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6 Skills Needed to be a Successful Nail Technician

Nail art is growing thanks to social media and magazines full of inspirational images of nail styles and colors. Nail art ranges from understated designs to the extravagantly elaborate. This means that being a successful nail technician requires varying qualities and skills. This is especially true if a nail technician has goals of celebrity clients and high-paying jobs. Interpersonal skills nail technicians need to succeed include communication, reliability, and leadership. A nail technician will also need technical skills to succeed. These skills include the ability to spot trends, be precise, and great concentration. With these skills and the foundation built from a cosmetology program, nail technicians will be set up
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Manicures & Pedicures: Tools of the Trade

Are you interested in becoming a nail technician? If so, you will want to buff up on the tools and products nail technicians use to perform a manicures and pedicures. A manicure or pedicure is a service that keeps the nails and skin of the hands and feet in healthy condition. This may mean smoothing calloused skin on your feet, as well as maintaining the cuticles of your hands. Adding proper oils and shaping nails helps keep them strong. Services also include a light massage or gentle muscle stretching that accompanies manicures and pedicures. Manicures and pedicures are a great way to keep your nails and skin healthy. Our hands
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5 Reasons You Should Get a Cosmetology Diploma

From personal to professional, there are many reasons to get a cosmetology diploma.  If you want to work in a fun environment, love staying current on the latest trends in beauty, and have a passion for helping people look and feel their best, getting a cosmetology diploma is a great first step. Still worried that it may not be right for you? Fear not! Read on to find out why getting a cosmetology diploma is an awesome pathway toward a fulfilling career. Take our quiz to find out if a career in cosmetology may be right for you. You love it! The old saying is true: If you love what you do, you
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Pampering Young People: Shriner’s Hospital Prom

Shriners Hospital for Children®  Twin Cities hosted a very special prom for their young patients, and Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) – Woodbury students were privileged to volunteer as the hairstylists, nail technicians and makeup artists. Forty-four young people had their hair, makeup and nails done by our students at this remarkable event, held at the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minnesota. Shriners Hospital for Children® – Twin Cities focuses on treating children with orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions in a kid-friendly environment designed to help make them feel comfortable. Every member of the Shriners staff is focused on providing the highest quality care for the child and the family. This was the 6th Annual Shriner’s
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Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth hosted their 3rd annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, May 14, and Monday, May 16. This year’s theme was “Behind the Mask,” and featured looks inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale, and Mardi Gras. MSC fashion shows are set up as a reverse career fair. Students create inspiration boards with their before and after photos as well as what inspired their overall look, and salon employers and recruiters are able to meet and greet MSC students. We encourage our students to have resumes available to hand out to the industry professionals who attend the show. After the show, we gave the salons and industry professionals
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MSC Participates in a Food Drive to Benefit Local Families

During the month of October, Minnesota School of Cosmetology participated in a food drive. Both our Woodbury and Plymouth locations took part. For every 5 items that were donated customers received $10 off of a service, packages excluded. Our Woodbury location is donating the items they receive to Christian Cupboard at Woodbury Lutheran Church. The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS) provides help for those in need in the Woodbury community. There are times in life such as a job loss or illness that puts you in a situation that you need help. Our goal is to provide food for those families in this type of transitional need. Our Plymouth location is donating the
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Top 10 Beauty Gurus on YouTube

I am not a beauty expert, but as the front desk manager at our MSC-Woodbury campus, I have a passion for this industry and am excited to share my suggestions for Top 10 beauty videos on YouTube. I have be honest. I used to color my own hair and never did my makeup. Then I started working for MSC and it really drew my attention to how I presented myself. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I’ve made it my goal for this next year to learn how to do my own makeup by watching YouTube videos. I wanted to see what these vlogs were all about. Could
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Top 10 Beauty Trendsetters on Instagram

The cosmetology industry offers the world an overabundance of beauty and creativity! If you want to know what’s happening in the world of beauty, check out this top-ten list of trendsetters to follow on Instagram. Follow for new hair styles, make-up trends, hair colors of tomorrow, the next cool nail polishes! @patmcgrathreal McGrath is a makeup artist and creative director. She has a variety of celebrity clients and shoots for Cover Girl and Vogue. Interested in beauty? She is the real deal. @raereview Rae, a former beauty queen and a beauty review specialist, is a cosmetology guru. Her posts are often very feminine – think pastels, lace, flowers and butterflies. @therealoliviap
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Giving Back to Local Families

In honor of Mother’s Day and to serve a female population that is often overlooked, students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Woodbury voluntarily gave haircuts, styles and manicures to residents of Tubman, a local family crisis center. According to their website, Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced relationship violence, elder abuse, addiction, sexual exploitation or other forms of trauma. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and community education, including public information campaigns to provide community members the information and support they need to get help or give help. The Minnesota School
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Where are they now? 8 Questions for MSC Graduate Miranda Hills

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates for the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field! We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumna Miranda Hills who graduated in 2013. We love hearing graduate success stories! 1. What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? Before attending MSC, I worked from home as a graphic designer. I always had a passion for the beauty industry but wasn’t able to commit to the time requirement with my children at home with me. Once they started school, I
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