Posts Tagged ‘ cosmetologist ’

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!

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.

My Experience at Cinta Aveda

July 22, 2013
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Working on a guest at the Student Salon!

My experience at Cinta Aveda Institute has been an amazing journey. I chose Cinta Aveda because it had been recommended by friends and other stylists in the city as one of the best beauty schools in the city. I am thrilled because indeed I received an excellent education. I do not have a single complaint. The people working at Cinta Aveda are very friendly and helpful which creates a great learning environment.

Learning about makeup with Stephanie

As students, we are lucky to have such talented educators. One of my favorite educators is my beta instructor Stephanie. She is a wonderful mentor and a very inspiring talented stylist. Stephanie shared her experience and accomplishments in the beauty industry with her students which was very inspiring to me and my fellow students at the school.

Practice facial and finishing up work!

I also love the products that we work with. I had never used Aveda products before I attended the institute, but they are amazing. I fell in love with the products and now I only use Aveda hair and skin products myself.

In class

I really love the environment, where everyone treats each other with respect and in a professional manner. I am grateful that I chose Cinta Aveda not only because we have amazing educators but also because of the structure of the school. I think it’s really important to have a great educational structure.

Group of friends by the fire escape

When I first started beauty school I thought it would be like the movie Mean Girls but my experience here is totally different. I met great people who I see myself being friends with for a very long time and who I look forward to work with in the business. My classmates are wonderful and have grown to me like family.

A Fashion Show for Creative Team

Cinta Aveda really prepared their students to be the best of the best. Coming from Cinta Aveda we learned great cutting and coloring techniques. I am sure that everyone who graduates Cinta Aveda is going to be ready and prepared for the real world because of the high standards of the school. Another thing that I enjoyed about Cinta Aveda is being able to participate in Creative Team. I think it’s a great experience for all students to experience working in photo shoots and fashion shows and other creative aspects of the industry.

A class group photo!

I am very pleased that I chose Cinta Aveda and thankful that I met these great people this past year. I can’t wait to see everyone grow professionally and become successful.

Another Creative Team Fashion Show!

Graduation Reflections

April 26, 2013
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As I come to the end of my program, clocking in 1600 hours as a cosmetologist, I feel so much accomplishment in myself. As for myself, high school wasn’t exactly the scene for me: homework felt overrated and friends and socializing were more important. But when I started to realize that I was graduating school, cosmetology school popped in my head quite often. So I decided to pursue the career I always loved growing up: which is hair and makeup.

Cinta Aveda has taught me so many great qualities that I plan to take with me to my future career as a cosmetologist and business woman.

Graduation at Cinta Aveda Institute

Cinta Aveda Institute rules are there for many reasons. The main reason is just to teach discipline in the work field. I feel the morals that Cinta Aveda sends out are great and a life lesson into the big world. One of our grades as students is for “being punctual,” which is being on time. Then we have being “professional,” which is your interaction with guests and educators. I feel these traits are followed by in the real world and are very serious so practicing it now will help when going into an interview.

Students who are punctual and have attendance that is outstanding receive a certificate for their accomplishment: which gives us motivation so we have great things to show our future employers. I feel the attitudes Cinta’s educators try and show us are enthusiastic, creative, and understanding, which when working with all types of different people can come in handy.

I have grown up so much during my education and I owe a lot of it to my educators and friends at school. It was somewhat of a wake up call to reality for me. I love what I am doing and I know with the education I have received I will love doing it for many years to come. The hard work does really pay off, even with the good and bad days I will never take back anything I have learned from school.

The most important thing I think Cinta Aveda Institute taught me was to always keep your head high and to never let go of your goals and dreams.

How-To Care: Thick Hair and Hair Re-Growth

April 8, 2013
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As most ethnic women (like me) would say, having thick hair comes naturally for us; volume, weather, and heat are a floating recollection. We use the highest heat to try and flatten out our mane, don’t use product with fear that it will poof out, and steer clear of anything resembling humidity. What we fail to realize is we can’t keep taking our naturally voluminous locks for granted. Poorly treated hair, no matter what the density, is unhappy hair. I’ve noticed the clients of mine who have this trend also have a common complaint, “why is my hair thinning out?”

via Google

Proper hair care comes in all shapes and sizes. First and foremost, if you keep applying heat to a hair follicle that repeatedly gets this abuse without having any buffers to restore the strength, the hair follicle eventually will become damaged enough to not be there anymore. Of course heat damage isn’t the only problem for hair thinning / hair loss. Environment, stress, hormone change and genetics all have effects on your growth. Taken all of this into consideration, I have a solution for you poor souls who feel you’ve gone from fab to drab: PRODUCT! But the right kind.

Aveda is known for being ayurvedic and green. Their products work with the protein (called keratin) your hair is made up of and solves the problem you’re facing in a holistic approach. Quite frankly, it’s the only way to save any problem.

Invati is their new line for hair re-growth. If you’re just having a problem with your hair being thin since birth and want thicker hair, they have their Pure Abundance line for that. Tackling hair re-growth has never been easier than investing in Aveda’s Invati line. Yes, there are many at-home ayurvedic rituals you could research and waste time trying to figure out. Personally speaking, I’ve done it, and it’s draining when you wait those 4-6 weeks to see results only to realize it hasn’t done anything!

Having recommended Invati to my clients, I’ve seen with my eyes the results of fuller, denser hair in 2 weeks time. Don’t be afraid of product: it’s worth the investment, and you can add “thinning hair” to the list of floating recollections.

Eyeliner Trends Version 2.013

February 28, 2013
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Hey Everyone-

I know its been quite some time since I’ve updated my blog but I had to stop and take a moment to share with you all the changing styles of eyeliner.

via Pinterest

Currently Summer 2013 Fashion Shows are being held in various Metropolitan cities all over the world and what many fashion designers are calling for are more modern, futuristic looks with hair and makeup.  Of course, these aren’t the “Back To the Future” renditions of what they thought fashion would be in the 2000′s, but it is definitely an advancement beyond the typical winged eyeliner.

One makeup artist who is pushing the envelope with eyeliner design would be Val Garland.   In Val’s looks, there always seems to be a great balance between her calculated architectural structure and her imaginative creativity.  She respects the shape of the eyes and face, however knows where to “think outside the box” and make it more enhanced.  Now I know a lot of people are probably thinking, “I could NEVER get away with wearing something like this on the day-to-day” and I totally get that.  However, these trends are supposed to really just inspire and motivate you to try something different and tweak something about your current style of doing makeup.

Makeup by Val Garland

 

With Spring just around the corner,  I think the most fun and creative version of eyeliner you could do would be utilizing a vibrant color of eyeshadow and lining the top of your already existing black or brown eyeliner.  It doesn’t have to be applied super thick, just enough that when your eyes are open and at a natural state you see the hint of color.

Just something fun and new to try in case you’re bored in your rut. ENJOY! -RR*

Check out Rachel’s blog here.

 

My Cosmetology School Experience at Cinta Aveda Institute

February 20, 2013
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My experience at the Cinta Aveda Institute was really amazing to go through. At Cinta Aveda, I learned the unique techniques to become a successful hairstylist. I am coming to the end of my time as a cosmetology school student. I am graduating on March, 28th and I am so excited; I cannot wait to be done and have my cosmetology license. The school provides us all the tools we need for to be successful in the real world I personally think
the school is a perfect fit for everyone who wants to be a professional cosmetologist.

They have really good educators who are always supporting you, and they are always proud of the work you do. They care about your education and that we all get the most out of it. They are going to share all their knowledge in the way you understand; they are very respectful with the students and offer a wonderful environment to be in. From the moment I walked into this Institute I felt I belonged.

The professionalism that this school showed was amazing. All the different things I learned every time I stepped foot into this place always keeps my head spinning. I am proud to tell people that I attend the Aveda Institute and I am sure that when the program is finnished I’ll be proud to say that I learned all the special techniques from the Aveda Institute.

At Cinta Aveda you will learn everything you need to know in order to be a successful Cosmetologist. I have learned so much and my life has changed because I have something to call my own in terms of achievement and success. Aveda has made me want to accomplish my goals and dreams. I love the Cinta Aveda Institute.

 

Jacqueline Liapiz
Student of Cosmetology

My Time at the Institute.

February 14, 2013
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After almost seventeen months I am finally approaching the end of my time here at the Cinta Aveda Institute. I am so grateful for the knowledge the institute has given me as well as for how much my personal and professional skills have expanded. My experience here from the time I walked in to have my initial interview to now has been overall a great one.

I chose to attend Aveda after looking into a few other schools in the area, and I feel that this was by far the best choice. When I came for my tour everybody seemed friendly and fairly goal-oriented. I loved how clean and neat everything looked and the fact that sold it for me was that I would be using amazing products that I believe in.

I was really excited to start and Kevin, my intro teacher, could not have been more perfect for introducing the basics and the products. I was nervous at first but he is an amazing teacher and I think that he does a great job at keeping everybody feeling comfortable as well as staying on task.

Once I moved to the student floor I learned so much, I can’t even believe how much I have learned in such a short time. All the instructors here are very experienced and amazing at what they do. I am so lucky to be learning from such a talented group of people.

The Aveda color line is amazing and even though I am more interested in cutting I love that we can formulate to get the perfect color every time. Starting off with a more complex, customizable line will definitely benefit the Aveda student in the future whether or not they decide to stay with the Aveda family after their time at the institute.

After completing my sixteen hundred hours here I will feel prepared and confident while going into the industry and finding the right salon for me. I still have a lot to learn but the fundamentals that have been instilled in me here will stick with me forever.

Since I am approaching my end date I have been reflecting on my time here and I can honestly say that it has been overall a great time. I have made friends that I know will stick with me for life. I’m not going to lie and say that every moment here has been perfect, I have definitely had my ups and downs, but after all the blood, sweat, and tears I have become a better person and have learned how to work hard and be on time.

The institute has not only taught me how to cut and color hair, but also how to maintain a professional image and a work-friendly attitude. I have grown so much during my time here and I thank everybody who has helped me along the way. I am excited to finally graduate and start my career as a cosmetologist!

Why I Chose Cinta Aveda Institute

January 3, 2013
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I’ve always admired Barbers and the way they work, their shops, clientele and what they do. When I was a kid, my dad would always take me to the Barber Shop to get my hair cut while my mom always went to a salon. I have several friends who are Barbers and I spend time hanging out with them in their shops and as the saying goes: “Spend enough time in a Barber Shop, you’re going to get a haircut”. So, with the resurgence of Barber Shops, it’s now time for me to learn Barbering.

So my quest began with looking up the various Barber Colleges in the Bay Area. There weren’t many so I figured it would be easy, right? Yeah…not really. I toured three different Barber Schools and kept seeing the same thing: not a lot of happy students and no one (even the educators) seemed to be interested in being there. It felt that everyone was there to just learn the basics and get out to make that money. I found myself telling the admissions coordinators (at one school there wasn’t one) that I’d take the information and think about it. In short, I was starting to feel discouraged about my decision to become a Barber.

While visiting one of my friends, a recent graduate of Cinta Aveda, told me to try out the school. He told me how much he enjoyed coming to the school and while it was only Cosmetology, he got an awesome education and the school looks good on a resume. So I decided to check it out. I went to the website to set up an appointment to view the school, receiving a call within that same day from both Jocelyn and Katie to set up an appointment for later in the week. This amazed me because the other schools I looked at never set-up an appointment that fast. In fact, they never called me back in the first place. I had to “drop-in” to the other schools to get a tour or info for that matter.

Pinterest: Barbering

My appointment was on a Wednesday with Katie. We toured the school and I noticed that all the students on the salon floor were not like the other schools, everyone wanted to be there. All the students seemed like they wanted to learn and to do their best. This was evident on the salon floor and in the classroom too. Everyone was excited to be at this school! When it came down to brass tacks, Katie and I sat down to talk particulars. I expressed that originally I wanted to be a Barber but I could learn Cosmetology first and maybe go on to a Barber Crossover elsewhere (in California, Cosmetology and Barbering are both 1600 hours and an additional 400 hours for the crossover to get both licenses). I was then informed that Cinta Aveda was beginning to offer Barber Crossover to Aveda Alumni only so it was possible that I could get my education for both licenses at one school. That was it! That was what made my decision final.

Cinta Aveda Educators and Students

While on the school tour, I was more interested in coming to Cinta Aveda Institute than to any other school. But finding out that I could learn to be a Cosmetologist and a Barber from the same institute cemented my decision. This meant that I could put in my 1600 hours, learn from some amazing educators and set my state board test dates with the knowledge (and confidence) that I can pass that test, both tests, from the same institute. I signed up that same day. Two days later was the orientation class and the following Tuesday was my first day in school. Never in my life have I ever been so confident and the least hesitant in making such a quick decision!

My time here at Cinta Aveda Institute has been amazing! I’ve met some seriously creative people, some amazing educators that never seem to run out of things to teach and some awesome tricks to help me in my future as a Cosmetologist (and Barber, but let’s not get the cart before the horse).

Students at a Volunteer Event!

I am currently in the Alpha phase of school, on the salon floor and cutting hair already. I get to work alongside of the very first Barbering class coming out of Cinta Aveda (and I’m also their shave model…talk about win-win) watching those students learn and grow alongside of us. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in Cosmo and look forward to starting the Barbering phase as soon as I finish my 1600 hours. For the first time ever in my life, I’m not looking forward to the day when I’m done with school.

If you’re hesitant about learning Cosmetology or Barbering, I recommend coming to the school to take a tour. You will see how awesome this school is!