Intro Classes

August 5, 2013
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Knowing literally nothing about hair, much less cutting, color, and styling, I enrolled in the Cinta Aveda Institute. I was terrified going back to school, at 36 years old. I sat in the front row with my pen and paper out ready to learn as much as I could.

I decided to put my best foot forward and really work hard at beginning a new career. I had worked for Trader Joe’s for the last 10 years, and though I loved it, I was ready for something new.

On the side, for the last 8 years, I worked as a professional makeup artist and costume designer. Though the idea of being an artist was a romantic one, I had conceded to the idea that I would need a “real” job to make ends meet.

Educator Kevin helps hold a baby while students around him work at SF Earth Day 2013

To my surprise, Kevin Blackwell called my bluff. He was my intro instructor, and I don’t think I could have been luckier to have him as my first impression to the world of cosmetology. He was professional, fun, had a genuine passion for the industry, and above all successful.

After the third day I realized that cosmetology was an art, and living the life of an artist didn’t mean being poor, angry, and disenfranchised; like I thought for years. And the art I was going to learn to do was going to walk down the street everyday!

Once I allowed myself to have fear and acknowledge it and learn from it, I really began to grow in the Cinta Aveda Institute. Kevin was the catalyst for my enthusiasm toward the industry and really pushed me to do my best. His guidance, both considerate and straightforward prepared for my time on the salon floor.

Kevin’s introductory classes have made my experience with guests at the Cinta Aveda Institute rewarding, challenging, professional, and has ensured that I am on a clear path to a rewarding career as a cosmetologist. I am excited to move beyond the Cinta Aveda Institute, and taking what I’ve learned from Kevin; I have confidence that my next steps in the industry will be based in preparation and excitement for one of the most rewarding careers I can imagine.

Not many professionals can say that their work is grounded in the concept of making people feel good, I can.

Eyelash Extensions – All The Rage

July 30, 2013
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I am almost done with my Esthi program (13 days to be exact, but who’s counting)! One of my goals and reasons in obtaining my Esthetics license is so I can offer eyelash extensions services.

I’ve watched this service being done on others as well as receiving it on my lashes. It just seemed like a very intimidating process to learn. I’ve asked several eyelash technicians how long it took them to get use to using both their hands to painstakingly place each individual extension on one lash at a time. The consensus scared me even more. Since my second salon, Organic Shimmer, will be opening in a few months I figured I better start practicing now.

I first started with a mannequin head and strip lashes. Trying to place lash extensions on strip lashes were a very bad idea. It was so difficult, I waited another few weeks before I tried again. I watched more videos on how to perform the service, and this time decided to try it on a live model. I asked one of my classmates if she would let me try on her, and lo and behold she agreed. I was able to place about 5 lash extensions per eye in about an hour. Then another classmate agreed to let me try on her as well, I was able to place about 10 lash on each eye on her within an hour.
The next day I was able to gather a few more potential models and I have now done about 13 live models, in about an hour I am now able to do a full set, depending on their lashes. Word started to spread that there is an Esthi student performing lash extensions and I started getting requests at Cinta Aveda! I am pretty surprised that after about a dozen models almost back to back, I have gotten the hang of lash extensions quite quickly.
The next thing for me to do is to research lash companies, characteristics of various eye shapes and lashes, and home care of the extensions. I want to be able to provide the best and most detailed eyelash extension knowledge to all my clients and be able to train my employees to do the same. The only problem that I am having now is…..I wish someone can do my eyelash extensions!!
Sincerely,
Christina Lee
MWF Esthi Alpha

My Experience at Cinta Aveda

July 22, 2013
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Working on a guest at the Student Salon!

My experience at Cinta Aveda Institute has been an amazing journey. I chose Cinta Aveda because it had been recommended by friends and other stylists in the city as one of the best beauty schools in the city. I am thrilled because indeed I received an excellent education. I do not have a single complaint. The people working at Cinta Aveda are very friendly and helpful which creates a great learning environment.

Learning about makeup with Stephanie

As students, we are lucky to have such talented educators. One of my favorite educators is my beta instructor Stephanie. She is a wonderful mentor and a very inspiring talented stylist. Stephanie shared her experience and accomplishments in the beauty industry with her students which was very inspiring to me and my fellow students at the school.

Practice facial and finishing up work!

I also love the products that we work with. I had never used Aveda products before I attended the institute, but they are amazing. I fell in love with the products and now I only use Aveda hair and skin products myself.

In class

I really love the environment, where everyone treats each other with respect and in a professional manner. I am grateful that I chose Cinta Aveda not only because we have amazing educators but also because of the structure of the school. I think it’s really important to have a great educational structure.

Group of friends by the fire escape

When I first started beauty school I thought it would be like the movie Mean Girls but my experience here is totally different. I met great people who I see myself being friends with for a very long time and who I look forward to work with in the business. My classmates are wonderful and have grown to me like family.

A Fashion Show for Creative Team

Cinta Aveda really prepared their students to be the best of the best. Coming from Cinta Aveda we learned great cutting and coloring techniques. I am sure that everyone who graduates Cinta Aveda is going to be ready and prepared for the real world because of the high standards of the school. Another thing that I enjoyed about Cinta Aveda is being able to participate in Creative Team. I think it’s a great experience for all students to experience working in photo shoots and fashion shows and other creative aspects of the industry.

A class group photo!

I am very pleased that I chose Cinta Aveda and thankful that I met these great people this past year. I can’t wait to see everyone grow professionally and become successful.

Another Creative Team Fashion Show!

Graduation Reflections

April 26, 2013
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As I come to the end of my program, clocking in 1600 hours as a cosmetologist, I feel so much accomplishment in myself. As for myself, high school wasn’t exactly the scene for me: homework felt overrated and friends and socializing were more important. But when I started to realize that I was graduating school, cosmetology school popped in my head quite often. So I decided to pursue the career I always loved growing up: which is hair and makeup.

Cinta Aveda has taught me so many great qualities that I plan to take with me to my future career as a cosmetologist and business woman.

Graduation at Cinta Aveda Institute

Cinta Aveda Institute rules are there for many reasons. The main reason is just to teach discipline in the work field. I feel the morals that Cinta Aveda sends out are great and a life lesson into the big world. One of our grades as students is for “being punctual,” which is being on time. Then we have being “professional,” which is your interaction with guests and educators. I feel these traits are followed by in the real world and are very serious so practicing it now will help when going into an interview.

Students who are punctual and have attendance that is outstanding receive a certificate for their accomplishment: which gives us motivation so we have great things to show our future employers. I feel the attitudes Cinta’s educators try and show us are enthusiastic, creative, and understanding, which when working with all types of different people can come in handy.

I have grown up so much during my education and I owe a lot of it to my educators and friends at school. It was somewhat of a wake up call to reality for me. I love what I am doing and I know with the education I have received I will love doing it for many years to come. The hard work does really pay off, even with the good and bad days I will never take back anything I have learned from school.

The most important thing I think Cinta Aveda Institute taught me was to always keep your head high and to never let go of your goals and dreams.

How-To Care: Thick Hair and Hair Re-Growth

April 8, 2013
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As most ethnic women (like me) would say, having thick hair comes naturally for us; volume, weather, and heat are a floating recollection. We use the highest heat to try and flatten out our mane, don’t use product with fear that it will poof out, and steer clear of anything resembling humidity. What we fail to realize is we can’t keep taking our naturally voluminous locks for granted. Poorly treated hair, no matter what the density, is unhappy hair. I’ve noticed the clients of mine who have this trend also have a common complaint, “why is my hair thinning out?”

via Google

Proper hair care comes in all shapes and sizes. First and foremost, if you keep applying heat to a hair follicle that repeatedly gets this abuse without having any buffers to restore the strength, the hair follicle eventually will become damaged enough to not be there anymore. Of course heat damage isn’t the only problem for hair thinning / hair loss. Environment, stress, hormone change and genetics all have effects on your growth. Taken all of this into consideration, I have a solution for you poor souls who feel you’ve gone from fab to drab: PRODUCT! But the right kind.

Aveda is known for being ayurvedic and green. Their products work with the protein (called keratin) your hair is made up of and solves the problem you’re facing in a holistic approach. Quite frankly, it’s the only way to save any problem.

Invati is their new line for hair re-growth. If you’re just having a problem with your hair being thin since birth and want thicker hair, they have their Pure Abundance line for that. Tackling hair re-growth has never been easier than investing in Aveda’s Invati line. Yes, there are many at-home ayurvedic rituals you could research and waste time trying to figure out. Personally speaking, I’ve done it, and it’s draining when you wait those 4-6 weeks to see results only to realize it hasn’t done anything!

Having recommended Invati to my clients, I’ve seen with my eyes the results of fuller, denser hair in 2 weeks time. Don’t be afraid of product: it’s worth the investment, and you can add “thinning hair” to the list of floating recollections.

Why I Chose Cinta Aveda Institute

March 28, 2013
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After completing my college education and working in the stressful world of investment banking I decided it was time for a change. In exploring my next career choice I thought about what I really enjoyed in life, what I spent my spare time doing. I have always been the girl who took extra time finding the perfect outfit to coordinate with my newest pair of heels and lipstick. The girl whose friends always asked for advice on hair and makeup and enjoyed making them up for nights out. A life in the beauty industry was the solution to my problem, finding the right school was my next step.

The Cinta Aveda Institute stood out to me for the following reasons and after completing my program I can tell you I hands down made the right decision.

1. The Schedule: 3 days a week for 10 hours a day

I know 10 hours sounds like a long day but its really only 2 hours longer than a normal work day. Only having school 3 days a week gives you the option to work too. Although cosmetology school can be a full-time job, working in a salon, which I’ve done during my entire time at the institute, has really prepared me for life after beauty school.

2. Working with Aveda:

I attended Chico State University and minored in Business Sustainability. I left college with a strong belief in caring about the world, as well as, what cosmetics I put on my body. Aveda’s dedication to natural products, the world in which we live and giving back to the communities, really influenced my decision to attend. Since being a student, I’ve realized how important my decision to be part of the Aveda system truly is. Beyond their dedication to being a sustainable brand, their name is highly regarded in the beauty and salon industry.

3. The Location: Downtown San Francisco

The Cinta Aveda Institute’s location is perfection. Not only is it easily accessible by public transit but the school has a huge clientele base. You see everyone from young college students, to foreigners on vacation, to professionals working in downtown San Francisco. The difference in hair types, textures and services is exponential. The salon floor itself is beautiful. Its clean and open, with hardwood floors, brick walls, and on the 3rd floor of the building.

Article of Inspiration: Antoinette Beenders

March 23, 2013
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Antoinette Beenders is Aveda’s creative director. She has been for years and continues to grow the Aveda name with her strong belief in education and perfection. She was premiered in the latest issue of Behind The Chair on paper. For those of you who aren’t aware of this magazine, it’s a must-have if you are in the beauty industry.

via behindthechair.com

There is an intimate article about her start in life as a hair dresser, emphasizing that her journey was not easy and it took determination and hard work to get where she is today. She never accepted ‘no,’ and never accepted anything less than perfect. As a young Dutch woman she moved to London without knowing how to speak English. Not really having a plan other than to surround herself with successful people, she achieved her goal and worked with industry leaders. Later, becoming a platform artist and accepting a position from the owner of Aveda.

Boudicca via behindthechair.com

Her decision to accept this job from Aveda didn’t come easy, but she was ready to make a name for herself and be a part of world that she was less familiar with. This article was inspirational for me as a student at Cinta Aveda institute. I take pride in knowing that Ms. Beenders worked so hard to get where she is now, she’s a perfectionist, and created an Aveda curriculum that ensures haircuts to be articulate and mindful.

Boudicca via behindthechair.com

I connected with her, because there was a point in her career where she didn’t get to spend any time with her husband. She decided that life’s too short to not spend it with the people you love, so her husband goes everywhere she does so they can spend as much time as possible together even on business trips. I admire this thoughtfulness, because it is difficult to spend time with the people I love, and I haven’t even graduated school yet. Her success is inspiring and I’m proud to be a part of the Aveda family.

Eyebrows and Face Shapes!

March 13, 2013
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Let’s talk about something we all have (though some have better ones than others): EYEBROWS!

Some people have naturally gorgeous, full, shaped eyebrows (go ahead and take a moment to dislike them), but some of us need more help with them than others. I will say personally, I am an eyebrow fanatic! I am always on the lookout for outstanding eyebrows, whether it be the shape, color, length, or what have you, and I have absolutely no problem telling the person attached to them how good they look. But on that note, some of us need help with our eyebrows and need to take more time focusing on them. I am the second one.

While I do have a good natural arch (toot toot!) I have to work everyday to keep good looking brows. On almost a daily basis I have to tweeze, trim, fill-in with a powder and look for symmetry to achieve the look I need to frame my face. That’s right, I said frame my face because that is what they do.

Have you ever seen anyone without eyebrows or imagined what you may look like without them?

Russell Brand with and without Eyebrows

Weird right?!

So why not take the extra few moments in the morning to put them on if you need them? Below I have a picture of basic guidelines to achieve the most fitting brow to frame that gorgeous face of yours.

 

 

Hold your eyebrow brush or pencil just resting right by your nostril straight up, this is where point A, or the head of your brows, should start. Now keeping it in the same place, just resting by your nostril, slowly angle it to line with your pupil. This is where your arch should be, or point B. Again, keeping it in the same place, angle the brush to the end of your eye, this will tell you where the end or tail of your brow should be, or point C.

Now that you know where your face wants your eyebrow to be, with some help of course, you have one more choice to make:

What kind of shape do you want?

Do you want the head to be more rounded off or more square?
Do you want the angle to be harsh or soft? Rounded or flat? Curved or square?
What shape will go best with my face shape? Do I know what face shape I have? How can I figure out my face shape?

Who knew so much went into such a small area of hair?! Below is just a quick little sketch of face shapes and a slight idea of a shape.

 

 

Oval

Forehead is wider than the chin
Prominent cheekbones
Face gracefully tapers to a narrow oval chin

 

 

 

Round

Face is almost as wide as it is long
Face is widest at the cheeks
Long

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline are all about the same width
Can tend to have a prominent chin
Has an elongated appearance

 

 

Square

Forehead, cheekbones and jawline all about the same width
Squared jawline is the most obvious feature

 

 

 

Heart

Similar to oval but the chin tapers to a point.

 

 

 

 


Diamond

Not as common as the other face shapes
Typically the face is highly angular
The forehead is somewhat short
The face is widest at the temples

 

 

I hope this helps you out, best of luck to you and your brows!

Cinta Aveda Institute Educator: Chelsey

March 8, 2013
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In my whole 14 months of being at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have never met a someone quite like Chelsey. I fortunately was privileged enough to have this beautiful woman as my teacher for my last half of Alpha and the last half of Gamma. Where do I even begin to describe her?

CAI Educators & Students having a laugh

If you have ever met her, you will never forget her ever-so-vibrant hair! I’ve never seen someone so drastically change their hair color and have it look so FABULOUS! Her hair always looks so effortlessly flawless! It’s dumbfounding at times. Not only will you remember her hair but there’s no way you can forget the overcoming feeling of joy and happiness that she instills in every soul that she encounters. Even the most harsh and cold people could never resist that feeling. She is one of the few people that I have ever met that will never take out her bad days on others. She has such a motherly quality to her that just makes you want to hug her and let her soothe your troubles away. Not only is she the sweetest lady you’ll ever meet, but she is HILARIOUS! She knows how to make anyone laugh even when it’s a rough time. Her energy is just so contagious.

Other than her beautiful qualities as a human being, her teaching skills are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Chelsey has the perfect balance between education, discipline, and fun. I’ve learned more from her not only in education but she is so insightful on different tips to help us shape and personalize our own techniques and make things easier on us as we learn. She knows how to break things down for her students so that we fully take in what she is giving us. I think my favorite thing about Chelsey is that she never, ever talks down to us. She is gentle, friendly, and when she has to discipline it’s never angry or hostile. She knows how to perfectly show us her authority without being “the bad guy.”

She makes me feel confident in what I am doing and when I don’t, she does everything in her power to help me fix that. She is an amazing woman and I will never forget her. Love you Chelsey!

Eyeliner Trends Version 2.013

February 28, 2013
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Hey Everyone-

I know its been quite some time since I’ve updated my blog but I had to stop and take a moment to share with you all the changing styles of eyeliner.

via Pinterest

Currently Summer 2013 Fashion Shows are being held in various Metropolitan cities all over the world and what many fashion designers are calling for are more modern, futuristic looks with hair and makeup.  Of course, these aren’t the “Back To the Future” renditions of what they thought fashion would be in the 2000′s, but it is definitely an advancement beyond the typical winged eyeliner.

One makeup artist who is pushing the envelope with eyeliner design would be Val Garland.   In Val’s looks, there always seems to be a great balance between her calculated architectural structure and her imaginative creativity.  She respects the shape of the eyes and face, however knows where to “think outside the box” and make it more enhanced.  Now I know a lot of people are probably thinking, “I could NEVER get away with wearing something like this on the day-to-day” and I totally get that.  However, these trends are supposed to really just inspire and motivate you to try something different and tweak something about your current style of doing makeup.

Makeup by Val Garland

 

With Spring just around the corner,  I think the most fun and creative version of eyeliner you could do would be utilizing a vibrant color of eyeshadow and lining the top of your already existing black or brown eyeliner.  It doesn’t have to be applied super thick, just enough that when your eyes are open and at a natural state you see the hint of color.

Just something fun and new to try in case you’re bored in your rut. ENJOY! -RR*

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