Minnesota School of Cosmetology Invites Public to 5th Annual National Night Out Event

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) invites the community to its fifth annual National Night Out celebration at its Woodbury campus and inaugural event at its Plymouth location on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. This free event provides the entire community a safe and fun way for families to come together, meet neighbors and engage with local business owners. Last year’s event at our Woodbury location drew close to 350 people.

The event will feature a bouncy house, face painting, crazy hair dos, games, food and much more. Kids will even have an opportunity to get their picture taken with a prince and princess at our Plymouth location. Adults will have the chance to enter a drawing for a complimentary spa day – pampering yourself with spa pedicures, manicures and facials. MSC will also be giving out coupons for a free service.  Local public safety officials will also be on hand at our Woodbury location.

In addition, MSC will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Sheridan Story on behalf of 9-year-old Rhuin Eisley, a south Minneapolis girl with a mission to feed hungry children in the metro. Rhuin has spent her summer painting nails and doing odd jobs to help her cause.

“Rhuin’s love of community and cosmetology struck a real chord with us,” says MSC director, Jill Hocking. “We are so excited to partner with her on this mission and help children in need right here in our own community.”

National Night Out is an annual community-building event held the first Tuesday of August. The goal is to build stronger neighborhood relationships and police-community partnerships to ensure a safer place to live.

What: Minnesota School of Cosmetology Night to Unite Carnival

When: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016
5 – 7 p.m.


Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury
1750 Weir Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125


Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth
1425 County Road 101 N. Plymouth, MN 55447


Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) and Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe Education Network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu.

Guide to Skin Tone and Hair Color

A dye job can completely transform everything from your appearance to your perspective on life. The wrong color, however, can make you appear tired, while also drawing attention to any blemishes or imperfections you may have. Ideally, your color selection will be guided by your natural skin tone.

Skin tone and hair colorDetermining Your Skin Tone

Determining your skin tone can be surprisingly difficult, as its classification is largely directed by undertones not always evident to the naked eye. If you have very fair skin, freckles, and blue or green eyes with few golden flecks, you probably have a cool skin tone. Cool skin tone is also likely if you burn to a crisp whenever you spend the day at the beach. Conversely, if you tan easily and have darker eyes with golden flecks, your skin tone can be classified as warm.

Skin tone can also be determined based on the color of your veins. People with cool skin tones typically have blue or purple veins, while those with warmer tones have a greenish tinge to their veins.

A few lucky individuals have neutral skin, which is not marked by any obvious undertones. These fortunate few can dye their hair just about any color and still look good. If your skin has a definite warm or cool tone, however, it may be in your best interest to follow these basic guidelines:

Basic Rule of Thumb

In general, it is best to select a color that is the opposite of your natural skin tone. Thus, if you have a cool skin tone, you’ll look best with a warmer color that lights up your features. If you have a warm skin tone, cooler colors will complement your healthy glow.

Best Hair Colors For Cool-Toned Skin

In keeping with the standard rule outlined above, it is best to pair cool-toned skin with warmer hair colors such as gold-infused shades of red and blonde. Dark hair does not have to be completely avoided; many cool-toned individuals look great with chocolate brunette locks. Terms such as mahogany and honey typically accompany hair dyes meant for cool-toned women.

Best Hair Colors For Warm-Toned Skin

If you’ve determined that you have warm-toned skin, you can now explore a whole new world of platinum blonde, dark auburn, and very dark brunette hues. A wider array of possibilities are available for warm-toned individuals, who enjoy a lesser risk of appearing washed out while using daring colors. However, warm-toned women are at greater risk of acquiring a brassy look. Common terms that accompany hair dyes meant for warm-toned individuals include ash and amber.

The right hair color can make you look healthier, happier, and more alive, but choosing the appropriate hue can be challenging. Your first step is to determine which skin tone you have. If this is a struggle, consider meeting up with a trusted stylist or color specialist, who can get you on the right track with a hair color that complements your natural complexion.


The Official Guide to Finding the Best Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

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 12998617_10153666017488722_4750874331011347817_ntreating 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 Prom and MSC has been volunteering for the event since the beginning. Maureen Johnston, Child Life Director for Shriners Hospital exclaimed, “Your group was amazing (again) at Prom!  We really could not do this event without generous people like you!”

MSC student, Amy Henry, was touched by her involvement with the Shriners prom. “I am so happy to have been a part of the Shriners prom. To be able to see the joy and excitement on all the girls faces while being a part of their special day, and in the meantime, I was doing something that I love and am so passionate about! It just really doesn’t get any better than that!”

Students and staff at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology always look forward to enhancing the prom experience for special young people at this annual event.


MSC – Plymouth Helps Send Meals to Ecuador for Day of Service


On Friday, June 17, 2016, from noon-2 p.m., 10 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth staff members volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids as part of Globe Education Network’s annual Community Service Day. We were very excited to participate in this event and had a lot of fun as we packed nutritious meals for people in need.

As a team, MSC-Plymouth staff members were able to pack 25 boxes, each containing 36 food packets. Our volunteer work accomplished:

• 25 Boxes Packed
• 5,400 Meals
• 14 Children Fed For One Year

Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers to hand-pack meals. The meals are specially formulated for the benefit of malnourished children, and the meals are shipped to over 70 countries. The meals that MSC-Plymouth volunteers packed will be shipped to Ecuador.


MSC-Plymouth Staff Members at Feed My Starving Children
MSC-Plymouth Staff Members at Feed My Starving Children

“Watching the introduction video and seeing starving children always breaks my heart. But it makes you feel so good knowing that you’re giving back and that you’re helping to feed children in need. It’s great to give back as a team; it’s a great team-building experience,” MSC Instructor Cindy Liston said


Anti-Aging Tips and Tricks

As each year passes, you work hard to maintain a youthful perspective on life. Unfortunately, sun exposure, diet, and the natural aging process all conspire to make you look a lot older than you feel. Thankfully, it’s never too late to turn the clock back a few years. These helpful hints will allow you to maintain a more youthful visage:

Daily Sunscreen

Sunlight exposure is one of the chief causes of premature skin aging. Most people are smart enough to apply ample sunscreen while hanging out at the beach, but daily application is not a common phenomenon. Daily use of a high-SPF sunscreen is imperative, however, as sun exposure can prove harmful even in small doses, on cloudy days, and through windows. Look for broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, as this will protect you from the ill effects of both UVA and UVB rays. In addition to wearing sunscreen, invest in a big floppy hat and a pair of good sunglasses. These accessories prevent squinting, another top culprit behind premature wrinkles.

Hydration and a Healthy Diet

What you put in your body can be every bit as important as the products you apply to your skin. A good diet is paramount to wrinkle prevention, as is sufficient water consumption. To keep your skin line-free, load your diet with fruits and vegetables — and avoid refined sugars. Add a cup or two of green tea to your daily routine; multiple studies indicate that those who regularly consume green tea are able to keep fine lines and other signs of aging at bay.

Anti-Aging Tips and Tricks

Retinoid Creams

Long a go-to solution for skincare-conscious individuals of all ages, retinol was originally marketed as an acne solution. Although it remains a popular acne and psoriasis treatment to this day, it has developed an even closer connection with the anti-aging community.

Retinoid products prompt faster turnover of skin cells, thereby promoting growth among the cells that lie underneath that top layer of skin. A variety of over-the-counter retinol products are available, but many patients favor stronger products prescribed by dermatologists, including Renova and Retin-A.

Visiting an Esthetician

A variety of at-home solutions can enhance the look and feel of your skin, but if your regimen could use a boost, consider visiting an esthetician. Often confused with dermatologists, estheticians focus on improving overall skin appearance and quality, as opposed to treating medically-classified skin conditions. Many people visit dermatologists for medical treatment and estheticians in hopes of further improving the results achieved at the dermatologist. Treatment from an esthetician can take many forms; common services include facials, microdermabrasian, chemical peels, and collagen induction.

From preventative care to regular esthetician visits, a wide variety of simple solutions can give your skin the youthful appearance you desire. Whether you wish to improve your own youthful glow or help others achieve a younger look, you can reach your beauty goals by attending the Minnesota School of Cosmetology.




Career Advice from MSC: Places to Work as a Cosmetologist

From salons to movie sets, cosmetologists work in a wide array of environments. Due to the versatility of
their work, it is imperative that they gain practical experience with a variety of hair and makeup styles. The ability to work efficiently and effectively in high-pressure situations is also a bonus. Detailed below are a few of the best
places to work as a cosmetologist:

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Most cosmetology careers begin in the salon, where cosmetologists tackle everything from manicures to hairstyles, to prom makeup. Salon work can be deeply satisfying, as cosmetologists are able to witness first-hand the confidence boost that their efforts give clients.

Mobile services for bridal parties

Wedding hair and makeup are increasingly a priority among bridesmaids and brides-to-be, many of whom wish to skip the added stress of visiting salons on their big day. Several savvy cosmetologists have responded to this increasing demand by setting up mobile bridal salons, which provide day-of hair and makeup services whenever and wherever bridal parties desire.

High-end makeup stores

From department store counters to makeup boutiques, a variety of retail-based cosmetology jobs are available for ambitious professionals. Although many students sell makeup in order to earn a little side money while attending cosmetology school, most move up into demo makeup following graduation. Their jobs are both promotional and educational in nature, for in addition to using their skills to convince customers to buy high-end products, they must teach customers about the types of products that are most likely to work with their skin type and coloring.


Stage makeup for theater and dance stands in stark contrast to the standard practices used to make women look and feel their best on a daily basis. Cosmetologists must use a far more heavy-handed approach when applying stage makeup, as their chief goal is to prevent bright lights from washing out performers’ faces. Additionally, cosmetologists who work backstage aim to accentuate facial features, thereby making it easier for performers to convey emotion from a distance.

StudioTV sets

Many cosmetologists dream of someday working in the entertainment industry. From red carpet affairs to special effects, a wide array of unique makeup gigs are available in Hollywood. Cosmetology opportunities are abundant in Tinseltown, but so are hair stylists and makeup artists desperate for celebrities to notice their work. A cosmetology certificate can give you a much-needed leg up on the competition, as it proves that you possess the in-depth knowledge and extensive skill needed for success in a variety of contexts.

No matter where you end up, you are bound to gain an enormous sense of satisfaction as you pursue your dream cosmetology career. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box as you search for the perfect cosmetology job.




Post written by Josie Black

MSC – Woodbury Staff Volunteer at Tubman Center

Each year, the Minnesota School of Cosmetology closes the school for a day and participates in an organized volunteer opportunity. For our 2016 annual community service project on Friday June 17, 2016, MSC-Woodbury staff members volunteered at Tubman in Maplewood.

Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, ComServicelegal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and community education. Tubman is the state’s largest provider of domestic violence services, with over 20 percent of all Minnesota shelter beds for women and children experiencing family violence.

Twelve Minnesota School of Cosmetology volunteers organized Tubman’s clothing store called Harriet’s Closet, sorted clothes, and created clothing and accessory displays. They also packed baby wipes and other personal care items for clients of the Tubman Center, and transported school supplies to the shelter and other areas of the building.

“Volunteering for the Tubman Center was amazing. I feel like we really made a difference and a lot of people will be helped due to the work that we did,” Sonya Stelmachuk, Admissions Representative at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, said.

“Thank you for all your help! We really couldn’t do it without community support and volunteers like you! We were happy to help this amazing organization!” an administrator at Tubman said.