New Year’s Resolutions 2015

Are you looking forward to the New Year? As 2015 begins, many of us will look back and New Year'sexamine where we are and where we want to be. The start of the New Year is a great time to make changes to better your life. What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2015?

Most resolutions are about making life improvements. They may relate to health, self-improvement, family or career. As you can see from this list, two of the most popular resolutions relate to education and career.

Fortunately, these two things often go hand-in-hand. If you want a better job, you often need to increase your job skills, usually requiring some type of training or education. If these improvements are on your list, we have some tips for you.

Career goals

If you are looking for a better job, start with some research to find a job that fits your career goals and the lifestyle you want to have.

Minnesota School of CosmetologyCosmetology is a growing career field that includes hairdressers, hairstylists, barbers and cosmetologists. These jobs provide beauty services for hair, nail and skin. The demand for licensed cosmetologists is strong and the training needed to get into this career can take less than 12 months.

If you’re looking for a rewarding career that combines creativity, new trends and fashion along with working with people, cosmetology may be the career for you. Check out this quiz to see if cosmetology is a good fit for you.


Would you rather work for yourself or for someone else? What kind of flexibility are you looking for in a job? Do you want to set your own schedule and control your income?

A career in cosmetology offers many advantages.Hair and skin care

  • Flexibility – You choose how many hours you want to work and on what days. You can work for a salon, rent a space in a salon or open your own business. If you are working for yourself, you can set your own rates for your services.
  • Income – You choose how much you make by how much you work. You can increase your income by increasing your hours. You can also earn commissions by selling hair and skin care products.
  • Social – You will be meeting new people and gaining clients. You will increase your social circle.
  • Creative – Hairstyles and fashion are always changing. You can become a go-to person for your clients on what is the hottest new look in hair, makeup and fashion.
  • Activity – Cosmetology is not a desk job. You will be on your feet and moving, you’ll never be bored.
  • Specialize – You can specialize in hair, nail or skin care. You can also choose to specialize in certain types of treatments within these areas such as hair color or specialty manicures.


Now that you have chosen a career path, you need to find out what kind of training is needed to get into the field and be successful.

While different states have slightly different rules, all states require a cosmetology license. An accredited program will ensure you have all the classes needed as well as hands-on training and preparation for the exam. Most cosmetology schools take between nine and fifteen months to complete. States require between 1,000 and 2,300 training hours with most requiring around 1,600.

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You’ll get lots of hands-on practice in your program and learn about human anatomy and chemistry as well as how to wash, cut and style hair. Advanced techniques may also be offered, helping you to specialize in an area if you choose.

All states require graduates to get the training hours and then pass a licensing exam. Exams include a written part and practical testing in skin care, makeup application and hair care.

Finding a job

Going through the effort of the program pays off when you graduate and get a job. Some schools offer placement assistance and have created relationships with employers. Take the time to network with instructors and employers in your area to help you find the perfect position.

If fashion and style interest you, consider a career in cosmetology. This growing career field holds lots of potential for those willing to put in the effort. Here’s to a fabulous 2015!


12 Beauty Tips for the Holidays

Written by Jeff Bishop, career services coordinator, Katie Savior, associate campus director/financial aid director and Dani Vetrano, education MSC holiday beauty tipscoordinator

We are making our list and checking it twice.

With the holidays upon us, it’s time to get set for seeing friends and family… and generally looking your best.

From Minnesota School of Cosmetology, here are 12 beauty trends to get your holiday started off right!

12. Bold lips for the holidays

Bold lips are in—try a red, maroon or mauve color to make your lips pop!

11. Add a touch of sparkle

Adding a touch of sparkle to your daily look will take it from voom to va va va voom! Such a simple addition that you can do for the holidays!

10. Luscious Lashes

Apply dark brown or black eye liner on your top eyelid, not directly on top of your eye lashes but in between them, apply a clear coat of mascara, and then add your usual mascara.

9. Delightful treats for your hair

There are many things you can do to make your hair healthy. Treat your hair to a conditioning treatment.

8. Instant facelift

With the winter weather doing damage to your skin, make sure you pamper yourself with a facial. MSC uses Dermalogica products and offers wonderful facials. If you haven’t tried a facial at MSC, give us a call today (1-877-541-8777) to schedule yours!

7. Flawless foundation

Check out Glamour for a great article with tips on how to have flawless foundation.

6. Color hues for the holidays

Trending this winter has been face-framing highlights and adding some shine! Check out this Harper’s Bazaar article for other trends.

5. Mistletoe ready lips

That time of year is quickly approaching when mistletoe will be all around. Michelle Phan has a great post on how to prepare your lips for the season.

4. Knock your socks off

Baby it’s cold outside! Make sure you aren’t forgetting about your pretty toes. Even when it’s cold out, it’s still important to take care of your feet. Get out of the house and relax at the salon with a pedicure.

3. Mani-cure your winter blues

It is important during the winter months to exfoliate your hands and keep your nails and cuticles conditioned. There are a lot of fabulous nail polish colors out there for the winter months and many fun designs.

2. Holiday hairstyles

With the holidays around the corner—and wrapping presents, cooking and cleaning still needing to be done—the last thing on your mind is how you are going to style your hair. We love these holiday hairstyles from about style.

1. December discounts, deals and steals

MSC-Plymouth is currently offering buy one-get one of equal or lesser value free on all products. We also have a $50 gift card for only $37.50.

Happy Holiday’s from Minnesota School of Cosmetology! We wish you a safe and beautiful holiday season!

“We Care” at MSC

Cosmetologists are generally very caring, thoughtful and generous. At the Minnesota School of Cosmetology, our students and staff give back to the community year round. Currently for the holidays, we are donating toys, stuffed animals and other gifts to Toys for Tots. We also sponsored a Wisconsin family that recently lost their house to a fire. By donating household items, clothing, and gifts we hope that the family, including a 3 year old boy and 1 ½ year old girl, will be blessed with more cheer and less stress on Christmas.

MSC students and faculty give backOur caring nature is not only evident during the holidays. Over the past year, we have also collected hundreds of pounds of food for the Woodbury Christian Cupboard, donated money from jeans days and other fundraisers for deployed veterans, Make-A-Wish, Children’s Hospital and Relay for Life, and had a bake sale to benefit breast cancer research.

In addition to monetary fundraisers at our Woodbury location, we also offer free haircuts to veterans on Wednesdays, do complimentary manicures for the elderly at Oak Meadows Senior Living in Oakdale and haircuts for the homeless at the Listening House in Saint Paul. We have also pampered clients at Harriet Tubman Center, Shriner’s Hospital and many other locations to help people feel beautiful inside and out.

The students and staff of Minnesota School of Cosmetology live by the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


4 Things I Learned from Salon Visits

By Jeff Bishop, career services coordinator

My name is Jeff Bishop and I’m the career services coordinator at Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth. I have been with MSC since our Plymouth campus opened more than three years ago, and I have a passion for working with college students and seeing them achieve their goals.

At MSC, I work with students to help them obtain employment in the cosmetology industry. I help students with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, professionalism, job searching and job applications, so that they feel prepared to go out into the professional world of cosmetology.Minnesota School of Cosmetology Career Services

As part of our Employee Learning Week, I had the opportunity to visit 37 different salons in the Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Wayzata areas. I was able to network with salon professionals, share information about MSC’s education and learn about potential employment opportunities for our students and graduates. I learned a lot from my visits and wanted to share some of the things I learned.

  1. Employers love meeting students.  I heard so many times that employers love meeting prospective employees. Almost every salon is open to students taking time to schedule a visit so that they can network, see how different salons operate and really get the “vibe” of various salons. MSC students are even able to get school credit for salon visits! 
  2. Visiting salons helps students find the perfect fit. When starting a cosmetology career, I feel that it’s very important to do some research in order to find a salon that’s the right fit. After all, no two salons are alike — every salon has different stylists, atmospheres, and clienteles. By researching and touring multiple salons, students are able to find a position they love and can grow into future success.
  3. Job opportunities aren’t always posted online. I think we’ve all heard statistics stating that the majority of available jobs are not posted or advertised in any way. I learned that this is partially true for cosmetology as well. I spoke with salon owners who are always looking for fresh talent, but do not post jobs or even take applications! They are looking for potential employees to do their research and seek out career opportunities. This is another reason why visiting and touring salons is important to a job search.
  4. Salon owners, managers, and stylists are really friendly! They just are! I’ve heard from some MSC students that they’re nervous about networking or setting up salon visits, and I understand. It can be really nerve-racking to walk into a new place and introduce yourself. But don’t worry, I found that almost everyone in the industry is really friendly and really excited to talk with up-and-coming stylists! So take the plunge and start networking. I think you’ll be happy you did.

Overall, I had a great time going out into the community and meeting some wonderful salon professionals. I encourage all students to get out there and start networking. You never know when you could meet the right owner or tour the right salon and start the job that changes your life.