Posts Tagged ‘ San Francisco ’

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!

Ruth Roche Essay & Beacon

August 26, 2013
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Ruth Roche

I have always had admiration for people who chase their dreams and actually make them come true. Ruth Roche is one of those people.

She began her career in cosmetology by dropping out of college where she was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. It wasn’t what she really wanted to do and she didn’t feel passionate about the career path she was headed in. As it turns out, dropping out of college and gracing the world of hair with her incredible talent was a very smart move on her part, if not “shear genius.”

During the span of Ruth’s career, she has won NAHA awards multiple times and has contributed to the ultimate hair bible, “Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.” The hair industry is lucky to have such a talented artist who is so open to sharing her wealth of knowledge with those of us in the industry.

Her classes on business, current trends, and how to run a successful business have helped out so many professionals; I would love the opportunity to take a class with her one day.

Like Ruth, my life has taken many twists and turns to get me where I am today. It has taken me a solid 10 years since high school to finally get my cosmetology license. Being a single Mom, dealing with various hardships and lack of funds, I attended 3 different schools to get my 1600 hours. But I never gave up my dream.

I, too, will one day be a master stylist. In my 10 years working in the field, I’ve been published in magazines in the U.S., U.K. and in small magazine in Australia. My thirst for knowledge has gotten me where I am today, and my dream is to learn as much as I possibly can so that like Ruth, I can share my knowledge with the future generations to come. Because it is never too late to pursue your dreams.

I know with great confidence that Ruth or any master stylist’s second hand shears would benefit me in a great way. It will be one more tool to inspire and enable me to achieve an even greater career in this field.

You should pick me because, ever since middle school, friends and family have utilized what they recognize to be a natural talent for hair styling. At first, I didn’t see it. Over time, I realized I loved to look at people’s hair like a canvas and turn it into something they love to look at.

When I was growing up, I kept changing my hair styles constantly. In those days, my mother wouldn’t let me color my hair. I took matters into my own hands and was “caught red handed” when I stained my hair with red Kool Aid. Then I started cutting my own hair and really liked how I would mimic face framing like the models in the magazines.

Now that I’m older and even more passionate about hair, these 2nd hand shears would really feel like a stepping stone to my future dream.

What beacon means to me, is that I get to push myself even further in my career: meeting those who achieved greatness in our field of beauty.

Ruth Roche’s Collection

At first I didn’t want to send in an application. When I looked at those who won in the past, I was in awe of their work and didn’t think I could compare.

But now, knowing that the skills I have accumulated over the years has helped me through my schooling. And to enter into a contest and being one of the winners made my heart drop when I found out.

I was a little stressed at first when I received the photos, two were awesome, but one I received from a photographer the hair was cut off. I decided to use a photo from the past. It still went with my theme but you could tell with lighting and clothing it was from a whole other shoot. I wanted them to be as cohesive as possible. At that moment with the deadline I didn’t have a choice and putting together another photoshoot would have been too much work; I wouldn’t know if I would of gotten the photos on time.

I’m so grateful I decided to enter. Now in a few weeks I will be off to Vegas in hopes to sit near master stylists and pick their brains on the latest trends and tools they love to use. Maybe even work for one of them in another state. We will see.

Click here to read Justina’s blog after attending the NAHA Awards — where she received Ruth Roche’s Second Hand Scissors on stage!

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How I Knew I Made The Right Choice By Coming To Cinta Aveda

August 20, 2013
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Tate behind-the-scenes at the Bay Fashion Magazine CHLS 2013 Fashion Show (Creative Team event)! She also did makeup for the Marc Jacobs models at the show.

I always knew I wanted to attend a brand name school, so it was either Aveda or Paul Mitchell.

After finding out about the schedule, and having a great impression given to me by Jaqueline (a student), I knew it
was the school for me. This choice has only been reinforced since actually attending school. Here are
some reasons why:

1. The educators-

Every educator at CAI has not only been personable, but knowledgeable as

well. This industry is unique in that you can’t really be a part of it if you don’t like people,
so obviously the educators have great personalities. What really impresses me about them
is their level of knowledge and experience. There are makeup artists who have worked for
major brands, estheticians who have won awards for their talents, and massage therapists
that have traveled the world honing their skills. They are all so eager to impart their
knowledge onto us, rather than feeling competitive with a new crop and they have some
seriously invaluable wisdom.

NAHA 2013 Makeup Artist of the Year: Katy Albright (from Aveda Salon). Click for more Aveda Beauty.

2. The brand-

Is there any brand bigger? The answer is no, and if you don’t know that yet,
come here and you will. Not only are they environmentally aware, they walk that fine line
between environmentally conscious and high fashion. All their products are made with
100% certified organic plant ingredients and they did the most runway shows at New York
Fashion Week and 116 of the top 200 salons in the country are Aveda. You want to be a
part of network that will give you a lifetime of support? Show me where you can find better
numbers than that.

3. The education-

To go to a name brand school sometimes means you have to pay name
brand money, but the education at Aveda is so worth it. I recently became employed in a
spa setting and I am astounded to see how little some of the estheticians are qualified to
do, even after being out working for multiple years. The extra training that I’ve received at
Aveda allows me to offer a competitive edge against estheticians with more experience than
me, and that is worth its weight in gold.

Choosing CIDESCO

August 13, 2013
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One of 8 CIDESCO Certified Schools in the U.S.

Like many other future estheticians, I want to own my own business some day. When the day comes for me to open the doors of my spa, I want to know the ins and outs of every service I offer and be able to provide support for my employees in every aspect of their own practices.

I knew AVEDA would provide me with an excellent education, especially in a beauty-savvy city like San Francisco; and my research into Cinta AVEDA revealed an exciting and different educational option: CIDESCO, short for Comité Internacional D’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie. 

CIDESCO is an internationally recognized certification in beauty therapy. This program is essentially a continuation of the Esthiology program where you can learn advanced versions of all the subject matter covered in Esthiology, plus much more.

You will likely start with a 10-week massage course taught by educator Christy. With 15+ years of experience in massage and skin care, she can teach you almost anything you want to know about massage, including special modalities like pre-natal technique and Thai massage.

Educator Kris covers machines like the galvanic, which uses electrical current to penetrate beneficial products further into the skin and the high frequency, which creates ozone gas on the skin’s surface to help manage the overgrowth of p. bacteria, which is a contributing factor to acne.

Maria can round out your CIDESCO education by divulging her make-up success tips, in-depth product knowledge and more, all collected over more than 30 years in the industry.

Any esthetician can benefit from the advanced topics that are covered in this specialized program, but if you’re thinking about following an entrepreneurial route, it’s practically a must.

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.

Eyelash Extensions – All The Rage

July 30, 2013
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I am almost done with my Esthi program (13 days to be exact, but who’s counting)! One of my goals and reasons in obtaining my Esthetics license is so I can offer eyelash extensions services.

I’ve watched this service being done on others as well as receiving it on my lashes. It just seemed like a very intimidating process to learn. I’ve asked several eyelash technicians how long it took them to get use to using both their hands to painstakingly place each individual extension on one lash at a time. The consensus scared me even more. Since my second salon, Organic Shimmer, will be opening in a few months I figured I better start practicing now.

I first started with a mannequin head and strip lashes. Trying to place lash extensions on strip lashes were a very bad idea. It was so difficult, I waited another few weeks before I tried again. I watched more videos on how to perform the service, and this time decided to try it on a live model. I asked one of my classmates if she would let me try on her, and lo and behold she agreed. I was able to place about 5 lash extensions per eye in about an hour. Then another classmate agreed to let me try on her as well, I was able to place about 10 lash on each eye on her within an hour.
The next day I was able to gather a few more potential models and I have now done about 13 live models, in about an hour I am now able to do a full set, depending on their lashes. Word started to spread that there is an Esthi student performing lash extensions and I started getting requests at Cinta Aveda! I am pretty surprised that after about a dozen models almost back to back, I have gotten the hang of lash extensions quite quickly.
The next thing for me to do is to research lash companies, characteristics of various eye shapes and lashes, and home care of the extensions. I want to be able to provide the best and most detailed eyelash extension knowledge to all my clients and be able to train my employees to do the same. The only problem that I am having now is…..I wish someone can do my eyelash extensions!!
Sincerely,
Christina Lee
MWF Esthi Alpha

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.

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.

Cinta Aveda Institute Educator: Chelsey

March 8, 2013
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In my whole 14 months of being at the Cinta Aveda Institute, I have never met a someone quite like Chelsey. I fortunately was privileged enough to have this beautiful woman as my teacher for my last half of Alpha and the last half of Gamma. Where do I even begin to describe her?

CAI Educators & Students having a laugh

If you have ever met her, you will never forget her ever-so-vibrant hair! I’ve never seen someone so drastically change their hair color and have it look so FABULOUS! Her hair always looks so effortlessly flawless! It’s dumbfounding at times. Not only will you remember her hair but there’s no way you can forget the overcoming feeling of joy and happiness that she instills in every soul that she encounters. Even the most harsh and cold people could never resist that feeling. She is one of the few people that I have ever met that will never take out her bad days on others. She has such a motherly quality to her that just makes you want to hug her and let her soothe your troubles away. Not only is she the sweetest lady you’ll ever meet, but she is HILARIOUS! She knows how to make anyone laugh even when it’s a rough time. Her energy is just so contagious.

Other than her beautiful qualities as a human being, her teaching skills are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Chelsey has the perfect balance between education, discipline, and fun. I’ve learned more from her not only in education but she is so insightful on different tips to help us shape and personalize our own techniques and make things easier on us as we learn. She knows how to break things down for her students so that we fully take in what she is giving us. I think my favorite thing about Chelsey is that she never, ever talks down to us. She is gentle, friendly, and when she has to discipline it’s never angry or hostile. She knows how to perfectly show us her authority without being “the bad guy.”

She makes me feel confident in what I am doing and when I don’t, she does everything in her power to help me fix that. She is an amazing woman and I will never forget her. Love you Chelsey!

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!

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.

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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.

Trashion Show & Jeans For Greens!

January 26, 2013
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Earlier this year (last year) I participated in the Aveda Trashion Show. Every year Cinta Aveda throws a fashion show / competition to help raise money for the Clean Water Fund. The outfits are made completely out of recycled materials, and hair and makeup done in that extravagant hair show way.

Trashion Show Model

At our school, we helped raise money by doing what we called Jeans for Greens. At school we have a dress code of all black. But, for several months leading up to the Trashion Show, we were permitted to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays if we donated five dollars to the Clean Water Fund ourselves. We exceeded our goal! Although the Trashion Show is a runway competition for professional salons, as a school, we got to participate in the fashion show, but not in the competition. The clothes we made (mostly dresses of some sort) were primarily made from newspaper, coffee filters and rope made from braided newspaper. I worked on three models, two of which had short hair. The two with short hair I did a curling iron set on and sprayed them up with some Control Force, into a sort of wave effect. The long-haired model I added some green extensions to her vibrant red hair. I french-braided her hairline across the front and teased it up to give it some flare. The back I took into a french twist. The green tails of the extension I left out and sprayed up into a nice fan on the side of the twist. Voilà!

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.

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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!

Trending: Bold Brows!

December 20, 2012
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Eyebrows highlight the eyes and affect the over-all look of your face. By function, eyebrows prevent water, sweat and other debris from getting into your eyes, but adorning our eyes goes back as far as cosmetics. Ancient Egyptians are well known for their eye makeup and eyebrow enhancement. In many cultures, women have been known to modify their eyebrows in one way or another. Over history eyebrows have been pierced, colored, tattooed, tweezed, waxed, threaded, and shaved.

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In the 1920’s, eyebrows were worn thin and straight. By 1930, they were still worn thinly but at an exaggerated height. The women of the 1940’s had eyebrows that tended to be a thicker natural shape with an arch above the pupil. Ladies of the 1950’s drew their eyebrows in thick and dark with an arch at the center. In the 60’s a shaved off and then thick penciled in look was popular. 1970 brought thick more natural looking brows with a round ball at the beginning of the nose. In the 80’s women grew their eyebrows thick and heavy, only to go back to a finer, softer look in the 90’s.

The conscientious is that a thinner eyebrow makes you look older, while thicker darker eyebrows promote a more youthful look. As of late, celebrities have been spotted on the red carpet and on the covers of magazines sporting thick, full eyebrows.

If you have tweezed your eyebrows too thin, like myself, you can achieve this trending look with a little patience and technique. I would start by visiting a local esthetician for “brow boot camp”. A professional can help you map out where your full fabulous eyebrows should be and advise you on a new routine for growing them in.

The Journey

December 18, 2012
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I have two weeks until graduation and I have learned far more than I thought I would. Starting in July I have been commuting to the city to enjoy a dose of knowledge regarding facials, salesmanship, cleanliness, waxing, makeup and so much more. I am one in a class of sixteen. I personally love the smaller class sizes. I feel the learning experience is a lot more personal and I feel I am noticed and not just lost in a sea of faces. Learning the steps of a facial was a broken up process that we put together piece by piece. It felt so good when I was able to do an entire facial all at once. And the learning certainly did not stop there. I found myself learning more and more as each day passed. I had never waxed anything ever in my life until I came here. I admit that I definitely was frustrated when I could not lay the wax just right. I reminded myself to have patience and that with continuous practice I would be able to do it. Now I want to wax everything! I am sure, though, that if I did I might end up in some sticky situations.

I am grateful for the student spa. I think it is a wonderful experience as it helps me prepare for when I have a job out there in the world. It has made me feel more confident in my abilities and I know that I will be able to perform the treatments to the best of my ability. Here at Aveda you have the opportunity to participate in Creative Teams. These teams go out to different places and do makeup for models for fashion shows, photo shoots, and so forth. What amazing experience! And not to mention I am sure it will look amazing on a resume. I am so glad that I have come to Aveda for my schooling. I have learned everything that has been offered and more by educators that have a real passion for the field and teaching. I truly feel that some life-long friends have been made here at my time with Cinta Aveda. I cannot wait to show the world what I am capable of.

Choosing The Best Color Of Eye Makeup For You

December 14, 2012
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With the variety of colors and choices out there, it can be hard at times to choose the right makeup colors. Between eyes, cheeks, lip color, there are quite a few variables in makeup selection that can lead to it feeling a bit overwhelming. What is best going to accentuate one’s good features and minimize the features they’d like to minimize? What colors are going to show off my coloring? In this article, I will answer this question as it applies to the eyes by first giving a basic understanding of how darks and lights work with the skin as well as how color theory works. You will hopefully see, after all, that choosing makeup colors is pretty doable after all.

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In general, darker shades of makeup make the color of the iris appear lighter, while lighter shades make the iris appear darker. Lighter colors also make an area appear larger whereas darker colors appear smaller. This is only a guideline or framework to work with, however, as one of the only universal “rules” or expectations of eye makeup is that day-time makeup should be more subtle than night-time makeup. Matching eye makeup with clothing can always be nice, but isn’t essential.

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Eye shadow colors are usually divided into three different categories: highlight colors, base colors, and contour colors. A highlight color is generally lighter than the client’s skin color. It, therefore, makes the iris appear deeper and also functions to make the area, or the brow bone, appear larger (thus “highlighting” and accentuating the area). Pretty much any finish can be chosen to be a highlight, but matte or iridescent are common choices.
Base colors closely match the color of the skin and are often applied on the whole of the upper lid: from the lashes up to the eyebrow. Applied first, it functions to even out the eyelid skin tone and sets a base canvas from which the rest of the eye makeup can be applied. It can be a variety of finishes—depending on desired overall look and finish of the eye makeup.

The contour color is usually the darkest color, and therefore appears to be the smallest area and recedes the furthest back. Depending on the look you prefer, it can be used to minimize a specific area, create contour in the crease, or to define or line the eyelash line.

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Now that we have an understanding of the different types of colors, we can move onto the specific colors that will work best for us. Remember that when using the base, highlight, and contour you can choose three different colors to create a look. You can use all colors within the same category, a neutral or two with some color, or combine different complementary colors together. The combination your choose all depends on what you prefer, feels most comfortable to you and best works with your lifestyle. This can be quite fun, as you will likely find that there are a variety of options if that interest you. A lot of eye shadow palettes these days offer selections within the same color grouping, making it easier and more accessible to create looks that work for you. You can always just stick with a particular color grouping if that is of more interest to you as well.

According to color theory, the complementary color is the best color to accentuate a particular color. The complimentary color for your eyes and colors within that color range are summarized below.

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Blue eyes. Orange is the complementary color for blue eyes. Because orange contains both yellow and red, eye shadows with any combination of these two colors will make eyes look bluer. Some good colors with these combinations of color are gold, peaches and coppers and other similar orange-brown colors, as well as mauves and plums which contain a bit more red. Neutral eye shadows like light tan, taupe, or honey, or caramel also work well.

Green. The complementary color to green is red. Since pure red shadows tend to make the eyes look bloodshot or tired, it’s recommended to avoid such shadows. Instead, brown-based reds or colors next to red on the color wheel like red-orange, red-violet, and violet are good choices for green eyes. Like blue eyes, coppers, plums, and mauves also work with green eyes as they contain red. Pink shadow is another good choice.

Brown. Brown eyes are a neutral color and can therefore wear any color. Some good recommendations, however, are light neutrals like shades of cream, light tan, taupe, butterscotch, and light caramels. Shades of blue and green and many grays and silvers also work.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful to you in choosing your eye color. Please post below with any comments or questions. Thanks for reading and have a great day!