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It’s All About Color!

March 17, 2014

It’s all about color! Ladies, let’s be real. You can have a great hair cut but it’s not perfect till your color is just right. New trends are coming and going all the time but having dimension in your hair is something we can all agree is essential. Some of my favorite coloring techniques consist of balayage, tipping, and circles. These are just a few types of creative coloring techniques that really add dimension and pop to you haircut.

Balayage is a wonderfully creative natural looking way to place highlights or lowlights. It is done by freehand so the color artist chooses every placement and can really customize it to their guests needs and desired look.

Tipping is a beautifully placed accent foiling technique that gives the hair a “sun kissed” look. It is great for all levels but is ideal for darker shades. The foils can be a lot or a few depending on the desired effect, but look the best when strategically placed to pop through the layers.

Circles of color provide multiple layering of color through the hair, there is ideally lots of layers in the hair cut and normally three colors. Looking at the head from the crown, the colorist would section out three sections each going all the way around the diameter of the head, hence the name circles of color. This technique can be subtle or dramatic, but is definitely highly customizable.

Color is a really great way to customize your look and there are so many wonderful new and exciting ways to stand out! Branch out and ask your stylist for a new look, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Woman in a White Dress

The Importance of an Externship

February 23, 2014

Externships are experiential learning opportunities, similar to internships, offered by educational institutions to give students short practical experiences in their field of study.  Unlike an internship which may last for an extended period of time, an externship will consist of one to two short shifts at an establishment in their related field of study, so that the student can get a feel for that work environment.

Although, as an extern in a salon as an un-licensed individual you are not legally allowed to have physical contact with the guest or perform services on them.  You may however, assist the stylist,  help with salon tasks or just step back and observe the day-to-day workings of that salon environment,  and each salon you extern at will be a very different experience.  

Having an externing experience is extremely beneficial as a cosmetology student because not all salons work the same, your individual needs vary from stylist to stylist and getting exposure to potential jobs is a very unique opportunity.

This knowledge prepares students for the transition from school to career, as a student hands on experience can be hard to get, this can make the difference in getting the job you want and setting for any job you can get.  

Externships are also a great source for networking, meeting new people as well as mentors in your field are great ways to kick start a successful career; and may even lead to job recruitment.

I have personally had the opportunity to extern at multiple salons and the experience was highly beneficial, I have a wonderful job set to start right after graduation and couldn’t be more pleased with my choice.
Model Shots - Rocky Montgomery by Meghan

Rock it Short

February 10, 2014

Short hair is empowering, having the courage to cut your locks off is not easy and is usually followed by much criticism, frankly when a women has her hair cut short she grows bolder.   It all started in the 1920’s; the short women’s hairstyles raised more controversy than any other period in American culture.  And it all started with Castle Bob, who you may have guessed is the woman our modern “bob” is named after.  Castle was a publicly known ballroom dancer who cut her feminine locks off for the sake of convenience; little did she know that this would ignite a revolution in women’s hair fashion for generations to come.

As we all know trends come and go, and eventually the “bob” was yesterday’s hot trend and today’s old news.  It wasn’t until the 1950’s that short hair would become popular again.  It was 1954 and Audrey Hepburn was up for an Oscar for her role as the rebellious Princess in “Roman Holiday”.  In the film she cuts all of her royal locks off as an obvious act of independence, sparking a new movement in the hair revolution.  And creating the oh so popular “pixie cut” trend.

“If I was going to be in hairdressing, I wanted to change things. I wanted to eliminate the superfluous and get down to the basic angles of cut and shape.”  Vidal Sassoon

While our first two revolutionists may never have anticipated their mark on the hair revolution, Vidal Sassoon was out for more and ready to change the way the world saw hair. For over 30 years Sassoon was not only a household name, the Five Point cut as well as his foundation of hair cutting and styling has become the norm for modern hair design.  Sassoon truly revolutionized the hair industry and his techniques will live on for generations to come.

While hairstyles and fashion are always changing, short hair will continue to come back during a time when women are ready to show their power and individuality, it just so happens that there are lots of celebrities right now doing just that; From Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce, Anne Hathaway, Ginnifer Goodwin and of course the oh so rebellious Miley Cyrus and so many more rocking their awesomeness one pixie cut at a time.
Image of a Woman with Short Hair

You Choose Your Choices

January 30, 2014

Choosing the right beauty school is a very personal choice. We all have different ways in which we absorb knowledge and grow. I can tell you one thing that everyone must do though, and that is shop for your school. Even if you are sold on your first visit, why not solidify that choice and know without a shadow of a doubt that you made the best choice.

This is my beauty school “shopping” experience…

Reno, NV “the biggest little city” was the largest metropolitan city to me during my years living in South Lake Tahoe, CA. After 7 years for snowboarding and, let’s face it “living the dream,” I was finally ready to take charge of my professional life and start cosmetology school. So Reno seemed like the best place to start looking. Although they required 200 more hours in Nevada than California did for a cosmetology license, I was still toying with the idea of staying in Tahoe. That Idea vanished very quickly, the schools I visited were, let’s just say their standards of cleanliness and sanitation where not up to a 5 year olds standards…

This led me on a wonderful weekend trip to San Francisco, CA. Now I grew up just south of San Francisco in a small town Called Half Moon Bay and my family still resided all throughout the area. But I wasn’t going to decide what school I attended because of that (If they didn’t meet my standards I was off to New York City) I started at a very well know school that raised the bar just a hair, not enough to keep me there though. It was my Visit to The Cinta Aveda Institute that really blew my mind.

It may have been the exposed brick walls, or that oh so pleasant signature scent that is Aveda, even their course curriculum blew me away. Everything I heard and experienced raised the bar for me, but even with all of that it was the people that made me decide right then and there that I didn’t need to look any further. I must say that looking back even now, with my dream job starting in just a few weeks, I owe this amazing life and start of my career to the most important choice I’ve ever made, and to my educators and The Cinta Aveda Institute.
Cinta Aveda Institutes Students Working


January 3, 2014

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