Monthly Archives: February 2010

It Rubs the Lotion on Its Skin…

yes, the title is from Silence of the Lambs, but that’s the quote that popped into my mind when i started to write this so, there you have it.

Well – I passed my Chemical Texturizing test with a 100 – YAY me ūüôā ¬†also made a 10/10 on my practical – YAY ME Again! All of this was to the chagrin of my instructor. ¬†I think it irritates him how quickly i test. ¬†Oh well. ¬†In my mind, either you know it or you don’t. ¬†staring at the paper won’t change the answers. ¬†Luckily, I know it, so I’m able to test quickly. ¬†He actually told us that 90% of people who rush to finish first actually fail their exams. ¬†HAHA guess I’m in that 10 percent that actually knows what I’m doing and is able to answer quickly & correctly. ¬†It took me less than 3 minutes to complete the 30 question, multiple choice test.

Coming up – SKIN & NAILS (hence the lotion thing).

Next week we’re going to be starting on our Skin & Nails chapters. ¬†I’m not sure which one is first, but either way I’m SO happy to be getting away from the chemicals.

We’re going to be learning about facials and pedicures and waxing and manicures… whoooo hoooo!

Also, I know i said it was going to be 5 or 6 weeks before I was on the floor, but i think its actually less than that!?!  wow, time is just flying by!

I’m a little upset because they aren’t letting the part-time students take clients on Saturdays right now. ¬†They are having the students that are on the floor take Theory classes instead. ¬†The day time students aren’t coming on Saturdays right now either. ¬†Supposedly its only temporary, but all of the instructors are saying they aren’t sure now… ¬†It was supposed to be a 6 weeks thing, but even though there are only 2 more weeks of that six weeks, they keep saying its going to last another 6 weeks. ¬†It kind of sucks for us, because since we’re about to go out on the floor – it means that we can only take client M-Thurs from 5:30-9…which means our first real client would be at 6pm and the last client we can take is at 8 b/c we have to be done by 9…which as a new student is tough. ¬†Not to mention it is limiting the amount of sales/services we can do towards our STAR Rewards…. but I’m sure its all going to come out in the wash so to speak.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I don’t know many people willing to come out at 8pm to get their hair done during the week… ¬†That’s only really giving us 2 1/2-3 hours a night to work on clients, minus whatever time we have to spend in the classroom too…that’s less than 10 hours a week to actually work on clients.

Yesterday, I personally had to turn away 5 services because there were no students there that could perform them…not to mention the countless people that called. ¬†Last Saturday they turned away about 30 from what I understand… argh…

On the brighter side of things – they have hired another instructor, so we’re really excited that they are really striving to get a full staff.

the kinks and quirks are working out… slowly… ¬†I’ll be happy when they get a performance floor manager and we can get on with starting out Student Council! ¬†I keep reading all these great things other campuses are doing that we can’t participate in yet…. ¬†but, i was told they are trying to have someone by the beginning of March and that we were to give them a month to settle in and then we could start our student council… YAY.. so hopefully by April we’ll be able to do it.

Just Because There Are Waves, Doesn’t Mean We’re At The Ocean.

Well, after a week of roller sets, we moved on to pin curls, however, My mannekin was possessed and decided to mat up on me so bad during a shampoo that I spent almost a whole class period trying to get it out of her hair! ¬†Poor Kimmie! ¬†But, all is not lost because we moved on to finger waves. ¬†Since Kimmie was being mean and not wanting to cooperate, I pulled out Bradley again – haha – he is well on his way to becoming a drag queen! ¬†Fingerwaves were taught to us by four different people and everyone has their own “trick” to it… luckily, we can choose whatever is easiest for us ūüôā

Quite frankly, until you “get it” finger waves SUCK. ¬†I will tell you to do LOTS of finger exercises…lol. ¬†Your fingers are now your most important tool, so they need to exercise more than the rest of us really think. ¬†With finger waves, you slide, pinch, comb, smooth and lock. ¬†When done correctly finger waves are beautiful, classic, stylish and fun – think Renee Zelweger in¬†Chicago. ¬†when in correctly done – its a hot mess!

Read the fine print...

Fingerwaves can be as dramatic as you want them to be – the deeper the ridges, the deeper the style – the softer the ridges, the softer the style…

Here are our takes on it:

Brad's finger wave

Look at those ridges!

Newbies tearing it up! They are so awesome!

She's so proud of her work!

Overall, I’d say we did an ok job! ¬†The next day we moved on to wraps. ¬†And, since I had tortured Brad relentlessly for the last few days, i decided to give Kimmie another shot…Now, there were only 4 of us in class because we had absolutely HORRIBLE weather – a whole 3 inches of snow! ¬†To some of you that’s not much, but here in Louisiana you’d thing the world was ending!

So I did what anyone would do – I made a snowman. ¬†I had to put him in the freezer so he wouldn’t die.

Louisiana Snow Man

Then I went back inside and we began our wraps –

Roller Wrap Front

this is called a “roller wrap” because it has four rollers on top, and the rest of the hair is wrapped around the head. ¬†You section off the four sections for the rollers first – then wrap the hair – then roll the rollers. ¬†pretty awesome and super easy. ¬†This gives the hair lots of body when the hair is unwrapped and styled.

Roller Wrap Top

Roller Wrap Back

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! ¬†We tested out on our classic hairstyling and trichology B and I have to say I believe most of us passed. ¬†I was kind of upset because I realized i got one of my questions wrong as soon as i handed over my test, but alas, it was too late…lol. ¬†I still made A’s on both of my tests and my practical – GO ME! ¬†I’m rocking out with a 96 or a 98 grade average and a 99.96 attendance average….whooo hooo Master Stylist is going to be MINE!

Now we’re into perms and relaxers – actually, we’re over 1/2 way through with it. ¬†I’m trying to get more photos – we test out on Saturday, so I’ll try to have it up by then. ¬†ūüôā ¬†so excited! ¬†5 OR 6 more weeks til i get to get out on the performance floor and enter rehearsal! ¬†whooo hooooo. ¬†Skin and Nails and Chemistry are the only sections we have left in work shop! ¬†YAY!

Rolling Along

Has it really been that long since I posted a blog?! ¬†WOW! ¬†I’m so sorry!!! Thing have been crazy busy for me with work (and school) and I guess I’ve fallen behind.

Last time we left off, I was entering the fabulous world of “Hairstyling” – and had no clue what I was in for! ¬†We finished Trichology B and were off to a good start, then…well, i’m not exactly sure what happened…lol. ¬†We started on Classic Hairstyling, which includes Roller Sets, Fingerwaves, and Full Wraps. ¬†Of the three, wraps are by far the easiest!! ¬†Followed by Roller Sets which just make me angry, and fingerwaves which make me want to curse…lol. ¬†not really – they just take practice and I’ve kinda gotten them down for now.

With a roller set – you roll the whole head, set it under the dryer, then do a “comb out” which means lots and lots of teasing (which is called “back combing” in the “biz” so it doesn’t sound as bad). ¬†Roller sets last quite a while, which is good, because I’d hate to do that every day! ¬†With a roller set, once you have rolled it, set it, and combed it out, you now have to style it. ¬†It is of utmost importance that all of the partings are blended together with back combing to make the hair solid (think helmet head) and give the max amount of volume. ¬†Once all of the partings have been blended, you basically smooth the outer layer in order to hide the back combing and style it. ¬†In the back you must show movement – i chose pincurl-esque shapes in the back. ¬†Its awful! lol – ¬† But, I have been practicing since its a vital part of our State Board Exam. ¬†Poor Mannekin Brad – here’s what he had to go through:

Roller Set - with style

R. Side of Brad w/ Roller Set

L. Side Brad Roller Set - w/style

Back of Brad's Head - see the movement? lol

Wow! ¬†its awful isn’t it? lol. ¬†It’ll get better I swear it! ¬† ¬†Roller sets can be done so many different ways, depending on the look you want. ¬†For our state board exam, we will have to do a brick lay which means the rollers are staggered…this isn’t always easy as the head is what? ¬†ROUND! ¬†That’s right! lol. ¬†But, once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty smoothly.

Our next section was finger waves – that post is coming right up behind this one cause I’m on a roll, but this post is getting a little too long… oh, and there are more pictures too! ¬†YAY!

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Adding to the Fun

So we got FIVE new students on Monday. ¬†WOW! ¬†Our class basically doubled in one night…lol.

We got to help them check in their kits, and so far everyone seems pretty darn awesome, which is SUCH A RELIEF!

our two “older” students tested out into Rehearsal / Performance on Saturday, and after helping them cram study for several hours, I am pleased to announce that they ACED their tests – one with a 96 & the other with a 94. ¬†GO THEM!

We finished up Trichology B yesterday – the new students hung in there and were not having any problems keeping up from what I can tell – which is good because Ms. Renee likes to go fast (which I like) and she gives lots of notes (which I LOVE). ¬†We also started classic hairstyling…roller sets, fingerwaves, skip waves, pin curls, etc.

oh AND when i got home last night, i found my package – you know, THE PACKAGE ¬†– the one that had my Alice in Wonderland Urban Decay palette in it! ZOMG! I was so excited but i was too tired to play with it lol. ¬†SO, i spent the rest of my evening splitting up my kit ¬†into those clear plastic storage boxes you get at dollar tree. ¬†Since we’re doing classic styling, i have to be able to bring my rollers & rods to class…and since they were all in their packages still, i knew if i opened them they would get everywhere! ¬†so, i threw them all in boxes! ¬†Nice & Neat!

We learned how to do on-base, half-off-base, and off-base rollers last night Рwhich means we DRENCHED our mannekin heads in tons of pink gel (which is WAYYY better than mucilage Рi promise!).  Tonight we are doing a full roller set РYippee!  More GEL! haha.

But, other than that, there isn’t a whole lot to update on. ¬†I will be starting a new series _soon_ wherein I will be interviewing some of our instructors, daytime students, and nighttime students… i’m excited about that! ¬†Also, I will have another post up tonight / tomorrow about the new contest Regency is running for its students (which is super duper awesome).

and without further adieu Рhere are the photos of my new palette! :

Out of the Box

Groovy Insert

Opening the Top

16 Shades of Wonderland

All Together Now

and here is me & j from last Saturday :

Me & J - gettin my hair did