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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.

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. 😉

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 – usually straight down.  There is Perpendicular – which means you are holding the hair at a 90 degree angle from the part – STRAIGHT OUT from the part – but remember the head is ROUND.   Perpendicular is THE MOST IMPORTANT one because it is what is used for our State Board Haircut – which 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 – and she has SUPER long hair for a 6 year old, which I LOVE, but I agreed she needed a TRIM – nothing 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!

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