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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!!!

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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!!