MSC Students Show Off Their Work at Fall 2015 Fashion Show

MSC Fall Fashion showMinnesota School of Cosmetology hosted their 2nd annual Fall Fashion Show.  This year’s theme was Seasons.

We set our fashion shows up as a reverse career fair.  Allowing for our students to create inspiration boards with their before and after photos as well as what inspired their overall look.  We encourage our students to have resumes available to hand out to the industry professionals that would be attending the show.

After the show we gave the Salons and Industry Professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

We had our students choose the groups they worked with, as well as choosing a season they would like to be inspired by.  Our students chose their own music for the show as well.  We encouraged students to have a few different looks for their season.  The students had been preparing for the show for weeks in advance and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come out to the shows and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Fall Fashion Show! As well as to European Wax Center who created a “Best Brow” category!  Thank you for supporting our students!

Amazing Lash Studio

The Beauty Lab

European Wax Center

Fantastic Sams

GENT

Great Clips

Hair Envy Salon and Spa of Distinction

Lemon Water

MASK

Salon Halo

SOJO

Sport Clips

Supercuts

You can check all the looks from the fashion show on our facebook page!

 

MSC Participates in a Food Drive to Benefit Local Families

During the month of October, Minnesota School of Cosmetology participated in a food drive. Both our Woodbury and Plymouth locations took part. For every 5 items that were donated customers received $10 off of a service, packages excluded.

Our Woodbury location is donating the items they receive to Christian Cupboard at Woodbury Lutheran Church. The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS) provides help for those in need in the Woodbury community. There are times in life such as a job loss or illness that puts you in a situation that you need help. Our goal is to provide food for those families in this type of transitional need.

Our Plymouth location is donating the items they receive to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP). Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners is staffed by 880 community volunteers. The food shelf distributed 909,453 pounds of food in 2014-15. The food shelf is available to people living in the service area.

“We have had a great turn out this month for our food drive between student and client donations!” explained Afton Starr, Front Desk Manager.

We have posted signage on our entrance door as well as advertised the food drive on our Facebook page and website.

Written by Amanda Phaysith, Front Desk Assistant

What to Expect During Your First Trip to the Spa

Written by Afton Starr, Front Desk Manager

If you have never treated yourself to a day at the spa, it is common that you may have a few questions. As a front desk receptionist at a salon, I can answer many of your questions prior to your first visit.

Why do people go to the spa?

There are many different reasons why people go to the spa. Some individuals have aches and pain in their joints that need a good massage. Others may have troubled skin, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and wrinkles that could benefit from receiving a facial. Lastly, there are times where you are stressed or needing a relaxing experience.

It is important that you determine what your needs are when going to the spa. This will make choosing the best spa for you easier. In your search for the perfect spa, check online for the services offered along with the descriptions of those services. Many spas may only offer facials or massages, not both. Some spas will offer a special or discount for new customers. If you have any other further or detailed questions about the services, make sure to call the salon to get your questions answered.

What to expect:

Give yourself plenty of time the day of your appointment. There is nothing worse than going to the spa on a time crunch. Dress comfortably, drink water, and make sure you use the restroom prior to beginning your service. But, most importantly, make sure you are relaxed during your service.

When you arrive to your appointment, you will have a thorough consultation about the service you will be receiving and discuss your desired results. This will help the therapist decide what procedure will work best for you, what type of products they will use, and which areas to focus on. Being honest and open with your therapist will aid in the outcome of your service.


At the end of your service, your therapist should bring up any concerns they noticed during your treatment. They will discuss a follow up plan whether it be a new daily skin regimen, or to come back every 3-4 weeks to loosen up any tight muscles. Once you start seeing the desired results you were looking for, your treatments could change and you may not have to visit the spa as frequently.

According to Dr. Oz, massages will pump fluid out of your soft tissue, into the circulatory system and down to your kidneys (which makes many people need to use the bathroom after). Because of these effects after a spa service, it is very important to stay hydrated for the first 48 hours after any spa service.

If you enjoyed your spa day and want to make it a regular routine, be sure to pre-book your next appointment! If you do not know your future schedule, be sure to keep your therapists name handy if you would like to see the same person again.

 

 

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Teams Up with Make – A – Wish

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth has teamed up with Make=A-Wish Minnesota to raise money to grant wishes for children facing life threatening medical conditions.

Kelly, the Walk for Wishes and Family Engagement Coordinator, visited the MSC -Plymouth campus and brainstormed fundraising ideas with our students.  The students enjoyed having Kelly on campus to bounce ideas off of and get a better idea of the many things Make- A- Wish does for children with serious illnesses and their families.

After much deliberation the students decided on their top fundraising ideas to run in collaboration with the Walk for Wishes.

The week leading up to the walk our students and staff will be participating in MSC Spirit Week.

We have begun Coin Wars with our day, evening and staff, battling to see who can raise the most money.

Our front desk is Selling Make-A-Wish stars for $1. For every star purchased your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket.

On August 5th, 2015 Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth will be offering $5 basic manicures with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.  Walk-ins are welcome based on availability.  Please call our front desk (763) 404 -4800 to schedule your Make-A-Wish manicure!

Make-A-Wish is having their annual Walk for Wishes on Saturday August 8th, 2015 at Minnehaha Regional Park.  If you are interested signing up visit mn.wish.org

Where are they now? 9 Questions for MSC Graduate Ashleigh Carberry

Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s (MSC) primary mission is to produce employable graduates into the cosmetology industry. Since we are a career college, our number one goal is for all graduates to be successful in their field! We were happy to interview our MSC-Plymouth alumni Ashleigh Carberry who graduated in 2015. We love hearing graduate success stories!

What was your career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology? My career path before graduating from Minnesota School of Cosmetology was working 12 years in the fast food industry at Arby’s.Ashleigh C

Why did you choose to attend MSC? I choose to attend MSC because I loved the atmosphere. When I walked in, all the faculty and students made me feel welcome and a part of the family.

How did your education enhance or change your current career path? I landed a job at JCPenny’s Salon where I have continued to learn and enhance my skills.

What piece of advice would you give to students considering a career in cosmetology? Take your schooling very seriously and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take a lot of notes.

What do you enjoy about the cosmetology industry? Every day is different. This industry is always changing and you are constantly learning new things. I love building relationships with my clients and making them feel good.

Where has your job taken you? I have started my career and have already learned so much from my mentor, he plans to retire within the next five years and would love to see me replace him. I can just see my career going very far.

How has your education at MSC impacted your professional life? MSC helped me learn how to communicate with clients over the phone, at the front desk, and how to talk to clients professionally during a consultation.

What is your favorite memory of MSC? I have two favorite memories from MSC. My first is I have Turners Syndrome and MSC allowed me to invite the TS girls from my chapter to get mini makeovers. It made them all feel special and gave them a boost of confidence it really meant a lot to all of us. My second favorite memory is when the school did my wedding party’s hair, nails and makeup.  The students did an amazing job and I was asked all night where we had gone.  Everything turned out better than I had ever dreamed and we all looked amazing.

What is the most valuable information you learned while you were in school? Client consultations are very important, and you should be doing them for every client. It is also very important to follow manufacturer’ instructions.

 

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Breanna and Bailey

Minnesota School of Cosmetology hosted their first annual Spring Fashion Show recently.  The theme this year was Classic Hollywood Decades.

We set this year’s fashion show up as a reverse career fair.  Allowing for our students to create inspiration boards with their before and after photos.  We encouraged our students to have copies of their resumes available to hand out to the salons and industry professionals that would be attending the show.

After the show we give the Salons and Industry Professionals the opportunity to meet our students and talk with them about how they completed their looks and their career aspirations.

Our students were able to choose if they would like to participate individually or in a group.  As well as choosing the decade they would like to portray through their looks.  We encouraged students to have a few different looks for each decade, but to keep in mind time to get the looks together on the day of the show is limited. The students had been preparing for the show for weeks in advance and all their time and hard work really showed through their looks.

Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to come out to the shows and for the continued support you give our students daily. They wouldn’t be where they are at today without you!

We would like to give a special thanks to all the Salons and Industry Professionals that attended our Spring Fashion Show!   Thank you for supporting our students!

80's

European Wax Center

Fantastic Sam’s

Ficocello’s

Great Clips

Hair Expressions

JUUT

Marc Daniel Salon

Pro Cuts

Regis Salons

Spalon Montage

SOJO

Check out all the glamourous Hollywood looks on our facebook page!

Cancer Survivor Day

Minnesota School of Cosmetology will be hosting a Cancer Survivor Day June 2, 2015

Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day™ (CSBSD™) is a nationwide event that takes place every year on the first Tuesday in June. It is a day when those in the beauty and related industries in all fifty states offer complimentary services to all men, women and children that are cancer survivors, regardless of their type of cancer or when they were diagnosed. All cancer survivors are invited to participate and, for many, CSBSD™ is the only time during the year that they receive a little personal kindness, warm support and tender pampering.

MSC Plymouth and Woodbury will be offering complimentary facials and manicures  CSD

Please call ahead to make an appointment.  Walk- ins are welcome based on availability.

MSC Plymouth

1425 County Road 101 N

Plymouth, MN 55447

763-404-4800

 

MSC Woodbury

1750 Weir Drive

Woodbury, MN 55125

651-287-2180

Please help us spread the word by passing along to friends and family!

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Military Spouse Discount on May 8

Written by Miranda Wukawitz, front desk assistant

The U.S. military was created officially on September 29, 1789. Since this time, the military has grown and now includes the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. We appreciate everything these men and women have done and continue to do for us.

But we cannot forget about the amazing men and women that are at home while their spouses are out keeping our country safe. Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth not only has free haircuts for anyone who has previously served or is currently in the military every Wednesday, we will also be showing our appreciation to the military spouses on Friday, May 8, 2015. We will be hosting a Military Appreciation Day where they will receive 50 percent off all services.

So come on in and get your hair colored, a facial or even a spa manicure and pedicure. We would love to have you come and enjoy an amazing celebration. We appreciate your sacrifices!

 

8 Beauty Hacks to Make Getting Ready Easier and Less Expensive

Written by Katie Savior, associate campus director, financial aid director

There are dozens of tips, tricks and hacks out there to make the beauty process easier and less expensive. Here we have found the top beauty tips to make your mornings easier while going easy on your wallet!Wella Trend Vision 2014 051

1. Nobody wants their foundation to look too pale or (gasp!) too orange. Matching your foundation color to your neck, not your cheek, will ensure a much more natural color.

2. Clumpy or dried up mascara? No problem! Add a few drops of eye drops or contact solution to make your mascara like new.

3. Create your own tinted moisturizer for light, natural coverage by mixing a bit of concealer with your favorite facial moisturizer.

4. Have a favorite mascara wand? Don’t throw it away! Instead, wash it and reuse it with your new mascara, use it as an eyebrow brush, or spray with hairspray to help your eyebrows stay put.

5. To give your eyelashes a curl that will hold all day, hold a blow dryer to your lash curler for 3-5 seconds.

6. Crush up your broken eye shadow and mix with petroleum jelly to make a new lip gloss.

7. Looking for an easy way to exfoliate your lips? Use a toothbrush!

8. Brushing a little eye shadow on your part will make your hair look thicker instantly.

Faculty Spotlight: Angie Durkee

One of the many reasons that Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) stands out from the rest is the amazing instructors we have on campus. We’ll introduce you to one of them here. Angie Durkee teaches a wide variety of courses at MSC-Plymouth, and we thought you should get to know her. 

What made you decide to start a career in the cosmetology industry?

I chose cosmetology because a cousin of mine took me under her wing and taught me how to do my makeup and style my hair. It really boosted my low self-esteem, and I wanted to be able to help others feel good about themselves, like she had helped me feel good about myself!

Salon Manger Angie Durkee
What was your career path before teaching at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology?

I worked the first 10 years out of cosmetology school behind the chair for City Looks, formally The Barbers Hairstyling for Men and Women. After that I catered with my husband for a little while, but eventually got back into hair with Great Clips. I’ve worked at Beauty Supply and that is what opened the doors for me to get my instructor’s license.

Why did you choose to teach at MSC?

I was back in the salon after finishing my first teaching position, and I realized I wasn’t happy being in the salon, and that teaching was my passion. One afternoon I was driving around and stopped by the school. I noticed my Basics instructor teaching on the clinic floor, and knew I had come full circle and was finally home. I still keep in touch with Ms. Jeannine to this day.

Describe your role as an educator.

As MSC’s school manager, I am responsible for overseeing the team of educators as well as ensuring the students are receiving the best education and having fun while learning. I have been in the salon manager role for a little over five years and have loved every minute of every day. I get to get up, come to work and see growth and learning progress for each and every student at MSC-Plymouth.

What’s your favorite part about being an instructor at MSC?

My favorite part of instructing is getting to be there when the students have their “ah-ha” moments. There’s nothing like watching your students understand what you’ve been asking them to do all this time.

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

Don’t let others make your choices for you, if you want it, go for it! I pushed myself when I didn’t want to and when I couldn’t push myself any further, others were there to help me through the rough spots. Don’t give up, it’s so worth it in the end! I’ve never worked a day in my life, because I love what I do.

What’s your area of expertise or your favorite technique to teach?

I love cutting hair, and hair color is a fun and exciting avenue, too. When I had my “ah-ha” moment, I colored everyone in sight.

This is a great industry. I guarantee you won’t ever be bored!