a WHOLE WEEK…

I’ve been on the floor for a little over a week now and I am T-I-R-E-D!!!.

SHEESH!  lol.  I’ve had clients every night – some scheduled, some walk-ins, all amazing.  I’ve been busy busy busy and let me tell you – SPEED is important.

It took me an almost an entire class period (630-915) to do a manicure, pedicure and cut. – she was supposed to get color too but we just didn’t have time.  We had to reschedule her for another day.  But, doesn’t her cut look CUTE?

Melinda

Cute!

My averages are looking good though.  If I really start hustling, i may make student designer this month!  Heck yeah buddy!  Thanks to a little help from my friends, of course 🙂

Ali

Flirty Layers

In other news, on Saturday we had our very first “Rehearsal” Class.  We were supposed to be learning about weaves, tracks, extensions, and wig making – but, we didn’t have any hair so Ms. Isabell couldn’t show us.  She did promise to show us next Saturday.  Oh, and we finally got to crack open our Workbooks that we got in our kits forever ago.  So, we spent the first 3 1/2 hours of Saturday working in our workbooks and discussing the reason people wear wigs/extensions like cancer, alopecia, balding, thinning hair, fashion, etc.

That afternoon – I was able to buy my lunch by using the tips I had made throughout the week – so that was cool…lol.  I just keep my tip money in my apron, that way come Saturday, I don’t have to run to the bank!

After lunch we got to perform student services on each other, so I let Jessika cut my hair.  off.  a lot. lol.  Ms. Isabell showed her a way to comb the hair back in order to do a swing bob and it came out pretty amazing.   I plan on eventually going back brown, but right now, i’m kinda enjoying being natural-ish.

My new Bob

In other news, Student Council has finally gotten kicked off.  We had our first official meeting last week to discuss the Newsletter (ours is called “Snips & {Tips}” – first issue went out on the first!) and fundraising ideas.  We are kicking off Penny Wars next week and I was lucky enough to be able to get a trophy donated to us so the winning class can display it!  It’ll be Workshop v. Rehearsal and I’m super excited about it!

So that’s what I’ve been up to 🙂  Hope you’re loving it too!

Take Me On The Floor

YAY!  I DID IT!!  I passed my workshop final with a 97!  WHOOO HOOOO!

So, what does this mean, you may be wondering….

I’m now into Rehearsal / Performance floor rotation.  What this means is that I now have the ability to take REAL clients on the performance floor instead of working solely on my mannekin!  YAY.  I’m able to take clients Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and I’ll have my Rehearsal classroom time from 8:30-5 on Saturdays.  I’m SO ok with that, because that means I’m officially getting to track out STAR Rewards!  YAYAYAYAYAYAYA

I’m just a little bit excited, can you tell?

As soon as I posted I had passed and was in the computer, my bestest friend Ali called up to Regency & book my first official appointment.  It was awesome that I had a booking within 5 minutes of being in the computer 🙂

Monday was my first “official” day “on the floor” as we like to call it – haha.  Ali’s boyfriend Craig came in as a walk-in and let me give him a new do.  He liked it & Ali was very happy with it too, so it made me super happy!

During downtime, when we don’t have clients, we do mannekin work.  So, I’ve been knocking out a lot of blocks on my project sheet too – kind of like, work-at-you-own-pace as long as you stay busy.  I’m LOVING this!

Yesterday, we had a family of walk-ins.  A man & wife and their two boys, ages 2 & 5.  Lucky me, the computer randomly selected me to do the man’s haircut and the other two girls got the kids.

When we have walk-ins, there isn’t a “rotation” so to speak.  The computer generates who will be the lucky stylist to get the client based on availability.

The man’s wife said his haircut was the best haircut he’s gotten since they’ve been coming to Regency AND they tipped each of us, which is always a good thing.

Tonight, one of the ladies that works in my building is going to keep me hopping.  She just called and scheduled herself a full night of pampering with me – manicure, pedicure, cut, color & two-tone highlights.  FUN FUN FUN!

I’m excited about doing her hair because she & all of the girls in her office go to the same stylist, so if I can win her over, they will all start coming to me! YAY for building client base!

I know there aren’t any pictures in this post, but i’ve been super duper busy & haven’t had a chance to actually take any.  I AM going to take some of my client tonight for before/after so look for that in the next installment.

Tomorrow I have Ali coming in (my first official pre-booked appointment) for a cut & style, so I’ll take some shots of her too!

OH!  AND tomorrow is the first Student Council meeting.  How fun is that?  I get to unveil our newsletter and talk about our fundraising ideas 🙂  I’ll update you all ASAP!

If you’re a hairstylist – let me know what you felt when you had your first big appointment!  I’m curious to see if the nervousness/excitement I feel is normal…lol.

I’ve Got You, Under My Skin…

So this week is wrapping up the “Skin” section of our Workshop experience.  Wednesday (tomorrow – YIKES) I perform my skin & nails practical, which will basically consist of a facial & a manicure on a live model.  My friend Darling Nikki will be subjected to this grueling torture :roll eyes here:.  Thursday I will take the written portion of the Skin & Nails chapters… and then… on Saturday…

I TAKE MY FINAL WRITTEN WORKSHOP TEST!!!

After I pass that (which, come on, we all know I will…now, only if i could convince my brain to work) I will have my “Intro” to the Performance Floor.  YAY!  I’m super duper excited/nervous/scared/hopeful!

Ok, let me backtrack and fill you all in.  So during the Skin portion, you learn about the facials, prepping the room for facials, performing facials, and thanks to my wackadoo skin, what to do in case of an allergic reaction.  Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.  Evidently BioElements Clay Masque hates my face.  it made me sad.  No I didn’t take pictures of it. BUT, I did take pictures of   some of the other students and with a little help from Ms. Samantha, we scored these awesome shots of Brittney sporting the headband used by guests prior to receiving a facial :

Brittney is SO Pimp Right Now…

And here is Brittney giving me a facial about 10 seconds before we decided it really needed to come off.  It was  “most relaxing” 3 minutes ever, i swear…lol… until it started to burn.

Don’t I look Relaxed?

This stupid masque left my face SO red, it looked like i had a sunburn!

Mr. Maurice

And this is our instructor, we were having a deep conversation about salons in Las Vegas / Hollywood during break, which is why Samantha was able to get the shot – See how attentive i look? lol.

Another perk of the Skin chapter is MAKEUP!  Though I do have to say the way the book says to put on makeup is a bit out of whack – for example, it suggests putting eyeliner on BEFORE eyeshadow, which may make sense to someone, but not to me at all.  However, I have gotten to bring my giant makeup kit & do makeup on almost all of the students – see below for some examples:

Brittney
Brooke
It’s ME!

There are more, I just haven’t uploaded them yet.

This is starting to feel kind of long, but I haven’t finished yet!  Just hang in there!  On Monday, (Yesterday) I took a little side trip to my local Armstrong & McCall’s store for a color class by CHI®

CHI CLASS

Our Demonstrator was Ms. Ashley Wood & she showed us quite a few new products from Farouk/CHI like their Seven Natural Wonders of Oils – and I’m TRYING to find a link to them but they are super new  Here they are .  Anywho, she gave us a quick run down of what each was & what it is used for.  Then she showed us some new highlighting/foiling techniques using triangular, crescent, and V shaped sections instead of the traditional square/rectangle sectionings.  I was pleased overall.  She showed us their new line of INFRA Highlight colors, both the semi-permanent and the demi-permanent.  And we got a nifty goodie bag that had some samples & magazine, and most importantly, a CHI color chart – YAY!

The next time I’ll have a chance to update will be this weekend which will be after i am officially ON THE PERFORMANCE FLOOR and into REHEARSAL!

“Tough as Nails” ain’t so Tough After All

You guessed it!  We’re in the Nails section – WHOOO HOOO.

1st nail is Sculptured, last 3 are tips & acrylic

Manicures, Pedicures, Acrylics, Sculptured, French Tips…oh, we’re doing it all!

Tried to get a better pic, doesn't look like it worked...

Loved doing the mani/pedi stuff too.  GO figure.   Feet don’t bother me, but some of the students just don’t care for it.  We’ve been practicing on each other, of course, so our hands and feet are all well taken care of now.  Well, except mine.  I don’t mind doing someone else’s feet – but you’re not touching mine!  I have to go to the foot doctor this Friday, which has been my biggest excuse for not letting anyone see my tootsies.

Doesn't it look like fun?

My favorite part is polishing and doing nail art – of course, we’re an O-P-I nail salon, so we some pretty great colors.

So far it is pretty basic.  Nothing too complicated, except the terminology.  There are lots of -chosis, hypo-, and other weird medical terms we are learning.

Mr. Maurice is turning out to be an alright instructor after all, I think we all just needed a good adjustment period.

People are getting upset because Regency is getting “back to the basics” and reinforcing the school’s dress code which seemed to have gotten a little lax lately.  Students are frustrated because they aren’t allowed to have their cell phones in class, but if Trena were here – they’d be sent home, not just asked to put them away.  I, for one, am glad they are getting stricter.  It was really getting frustrating watching people get away with the equivalent of  murder in the classrooms.  We actually had 2 students fall asleep – ASLEEP in class.  They were talked to later after being woken up, but umm.. yeah… I’d like to sleep too, but I’m not paying the money I am to sleep away my education.  If I’m that tired, I’ll just stay home thanks.

SOOO to update you on my progress so far – we’ve been schedule 297 hours, of which I’ve attended 295.77.  Almost perfect (it bugs the beegeesus out of me).  which, that hour or so that i’m missing is from a cumulation of minutes from the first 3 weeks of school when i was still getting used to clocking in and out.

Also, I get “introduced” to the Performance Floor on March 27 – WHOOOO HOOO.  As a part-time student, I will be able to take clients from 5:30 to 9:oo p.m. Monday through Thursday and then have our Rehearsal / Theory hours from 8-5 on Saturdays.

I got an explanation of this directly from Corporate last week and it makes a LOT of sense.  Daytime students will be on their floor rotations on Saturdays, so the floor WILL be open, however, Saturdays are when we as part – time students will be doing theory.  It just means we have to train our clients a little better to come in during the evening hours, after work, instead of having to a) leave work early or b) waste your Saturday waiting in a salon.  Totally doable.  If they tried to put daytime AND evening students on the floor on Saturdays, there wouldn’t be enough room.  There are 26 stations on the floor, so for a full day-time class of 30 students, that put 26 on the floor, two in the dispensary and two at the front desk… thus, part time students will need to be in the class room on those days.

I don’t think this will affect my goals of attaining Master Student Designer or the Star Rewards Program…

Also, we’ve gotten the “Go-Ahead” to start our Student Council.  YAY!  I am having a conference call with the campus manager and corporate later today to discuss the details and get the ball rolling.  YAYAYAYAYAYAAA  I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally get this thing off the ground!

Of course, I’ll keep you posted – but its easier if you subscribe 🙂

Here’s a fun quote i’ll leave you with:

“You can tell a lot from a person’s nails. When a life starts to unravel, they’re among the first to go.”
— Ian McEwan

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 🙂  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 🙂

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.  🙂  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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