different types of braids!

The Cinta Aveda Creative Team recently did a Braid Bar event at Madewell for Fashion’s Night Out. Check out the photo album HERE.

Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray

September 6, 2012
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As a Cinta Aveda student stylist, one of my favorite products that I have come to love and tend to use over and over no matter what type of hair my clients have is the AVEDA BRILLIANT DAMAGE CONTROL spray.  It is quite a miracle worker, useful for all hair types, no matter if one has fine hair or the coarsest,  thickest head of hair.  It is an amazing product that is the foundation for any hairstyle. It works great as a pre-styling tool to detangle, protect hair from heat and thermal styling and also condition the hair to keep from pesky fly-aways.  It contains 96% naturally derived ingredients such as moisturizing products like chamomile flower, calendula extract and aloe leaf juice. It also protects from UV rays.

To use, spray on freshly shampooed, towel dried hair, blow dry and then style as usual (it also protects your locks if you are a flat iron or curling iron junkie!) .  The difference is undeniable.  Hair is noticeably softer, smoother and less frizzy than if one didn’t use anything at all.  It is also quite light and does not leave hair sticky or heavy with product which I know is a great concern for a lot of folks.   I also tend to recommend this product to those clients who are a very low maintenance type of person.  If he/she does not like to use any product at all, I would recommend at least convincing them to use this one product at the very least!   They will notice a difference!

Esthiology Program

September 4, 2012
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The Esthiology program is a total of 600 hours which is completed in a total of 5 months. You have the choice to attend school either Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday.  The program is split in half. The first 300 hours introduce you to Aveda and how it all began and includes most of the theory, which covers all subjects from make-up to waxing and facials.  The last 300 hours are mostly practical, hands on in a spa room performing services.  When placed in a salon / spa environment you begin to take clients, perform facials, skin analysis, waxing, etc.

The school does a lot of marketing to bring many guests so students have a lot of practice and will be ready once graduating. Guest speakers come in at least once a week to teach you about advanced topics.  At the end of the class the speakers usually give out their contact information to give students the opportunity to attend more advanced classes outside of school, or to contact them if they are seeking employment.  Many spas love Aveda students.  They welcome you to bring in your resume and be interviewed by them to see if your a perfect candidate.

Cinta Aveda Institute acknowledges students for their hard work. Once a month there is an assembly where they recognize students with certificates when they achieve their  goals or perfect attendance in that previous month. If wanting to take more advanced training there is now a program called CIDESCO which is for candidates that seek to get not only an esthetician license but also a massage therapist license. You can continue on to this program after completing your 600 hours of esthiology training.

 

Voila, You Have Curls!

August 29, 2012
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For curly hair it is hard to find the right products and way to style. I would know; my hair is infuriatingly curly at times.  I have found the Be Curly styling products from Aveda make my hair quite manageable.  The Be Curly line is designed to give the hair moisture so frizz is controlled and the curls are sleek and bouncy.  All you have to do is wash with the Be Curly Shampoo, Be Curly Conditioner and use the Dry Remedy Treatment mask every third or fourth time you wash your hair.

 

While you hair is towel dried apply a half a dime size amount of the Be Curly Style Prep, then a dime size amount of the Be Curly Curl Enhancer.  If you feel like you need more of either product because you have a lot of hair or it is really long try and keep with the same ratio.  A good thing to do as well is start your product application at the bottom of your hair and move up so you don’t get too much at the top and make it look greasy.  Do not mix the products, apply one and then the other.

Section your hair going horizontally, the bigger the sections the looser the curl will be.  Then,  take a vertical section from that horizontal sectioning to make a “box” like section of hair.  Twist the hair around itself, then take another section. You can switch direction as you twist if you want to variate curl pattern.  Continue until all the hair is twisted.

Now, using a diffuser, set the hair in the diffuser attachment and keep it still while you blow it dry.  Movement will create frizz. You can tilt your head to the side and back or even flip your head down so you get volume at the top. When the hair is completely dry shake out the twists gently, and voila you have curls!

My First Photo Shoot at Cinta Aveda

August 27, 2012
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I loved working on the Creative Team at Cinta Aveda Institute.  For my first photo shoot, I was privileged to work with Emily Rosser, a Masters photography student from The Academy of Art.  She was given a budget to hire a stunning model from Ford Modeling Agency.  We shot at a fabulous location on Fillmore Street called, Le Labo.  Le Labo is an adorable perfumery that custom blends signature notes four your unique and personalized aroma. From the bare bones warehouse/lab-like set up inside, to the simplistic packaging of the scents and candles, to the zen-like spa vibe, this place made for a great day of shooting!

Emily was in charge of styling the model, while she left all artistic creativity to her hair and make-up up to me. I airbrushed all of the models make-up and gave her a beach wave in her hair. I wanted her to look done, yet effortlessly flawless.

I really feel like this great experience helped me grow artistically and professionally.  I realized that going on site is a lot of work, but when your are well equipped with an organized kit and have all the essentials, you are golden! I built a stellar rapport with the photographer and she calls me all the time with gigs. I also realized the power of networking. I had a stack of by business cards with me. The photographer took some to give to her fellow photog colleges and my phone is off the hook!  Thanks Cinta for this opportunity!  : )

Please check out my other work here, DianeSemanik.com!

Bangin’ Brows

August 22, 2012
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Being a Cosmetology student I never thought I could see myself interested in waxing, but I was definitely wrong! My eyebrows have gone from a part of my face that was continually overlooked, to a part of my face that is now constantly looked at!

After getting brow training from a Cinta Aveda educator I learned the importance of perfect eyebrows and how they complete the face and look for every individual! I learned the points to accentuate when waxing or tweezing and how the arch can completely change your face.

Ever since, my brows have become an obsession! I have been practicing my waxing skills and teaching other people about the importance of having and maintaining perfect brows!

In the past I had days where all my makeup came out amazing, but for some reason it still felt like an off day. I would stare at the mirror trying to figure out what I needed to fix and now I realize it was because that morning my brows weren’t up to par.

For upkeep I usually wax my eyebrows about once every two weeks and tweeze a few out of place hairs throughout the waiting period. It has worked wonders for me in keeping a flawless eyebrow appearance. Eyebrow waxing has not only become a hobby but a hidden passion I discovered while at school. I would recommend perfecting your brows as a hobby to anyone!

 

Study in San Francisco!

August 20, 2012
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There are many benefits that my classmates and I enjoy about the location of the Cinta Aveda Institute. First of all, it’s fairly convenient to commute and my classmates and I come from all different parts of the Bay Area. The easiest way is taking BART via the Montgomery stop, which is  just two blocks away from the school. When we have our lunch break, there are tons of delicious restaurants and cafes, great shopping  in Union Square and the Yerba Buena Gardens are just blocks away!

The location also offers great exposure from the clients that come in, most of them being professional types trying to fit in a brow wax or mini facial on their lunch breaks which in turn, pushes us to stay on our A-game. It’s great to experience this hustle and bustle and to be able to get the opportunity to deliver to a more time-constricted and results-driven clientele.  And, with so many salons and spas in the city, it really says a lot about the Institute that we stay busy and that these time-constricted professionals of such a chic city choose to come here again and again.

Last but not least, at the end of the school day it’s nice to unwind and have an amazing night in one of the most exciting cities in the world, San Francisco!

CIDESCO Educators

August 15, 2012
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Every esthetics educator at Cinta Aveda Institute has an immense knowledge of ingredients, skin care, machines and the overall integumentary system. They truly care about their students and are passionate about training us for success.

We also have many educators that are CIDESCO ambassadors. CIDESCO is like grad school for estheticians. It means that you are certified anywhere in the world. It is the system that they use in Europe. It is a very challenging test and encompasses the body, massage, more machines, skin, many advanced techniques and how everything in the body works together.

The fact that our educators are willing to push themselves and make time to study after being at school from 9am-8pm really says something about how much they care. They make you feel at ease about asking any question and make sure that if you’re struggling grasping a concept that you have one on one help in the area that you are struggling with. They teach you advanced techniques as well as explain some real-life situations that one day you may find yourself in. Hearing about their experiences makes it easier to know the do’s and don’ts in the industry.

You can tell that they are all very passionate about what they do and eager to share their knowledge with the students. They are always willing to help with schoolwork and make you feel comfortable in the classroom and on the spa floor.

Interested in the CIDESCO program at Cinta Aveda Institute? Click here!