Cosmetics Tips: More than Just Makeup

Woman putting on cosmetics

We are ushering in a new and empowering era of beauty. The days of using makeup as a way to mask your natural features are fading. In their place we are welcoming beauty definitions that are far more inclusive and unconventional. This imaginative spirit has woven itself into the creativity of our cosmetics and revived the passion and excitement in the beauty industry as a whole.

These new ideas, along with makeup products and application techniques, are tools we can use to look and feel our very best. Instead of diving into an endless list of shopping suggestions and step-by-step tutorials that may not apply to your unique beauty, let’s go into some tips about what you can do to be confident in your lovely face and excited about your cosmetic artistry no matter what your favorite

Tip #1: Carefully Consider Color Choices

This doesn’t mean that your choices can’t be bold, or even outrageous. It all depends on what you are going for. Colors can be blended, faded, mixed and saturated. So, let’s look at a few ways that makeup color can play an important role in the three most significant areas of facial beauty.

Eye Color

While eyeshadow presents an obvious opportunity for color exploration and experimentation, liners and mascaras are becoming more and more adventurous. Think about subtly coordinating your eyeliner and mascara colors with the color of your eyes. You can also change your everyday look by steering away from solid black and toward other shades like grays and browns.

Lip Color

If your lips are what makes a statement, color gives them a megaphone. Loud colors and bashful tints alike can be positively captivating when applied in the right ways. Go as wild as you want! They’ll hang on your every word.

Skin Color

Blushes and bronzers are the beauty tools we use to give our skin a healthy, vibrant glow. While the color options are far fewer in this cosmetics department, it certainly doesn’t make the color choices any less important. Play around with amount of color you use and the shades of color to find the radiant balance you are looking for.

Tip #2: Don’t Ignore the Details

There can be a lot of flourish and flair hidden in the details of your artistic cosmetic choices. Even in the realm of the ‘work appropriate’ there are plenty of ways to help your look stand out among the rest. No matter what area you are looking to draw attention to, details will help you make a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to look at you. Here are some ways to add a little something extra to your eyes, lips, and skin.

Eyes

Using dots as details in eyeliner is a remarkably chic and unique way to keep your audience maintaining eye contact. You can also stencil or pattern shadow designs on your lids to add a bit of texture and dimension. Think about using a mascara that has a bit of a glittery effect if you are looking for some lash detail.

Lips

Using more than one tone/shade of lipstick to create a fading or transitioning lip color is a detail that will almost certainly stand out. Precise lipliner application can also have a tremendous effect on the look of your stunning smile. Glosses can be a gleaming accent, but they can also be smeary and messy, so choose and wear wisely.

Skin

Details make a difference. In the case of your skin, the details that need to be paid attention to are things like moisturization and consistency. Be sure to stay clear of makeup that can cake up. You don’t want to end up hiding your assets. Using cosmetics with a shimmer can also go a long way in drawing gazes to your flawless face.

Tip #3: Try Something New

We can all get into comfortable routines. That includes our makeup application and cosmetics choices. Getting in a rut can drain all the fun out of your beauty rituals. Even your favorite things about your face can seem mundane and boring when you look at yourself in the mirror. Transform that apathy by stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new.

Eyes

Color combinations, eyeliner designs, mascaras and lash extensions. The sky is the limit when it comes to expressing yourself with this cosmetic canvas! Be brave. Experiment with your most extreme ideas. Who knows? You might be surprised what you come up with.

Lips

You might only see your lips as one shape. However, there are actually different ways you can line and color your lips to give them the appearance of having a different shape or volume. Play around with pouty and clean line looks and see what makes you grin.

Skin

There are plenty of product choices in skincare to explore, but there are also plenty of choices to be made when it comes to the application of skin cosmetics. Fool around with finishing powders and mess around with contouring methods until you are mesmerized by your facial fashion.

Tip #4: Last but Not Least: Take Care of Yourself, Beautiful

You are gorgeous. There is no doubt about it. But even more important than your unmistakable beauty is your health. The tools and tricks you use should be chosen with your wellness as your number one priority. Protecting your alluringly accentuated areas from damage is extremely important. This means being cautious about what you use and careful with what you choose. Gentle, natural, environmentally friendly products are always preferable when they are available. This is particularly true when it comes to cleansing products and methods, no matter what area we are talking about. All that self-expression can turn out to be self-destructive if you aren’t careful.

Professional or amateur, these new esteem-boosting attitudes should be the driving force when it comes to the beauty products and services you choose for yourself. Learning new techniques, trying new things and keeping a few trusty tricks and tips will only help you in realizing your ultimately awesome vision of yourself, whatever that is.

 If you have a passion for cosmetics, you could begin your career as an esthetician at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC).  Our Esthiology Diploma Program is designed to be completed in under 5 months (600 clock hours) with full-time enrollment.  Our esthiology diploma program has been developed by talented, caring, real-world professionals, many of whom still work in the field.  We give our esthiology students experience in skincare, waxing, make-up, application of facials, and more.

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

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

Preparing for an Esthetician Interview

 

Esthetician job interviewAre you interested in becoming an esthetician? If so, you will want to know what to prepare for upcoming job interviews. You will also want to look the part and show up on time. Preparing for an esthetician job interview is important and may help you land your first job–or dream job!

Concentrate On Your Presentation

Estheticians are the faces of cosmetology. It makes sense to put consideration and effort into the way you present yourself for an interview for an esthetician position. You should look and feel your best if you are striving for a career in the world of beauty and skincare.

Be Neat and Clean

While there is definitely a place for grungier fashion looks, an interview in beauty and wellness is not the place. As an esthetician, you should show potential employers that you are someone who will take great care and responsibility for your clients. This begins by presenting yourself with a clean and neat personal style.

An Opportunity to Display Talent and Style

Steering away from messy fashion doesn’t have to mean being boring! Make clothing, accessory and makeup choices that reflect your personality without being overwhelming. This will help potential esthetician employers get a sense of your personality at first glance.

Showcase Passion and Talent

The life of an esthetician is not always a bed of roses. There will undoubtedly be parts of the job that are more enjoyable than others. When you are in an interview, you should feel free to discuss your preferences and passions. They will be interested to learn about your inspiration to become an esthetician.

Flex Knowledge

If you are especially good at a particular procedure or service, you should bring that up in conversation, as well as accolades and certifications. Make sure to tell the employer about the latest advancements, methods, and esthiology techniques you have researched or kept up to date on. This will let the employer know what areas of esthetics you may best serve clients in.

Show Your Excitement

You should let the interviewers know why you are excited about the esthetician job position. Open up about why aspects of the position attracted you to the company. Use the interview as a way to fuel your enthusiasm about becoming an esthetician. This kind of genuine passion will resonate strongly with employers!

Clear and Confident Communication is Crucial

It is perfectly normal to be nervous. Interviews are intense social situations where you are required to perform a certain way. Questions will vary widely depending on the kind of esthetician job you applied for. Here are a couple of things to remember no matter who is sitting across the table at your esthetician job interview:

Preparation will Help Boost Confidence

This doesn’t just apply to technical knowledge. Step into the employer’s shoes:  what are they are looking for? What would be an asset to their team? You should make a list of all the things you would bring to the table if the employer chose to hire you as an esthetician. You should think of areas you may struggle in or have difficulty with. This will help you to feel calm and ready when you are asked high-pressure questions.

Listen Closely

It can be tempting to rehearse answers and review information while someone else is speaking. No one wants to give an embarrassing or foolish answer and going over things in your head can feel comforting. However, this may lead you to miss key information. Look at your interview as a conversation, rather than a test. Answer and ask questions mindfully, so that you stay present in your esthetician interview.

Keep Long-Term Goals in Mind

You should look for a spa or salon with an atmosphere that they feel they would fit well into. Whether you are just entering the field or a veteran esthetician, it is important to look at where you want to ultimately end up. Obviously, there is no way for them to control job availability, but you can approach your work in a way that will create opportunities later on.

Have an Eye on a Destination, Even in the Beginning

Do you want to be an esthetician at a specific high-end spa or salon? Do you hope to specialize your esthiology skills in a certain area of expertise? Your goals will require dedication if you wish to become a successful esthetician. The sooner you are aware of the direction you want to go in as an esthetician, the sooner you will be able to make choices to reach your goals.

Don’t Be Afraid to Do Things a Bit Differently

If you have your own unique vision for your future as an esthetician, it could be time for you to blaze a trail of your own. Entrepreneurship is not an easy road by any means. It takes a certain amount of talent and experience to be able to go off on your own. You will know better than anyone else if this would be the best way to achieve your goals in esthiology.

Now that your skills have been sharpened, you are ready to go out into the world and share your talent of beauty with others!  Don’t let fear stand in the way of you living your best life and having the career you’ve always wanted. Use these suggestions to prepare you and help you get the work you’ve been waiting for as an esthetician.

Interested in Learning More?

If you have a passion for skin care and an eye for beauty, you could begin your career as an esthetician at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC).  Our Esthiology Diploma Program is designed to be completed in under 5 months (600 clock hours) with full-time enrollment.  Our esthiology diploma program has been developed by talented, caring, real-world professionals, many of whom still work in the field.  We give our esthiology students experience in skincare, waxing, make-up, application of facials, and more.

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

 

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

Massage Therapy: Tools of the Trade

Massage therapy tools and tablesAs a massage therapist, having access to tools of the trade are essential for performing massage services at the highest level. Regardless of whether you are planning on working independently or for a local spa or massage franchise, here are some of the massage therapy tools you can expect to use on a daily basis.

Massage Tables

First of all, the most important massage therapy tool is the massage surface. Massage tables are key to performing services. There are two basic types of massage tables, stationary and portable. Both work excellent for full body, relaxation, or deep tissue massage.

Stationary Massage Tables

Spas, rehabilitation centers, and franchise settings often use stationary massage tables to accommodate their clients. Since the client comes to have massage services performed, these tables do not have to move regularly. Typically, stationary massage tables have a higher weight limit than portable massage tables.

When choosing a massage table, consider the table width and height. Client should lay comfortably during the massage therapy session. The table height should also complement the massage therapist to improve ergonomics and precvent stress injuries. For taller clients, the table can include attachments like leg rests, face cradles and side extensions. Stationary massage tables are made out of wood, while portable massage tables are aluminum for easier transport. The massage table’s padding should be dense, thick and comfortable for durability.

Portable Massage Tables

Folding massage tables are preferred by independent therapists or those who make house calls to perform their massage services. These folding massage tables are compact, relatively lightweight and easily transported. Many portable massage tables are also adjustable, so massage therapists can modify the height of the table.

Massage Table Tools and Accessories

Headrests, leg rest, arm shelves, and side extensions make massage tables more comfortable for clients. A face cradle helps the client stay straight on the massage table. Other accessories such as fleece pads, massage table warmers, support pillows, and massage table sheets help provide a more enjoyable experience.

Massage Chairs

Massage chairs are another option for performing massages. Many massage chairs are portable, allowing for quick setup in nearly any size space. These chairs also come with massage therapy tools and attachments including armrests, chest pads and head support. Padded seats provide maximum comfort throughout the massage therapy session.

Massage chairs are convenient in places with limited space or for performing more localized massage therapy on areas such as the back, shoulder, or neck.

Massage Oils

As a massage therapist, your goal is to provide a pleasant and relaxing experience. The use of massage oil aids in creating smoother skin, allowing the massage therapists’ hands to glide easier across the client’s skin. The application of massage oils prevents friction, which can get uncomfortable for both the client and massage therapist. Also, specially formulated massage oils can be used to help with relaxation or to treat soreness. Massage oils include essential oils such as lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and others that soothe and relieve.

Massage oils are used in athletic, sports, deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, aromatherapy, and relaxation massages. When using massage oils, it is vital to know their advantages and disadvantages. Not all types of oils are ideal for use as massage oils. Some oils can be too sticky or greasy for regular use in massage.

To assure the safety and satisfaction of the client, massage therapists should have a variety of massage oils available for use. To avoid adverse reactions, massage therapists should always ask clients if they have allergies, to avoid using products that could cause a negative physical response such as an allergic reaction.

Electric or Manual Massage Tools

In some situations, it’s nice to have a few massage tools available. Electric and manual massage tools complement and extend massage service offerings.

Electrical massage tools such as percussive and infrared massage tools are excellent options. These tools apply constant vibration and heat to sore spots. Variable speed massagers apply consistent pressure on client’s problem areas.

Manual massage tools augment massage therapists’ capabilities. Simple, but practical manual massage tools include balls, rollers, thumb tools, handheld massage tools, hot stone massage tools, head and neck massage tinglers and massaging sticks.

Clients and therapists both benefit when the massage tools are used in combination with techniques. The client receives a more thorough and comprehensive massage to treat pain and stiffness. The massage therapist benefits by using tools designed to provide a better user experience, while alleviating some of the repetitiveness of regular massage.

Carrying Cases

For independent massage therapists, mobility and portability is key. Carrying cases make transporting items such as portable massage chairs and tables much more effortless. Additionally, having a travel bag to carry massage oils and tools streamlines the travel process for massage therapists.

Create A Great Ambiance

A comfortable setting is an essential part of getting a therapeutic massage. Items that help promote a relaxed environment include Himalayan salt lamps, live plants, lights with dimming capabilities, and a calm color scheme.  Items like towels and bathrobes are always great for clients to use during their massage therapy session.

The massage room should be well organized, offering the massage therapist easy access to any items they need. This could include extra bolsters, pillows, massage oils, and massage tools. The room should also be quiet, so the client isn’t distracted by loud noises that take away from the massage experience.

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.

How to Personalize Your Skincare Regimen

Woman receiving skincare serviceSorting through the tips and guides to healthy, vibrant skin can be exhausting. Everyone seems to have a regimen they swear by or a product they can’t wait to tell you about. The problem is, these tips and tutorials can’t take your individuality into account. So, while others may have similar issues, struggles or advantages, it is ultimately up to you to figure out the best approach to your skincare regimen. So rather than giving you even more specific tips and tricks that may or may not apply to you, let’s help you find the right approach to skincare for you by giving you some things to keep in mind.

Cleanse and Moisturize Regimen

While this might seem obvious, skincare is more than just knowing what to do. It’s actually doing it. Life can be overwhelming and distracting. Everyday tasks can often crowd out some of the necessary parts of our self-care. Neglecting the health of your skin can cause imbalances, which can lead to anything from blemishes to irritations and infections. If the fragile balance of your skin is off, it is difficult to look and feel like you are putting your best face forward.

When it comes to being clean and moisturizing your skin, there are endless skincare products to choose from. Soap, cleanser and exfoliant choices each have wide selections that promise all kinds of different things. Here are some tips of things to keep in mind as you choose what is right for your skin.

Do a Bit of Research

Taking a moment to consider your skincare product choices doesn’t mean doing a thorough investigation into each company you buy. However, even a basic search of a cosmetics or skincare company might give you some indication as to whether or not their skincare products are worth a try. Keep your eyes out for consistently positive reviews and testimonials.

Look at What’s Inside

Taking a look at the ingredients in your skincare products will help you find the ones you feel comfortable including in your daily skincare regimen. Lean toward the more natural options when available. These will likely be gentle on sensitive skin and good for long term use.

Pick Skincare Products You Will Use

A daily regimen can get boring quickly, so choose and use moisturizers and cleansers that excite you in some way, such as choosing a skincare product that has a fragrance you enjoy. Also, feel free to change what isn’t working.

Choose Services Wisely

Today’s beauty and skin treatments, new procedures and products are being developed at a rapid pace. The vast selection of skincare regimens and skin treatment options can seem overwhelming, even to a trained professional. Taking the time to consider what the best approach is to skin challenges will help you look radiant without causing damage to your skin. This approach to your own skincare will also help you to become familiar with product and service suggestions for future clients with challenges or issues with their skin or overall appearance.

Chemical Rejuvenation

Using chemicals to combat skin issues can seem extreme at first, but it can be an extremely useful tool to achieving your goals. These services are more aggressive, but that doesn’t mean they are unsafe. Various chemical peels and skin therapies are used to tighten, tone and even help put color in the face. While it is typically a good idea to begin with less aggressive methods first, chemicals can be helpful when other things just aren’t cutting it.

Hair Removal

Unwanted body and facial hair is a common problem. Lucky for all of us, we live in a time where we not only can easily remove any unwanted hair, but we can do it in several different ways. Waxing, threading and laser hair removal services will help keep the hair away longer so that you look smooth and flawless longer. The method of removal comes down to your specific problem areas and preferences.

Relaxation Services

There doesn’t need a to be a problem for you to want to pamper your skin. Something like a facial can help revitalize skin while also giving you a minute to sit back and enjoy a little you-time. You can choose from an assortment of facial service based on your skin type and what experience you are looking for.

Bring out the Best in Yourself

Rather than looking at yourself in the mirror the way you do every day when you get ready, instead try to objectively view your own appearance in the same way you would view someone else’s. Figure out what needs some work and what you really want to accentuate. It is extremely important that you don’t become overly critical of yourself during these assessments. There is a difference between realizing and acknowledging problem areas and scrutinizing every imperfection with a magnifying glass. Your beauty is unique and should not be eclipsed by doubt or disappointment.

Highlight Your Favorite Features

Get excited about the way you look. Your confidence and enthusiasm will be infectious to those around you while improving your own overall attitude and demeanor. Love your lips? Accentuate them by indulging in a lip scrub and making sure any unwanted hair has been taken care of. Like your skin’s natural glow? Treat yourself to a facial and enhance your already fabulous care routine with some fun new products.

Minimize Your Weaker Areas

You know how fabulous you look already, but even the most confident among us usually have an issue or two with their appearance. Wrinkles, discoloration, and stubborn unwanted hair are just a few of the common challenges. When it comes to the things you don’t like it is better to address it than obsess over it. Recognize your issue and take action by creating a plan that can include anything from chemical peels to switching soaps.

You shouldn’t just feel comfortable in your own skin, you should feel fantastic in it. Taking good care of your skin on a daily basis will help you to avoid unnecessary skin issues while addressing issues as soon as they arise. This way you will help resolve any challenges that do happen to come your way.

Ready to learn more?

If you have a passion for skincare, you could begin your career as an esthetician at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC).  Our Esthiology Diploma Program is designed to be completed in under 5 months (600 clock hours) with full-time enrollment.  Our esthiology diploma program has been developed by talented, caring, real-world professionals, many of whom still work in the field.  We give our esthiology students experience in skincare, waxing, make-up, application of facials, and more.

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

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

Questions to Prepare for a Massage Therapist Interview

As a recent graduate in Massage Therapy, you have a wealth of opportunities to land an entry-level position as a massage therapist at a local spa or franchise. Skilled massage therapists are in high demand, so don’t be surprised when you start getting calls for interviews!

Prepare for Common Questions at Your Interview

Here are a few common questions you may be asked at an entry-level massage therapist interview. Keep in mind that the interview process varies from employer to employer, so this is not a definitive list.

Question #1: What Massage School Did You Attend?

Massage therapy franchises and spas require therapists to be trained and licensed to perform massage services. Other related questions interviewers might ask about your training include your graduation date or any notable recognitions in school.

Question #2: Why Do You Want This Specific Job?

A common question for employers in all industries. Answer this question honestly. A simple answer is helping clients to feel better. Other reasons could include gaining experience working with a reputable company, advancement opportunities or flexible scheduling.

Question #3: What Is Your Availability?

You are expected to have an open availability when applying for entry-level massage therapy jobs. This may include evenings, split shifts, weekends, overtime, or on an ‘on call’ basis. To optimize your chances of getting hired, you should offer flexible availability to cover whatever shifts are needed. If you have limited availability, be clear with your interviewer to avoid complications later.

Question #4: What Massage Techniques Are You Most Proficient?

Spas and massage franchises offer a range of massage services to cater to a variety of clients. Tell your interviewer what type of massages you feel you are best at providing. Depending on the employer, there could be increased demand for specific skills.

For instance, if you are interviewing at a rehabilitation center, deep tissue massage skills could be more valuable than relaxation massage therapies. If you are interviewing for a holistic or day spa, the employer might prefer experience with hot stone or Swedish massage. In some cases, your interviewer may ask you to demonstrate your massage skills to evaluate your skills.

Question #5: What Ideas Do You Have to Improve the Business?

Regardless of where you are interviewing, companies search for candidates willing to provide outstanding services, as well as grow their business. Perhaps you can drive more business using your personal or professional network. Alternatively, you might have advertising or marketing ideas that may attract more customers.

Question #6: How Would You Handle an Inappropriate Client?

As a massage therapist, there is a chance that clients could make inappropriate suggestions or behave unprofessionally during their session. If asked this question during your interview, tell the interviewer that you will use your better judgment. You should handle the situation as outlined by the company’s employee handbook.

Employers want to know that employees will follow the rules, especially as it relates to improper behavior. Failure to do so can result in damage to the company, in addition to other financial or legal liabilities.

Question #7: How Many Massages Can You Do Consecutively?

At busier franchises and spas, having massage therapists who can perform multiple sessions during their shift is critical. Don’t get caught off guard if your interviewer asks how many massages you can complete in a row comfortably.

By asking this question, the potential employer is gathering helpful information for scheduling. Spa owners and managers want to assure that new and existing employees can handle their appointment schedules without compromising the service. By understanding the physical limitations of therapists they can schedule work appropriately.

Question #8: Do You Interact with Clients During Services?

Depending on the employer and type of services, interviewers may ask how you interact with clients while providing massage services. Undoubtedly, you want to be friendly, so you can build a relationship and rapport with your new clients. However, you want to be careful not to overstep, depending on the type of massage therapy you are to perform.

If an employer provides group massage sessions, such as rehabilitative or sports massage, chatting with clients is usually fine. Communicating with clients during sessions is critical to providing relief. In high-end relaxation spas, massage clients may prefer to keep small talk to a minimum, so they can close their eyes and relax.

High End Massage Clients and Communication

Generally, it is okay to ask high-end clients questions for feedback. Asking them too many questions about their personal life could be distracting and unwelcome. To get a better feel for what the client wants to treat, ask these questions before the massage. Some spas may have clients fill out a questionnaire beforehand.

The more you understand the massage therapist interview process, the more prepared you are to land the job.

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.

Minnesota Cosmetology Licensing Exams Part 2: Chapter 155A

Student studying for cosmetology examThe second part of the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology Licensing Exam focuses on statutes and rules. The first half of the exam is about Chapter 155A and the second half of the exam is about  Chapter 2105. Part 3 of the blog series will tackle Chapter 2105 statutes and rules as compiled by the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology.

Cosmetology State Examination

This exam consists of 35 questions. You have 1 hour to complete this section. The Cosmetology State Examination focuses on general information about the Minnesota statutes, licensing, practice requirements, and enforcement.

The Chapter 155A statutes focus on definitions, board purpose and responsibilities and cosmetologist licensing. This section also focuses on license cycle, retired license, manager and instructor license requirements. This section also contains information on continuing education requirements, types of salons and services offered and not offered in salons. This chapter also talks about the statutes for enforcement, violations and penalties, inspections and proper license displays in salons.

Important Definitions to Remember

Manager – Someone that has a manager license and provides services under that license. This person manages cosmetologists, estheticians and nail technicians.

Salon – Rooms or areas within a commercial setting that offer cosmetology services. This does not include a client’s home.

Mobile Salon – Salon that is operated in a mobile vehicle or structure used exclusively for personal cosmetology services.

School – A location operated by a person that maintains a class to teach cosmetology to the public for compensation. This does not include community education under 10 hours that is intended for the self-improvement of participants.

Instructor – Person employed by a school to teach theoretical and practical cosmetology to future cosmetologists. The instructor must maintain an active operator or manager’s license.

Threading – A method of removing hair from the eyebrows, upper lip and other body parts using thread to pull hair from the follicles.

Statute 155A.20 Board Members

The Board of Cosmetology Examiners consists of seven members. All board positions are appointed by the governor. The board includes two cosmetologists, one private cosmetology school instructor, one public cosmetology school instructor, one esthetician, one nail technician, and one public member. All members must have an active license and have practiced cosmetology in the last five years.

Statute 155A.21 Protection of Health

This statute protects the health of the clients and cosmetologists from infection. This statute covers the use of chemicals, implements, apparatus, and other application of cosmetology that requires special education.

Statute 155A.23 Definitions

This statute defines terms including cosmetology, cosmetologist, esthetician and nail technician.

Cosmetology – The practice of personal services for the cosmetic care of the hair, nails and skin. Services include cleaning, conditioning, shaping, reinforcing and coloring. This practice also includes enhancing the head, scalp, face, arms, hands, legs, feet and trunk of the body.

Cosmetologist – Person who performs personal services listed above.

Esthetician – Person who performs personal services for the cosmetic care of the skin only.

Nail Technician – Person who performs personal services for the cosmetic care of the hands, feet and nails only.

Statute 155A.24 Board Authority

The board of cosmetology has the authority to hire personnel to assist in administrating the law, test and license applicants. The board may also conduct inspections and follow up on complaints.

Statue 155A.25 Cosmetology Fees & License Expiration Date

A three-year license fee is $195 for a practitioner, manager or instructor license. $115 is the cost of renewal of practitioner license, $145 for renewal of manager or instructor’s license. $350 for the initial salon license and $225 for each renewal of salon license. An initial school license is $4,000 and $2,500 for a renewal.

Penalties are assessed as $150 reinspection fee. There are also fees for expired licenses and failure to display current license. Salons may be penalized for failing to dispose of single-use equipment, implements or materials, and use of razors.

There are fees for an owner and manager allowing an operator to work as an independent contractor. In addition to this, there are fees for refusal or failure to cooperate with an inspection.

Administrative fees include homebound service permit, name change and certification of licensure. Additional fees include those for duplicate licenses, special permits,  temporary military licenses, and expedited licenses. There is also an additional fee for hair braider reigstration.

Licenses expire on the last day of the licensee’s birth month of the year due. Salon and school licenses expire on the last day of the month of initial licensure.

Statute 155A.27 Practitioner Definitions

The practitioner definition statute defines terms including licensing, qualification, testing, duration of the license, and renewal.

Licensing – A person must hold an individual license to practice as a cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician, manager or instructor in the state.

Qualification – Qualification for licensing in each classification is set by the board and established by rule.

Testing – Testing must be done by a board approved provider.

Duration of the License – License is valid for three years.

Renewals – Renewals are valid for three years.

Statute 155A.275 Special Event Services

Special event services are services performed at a location other than the licensed salon for compensation. Special events may include styling, setting, reinforcing, or extending the hair. Applying makeup or nail polish is also covered by this statute. A special event permit is needed from the board. The person applying for a special event permit must have a valid manager’s license.

Statute 155A.29 Salon Compliance

For a salon to obtain a license, they must comply with all local and state laws. Laws include infection control, health and safety. The salon must have a licensed manager. The salon must also comply with workers’ compensation. Salons must have evidence of continued professional liability insurance coverage of at least $25,000 for each claim. The salon must also have $50,000 total coverage. A mobile salon must maintain a business address and notify the board of the location and schedule of the mobile salon.

The salon must adhere to minimum infection control standards. Salons may be inspected as often as the board considers necessary. A salon will not be allowed to operate in a room within a residential dwelling.

Statute 155A.31 Inspections

The board is responsible for inspecting salons and schools practicing or teaching cosmetology. If inspection shows a licensee fails to meet minimum standards, the board must present the risk to the public.

Statute 155A.32 Display of License

Every licensee must display the license in a visible place within the business.

Statute 155A.355 Prohibited Uses

This statute defines items of prohibited use including single-use equipment, skin-cutting equipment and banned substances.

Single-Use Equipment and Materials – Materials made of paper, wood or porous materials must be disposed after a single service. Failure to dispose of the single-use materials is subject to penalty.

Skin-Cutting Equipment – Use of razors and other skin cutting equipment used to cut or grate skin is prohibited.

Substances – The use of methyl methacrylate liquid monomers (MMA) and fumigants are prohibited.

Statute 155A.33 Enforcement

If the committee believes an individual has violated statutes or rules, they may be subject to legal action and/or cease and desist order.

Statute 155A.36 Violations & Penalties

Persons found in violation of the previous provisions are guilty of a misdemeanor.

Starting to prepare for the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology Licensing Exam? 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 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 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. Upon completion, will graduate with everything you need to be a versatile artist in an exciting industry.

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6 Skills Needed to be a Successful Nail Technician

Successful nail technicians performing servicesNail art is growing thanks to social media and magazines full of inspirational images of nail styles and colors. Nail art ranges from understated designs to the extravagantly elaborate. This means that being a successful nail technician requires varying qualities and skills. This is especially true if a nail technician has goals of celebrity clients and high-paying jobs. Interpersonal skills nail technicians need to succeed include communication, reliability, and leadership. A nail technician will also need technical skills to succeed. These skills include the ability to spot trends, be precise, and great concentration. With these skills and the foundation built from a cosmetology program, nail technicians will be set up for success.

Interpersonal Skills for Nail Technicians

Getting a manicure is about more than just the finished look. For a client, having their nails done can also be about the experience. Passionate technicians create and elevate experiences so that their clients have the best experience while receiving manicure or pedicure services.

Skill #1: Communication and Conversation

Not all clients will want to chat while they get their nails done, but most will appreciate this. It may come in the form small talk, pleasantries, or a full emotional unload. Clients sometimes use the indulgence of a manicure as a way to treat themselves. That experience can often be enhanced by conversation. Let clients open up, but be sure not to pry. Being warm and inviting will let the client steer the conversation, even if that means a quiet service.

Skill #2: Reliability

A nail technician’s personal time is crucial to their mental health and should be respected by both clients and employers. There are, however, times where adjusting your schedule can strengthen a nail technician’s relationship with a client. Being forgiving of the occasional last minute reschedule can go a long way. A nail technician should know when a client needs more understanding and when someone is exploiting them. Likewise, respecting clients’ time is crucial to maintaining a long-lasting relationship. Be on time and do the very best to keep appointments.

Skill #3: Leadership

There will be times when clients may not know what they want. Often times they will want their nail technician’s input and advice. This may feel like a lot of pressure. Nail technicians should want their client to be happy and feel good about their work. This is your time to shine as a nail technician! This allows nail technicians the opportunity to show off skill and imagination. Nail technicians should come up with ideas that will excite clients, rather than ho-hum ideas the client will accept.

Technical Skills for Nail Technicians

A nail technician’s personality might be great, but without any practical knowledge there is no way for them to achieve their goals in nail art. It takes dedication to the practical aspects of nail technology to keep nail technicians on the cutting edge in their field. While formal training and certification will give them the knowledge they will need as a nail technician, their learning does not end there.

Skill #4: Trendspotting

As with most beauty trends, nail styles are rapidly shift and change. Having a current knowledge of the latest trends can help nail technicians to anticipate requests and make suggestions. It will also give nail technicians opportunities for professional development. Keeping an eye on new products can also give nail technicians an edge. Changes to products happen quickly and there is a lot of variety to choose from. It can be fun for both nail technician and client to try new things. Nail technicians should thoroughly research all of the products they use or recommend.

Skill #5: Precision

It is not uncommon for nail technicians to feel like they’ve fallen into a rut. Building a steady client base is a fantastic achievement for any nail technician, but it can sometimes mean falling into a predictable routine. This doesn’t mean nail technicians should settle in for the long haul. You never know when a new client or opportunity might come along! They may also have a client who will surprise them with a request for something new. When these moments arise, nail technicians don’t want to be caught looking rusty! Nail technicians must keep their creative skills sharp by practicing new styles and trends.

Skill #6: Concentration

Maintaining high-quality work is vital to creating and keeping a client base. This means nail technicians must focus on their work, even when the request is not exciting. Small slip-ups and flaws add up after a while. This may be what causes one of a client to find a new nail technician. Being a nail technician can be an amazingly creative job, but don’t forget that discipline is necessary if you hope to stand out. Dedication to your craft will also help you to work efficiently. Don’t hurry through an appointment, but also don’t waste a client’s time by being unprepared. Revisit the basics often to avoid making mistakes.

Your formal training as a nail technician gives you a foundation for your career. You may have goals of cultivating a reliable business with customer loyalty. It could be that you are hoping to be a nail artist for celebrities. Or you could be working toward revolutionizing nail fashion all together. An education in nail technology is required regardless of what your goals may be. If you are good to your clients and good at what you do, success won’t have a hard time finding you.

Your search for a nail technician program ends at Minnesota School of Cosmetology. You will learn all the tricks of the trade to provide the services clients want. We offer two campus locations in Woodbury and Plymouth where you will get an education to become a nail technician. You will graduate with an understanding of the anatomy of the nails. You will also graduate with the skills to perform a variety of nail services including manicures, pedicures, gel applications and nail art.

Both campuses feature salon-grade pedicure chairs and manicure stations where you will perfect your skills in a professional salon setting. If you are looking to become a licensed nail technician, you can gain valuable, real-world experience working with products used in many salons across the country.

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

Manicures & Pedicures: Tools of the Trade

Women receiving manicures and pedicuresAre you interested in becoming a nail technician? If so, you will want to buff up on the tools and products nail technicians use to perform a manicures and pedicures.

A manicure or pedicure is a service that keeps the nails and skin of the hands and feet in healthy condition. This may mean smoothing calloused skin on your feet, as well as maintaining the cuticles of your hands. Adding proper oils and shaping nails helps keep them strong. Services also include a light massage or gentle muscle stretching that accompanies manicures and pedicures.

Manicures and pedicures are a great way to keep your nails and skin healthy. Our hands and feet take the brunt of daily work, so keeping them healthy is important. Smoothing rough areas, trimming hangnails and filing your nails to keep the manicure and pedicure fresh is important.

There are many types of products used in manicures and pedicures. Clear coat polish is the last step in most services, which prevents the nail from damage. A top coat polish can help protect the nail and prevent damage from chemicals, soaps and water damage. Plus, the addition of a bright layer of colored polish is pleasing to many people.

Benefits of Manicures & Pedicures

People from different walks of life get manicures and pedicures. Dealing with professionals that have well-manicured nails conveys confidence and cleanliness.

Regular pedicures can help promote healthy circulation in hands and feet. Another added benefit of the manicures and pedicures is to prevent nail diseases. Professional nail technicians can spot potential nail and skin problems before they become big problems.

Manicures and pedicures also help to alleviate stress. Relieving stress can promote good mental and physical health. There are many studies that suggest that lowering stress may help aid in memory, digestive and heart health. Manicure and pedicure services can be quite affordable. Regular maintenance of your hands and feet is well worth the cost.

There are specific tools used in manicure and pedicure services. These are the basic tools a professional will need, use, and sanitize for nail services. Some tools are disposable including Emery boards, bamboo sticks and toe separators. Many nail tools are sanitized after every use.

Manicure Tools

In addition to comfortable chairs for clients to sit in, there are many unique tools that help nail technicians perform manicures. These manicure tools include:

  • Acetone/polish remover to remove polish and debris.
  • Cuticle cream for the bottom of the nail.
  • Lotion to moisturize.
  • Nail brush for nail hygiene.
  • Cuticle pusher to push back skin around the nail.
  • Cuticle scissors to trim cuticles.
  • Nippers to trim hangnails.
  • Nail files/Emery boards to shape the nail.
  • Nail buffer block to add shine to the nail.
  • Bamboo sticks to clean up excess cuticle.
  • Cotton balls to apply products.
  • Tweezers to grab small items.
  • Cuticle oil to moisten and add vitamins to the skin.
  • Polish to add protection and shine or color to the nail.
  • Small paintbrush to create nail art.

Pedicure Tools

There are many unique tools that help nail technicians perform pedicures. These pedicure tools include:

  • Foot spa soaker to soak the feet.
  • Acetone/polish remover to remove polish and debris.
  • Astringent foot soak to sanitize feet.
  • Cooling foot soak to open the pores and soothe feet.
  • Exfoliating foot scrub to remove excess skin and callouses.
  • Nail brush for nail hygiene.
  • Foot file to file down callouses and remove old loose skin.
  • Toe separators to make sure toes don’t touch each other.
  • Cuticle remover to loosen hardened cuticle on the nail.
  • Cuticle oil to moisten and add vitamins to the skin.
  • Cotton balls to apply products.
  • Cuticle pusher to push back skin around the nail.
  • Cuticle scissors to trim cuticles.
  • Nippers to trim hangnails.
  • Nail files/Emery boards to shape the nail.
  • Nail buffer block to add shine to the nail.
  • Bamboo sticks to clean up excess cuticle.
  • Polish to add a protective layer and shine or color to the nail.
  • Small paintbrush to create nail art.

Nail Art and Extras

Performing manicures or pedicures is an artistic outlet. Many clients ask for nail art in addition to their polish. Nail art includes the adding little gems, patterns, glitter, and even different colors on the nails. Added revenue is always a welcome bonus.

Life-long learning is important in a nail technician’s career. There are always new techniques to learn and new styles to try. There are always new beauty trends to explore.

Working with clients in a clean and friendly environment ensures repeat customers. One satisfied client can turn into hundreds of happy clients. This is an upbeat profession that allows for creativity and client interaction.

Did learning about manicure and pedicure tools interest you? Your search for a nail technician program ends at Minnesota School of Cosmetology. You will learn all the tricks of the trade to provide the services clients want. We offer two campus locations in Woodbury and Plymouth where you will get an education to become a nail technician. You will graduate with an understanding of the anatomy of the nails. You will also graduate with the skills to perform a variety of nail services including manicures, pedicures, gel applications and nail art.

Both campuses feature salon-grade pedicure chairs and manicure stations where you will perfect your skills in a professional salon setting. If you are looking to become a licensed nail technician, you can gain valuable, real-world experience working with products used in many salons across the country.

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