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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!

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā ¬†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 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:

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¬ģ

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!

“Tough as Nails” ain’t so Tough After All

You guessed it! ¬†We’re in the Nails section – WHOOO HOOO.

1st nail is Sculptured, last 3 are tips & acrylic

Manicures, Pedicures, Acrylics, Sculptured, French Tips…oh, we’re doing it all!

Tried to get a better pic, doesn't look like it worked...

Loved doing the mani/pedi stuff too. ¬†GO figure. ¬† Feet don’t bother me, but some of the students just don’t care for it. ¬†We’ve been practicing on each other, of course, so our hands and feet are all well taken care of now. ¬†Well, except mine. ¬†I don’t mind doing someone else’s feet – but you’re not touching mine! ¬†I have to go to the foot doctor this Friday, which has been my biggest excuse for not letting anyone see my tootsies.

Doesn't it look like fun?

My favorite part is polishing and doing nail art – of course, we’re an O-P-I nail salon, so we some pretty great colors.

So far it is pretty basic.  Nothing too complicated, except the terminology.  There are lots of -chosis, hypo-, and other weird medical terms we are learning.

Mr. Maurice is turning out to be an alright instructor after all, I think we all just needed a good adjustment period.

People are getting upset because Regency is getting “back to the basics” and reinforcing the school’s dress code which seemed to have gotten a little lax lately. ¬†Students are frustrated because they aren’t allowed to have their cell phones in class, but if Trena were here – they’d be sent home, not just asked to put them away. ¬†I, for one, am glad they are getting stricter. ¬†It was really getting frustrating watching people get away with the¬†equivalent¬†of ¬†murder in the classrooms. ¬†We actually had 2 students fall asleep – ASLEEP in class. ¬†They were talked to later after being woken up, but umm.. yeah… I’d like to sleep too, but I’m not paying the money I am to sleep away my education. ¬†If I’m that tired, I’ll just stay home thanks.

SOOO to update you on my progress so far – we’ve been schedule 297 hours, of which I’ve attended 295.77. ¬†Almost perfect (it bugs the beegeesus out of me). ¬†which, that hour or so that i’m missing is from a cumulation of minutes from the first 3 weeks of school when i was still getting used to clocking in and out.

Also, I get “introduced” to the Performance Floor on March 27 – WHOOOO HOOO. ¬†As a part-time student, I will be able to take clients from 5:30 to 9:oo p.m. Monday through Thursday and then have our Rehearsal / Theory hours from 8-5 on Saturdays.

I got an explanation of this directly from Corporate last week and it makes a LOT of sense. ¬†Daytime students will be on their floor rotations on Saturdays, so the floor WILL be open, however, Saturdays are when we as part – time students will be doing theory. ¬†It just means we have to train our clients a little better to come in during the evening hours, after work, instead of having to a) leave work early or b) waste your Saturday waiting in a salon. ¬†Totally doable. ¬†If they tried to put daytime AND evening students on the floor on Saturdays, there wouldn’t be enough room. ¬†There are 26 stations on the floor, so for a full day-time class of 30 students, that put 26 on the floor, two in the dispensary and two at the front desk… thus, part time students will need to be in the class room on those days.

I don’t think this will affect my goals of attaining Master Student Designer or the Star Rewards Program…

Also, we’ve gotten the “Go-Ahead” to start our Student Council. ¬†YAY! ¬†I am having a conference call with the campus manager and corporate later today to discuss the details and get the ball rolling. ¬†YAYAYAYAYAYAAA ¬†I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally get this thing off the ground!

Of course, I’ll keep you posted – but its easier if you subscribe ūüôā

Here’s a fun quote i’ll leave you with:

“You can tell a lot from a person’s nails. When a life starts to unravel, they’re among the first to go.”
‚ÄĒ¬†Ian McEwan

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 ūüôā

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. ¬†ūüôā ¬†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!

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!