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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!!!

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!

You’ve Got to Admit It’s Getting Better

WOW – what an absolutely amazing week!

This week has just flown by and of course with the holidays right around the corner I can only assume that next week will as well!

My instructor has been trying to figure out how we can have a Student Council for the evening classes since we have one for daytime or if its all the same – so far, we still don’t know – but i REALLY want to be a part of Regency Beauty Institut Student Council!

This week we learned about the Uniformly Layered Form and the Graduated Form, we learned about cross checking our work (always check the opposite way of the part) and the big one – SECTIONING…lol.

We were shown how to section in 4, 5, 6, & 8 sections… personally, I like the 8 section way the best.  Sectioning is what allows you to work on smaller areas of the head – and within each section, you create subsections which allows you to have CONTROL over the hair.  Never let the hair control you. 😉

Other things we covered this week included finger/shear positions (parallel and non-parallel) and partings – horizontal, vertical, diagonal forward, and diagonal back – PLEASE dont ever confuse partings with sectioning…lol, the instructors don’t like that.

The biggest and probably most important thing we learned, and I say most important because it seems everyone is having a hard time with it for some reason, is DISTRIBUTION.  Distribution is the way the hair is positioned according to the part.  There is Natural (or ZERO) distribution which means the way the hair falls naturally from its part – usually straight down.  There is Perpendicular – which means you are holding the hair at a 90 degree angle from the part – STRAIGHT OUT from the part – but remember the head is ROUND.   Perpendicular is THE MOST IMPORTANT one because it is what is used for our State Board Haircut – which I must say, is a pretty easy haircut.  Shifted distribution is when the hair is combed/brushed any way BUT 90 degrees and is usually used to blend the areas between layers.  Last, but not least is Directional distribution, which is when the hair is combed straight out FROM THE HEAD (not from the part which is perpendicular) in either vertical or horizontal directions.

We also got to begin moving into Thermal Styling – kind of – and used the Marcel Irons – for those of you who don’t know what Marcel irons are – think about your curling iron – now, remove the awesome spring that shuts the clamp around the barrel and replace it with a non-spring loaded clamp that you have to use your hands to keep closed.  Now, also remove the awesome electrical cord that gives you a steady heat – and all plastic bits and pieces that tell you when the iron is ready to use – so now you have a metal rod with two pieces and a handle right?  Now, let me give you a miniature oven to stick it in in order to heat it…

UGH – let me just say that I’ll take my Clairol curling iron or my Chi Flat iron or my Revlon crimper over these Marcel Irons ANY TIME!   LOL, a lot of salons use Marcel Irons that are heated in the mini-stove, so I’m REALLY trying to learn it, but gosh dang it those things get HOT.

I burned my doll’s hair. not too bad, but still – burning hair is never a good thing. and it stinks.

Also, i was at a slight disadvantage because the “older” students have already taken hair styling and kind of knew how to decide on styling a head based on its hair form- we haven’t taken that yet, and since i’m not a girly girl, i know how to straighten it or flip it out – that’s it…lol.  my poor Kim – burned hair and all – she still looks good!

On a brighter note!  I cut my husband’s hair Friday night – and did a damn fine job I must say!  I like his hair a certain way, but when he goes to get it cut, they always cut off way too much – he likes it super short on the sides and then leaves some of his curls on top – well, Friday, he had a head FULL of puffy hair – and I told him I was ready to cut it…lol.  We used the clippers to cut the back and sides (3/8 guard) and then I used horizontal partings and perpendicular distribution to cut the top, cutting off about 1 1/2 inches – leaving enough for his curls to activate when he gels it.

it was AWESOME!  I’ll post pictures as soon as I can.

THEN, my daughter wanted HER hair cut – and she has SUPER long hair for a 6 year old, which I LOVE, but I agreed she needed a TRIM – nothing more.  But to make her feel like we had really done something, I did a graduated layer in the front and now it just bevels towards the front and frames her face so nicely.

When my husband picked me up from school on Saturday, I made him get out so my instructor could look at his hair…lol.  I was told I did an excellent job for never having cut a man’s hair before – YAY!

I’m really “getting” the hair thing – its still not my passion – but I like it and I think I’ll eventually REALLY like it.  Our next section is Thermal Styling and we’re also going to be working on the Square Form and Combination Form haircuts.  We’ll also be getting in to braiding which is part of Thermal Styling for some reason – not quite sure why yet, but I’m sure they’ll explain it to us.

Next week we only have class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because Thursday is Christmas Eve, Friday is Christmas Day and Saturday is….the day after Christmas i guess is a holiday now..lol.  We’ll be back the next week for Mon-Wed – then off that Thursday for New Years Eve.  Friday we don’t have class then on January 2 we come back to test out of the hair cutting workshop – WOW!

These next two weeks are going to be BUSY BUSY BUSY!! There is a lot of stuff to cover, and I hope they adjusted the teaching plan for the holidays, because when I just looked at our curriculum calendar, it doesn’t look like they realized we would be missing 5 whole class days (which is like a whole week of class time) before we test out of this section!

But, whatever – we’re smart and we’re fabulous – so we can totally handle this!

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