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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!


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!

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.

Colors Make the World Beautiful!

Yup, you guessed it, we’ve been working on Hair Color.  WOW.  Never realized most of the things I’ve learned – for example, did you know that the “box color” you buy at Wal-Mart is actually really bad for your hair because it deposits metals?  Notice how when you color your hair red and it fades out and starts looking copper-y?  hmmm, or how about when you lighten your hair blonde and it starts to have a silver sheen to it?  hmmmm.

Oh, and have you ever noticed that if you get your hair colored at a salon that it seems to look and feel a LOT better than when you do it yourself at home?

Its because the color that the salons are using are actually better for your hair because they are actually color pigmented instead of metal pigmented.  I know this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it will when you get to school.

We learned about the color wheel and I swear I felt like I was in 3d grade art class all over again.  Regency Beauty Institute made it super simple:

brings back memories...lol

The law of color states that in all the colors in the universe, only three are pure.  These are called primary colors and they are Red, Yellow, and Blue.  (duh!)  The 3 Secondary colors are created by mixing EQUAL PARTS (<~~Important) of any TWO Primary colors – Red & Blue make Violet, Red & Yellow make Orange, and Yellow & Blue make Green.  Taaa Daaa.

Now, the 6 Tertiary Colors (also called T-colors) are made by mixing EQUAL PARTS of a Secondary Color with its NEIGHBORING (<~~IMPORTANT) PRIMARY.   Thus you have Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Blue-Violet, and Red-Violet.

Why is it important that there be EQUAL PARTS?  Well, if you mix more blue than red, you will have a tertiary color, blue-violet.  If it is EQUAL then you will have Violet.

Why is it important to mix NEIGHBORING colors for T-colors?  Because if you mix, for example, Violet with Yellow instead of its neighboring Red or Blue, you will get a mucky brown.  WHY?  Because you are, in essence, mixing all three primary colors which will always result in a neutral.

A lot of people are not understanding this concept.  This leads to much frustration.

Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel, such as Violet and Yellow, are known as complementary colors.  They complement each other but when mixed will cause a neutral.  Are you feeling the 3d grade art class yet? lol.

Regency's are black.

My Color Bowl from Clairol - not standard Regency Issue.

Anywho – we also learned how to do hi-lights, new growth retouches, darker color application, and lighter color application, and of course, we had to practice – SO I decided to go for the gusto & get some pretty pinkish purple in my blonde hair –

it is going to be PINK

Redken HiFusion Violet Red

awwww… messy application, but it was her first time!

From the back

there it is - we actually had to do it again after this.

We also learned that Redken is a very finicky color line. As you can see above, it didn’t really take well in my hair the first time – we only used a 10 developer when we should have used a 20.  I’ll take another photo to show you how AWESOME it is now.   Take your time and learn as much about the various lines of color as you can!  They have a demi-permanent line called Shades EQ, several permanent lines called Color Fusion, Hi-Fusion, Double Fusion, ShimmerOne, etc…  They are all different but it isn’t complicated really.  Regency has a “library” of sorts that has DVDs and other materials you can check out and the Redken DVD is actually pretty awesome.

We learned all about developers – there are 4 basic ones, 10, 20, 30, & 40.  easy peasy.  10 lifts 1 level.  20 lifts 2, etc.

Level is the term used to describe the lightness or darkness of hair and there are 10 levels – 1 being black and 10 being lightest blonde.

lots of numbers in coloring.  lots and lots.  but again, it isn’t as difficult as you are thinking it is and you shouldn’t get freaked out by any means – its basic things.

Yummy Cake for the going away party

ON another note – we had a “Going Away” party for our instructor Trena who decided to leave Regency to pursue other interests.  While we will all miss her, I’m sure whoever our new instructor is going to be will be fantastic and will be able to bring something to the table that perhaps Trena didn’t have.  Trena was an enigma.  She was amazing at hands on instruction and really took her time to make sure we “got it” and I know a lot of my class mates really appreciated that.  We will meet our new instructor tonight, so of course I will update you all on it!

Trena took the time to make sure she showed us our wet works / chemical head for the state board – OH EM GEE – finger waves are nowhere near as hard as everyone said they would be (click the link for detailed instructions on how to).  You just have to find the right mix of gel/mucilage (which is, by the way, one step up from snot and stinks) and water.  Oh, and make sure your doll doesn’t have super long hair or super duper curly hair.  The perfect doll would have 5-6 inches of hair, uniform, and a slight perm.   My doll had 8-9 inches of hair and super curly hair.  lol – go figure.  I couldn’t take pictures b/c we aren’t allowed to have phones in the classroom, and I washed her out before I thought about it on break.  Sorry!

I’m trying to get as many pictures as I can for you guys because I know you love them!