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Austin.

HO-LEE CRAP!  Austin was SOOOOO Much fun!  i got to meet some of the greatest people and it was amazing to be around other STAR students that actually “got it”!  I met so many positive, talented, beautiful y0ung people and made some new friends too!

Let me preface the following by saying it is only a 6 1/2 hr car ride from Shreveport to Austin.  Well, by plane, you would think it would be quicker, right?  wrong.  lol.  After all of the weather delays, it took almost 8 hours for me to actually get to Austin.  but it was SO worth it!

The first night there we had a welcoming dinner, with a special guest appearance by Diva Poulos and Anthony Cole – very cool.  AND we got our swag bags!  I’m talking FULL of stuff!  We got a shirt, a travel coffee mug, a water bottle, several full sized Redken products, several full sized Sebastian products, some BioElements stuff, a bracelet, oh my word there was so much stuff!  not to mention an awesome bag!  The dinner wasn’t very tasty lol, so after our show several of us made friends and went on down to the restaurant in the hotel and got some grub. 🙂  That’s where I met Tyra and made my new BFF for the trip 🙂

The second day was the actual first day of the show.  So Sunday Tyra and I met downstairs and hit the floor.  There was so much to take in!  Sales booths from every vendor imaginable, constant demonstrations going on every where you looked, and classes galore!  We decided to make the most of our time by only window shopping the first day and catching as many demos as we could.  we accidentally ran into John Paul DiGiora (a/k/a Paul Mitchell) and got our picture taken with him (EEEK!  what an amazing thing to put in my portfolio 🙂 )

Then we caught a class by Nick Arrojo who is just amazing.  He’s one of my top 5 hair mentors, even if he doesn’t know it…lol.  just to watch him sculpture the hair with those razors is breathtaking…and i got it all on video!  I’m trying to figure out how to transfer all of my videos to youtube from my iphone 4.0.  good thing i double taped them, lol.  i know i looked stupid holding up my iphone and my video camera, but i really don’t care!  oh, and we went by one booth called “It’s a 10” and received ANOTHER bag with TEN full size “It’s a 10” products!  by now i’m starting to try and figure out exactly how i’m going to get all this home since i just brought a small carryon bag and my laptop satchel.

that night, we had a “formal” dinner – unfortunately, i never received my packet informing me that there would be a formal dinner, so i totally faked it with my black slacks and a black top and sparkly jewelry. 🙂  Our guest that evening was Fransico Villa from Redken.  He was hilarious and very very very inspiring as well.   i got my picture with him and tons of video.  He did a complete transformation on this one model in 10 minutes!!  it was awesome!

So after dinner that night, i took the most expensive cab ride of my life to go visit my friend who happens to live in Austin but was actually in the hospital while i was there.  I couldn’t NOT go – we’ve been friends since 3d grade!  23 years people!!  it was great catching up with him and worth every penny!!

once i got back to the hotel, around 3 am, i tried to figure out how to pack all of my stuff.  i figured if i could get the products in my suitcase, i could roll my clothes up and put them in the bag regency gave us, then just check my suitcase and carry the regency bag and my laptop.  well, i had so much FREE product, that it wouldn’t fit in my bag!!  what’s a girl to do?

I made it downstairs the next morning at 830 to meet Tyra so we could hit the show one more time before we had to check out at noon.  we wanted to check out the discount corner and see what we could find and i needed to find a bag that i could fit all my products in!!!  we didn’t get much from the discount corner b/c it was a lot of stuff i really wasn’t interested in.  but there were some amazing deals had i been actually working in a salon instead of just a student.

We made our way up to the TiGi booth where i bought an awesome patent leather bag that was big enough to stick everything in.  and, guess what, when i bought the bag, i got a ton of free product…lol.  i swear – i won’t have to buy product for at least a year!  i’m getting the pics of everything together as we speak…lol.

i made it back to the hotel with just enough time to throw ALL of the products in my new bag, all my clothes in my suitcase, and check out by 12.  lol… barely!  i caught my shuttle at 12:25 and headed home.  it’s been a week and i’m still exhausted!

OH!  AND i came home on Monday night, and by Thursday, the last day of September, i had made STAR again.  so there!  three times in 6 months ain’t a bad track record!  whooo hoooo!!!

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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 🙂 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!

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!