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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!

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.

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…


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 Рfor 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 Рsee below for some examples:

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¬ģ


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!


Cause I just KILLED that test!  HAHA!

Wednesday I took my Practical exam on hair color Рwhich I scored 10/10 on everything!  YAY ME!   We did a full head practical on our mannekin (I used Kimmie2 with the purple hair) to do a color retouch.

A retouch is done from the base (as close to scalp as possible without being on the scalp) to the end of the new growth only. ¬†Since Kimmie2 doesn’t grow hair, we just assumed it was about 1/2 an inch. ¬†We used Cholesterol instead of actual color, which was awesome since i didn’t really want to change her hair color…lol. ¬†BUT, it did make me sad because I had to wash out all of her lovely curls…

Our substitute that we had the other night was back to oversee our exams.   We were all a little weary of having a sub administer our test (no offense to her) so one of our daytime instructors who we were more familiar with stayed late to make us a bit more comfortable.

After we did the full head of re-touch, we shampooed x2, conditioned x1, and towel-dried her.  We were supposed to thermal style her, but because of time constraints, we were allowed to thoroughly towel dry her and then begin on part 2 of out practical РVirgin Application for Lighter Results.  This is performed by going mid-strand to porous ends, then the base, then the ends.  After which, we shampooed x2, conditioned x1, and then thermal styled.  We were also given the option to then either restyle her for another styling credit, or retire to the classroom to study for the written exam on Thursday.

I chose to help the other girls study. ¬†Mostly because my back is acting up for some reason, (i think i’ve been jumping for joy in my sleep, waiting for my Urban Decay palette to come in)…

So then last night, we took our written exam.  it consisted of 30-something questions and literally took me less than 3 minutes to complete.

i love multiple choice tests…lol.

After our test we were allowed to perform services on each other. ¬†I brought part of my makeup kit (too bad I couldn’t bring it all – turns out I left all the “good stuff” back at the house…lol) ¬†to class in anticipation of this and proceeded to doll up one of our classmates – Isn’t she lovely?

Hot Stuff!

She said she didn’t care what we put on her, so we chose some bright colors for her eyes. ¬†I used a Mary Kay full-coverage foundation in Bronze 500 to even out her skin tone. ¬†I started with her lips which I lined with a Mary Kay¬†Cappuccino liner, and since she doesn’t like lipstick, we opted to blend the liner with a Black Radiance lip gloss in Blackberry Ice, and then used MAC blush in Melba, Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion (which NO makeup kit should EVER be without), Mary Kay Mineral Eyeshadow in Lemongrass and in the crease I used a Melon Pigment, and to highlight I used another mineral shade by Mary Kay in Moonstone. ¬†I lined her eyes using the Perfectly Portable Liquid Liner from Avon in Blackest Black and applied Too-Faced Lash Injection Mascara to her already incredibly long lashes.

So Pretty!

She was HOT!  then I proceeded to snap a few pics of the other students performing various services:

so fresh so clean

There are two of the girls practicing their shampooing practicals….

wax on, wax off

and above are some of the girls practicing their waxing techniques

Robot Protection on my Locker

tons of fun! ¬†oh, and here’s my locker now that i finally decorated it (they are all magnets – not stickers, don’t freak out)

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!

Let’s Get This Party Started! or also known as FINANCIAL AIDE

The first thing I did when I decided to go to cosmetology school was RESEARCH! I started by looking up the local schools in my area that offered cosmetology programs…lucky me, there were four to choose from.

Now, I’m not knocking any of the other schools in my area, but one school had been around for quite sometime and after seeking out and speaking to some of their students – they were still teaching methods of hair and makeup from the 70s and 80s – no thanks – I’m a forward moving girl and I need a school that’s going to do the same. Although, even though their website was “new” and “not really set up to be seen yet”, the owner/admissions guy called and answered a lot of my questions which really put me in the right direction. This school was about $12,000.00 for the program, classes were from 8:30a-5:00p and they accepted Financial Aide. well, another reason they were out is that I work a full time job…so no going there anyway.

The next school i checked with focused mainly on massage – they were a massage school who happened to also offer cosmetology. I’ve got friends in their program, as we speak, and they like it ok – but their class sizes were too big for me – i need to know i can depend on the teacher to have enough time to answer questions and not just expect us to figure it out on our own. I tried contacting the school via the web, and by phone, and to this day have not heard ANYTHING from them, so obviously they ARE too busy for me anyway and I definitely don’t want to go to a school that is too busy to talk to new students – someone has to take the place of the graduates, right? Also, their classes were full time only – tuition ran about $13,000.00 – a little higher, but its a newer school too.

The third school was out of the running from the get go because I’m currently working at a law firm and after handling a few cases wherein i had run ins with the owners – let’s just say i didn’t want them to a) get my money or b) be responsible for my future… and their classes are also behind the times, and their school property was less than par on looks and modernization…so I can only imagine the classrooms and instructors….tuition here runs right around $12,000.00.

wondered to myself if the older schools were lower in price because they were only teaching older methods and styles and not moving towards new technology – then said “eh, who cares, i’m not going to either of them anyway”.

So then, I found THE ONE – Regency Beauty Institute. Not only are they accredited, but they are also NEW to MY AREA which meant the class sizes were going to be small. I looked at their webpage and fell in love – but I didn’t want to jump the gun, so, i filled out their website “get info” card and waited for more info to come my way.

While I was waiting, I started researching the Financial Aide / Student Loan aspect of going to school – its THE ONLY way i was going to get to go, heaven knows we don’t have a lot of “extra” cash floating around – who does? so, the first step I took was to fill out the FAFSA to see if I even QUALIFIED for a government grant. Oh wait, you’re probably either saying “smart move girl” or “what the heck is a FAFSA?” –

the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aide – is a GOVERNMENT program that is FREE – it says so right in the NAME – to help you find out if you are eligible for a government education grant – which is an amount to be determined by your eligibility and that does NOT have to be paid back… kinda like free money for school. You need to check your dependency status first, to see whether or not you need to claim your parent’s income. ¬† ¬†I’m old and married – ok, i’m not old, but i am married which means i can’t beg off mom & dad anymore – well, not legally anyways.¬† You can check your eligibility here and you may want to have these documents handy to make the process move a little smoother. ¬†Also, you should take into account the deadlines for filing. Oh, and be sure you get the school codes (you can do a search through FAFSA) for ALL of the schools you are even thinking about applying to – this way you won’t have to edit your FAFSA and it won’t delay the process. It doesn’t mean you HAVE to apply to those schools, just that you might.

I went ahead and filled out my FAFSA and then waited for it to come back as to whether or not the government would be so kind as to bestow upon me some kind of assistance so I could go to school – they kind of give you a heads up at the end of the process by telling you whether or not you qualify, but they don’t tell you for how much – unfortunately, I don’t qualify because my husband and I just barely made over the limit – I was super sad. but I started looking at loans – Sally Mae & Staford & this loan and that loan and I was at ends with my options – but I knew, somehow, it would all work out.

Then Kathy called me. Kathy, my Awesome Admissions Chick with Regency. She called me one Tuesday evening, sometime after 7ish – which was THE BEST TIME to call since i’m always so super busy, and at the time Tuesday was actually the ONLY day I didn’t have SOMETHING going on – and she answered a TON of questions for me. Now, this was the week of Halloween and I was working with the Gas Light Players for their Gentleman Death’s Shocktale Terror Show at the Louisiana State Fair, and I was working, and I share a car with my husband, and my daughter had ballet class, and umm… yeah it was intense. but luckily, Kathy was able to laugh at life with me and go through the motions on what to expect and set me up for a tour of the campus. She wanted me to go that week – but there was NO way i was going to make it that week – i still had shows to do, not to mention the day job. Speaking of which, what were the class hours anyway?

Kathy explained that they had TWO programs at Regency – a full time (8:30-5 M-F) and a part time/evening class (5:15p-9p M-Thurs and 8:30-5p on Saturday) = YAY! finally, a part-time class that would almost perfectly fit into my schedule. And I knew that they accepted financial aide, but did they accept student loans? Yes, and Kathy was going to get Elizabeth, the Financial Aide Goddess to work with me on that. WHOO HOO! What more did I need to hear? The campus is where? less than 5 miles from my house? How did I not know it was there? Oh, it’s BRAND NEW – just opened a few months ago! WOW!

So I set up my campus tour for the next week – I was going to meet Christina, the campus manager for a quick tour. I showed up a little after 6 and waited for my turn. All I could do was stare at the awesome front counter – so much so that I had to take a few pictures with my phone in order to tease my friends who had no idea what I was doing.

The front desk of Regency Beauty Institute Shreveport

So pretty! and then it was my turn – well, mine & another girl’s turn, we looked together. The other student-prospect was trying to get out of another one of the schools from above and transfer over – which they could also do. We got to see THE KIT – photos will come later I promise – and then we looked at the mani/pedi room, the waxing station, the styling stations, the washers, the receptionist desk, the retail area, the class rooms, the practice rooms and the break room. sweet deal I say. I went ahead and filled out my application and paid the enrollment fee which was discounted to $75 for a limited time – whoo hoo – and then i got to take a test.

that wigged me out – a test to get in to beauty school? who ever heard of such? lol. Just kidding – it was super simple, i think mainly to make sure you can read and write and arithmetic well and can comprehend instructions. Fortunately, there was no test for common sense or else I surely would have failed. Christine started to explain to me about filling out FAFSA – i beat her to the punch and told her it was done and that I was waiting on Elizabeth the Financial Aide Goddess to give me a call. She was happy that I already had the ball rolling – then I had to pick the day that I wanted to start. December 7 or February something – ummm might as well go for December – OH MY this has been the longest 4 weeks.

well, I finally talked to my Financial Aide Goddess / Guru Elizabeth about a student loan and Elizabeth was able to help me secure one for almost the entire amount – only leaving about $4k for me to come up with. OH GEEZ! I’ll never make it! but then she let me now that the school would help finance that portion… whooo hooo! so now, i’ll make a monthly payment to the school to cover my tuition portion that wasn’t paid by the loan, and that will get me in the habit of paying that every month so that when I get out of school i’ll be used to making payments and can start paying my student loan off! Sounds like a plan to me!

WHEW – so that’s how it all started. Christine sent me home with an awesome little packet full of info on the school, the student catalog and handbook, and a bit more information on filing for a student loan…and I was a happy camper. Over the last few weeks Kathy has kept in touch with me about how excited she is for me, and I’ve shared with her how excited I am too. She’s pretty awesome to take time out of her day just to send me a letter of encouragement…

Now, there’s only 6 more days til I get to go to school – YAY – and though i’m sure my head will explode, i’ll document it as best I can.

The next post will go into some details about what the dress code is, some more facts about the school, and my general excitement