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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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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.

Discovering Cinta Aveda

February 2, 2013
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I came to Cinta Aveda Institute in May of 2011. I had always had an interest in doing hair, however I never really recognized it for what it was. I was always the person who was asked to do a friend’s hair when they needed it, partly because I was very creative with my own hair, especially my own color.

I used to do my own color in my tiny dorm room in college. I started doing my friends’ hair by cutting my roommate’s hair. Gradually people just started asking me, and I started doing it. If I didn’t know how to do something, I researched it online and tried it out.

As I was nearing the end of college, I was doing regular cuts and color for most of my friends. I had an “Ah-ha” moment when I realized that I could do this everyday as a career and get paid for it. At the time I was about to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in photography. As I was making my way through college, I had started realizing that while I love photography as an art from and I love to do it, I didn’t want to do it as a career, day-in day-out.

via Pinterest (Cinta Salon)

I started looking into cosmetology schools as a possibility for when I graduated. At the time, the economy was horrible and new college graduates didn’t have much hope for getting a job right out of college. It was all around a good time to start an education in cosmetology.

In looking into schools, I soon found out that many beauty schools only focus on getting their students to pass the state board exam, but they didn’t focus on actually teaching students how to succeed in a salon environment. I wanted a school that would help me transition into a higher-end salon. I knew I didn’t want to graduate and then immediately go on to rent a chair somewhere.

I researched and toured several different schools in the area. Cinta Aveda Institute impressed me immediately when I walked in. It struck me because everyone was so professional and welcoming, it was really a place I wanted to be. I haven’t regretted my decision at all. I am a few days away from graduating from their cosmetology program, will be moving on to the barbering program, and I am very excited to be finished and going out into a salon.