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SALON FAIR! Photo Heavy!

SO super duper sorry i kept you all waiting!!! It’s been hella busy at school/work/home the last 4 weeks!

So, without any further hesitation – I give you SALON FAIR Spring 2010 Photos!

(btw – I placed 3d! YAY ME!)

Pretty Maids, All in a Row

All Five Contestants

Me & Becca
Me & My Model, Becca!

Becca Close Up

Back of Becca's Hair

Getting Ready!

Pretty Pretty!

Trying to Hurry

Super Sexxxy Christina

Detail Oriented Hair!

Look at those braids & Twisties!

we had several area salon reps visit our campus, along with a Redken Rep, to view and judge our entries ūüôā We got to mingle & network afterwards and several of the soon-to-graduate students made some really good contacts. Those of us that are part-time and will be there for a while were able to get a feel for what Salon Fair is all about, so that this fall when we have our next one, we will really rock it out!

Next Post – (it is in progress as you are reading this i swear!) Newsletter Drama, Master Prizes, and more!

Yes, Master!

I know its been two weeks since I’ve written, but I’ve been SWAMPED. ¬†and guess what – I did it! ¬†I made Master Student Designer! ¬†Holy cow!

The goals were rough – for part time students it is $500 in services, $90 (18%) in retail, 90% or above attendances, 100% service time, 60% or better Request Guests, etc… but holy crap! ¬†I made it!

I managed to somehowmake sure that my chair ALWAYS had someone in it! ¬†During the month of April, there were two days when I did not have appointments on my books. ¬†TWO! ¬†One of those I had to reschedule someone due to an emergency and the other was the day that I left early because I wasn’t feeling well.

BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE: start booking now. ¬†even if you aren’t on the floor. ¬†get a calendar and plan ahead! ¬†Tell everyone when you’ll be heading out onto the floor and start booking it now!

Trust me, you’d much rather be performing real services than working on a mannequin head every day!

I was so nervous last Thursday which was the cut off day because I was still feeling far away from my goal – $46 in services and $32 in retail to go…ARGH! ¬†That number seems huge when a haircut & style is only $12!! ¬†AND, I had someone scheduled to come in for a re-color since part of her color didn’t take the week before, so i just KNEW i had to wrap it up either before she got there, or after. ¬†Then, she called me. ¬†Rebecca stated that while she was getting the re-color, she also wanted a new cut & style ($12) and highlights/lowligts ($50) added in to it AND she was bringing her daughter in for a mani/pedi ($26)! whoooo hoooo – I love Rebecca! ¬†She’s so super duper awesome & I’m glad she’s my friend!

When they got there, i had to pass the manicure/pedicure off to another student because there was no way I was going to have time to do it. ¬†I only had 4 hours (and yes, i’m still slow as christmas) and we had to do her base color, which was going to take a little less than an hour. ¬†Then, we needed to do the cut (which was so perfect for her) which took another 30-45 minutes. ¬†Now, the highlights/lowlights were actually a little complicated because of the chunking we were trying to achieve and that took another 1 1/2 hours. ¬†Then her daughter asked her to buy the polish from her toes & nails being polished since she didn’t actually get a mani/pedi – she just got a polish change because the poor thing didn’t know there was a difference…. ($17 retail). ¬†Rebecca and I started talking about styling products that she was going to need versus what she had at home. ¬†He style was a real piecey-choppy look that needed lots of definition.

so i recommended the Redken Water Wax for her hair because to me, it isn’t as sticky as some of the others and the Polishing Milk to tame her flyaways. ¬†She agreed ($28 retail) and she was really trying to help me out, so she put me over the top on my retail!

I can’t tell you how happy and excited I was! ¬†The whole month I just kept saying – “It’s Done”. ¬†“It’s SO done”. ¬†I almost quit. ¬†I almost gave up because it just seemed SO DARN HARD that last two weeks. ¬†I was half-way there on the 15th of the month. ¬†i didn’t think i’d EVER get there. ¬†Then Ms. Vera, our campus manager, invited me in to her office to give me a heads up on my numbers and where I stood. ¬†She said she knew it was already done and that she had no doubts that i’d do it.

I had to step it up and finish!  I had so many other students & staff rooting for me, (and heaven knows i had talked so much smack about how i was going to be their first Master Designer) i had to!

I am the FIRST Master Student Designer at the campus, The FIRST Part Time Student, and the FIRST to do it in the first month of being on the Performance Floor! ¬†I have set the Standard! ¬†I’m very proud of myself.

That was a rough month!  I stayed busy!  While everyone else was getting to laugh and joke and take breaks on time РI was working with my clients.  When everyone else was getting to leave on time, I was staying over to finish up styles or clean my station.  While everyone else was getting to school between 5:15 & 5:30 and then setting up their stations, i was there early, getting my station ready, so that at 5:15 I could start my clients.  It was fun, rewarding and a ton of fun!  I have begun building a great clientele made up of my friends, co-workers, and the best Рreferrals!  LOVE IT!

I’m sure you want to know what I get for making Master – PRIZES!!! ¬†lol. ¬†I get a T-shirt, a certificate, 3 hours of pampering, a makeup kit, and I get to choose an awesome prize- the choices include a new Andis Pro Clipper, a pair of Rainbow Titanium Shears, A Hot Tools Set which includes a blow dryer & a marcel iron, or a 30 pc (i think) ¬†brush set. ¬†Oh, AND you get a special name tag, and I’ m all about being special…lol. ¬† I want the Shears. they are super pretty. ¬†I think the Andis clipper is probably more valuable – but i like the clippers I have right now, and not too many men are coming through those doors – besides, I can always get them next time ūüėČ

I’ll take pictures of all my swag as soon as I get it!

So my plan is to use May to catch up on my State Board works since I had zero school time to practice since i had so many clients (YAY) and then make master again in June so I can qualify for the trip to the hair show in September. ¬†Yes, Regency will pay for my travel, hotel & tickets in to the hair show, just for qualifying as a Master Designer in June or July! ¬†So I’m claiming it now – I’m DONE! ¬†then, after the show in September (which will be in Minnesota) I’ll come back in qualify again in December or January for the BIG show in March which is in Chicago – the ABS! ¬†oh yes, it is SO done! ¬†THEN, I’ll come back from ABS and Graduate! ¬†YAY!

My next post is on Salon Faire – and I promise, there will be LOTS of Pictures!


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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā ¬†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 ūüôā

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 Рmanicure, 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 ūüôā ¬†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.

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!

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 ūüôā ¬†YAY)

OH EMMM GEEE  РI PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I passed all of my tests and my practicals in hair cutting so i DO get to advance Рwhoooo hooo!  Not only did I pass Рi 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 Рbut 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. ¬†ūüôā

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 Рthis amazing greek restaurant around the corner Рand 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 Рdun Dun DUN Рwe 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 РI 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 Рthe 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 ūüôā

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!!

Feel free to subscribe over on the right side – that way you automatically know when I’ve been writing ūüôā

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

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. ūüėČ

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 Рusually straight down.  There is Perpendicular Рwhich means you are holding the hair at a 90 degree angle from the part РSTRAIGHT OUT from the part Рbut remember the head is ROUND.   Perpendicular is THE MOST IMPORTANT one because it is what is used for our State Board Haircut Рwhich 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 Рand she has SUPER long hair for a 6 year old, which I LOVE, but I agreed she needed a TRIM Рnothing 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!

Let me know that you’re reading this – I love getting comments & seeing people subscribe & tell me why they’re excited about joining Regency’s team of awesome students!