Take Control Of Your Future

October 30, 2012
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I began my education at The Cinta Aveda Institute a year ago. I decided to enroll based on the suggestions of a few of my friends. Sure, I had styled my own hair, however I had never really touched hair prior to my intro classes.

Additionally, I didn’t realize the passion that the institute would help me develop for the industry of cosmetology.

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I have two degrees already, one in advertising and a second in creative writing. Neither of which I am currently using.

I was incredibly skeptical of The Cinta Aveda Institute considering I have already earned an “education,” and I can say my prior experience with higher learning has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t believe that my time spent at the University was spent wisely. Sure, a lot of the responsibility fell on my shoulders, but I can see many ways I was failed by the University system. I was never told the practicalities of the professional world and upon graduating I was set free with no real world experience and an astronomical debt.

I hold true to the idea, that any place of education that costs so much to require major financing has an obligation to its students to give them every opportunity to succeed. Yes, I believe that a huge responsibility falls on the shoulders of every place of higher education to: open doors to their students and aid them in applying what they are learning in real life, and give them a fair shot at paying back their education without the fear of financial insecurity for 20+ years.

As far as opportunities for students of The Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been met with enthusiasm and encouragement from industry leaders in the San Francisco area. I got hired at a salon in Union Square almost immediately after enrolling. I guarantee having The Cinta Aveda Institute on my resume helped me land the job. That alone has put me on the fast track to working as a professional stylist in the cosmetology industry.

I have been encouraged by my educators to push myself toward success, and my successes at school I have carried to the work place. I am excited to transition to a stylist in-training at my job.

I keep close photographic records of my cuts, colors, and styles at school and I share them with my current boss and other stylists in the city. Showing this seemingly minimal excitement has put me ahead of the game and I now have a number of salons contacting me for potential jobs.

Although, I have moments of fear and frustration at school, I know that if I continue to put my best foot forward I will have a solid education and experience behind me to reach my dreams and work professionally; and, most importantly, pay back my debts and live comfortably. I am confident that The Cinta Aveda Institute has given me the tools, the drive, and the foundation to be a great stylist.

Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show

October 25, 2012
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Being a part of Creative Team not only gives Cinta Aveda students a chance to explore their inner artistic side, but also allows us to make connections with other stylists and potential guests; therefore, taking us out of our comfort zone from school and letting us flourish within an unfamiliar setting. It’s a great opportunity to receive hours outside of our three-day school week, and helps with building our future portfolios and resumes. Eastside West (located on Fillmore and Greenwich) hosts a fashion show once a month on Thursday nights with different designers and promoters. The last show we participated in was the Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show, which included designers from Bay Area Swag, Liv Fashion Boutique, Zoe Bikini and 31 RAX. It’s a great experience to work with volunteer models that have a variety of different looks, body structures, backgrounds and hair textures. The setting is fast-paced and crowded, but we work as a team to be efficient and make every model look unique and beautiful. We are fortunate to have students who are just as amazing in makeup as in hair.

Video: Young , Wild and Free Fashion Show

Although the space is small and power outlets are a hot commodity in our designated area, everyone has an amazing time meeting new people, taking photos, and expressing their talent. This last fashion show contained looks that required big, curly, crazy hair and more subtle make-up. Upon arriving, we immediately take any models that have already arrived and do a curling-iron hard set on their hair. This is to ensure that we have ultimate body and a base to work with when doing the final touches. The men models tend to be more simple and modern with little work needing to be done, which leaves more focus on the woman. We need to use enough products to guarantee that the hair will out-stand three to four outfit changes, the heat produced by the overwhelming crowd that comes to check out this event, and the girls tendencies to constantly play with their hair. Overall, doing Creative Team events like this is an amazing experience and fortunate to have it at this school!

Our next fashion show, The Young, Wild and Free Halloween Fashion Show, is coming up Thursday, October 25th!

 

Professional Halloween Makeup

October 23, 2012
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Our speaker for October was very appropriate for the time of year.  Jordan, from Kryolan,  a professional makeup company, came as our guest speaker, and showed us a great demonstration of how to create bruising, cuts and scars.  One of the esthiology students volunteered to be the guinea pig, and I’m not sure she knew exactly what she was getting into, especially when he turned her into a zombie with cuts and bruises all over her face. It looked amazing.


Within minutes, he had sponged on a few different colors of purple and reds, to create a fresh-looking realistic bruise.  On another area, he used more greens, yellows, and grays to simulate an older, fading bruise.  I was surprised how easily he created the look, with a controlled chaos manner of application.

Next he used an acetone based liquid that was applied directly on the skin in overlapping layers, to create a recessed scar that was accurately gruesome.  Then using mortician wax, he rolled out 3 laceration pieces to be place on her cheeks and blended into her natural skin with flaps of the wax raised above the skin.  Using cream based colors, he added reds pinks and purples to highlight the cut in places to make it look realistic.  Fake blood was applied to the middle of the cut, and splashed around the area to really finish the look.

And to finish the look off, he used dark reds, purples and grays to highlight the skull structure to create a hollowed, sunken-in skin look.  All of this was set with translucent powder including the bruising, the cut and the zombie make up.  When he was finished, he had successfully created a bona fide walking monster!

Happy Halloween!

Creative Team

October 17, 2012
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Cinta Aveda Institute has put together a team called the Creative Team. This team attends fashion shows, beauty shows, and private photoshoots to give students a feel of the real world. The creative team usually works together with the Academy of Art University to complete a successful photoshoot.

The Creative Team is made of hairstylists and estheticians. Hairstylists main focus is on the hair and make-up if needed. Estheticians focus on make-up, mini facials to prep the skin and waxing if needed.

A couple months ago the Creative Team attended an event called the Trashion Show in which they created their own outfits with recycled materials. This event took place in SF at Ruby Skye and most of the money raised was given back to the Clean Water Fund.

After attending these events and photo shoots  students are given pictures of their work to put into their portfolio. The photographs that are taken at these events are done by professional photographers with years of experience.

Students in the creative team can also volunteer with the Academy of Art University and use their own time to attend some of their photo shoots.

Being in the Creative Team is a great experience and if attending the Cinta Aveda institute it is highly recommended. The Creative Team is all about art, fashion, beauty, and students work being expressed.  In the Creative Team you do a lot of networking which can lead to great opportunities in life.

Aveda’s Invati Line

October 11, 2012
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So many people jokingly ask me if I can give them more hair, and I say “well, Aveda just came out with a product that reduces hair loss and makes your hair feel thicker and fuller!”

The new Invati line is quite an amazing development in terms of taking nautrual ingredients and doing something that heavy chemicals have only had minimal success with in the past. The Invati line is not Rogaine, it is not proven to grow hair where there is absolutely none. However, there are quite a few testimonials that it has at least some success in growing hair even in bald spots.

The secret is to use the whole system together.

  • Invati Exfoliating Shampoo: Uses wintergreen-derived salicylic acid to cleanse the scalp of sebum build up leaving the follicles open for the hair to come through.
  • Invati Thickening Conditioner: Uses arginine derived from sugar beets and soy protein to strengthen the hair and prevent breakage allowing the hair to grow longer and feel thicker.
  • Invati Scalp Revitalizer: Uses a blend of Ayurvedic herbs, such as turmeric and ginseng to invigorate the scalp and bring the blood full of nutrients to the surface to enrich the hair bulb so the hair can grow strong.

The shampoo and conditioner should be used as you would use any other shampoo/conditioner. However, the scalp revitalizer should be used twice a day, morning and night. To apply the scalp revitalizer take sections of your hair parallel to your part and going horizontally spray it on the scalp. Then, give it a good five minute massage all over. When you hair has reached the level of thickness you want you can reduce your use of the system to once a week or very fourth or fifth time you wash your hair.

Invati Commercial

 

Au Natural: Tips For Rocking Your Natural Beauty

October 9, 2012
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My friends joke that I always say, “Today was a total waste of make-up”!

Some days I wonder why I bother with makeup at all when it is so much easier to be a natural beauty. Foundation, concealer, eye shadow, liner, mascara, blush, it is a lot sometimes!

Here are some quick tips to help embellish your bare face:

  1. FLAWLESS SKIN IS VITAL: Healthy skin is beautiful skin! The first step is to have  a good skin care regimen. My favorite skin care is from Aveda.
  2. BE NATURAL FROM INSIDE OUT: I recently started juicing and noticed my hair, skin and nauls are on point! They say, you are what you eat! So, if you inhale junk food it is time to change your diet to enhance your natural beauty. Opt for fresh fruits and veggies rather than sweets and salty chips. Drink lots of water and skip the sugary soda. You don’t have to go as sever as juicing, but eat as natural as possible. General rule of thumb is — if it comes in a box or was made in a factory, don’t do it!
  3. KEEP YOUR BROWS TIDY: Natural beauty doesn’t have to mean unibrows. Eyebrows frame the face and therefore can be a focal point when you don’t have anything else on your face.
  4. ALWAYS WASH BEFORE BED: Take it off and let your skin breath! Even though you’re not wearing makeup during the day, it is still important to wash away the dirt and pollution from the day before bed at night.

Longing for Lacquer

September 27, 2012
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Nails have become an obsession and a statement over the past few years. There are constantly different nail styles, colours, techniques and decals coming out to keep opening our eyes to new options.

Although the classic styles such as French manicure, nudes, light pinks, and a basic clear manicure are still in style, polka dots, floral, caviar, and even velvet nails are coming into the picture.

New and old brands are beginning to thrive in this ever-growing industry. OPI and Essie are well known throughout the nail industry for their long lasting and amazingly pigmented colors. These brands can be found in just about any nail salon, not only known for their awesome quality but their catchy and pun-intended names. Some of my favorites are “You Don’t Know Jacques” “Peru-B Ruby” “Pink Before You Leap” and “Mermaid’s Tears.”

Some of the brands that are up and coming include China Glaze, Rimmel and even some local drug-store finds such as Revlon. We have seen a huge growth in the nail industry over the last few years and people are always drooling to see what’s next! Every trend tops the last and is brighter and more outrageous.

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Some ways to keep up with trends are:

1. Pinterest

2. Facebook Pages

3. Blogs

4. Tumblr

5. Magazines

6. Do It Yourself Websites

If you love nails, keep yourself updated. If you’re just getting into nails, I hope these websites can help you to become more passionate and interested. If you haven’t really tried any of the new trends, you should use these tools provided to explore!!!


Fantasy Makeup Day

September 26, 2012
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Another reason I was enticed by esthetics was makeup. I continue to be fascinated by the world of makeup. Despite the fact I love makeup and love putting it on, I initially had little to no confidence in my application skills before coming to the Institute. Now, after my education here and thanks to my instructors and a very talented classmate, I feel so much more competent and fluent in my knowledge of makeup. Now when I have a certain look in my head, I can easily translate it onto the face.

One of my favorite days in class was when we had a fantasy makeup challenge. All day, my class and I did each other’s makeup, ranging in looks from a vampire-inspired look to a full blown Gay pride unicorn! I think part of what made this day so fun was the fact that we all had gotten used to giving each other facials and nothing more and being presented with the opportunity to be more casual, talkative and creative, it was a really nice break from the norm. My classmate who did my makeup did a really amazing job; she went for a mermaid look and used fishnet to give me “scales” and she ended up winning the contest.

I really enjoyed seeing the creative sides of my peers. I think my classmates share my sentiment in that day being one of the best during the Estiology program.

Guest Speakers

September 24, 2012
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Besides getting to pick our educators brains everyday at school, we get the rare opportunity to hear guest speakers on a regular basis. At school we are constantly hearing about different opportunities available to the students.

The Academy of Art and Cinta Aveda students team up and put their artistic talents together to bring what’s in front of the camera and behind the camera together. You can use the pictures with the photographer’s permission and start a portfolio. Its also great real life work experience. You can even get hours from the school this way.

Some of the guest speakers have included Cinta Aveda graduates, company owners, different skincare lines and many other people in the industry. It’s awesome that we get to hear about the industry from such successful individuals and it’s a great way to make connections. All the speakers are more than willing to answer questions and give the students helpful information about finding jobs, and working the field.

We also get special invitations to shows that are for professionals only. Last month I had the opportunity to go to a backstage Makeup Forever show for pros only. Not only were the products discounted for us but we got to hear first-hand about great makeup techniques and situations that happen in real life from some extremely talented makeup artists. We’ve even had speakers come to talk to us about how to run a business and the financial side of the business which was really eye opening. We are always getting the inside scoop here at a Cinta Aveda which just puts us one more step ahead after we graduate.

Different Styles of Learning

September 20, 2012
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We took a test today that targeted our different styles of learning. There were 4 types and it was to allow the instructors to better communicate and teach us in a way that we each could understand. Whether you are a visual, kinetic, auditory or logical learner you would be accommodated at Cinta Aveda.

It is very important to be taught effectively, otherwise what is the point? I found it very difficult in school to concentrate let alone have the desire to continue paying attention hour after hour. The comical thing is, I scored almost equal in all 4 styles. That translates to me that I can become fairly bored fairly fast, so for Cinta Aveda to keep me interested the entire time I was there, high-five to them!

Throughout the day and the entire program, some days would start off with theory and some with appointments. As for the theory portion, it was a mixture of hands on, group work, artwork, reading (can not escape that), projects, presentations (for extra credit, no pressure) and barely any homework. I have a 5 year old and a part time job and was able to handle any projects Cinta Aveda delegated my way.