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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 – I 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 – referrals!  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 😉

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 🙂

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!

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!

Just Because There Are Waves, Doesn’t Mean We’re At The Ocean.

Well, after a week of roller sets, we moved on to pin curls, however, My mannekin was possessed and decided to mat up on me so bad during a shampoo that I spent almost a whole class period trying to get it out of her hair!  Poor Kimmie!  But, all is not lost because we moved on to finger waves.  Since Kimmie was being mean and not wanting to cooperate, I pulled out Bradley again – haha – he is well on his way to becoming a drag queen!  Fingerwaves were taught to us by four different people and everyone has their own “trick” to it… luckily, we can choose whatever is easiest for us 🙂

Quite frankly, until you “get it” finger waves SUCK.  I will tell you to do LOTS of finger exercises…lol.  Your fingers are now your most important tool, so they need to exercise more than the rest of us really think.  With finger waves, you slide, pinch, comb, smooth and lock.  When done correctly finger waves are beautiful, classic, stylish and fun – think Renee Zelweger in Chicago.  when in correctly done – its a hot mess!

Read the fine print...

Fingerwaves can be as dramatic as you want them to be – the deeper the ridges, the deeper the style – the softer the ridges, the softer the style…

Here are our takes on it:

Brad's finger wave

Look at those ridges!

Newbies tearing it up! They are so awesome!

She's so proud of her work!

Overall, I’d say we did an ok job!  The next day we moved on to wraps.  And, since I had tortured Brad relentlessly for the last few days, i decided to give Kimmie another shot…Now, there were only 4 of us in class because we had absolutely HORRIBLE weather – a whole 3 inches of snow!  To some of you that’s not much, but here in Louisiana you’d thing the world was ending!

So I did what anyone would do – I made a snowman.  I had to put him in the freezer so he wouldn’t die.

Louisiana Snow Man

Then I went back inside and we began our wraps –

Roller Wrap Front

this is called a “roller wrap” because it has four rollers on top, and the rest of the hair is wrapped around the head.  You section off the four sections for the rollers first – then wrap the hair – then roll the rollers.  pretty awesome and super easy.  This gives the hair lots of body when the hair is unwrapped and styled.

Roller Wrap Top

Roller Wrap Back

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!  We tested out on our classic hairstyling and trichology B and I have to say I believe most of us passed.  I was kind of upset because I realized i got one of my questions wrong as soon as i handed over my test, but alas, it was too late…lol.  I still made A’s on both of my tests and my practical – GO ME!  I’m rocking out with a 96 or a 98 grade average and a 99.96 attendance average….whooo hooo Master Stylist is going to be MINE!

Now we’re into perms and relaxers – actually, we’re over 1/2 way through with it.  I’m trying to get more photos – we test out on Saturday, so I’ll try to have it up by then.  🙂  so excited!  5 OR 6 more weeks til i get to get out on the performance floor and enter rehearsal!  whooo hooooo.  Skin and Nails and Chemistry are the only sections we have left in work shop!  YAY!

Rolling Along

Has it really been that long since I posted a blog?!  WOW!  I’m so sorry!!! Thing have been crazy busy for me with work (and school) and I guess I’ve fallen behind.

Last time we left off, I was entering the fabulous world of “Hairstyling” – and had no clue what I was in for!  We finished Trichology B and were off to a good start, then…well, i’m not exactly sure what happened…lol.  We started on Classic Hairstyling, which includes Roller Sets, Fingerwaves, and Full Wraps.  Of the three, wraps are by far the easiest!!  Followed by Roller Sets which just make me angry, and fingerwaves which make me want to curse…lol.  not really – they just take practice and I’ve kinda gotten them down for now.

With a roller set – you roll the whole head, set it under the dryer, then do a “comb out” which means lots and lots of teasing (which is called “back combing” in the “biz” so it doesn’t sound as bad).  Roller sets last quite a while, which is good, because I’d hate to do that every day!  With a roller set, once you have rolled it, set it, and combed it out, you now have to style it.  It is of utmost importance that all of the partings are blended together with back combing to make the hair solid (think helmet head) and give the max amount of volume.  Once all of the partings have been blended, you basically smooth the outer layer in order to hide the back combing and style it.  In the back you must show movement – i chose pincurl-esque shapes in the back.  Its awful! lol –   But, I have been practicing since its a vital part of our State Board Exam.  Poor Mannekin Brad – here’s what he had to go through:

Roller Set - with style

R. Side of Brad w/ Roller Set

L. Side Brad Roller Set - w/style

Back of Brad's Head - see the movement? lol

Wow!  its awful isn’t it? lol.  It’ll get better I swear it!    Roller sets can be done so many different ways, depending on the look you want.  For our state board exam, we will have to do a brick lay which means the rollers are staggered…this isn’t always easy as the head is what?  ROUND!  That’s right! lol.  But, once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty smoothly.

Our next section was finger waves – that post is coming right up behind this one cause I’m on a roll, but this post is getting a little too long… oh, and there are more pictures too!  YAY!

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BRING OUT YOUR DEAD…

Cause I just KILLED that test!  HAHA!

Wednesday I took my Practical exam on hair color – which 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 – Virgin 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)

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!