In a narrow, crowded hallway in the basement of Seven Ultralounge in downtown Minneapolis, 14 Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students, two instructors, 13 Minnesota Timberwolves dancers and a few others improvise to create a mobile salon.
They are prepping for the Fifth Annual Timberwolves Dancers Fashion Show, for which MSC students were selected to do the hair and makeup for the dancers, who serve as the models. The show, produced by JD Style Group, helps sponsor local nonprofit youth groups to attend a charity event held in the spring.
“Minnesota School of Cosmetology has worked with JD Style Group in the past, and they asked us to participate in this event,” explains Josh Luhmann, school manager for MSC. “We’ve chosen certain students who we thought would be great for this opportunity and who excel in different dynamics of hair and makeup.”
The students were asked to create one look to go with four different outfits the dancers would be modeling in the show. The looks included casual chic, swimwear, Valentine’s Day glam and the official Timberwolves dancers’ uniform.
“I’m really excited and a little nervous,” says MSC student Emily. “We’re stepping out of the ordinary salon atmosphere, so that’s fun.”
Just as the styling process was getting underway, the group was informed that they would be moving upstairs to continue the transformation. With just two hours to get all 13 dancers’ hair and makeup done, the MSC team was already on a time crunch. They quickly packed up their hairspray, curling irons and dozens of makeup supplies and headed up the elevator, only leaving behind a few stray bobby pins. Overall, the transition was pretty smooth, and MSC instructor Molly Brouhard thought the students did well.
“I thought they handled it very gracefully,” she says. “They rolled with the punches, which is important in this industry. They got a life lesson in what it’s like in the real world of beauty.”
Once everyone was settled in again, the group began to have fun as the students demonstrated their professional skills and creativity. The dancers were pleased with the final results and enjoyed the experience.
“I like how my makeup is more natural to go with all my looks,” says Timberwolves dancer Camille. “We usually do our own hair and makeup for the games, so it’s nice to just be able to sit in a chair and have someone else do it for a change.”
Even with all the last minute changes and chaos, the students were able to complete full hair and makeup for all 13 girls in less than two hours. The dancers looked great, and they were ready to walk the runway, modeling the looks JD Style Group put together.
“At first, it was overwhelming, but once we jumped in, it was easy,” says MSC student Madeline. “I was proud of us!”
For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology visit www.msccollege.edu.