Carnival Hair and Face Painting at Bailey Elementary

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC)-Woodbury students were delighted to volunteer at the Bailey Elementary Carnival, doing crazy carnival hair and face painting for the kids.

Bailey Elementary’s Carnival is the school’s second largest fundraiser that includes all-inclusive wristbands for games, a silent auction,and the raffle drawings. Great prizes are donated by the Bailey PTA and local businesses in the Woodbury area.

But the highlight of the carnival for the elementary students was getting their hair colored bright colors 044with glitter and having their face painted like cute puppies or awesome superheroes!

Our amazing volunteer students showed off their cosmetology creativity by doing a variety of hairstyles and
, everyoneface painting for the kids. They did a lot of Pom Pom hairstyles.  One little boy asked MSC student Andrea for a dragon spikes style with colored scales and was THRILLED with her work!   MSC student Colleen carefully braided hair and had one girl fall asleep as she was enjoying herself so much.  MSC Student Ginger Close stated, “The carnival was a lot of fun, everyone was really nice! The kids were all really wonderful. Thank you for letting us go!”

One little boy asked MSC student Andrea for a dragon-spiked style with colored scales and was THRILLED with her work!

MSC student Colleen carefully braided hair and had one girl fall asleep as she was enjoying herself so much.

“The carnival was a blast; everyone was really nice! The kids were all really wonderful. Thank you for letting us go!” MSC student Ginger Close said.



MSC Partners with 10-year-old Rhuin Eisley to Collect Charity Donations at Night to Unite Event

Hundreds of people gathered at Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s Woodbury and Plymouth campuses for its fifth annual Rhuin raising money for The Sheridan Story
National Night Out
celebration on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

The idea behind the event is to provide the entire community a safe and fun way for families to come together, meet neighbors and engage with local business owners.

Just over 100 people attended Plymouth’s inaugural event and close to 200 enjoyed the fun at Woodbury. There was something for everyone; a bouncy house, face painting, crazy hair dos, games, food and much more. MSC also welcomed special guest, 10-year-old Rhuin Eisley, of south Minneapolis. She has a mission to feed hungry children in the metro. Her story has been shared by KARE 11, FOX 9… even Yahoo Beauty and Inside Edition.

During the National Night Out Event, both campuses collected food donations for The Sheridan Story, a charity chosen by Rhuin. The nonprofit sends backpacks full of food home with school children in need every Friday to ensure they have access to meals over the weekend.

“We thank all of our neighbors and friends for coming out to be a part of our night to unite event. To have Rhuin Eisley be a part of our event to share her story and how she’s helping The Sheridan Story was especially meaningful as we can relate to how she wants to help those in need. We love being a part of the Woodbury community and can’t wait for next year,” Cori Omundson, front desk manager at MSC, said.

MSC_National Night out food collectionAs of Tuesday, Rhuin had raised $2,000 in donations which will help feed at least 22 kids for an entire year. She is hoping to make that number grow. You can donate to her cause here. Donations will continue to be collected at MSC Woodbury until mid-August.

“You might think you are doing something small, but you are not. You can make it really big,” Rhuin said.

The event also gave MSC students the chance to put their skills to the test.

MInnesota School of Cosmetology National Night out“It’s almost like a community service, but it’s more of a community engagement event. They get to learn how to interact with people and network and show the community how much they care and so that hopefully when they go out to their future careers they can take that with them,” Omundson said.

Local public safety officials and KS95 also stopped by the event.

Learn more about how you can step into a career where you can make the world more beautiful one client at a time here. 

You can see some of media attention Rhuin has been getting here and and even Inside Edition.

Pampering Young People: Shriner’s Hospital Prom

Shriners Hospital for Children®  Twin Cities hosted a very special prom for their young patients, and Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) – Woodbury students were privileged to volunteer as the hairstylists, nail technicians and makeup artists. Forty-four young people had their hair, makeup and nails done by our students at this remarkable event, held at the Minnesota Masonic Home in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Shriners Hospital for Children® – Twin Cities focuses on 12998617_10153666017488722_4750874331011347817_ntreating children with orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions in a kid-friendly environment designed to help make them feel comfortable. Every member of the Shriners staff is focused on providing the highest quality care for the child and the family.

This was the 6th Annual Shriner’s Prom and MSC has been volunteering for the event since the beginning. Maureen Johnston, Child Life Director for Shriners Hospital exclaimed, “Your group was amazing (again) at Prom!  We really could not do this event without generous people like you!”

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

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


Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth hosted their 3rd annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, May 14, and Monday, May 16. This year’s theme was “Behind the Mask,” and featured looks inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale, and Mardi Gras.IMG_8118

MSC fashion shows are set up as a reverse career fair. Students create inspiration boards with their before and after photos as well as what inspired their overall look, and salon employers and recruiters are able to meet and greet MSC students. We encourage our students to have resumes available to hand out to the industry professionals who attend 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 choose to create a look inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale or Mardi Gras. Our students also chose their own music for the show. MSC students prepared for about a month prior to the show, 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 to the event 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! Thank you for supporting our students!
European Wax Center
Fantastic Sams
GENT Cuts and Grooming
Great Clips
JCPenney Salons
JUUT SalonSpa
MASK Hair Designs and Day Spa
New Reflections Salon
Regis Salons
Salon at Macy’s
ULTA Beauty
The Woodhouse Day Spa

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

MSC Saves the Day: Hearts for Fashion Show

GingerHearts for Fashion is an event that provides a stylish fashion show, as well as education on heart disease.  This event features student and professional designers who create unique informative designs of the Go Red for Women campaign while expressing how they have been personally affected by heart disease.

At the last minute, the event coordinators for the Hearts for Fashion show at the Mall of America were in need of cosmetologists! Instructors and students from Minnesota School of Cosmetology came to the rescue and were the on-site hair and makeup artists for the models.

Chairwomen Angela Hinkley was extremely grateful for the help from Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

“Thank you again for stepping up last minute and helping us out. Really, I would have had to cancel the show if you and your students would not have participated,” she said. “(Instructor) Chris was amazing and a pleasure to work with. All of your students were professional, very talented, and truly did an amazing job! We would like to sincerely thank you for sparing your valuable time in helping Boston Scientific with the 2016 Hearts for Fashion show! Because of you, our mission of creating heart health awareness and education among women reached over 5,000 people in attendance and passing through at the Mall of America! Thank you for donating your time to such a good cause! Hoping that we can partner next year! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”

Student Ginger Close learned a lot and shared this  about the event:

“As a student, I find it to be imperative to experience as many facets of this industry as possible.  I wanted to test my ability to work off the cuff, and exude my creativity and confidence in a pressurized situation, knowing that I had the backup and aid of a knowledgeable instructor like Ms. Chris, but also being able to be independent and stretch my wings on my own.

The experience was wonderful! It was fast paced and kept me on my toes at all times.  Because I had worked the U of M fashion show the previous weekend and there were some students designers at that show that were showing at Hearts of Fashion.  I had the wonderful experience of one of the designers coming up to me immediately and asking if she can secure me to do her model’s hair and makeup as she liked my work from the previous show.

The reason I volunteered is because networking is huge.  Having your face seen is huge.  Being associated with these kinds of things are imperative to starting your career.  While the beauty industry is so expansive, it’s a community that is also so small and intimate.  Life, in general, is all about who you know and who knows you and your reputation.  I want my name to be associated with the ability to work hard, work fast, and produce desirable results.

I learned to check your fears and excuses at the door.  This experience required me to look at a picture of inspiration and then produce that on a person sitting in front of me in a timely manner. I would do it again in a heartbeat because it helped me to grow as an artist and a stylist.

Kudos to MSC for orchestrating these kinds of opportunities for their students.  And kudos to the students for stepping up to the plate.  I witnessed fellow students that told me face to face that they weren’t confident in makeup application produce some beautiful results.  I saw students working in tandem, one on hair, the other on makeup; both playing to their strengths and producing models that were breathtakingly beautiful. There were no egos there that day.  There were simply artists…creating.”

Photo: Student Ginger Close performing a hairstyle on a fashion show model. Photo credit: Gregg Jiracek


Giving Back to Local Families

In honor of Mother’s Day and to serve a female population that is often overlooked, students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Woodbury voluntarily gave haircuts, styles and manicures to residents of Tubman, a local family crisis center.

According to their website, Tubman helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced relationship violence, elder abuse, addiction, sexual exploitation or other forms of trauma. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and community education, including public information campaigns to provide community members the information and support they need to get help or give help.

The Minnesota School of Cosmetology staff and students felt this volunteer event was definitely a success, as did the residents and Tubman staff. “It went beautifully! Everyone was very nice and accommodating. The staff and students there were amazing and did a great job, especially with the two youth who came along,” said Niki Robinson, Family & Youth Advocate at Tubman. “Thank you again for your services and support of our clients.”

Tubman is an essential program in our community and the Minnesota School of Cosmetology was happy to help their residents feel beautiful. If you are seeking support, domestic violence resources or safety planning, or know someone that is, please call Tubman at 612.825.0000.


Minnesota School of Cosmetology Creates 2015 Prom Trends for Twin Cities Live

As we enter prom season, high school girls are beginning to think about their dresses, how they will style their hair, do their makeup and polish their nails. Of course, they can’t do any of this without knowing what the hottest trends are for the season. That’s where Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) comes in.

On Friday, April 3, Minnesota School of Cosmetology students modeled the latest hair, makeup and nail trends for prom 2015 on KSTP TV’s “Twin Cities Live,” and instructor Donna Dungy explained how viewers can get the styles for themselves, whether they are attending prom or just going out on the town. The three models also got the opportunity to go to Macy’s at Mall of America to choose dresses and shoes to finish off their looks.

MSC students and instructor Donna Dungy on the set of “Twin Cities Live.”

For the first look, MSC student Hayley Buth styled fellow classmate Amber Forchette’s hair into long, beach waves using a 1 3/4-inch curling iron and breaking up the curls with styling serum to make it appear more natural; a look simple enough for anyone to do themselves. The theme was also mirrored in her long, flowing dress, which was pastel pink. Dungy explained that pastel colors are very popular this year, so Hayley chose pastel pink makeup and nail polish for Amber as well.

Amber's complete prom look.
Amber’s complete prom look.

Continuing with the pastel trend, MSC student Brianna Belanger modeled a mint green dress from Macy’s. Dungy pointed out that bold, smoky eyes are in this season, and stylist Sarah Leeper achieved this look for Brianna by using silver and gray eye makeup. Brianna’s hair was styled in a loose updo, which is simple enough to be done at home with help from a friend. By curling and teasing the hair and dividing into three sections, the middle section can be pulled into a loose bun off to the side and the front to sections twisted into the back. This style can be made prom-ready by adding a decorative broach. Sarah also gave Brianna a design on her nails – another popular spring trend.

brianna hair
How to get Brianna’s prom hair.
Brianna's complete prom look.
Brianna’s complete prom look.

For the final look, MSC student Clare McGreal gave Monica Vo a more complicated pin-curl updo, which Dungy recommends visiting a salon like Minnesota School of Cosmetology to have done. Bold lips are also in for prom this year, and Clare use a shade of red to accent Monica’s pout. Dungy explains that embellishments are another popular trend this spring, and they were featured on both Monica’s dress and nails to pull the whole look together.

Watch the full “Twin Cities Live” segment.

Monica Vo's complete prom look.
Monica Vo’s complete prom look.

MSC Cosmetologists Working the Runway: REVEL 2015 Fashion Show

Up-and-coming apparel designers showed off their fashion designs at University of Minnesota REVEL 2015 Fashion Show while our up-and-coming Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) cosmetology students exhibited their hair and makeup talents.

Kate Lerette, style reporter for Minnesota Monthly, said “through a variety of avenues and vast array of interests, it was a one-of-a-kind fashion show filled with innovation, talent, and dedication.”

We are very proud of the MSC students that volunteered to do hair and makeup for the fashion show models. Working under pressure backstage is never easy, but our student stylists managed with the greatest of ease and determination. Many beautiful hair and makeup styles were created to enhance the fashion designers’ vision, therefore crafting a show that exhibited a high level of professionalism and excellence.

MSC student Miranda applies makeup on a model

MSC student Julius creates a lovely hairstyle for a model

4 Things I Learned from Salon Visits

By Jeff Bishop, career services coordinator

My name is Jeff Bishop and I’m the career services coordinator at Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth. I have been with MSC since our Plymouth campus opened more than three years ago, and I have a passion for working with college students and seeing them achieve their goals.

At MSC, I work with students to help them obtain employment in the cosmetology industry. I help students with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, professionalism, job searching and job applications, so that they feel prepared to go out into the professional world of cosmetology.Minnesota School of Cosmetology Career Services

As part of our Employee Learning Week, I had the opportunity to visit 37 different salons in the Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Wayzata areas. I was able to network with salon professionals, share information about MSC’s education and learn about potential employment opportunities for our students and graduates. I learned a lot from my visits and wanted to share some of the things I learned.

  1. Employers love meeting students.  I heard so many times that employers love meeting prospective employees. Almost every salon is open to students taking time to schedule a visit so that they can network, see how different salons operate and really get the “vibe” of various salons. MSC students are even able to get school credit for salon visits! 
  2. Visiting salons helps students find the perfect fit. When starting a cosmetology career, I feel that it’s very important to do some research in order to find a salon that’s the right fit. After all, no two salons are alike — every salon has different stylists, atmospheres, and clienteles. By researching and touring multiple salons, students are able to find a position they love and can grow into future success.
  3. Job opportunities aren’t always posted online. I think we’ve all heard statistics stating that the majority of available jobs are not posted or advertised in any way. I learned that this is partially true for cosmetology as well. I spoke with salon owners who are always looking for fresh talent, but do not post jobs or even take applications! They are looking for potential employees to do their research and seek out career opportunities. This is another reason why visiting and touring salons is important to a job search.
  4. Salon owners, managers, and stylists are really friendly! They just are! I’ve heard from some MSC students that they’re nervous about networking or setting up salon visits, and I understand. It can be really nerve-racking to walk into a new place and introduce yourself. But don’t worry, I found that almost everyone in the industry is really friendly and really excited to talk with up-and-coming stylists! So take the plunge and start networking. I think you’ll be happy you did.

Overall, I had a great time going out into the community and meeting some wonderful salon professionals. I encourage all students to get out there and start networking. You never know when you could meet the right owner or tour the right salon and start the job that changes your life.