When most of us envision the typical high school experience, subjects like math, English and chemistry often come to mind before cosmetology, hair design, nail technology, skincare or massage. A traditional high school curriculum is designed to prepare students for a four-year university experience, but many students have a different plan for their educations and careers.
In high schools across the country, many educators think these students deserve to take practical classes that will introduce them to the subjects about which they are most interested. At some schools, this means an opportunity to begin a cosmetology education before graduation.
For instance, in Lancaster, Ohio, about 50 students at Lancaster High School apply each year for the school’s cosmetology program. To gain acceptance in the program, students must have a solid academic record and complete an interview process with their instructors. Teachers say that nearly all of their students in the program share a genuine enthusiasm for working in the cosmetology field, but they don’t yet realize how in-depth a cosmetology education really is. In the Lancaster High School cosmetology program, students begin the classes during their junior year, and study everything from the chemical compositions of hair products, massage treatments, common skin ailments and cosmetic applications.
The 2012 London Olympics are not just a time for athletes to reveal their tremendous talents and athletic abilities to the world. Rather, it is also a time for everyone who works “behind the scenes” to gain recognition for their efforts into making the 2012 London Olympics a successful series of events. Hairstylists, makeup artists, wardrobe stylists and cosmetologists are all responsible for helping athletes look and feel their best during the intense competitions of the 2012 London Olympics.
Pure Beauty: The Canadian Swim Team
One example of the brilliant work that cosmetologists put into the 2012 London Olympics can be seen in the synchronized swimming teams. The makeup of women on the Canadian swim in particular team looked spectacular at the 2012 London Olympics. It only takes seeing a couple photographs of these gorgeous women to see how much waterproof mascara must have been required to give the swim team its look of true beauty. Dany Sanz is one makeup artist who has been accredited with creating the dramatic look of this swim team. Makeup artists who serve the synchronized swimming teams must be very knowledgeable about what makeup products and looks will be preserved in and out of the water, but also they are charged with creating brilliant, eye-catching, memorable makeup designs that are visible from the stands! Make Up For Ever is even a sponsor of the Olympics, particularly for their waterproof mascara line marketed to the synchronized swimmers.
It Takes Skills to Prep Athletes for the Olympics
To get athletes ready for the Olympics, it is essential for cosmetologists to use their skills and knowledge of beauty products. Cosmetologists need to know exactly which products will now fade or become removed due to perspiration. Cosmetologists have the demanding task of applying makeup to athletes that looks natural and will not wipe off in the middle of tough competitions. Think of the gymnastics and acrobatics teams, for example. They usually bright, coordinated makeup looks that correspond with their uniforms they wear in their Olympic events. You need to see a complete, coordinated beautiful makeup look that’s not going to get wiped away and smudged as they sprint across the mats and perform intense acrobatic routines. Many track stars and heavyweight lifters have also expressed a desire to look their best while competing, even though their events are not traditionally focused on hair and makeup. Whatever it takes to make them feel calm, confident and comfortable while they’re performing their amazing feats!
The Right Olympic Hairstyles
Another important aspect of the 2012 London Olympics is the hair styles of athletes. Athletes must have the right hair styles to allow them to compete without hair interfering with their vision, and in the case of visually-oriented events like acrobatics, something that is elegant and refined at the same time! The right hairstyles for the Olympics must also look chic and professional. The 2012 Canadian swim team is a great example again of the sheer brilliance of cosmetologists. If you take a look at the hair styles of these gorgeous women, you will see that they all have consistent, slick buns. Many synchronized swimmers use gelatin to keep their hair slick and shiny in the pool – who would have thought?!
Great Olympic Fashion
Having the right makeup and hairstyles is great, but taking it to the next level are London Olympic fashion choices for the teams, essential for allowing athletes to look and feel their best. Having the right clothing for the 2012 London Olympics is not inexpensive. Just take a look at the cost of the blazers for USA Opening Ceremony blazer for the men’s teams. These blazers cost $795 each! The blazers were designed by Ralph Lauren. The elegant look of the blazers made the men look great during the Opening Ceremony. For Britain, designer Stella McCartney has stolen the show. This fashion designer featured over 500 original pieces from her own collections in the London Olympics.
Other Things to Look Out For During the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Courtesy of TIME Magazine
Nail care line Butter London released an Olympic Heavy Medal line of polishes in gold, silver and bronze. (Wouldn’t it be cool to see nail polish lines for the different countries’ flag colors?)
Make Up For Ever marketed their waterproof mascara line to Olympic synchronized swimmers (so it must be incredible, right?)
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is a brand ambassador for anti-dandruff shampoo Head and Shoulders (flake-free luxurious locks under those swimmers’ caps)
Olympic track cyclist Victoria Pendleton is the face of the Pantene Pro-V hair care line (keeping her tresses gorgeous under the sweaty bike helmet)
Of course the spirit of sport and the incredible athletic feats Olympians do is the primary focus, it is also incredible to consider the amount of work that goes into making the Olympians look beautiful. There are thousands of dedicated cosmetologists who make this great event happen for the athletes!
Cosmetologists, salons and spas have tremendous opportunities to give back to the community through charitable work – and much of it is right in line with what you’re already doing! Whether a stylist decides to become a mentor or donate his or her own hair to Locks for Love, a salon stylist can take proactive steps in bettering his or her local community. The ways that a salon can give back to the community are endless, but here are just a few examples to get you started. 5 ways to use your salon’s powers for good:
Locks of Love
Locks of Love began in 2007 and provides wigs to children under the age of 18 who have lost their hair due to severe illnesses. The children may have lost their hair due to cancer, alpocia, being involved in a fire or for other medical reasons. The mission of the charity is to provide wigs made of real hair to these children so that they can restore their confidence and self-esteem. A hair stylist can become involved in this organization by donating his or her own hair. Hair must be at least 10 inches long before it can be cut and mailed to the organization. Hair stylists can also make their clients aware of the organization and encourage them to become involved. Other charities do similar things, like Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
Cut It Out
Cut It Out is a charity organization comprised of salons that are dedicated to fighting domestic violence in inner cities throughout the United States. The organization trains salon stylists so that they can notice signs of abuse on victims. Stylists are able to recognize when a woman is being beaten in a relationship and can then refer her to local organizations in the community that assist domestic violence victims. The organization also provides educational materials that can be distributed to clients in salons.
Look Good… Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is an organization that is dedicated to providing beauty tips to women who have cancer or who have survived cancer. Cosmetologists can volunteer for this organization and provide coaching for women on how to do makeup, manage hair loss and treat damaged skin. This organization also provides online tutorials that can help cancer patients learn how to apply makeup in a flattering way to hide the effects of chemotherapy.
Deciding to donate money toward the purchase of a Kiva loan is another way that salon stylists can benefit women who are struggling abroad but want to improve their lives for the long-term. Kiva loans provide funds to small business owners in impoverished countries and help them cover their business expenses. A hairstylist can even take up a collection of donations from his or her co-workers and clients to support a particular business through the Kiva loan program.
Donating Hair for Oil Booms
The other effective way that salon stylists can give back to the community is by donating hair to businesses that make hair booms. Hair booms absorb oil in oil spill cleanups. After the BP oil spill, salons came to the rescue in providing massive amounts of hair to create hair booms that could absorb oil. You’re just cutting it off and sweeping it into the trash anyway – why not box it up and ship it out to help the environment?
These are some of the most effective ways that a hair stylist can have an impact on the local community. A hairstylist can definitely use his or her salon powers for good with a bit of resourcefulness and determination. This list of 5 charities your salon can take part in is just the beginning. There is a whole world of charitable opportunity out there to make an impact, boost salon morale and represent your salon well in the community.
Who says that humor and cosmetology can’t mix? Monique Madrid, who is both a comedienne and a cosmetologist, proves that cutting hair can be quite humorous, especially in her show, “Monica Barcelona: Bitch, I’ll Cut You.” This multitalented hairstylist doesn’t just style hair and make jokes about it either. Monique is also a freelance writer, does makeup, acts, teaches and does voiceover.
Monique is living a double-life. As a cosmetologist, she does hair and makeup for weddings, album covers, photo shoots and tons of other exciting events. In her comedy show, Monique acts as Monica Barcelona, her hilarious alter ego. During this show, she invites two audience members on the stage. One of the members of the audience gets a free haircut on stage and the other receives a free makeover. Her fun loving personality and skill with scissors has caught the attention of many websites. In fact, Time Out Chicago, a website dedicated to reviews and information regarding different entertainment, attractions and accommodations in Chicago, proclaimed that her show was a critic’s picks.
Her show was part of the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, which is festival comprised of female comediennes. As she improvs a day at the salon with real audience members, you will laugh hysterically. The website “Causing a Scene” declares that watching “Bitch, I’ll Cut You” is like watching a reality talk show. Monique is sassy and inspirational. Causing a Scene also states that the concept of her show is captivating.
Madrid has not let the success of her show go to her head. She still styles hair professionally at reasonable rates and takes on jobs of all sizes. However, she did say that being accepted as part of the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival was really, really exciting. She only started stand-up about a year before she started this show. She started doing it as a challenge to herself. She feels that doing stand-up leaves you more vulnerable, while doing improv allows you to have a supportive team behind you.
Her clients are excited for her. Because she still works as a professional hairstylist, she does not want to offend anyone, so she steers away from using personal stories that clients have shared with her. As for fellow stylists, she is not sure how they are going to react. She also notes that she does not know a lot of stylists who are also comedians, so it will be interesting to see how everyone responds. She states that she does not know if this show will one day include another stylist or not.
The goal of Monique’s show is just to make people laugh while she gets to do something else she loves on stage — hair and makeup.
Posted on: June 28th, 2012 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments
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Before the 1920s, women generally preferred to wear their hair on the longer side to show femininity and beauty. Women with short hair were actually considered to be rebellious and undesirable. People would shun them and men wouldn’t date them. Even if she wanted to cut her hair, a girl would normally stop herself as to not offend the men in her life, be it her father, brother, husband or boss. It really was only a matter of time before women decided to take a stand and cut their strands to show that they are their own person and have minds of their own.
Around 1918 and in the early ’20s, there were two things that caused millions of women worldwide to adopt a very short hairstyle called the “bob” and cause panic to their male friends. The first was that during World War II many women had to work in factories and the medical area. This made long hair difficult to maintain and as far as the medical jobs go, it was also considered to be unhygienic. The other force was a ballroom dancer and actress named Irene Castle, who chose to cut her hair for convenience and to show how modern she was by cutting her locks short. This cut became so popular that it was named the ‘Castle Bob.’ Soon other celebrities such as Coco Chanel followed in her footsteps and before long the bob became a highly popular cut among the mainstream.
Bob Hairstyle - Photo by Jae Michie
Although countless newspapers, magazines and men tried to say that the style was not appealing and not fashionable, the desire for hairstyles that were not so difficult to achieve and easy to maintain made the bob thrive. The first style developed by Irene Castle was on the longer side and the hair swept down to the ears. Women had the choice of showing off the cut with bangs or simply brushing all of the hair off of their foreheads. Although the cut is considered to be feminine today, back in 1915 it caused quite an uproar. Couples got divorced, women lost their jobs and even the media went into a frenzy. It was the ultimate act of rebellion against tradition. As far as the beauty industry goes, hairstylists who originally refused to give their clients the bob cut soon found that they were forced to do so if they wanted to keep their clients because many women were leaving the beauty parlors for barber shops.
Soon the Castle Bob was left behind in favor of the Shingle Bob which was a little shorter. This version included a V shape at the nape of the neck while the rest of the hair was flat and covered the ears. In addition to shorter haircuts, women also found themselves trying out new hair colors and even getting perms. Beauty parlors around the world were flourishing and increasing in number as women flooded in to keep their short locks fashionably short. Just as the media was finally giving up and accepting a woman’s right to choose short hair, the 1930s rolled in and long hair became stylish again.
We didn’t see the bob very often until 1963 when Vidal Sassoon gave fashion designer Mary Quant a modern bob with an English twist. The style looked sleek and captured the spirit, fashion sense and rock sound of the ’60s perfectly. Once again, women all over the world headed to beauty salons to cut their hair, but this time they had the support of their stylists and the media. In fact, several new versions of the bob came out including the Pillbox bob which was a favorite of Jackie Kennedy’s, a super short cut favored by Twiggie and numerous longer versions. Hairstylists were truly free to get creative and innovative during this period.
During the 1970s the bob was still very much in style but it was softer. Styles included flipped layers and the inverted bob which basically means that the hair went inwards. The length was generally worn to the chin however longer styles were also flaunted. The styles truly captured the sexy feel of the seventies.
During the 1980s the bob was given a New Wave feel. This was done by growing out the bangs, straightening the hair and brushing the front to one side for an asymmetric look. Many women were also seen with crimped or permed bobs which fed into the big hair look that was popular the time. The more daring fashionistas also opted to dye their hair bright unnatural colors such as hot pink. They captured the youth and easy going feel of the eighties.
During the ’90s the “Jennifer” was the sought after do, but not far behind was the pixie cut favored by Winona Ryder. The style brought out the angles of the face because it was cropped so closely to the head, included various lengths and was very choppy. It wasn’t an easy style to wear so it wasn’t as popular as some of the longer styles but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t love the style done right.
At the turn of the millennium, the bob continued to be strong and as the years passed it became more and more popular. We’ve seen celebrities as young as Emma Watson and Halle Berry adopt the pixie cut. Victoria Beckham made a bob with super long bangs and a shorter back incredibly popular, and people are constantly bringing pictures of Victoria into their stylists. Still others preferred a bob that was wavy and casual. Today the bob’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down. Women still love how easy it is to maintain the look and stylists have given us new ways to make them look sexy and sophisticated. We’re looking forward to seeing the new versions that the future will bring.
The Look Good … Feel Better program helps women who have cancer improve their appearances, which can in turn improve their outlooks. When women’s appearances are affected by the side effects of cancer treatments, trained cosmetologists have the ability to help. Inspired by the difference a makeover made in a cancer patient’s appearance and attitude, the Personal Care Products Council, American Cancer Society and Professional Beauty Association/National Cosmetology Association teamed up to create the Look Good … Feel Better program to provide cosmetics and cosmetology advice to cancer patients who can benefit from beauty tools, knowledge and skills.
It is easy for anyone to feel discouraged when she doesn’t believe she looks her best. Beauty professionals witness firsthand just how much a beauty treatment can improve clients’ confidence and moods in addition to improving their appearances. The Look Good … Feel Better program brings beauty guidance to women at a time in their lives when they can benefit from it most. Chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatments can result in changes to patients’ appearances. Patients focused on getting well may not have the time and energy to devote to developing new beauty routines and can be at a loss as how to deal with their new beauty challenges. That’s where cosmetologists can step in to demonstrate the techniques appropriate for patients, beautifying and uplifting them. With their personal beauty needs met, these patients can continue their fight against cancer with renewed zest and peace of mind.
The Look Good … Feel Better program does not support any particular name brand or earn a profit from their services. Instead, the program offers free public services nationwide, is funded by donations and makes use of donated beauty products. Volunteer beauty professionals are trained and certified to provide support for the Look Good … Feel Better program, which hosts group workshops in over 3,000 locations nationwide. The program also holds workshops in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Look Good … Feel Better Program is not limited to workshops. It also offers self-help kits through the mail, online support and a 24-hour hotline. Through the program, trained beauty professionals are able to positively influence the lives of others by offering their professional expertise.
Posted on: March 11th, 2012 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments
Every field has its pioneers who have paved the way for those who follow. Cosmetology is no different. It is both an art and a science that is marked by amazing women who have pushed the bounds of creativity to come up with innovative products and styles. In honor of International Women’s Day, aspiring cosmetologists and the beauty industry as a whole owe a debt of gratitude to these phenomenal women.
Madam C.J. Walker
Sarah Breedlove, who later became known as Madam C.J. Walker was America’s first African American female millionaire. She was born into poverty, orphaned at a young age and uneducated but later founded her own African American cosmetic company. Coming from the cotton fields of the deep South, she eventually built her own business of manufacturing hair products, driven by a solid work ethic and forward-looking vision. Madam Walker stumbled into cosmetology by way of a painful scalp infection. She had lost almost all of her hair and had tried various medicinal remedies and hair care products. One night she had a dream detailing the necessary ingredients to cure her scalp infection. She soon began to sell this unique formula. Though she became quite wealthy, Madam C.J. Walker never let her successes end with herself. Walker hired agents to not only sell her products but also to help other ladies set up beauty parlors in their own homes. She equipped them to become financially independent as she had done. Walker also founded two colleges that focused on training African American women in the field of cosmetology.
Working first as a sales agent for Madame C.J. Walker, Marjorie Joyner later blossomed into a successful cosmetologist who gave back to her community as well. Like Walker, she was also involved in a number of activist and philanthropist groups. Her life accomplishments include working as a national supervisor for more than 200 Walker beauty schools, serving as vice president of Walker’s company, writing various cosmetology laws for the state of Illinois, and receiving a patent for a permanent wave machine. Joyner later developed the Satin Tress preparation, a predecessor to hair relaxer. Joyner noted that she owed much of her success and creativity to the more than 50 years that she spent working with Madame Walker.
Founder and president of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Jane Iredale introduced the first full line of mineral cosmetics. Her goal was to provide makeup that was actually good for the skin. Iredale continually lectures to a host of international audiences, educating them on the benefits of mineral-based cosmetics. Iredale’s previous career in film and theatre inspired her to create cosmetics that enhanced women’s natural beauty rather than merely conforming to current trends in cosmetology. She has worked with world-renowned makeup artists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the production of her innovative line.
Bobbi Brown loved makeup and cosmetology from a young age. Her earliest memories are of her mother adorning her face with glamorous shades of color. Brown always believed that women want to prettier versions of themselves. Her goal was to help women feel more confident through elegant yet effortless beauty. Teaming up with a chemist in 1991, Bobbi Brown launched Bobbi Brown Essentials, a line of natural-looking lipstick that endeavors to be simple yet flattering. Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is now an international company that offers cosmetics, skincare and fragrances. Brown – a world-renowned makeup artist and beauty expert – has captured the attention of numerous fashion magazines, including Vogue, Self and Cosmopolitan, in addition to being recognized by both the President and First Lady.
Posted on: February 17th, 2012 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments
When most of us think about fashion week, we think about A-list designers, flashbulbs and unyielding glamor. However, a new trend within the industry may change our view of fashion week forever. With all eyes trained on fashion industry insiders, the country’s top designers are tapping into the excitement and glamour of fashion week to help provide fundraising opportunities for non-profit organizations for women and children.
This year, several designers have partnered with non-profit groups like the Bottomless Closet to produce fashion show fundraisers. The Bottomless Closet is a non-profit organization based in New York City that helps disadvantaged women learn how to dress for success. As the economy wanes and federal and state grant funding remains sparse, non-profit organizations like the Bottomless Closet have gotten more creative in their fundraising efforts as they try to supplement their straining budgets.
One such creative partnering resulted in the development of Real Fashion Real Women, a fashion show event produced by celebrity stylist Derek Warburton. While Warburton is best known for styling some of Hollywood’s leading talent, including Beyonce Knowles and Miranda Kerr, few realize that the stylist himself was once homeless for a few months during his youth and relied on the kindness of strangers to help him get back on his feet. This experience, along with his general desire to help others, resulted in the idea that eventually became the Real Fashion Real Women fundraising event.
The Real Fashion Real Women fashion show was held Thursday at New York’s Empire Hotel and featured 24 real New Yorkers who walked the runway in some of fashion’s most recognizable names. Funds were raised through tickets sales ($50 per ticket) and via personal donations. The women, who were all New York residents, wore garments from a handful of A-list designers including Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, Betsey Johnson, Rachel Comey and Raul Penaranda.
While Thursday’s fashion show event was a celebration of what can happen when fashion and non-profit come together, the event also helped to boost the self-esteem of the 24 women who were selected to walk the runway based on their inspiring life stories. Many of the women who participated in the event came from difficult backgrounds which included poverty, domestic violence, homelessness and incarceration. Not only did the fashion show provide critical funding to the Bottomless Closet, but it also helped the models to recognize their own beauty and learn to be comfortable in their own skin.
If you are a hairstylist or make-up artist who would like to become more involved in your community, there are many ways you can help. Use your skill set to help women and children by getting involved with women’s organizations like the Bottomless Closet. Or, gather a team of hairstylists and make-up artists to assist with a fundraising fashion show in your city or provide makeovers for women’s organizations that help unemployed mothers find work. For more information about how you can make a difference in your community, contact your city’s women’s center or your local office of Health and Human Services.
We at Beauty Schools Directory have talked before about how much appearance matters for things like job hunting and dating and first impressions in general. But what about the less obvious hygienic habits? The ones that you can’t see?
Keeping It Kleen has put together an eye-opening infographic, pitting men against women in a battle of cleanliness and hygiene. Some of the numbers may surprise you – they certainly surprised us!
Like the fact that 45% of women never clean their makeup brushes, which are usually in warm, wet bathrooms that are great places for bacteria to live. And however it may look on the outside, the truth is that women’s public restrooms have twice as many germs as men’s.
As the men? Well, their wallets are four times dirtier than women’s purses, and the average college boy’s pillow and mattress pad has twice as many bacteria, mold and yeast colonies as the average college girl.
We don’t know about you, but this infographic kind of made us want to go wash our hands. For the next hour.
Although skin is often the focus of anti-aging products, the look and feel of peoples’ hair can also make them seem old. Hiding grays by coloring hair is probably the most obvious strategy for regaining a youthful appearance. However, graying isn’t the only sign of aging that hair shows. The latest anti-aging trend for hair? Botox.
No, seriously. Botox.
In August of 2010, Redken released their Time Reset line of hair products, which contains several ingredients targeted at fighting the signs of aging in hair – including the extra-special Intra-Cylane to reinforce hair strands and fill in gaps in each strand’s cuticle layer, repairing damage and creating volume.
Now L’Oreal has jumped into the ring with the release of their Professional Fiberceutic Fiber Filling Treatment. While Redken’s Time Reset products were designed primarily for at-home use at around $13-20, L’Oreal’s product is an advanced treatment that’s only available through salons. It reportedly costs in the $100 range and lasts for at least six weeks.
And it’s already rumored to be a big hit with celebrities, especially as awards season closes in. Stylist Negin Zand of West Hollywood Salone is said to utilize the treatment, and while she’s mum on the particulars, her clients include Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Carey Mulligan and new-Mrs.-Justin-Timberlake-to-be Jessica Biel.
Word on the street is that L’Oreal will soon be offering a competing line of consumer Botox-for-hair shampoos and conditioners to go up against Redken’s products.
Interview with Kathy Jager - Cosmetology Author It takes more than just being great at cutting hair to be a huge success in the beauty business. It takes top notch client consultation, relentless marketing, a growing and steady clientele, professionalism and poise, and much more. We interviewed author Kathy Jager, who has more than 30 years of experience in the beauty business, about what it takes to really make it in the cosmetology business.
Interview with Meg Haas - Blowdry Bar Owner Blow Dry Bars are the hottest new beauty salon on the scene, and one has opened up in the heart of Kansas City. No cutting and coloring here, though – it’s all about hair design and styling! Parlor is Kansas City’s first blow-dry and cosmetic bar. We checked in with Meg Haas, the owner of Parlor, a “beauty bar” located on the Kansas City Plaza to find out more about what a blowdry bar is, what kinds of clients they serve and services they perform, and what she looks for in blow dry bar employees as a salon owner.
Interview with Brenda Corona - Scholarship Winner It was an incredibly special moment when the Beauty Schools Directory team was able to surprise Brenda Corona from Las Vegas, Nevada on Skype with a $2,500 scholarship for esthetics school. We would like to thank every single applicant who told us their story and applied for the scholarship to pursue their dreams and attend a beauty school or cosmetology school, and everyone who had a hand in making this scholarship possible. Congratulations, Brenda! We are so excited for you!