10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went to Beauty School
1. That I’d be a “thera-stylist”
Once you get on the floor and start taking clients in the salon, you’ll learn an awful lot about people that you don’t necessarily want or need to know. They’re in your chair for at least an hour with nothing else to do but talk. Plus, people feel comfortable with their stylists. they’re trusting you with their image so it’s natural for that level of openness to be a part of the “stylist-client” relationship. Sometimes it can be heavy and intense while other times you’ll likely be laughing and smiling right along with them. This is how loyal customers are born, so embrace it.
2. It’s not as easy as it looks on Instagram
Beauty school is hard work. Instructors, graduates and long-time stylists agree that one of the greatest challenges to overcome is the intensity of the program. These programs are designed to prepare students for the industry in approximately one year. Students learn the basics of the industry in a class, then get trained and tested hands-on. By the end of beauty school, you can become truly prepared and qualified to take on clients. You know what they say, nothing worth having comes easy. You’ll appreciate your education more, and have more pride in something that you worked hard for.
3. How difficult makeup REALLY is
Makeup seems like it would be a pretty simple thing to do, but when asked most beauty professionals, instructors, and students agreed that makeup is one of the hardest units in school. It tests your patience and can be the source of some stress if hair color and style is more your forte. However, exploring your creativity and seeing your progress can be extremely rewarding. Though beauty school has definitely got its challenges, it also provides you a great deal of opportunity to grow!
Fortunately at Hair Professionals Career College we work hard to make sure that our students have the resources and the time that they need to excel through every unit in their program.
Check out our esthetics program, here.
4. How much dedication and commitment this takes
Attending school is very much like having a full-time job; you spend most of your time in class or on the salon floor with customers. When you’re not doing that, you’re in a class learning about theory and technique or working on building your clientele. There is a lot of information to familiarize yourself with, and attention to detail is key. Beauty school is incredibly rewarding, but it isn’t for the faint of heart.
5. How much I would bond with my instructors
Spending nearly every day with the same people, you’re bound to develop some good relationships. Instructors understand what you’re going through, because they were students once too. They’ve also battled through the struggles of finding clients and work after graduation. Instructors truly are the greatest resource for students: they have navigated the same professional terrain and they have industry connections that prove to be helpful for many students.
At Hair Professionals Career College, our instructors still actively work in the field and are constantly working to further their own education for the benefit of their students. We believe in the power of unity and collaboration, we are more powerful when we work together to achieve success!
6. About the out-of-pocket expenses
The out-of-pocket expense is different for every student due to financial aid eligibility and program choice. There are often scholarships available through third party sources that can help to alleviate the financial burden, or students can look into educational financing to cover costs.
Speak with an admissions representative from Hair Professionals career college to get an idea of what start date will be the best for you, and what resources are available to make your transition into a beauty career as smooth as possible.
7. That I would make such great friends
Just like you bond with your instructors, you will also bond with your classmates and probably some of your clients too! Your job is to make people feel as beautiful as they look, and that happens when a stylist is able to truly connect with their client. Cosmetologist apply makeup and perform beauty services, but a truly great stylist has the power to make their clients feel important and cared for beyond the scope of their services.
At Hair Pros, students learn about the art of client retention and networking through both the taught curriculum and the supplemental learning and lecture opportunities provided by the school. We pride ourselves on creating a legacy of driven professionals.
8. The cost of testing and professional equipment
Though the cost of the kit used by students is factored into their cost of attendance, it will be well worth your investment. How cool is it to start your education on day one in the classroom with professional tools to learn with? Very cool.
Hair Pros uses the highest quality products in our student kits and work to help students make the transition from student to professional as simple as possible.
9. If you’re truly passionate about this work, you’ll never want to do anything else.
Even with the long hours, and the sometimes hectic scheduling it’s clear to see that passion is often the driving force for many beauty professionals. The sense of satisfaction that stylists get from seeing the joy that they have helped create is one of the most cited reasons for choosing this career.
“If you do what you’ll love you’ll never work a day in your life”- we’ve all heard the old adage. Becoming a beauty professional is hard work, but when you’re passionate about what you do it’s the kind of work that you will choose to do over and over again.
10. That it would be the best decision I ever made
While current stylists, instructors, and students alike had similar sentiments about the more challenging aspects of pursuing a cosmetology career, they agreed that the career they chose to pursue was undoubtedly the right one for them.
Whether you’re seeking a career with flexible scheduling options or high earning potential, the beauty industry attracts motivated and passionate people.
Hair Professionals Career College is dedicated to developing highly-skilled and prepared professionals. Get in touch to find out our next start date and begin your journey in the beauty industry today!
Curl Power: The Natural Order
When the summer heat and humidity set in, salons are filled with the echoes of the same request: Women are looking to tame their frizz, waves, curls to get the image of perfectly straight and smooth hair. People shun their naturally luscious and dense locks in favor of straight and shiny. Now people with curls everywhere are fighting back! Instead of trying to eliminate the things that give our hair character, we want to celebrate them, and we aren’t the only ones.
This article in the New York Times thoughtfully dismantles the negative stigmas that have been a part of the curly-hair culture.
Celebrate every curl, every twist, every out-of-place strand that makes our look unique and personal. This video from Dove will show you just how powerful loving your curls can be.
Natural hair should be embraced, not tamed and straightened into oblivion, so join us in celebrating your natural hair! Here are some of our tips on how to style natural and curly hair when it doesn’t want to cooperate:
Don’t Overload on Product
When we aren’t seeing the results that we want with our hair, it’s easy to think that the solution is to use more and more of the product that already isn’t working. In reality, that creates more problems than it does solutions. If you’re struggling with frizz, it’s likely because something is drying out your scalp, and the last thing that you want to do is dry it out more! If your current product isn’t working, look for something that can moisturize and enrich your curls.
Look for Moisturizing Products
Battling dryness and breakage is a huge challenge for people with natural or curly hair, (especially if you’re starting from the beginning after having a relaxer). Don’t fret, there are many products designed for naturally curly, and ethnic hair that work to make the growth process easier. Look for products such as the ones featured by Dove that are specifically formulated to hydrate and help curly hair.
If you’re growing out your natural curls, be prepared for it to take some time. The process is different for everyone, and it is based on a variety of factors. Your diet, the pH of your skin, the coarse or fineness of your actual hair, are all examples of things that can and do affect the way your hair grows. Speak with a stylist about how to best approach your desired look and which products will likely provide the best results. Call the Hair Professionals Career College location nearest you to schedule an appointment today!
Most Importantly… BE CONFIDENT
Know that no matter what your hair is like, it is perfect just how it is. The way that you choose to style it should be determined by what makes you feel the happiest and most confident. If you have natural curls and feel better wearing straight hair, then you should! If your natural curls feel true to yourself, never let them go!
Need some inspiration? Check out this gallery of insanely beautiful curly hair looks to find a look fit for you!
You wear your hair every day, so be sure to invest in it. Schedule an appointment in our salon for a Moroccan Argan Oil treatment and find a style that expresses your natural beauty!
Do you love hair and styling? You could do it professionally, and Hair Professionals Career College offers the training that can teach you how, learn more about our programs here and get started on your future today!
How Can I Style Box Braided Hair?
Box braids are a great protective hairstyle for natural hair. However, if you’ve been rocking your braids for a while you might be looking for a bit of a change. Just because you’ve got box braids doesn’t mean your hair needs to look the same every day! Here are our suggestions for styling box braided hair:
- Put it half-up, half-down
- Try a bun
- Do a high ponytail
- Create a fishtail braid
Put it Half-Up, Half-Down
A half-up, half-down hairstyle is universally cute for any type of hair and looks especially stylish with box braids. To achieve this style, start with clean, slightly damp hair. Take the top ⅓ or ¼ of your braids and twist them away from your face in one upward direction. Wrap that twist around its base and create a loop. Secure the bun with some bobby pins or hair ties if you need extra security. Smooth down any flyaways with serum and you’re good to go!
Try a Bun
To really get all that hair out of your way, nothing beats a simple bun. This style works for a casual lazy day or a day at the office. All you need is a sturdy hair tie and some bobby pins. Pull your hair together where you want your bun’s center to start and fasten it with the hair tie. Twist the ponytail around the hair tie until it reaches the end. Tuck the ends of your braids into the tie to secure your bun. Wind loose ends as far as they can go around the bun and then put those into the tie as well. Use bobby pins anywhere the bun feels loose. When you’re done, leave your bun as is or accessorize it with scarves, barrettes, hairpins, or headbands!
Do a High Ponytail
High ponytails are everywhere right now. Why not jazz up your box braids with one? Begin with clean hair. Gather all of the hair to the place you want the ponytail to be, whether it’s the back of your head or on one of the sides. Don’t be too rough as you gather your hair into the high ponytail, as you don’t want to cause any breakage. Create a loose ponytail and hold onto it. Then, take a few strands of your braids to wrap them around the ponytail base. To secure the ponytail, take the ends of your braided strand and weave it through the base to secure the ponytail. Bobby pin where needed and you’ve got a ponytail without any hair ties! If you do want to use a hair tie for extra security, substitute this last step with a durable scrunchie or elastic band that’s big enough to fit around your braids!
Create a Fishtail Braid
Fishtail braids are awesome because they look much more intricate and complicated than they actually are. Creating a fishtail braid with hair that’s in box braids? Now that’s a look! Choose which side you want your braid and separate your box braids into equal parts. Pull some braids from the part in the back and bring them to the front. Then take braids from the front and pull them through the back. Continue doing this down the length of your hair and remember to keep going until the end. Secure the end with a clear elastic and that’s it! You’ve got a killer fishtail braid to show off.
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New Partnership With Davines
At Hair Professionals Career College, we want our students to learn with fantastic products, which is why we’re excited to announce that we are going to be partnering with Davines to bring their products to the school! Davines (pronounced “DA-vi-ness”) is a brand known for sustainability and natural beautification, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring their products to our students.
What is Davines?
Davines is a cosmetic brand that was founded in 1983 in Parma, Italy. The company was founded be the Bollati family, and has been a family-owned ever since. They place a massive focus on creating sustainable products with a minimum impact on the environment. Natural, quality ingredients are just part of what it means to be Davines!
The Davines Group is most well-known for their [comfort zone] brand, which supplies outstanding beauty products for salons and spas all around the world. The products take inspiration and influence from all corners of the globe. The company has Italian roots with a multicultural vision, which allows Davines to continually create new and innovative products. Davines is present in countries all around the world with multiple offices and buildings. They even constructed Davines Village, which is designed to be an environmentally friendly facility that encourages creativity and experimentation. The mission at Davines is to be responsible, ethical, and beautiful, and we want to be part of that!
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We want nothing but the best for our students, and the Davines products through [comfort zone] and other product lines are the quality we need. Davines also embodies a spirit of responsibility and mindfulness that we want out students to feel at Hair Professionals Career College. Teaching these principles through the products we use at the school can help students be more responsible and mindful as well!
Davines is also a popular product brand in many salons and spas, which can help our students when they become professional cosmetologists or estheticians. Familiarity with these products can help them make better recommendations for clients and upsell in salons. It’s a great way to elevate what a graduate can bring to their careers.
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Are you interested in getting your hands on the Davines brand and other outstanding brands like it? You can find a career you’re passionate through our cosmetology, esthetics, and nail technology programs. Contact us to learn more about how you can get started today!
What Do Cosmetology or Esthetics Instructors Do?
Teaching cosmetology or esthetics at a beauty school can be an exciting opportunity, but what do cosmetology or esthetics instructors actually do? Their day to day responsibilities can be broken down into a few main categories:
- Plan lessons
- Teach in the classroom
- Keep records
Responsibilities may vary from position to position, but in most cases those three categories make up most of the responsibilities that a beauty school instructor will have to keep in mind. Teaching is a great opportunity for beauty professionals to advance their careers and try new things!
The curriculum that cosmetology or esthetics instructors teach is usually laid out in advance by the school. This means that most instructors spend their time planning how to teach rather than what to teach. This planning time is important because beauty school classrooms are full of students with different learning styles. Planning a lesson carefully can help students of any learning type to be successful in the classroom. Lesson plans often incorporate different elements, such as lectures, visual learning aids, hands-on practice, and more to help those students succeed. The program you take to become an instructor should help you learn how to teach to each of those learning styles.
Teach in The Classroom
The lesson plan comes into play when class starts! The visual, auditory, and hands-on components that the instructor planned beforehand are used to help students of all learning styles to learn. The classroom is also a place where an instructor has the opportunity to get to know students and see their progress one on one. That individual familiarity is important because students need to be individually prepared to sit for the state licensing exam at the end of the course. By understanding students and their needs on an individual level, instructors can better help their students prepare for the state licensing exam.
Keep Student Records
Keeping records is one of the esthetics and cosmetology instructor responsibilities that goes on behind the scenes. Educators are required to keep track of grades, attendance, and credit hours. Students need to meet minimum attendance and grading requirements, as well as meet a minimum number of credit hours in order to graduate. Credit hours represent the time that students spend at the school for their education, and it’s up to instructors to help accurately keep track of that time. It’s an important part of helping students to become successful beauty professionals!
Become An Instructor With Hair Pros
Are you ready to take your beauty career to the next level? Our cosmetology and esthetics instructor programs are designed to equip you with the tools you need to become a successful educator in the beauty industry. We even like to hire as many of our graduates as we can! Contact us to learn more about our educator programs and how they can help you develop your career further.
Should You Become a Cosmetology Instructor?
Many of the best cosmetologists and beauty professionals of the world begin their journey in beauty school. At some point during your career, you can also take the opportunity to return to a cosmetology to give back and make a difference by becoming an instructor! Teaching cosmetology, esthetics, or another beauty trade is a great way for you to continue to hone your skills, add to the lives of students, and build the next generation of beauty professionals. Would you be cut out to be a beauty educator? Here are a few things for you to consider.
Beauty Instructors Are People People
If you’re a people person, becoming a cosmetology instructor could be a great option for taking your career to the next level. If you’re already a professional cosmetologist, there’s a good chance you already love working with people. The difference as an instructor is that you would be working with a classroom of students, working with all of them at once with opportunities to give them one-on-one time. Not only would you be working with students, but you would have many opportunities to work with faculty and staff as well. A love for being around people is essential for being a great instructor!
Beauty Instructors Don’t Have to Give up Their Clients
Some people worry that if they start teaching at a beauty school that they have to give up their practice. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Many beauty schools offer part time options for instructors, which allows them to keep many of their original clients and keep their skills sharp. This can even open up opportunities for you to keep learning new things as an instructor if you want to dedicate time to learning new services while you’re at it. You definitely can decide to work at a beauty school full time if that’s what you would like, but it’s not a requirement for all positions at all schools.
Beauty Instructors Have Advancement Opportunities
Some people may wonder if they are limiting their future opportunities by becoming a cosmetology, esthetics, or other beauty school instructor. The good news is that cosmetology instructors have even more opportunities than if they had simply remained as a beauty professional. Senior instructor and management positions can come later during your teaching career, and you could even have the option of applying to become a program or department director. Some people even go on to open up their own beauty schools! Regardless of where you want your career to take you, there are many career options you can explore along the way.
Beauty Instructors Can Teach in Different Ways
When you think of a beauty instructor, you probably think of someone standing in front of a classroom full of people teaching them about hair, skin and nails. There are many options besides just teaching in a classroom. Other teaching opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Cosmetology school instructor
- Esthetics, nails, barbering, or makeup instructor
- Advanced beauty course instructor
- Beauty school manager or owner
- Student salon or spa manager
- Platform artist
- Independent educator or consultant
The way that you build your educational career is completely up to you. If you have a passion for teaching students in a classroom setting and getting to know them, then becoming a beauty school instructor could be a great fit for you. If you want to travel abroad and perform your services across the country in product demonstrations, you could consider becoming a platform artist. The world is wide open and ready for you to explore!
Start With Hair Pros
If you already a licensed beauty professional, the first step to becoming a beauty instructor is to complete an instructor course. At Hair Professionals Career College, we offer instructor programs for both cosmetology and esthetics so that you can choose to teach the subject you are most passionate about. Contact us to learn more about our instructor programs and the doors they can open for you today!
2018 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide
Stressing out over what to buy for the beauty expert in your life? We’ve got you covered! The holidays can be a manic time for people looking for the perfect present, but it doesn’t have to be. Buying gifts for the beauty mavens in your life isn’t all about buying the perfect hair, skin, or makeup product. You can get creative! Here are a few of our favorite gift ideas for the beauty professionals in your life:
Lights, Camera, Action!
You may already know that the beauty pro in your life is all about the hair and makeup scene, but have you looked at their photo and video setup? If they love posting Instagram photos of their latest hairdo or YouTube videos of their latest makeup tutorials, consider a gift for their production studio. This can mean new lighting for video or photo equipment they already have, a new lens for a camera, or even something as simple as a selfie stick. You could also ask them about the editing software they use and see if they need a subscription to a new kind of program or if they need some classes to learn how to use them. Look at their current setup and brainstorm ways you can help make their life easier!
The beauty fans in your life spend a lot of their time with immaculate makeup and perfectly styled hair, but they need their time to relax and unwind as well. Consider home pampering products such as bath bombs, scrubs, lip balms, and more! Pinterest is awash with DIY recipes for all kinds of home pampering products that you can try to create for yourself and package for the deserving beauty professional in your life.
Bring The Spa Home
Home spa technology has made many amazing advancements in recent years, allowing you to bring a piece of the spa home to the beauty pro in your life. Handheld microneedling devices, for example, are widely available in a huge range of prices, and are great for making skin look younger and healthier. Other devices exist that can be used for dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, and more. Look for devices that can elevate their beauty game to the next level!
Beautiful Inside & Out
Beauty can be enhanced by the things we put in our bodies just as much as the things we put on them. This is why when you’re shopping for your favorite beauty professional, you can look at kitchen appliances and tools that can help them be healthy on the inside! Coffee grinders, for example, are excellent tools that not only allows beauty mavens to grind their favorite coffee, spices, and seasonings, it also allows them to powderize different ingredients so they can create their own beauty products at home. Juicers are also a great device for making tasty and healthy beverages with the flip of a switch that can also be used to juice fruits and vegetables for people to use as beauty ingredients as well. Tools like these can allow beauty queens to be creative and control their health and beauty routines inside and out!
If nothing feels quite right about the gifts you’re considering, there’s nothing wrong with scheduling services at a salon or spa for the beauty pro you’re shopping for. If they are your significant other, consider things like a couples massage or pedicure session together. That way you are gifting time and a memory in addition to an excellent service. Even if the person you are shopping for is family or friend, you can choose something they can enjoy with or without your company!
Embrace Beauty With Hair Professionals
Whether you’re looking to pamper yourself or bring a friend along, we’ve got you covered! You can schedule salon and spa services with our student salon so that you can gift excellent services without breaking the bank.
Are you interested in building a career in beauty? Our cosmetology and esthetics programs are designed to give students the foundation they need to build the beauty career of their dreams. Contact us to learn more about how you can get started!
100 Years of Hairstyles
Hairstyles are a fun and diverse way for people to express themselves today, but that wasn’t always the case. Styling hair was generally a thing for men before the 1920’s until women started exploring ways to explore and style their hair. Fast forward to a hundred years later and you have resources like Instagram or Pinterest where people can daydream and experiment with any hairstyle imaginable! We’ve laid out the journey it took to get to modern hairstyles, and how things have changed along the way.
The 1920s is when exploration into the world of women’s hairstyling really began. Before this time, women would often have their hair maintained at home or with the help of trusted friends. Barbershops were catered towards men’s grooming needs, and women didn’t have local salons they could enjoy. During this time, women began to frequent barbershops to get their hair cut and styled. This was seen by many as controversial, because it was considered rebellious for women to make themselves look more like men.
The hairstyle that swept women’s fashion in the 20s was the off-the-neck style bob. Women everywhere were cutting their long locks of hair in favor of short, wavy curls that seldom extended below the chin. The bob cuts were often parted off to the side or down the middle. Women who didn’t want to cut their lengthy locks even opted for faux bobs and high buns to keep the appearance without sacrificing the hair.
The 30s was the decade of the curl. As women started picking up new and more complex hairstyles, the curl became the centerpiece of the typical 1930’s hairdo. Bathroom cupboards full of hair curlers become an iconic staple in households during this time as women rocked incredibly curly looks. Most hairstyles still never strayed below the nape of the neck though, as longer hair was still not seen as being as glamorous as short hair, or hair that was styled up in a curly bun.
The 1940s saw rise to hairstyles that required substantially longer hair. Curls continued to abound, but also became larger and more swooped into the prominent bouffant hairstyle. The bouffant hairstyles were generally styled tall and poofy on top with locks trailing down the back of the neck. Hair began to be worn as low as the shoulders as well, often styled in a “half up half down” fashion. The pompadour hairstyle was also prevalent at this time, introducing opportunities for women to individualize the way they wore their hair.
Short hair once again saw a major surge in popularity during the 1950s. The bob came back in a major storm, but unlike the first wave of popularity in the 1920s, the hairstyle took on a more diverse selection of styles. Curls were just as popular as before, but the slick wave of the 20s didn’t make a return. The curls of the 50s were more voluminous and light with a more matte and carefree finish. The 1950s also saw the appearance of the Italian hairstyle, with bobs that were fluffed up to be larger and rounder than bobs of decades past. The poodle clip hairstyle was also a homerun, with big round curls focussed on the top of the head being paraded by TV stars like Lucille Ball.
Big? Yes. Bobbed? Yes. Bangs? Yes, the 1960s saw all of these hairstyles! The 60s were a time where women started to branch out into many different looks, many of them including large, curled bangs. Shorter hair was still popular, but hair with extreme volume was an important part to looking stylish. The notorious beehive or “B-52” hairstyle caught mainstream popularity because of the voluminous, off-the-neck style that also allowed for creativity with bangs. Women could pull off many different hairstyles as long as they had curls, bangs, or poof.
The 1970s continued to see an increase in diverse hairstyle choices throughout the decade. Feathered and shag hairstyles were popularized by Farrah Fawcett’s timeless look, while the hippie crowd shunned products and treatments in favor of straight, natural hair. In a similar vein, the black pride movement of the decade brought natural and permed afros into the spotlight, along with traditional plaited cornrows. The wedge was another iconic hairstyle that was brought to mainstream popularity by the 1976 olympic gold medalist ice skater, Dorothy Hamill. The look was created with a steep, triangular shape with lengthier hair on top, and it was an instant hit!
Hairstyling new strides in the 1980s with an obsession with all things big. Big hair, big looks, and big attitudes! The quintessential look of the time included curls, crimps, and lift to look as wild and carefree as possible! In addition to the large locks, looks like the mullet took popularity as well, featuring length in the back and shorter hair on top. Curls and perms continued to be popular throughout the 80s especially the newly invented Jheri Curls, popularized by the king of pop, Michael Jackson. Another prolific look from the 80s was the high ponytail with a scrunchy, which could be worn centered or off to the side to suit the mood.
The 90s are often characterized by a number of eccentric hairstyles from the time, but few were as iconic or lasting as “The Rachel.” Jennifer Aniston inspired millions when she took the stage for the incredibly popular TV show, Friends, as with her bouncy, layered hairstyle. Crimping also survived the 80s and was popular throughout the 90s, especially among younger women. Accessorizing also exploded during the 90s, with everything ranging from butterfly clips to scrunchies that were used to hold up the newly popular “half-up” hairstyle. African-American women of the time also cemented the box braid as a staple hairstyle for decades to come.
Women continued to try out a wide variety of new and interesting hairstyles throughout the 2000s as they had in decades past, which brought a massive array of unique hairstyles into mainstream popularity. One of the most iconic looks of the decade was the stripey or chunky highlights in super straight hair, often paired with clipped back bangs or flat ironed bangs. Layers also dominated the scene from the red carpet to high school hallways, often with flipped out ends for a little extra flair. Hair accessories diminished in popularity, but headbands became more popular than ever as a way to control straight hair.
Over the past decade, we’ve seen many hairstyles go retro with a twist, and sometimes it feels like the “in” fashion changes on a daily basis! You can see all kinds of hairstyles on the red carpet, ranging from crisp, modern bobs to voluminous, layered locks. Advances in color technology has helped to increase the prevalence of new and exciting hair color. Balayage has been the go-to color option for several years, providing a natural, sun-kissed look for the wearer. For the more adventurous, trendy and bold colors come and go, such as the playful cotton candy or the rich and tasteful rose gold. Creative incorporation of braids has also surged due to popular shows like Game of Thrones, which features the look on prominent female characters.
Where Will Hair Go Next?
The past ten years has shown that hair styling and color is limited only by your imagination, and the past 100 years have shown us that the looks of the future will surprise us! Where do you think mainstream hair will go in the next ten years? Share with us on Facebook!
Do you have an interest in leading the next wave of popular hair styles? Becoming a licensed cosmetologist is a great way to get the skills you will need to make the next big hit! Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how they can change your life.
Our Incredible Alumni: Mandy Porter
Recently, we had the opportunity to get to know another one of the incredibly talented alumni from Hair Professionals Career College, Mandy Porter. Mandy has an amazing story because her journey through the world of beauty has taken her through many different experiences that have helped to build her into the successful business owner that she is today. We hope her story can inspire you like it inspired us!
Cosmetology: Getting Started
Mandy wasn’t like the many people who enrolled in cosmetology school right after high school, she actually started her career as a model. She used to model hair for beauty shows and she even worked with Redken frequently. What set her apart from different models was the attention she paid to her hair stylist, and how interested she was in the process. Hair was something she was always interested in, but didn’t consider it as a career until she was 30 years old. It was at that time that she decided that she wanted to pursue a career in cosmetology because it could help provide her with a more stable career and opportunities to do something she loved.
Finding The Right Beauty School
Mandy’s original leap into the world of cosmetology wasn’t actually done at Hair Professionals. She came to dislike the school she started at in just a couple months, because she felt like she was only learning the basics. They weren’t providing the opportunity to learn anything new or innovative. To her, the school was good for licensing as a cosmetologist and nothing else. She left that school and started visiting other schools to find one that could help her license and teach her the cutting edge cosmetology practices at the same time. That’s when she found Hair Professionals Career College.
Hair Pros turned out to be the perfect fit for Mandy. She felt like she was finally given the ability to explore her creative side and learn at her own pace.
Hair Professionals is a great school with great instructors. They allowed me to have my own creativity and be my own person. They went above and beyond, and I really like that about the school. There was that critical freedom to be creative.
The freedom for students to explore their passions and their dreams is extremely important to the staff at Hair Pros, so we’re thrilled to hear that Mandy felt that for herself! During her time at Hair Pros she worked hard and pushed herself to learn as much as possible, and it looks like she’s reaping the rewards of her effort.
Life After Beauty School
Mandy got right to work trying different roles in the beauty industry after finishing beauty school. She started out working at Ulta Beauty, and from there went to work in a salon. She also tried working in a barbershop providing mens haircuts, and was even a brand manager for Amika. None of these places resonated as much with Mandy because she was most passionate about providing hair coloring and styling services for her clients.
It wasn’t until later that a friend of hers asked if she would like to work at the salon that she owned named Salon1Studio, and after some consideration, Mandy started working there. The friends that owned the salon eventually decided that they wanted to move to another state, so they passed the salon on to Mandy and her husband for them to take over! Mandy has enjoyed co-owning the salon because it allows her to expand her opportunities while still having the opportunity to work with hair.
Visit the Salon1Studio Facebook page to keep up on all the latest from Mandy and her business!
Advice For Future Students
Mandy has worked in many different places and has even visited multiple beauty schools, so her advice for future beauty school students was important to us:
”Interview your beauty schools and visit them. You’re essentially employing them to teach you what you’re supposed to know. Make sure it’s the right fit for you.
Don’t. Get. Discouraged. The beauty industry can be hard, but there are so many people making it work. Before you commit, make sure beauty is something you really want to do. I love doing hair. I am passionate about what I do. For anyone considering cosmetology, always stay educated after you complete your program. Learning new techniques and services can prevent your career from stagnating.”
Mandy’s can-do attitude and desire to always be learning will serve her well in her career, and that’s the sort of spirit that we want our students to have!
Learn at Hair Professionals
Have you made the decision to embrace your love of beauty? Get your start in cosmetology, esthetics, or nail technology at Hair Professionals Career College. Contact us to learn more about how our education can help you prepare for your future!
What Does Moroccan Argan Oil Do for Hair?
Moroccan argan oil, also known as argan oil or just Moroccan oil, is derived from the nut of a Moroccan argan tree. We are frequently asked “why Moroccan oil,” or “what can a Moroccan oil do for my hair?” Moroccan oil is a great moisturizer because it contains plenty of fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. That’s not all it can do, Moroccan oil has many benefits. It can also:
- Add extra shine to hair
- Repair damaged hair
- Tame frizz
- Prevent dandruff
- Hold styled hair in place
How Can You Use Moroccan Argan Oil?
There are a variety of ways you can use Moroccan argan oil products to maximize the benefits of the oil. These are a few different ways you can apply it to achieve beautiful, glowing hair:
- Before Shampoo and Conditioner. Apply a few drops of Moroccan oil to your scalp and rub into the hair like you would with a shampoo 30 minutes before you shower. Wash the oil out and use regular shampoo and conditioner as you normally would. The use of argan oil will help repair damaged hair. Washing out the oil after 30 minutes will prevent your hair from getting greasy and heavy.
- Hair Serum. If you’re planning on blowdrying your hair, rub a few drop of argan oil into your damp hair. When you use your hair dryer, your hair will come out smooth and frizz-free.
- Leave-in Conditioner. When using Moroccan oil as a leave-in conditioner, a small amount goes a long way. All you have to do is pour a few small drops into your hands, rub your palms together, and comb the product with your fingers through your hair from the roots to the tips. Using Moroccan oil as a leave-in conditioner is a great way to keep your hair moisturized and damage-free.
What to Look for in a Product
If you’re considering purchasing Moroccan argan oil, be careful. There are many products that have additives. Some additives can be good, while others can create build-up and make your hair look greasy and heavy. If you can, find one where argan oil is listed higher on the ingredients list. The higher up argan oil is on the list, the more oil there is in the product.
Because argan oil is rare, it usually is quite pricy to buy the pure product, which is why it’s so important to make sure to buy a good product without additives. Some argan oil products have silicones, which can be good for your hair in small quantities, but will most likely dry out your hair when mixed with the argan oil. So, what does argan oil do for your hair? It will not only help replenish your hair, smooth out your ends, and create a frizz free look, but it will also help the overall health of your hair.
Want a Moroccan Oil Treatment? Check out our Student Spa
Do you want all of the benefits of a Moroccan oil treatment but don’t want to buy your own product? Check out our student spa! It’s run by students under direct supervision of licensed professionals. We offer two kinds of Moroccan oil treatments: hydrating or restorative, so we can help you achieve beautiful, glossy hair!