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Top Summer Hair Trends

Winter coats packed away – check. Flip-flops unpacked – check. New summer hairstyle – to be determined. Yes, summer is on the horizon and what better way to roll into our season of sweltering heat and humidity than with a summer hairstyle that is beyond cool but looks hot!

We’ve made the rounds and gathered up all the latest styles making a splash at pools and beaches everywhere this summer. Check out these hot summer hairs trends and get ready cause they are bringing the heat!

Festival of micro proportions – Micro braids that is. A go-to style for music festival fans, the myriad of micro braids is oh so boho, yet practical at the same time. This playful style can be jazzed up with a simple colored ribbon wound into the braids framing your face. We love music festivals and we love this style!

Get off your high horse – Translation – no more sky-high ponytail. We’re dropping it low and keeping it classy with a sleek or textured low ponytail. Add an even more finished look by wrapping your hair around the elastic band.

Can I be blunt – Out with asymmetrical and layered bobs, we love the edgy simplicity of the one-length blunt cut. This style works particularly well if you have very fine hair. Make sure you add a touch of shine spray or a drop of oil to get that glossy look.

Catch a wave – Tousled beachy waves always seem to make their way to the style stage summer after summer. Long, short or in the middle length hair are all suitable for this easy look that can be touched up with a little dry shampoo and fingers through your hair. Low-maintenance is a summer necessity!

Less is more – More flirty, more sassy, more pixie! What could be cuter or cooler than the uber-short pixie cut? You can rock it short and choppy or shaped and sexy but either way, it’s a win and easily maintained with a touch of hair wax or serum.

Every bun is welcome – The tight top knot, the sky-high 60’s bun, the loosely gathered at the nape romantic bun, the sleek ballerina bun… are all welcome at this summer style table! Added bonus for any bun – keeps you cooler and your hair under control for any hot summer adventure.

Noncommittal –  Don’t wanna commit to a cut or color this summer, that’s ok! You can still get a whole new look by adding accessories. Clips, barrettes and all things 90’s hair are back and can be a fun focal point to your summer look without post color/cut remorse.

Whatever style you decide to roll with this summer, have some fun with it and don’t be afraid to mix things up and make it a summer to remember. If you’ve always loved trying out new styles and have a flair for creating signature looks, maybe a career in Cosmetology is right for you! Let’s face it, the world is filled with people who need that flair to find the look that works for them. If you’re ready to bring style to the masses, check out the local beauty schools in your area. For a list of schools in your area, contact your local state licensing board and get ready to join the talented artists blazing a trail in the exciting world of beauty.

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What Does an Esthetician Do?

The face of the world is quite literally changing for the better, thanks to advances in skin care and the efforts of talented estheticians everywhere! It’s no secret that the beauty and wellness industry is growing at a rapid pace and licensed estheticians have more options than ever to choose from on their search for a career. It’s true! In the world of esthetics you have choices and we’re here to help you explore them.

Healthy skin is where it begins – Let’s face it, there is no better accessory than healthy, glowing skin. As a licensed esthetician, you may choose to work as a Facial and Skin Care Specialist, helping people conquer their problematic skin issues with facials, skin care regimens and a variety of other specialized treatments tailored to a particular client’s skincare needs. It’s a rewarding experience to help someone who has struggled with breakouts, blackheads and other skin issues and watch as their confidence grow right before your eyes!

Makeup artistryIf you’ve seen your mom’s prom pictures circa 1965, you know that even though blue eye shadow exists, it doesn’t mean it works on everyone. As a makeup artist, you’ll learn what works and on who! Makeup techniques and skincare go hand in hand but the sheer artistry of transforming someone’s look with the right makeup is not only rewarding, it’s fun! Makeup artists are not just dolling people up for proms and weddings, the entertainment industry is full of opportunities for talented makeup artists.

Salon or day spa esthetician – Everyone loves a visit to the spa right? As an esthetician working in a salon or spa, you’ll be giving a variety of facials, peels and other skincare treatments but you may also be applying makeup or providing waxing services if this is your specialty. That’s the beauty of the esthetics industry! You can choose to specialize in one area or several, so you’ll never be bored!

Skin care product sales – If you’ve got the gift of persuasion, you might choose to take your esthetician training down the path of product sales. Consumers are buying more beauty and skincare products than ever and it’s a great way to set your own hours and have more control over your income.

Mobile esthetician – Quite literally, you can take your show on the road!  It’s a culture of convenience today where everything from food to pet grooming can come directly to your door. As a mobile esthetician, you can build a clientele quickly who prefer to get their beauty treatment in the comfort of their own home. And if you enjoy being out and about rather than in the same office every day, this may be just right for you!

Skin Care instructor (with further education and licensing) – Do you think longingly of your days in esthetician training because you thoroughly enjoyed every minute? Maybe you’re a good communicator and love to share your passion for esthetics with others? Well, becoming an esthetics and skin care instructor is a rewarding career path that will allow you to interact with so many people and keep you up to date on all the latest and coolest skincare technology.

With so many career paths in the esthetics industry, the biggest hurdle is deciding which one. If you’d like to learn more about the world of esthetics, contact your local state licensing board for a list of schools and programs in your area. So many faces to make shine. What are you waiting for? Start your journey today!



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Easy Makeup Tips for a Busy Lifestyle

If your days tend to feel like a frenzied blur of juggling the multitude of obligations of work, family and making sure you don’t forget to feed the cat, you are not alone. So much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it, can have you desperately seeking ways to simplify your life. Despite our busy schedules, we know you still want to look your best as you navigate the craziness of your days. And you can! We’ve rounded up some easy makeup tips to help you maximize your time and look good doing it!

The eyes have it – The eyes may be the window to the soul but they are also the focal point of your face and reflect your lack of sleep more than any other feature. To achieve a well-rested look without layers of shadow, liner and more, apply a light concealer under your eyes and to your eyelids and dab with translucent powder. Apply a touch of mascara and you’ll look like you got more than the 4 hours of sleep you actually did.

Don’t get lippy – Or do! But you don’t need the multi-layers of lip liner, gloss and lipstick. Pick a good product that combines all 3, so that with a quick swipe in the morning you’ll be smile-ready in no time.

Sun-kissed in seconds – Well, self-tanner takes seconds to apply but actually develops over several hours. But if you apply it the night before, by morning you’ll look like you just got back from the beach.

Now you see it, now you don’t – Talk about quick and effective! There is nothing like a good concealer stick to “erase” the fatigue or other blemishes from your face. Dab in on over dark circles or red spots then gently smooth it in and you’ll look rested and unblemished in seconds!

Bolstered by bronzer – Another quick way to get a more sun-kissed look is to apply a sweep of bronzer across your cheeks. Use a make-up brush to contour the bronzer over your cheekbones, forehead and lightly over your eyelids and nose for an overall warm blush look.

Life can often feel like it’s moving at a frantic pace.  Keeping it together while you put your best face forward may sometimes feel like a tall order. But with a little effort and some of the tips above, you can win the rat race of your daily grind with confidence. Makeup is a fine art and skilled makeup artists can transform faces and lives with their talents. If you’ve always loved experimenting with makeup and creating signature looks, you might be the perfect candidate for a future in makeup artistry. It’s an exciting industry full of opportunities. Makeup artists find careers in the entertainment industry or freelance work at events like weddings, galas and proms. Or perhaps working in a salon or even opening your own salon! The possibilities are endless. To learn more about a career as a makeup artist, contact your local state licensing board for a list of beauty schools and the programs offered in your area. You get to decide what the make-up of your future will be!

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2018 Spring Hair Trends

One of the best ways to keep up with rapidly changing style trends in the land of all things beauty-related; is to acknowledge one simple rule of thumb. Everything old is often new again. It’s true! And when it comes to the evolution of hairstyle trends, we’ve witnessed to everything from the man-bun of recent years, to perms that would make your poodle jealous, to the much lauded and loathed mullet circa ’84!  Hairstyles come and go, and then come and go – again, sometimes with a new twist! Check out some hair trends making their debut (or should we say return) on the runway and salons everywhere!

Keep it classy…and curly – Pay attention if you have corkscrew kinks that keep you indoors when the humidity rises above 1%! Pack away the flat iron and embrace the curls you were born with! This “love the curly, natural look” is here to stay. For now… so enjoy the low-maintenance of letting the curls fall where they may while you can.

A darker shade of pale – Or should we say, a darker shade than platinum?  The hot go-to blonde this year is warmer and darker at the roots for a more honey tone than white blonde, which is notoriously difficult to maintain.

Practically antique accessories – Ok, maybe not quite antique but hair accessories from several past decades are making a comeback. The Breakfast at Tiffany’sheadscarf reeks of old Hollywood glamour! Or the – it’s not “just for putting on make-up” any more headband.  This one will have you channeling Doris Day and looking for old Mary Tyler Moore reruns! And lest we leave out one of the more recent hair generations, the scrunchie is making a resurgence! And why not? Who doesn’t love a soft, comfy way to pull your tangled mess into some semblance of order?

A little silver frost – We said everything old eventually become new again, didn’t we? In this case, silver hair is not because you didn’t see your colorist recently. It’s deliberate and we love it! Shiny, metallic silver is hot and any-age appropriate.

So whether you’re 16 or 60 years old, have a little fun and try out a new or recently returned hairstyle! And if your favorite trend hasn’t re-emerged yet, don’t worry, cause we’re betting it will get a turn in one of the next evolutions of style.  Are you intrigued by the ever-evolving beauty trends and the latest hairstyles? If so, put your intrigue to work for you and consider a future in the rapidly growing beauty industry! There are a ton of career paths in the beauty industry and cosmetology is just one of them! For more information on the programs and beauty schools in your area, contact your local state licensing board. Join the talented artists making the rest of the world look good every day and getting paid to do it!

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The Rise of Women in the Barbering Industry

Today’s increasingly gender-neutral world is changing the face of many historically male dominated professions and the workplace has evolved to welcome women into formerly uncharted territory. Women are joining the police force, the military and yes, the one place you may never have thought you’d see a woman. The barber shop. And not just behind the chair. Women around the world are stepping into the local barbershop as barbers and patrons. And they’re taking the field by storm. You might ask yourself why now? Why forego the long-standing tradition of women in the beauty salon and men at the barbershop? To understand the rise of women in the barbering industry, let’s break it down.

Why would a woman choose to be a barber rather than a cosmetologist? While both careers require licensing in most states, barbering certainly has a different and more specific array of services. And for women who enjoy wielding clippers and a straight razor more than a flat iron and a blow dryer, (although a barber does use a blow dryer at times too) barbering may have a stronger appeal. Or perhaps you’re just a woman who has always been a guy’s girl, one of the boys or simply prefer to work amongst men. It all comes down to personal preference.

Regardless of the reasons more women are joining the barbering industry, one major reason their presence has substantially grown is because men are digging it. Ever heard the term “man-handled?” Kind of self-explanatory and let’s face it, a lot of men like a softer touch. It’s also important to note that with male beauty products and care becoming an increasingly large part of the beauty industry as a whole, the demand for barbers who can deliver on making guys look and feel their best is on the rise. Where there is demand, there is opportunity. And not only are women making the most of those opportunities but the ones who prefer a less traditionally feminine haircut are seeking out barbers to achieve the style that works for them.

It’s a brave new world in barbering with room for everyone and the talented women ready to give you a great shave or the perfect fade are definitely breaking down all the barriers. So the next time you walk in to your local barbershop, embrace the change and don’t be afraid to trust your next cut to one of the girls. You just might like it! For more information on barbering schools or programs offered in your local area, contact your state licensing board for a list of schools near you.

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When winter makes its annual debut, it brings the cold but also brings all things comforting and cozy.  So whether you are getting ready for a Saturday night on the town or getting ready to hunker down and weather a winter storm, you’ll be looking for a hairstyle that is fuss free and fabulous! Check out some of these easy winter hairstyles heating things up this season.

Less is more – Forego the long tresses this winter in favor of a cute and cool pixie cut. It’s certainly fuss free and can be easily styled to last with a good molding paste. Depending on your preference, this style can be sweet and feminine or edgy with a little rock star flair.

Bring on the bubbly – We don’t actually mean champagne. The bubble ponytail is easy and will have you channeling your inner Disney princess! Start with a high ponytail and space elastic bands evenly from the top to the bottom pulling each side of a section out to create a full, rounded effect.

Swept away – What could be easier than simply sweeping all your lovely locks back from your face with a headband? Sleek and straight or curly and full, this style allows your full facial features to shine.  You can dress it up with a more ornate headband for a glamour girl feel.

Handcuffed to style – You’ll feel anything but imprisoned by this style accessory. Tiny, decorative hair cuffs carefully placed up and down multiple braids or one larger cuff wrapped around a braided bun or chignon are fun and funky.

Somewhere in the middle – Actually, exactly in the middle is where it’s at with this easy style. Short or long hair, a crisp, parted down the middle style can be worn sleek, curly or somewhere in between. The side part is still in but the classic center part never really goes out of style.

The big bang theory – We’re not talking science here folks. Bangs! Long, parted down the middle bangs, short, fringe bangs or parted on the side-swept bangs are all great go-tos and can be paired with a simple ponytail or  neat, tidy bun to achieve a casual or event ready look.

Winter may not be everyone’s favorite season but it sure would be hard to appreciate spring without it. There’s never a bad time to try out a new look.  So embrace our frostiest season and have a little fun with your style!  And if you’re one of those style gurus who not only love the latest trends, but love creating them too, maybe a career in the beauty industry is right for you!

There are great cosmetology programs all over the country helping aspiring artists just like you get the training they need to become licensed cosmetologists. Check out your local state licensing board for information on cosmetology schools in your area. Don’t wait another day to start doing what you love for a living and join the exciting world of beauty.

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Shore – It’s a New Year! Who will you be in it?

Some say the secret to getting ahead is just getting started. And many of us start on New Year’s Eve with a resolution – to lose weight, give up smoking, start a new career or a myriad of other things with the goal of, well, reaching our goal! Maybe you’ve always dreamed of working in the exciting world of beauty, but didn’t know were to start? Well, there’s no better time to dive in than on the cusp of a whole new set of 365 days to get it right! So, if your New Year’s resolution is to change your life by doing something you love for a living, we’ve got some suggestions for mapping out the perfect strategy to reaching your goals and making this the year of a whole new you!

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Now Trending: Holiday Party Looks

Tis the season for parties, potlucks, cocktails and cheer! And with all the fun and festivities, the hunt for the perfect holiday party look is on and you’re going to want to find the one that makes you sparkle just a little big brighter this holiday season. After all, making unforgettable memories starts with an unforgettable look! Check out some of the hottest holiday looks sweeping through office parties and events everywhere.

Take it from the top – Because, shouldn’t your crowning glory be, well, your crowning glory? This season has several options when it comes to holiday hair.

  • Perfectly imperfect waves – Long, loosely tousled waves are stirring up holiday heat this season. Perfect for the revelers who are not feeling the neat and tidy chignon and other more put together styles, this relaxed, yet feminine style is always trendy. You can do a side part and drape your tousled waves forward over one shoulder for a sultry, glamorous look.
  • Speaking of neat and tidy – You didn’t think the carefully coifed chignon or a huge, high bun wouldn’t be making an appearance at this year’s holiday table did you? It is and it is big, in every sense! This take on a classic topknot is elegant and bold.
  • Holiday hair with a twist – Think of a librarian crossed with a royal princess and opt for a classy, low french twist with a delicate sweep of longish bangs to one side.

Give good face – You’ve picked out your party wear and worked out the party hair, but what about that face? Get ready to shimmer and shine because the eyes, lips and faces of this season are lighting up the night!

  • Cranberry is saucy – Nothing says holiday like deep, cranberry red lips with a glossy sheen. Paired with lushly mascara-coated lashes, this look is a show- stopper!
  • Silver and gold – Gold, silver, copper… metallic shimmer is magic and you can create a smoky eye or a futuristic icy stare, depending on your mood and choice of shadow. But as long as it shines and shimmers, it’s a great option for your holiday look!
  • The eye “brows” have it – The finely tweezed, sparse brow that is merely an underline above the eye has lost its allure next to a full, brushed up brow. This more natural look really sings with a brightly painted fuchsia or cherry red matte lipstick.

It really is a wonderful time of year to reinvent your look and make this holiday season unforgettable! And for those among us who love to create signature styles for themselves and others, it’s a time to get inspired! If this sounds like you, let your inspiration guide you and explore the possibilities of a future in cosmetology! The beauty industry is growing and skilled cosmetologists are in demand. To learn more about Cosmetology and the licensing requirements in your area, contact your local state licensing board for a list of beauty schools near you.

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Top Ways to Ruin Your Hair

Top Ways You Are Ruining Your Hair

Many people are the victim of their own crime when it comes to their hair and often inflict upon themselves perfectly avoidable damage by not knowing the do’s and don’ts of good hair care practices. Fortunately, you can arm yourself with knowledge about how to prevent damage to your hair and if you heed a few simple tips, you can keep yourself from committing the ultimate crime of self-inflicted permanent bad hair days.

  1. Change it up Before it Changes on You! Certain styles that constrict the hair follicle such as a ponytail or a bun, can cause extra stress on your hair due to the unnatural tension. Try to avoid tight rubber band accessories and a style that tightly grips your hair day after day. This can cause hair follicles to split or break and create frizzy, unhealthy hair. It’s ok to throw that hair in a soft scrunchie that is a little easier on the hair, but let your hair breathe in between to keep it looking healthy.
  2. You Snooze you Lose! That is, don’t snooze with a wet head. Before going to bed make sure your hair is completely dry. Not only will your hair dry in a strange shape, going to sleep with wet or damp hair leaves you more vulnerable to dandruff.
  3. Poolside Problems- As we know, chlorine can be public enemy #1 for your hair. Not only does it dry out your hair but any highlights or dye can be altered from being in contact with that summer swimming fun. Always give your hair a rinse after you take a dip in the pool. One preventative measure you can take is lathering your hair with some hair oil or coconut oil before swimming, which acts as a shield and can keep the majority of harmful chemicals out.
  4. Blowout Boundaries- Many hairstylists tend to be time crunched and may be rushing your blowout; therefore, using high heat to speed up the process. Be sure that your stylist isn’t a jam-packed one where this could be an issue. Bringing your own hair thermal protection can save the day also.
  5. Touch-up Tendencies- When drying your own hair, most tend to go all the way to the ends every time. Doing this can dehydrate your hair which can result in an unnatural blend of color. Preventative measures can be applying conditioner where you wish to stop to prevent the dye from running.
  6. Under the UV- Sunscreen in the hair is crucial for your days at the beach or pool but you should make it a habit to do this more frequently no matter what you’re doing. Believe it or not any and all light can be damaging to your hair. This includes the sun, being near any windows or even the lights in your office or house. Stay protected to avoid lightening of your hair color.
  7. Protein Mask Mishaps- Although protein masks are fantastic for repairing hair, be sure to keep a good balance between protein and moisture. Too much of just protein can leave your hair fragile.

If you were enlightened on harmful hair care situations, it’s never too late to turn things around. Be sure with this summer in full heat you’re prepared to protect your hair. If you want to be on top of your hair game and are open to endless learning about beauty and cosmetology, contact your local state licensing board to find a school that suits you. Stay fresh, stay clean, and most importantly, stay on top of your game!

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summer makeup trends

Top Summer Make-up Trends for 2017

Maybe it’s the gloriously warm sun or the blissfully long summer days, but there’s definitely something about summer that brings out our desire to shine more than any other season! Ready or not, summer is here, and as you put away your parkas and pull out your flip-flops, you’re probably considering what you want your summer style to be.  Fortunately, the options are as plentiful as sand on the beach! So whether you’re the daytime beach goer, summer night on the town type, or both – this summer season has hot trends that are as natural or nurtured as you want them to be!

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