Instructor Appointed to MN Board of Cosmetology

Written by Lindsay Cooley

Recently, Minnesota School of Cosmetology instructor, Donna Dungy, was appointed to the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology.  Everyone at our school is proud of Donna’s accomplishments.  Here is a little more about her and her journey in the cosmetology field.

About Donna Dungy: Cosmetology instructor and so much more

Donna Dungy has been in the cosmetology industry for over thirty years as a cosmetologist, salon owner, instructor, and was most recently appointed the newest board member with the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology as the Private School Instructor Member.  The Minnesota Board of Cosmetology feels that Donna Dungy offers an expertise and perspective that will add great value for the Board, licensees, and the public.  She has been an instructor at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology for 13 years!  We have been lucky to have her and her giving heart in our “family” for so long.  While Donna is an instructor at the school, she continues to work at Blessings Salon in St. Paul, MN also.  She has worked at Blessings Salon for over 13 years a stylist.

Donna Dungy, center, recently named to the MN Board of Cosmetology
Donna Dungy, center, recently named to the MN Board of Cosmetology

 

Giving Back

Donna has a fierce passion for supporting students and giving them the best education possible.  Donna truly believes that continuous education is key in the cosmetology industry.  She also has a huge heart and loves to give back in any way she can.  Not only is Donna there for the students, to help them when needed, but she also gives back to the community.

 

Donna and the Minnesota School of Cosmetology have been part of the Shriners Hospital Prom since the beginning, in 2010.  She puts in time and effort each year to organize a group of our students to do free hair styles, nails, and makeup for the prom attendees.  The students always love doing this event, to be able to put a smile on the faces of the patients attending prom, by making them feel beautiful and special!

 

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It is apparent how important it is to Donna to be the best instructor she can be.  She gives her all to the students every day she is teaching.  Donna challenges them positively, in order to provide opportunities for growth in their education.  She has been called a “spitfire” because of her high energy and passion that she brings to the students’ education.  Donna does what it takes to help prepare the Minneosta School of Cosmetology students for the real world and stay on track to graduate and be as successful as they can be!  Thanks to Miss Donna for all of her hard work and dedication at our school, students and the cosmetology industry!

 

Donna along with son, Alon, and husband, Linden.
Donna along with son, Alon, and husband, Linden.

Stylist Tip: 3 Easy Steps to an Audrey Hepburn Look

Stylist Tip: Classic Hollywood

At the Minnesota School of Cosmetology, our students and stylists are always providing stylist tips to their clients.  For that classic old Hollywood look, there is no better icon than Audrey Hepburn.  Try the three easy steps below to give yourself that classic look!  If you’re a stylist, this is a great cheat sheet to have the next time one of your clients wants to try something different.

Iconic Hair

Audrey loved to keep her hair off her neck to help elongate her features.  Try a simple French twist with a slight bouffant.  Or a classic, neat bun high on the head, like she sported in the late 1970s.  Another go-to look for Audrey was wearing headscarves (she even wore one at her wedding in 1969!).  But her most famous look that she sported was the pixie cut in the 1950s. It takes bravery and confidence to achieve the pixie cut but definitely a look worth trying.  Look for pixie cuts that will accentuate your facial features or ask your hairstylist.

Cat Eyes

Audrey’s makeup was simple just like her outfits. She loved to use a beige eyeshadow along with a soft brown or black charcoal liner to draw her famous cat eyes on both her top and bottom lids. Then finishing with a dark grey eyeshadow and a coat of mascara.

Simply Chic

Dress in a simple all black/neutral look. Clean lines will make you look tall and elegant. Since Audrey was already tall, she chose to wear flats (preferably in black!). Stick to simply accessories that help emphasize the neck like scarves or a pearl necklace. And a pair of large, dark sunglasses is also a must, as Audrey often sported a pair on hot days.

 

Classic up do with a twist.
Take the classic up do and give it a modern twist.

For more information about becoming a cosmetologist or to schedule services, please visit the Minnesota School of Cosmetology website.  Minnesota School of Cosmetology has two locations: Plymouth and Woodbury.  The school offers a cosmetology diploma as well as a massage therapy certificate.

Week 1: What Happens in our Massage Therapy Short-term Certificate Program?

 

When people hear “short-term certificate,” it is not always clear if everyone is talking about the same thing.  The massage therapy certificate program at Minnesota School of Cosmetology is a 5-month program designed to get students trained in the skills needed to practice massage therapy.

 

Recently, our current class completed their first week of courses.  Our massage therapy program chairs at our Woodbury and Plymouth campuses, Denise Radcliffe and Diana Oberg, gave some insight into what our students were already doing by the end of week one.

 

What was the class able to start doing during week 1?

 

We started learning about the body- body systems, bones, endangerment sites, and how it all relates to massage.  It is very important that students begin to get an understanding of the language of the body.  We also worked on how to communicate through touch.  This is key to a massage therapist’s profession.

 

We spent some time on what qualities it takes to be a massage therapist and the professionalism and presentation of self.  It is very important they learn how to allow yourself to be mindful and to understand the sacred space of the table and creating a safe environment for them and their clients.  We go over the importance of proper draping.  This is key to creating a safe space and boundaries for the client.

 

Of course, we began learning the “chi dance” or body mechanics and utilizing your core for power.  We also started learning how to perform the first couple of massage strokes.  This allowed them to practice their mechanics at the table.

Vertebrae location
Students use stickers to identify the location of different parts of the vertebrae.

How is what they are learning in week 1 important to the rest of their training and career?

 

These foundational skills are critical to moving forward in the program and in being successful as a therapist. We talked a lot about how massage is an art form and how we are a complementary medicine. If they can grasp and solidify these foundational skills they will be set up to build from there.

 

We talk a lot about taking care of our bodies so they can perform for years to come. Most people do not know how strenuous it is to be a massage therapist. It is important to know how everything works together.  Knowing the endangerment sites helps to ensure they will safely massage each other and their clients.  We also integrate and talk about the holistic picture of what they are leaning and how it relates to their success.

Muscle fiber direction
Students draw the direction that the facial and neck muscle fibers run on a fellow student.

How do you feel week 1 went for you and your students?

 

Denise Radcliffe (Woodbury): “I love having them day after day.  They are living in the massage paradigm and getting to see what it takes to do massage day after day.  The total immersion of their learning is accelerating their proficiency.  One of the students commented they appreciated learning about the level of professionalism in massage therapy.”

 

Diana Oberg (Plymouth): “I feel like things went amazingly well.  The students have bonded and are working so well together.  They are eager to learn and have great questions (and a lot of them)! One student stated that she loves the day-long format because it is like going to a job every day and teaches them what a day could be like as a massage therapist.”

 

Find out more about the short-term certificate program

 

If you see yourself fitting into a classroom and program like this one, check out our massage therapy program at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.  We have two locations in Plymouth and Woodbury.  Next set of massage classes starts on April 2nd so set up a time today to find out more.

 

Contact the Plymouth campus at: 763.404.4800

 

Contact the Woodbury campus at: 651.287.2180

 

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