Halloween at Minnesota School of Cosmetology

Halloween at Minnesota School of Cosmetology

At Minnesota School of Cosmetology campuses, cosmetology students scared up a good time decorating their mannequins for the campus Halloween Mannequin Contest. Both campuses are celebrating Halloween in their own way, making sure it is fabulous every step of the way.

MSC-Plymouth's winner for Halloween mannequin contest
MSC-Plymouth’s winner for Halloween mannequin contest, designed by student Michela Wahl.

From scary to stunning, Minnesota School of Cosmetology students unleashed their creativity to showcase their cosmetology talents. Students used nail polish, implements, Halloween décor, florals and styling products to create their styles. Voting was open to all students at their respective campus. Mannequins were voted on by MSC students, with winners announced the week of Halloween.

Winners at the Plymouth campus received a Moroccan Oil carry-on bag filled with goodies. Goodies include a Wet Brush drier and brushes and a Colortrak Balayage Kit. The bag also included cosmetology essentials including hair pins and products from American Crew, Nioxin, Big Sexy Hair, Eufora, Redken and Keune. Winners at the Woodbury campus are yet to be announced.

In addition to mannequin contests, Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury had a Halloween door decorating contest. Drawing inspiration from their favorite Halloween movies or scary scenes, students used art supplied to transform the campus.

Trick or Treat at MSC

Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth and Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury are hosting Trick or Treat Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Halloween Door Decorevents. Both Halloween events are on Wednesday, October 31st from 6:30PM-8:00PM at their respective campuses. Families are welcome to trick or treat through the campus and make their rounds at stations or “doors” on campus. For more information on Trick or Treating at MSC, please visit our Facebook page.

Want to Learn More?

Inspired by our cosmetology student’s creativity? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques. You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

Prenatal & Postpartum Massage: Massage for the Mind, Body & Spirit

In 2016, there were almost 4 million babies born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With so many children being born, there is a growing need for massage therapists that have prenatal and postpartum massage training.

Prenatal massage is a technique involving deep bodywork to improve circulation, take strain off muscles and joints, and help during prenatal and postpartum pregnancy phases. Massage therapy can help minimize the discomforts of pregnancy. Prenatal and postnatal massage can help by relieving back strain, headaches and ease postpartum stress. There are prenatal massage guidelines that a massage therapist should abide by to ensure safe sessions. Prenatal massage has many benefits such as hormone regulation, reducing swelling, improvement of nerve pain. This type of massage can also aid the circulatory and lymphatic systems, improve mood and lower stress levels. Postpartum massage helps mothers after delivery to restore their body and ease postpartum depression.

What is Prenatal Massage?

Prenatal massage helps pregnant women relieve stress and discomfort in pregnancy. Many pregnant women experience discomfort in the back, neck, and legs. Prenatal massage helps relieve headaches and swelling from increased blood flow. Prenatal massage is especially beneficial later in the pregnancy, as the baby grows and causes strains and discomfort for their mother.

What is Postpartum Massage?

Postpartum massage helps pregnant women relieve stress, stretch marks and improve moods after birth. Having a baby can cause stress and paired with hormones, some new moms may experience intense mood swings. The usual “Baby Blues” can start a few days after delivery and can last a few weeks. In more severe cases, it is considered postpartum depression. With the assistance of medical treatment and therapies (including massage), new moms may be able to ease their depression.

Discomforts of Pregnancy

In order to help expecting mothers, massage therapists should understand the cause of discomfort. Pregnant women may have anemia, backaches, breast tenderness, edema, elimination problems, headaches, leg cramps, nausea, and/or respiratory conditions.

Anemia – During pregnancy, women increase their blood volume. The body reacts by creating less red blood cells that can dilute the blood, causing anemia. This may lead to fatigue and exhaustion.

Backaches – As the baby grows, pregnant women lean back to compensate for the additional weight. This can put stress on the joints, lumbar spine and abdominal muscles.

Breast Tenderness – As the breasts begin to produce milk in anticipation of the child’s birth, they may also become increasingly tender to the touch.

Edema – There is an increase in fluid volumes later in pregnancy, which leads to excessive swelling.

Elimination Problems – Pregnant women may experience frequent urination due to the reduced size of the bladder, compensating for the enlarged uterus. The pregnant women may also suffer from constipation as the organs in her body are moved for the growing fetus. Hemorrhoids are common during pregnancy as the pregnant women may exert pressure due to constipation.

Headaches – Many things can contribute to a headache including congestion, stress, dehydration and increased muscle tension.

Leg Cramps – The extra weight of the fetus can press on the blood vessels and cause leg cramps during pregnancy.

Nausea – Many pregnant woman have morning sickness early in their pregnancy.

Discomforts of the Postpartum Phase

Understanding the causes of the discomforts of pregnancy is important for the massage therapist to learn about to better help a pregnant woman after delivery. The postpartum phase can cause “Baby Blues”, postpartum depression, postpartum psychosis, stretch marks and vascular problems.

Baby Blues – Can start a few days after delivery and usually only lasts a few weeks. New moms may suffer from mood swings, anxiety, sadness, limited appetite and sleeping issues.

Postpartum Depression – Postpartum depression is a more severe depression and includes mood swings, withdrawal from family and friends, loss of appetite and difficulty bonding with the baby.

Postpartum Psychosis – A rare condition that develops within the first week of delivery. The signs and symptoms include confusion, obsessive thoughts about the baby, hallucinations, excessive agitation, and paranoia.

Stretch Marks – With the increase weight gain in pregnancy, women may experience stretch marks on the body.

Vascular Problems – Pregnant women may experience varicose veins from an increase in pressure in leg veins.

Prenatal Massage Guidelines

Prenatal massages should last around 10 to 30 minutes. The massage table should be lowered so that pregnant women can easily get on and off the table. Pregnant women may also be sensitive to strong odors from scented lotions and aromatherapy. The massage therapist must be careful when massaging the medial thigh, as blood clots may be produced. These blood clots can be loosened with massage and become lodged in the heart or lungs. It is recommended that only gentle pressure be used in the medial thigh region.

Prenatal Massage Benefits

Massage therapy during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains. Prenatal massage is especially beneficial later in the pregnancy, when extra weight causes back strain. Many of the benefits of prenatal massage include:

Hormone Regulation – Hormone levels, along with relaxation and stress may be improved when massage therapy is part of a woman’s prenatal and postpartum care.

Reduction of Swelling – Massage therapy stimulates soft tissues and reduces the collection of fluids in swollen joints.

Improvement of Nerve Pain – Massage therapy relieves inflammation of nerves and helps to release tension on the muscles.

Aid the Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems – Prenatal massage improves blood flow to both the mother and the baby.

Improve Mood and Lower Stress Level – Prenatal massage can help reduce headaches and strains on the body.

Postpartum Massage

Postpartum massage can help reduce tension and soreness. It can help restore the body, realign the body and tone the over-stretched skin on the belly. Postpartum massage will also help relieve pressure on varicose veins.

Since many new moms will suffer from “Baby Blues,” postpartum massage helps relieve stress, headaches, fatigue and promotes better sleep. Endorphins released through postpartum massage may also help to relieve these feelings, in conjunction with care from their physician.

Did this information interest you in becoming a massage therapist? If you are interested in the healing powers of massage, you can begin your career in massage therapy at Minnesota School of Cosmetology. Our short-term massage therapy training program is designed to be completed in as little as 5 months with full time enrollment*. Our massage therapy training program is designed as a holistic program that will prepare students to focus on body mechanics of their clients as well as develop positive habits for the therapist. Together, those two areas will provide a foundation that can lead to longevity in the career field.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

*Completion time for this program is defined by 35 hours per week.

Historical Hairstyles: From Victorian Times to Today

Woman with historical hairstyleHairstyles, much like other fashion and beauty trends, have had a historical impact over time. Regardless of gender or style, hair makes a statement about your style. Not only does your hair hint at self-care and hygiene habits, but also showcases your personality. You can learn a lot about someone by just looking at their hairstyle, including its historical context. Each era has its own iconic hairstyles, allowing many old photographs to be dated based on hair itself! Here is hairstyles have changed throughout the years.

Victorian Historical Hairstyles

During the Victorian era, hairdressers became popular as women took interest in getting their hair styled professionally. Middle parts were all the rage as British fashion mirrored French styles. Women in this time took interest in adorning their hair with flowers rather than flashy trinkets.

Upper class women rarely wore their hair down in public, since a women’s hair was considered her most valuable asset. Because of this, bonnets and hats into outfits became common. Hair was also kept long, although regular trims were common.

Although there are photos of women freely sporting long, cascading waves, this particular hairstyle was considered wild and reserved for models and actresses. Most respectable women wore their hair in a intricately braided or twisted up do. Women would even add additional pieces of human hair, similar to modern day extensions, to give their hairstyle more volume and height.

The most important aspect of Victorian hair was neatness. Regardless of the style, hair had to be kept clean and shiny. The focus behind the hairstyles during this period was on the overall silhouette of the human body. Hair was meant to be styled in a way that made the body appear balanced.

The Roaring ’20s Historical Hairstyles

The era of raging consumerism boosted the economy and the men and women of this  period took major interest in various accessories. Hats, jewelry pins, bows and headbands were booming and evolving. As times changed, so did the common hair length–which had significantly shortened.

The fashionably chic, yet short bob is iconic for the 1920s. With this cut, all eyes were on the sparkling accessories used to adorn it. This cut transitioned easily into the following years when the Great Depression hit, as people couldn’t afford upkeep.

The short bob was, and still is, flattering for a wide range of face shapes due to its framing capabilities. It is also  easy to style since short tresses require less effort, as proven by the popular finger waves of the ’30s.

1950s Historical Hairstyles

On the verge of Hollywood’s Golden Age, people in the ’50s followed trends set by Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and James Dean. Hairstyles took on a more dramatic look to mirror the styles on screen. These included perfectly coiffed styles with a deep side part or side swept curls.

Apart from the sculpted, iconic Hollywood velvet curls that many starlets donned, the ’50s were all about volume. Whether backcombing hair or by using accessories, hair needed to stand tall. Updos were also popular, but not nearly as intricate as they have been historically. Tight, perfect curls (pin curls) is an iconic look of the time, which was achieved with the help of plastic hair rollers.

Salon hair care grew in popularity as political conflict came to an end, allowing for more time and resources. For men, hair was often teased and greased back for a bit of natural volume. This simple hairdo was paired with prominent sideburns.

1970s Historical Hairstyles

As the era of free love and hippy culture ended, the relaxed nature of the period transformed hairstyles. Although styles had varied by this point in time, most people embraced their natural textures. Women opted for longer hairstyles and men chose softer, more natural looking fringe cuts.

The style of this era sported soft layers and highlights that played off existing looks. When it came to hair accessories, women opted for practical scrunchies and large claw clips. This decade saw a dramatic decrease in the use of hair products since natural looks were in style.

As a result, many of the hair care products in the ’70s were sources from all-natural ingredients, such as plants and herbs, to match the demand of the era. African Americans in particular wore their natural hair in pride and celebrated the unique textures resulting from Afros as the practice of chemical relaxants died down.

1980s Historical Hairstyles

The practical, no frills styles of the previous decade quickly went out of fashion, as the ’80s set no constraints to expressionism. Bigger, shinier and brighter was better during these eccentric times. This idea stood true for both hairstyles and fashion.

The powerful career woman sported a long bob that exuded the idea of balance between work life and social life. Other women went with bigger, more texturized styles that required lots of product to maintain. Madonna is one of the most popular hair icons of this time.

Hair dye became more popular as celebrities wore bright and vivid colors. Styles also became choppy and uneven as styles became edgier. The role of hairdressers was necessary as these hairstyles required more care.

Hairstyles in Present Day

The styling of hair has become an increasingly complex art supplemented by the generations and decades of former experience. Society has also grown diverse and accepting of unique looks.

Beachy waves became popular in the early 2000s and have remained trendy. Straight and sleek styles also have become common. Layers continue to be a popular choice for hairstyles of all lengths, leading to a myriad of looks in demand in salons everywhere.

Overall, present day hairstyles seem to resemble a mix of fashionable cuts and textures of days past. With advancements in hairstyling tools and nourishing products, grooming and upkeep has become much easier. The market has a variety of hair products to help achieve any look.

When becoming a hairstylist, it’s important to know the history behind the profession. Hairstylists are the artists behind trending hairstyles that end up leaving such a prominent mark in history. It’s crucial to be aware of trends of the past and how they have helped and evolved into the hairstyles that are popular today.

Ready to lay a foundation as a salon hairstylist that will open up unique opportunities in cosmetology and hairstyling? Need to get your undergraduate certificate in cosmetology first? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques. You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

Exciting Career Options for Cosmetologists and Hairstylists

AttCosmetologist and clientending a vocational school to be a cosmetologist or hairstylist is only the beginning. With a little experience you may work on a movie set, as a personal stylist, working with beauty brands or fashion magazines. Many cosmetologists and hairstylists end up working in different and exciting roles. If you are considering learning to become a cosmetologist or hairstylist, you will find there are many exciting career options to consider.

On-Set Hair or Makeup

Hairstylists and cosmetologists play an important role in film and television. Cosmetologists can get hired to work on the set of a movie or TV show. In this job, cosmetologists and hairstylists prepare the actors for their roles. Working on set is a great way for a cosmetologist or a hairstylist to use their skills in an exciting and fast-paced environment.

On-set hairstylists cut and style the actor’s hair for their role. Whether their character is glamorous, a zombie, or a historical figure, the hairstylist is responsible for creating their hairstyle.

The on-set makeup artist will apply makeup to all actors. They will design looks for the actor’s character. The makeup artist applies the makeup to prepare an actor’s skin and reflect the production lights.

Personal Hair & Makeup Stylists

Public figures or high-profile people may hire a beauty expert or hairstylist. People who have their training in hairstyling or cosmetology may be hired as a personal stylist. Personal stylists form close relationships with their clients and help them develop their personal style. Personal stylists often travel with their client and attend unique events.

To become a personal stylist, find out who does the styling for the local public figures. A hairstylist can volunteer at charity events, which attracts high-profile people. Another way to get your foot in the door is to mingle at fashion shows and corporate events. It is important to embody your work so show up styled and fashionable!

Creative Work for Beauty Brands

Many beauty brands need people on staff to develop and test products, as well as shape their brand. Cosmetologists and hair stylists who have proper training can be invaluable to beauty brands. They may work as creative consultants, providing ideas about new products, new services, or different ways to strengthen their brand. Individuals who train in cosmetology and hairstyling can develop their own taste and sense of style and share it with companies.

Fashion Magazine Work

Fashion magazines shoot models to display clothing brands, push new trends, and explore new looks for a season. These magazines need experts on board to make sure models are prepared for the photoshoots. Cosmetologists and hairstylists can work for a company directly or as a freelancer to help prepare the models for shoots. Above all, it is their job to ensure their hair, makeup, and skin looks as good as possible.

Becoming an Expert Cosmetologist

High-end cosmetologists will tell you that your first step in this industry is to gain an education. First of all, you must hone your craft and create a style that is unique. A career in cosmetology will usually start at a salon. If you work hard and become an expert, it may open doors to exciting opportunities.

Furthermore, celebrity cosmetologists will tell you to network. First of all, you should attend events where high-profile people are mingling and volunteer for events. Mingle with people at fashion shows and get to know local actors and newscasters. Before you know it, you will have a network of opportunities to expand your career options.

People who go to school for cosmetology or hairstyling may initially think that they’ll end up working in a spa or salon. In contrast, they’ll open themselves up to a slew of unique career options. Those who are looking for exciting work opportunities may find hat there are several creative options to explore.

Ready to lay a foundation as a salon hairstylist that will open up unique opportunities in cosmetology and hairstyling? Need to get your undergraduate certificate in cosmetology first? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques. You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

Making A Career Change to Massage Therapy

Making a career change is never an easy decision. When you have wonderful mentors and peers encourage you, the journey becomes a breeze.

LeAnn Balmanno is a recent Massage Therapist graduate who made a career change that changed her life forever. LeAnn made the decision in early 2018 to

Massage Therapy graduate
LeAnn Balmanno, Massage Therapist graduate of June 2018

follow her dreams. While working as a Guest Service Media Coordinator at John Joseph Salon, she became familiar with the massage therapist on site and wanted to learn more.  LeAnn would always tell her fellow co-workers that she was interested in massage therapy, but was told she was too outgoing and bubbly to be in the field.  For the longest time LeAnn believed them, but she didn’t give up. LeAnn wanted to make a change in other people’s lives to make them feel great about themselves.

Researching Massage Therapy Schools

Once LeAnn decided to take the first step to become a massage therapist, it was time to research schools. That is where the Minnesota School of Cosmetology came in. LeAnn visited an open house at our Plymouth location and fell in love. The atmosphere, the course hours and, most importantly, the instructor, Diana Oberg made LeAnn’s decision easy. When you find a school that can make your new career change easier, you know you will excel at what you love.

Transforming Lives as a Massage Therapist

“I truly love helping people and I love how each person has a different style when it comes to the way they massage. It is a very creative job that can change people’s lives for the better and I am so proud to be a massage therapist,” says LeAnn.

LeAnn was employed before graduating from the program. She now enjoys working her dream job at The Woodhouse Day Spa in Maple Grove. LeAnn also received her license through the city of Maple Grove to help her career expand when she is ready.

“MSC was more than a school for me, it changed not only my life but my family’s life as well.”

– LeAnn Balmanno, Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Massage Therapist graduate of June 2018.

The Positive Impact Cosmetology Has on Health

Cosmetologist and clientImproving your health should be a continuous journey for both cosmetologists and their clients. Everyone should strive to become a healthier, better version of themselves. It is not just about maintaining physical health, but also mental health. Cosmetology can have positive impacts for not only cosmetologists, but salon clients as well.

Positive Impact on the Cosmetologist

For cosmetologists, working in an industry that they love can have positive impacts on their health. People tend to feel less stressed and happier with their lives if they have a job they enjoy. If you do not dread your job, it is a lot easier to get up and go to work in the morning.

Avoiding Stress as a Cosmetologist

Stress can lead to depression and anxiety, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. People may develop bad habits because of stress.  These habits may include excessive eating, drinking or smoking. When you have a job that you love, you may not turn to coping mechanisms to handle stress. People who love their job are more likely to be healthy and happy.

Despite this, not all stress is bad. Stress can motivate us to perform at a higher level or be life-saving in intense situations. Work stress and long-term stress, on the other hand, is not good for a person. Long-term stress can cause chronic health problems. A person with chronic stress will have trouble with immunity, digestion, sleep and reproduction health. Fight stress with plenty of exercise, good nutrition and a job that you enjoy.

Many cosmetologists are in the profession because they are passionate about beauty. They like working with hair and nails and socializing with others. Making other people feel beautiful can be very fulfilling for cosmetologists and stylists.

Positive Impact for the Customer

Customers visiting hair or nail salons are often looking to professionals to look and feel beautiful. They may want a new hairdo, color update, manicure or pedicure. People enjoy getting pampered by a cosmetologist. These services can help eliminate stress, raise self-esteem and improve the health of hair and nails.

Eliminating Stress

Being pampered can help eliminate stress. People can relax while the cosmetologist takes care of their beauty needs. The customer can sit in the chair and take a break. They don’t have to care for their spouse or children during this time, allowing them to focus on their own needs. They get to relax and unwind, which is a major benefit after a long day.

Scalp massages during the shampooing process helps relieve stress and increases endorphins in the brain. Also, a cosmetologist who befriend their clients may also feel a greater sense of social and emotional fulfillment.

Raising Self-Esteem

Not only does getting pampered eliminate stress, but it also raises self-esteem. Individuals who treat themselves to pampering at a salon tend to feel better about themselves. Whether a client gets a haircut, new hair color, fresh set of nails, or make-up, clients can feel like a whole new person. This enhances their self-esteem and improves overall well-being. Low self-esteem can lead to depression, so taking the time to get hair or nails done at a salon can really help raise a person’s self-esteem. Cosmetologists also feel better about themselves after transforming their customer’s appearances.

Social interaction with clients can also help the customer’s and cosmetologist’s self-esteem. Connecting with friends and sharing an intimate exchange can make a person feel better about themselves, knowing they have a positive circle of friends.

Improving Health Through Hair

It isn’t all about mental health. Customers experience physical health benefits when they visit their hair stylist. Oily hair can lead to skin irritations, which can be treated at salons. Professional shampooing and services can eliminate excess oil and promote scalp and skin health.

Cosmetologists that use chemical free and non-toxic hair accessories will also help the customer keep their hair in pristine condition. Many hair accessories can split ends and damage hair. The proper use of hair care accessories is important for the cosmetologist to help the customer keep their hair healthy.

Hair loss may occur, whether due to stress or a medical condition. Having clean and regularly maintained hair can prevent hair loss, or at least slow down the process. Treating the hair and keeping it healthy is an important part of the prevention process, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Cosmetology can have many positive impacts on health for both the cosmetologist and clients. Mental health is the most positively impacted. Having a job you love allows people to free their minds from stressful thoughts. Anyone hoping to become a cosmetologist can experience all the positive effects that the salon can provide for cosmetologists and their clients.

Ready to reduce the stress and raise the self-esteem of your customers? Need to get your undergraduate certificate in cosmetology first? At Minnesota School of Cosmetology, we are dedicated to helping our Cosmetology program students develop a solid foundation and a flair for style through hands-on training in basic and advanced industry techniques. You will learn how to cut, color and style hair, give manicures and pedicures, provide spa treatments and perform various skin care techniques from industry-experienced instructors in a professional salon setting. We keep our class sizes small to make sure you get the individualized instruction you need and attention you deserve. You will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry, including a cosmetology diploma from a respected college.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming a hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.