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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!

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And we all float on all right…

Another week down at Regency Beauty Institute.  Well – we STILL don’t have an instructor – but we did have a substitute last Tuesday who may or may not be our new instructor… so, we’re still in limbo.  We only got to talk to her for a minute because she was helping Ms. Vera do the inventory that was due,and left us to work on worksheets and practicals…  the kinks are being worked out…

What this ultimately means is that our CM and the day shift instructors have been rotating to make sure we are covered in the evenings and that we have done a LOT of review for our Hair Color exam next week.  Saturday we did a TON of practical work… my my my… I tell ya, if we don’t all pass this next test – there are some problems!

That is all we have done for the last week, continuously review the hair color chapter – if it isn’t embedded in our brains by now, heaven help us!    On Saturday, we got to practice our color application for retouches and for blonde process – then we washed & styled after each, which was good because we used cholesterol colored with Tempra Paint so we could see what we were doing… Saturday was a day for wracking up practical credits, let me tell you!

pretty highlights & flips

pretty highlights & flips

from the front - not too shabby!

Then we got to practice our technique for all over color.  On the bright side, I got to color my Kimmie’s hair – I choose the Redken 5VR which turned her medium brown hair with blonde highlights into a dark brown with violet undertones and violet highlights – TOO CUTE!

Purple & Brown

Corkscrews with a flat iron!!

Stained her scalp purple!

then i proceeded to curl her hair using a straight iron!  Look at those corkscrews!!!  lovely!

i’m starting to worry about the “older” students in our class because they get to test-out on to the performance floor this coming Saturday, but there isn’t an evening Rehearsal / Performance instructor yet – and there’s not one for Workshop yet either – so now instead of having to find one instructor, they are trying to find two!!  wow!

New campus, new problems – they are working out the kinks.   i’m bearing with them because i really like this campus, but i’m starting to get frustrated.  I’m hoping we’ll be learning something new tonight.  Since all we did last week was go over everything we learned the week before, i’m wondering what we’ll be doing these next two nights until our test on Wednesday…. argh…

Well, tonight we did more color.  I did a double process blonde highlight application – and toned her down with Redken’s Shades EQ in Silver Frost – trying to achieve a silver highlight on top of brown hair, well, it came out grey, but not really silver.  And I must say, my highlight application is coming along quite nicely – sorry i didn’t get pics of that…

We reviewed some more for our test – go figure – lol… tomorrow I think we’re making our color wheel that we were supposed to make two weeks ago and never did… hmmmm… oh well.  And then we’ll probably review some more for our test…

Wednesday night we are having our practical exam on our mannekins – if i’m not mistaken we have to do a color re-touch and a double process blonde virgin application – whoo hooo!

Thursday we’ll be taking our written exam and then Saturday, our “older” students test out of workshop and into Rehearsal / Performance floor!  yipeee!! I know they are super excited to get going!

Kind Of In Limbo…

So yesterday I told you all that I was super exited to get to school and meet our new instructor at Regency Beauty Institute – well guess what?  I’m still super excited to meet our new instructor because I haven’t met her yet! LOL.  What that means is that we don’t officially have a new instructor for our class yet.

Ms. Vera, our campus manager, did an excellent job filling in as our instructor last night.  We reviewed what we have learned so far in Hair Color and then, she dropped the bomb & gave us more worksheets – only these worksheets were on the “Gold Book” as we call it (the Louisiana Laws for Cosmetology, Manicurists, and Estheticians).  Lucky for me I’m used to reading law books since I’m a full time legal assistant!!

We were given our Gold Book at our student orientation, but I guarantee that no one has cracked that open until she gave us those worksheets!  haha.  She said we could do them for homework and bring them back tonight, then use the rest of the evening to do some practicals.  The other girls put their stuff up and proceeded to do pedicures, waxing, an a couple of shampoos I believe.

I, being the huge nerd that I am (also being the one who has the LEAST amount of time for homework), stayed in the classroom to work on my worksheets.  Now, as I said previously, I’ve very fortunate to know how to read the law books and how to look for things – but seriously – this can’t be ALL of the book.  argh.  I have two questions that I was unable to find answers for and I read those pages from cover to cover!!!!  I’ll be glad when we go over it tonight because it is really bugging me.

Anywho, i spent about an hour doing those worksheets after our hour of review, so that left me with 2 hours for practicals.  I decided to get as many practical points as I could in those two hours, so I grab my Kimmie 2 mannekin and my Ms. Michelle Manniken (who we used for the finger waves and still had a ton of mucilage in her hair that had hardened…lol) and decided to do a double shampoo/condition and then thermal style both.

I showed Ms. Vera my doll heads and told her I was going to shampoo / condition / style and then proceeded to the floor.

After their hair was super clean and soft, I took them back to the room.  I used a blow dryer to dry Kimmie 2 and a flat iron to curl her hair under and swoop her bangs.  Then I used just a blow dryer and a paddle brush to straighten Ms. Michelle’s pretty thick hair.  WOW, that was rough!  She has a LOT of hair and it is SUPER curly.

so yay me for getting 4 shampoo credits (we shampoo each head twice) and 2 “scalp/hair treatment” credits (the conditioner) and 2 “hairstyling” credits for the thermal styling AND pretty much finishing my homework- all in one night!

It kind of frustrated me that no one else even tried to do their worksheets though – but, my success is NOT dependent on anyone else in that class and their success is not dependent on me, so I can’t worry about it too much.  I do know that I will be peeved if they come back to class tonight without even having tried to do their work and expect me to give them answers.  I’ll show them the page that the answer is on, only because I feel i have a slight advantage, but I won’t just give them the answers.

I can’t wait to see if we have an instructor tonight, but if we don’t, I sure don’t mind racking up some more practical credits!  Though, it would be nice if they would work with us on our color application a bit.  I just feel like everyone thinks I’m a “stick in the mud” since I want to work and not play around because we don’t have an instructor.  I am just of the opinion that I am paying money to learn.  Sure its fun to goof off sometimes, but I feel there are other thing I could be doing with my time, like spending it with my kid or my hubby that are both being neglected while I’m gone, if we aren’t going to do something constructive.

am i wrong for that?

Our school is a newer campus so they are still working out the kinks and I know good instructors are hard to find, so I’m being patient.  I’m just eager to learn and motivated to be the best…and I’m impatient.  lol.

HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS TO YOU

(Editor’s Note – I apologize for the delay on this blog.  I’ve been having issues with the photos uploading and for some reason WordPress keeps crashing – but all is fixed now 🙂  YAY)

OH EMMM GEEE  – I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I passed all of my tests and my practicals in hair cutting so i DO get to advance – whoooo hooo!  Not only did I pass – i blew those freaking tests out of the water!  I love Regency Beauty Institute!!

OK, let me back up a little.  Last week was mostly review for our test.  Saturday, we had to “test out” of hair cutting.  That means we had to do our Practical Exam where we actually went through the entire process of the cut.  Our cut for our Practical was the Solid Form.  Luckily, my friend Ali has no fear and volunteered to be my model for the test.  Everyone was responsible for bringing their own models.  AND, our models must have loved us because they had to be there at 8:30 on a Saturday morning!

The first part of our test was our practical exam.  We had to greet our clients, bring them to the back, drape them for a shampoo, escort them to the shampoo bowl, shampoo 3x & condition 1x – cover their hair with a towel, sanitize our shampoo station, then escort them to the chair, comb out the hair, section and perform the cut.  We were being watched almost the whole time.  When we were done with the cut, we were to sweep and sanitize our station quickly (this is very important – there should NEVER be ANY remnants of the hair you’ve cut by the time your client leave the chair) and have the instructor check our cuts (yay me – almost perfect – only one point in the cut!!)  Ali had a lot of layers, so I didn’t cut any of the shorter ones, only the ones that reached our initial guide line for the solid form.

Then, we had to blow dry and thermal style the hair.  ::WHEW::  Ali has a lot of hair – but it felt SO NATURAL to be behind the chair.

Once that was finished, we escorted our guests to the door.  I went a little further and started telling her about the Rewards program that Regency has – that way when I’m actually out on the floor, I’ll be in the habit of doing it.  🙂

Ali left and it was time for us to get ready for our written test.

I had made flash cards the night before so my husband could help me study.  When we were in review mode during class last week, our instructor gave us what topics to study and the pages they were on.  There were NO SURPRISES on this test.  For that, I was truly grateful.  So, after my practical exam, I offered up my flash cards to the other girls in the class so they could do some crash studying before we went to lunch.

We broke for lunch and most of us walked down to Albasha – this amazing greek restaurant around the corner – and got our grub on.  It was SO good.

Then when we were finished, we went back in the classroom to wait for our written exam – dun Dun DUN – we studied the flash cards a little more and then it was time to take our test.  Imagine our surprise when we learned it was THREE separate tests instead of just one test!  There was a test on hair cutting, a test on trichology, and a test on thermal styling.

We finished our tests and waited for our grades – I scored a 100 on trichology, a 96 on haircutting, and a 102 on thermal styling!  SWEET!!  The only question I missed on haircutting (there were 25 questions) was about which grip controls the still blade on your shears – the answer is the finger grip, but i absentmindedly put thumb grip.  i knew it as soon as I turned it in and could have kicked myself!

Once everyone turned their tests in, we were told we could do what we wanted to each other (mani-pedis, cuts, shampoos, waxes, etc.) so one of my classmates asked me to cut her hair.  YAY!  I started getting ready to shampoo my classmate’s hair when all of a sudden – here comes one of the instructors, she tells us to come back to the class real quick because she had given us the wrong trichology exam.  WHAT?!?

Evidently, they split trichology into two parts – Trichology A and Trichology B – (how very original) and evidently she gave us the Trichology B test when we were actually supposed to take the Trichology A test because we haven’t taken the second part of Trichology yet! – HUH?  But I got a 100 on it!  Oh well – had to take another test – luckily it was only 10 questions – and guess what?  I got a 100 on that test too!  HAHAH so there.

NOW we can go get down on the shampoo bowl & cut her hair 🙂

The other girls did a pedicure and some waxing and I cut and styled my classmate’s hair. : here are some photos – their faces have been blurred to protect their fabulousness.

BEFORE

AFTER

and here’s another fun one…lol.  this student wanted a pedicure – but the student who was going to perform it told her to wash her feet first… so she was washing them in the shampoo bowl! – don’t worry – we sanitized it THOROUGHLY after she was done…hahah

Wash Your Feet!

Over all it was a good Saturday!  Almost everyone passed all of their tests and I think everyone passed their practicals.  We’re still waiting on information for Student Counsel, but hey, we’re only there part time so maybe we don’t get to have one… i don’t know.   I have another post coming right behind this one about a contest that’s being run through Regency, so STAY TUNED!!

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Oh, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you want to know or what you’re thinking about this experience  too!!

Take a Look Around (Shreveport Campus Tour)

Ok, so I know I told you all I was going to review the kit on Sunday – but I had forgotten completely that I was hosting a cookie exchange that day!  However, I did remember to take lots of pictures of our campus on Saturday, So i’m going to give you a virtual tour instead:)  AND, you’ll kind of get to see the kit briefly!  All is not lost.

Saturday was a LONG day – we were there from 8:30 to 5, we got to meet the “day walkers” (j/k they were the full-time students who are currently on Saturday rotation – and they are AWESOME and FRIENDLY and HELPFUL – )

I did my first “layered” cut on Ms. Kim – whoo hooo!  She’s so pretty.  If there is anything I’m taking away from this class it is to TAKE MY TIME and don’t rush through it.  I see some of the other students who want to get done just for the sake of being done, but I take my sweet time because I want to make sure I’m cutting properly – trust me, i’m pretty sure my clients will rather it be done correctly over quickly, not saying i’m taking two hours to cut long layers or anything…lol

SO!  On to the tour o f my Regency Beauty Institute Shreveport Campus – oh, and all of these are taken with my iPhone, so pardon the quality 🙂

Entryway –  this is the first thing you see when you walk in to Regency Beauty Institute, be it to make an appointment, or come in to sign up for classes, or on your way down the hall to go to class.  This is where the POS (Point-of-Sale) computers are and where all appointment, follow-up appointments, and retail sales are made.

To the right of the entryway is our product display.  As you can see, we are a Redken retailer (YES!  LOVE THEM) and an O-P-I Nail Product retailer – You get a free bottle of polish with a mani or pedi – which is pretty awesome too!

If you were to take an immediate right past the Retail section, you’d be walking in to the Salon area.   We have 5 or 6 rows of salon chairs / mirrors/ stations – whatever you wish to call them – for us to provide hair services.

To your left you’d see our dispensary – this is where all the chemicals and towels are kept.

At the beginning of your hair service, you will likely be taken to our shampoo area.  Here you will see our Shampoo Bowls/Chairs and our Dryers – so neat and pretty!

And of course – our Shampoo/Conditioner Bar where we stylist students select our shampoo & conditioner.

We also have a facial room, but there was a client in there so I couldn’t snap photos there because I didn’t want to disturb them – but its pretty awesome.

Our mani/pedi area was also occupied – but there are three or four mani/pedi chairs in that area that are uber comfy.

Now, if you were coming to the back of the building for class, right past the reception area you would pass my favorite spot – the Coffee area!  It is on the right.  You’ll notice that we make/serve Community Coffee – which is produced right here in Louisiana, and happens to be one of my favorites!

Directly at the end of the first hall is the Kit Display – (see, I told you you’d kind of get to see the kit).  Except for the bottom row – those are prizes reserved for Student Master Designers (part of the STAR Program).

To the right and left are classrooms (which I didn’t take photos of) and down the other hall are our lockers.  So Shiny!  And roomy!!!

At the end of the hall on the left is our break room 🙂  YAY Snack Machines!

this concludes our tour of the Shreveport Campus.  I’ll try and remember to update this post with photos of the mani/pedi stations & the facial/waxing room – I’ll take those photos tonight 🙂

Isn’t it Pretty?!?

12 Hours Down, 1488 To Go…

Day 2 has come and gone and overall it wasn’t to shabby! we learned about trichology (the study of hair) and how hair is “made” by the body. we also got to check in our O.P.I. nail kits – whoo hoo!! Our instructor  touched on procedure cards and what is to be required when we take tests. we have to have ALL of our worksheets – our procedure cards & our “Beauty Book” in order to take our test or we don’t get to take it.  Then we’d have to wait for that section to come back around because there are no make-up dates or anything like that…which I can totally understand.

We had to read Chapter 7 Trichology & Chapter 9 HairCutting for homework that night.  UGH!  I forgot how much homework sucked when you go to school at night – BUT, it does help when what you’re reading is interesting and it was VERY interesting – so I stayed up until midnight without realizing it.

Day 3 (and this is no particular order) we checked our homework and started on our Haircutting workshop.  We got to play with Ms. Kim (our Mannekin), and our shears!  WHOO HOO!  We learned how to properly apply a chemical drape and a shampoo drape and a styling drape – THEN we got to actually go hands on with our Mannekins to learn how to shampoo!

I didn’t know before reading the book that there were so many steps to a good shampoo!!!  Luckily, I used to have great stylist who actually DID do all the steps, so even though I didn’t know the proper terminology (at the beginning of the night) I knew the movements…lol.  We went over effleurage, petrissage, tapotment, friction & vibration and then got to put them in action.

VERY VERY AWESOME!! A lot of it was common sense – but you know what they say about common sense, it’s not always that common. 😉

Mannekin heads are very tricky when it comes to caping because you have to work around the Mannekin stand.

(If it is bugging you that I spell Mannekin this way instead of  Mannequin this way – its because it is the brand of Mannequin that we are using….not because I can’t spell =- trust me, its hard for me to type it that way too…lol)

Anyway – we brought our shears, our butterfly clips (which are NEVER for hair – only for capes/cloth), our pelican clips (which are for hair) the Mannekin stands (black and white – thank goodness!  I have to use both extensions on the white one because i’m so tall!!!), our all purpose combs**, our rattail combs, our spray bottles, and of course, our textbooks and notebooks.  Our instructor wanted to make sure we knew what everything was and put our hands on everything.  Especially when we were going over the section about our shears because it teaches you how to hold them properly – and how to palm them – and how to hold them and a comb at the same time.

** I was unaware of the fact that our all-purpose combs actually have the inches MARKED on one side of them – lol… I also found out that I can’t eyeball an inch 😉 but that comes in due time.  Poor Mannekin Kim – luckily it was only one two-inch piece and its underneath and i’m sure she’ll be bald by the time we’re done with her anyway – which is probably why we have TWO of her!**

Last night we also took a quiz on trichology – I made a 4 out of 5.  WHOO HOO.  The one question I missed was about the four different porosities of the hair (Porosity is the amount of moisture the hair can absorb), and I had forgotten the proper terminology,  – They are Uneven, Resistant, Average and Extreme in case you were wondering. but I still felt good about my quiz.  Its weird, but I like quizzes – I also like to write a LOT of notes, even if it is printed out on a worksheet for me.

We also went over our Hair Cutting Workshop Worksheet #1, which was our homework from the night before.  At the end of the night we got more homework…blah…. Worksheets #2 & #3 for Haircutting.  Again, at least the material is really interesting to read, so I don’t mind so much.  PLUS – its the cornerstone of why we’re all there to begin with!

You know, it is really awesome that the first Workshop we are going through is haircutting.  The girls that started in October started with Chemistry and then did Skin & Nails (i believe)…so at least we’re all on the same page and learning something new together!

We had a great time last night and I’m really looking forward to what we’ll learn tonight.  There’s no school tomorrow because it’s Friday, but then I’ll be there Saturday from 8:30-5 and then, my first week of school will be COMPLETE and I’ll actually have some time to post some pictures for you guys!  WHOO HOOO!

Regency Beauty Institute Kit reviews will probably be up on Sunday, so be sure to subscribe (over on the right hand side) and you’ll get an e-mail once its been updated!

Have a great day and try to make a difference in someone else’s world today!!