Mulét

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

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

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

The Educators at Cinta Aveda

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

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

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

Around Cinta Aveda Institute Campus; Image by Jeffry Raposas

The Benefits of Externing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Celebration Address 9/10/2013

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

Here is the speech:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay Positive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth Roche Essay & Beacon

August 26, 2013
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Ruth Roche

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ruth Roche’s Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. The educators-

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

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

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

2. The brand-

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

3. The education-

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

Choosing CIDESCO

August 13, 2013
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One of 8 CIDESCO Certified Schools in the U.S.

Like many other future estheticians, I want to own my own business some day. When the day comes for me to open the doors of my spa, I want to know the ins and outs of every service I offer and be able to provide support for my employees in every aspect of their own practices.

I knew AVEDA would provide me with an excellent education, especially in a beauty-savvy city like San Francisco; and my research into Cinta AVEDA revealed an exciting and different educational option: CIDESCO, short for Comité Internacional D’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie. 

CIDESCO is an internationally recognized certification in beauty therapy. This program is essentially a continuation of the Esthiology program where you can learn advanced versions of all the subject matter covered in Esthiology, plus much more.

You will likely start with a 10-week massage course taught by educator Christy. With 15+ years of experience in massage and skin care, she can teach you almost anything you want to know about massage, including special modalities like pre-natal technique and Thai massage.

Educator Kris covers machines like the galvanic, which uses electrical current to penetrate beneficial products further into the skin and the high frequency, which creates ozone gas on the skin’s surface to help manage the overgrowth of p. bacteria, which is a contributing factor to acne.

Maria can round out your CIDESCO education by divulging her make-up success tips, in-depth product knowledge and more, all collected over more than 30 years in the industry.

Any esthetician can benefit from the advanced topics that are covered in this specialized program, but if you’re thinking about following an entrepreneurial route, it’s practically a must.

NAHA Awards 2013: CAI’s Beacon Winner Justina Downs’ Experience

August 7, 2013
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Justina and Ruth Roche on stage on the far right

Loved my experience at NAHA; being a Beacon winner has opened my eyes to a new beginning. I met new friends, top stylists, and people who have been in this industry forever and wouldn’t change a thing. At first I was nervous not knowing what I was getting into. But I could say I learned a lot about drive and passion in this industry. How people used hard work and dedication to get to where they’re at. That this industry is very fulfilling and a joy to be in.

When I was at Beacon, come to my surprise I was one of the Second Hand Scissor Project winners. I received used shears from Master Stylist Ruth Roche. Which was awesome since my essay was about her. Cool part was during the NAHA award ceremony, I was able to sit with all the nominees in the VIP section, go back stage and see Mario Lopez’s dimples up close, and shake hands and speak to New York’s Ruth Roche onstage and backstage.

Look at those dimples!

I can’t wait for my journey to continue in this world of beauty. There are so many possibilities and one day would like to come back to NAHA as a nominee stylist…


2nd Hand Scissors Project recipients (Beacon Essay winners)

 

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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