Austin.

HO-LEE CRAP!  Austin was SOOOOO Much fun!  i got to meet some of the greatest people and it was amazing to be around other STAR students that actually “got it”!  I met so many positive, talented, beautiful y0ung people and made some new friends too!

Let me preface the following by saying it is only a 6 1/2 hr car ride from Shreveport to Austin.  Well, by plane, you would think it would be quicker, right?  wrong.  lol.  After all of the weather delays, it took almost 8 hours for me to actually get to Austin.  but it was SO worth it!

The first night there we had a welcoming dinner, with a special guest appearance by Diva Poulos and Anthony Cole – very cool.  AND we got our swag bags!  I’m talking FULL of stuff!  We got a shirt, a travel coffee mug, a water bottle, several full sized Redken products, several full sized Sebastian products, some BioElements stuff, a bracelet, oh my word there was so much stuff!  not to mention an awesome bag!  The dinner wasn’t very tasty lol, so after our show several of us made friends and went on down to the restaurant in the hotel and got some grub. 🙂  That’s where I met Tyra and made my new BFF for the trip 🙂

The second day was the actual first day of the show.  So Sunday Tyra and I met downstairs and hit the floor.  There was so much to take in!  Sales booths from every vendor imaginable, constant demonstrations going on every where you looked, and classes galore!  We decided to make the most of our time by only window shopping the first day and catching as many demos as we could.  we accidentally ran into John Paul DiGiora (a/k/a Paul Mitchell) and got our picture taken with him (EEEK!  what an amazing thing to put in my portfolio 🙂 )

Then we caught a class by Nick Arrojo who is just amazing.  He’s one of my top 5 hair mentors, even if he doesn’t know it…lol.  just to watch him sculpture the hair with those razors is breathtaking…and i got it all on video!  I’m trying to figure out how to transfer all of my videos to youtube from my iphone 4.0.  good thing i double taped them, lol.  i know i looked stupid holding up my iphone and my video camera, but i really don’t care!  oh, and we went by one booth called “It’s a 10” and received ANOTHER bag with TEN full size “It’s a 10” products!  by now i’m starting to try and figure out exactly how i’m going to get all this home since i just brought a small carryon bag and my laptop satchel.

that night, we had a “formal” dinner – unfortunately, i never received my packet informing me that there would be a formal dinner, so i totally faked it with my black slacks and a black top and sparkly jewelry. 🙂  Our guest that evening was Fransico Villa from Redken.  He was hilarious and very very very inspiring as well.   i got my picture with him and tons of video.  He did a complete transformation on this one model in 10 minutes!!  it was awesome!

So after dinner that night, i took the most expensive cab ride of my life to go visit my friend who happens to live in Austin but was actually in the hospital while i was there.  I couldn’t NOT go – we’ve been friends since 3d grade!  23 years people!!  it was great catching up with him and worth every penny!!

once i got back to the hotel, around 3 am, i tried to figure out how to pack all of my stuff.  i figured if i could get the products in my suitcase, i could roll my clothes up and put them in the bag regency gave us, then just check my suitcase and carry the regency bag and my laptop.  well, i had so much FREE product, that it wouldn’t fit in my bag!!  what’s a girl to do?

I made it downstairs the next morning at 830 to meet Tyra so we could hit the show one more time before we had to check out at noon.  we wanted to check out the discount corner and see what we could find and i needed to find a bag that i could fit all my products in!!!  we didn’t get much from the discount corner b/c it was a lot of stuff i really wasn’t interested in.  but there were some amazing deals had i been actually working in a salon instead of just a student.

We made our way up to the TiGi booth where i bought an awesome patent leather bag that was big enough to stick everything in.  and, guess what, when i bought the bag, i got a ton of free product…lol.  i swear – i won’t have to buy product for at least a year!  i’m getting the pics of everything together as we speak…lol.

i made it back to the hotel with just enough time to throw ALL of the products in my new bag, all my clothes in my suitcase, and check out by 12.  lol… barely!  i caught my shuttle at 12:25 and headed home.  it’s been a week and i’m still exhausted!

OH!  AND i came home on Monday night, and by Thursday, the last day of September, i had made STAR again.  so there!  three times in 6 months ain’t a bad track record!  whooo hoooo!!!

5,000!!! We Need to Celebrate! How about a giveaway?

So, to celebrate the over 5,000 views this blog has gotten, I thought i’d share a little something!  I’m giving away an AWESOME all-in-one French Manicure Kit from E.L.F!  As you can see below, it includes a clear base/top coat, a light pink & a white polish 🙂

AND, there may even be some extra goodies thrown in 🙂

Giveaway!!

Giveaway!!

So, wanna get you hands on this?  I know you do!   You can get an entry for each of the following:

1) Subscribe 🙂  it’s right over there to the right – just leave me a note telling me you have subscribed or that you are a subscriber already!

2)  Follow me on Twitter ( @Super_Bre) and leave me a comment here letting me know

3) Repost this giveaway on Twitter  and link back to this post!

Drawing will be held Wednesday, August 18th!  You can enter any of the ways listed above and up to 3 times total each day 🙂  Winner will be chosen at random using a third-party source and notified via e-mail.

Good luck!

Twice the Power of Regular Detergent

its official!!  i made master designer again!  WHOOO HOOO – watch out Austin, here i come!!

That’s right – I qualified as a MASTER for the SECOND time!

and even though i dont get any prizes, i totally get to go to Austin, all expenses paid!!  Regency will be paying for my airfare, my hotel**, my entrance into the Armstgrong McCalls World’s Fair Hair Show, and they will cut me a check for my food!  how fun is that?  (**I have to share a room though, with a perfect stranger, boo hiss – or i could cough up the difference to get my own room, and that’s just not feasible right now)

I managed to wrap up Master by doing $501 in services and $99 in retail.  whew!!!!!  this was also the month the my husband and I are trying to move in with my mom to help her out while my dad goes through Chemo & radiation (he has the big C)  so to say it was stressful is putting it lightly.

I’m STILL the only one to have ever made Master at this campus – much less twice..lol.  it amazes me.

I get so frustrated because so many students miss so much time and then want to complain about not getting a good enough education.  They gripe about the money they are spending on tuition, but then don’t show up, or worse, show up and refuse to do the services or practicals they are told to do!  that’s just stupid!!  if you’re going to drop $18,000 on an education, don’t you think its in your best interest to show up and participate?  KNOWING that if you don’t you’ll have to pay more later?  geez, don’t act surprised!

i think my happiness is starting to get on their nerves haha.  i can’t help it that i absolutely love what i’m doing.  i’m not saying its perfect, but I am saying that I’m willing to make a short term sacrifice for a long term goal, and if that means that i get to win prizes because i’m the best, you’re darn right i’m going to brag about it!

On the downside, we did lose another instructor.  Ms. Isabelle had to move to Monroe, and it sucks!  we’ve been through 5 teachers since i started, and I think that’s a bit excessive.  Oh, we also lost our campus manager, Ms. Vera, but that was probably for the best.  We need staff and instructors who are there for the students and not just a paycheck, so i’m ok with everything that is going on.  Plus, it gives us a chance to learn from another instructor which means NEW techniques!

ok, that’s it for now – just wanted to give you all an update!

Back in the Saddle Again ;)

I know i know i know – i really suck as a consistent blogger. lol.  To make up for it, here is a picture of my first attempt at a mohawk (faux-hawk really)

My 1st Mohawk(fauxhawk)

I promised Newsletter drama at the end of my last post so here’s what’s been going on.

The Student Council for our campus is supposed to provide a quarterly newsletter.  That’s every three months folks.  Our campus manager, when I created the first one, loved it SO MUCH, that she wanted us to do it monthly.  Which was fine when I actually had people contributing…which was only for April…lol.  I put May’s together BY MYSELF because no one contributed and we lost half of our Student Council because they either graduated or dropped below 80% attendance.  Well, needless to say, i did NOT do one for June and probably won’t make a July one either…

We had a few more students join Student Council recently and of them, there seems to be one or two that are willing to work on the newsletter.  so MAYBE, just maybe, I’ll be able to get one turned out for July.  blah.

I’ve been so super duper BUSY at school.  I’m keeping my books full!

I am Your Master!

I am Your Master!

AND I’m proud to say, that I should have MASTER wrapped up by Tuesday at the end of class 🙂   YAYAYAYAYAYAAAAY me!

That means that I will qualify for the Trip from Regency to the World’s Hair Show in Austin, Texas this September!  WHOO HOOO!  That’s SOOO exciting!  the only thing that sucks is that no one else from my school has qualified and i’ll have to go by myself – so i need some of you other Regency Masters out there to look for me so i won’t be all lonesome…lol.

Yes, there will be a TON of pictures, and if you’re super nice, i’ll even do some video! heck yeah!!

also, I’m officially a blonde.  Like, SUPER blonde.  its wild how blonde i am and even though its been a few weeks, i’m still not used to it.

Super Blonde Bre

Super Blonde Bre

and yes, i can still rock the mohawk, though that’s usually reserved for special occasions 🙂

Blonde Faux Hawk

BLonde Faux Hawk for the Cowboy Mouth Concert

next post – pictures of my super awesome business project that was an absolute nightmare to create lol.

SALON FAIR! Photo Heavy!

SO super duper sorry i kept you all waiting!!! It’s been hella busy at school/work/home the last 4 weeks!

So, without any further hesitation – I give you SALON FAIR Spring 2010 Photos!

(btw – I placed 3d! YAY ME!)

Pretty Maids, All in a Row

All Five Contestants

Me & Becca
Me & My Model, Becca!

Becca Close Up

Back of Becca's Hair

Getting Ready!

Pretty Pretty!

Trying to Hurry

Super Sexxxy Christina

Detail Oriented Hair!

Look at those braids & Twisties!

we had several area salon reps visit our campus, along with a Redken Rep, to view and judge our entries 🙂 We got to mingle & network afterwards and several of the soon-to-graduate students made some really good contacts. Those of us that are part-time and will be there for a while were able to get a feel for what Salon Fair is all about, so that this fall when we have our next one, we will really rock it out!

Next Post – (it is in progress as you are reading this i swear!) Newsletter Drama, Master Prizes, and more!

Yes, Master!

I know its been two weeks since I’ve written, but I’ve been SWAMPED.  and guess what – I did it!  I made Master Student Designer!  Holy cow!

The goals were rough – for part time students it is $500 in services, $90 (18%) in retail, 90% or above attendances, 100% service time, 60% or better Request Guests, etc… but holy crap!  I made it!

I managed to somehowmake sure that my chair ALWAYS had someone in it!  During the month of April, there were two days when I did not have appointments on my books.  TWO!  One of those I had to reschedule someone due to an emergency and the other was the day that I left early because I wasn’t feeling well.

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE: start booking now.  even if you aren’t on the floor.  get a calendar and plan ahead!  Tell everyone when you’ll be heading out onto the floor and start booking it now!

Trust me, you’d much rather be performing real services than working on a mannequin head every day!

I was so nervous last Thursday which was the cut off day because I was still feeling far away from my goal – $46 in services and $32 in retail to go…ARGH!  That number seems huge when a haircut & style is only $12!!  AND, I had someone scheduled to come in for a re-color since part of her color didn’t take the week before, so i just KNEW i had to wrap it up either before she got there, or after.  Then, she called me.  Rebecca stated that while she was getting the re-color, she also wanted a new cut & style ($12) and highlights/lowligts ($50) added in to it AND she was bringing her daughter in for a mani/pedi ($26)! whoooo hoooo – I love Rebecca!  She’s so super duper awesome & I’m glad she’s my friend!

When they got there, i had to pass the manicure/pedicure off to another student because there was no way I was going to have time to do it.  I only had 4 hours (and yes, i’m still slow as christmas) and we had to do her base color, which was going to take a little less than an hour.  Then, we needed to do the cut (which was so perfect for her) which took another 30-45 minutes.  Now, the highlights/lowlights were actually a little complicated because of the chunking we were trying to achieve and that took another 1 1/2 hours.  Then her daughter asked her to buy the polish from her toes & nails being polished since she didn’t actually get a mani/pedi – she just got a polish change because the poor thing didn’t know there was a difference…. ($17 retail).  Rebecca and I started talking about styling products that she was going to need versus what she had at home.  He style was a real piecey-choppy look that needed lots of definition.

so i recommended the Redken Water Wax for her hair because to me, it isn’t as sticky as some of the others and the Polishing Milk to tame her flyaways.  She agreed ($28 retail) and she was really trying to help me out, so she put me over the top on my retail!

I can’t tell you how happy and excited I was!  The whole month I just kept saying – “It’s Done”.  “It’s SO done”.  I almost quit.  I almost gave up because it just seemed SO DARN HARD that last two weeks.  I was half-way there on the 15th of the month.  i didn’t think i’d EVER get there.  Then Ms. Vera, our campus manager, invited me in to her office to give me a heads up on my numbers and where I stood.  She said she knew it was already done and that she had no doubts that i’d do it.

I had to step it up and finish!  I had so many other students & staff rooting for me, (and heaven knows i had talked so much smack about how i was going to be their first Master Designer) i had to!

I am the FIRST Master Student Designer at the campus, The FIRST Part Time Student, and the FIRST to do it in the first month of being on the Performance Floor!  I have set the Standard!  I’m very proud of myself.

That was a rough month!  I stayed busy!  While everyone else was getting to laugh and joke and take breaks on time – I was working with my clients.  When everyone else was getting to leave on time, I was staying over to finish up styles or clean my station.  While everyone else was getting to school between 5:15 & 5:30 and then setting up their stations, i was there early, getting my station ready, so that at 5:15 I could start my clients.  It was fun, rewarding and a ton of fun!  I have begun building a great clientele made up of my friends, co-workers, and the best – referrals!  LOVE IT!

I’m sure you want to know what I get for making Master – PRIZES!!!  lol.  I get a T-shirt, a certificate, 3 hours of pampering, a makeup kit, and I get to choose an awesome prize- the choices include a new Andis Pro Clipper, a pair of Rainbow Titanium Shears, A Hot Tools Set which includes a blow dryer & a marcel iron, or a 30 pc (i think)  brush set.  Oh, AND you get a special name tag, and I’ m all about being special…lol.   I want the Shears. they are super pretty.  I think the Andis clipper is probably more valuable – but i like the clippers I have right now, and not too many men are coming through those doors – besides, I can always get them next time 😉

I’ll take pictures of all my swag as soon as I get it!

So my plan is to use May to catch up on my State Board works since I had zero school time to practice since i had so many clients (YAY) and then make master again in June so I can qualify for the trip to the hair show in September.  Yes, Regency will pay for my travel, hotel & tickets in to the hair show, just for qualifying as a Master Designer in June or July!  So I’m claiming it now – I’m DONE!  then, after the show in September (which will be in Minnesota) I’ll come back in qualify again in December or January for the BIG show in March which is in Chicago – the ABS!  oh yes, it is SO done!  THEN, I’ll come back from ABS and Graduate!  YAY!

My next post is on Salon Faire – and I promise, there will be LOTS of Pictures!