Minnesota School of Cosmetology Partners with Operation Glass Slipper

Minnesota School of Cosmetology has paired up with Operation Glass Slipper again!

From Operation Glass Slipper’s website: Founded in 2006, Operation Glass Slipper is a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to providing prom gowns and accessories at no charge to high school girls throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin who would otherwise be unable to attend prom due to difficult financial or family circumstances. At our annual Princess Event in mid-March, over 1,000 girls are outfitted for prom with the help of hundreds of volunteer Fairy Godmothers. (From Operation Glass Slipper’s Website)

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is providing complimentary gift certificates for an updo or specialty style to all students that receive a dress at the Princess Event. We are also a drop off site year round for dresses and accessories.

What is Operation Glass Slipper looking for?

Prom and bridesmaids dresses (dresses do not need to be dry-cleaned)
Wedding gowns
Wedding veils
Flower girl dresses and shoes
Dressy shoes
Clutch bags/Purses
Strapless padded bras – bras in larger sizes (DD and up) can have straps/longline bras (any size)
Ring bearer pillows

They are especially in need of:
Smaller size (0-4) and plus size (18+) dresses
Shoes in small sizes (4-7) and larger sizes (11-13), and wider shoes in any size

This year’s Princess Event will be taking place March 14 and 15 at the Southdale Center in Edina.

Sky is the Limit for Minnesota School of Cosmetology Graduate

Allie Oliver had looked at a cosmetology school a few years prior to her visit to Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC)-Plymouth, but she says there wasn’t anything “super special” about the other school that made her want to go there.

There was something special about MSC, however.

“I didn’t feel like I was sitting in a classroom learning about something that doesn’t apply,” Allie explains. “I not only wanted to, but I needed to have a program that was hands-on all the time in an industry that is constantly changing. That’s what MSC offered me.”

Allie says it was the people inside the school who made her experience at MSC so great.

“My instructors are the people who helped me get through the program,” she says. “I can’t think of a single instructor who didn’t care about me academically and personally. They truly are the ones who taught us the importance of building relationships in this industry.”

In addition to the instructors, Allie says she loves all the other little things MSC has to offer.

“They pay for your boards exam if you pass, they offer free classes within the school if you are an alumni, and they are connected with MSB (Minnesota School of Business), so you can further your education even outside of the salon,” she says.

Allie started her career at a salon just one day after she graduated from MSC, but she says it was hard work that led to her success.

“What you put into the program is what you will get out of it,” says Allie. “If within these ten to 12 months you really commit to the program, then the sky is the limit.”

Allie loves her job and where she is now, but realizes how far she’s come and how much further she has the potential to go.

“There’s so much for me to learn and areas for me to grow, not just in this industry, but in life itself,” explains Allie. “The things that being behind a chair has taught me are applicable to many areas in my life: building and maintaining relationships, having an open line of communication, and choosing to help people feel better or happier than they were when I first came into contact with them. So, to be honest, I’m a work in progress. Where I am now is light years away from where I was even when I started at MSC.”

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

Where Are They Now? 5 Questions for Minnesota School of Cosmetology Grad

Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury (MSC) graduate Lacy Gullikson has been working at Fantastic Sams since she graduated cosmetology school. She was happy to answer our questions about her journey into the beauty industry.

Tell us about your career path before graduation from MSC.

I started at a different beauty school, but I didn’t feel ready to go into the real world. I needed to find a new school where I could get extra help to succeed in my career.

Why did you choose MSC?

They work with you one-on-one if you need extra help, and they are all about the students!

How did your education enhance or change your current career path?

I never felt so ready to get out and work in a salon. Even just applying at salons was fun because MSC teaches you how to set up your resume and how to interview. I loved my time at MSC and my education. I even outsmarted some interviewers while being interviewed!

What piece of advice would you give students considering a career in cosmetology?

Go for it! “You do not make mistakes, you make new discoveries.” This is something I learned at MSC and still live by. It is totally awesome making people feel better about themselves.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry?

Meeting new people, helping them find a new look and feel confident about themselves. They have to wake up every day and look in the mirror, so I know I helped them, and it makes me feel good.

Dress for Success or What Not to Wear to Work

If you need a resolution to focus on for 2015, consider making it to up your dress for the job you want. Dressing well Creative cosmetology professionalcan have an impact on how you feel about yourself as well as your career. The show What Not to Wear became a hit showing the impact looking good can have on your personal as well as professional life.

We’ve all heard the saying, “You only get one chance to make a first impression”. That first impression impacts how people see you and treat you. And working in the cosmetology field, where improving appearances is your job, makes it a must-do.

Cosmetology is creative and your look should promote your creativity, personality and talent. It should appeal to the type of client you want to attract and the career you want to have.

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You are your own best advertising. You have the opportunity to be the expert that your clients go to for all things fashion and beauty. Plan your look from hair and makeup through clothes and accessories. Think about the type of client you want to attract and dress one step up.

Paying attention to your own look will not only benefit your career, but looking good improves your own confidence. That confidence will attract attention and potential clients. You can feel good about yourself and increase your income at the same time.

Professional hairdresser Keeping up on new hair, makeup and fashion trends will attract customers and can also lead to increased commissions on products. If you choose to specialize in a treatment or product line, make sure you are using it yourself. Your customers will want to know what you are doing to look good.

Professional Dress – What to Wear

Dressing for the job you want shows that you are ambitious and professional. As a hair stylist, you can have fun and be creative. Do pay attention to fit, cleanliness and practicality in the process.

Dress the way your clients want to look so they are comfortable coming to you for their new look and product advice. As a hair stylist, you will be keeping up on the latest in hair news. Partner that with fashion and makeup advice. Find fashion blogs with your desired look to follow and share.

Fit is more important than price or trend. Whatever style you choose, make sure that your clothes fit correctly. Keep your look classy and modest to appeal to a broader range of client.

You will be on your feet a lot. Buy shoes that are comfortable as well as good looking. Your clothes will also be exposed to the products you use as a hair stylist. Make sure they are washable and not easily stained or damaged. They need to be comfortable and appropriate for the work you do as well as project your creative and professional image.

Beyond Work

Looking the part goes beyond the walls of work. You can meet potential clients anywhere and you want to be able to Cosmetology Fashionshare what you do with pride. You don’t have to look work appropriate all the time. Just make sure you are well put together when you are shopping or out with friends.

Cosmetology is a visual and creative career. Your clients will pay attention to how you look. Dressing for success is something that you need to focus on.

Building a wardrobe

Building a wardrobe is a process. Most of us cannot afford to go out and buy an entirely new work wardrobe. Try these tips:

  • Set a budget – Decide what you can spend and break it down into monthly or seasonal increments. Then you can set priorities with what you need.
  • Buy basics – Start with black pants, a good pair of jeans, and white t-shirt, white button-down, a crew-neck sweater and a jacket. You can mix and match and change the look of these with jewelry and scarves. As you can afford it, add more pieces to round it out.
  • Focus on fit – Fit is more important than price. If your clothes fit you well, you will always look good.
  • Spend more on key pieces – A career in cosmetology will mean being on your feet a lot and working with color and other chemicals. You will need good shoes so spend a little more on them. Chances are your shirts will get washed a lot or get stained. Save money on those. Think about the price per wear.
  • Watch for deals – Many stores and brands have loyalty programs. You may find your favorite stores and be able to earn discounts.

Cosmetology is a creative field. Have fun with your look and keep it updated. It will pay off in how you feel about yourself and in the clients you attract.

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