Esthetics Intro Phase

My esthetics class was the biggest class thus far. With 21 women crammed in a small room and all kinds of personalities, even I didn’t know how I was going to handle it.

July 2014 Cinta Aveda Institute Esthetics Class Group Shot

Thankfully Kim, my educator, was the best intro educator anyone could ask for. Her loud, fun-filled personality really lifted the energy of a room full of reserved women who were unacquainted with one another and unsure of what to expect these next ten weeks. Kim made me feel at ease even though many of the topics that were covered were initially quite unfamiliar to me. I was the girl who had all kinds of questions. I wanted to know! I highly encourage future students to ask as many questions as come to mind because this is your learning environment. Once you’re at work, not everyone has the time to address your questions.

I remember the first day. We were introduced to hands-on training—the hand ritual. It hit me then that we were going to be moving at a faster pace than I had anticipated. The first day is usually chill and relaxing, right? Nope! You dive right into it. Within a few weeks, I was already doing facials. There was a lot of information to absorb. I gained so much information about interesting subjects—holistic health approaches, types of skins and conditions, skin diseases, hygiene, lash extensions, massages, makeup, and waxing. All of which I can actually apply to real life! No more learning calculus which I would use never!

My school days were flying by quickly. When I was told that the facials I was performing needed to be done in under an hour, I thought, “Are they crazy? I’m not going to be able to do that. It took me two hours to complete this facial, there is no way I’ll be able to reduce that to under an hour!” But amazingly, at the end of the intro phase, it did happen. I was really worried about passing all the facial practical tests, but I did so well and realized I needed to give myself more credit.

Ten weeks really went by like nothing at all. I was sentimental on the last day of intro. It was a great experience, and now I am looking forward to applying my knowledge with actual clients and receiving their feedback on my work.