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Career Change and Maintaining Personal Values

December 12, 2012
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Before I chose to attend beauty school at Cinta Aveda, I had spent nearly a decade working in the animal field. During my career I worked in wildlife care; I assisted in a breeding program aimed at re-building the population of an endangered species, and I worked in education- spreading the message of conservation and environmental protection. I am proud to say that in choosing to begin a career with Aveda, I am continuing to make a positive impact in the natural world. In keeping with their mission, Aveda is a cruelty-free company: they do not test their products on animals. However, there are several beauty companies that are cruelty free; Aveda goes beyond cruelty-free product testing. The plant where Aveda manufactures their products has been labeled as a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Certified Wildlife Habitat

Though I’ve worked with a variety of species, the majority of my time was spent working with birds, so I have a great appreciation for the work that Aveda does with Audubon– an organization that works to preserve all wildlife habitats, but with particular focus on birds. Aveda works with Audubon to provide nesting sites for wild birds living in the wildlife habitat of their manufacturing plant, and in the preservation of natural habitats in other places around the country. The beauty industry and protection of the natural world seem like two completely different entities, but Aveda has managed to make them work hand-in-hand- bringing a new meaning of “beauty” to the beauty industry.

Twice Charity Event: Laurent Gallery

November 19, 2012
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Yesterday, on Sunday November 18th, there was a charity event by Twice at the Laurent Gallery in San Francisco. I had not heard too much about it, and was not sure what to expect. Twice is a secondhand fashion brand, where you can buy or sell designer clothes online. At the event you could bring clothes and sell them or swap with other people selling their clothes.

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This was their first time holding an event and I was so happy to be a part of it. They had a DJ and a catering service as well. The founders of Twice previously worked at Google and discovered that there wasn’t a website where you can buy secondhand designer brands. I think it is a great idea because I always have clothes that are still new and not worn that just don’t fit anymore, or that I don’t wear.

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They partnered with Cinta Aveda to do touch-ups with hair and makeup. I signed-up to help with the makeup and it was a great experience. All the people that came were so nice and were having a lot of fun.

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There was also three other girls helping with makeup and 4 hair stylists. Some of the women that came in didn’t have time to do their makeup so they were thrilled that we were there. It was fun just to have everyone in the room have their makeup and hair done up.

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The Cinta Aveda Institute vs. Beauty School

November 17, 2012
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When I’m asked what the Cinta Aveda Institute is, I have a hard time calling it a “beauty school,” even just for the sake of clarification. The Institute is a much more than that. As a former student at a beauty school, I can’t stress enough the differences between the two. While a beauty school might be a more financially feasible option, I believe you really get what you pay for and then some at the Cinta Aveda Institute.

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As I approach the end of my 600 hours of training and await my upcoming State Board test, I feel confident in my skills and totally ready for the working world. After completing 1000 hours at the beauty school I was attending four years ago, I could not say the same for myself; I was totally unsure of where I was going and lacked confidence in my education. I feel what sets the Institute apart from other schools is the approach taken by the company as a whole. There is a constant push for all of us students to succeed and when we are faced with adversity or frustration in a certain topic, we are met warmly by our instructors to try a different approach while still being reminded to keep going.

 

Opportunity to Meet Surgeons, Business Owners & Experienced Estheticians

November 14, 2012
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I would like to share how great it was that Cinta Aveda allowed other business owners and professionals to come to the school on more than a couple of occasions.

I recall when I was in my first 3 months of theory to become an esthetician we were asked to be models for the advanced esthetics class. It was during school hours of course with champagne and hors d’oeures. Each of us models sat comfortably while business owners walked freely amongst the students who presented us as their work of art, as well as exchanging resumes for business cards and contacts. I thought it was a great idea for breaking the ice as for some of us shy individuals who may have a fear of going out into the beauty world.

We have also had the opportunity to speak with facial surgeons and estheticians who have been in the business for over 20 years and have either worked in a medical setting or started a business of their own. It allowed us to ask any and all questions and inquires we could ever wonder about that may be uncomfortable to ask during an interview let’s say.

We have had demos from experts and speakers who have even brought their products from the company they worked with. As an esthetician it is great to have an array of products and avenues as to starting your own business and where to get started!

The Experience Of Being A Student

November 10, 2012
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The experience of being a student here, at the Cinta Aveda Institute, has been a great one. I’m always learning from our exceptional educators and getting hands-on help. Putting the education into hands-on learning makes learning and understanding skin care and product knowledge become second-nature. The professional environment mimics that of a real spa/salon. We even use the same computer/ booking system as many spas. This makes for an easy and stress-free transfer to a job at a spa. They prep us for the State Board test and we mock the practical part of the test as well so that we aren’t overwhelmed when we actually take the test. The percentage of Aveda students that pass the State Board test is 97% which shows how prepared we are for the test.

Student giving a Facial to a Client

The attitude around the school is always uplifting and positive. When you’re spending 600 hours in a place over the course of 6 months it makes coming to school something that you enjoy because of the great attitude the staff and educators have. They always smile and say ‘hi’ and remember you from your original beginning interview. I was so impressed by how friendly and knowledgeable Jocelyn and Katie as well as the other girls were on the first day I came in for interview, it had a lasting effect on me. When you enroll you get a free facial from a student currently at the Institute. The facial I received reinforced that my decision to enroll in the Esthiology program was a great one. The student was so friendly, welcoming, and made sure to explain to me the product line she was using. I was so impressed by her confidence in answering my questions and explaining the product line. Everyone is here is approachable and more than willing to help, always.

Take Control Of Your Future

October 30, 2012
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I began my education at The Cinta Aveda Institute a year ago. I decided to enroll based on the suggestions of a few of my friends. Sure, I had styled my own hair, however I had never really touched hair prior to my intro classes.

Additionally, I didn’t realize the passion that the institute would help me develop for the industry of cosmetology.

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I have two degrees already, one in advertising and a second in creative writing. Neither of which I am currently using.

I was incredibly skeptical of The Cinta Aveda Institute considering I have already earned an “education,” and I can say my prior experience with higher learning has left me with a sour taste in my mouth. I don’t believe that my time spent at the University was spent wisely. Sure, a lot of the responsibility fell on my shoulders, but I can see many ways I was failed by the University system. I was never told the practicalities of the professional world and upon graduating I was set free with no real world experience and an astronomical debt.

I hold true to the idea, that any place of education that costs so much to require major financing has an obligation to its students to give them every opportunity to succeed. Yes, I believe that a huge responsibility falls on the shoulders of every place of higher education to: open doors to their students and aid them in applying what they are learning in real life, and give them a fair shot at paying back their education without the fear of financial insecurity for 20+ years.

As far as opportunities for students of The Cinta Aveda Institute, I have been met with enthusiasm and encouragement from industry leaders in the San Francisco area. I got hired at a salon in Union Square almost immediately after enrolling. I guarantee having The Cinta Aveda Institute on my resume helped me land the job. That alone has put me on the fast track to working as a professional stylist in the cosmetology industry.

I have been encouraged by my educators to push myself toward success, and my successes at school I have carried to the work place. I am excited to transition to a stylist in-training at my job.

I keep close photographic records of my cuts, colors, and styles at school and I share them with my current boss and other stylists in the city. Showing this seemingly minimal excitement has put me ahead of the game and I now have a number of salons contacting me for potential jobs.

Although, I have moments of fear and frustration at school, I know that if I continue to put my best foot forward I will have a solid education and experience behind me to reach my dreams and work professionally; and, most importantly, pay back my debts and live comfortably. I am confident that The Cinta Aveda Institute has given me the tools, the drive, and the foundation to be a great stylist.

Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show

October 25, 2012
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Being a part of Creative Team not only gives Cinta Aveda students a chance to explore their inner artistic side, but also allows us to make connections with other stylists and potential guests; therefore, taking us out of our comfort zone from school and letting us flourish within an unfamiliar setting. It’s a great opportunity to receive hours outside of our three-day school week, and helps with building our future portfolios and resumes. Eastside West (located on Fillmore and Greenwich) hosts a fashion show once a month on Thursday nights with different designers and promoters. The last show we participated in was the Young, Wild and Free Summer Fashion Show, which included designers from Bay Area Swag, Liv Fashion Boutique, Zoe Bikini and 31 RAX. It’s a great experience to work with volunteer models that have a variety of different looks, body structures, backgrounds and hair textures. The setting is fast-paced and crowded, but we work as a team to be efficient and make every model look unique and beautiful. We are fortunate to have students who are just as amazing in makeup as in hair.

Video: Young , Wild and Free Fashion Show

Although the space is small and power outlets are a hot commodity in our designated area, everyone has an amazing time meeting new people, taking photos, and expressing their talent. This last fashion show contained looks that required big, curly, crazy hair and more subtle make-up. Upon arriving, we immediately take any models that have already arrived and do a curling-iron hard set on their hair. This is to ensure that we have ultimate body and a base to work with when doing the final touches. The men models tend to be more simple and modern with little work needing to be done, which leaves more focus on the woman. We need to use enough products to guarantee that the hair will out-stand three to four outfit changes, the heat produced by the overwhelming crowd that comes to check out this event, and the girls tendencies to constantly play with their hair. Overall, doing Creative Team events like this is an amazing experience and fortunate to have it at this school!

Our next fashion show, The Young, Wild and Free Halloween Fashion Show, is coming up Thursday, October 25th!

 

Professional Halloween Makeup

October 23, 2012
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Our speaker for October was very appropriate for the time of year.  Jordan, from Kryolan,  a professional makeup company, came as our guest speaker, and showed us a great demonstration of how to create bruising, cuts and scars.  One of the esthiology students volunteered to be the guinea pig, and I’m not sure she knew exactly what she was getting into, especially when he turned her into a zombie with cuts and bruises all over her face. It looked amazing.


Within minutes, he had sponged on a few different colors of purple and reds, to create a fresh-looking realistic bruise.  On another area, he used more greens, yellows, and grays to simulate an older, fading bruise.  I was surprised how easily he created the look, with a controlled chaos manner of application.

Next he used an acetone based liquid that was applied directly on the skin in overlapping layers, to create a recessed scar that was accurately gruesome.  Then using mortician wax, he rolled out 3 laceration pieces to be place on her cheeks and blended into her natural skin with flaps of the wax raised above the skin.  Using cream based colors, he added reds pinks and purples to highlight the cut in places to make it look realistic.  Fake blood was applied to the middle of the cut, and splashed around the area to really finish the look.

And to finish the look off, he used dark reds, purples and grays to highlight the skull structure to create a hollowed, sunken-in skin look.  All of this was set with translucent powder including the bruising, the cut and the zombie make up.  When he was finished, he had successfully created a bona fide walking monster!

Happy Halloween!

Different Styles of Learning

September 20, 2012
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We took a test today that targeted our different styles of learning. There were 4 types and it was to allow the instructors to better communicate and teach us in a way that we each could understand. Whether you are a visual, kinetic, auditory or logical learner you would be accommodated at Cinta Aveda.

It is very important to be taught effectively, otherwise what is the point? I found it very difficult in school to concentrate let alone have the desire to continue paying attention hour after hour. The comical thing is, I scored almost equal in all 4 styles. That translates to me that I can become fairly bored fairly fast, so for Cinta Aveda to keep me interested the entire time I was there, high-five to them!

Throughout the day and the entire program, some days would start off with theory and some with appointments. As for the theory portion, it was a mixture of hands on, group work, artwork, reading (can not escape that), projects, presentations (for extra credit, no pressure) and barely any homework. I have a 5 year old and a part time job and was able to handle any projects Cinta Aveda delegated my way.

A Year Later

September 17, 2012
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Since is my last week of school, I thought I would write about what I have learned in cosmetology school over the past year. It is really hard to believe that it has been a year. It is weird thinking of the person I was a year ago and the person that I am today.  Not just my skill level as a stylist, but personally as well.  Getting married and finishing school and moving away from the towns and coast I grew up on, I guess I am just being a little nostalgic. Whatever it is, I am filled with gratitude for everything I have been taught at my two Aveda Institutes, by my teachers and peers and from life experiences over the past year. I think it will be good for me two write all these thoughts out, and I am going to try to not tear up as I write this.

So first I am going to write about the technical things I have learned about the beauty industry.

1: DON’T FIGHT WITH YOUR HAIR

I spent most of my teen years trying to have different edgy haircuts that did not work well with my hair texture. I flat ironed my hair every day. I used some heat heat heat on my hair and did some damage making the process of trying to make my hair do what I wanted even more difficult. Learning this lesson was a biggie for me. Right after I started school I bleached my hair and SEVERELY damaged it (it felt like limp spaghetti). Luckily I didn’t lose any hair and it didn’t fall out of my head. But, yet again I was hurting my naturally beautiful hair because I was trying to make it do something completely UN-natural. So I am not saying don’t color your hair, I am just saying try and enhance what you have. Get haircuts that work with the hair texture you have. These will be the most flattering for your face as well. Get color that enhances your natural color and makes it really beautiful and stand out. DON’T bleach your hair for 10 hours straight because you just have to be platinum. 😛

2:WORK TOWARDS A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU

Trust your stylist to show you the best way to style your hair. Of course there are scumbag stylist that just wanna make a quick buck on product sales, but most of us are genuinely trying to help you make your hair look and feel how you want on a daily basis. A reoccurring theme among my clients happens when I am shampooing them or right after a blow-dry. “I wish I could have this every day! Can’t you come to my house and do this in the mornings?” Now I am aware most of them are joking,  but the thing clients seem to not understand is you can have a VERY similar experience at home. Our bodies are triggered by scents. You can carry lots of memories in your sniffer. Smells make you remember. Soooo at home in the shower as you are scrubbing you hair if you are smelling that wonderful smell you were smelling as I was shampooing you (with something I recommended to help you with whatever hair issue was ailing you) your brain will take you back to the relaxing experience you had in the chair, enhancing your at home experience. — using the products on your hair I recommenced and letting me show you how to blow dry and style your hair every day enhances your experience at home. The smell can take you back to the salon and you can walk out of the bathroom feeling like you did (or at least close to) when you left my chair. Honestly, I would never tell someone use something if it wasn’t going to work for you. SOME stylists are scumbags looking for product commission, but hey those people are in every business don’t judge us all by the scumsters.

3: BANGS

When in doubt less is more. After finishing my hours at my first aveda institute in North Carolina I went out for a pedicure with two of my favorite instructors. While having a relaxing foot rub we began to talk about the oops and uh-ohs of hair school. They told me a story about the bangs one of my fellow students cut that were so far up the forehead they were barley bangs and the face framing another student cut that included most of the woman’s hair being cut to the short face frame length. Fringes, bangs, side sweep whatever – they seem so delicate and impossible when you start cutting hair. Making an uh-oh in the back of someone’s hair, that can be worked with, covered up, or fixed. Bangs….not so much. To all cosmo students: When you start working on clients, have an instructor cut all the fringes, face frames and everything delicate, and WATCH THEM. Pay attention its how you learn. Then start cutting them yourself. And like I said LESS IS MORE. Give yourself some wiggle room. You, your instructor, and your guest will GREATLY appreciate it ;]

Ok so top three hair things I have learned over the past year.

1. Emotionally I feel as though I have greatly matured over the past year. I have been through a lot of ups and downs. I started my year of school with the end of a messy and destructive relationship and starting school was my new beginning . Unfortunately I found that there are a lot of people out there who are selfish and only care about themselves. There have been a few teachers ( who I believe know who they are) who I would really like to thank for saving me. (And now is when I tear up) I truly believe I wouldn’t have emotionally made it through without you. No one in my class in NC liked me. The drama and the things said and done were out of line but I made it through. And it was the wonderful teachers that really helped me do this. Many days I didn’t think I could make it through another day in that place. Only a couple know this but I was severely depressed and some days I just wanted to die or disappear and didn’t think I could keep going. To the teachers that showed me I could keep going and could keep doing this thing you will never know the impact you have made on me. We may keep in touch or may not, but sincerely I want to thank you for helping me start my journey and making it through. You have been a blessing to me more than you know.

2. To everyone at Cinta Aveda I must say you completely changed my outlook on this industry. You truly showed me what this industry is supposed to be. I enjoyed going to school here. You made it a peaceful learning environment that really helped prepare me for life after school. You made me see that not everyone sucks. All of the staff is caring and loving and so so so helpful to students. Even just little things you all do, that you may not even think about, make such a difference to me coming from a place that I felt as though no one cared. Thank you for opening my eyes and giving me hope in people and this wonderful industry. I am so blessed to have finished my education in such a wonderful school.

3. Overall, Keeping myself guarded, but letting people in when I need help. Perseverance. Never ever give up. Never let anyone stand in the way of accomplishing your dreams. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Karma is real and will come back around to you. When someone is unkind or hurtful, don’t return it. Always act in a way to be able to walk away when all is said and done with your head held high and proud of the person that you are.

So I learned a lot about hair and much more about becoming a better person and what a reward it is to serve others.

Thank you to everyone, my family, my fiance, my friends and teachers. You have helped me grow in enormous ways and I can not wait to start my journey in the “real world”