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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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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Winter wedding trends

Top Winter 2016 Wedding Beauty Trends

A lot of brides might consider a winter wedding as desirable as wearing your mother-in-law’s puffy sleeved, giant bow on the rear wedding dress. Winter weddings can get a bad rap in general for the less than stellar conditions outside but also for the duller, dryer hair and skin wintry weather can create. Although, the same could be said of a summer wedding with sweltering heat and frizz encouraging humidity. Whatever your seasonal preference is to seal the deal with your significant other, this winter has some transcendent styles to choose from to make that special day unforgettable!

Following the: everything old is new again trends of 2016, vintage looks are not just in, they’re the name of the game and leave tons of options for an individual spin. Shades of dark, black cherry or currant lipstick and intricate updos and the classic chignon are an elegant but utterly glamourous combination!

For a touch of bride meets Bond-Girl, try a gold, smoky eye. Shimmering gold eye-shadow paired with kohl-rimmed eyes and thick lashes are boldly beautiful and will leave an unforgettable impression to mark the occasion.

Beautiful bridal hair is easy this winter season with braids of every kind accompanying brides down the aisle. Whether you prefer a French or fishtail braid elegantly falling between your shoulders or a face framing halo braid that doubles as a crown, this continuing nod to all things medieval princess is making a big statement.

If you’re a fan of accessories, the ornate hair accessory is perfect for this winter’s brides and can be as simple or complex as the bride herself. A tiara befitting a real princess, a side pinned barrette or a simple crown of flowers; choosing how to adorn your bridal-do will help you nail that unique signature look every bride wants!

If you’re looking for a dramatically undramatic style, this winter’s wedding beauty trends have you covered there too! The natural look of the dewy, purposely un-made up face is just as chic. Soft and self-confident, this look needs only a smile for the perfect look.

This winter season has beautiful looks for brides everywhere. Have you always loved being on the cutting edge of all the latest beauty trends and styles? Maybe a career in world of beauty is right for you! To learn more about the exciting opportunities the beauty industry has to offer, contact your local state licensing board for a list of the accredited schools in your area.

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