9 Reasons to Attend a Cosmetology School

Do you like to help your friends with their hair styles or make-up? Do you want to learn more about attending a cosmetology school?

There are many reasons to attend a cosmetology school.

  • Students can graduate from cosmetology programs in under a year
  • Smaller classes with more one on one attention from the instructor
  • The program offers a focused curriculum
  • Learn specialties within cosmetology
  • Hands-on training prepares you for the workforce
  • There is a strong demand for cosmetologists
  • You’ll have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives
  • It is fun and exciting to stay on trend learning new styles
  • Cosmetology schools may offer on-going career services to help with your cosmetology career

Reason #1 – Graduate in Under a Year

What if you could train and start your cosmetology career in as few as 10 months?  You absolutely can with full time enrollment!  Everything you need to know to start your career as a cosmetology can be taught to you at a cosmetology school.

Reason #2 – Smaller Class Size

Cosmetology schools offer access to industry trained teachers where students will have one on one interaction with teachers in smaller class size settings.

Reason #3 – Focused Curriculum

A cosmetology school program teaches you what you will need to succeed in your new career. Cosmetology schools work with employers and industry experienced instructors to shape curriculum, so students are ready to work right out of school. At a cosmetology school you will learn how to shampoo, condition the scalp and hair, shape and design hair, control hair chemically, color hair, style hair, provide facials, apply make-up and administer manicures.

The goal of a cosmetology program is to prepare graduates to observe state laws and rules as they apply to the field of cosmetology and the ability to demonstrate adherence to sanitation laws and rules. The cosmetology program will also help students demonstrate industry-appropriate haircutting, hairstyling, chemical services, manicuring and esthetics techniques.

Specific classes that most cosmetology schools offer include a historical look at cosmetology, how to improve life skills, how a cosmetologist should present a professional image, how to communicate, proper infection control, general anatomy and physiology, skin structure and skin disorders and diseases. Classes will focus on nail structure, the properties of the hair and scalp, basics of chemistry and electricity, principles of hair design, scalp care, shampooing, conditioning, haircutting, hairstyling, braiding, wigs and hair additions, chemical texture services, hair coloring and hair removal. A student will also take classes on facials, facial make-up, manicuring, pedicuring and UV Gels. Finally, classes will help the student seek employment as a cosmetologist, prepare themselves for the job, learn about the salon business and become familiar with state laws and rules.

Reason #4 – Specialties in the Beauty Industry

A cosmetology license can open a world of career opportunities for you. Some of the careers you will be qualified to pursue after becoming licensed as a cosmetologist include hairstylist, hair color technician, make-up artist, manicurist, product line representative, salon manager, cosmetology school instructor, salon sales consultant or beauty magazine contributor.

You might think that you will just learn hair and makeup but you will learn much more. A cosmetology program allows you to learn how to manage a salon, be an entrepreneur, prepare yourself for a job in the beauty industry and learn state laws and rules.

Some cosmetologists will venture off to start their own salon or work within a salon as a sole proprietor.  You can build up a clientele base and take them with you where ever you may go. For this reason, it is important to always offer your best customer services and create friendships with your clients. As an entrepreneur, you can set your own schedule and work on your own time.

Reason #5 – Hands-On Training

Cosmetology schools offer hands-on training in a real salon. Students will perform real life tasks, while under supervision, to get real world experience before the first job interview. Industry-experienced instructors provide hands-on training in basic and advanced hair, skin and nail techniques in an engaging, warm and professional salon and spa-like setting.

Cosmetology students will practice their trade on real clients that visit the campus salon. Students will be able to hone their craft before they even start their first job as a cosmetologist.

Reason #6 – Strong Demand for Cosmetologists

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of barbers, hairstylists and cosmetologists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026. An increase in population will cause an increased need for basic hair care services. Further, styles have gravitated toward a demand for hair coloring and hair straightening. With this increase in need for beauty comes a demand for highly trained cosmetologists.

Reason #7 – Make a Difference in People’s Lives

Learning how to be a cosmetologist will help you give confidence to people through your craft. Nothing is better than to have a great looking hairstyle, flattering make-up, and well-manicured nails. You can help your client get ready for a wedding, date or a day of beauty. Some clients will come in after a bad day and your pampering will cheer them up.

The best part about being a cosmetologist is that you are working closely with colleagues that care about people and clients that you can make a difference with. Being a cosmetologist gives you the ability to change a client’s day or to improve their image. Cosmetologists make a difference in people’s lives every day.

Reason #8 – Ability to Stay Current with Hair Trends & Styles

A good cosmetologist will keep up with hair trends and try new styles for clients. By keeping up with the beauty industry, a cosmetologist will be able to promote the right hair care products and make-up to their clients. These products will allow the client to recreate the look and style you have created in the salon.

Being a cosmetologist will also let you express yourself artistically. Helping clients with their hair and makeup will allow you to create new styles and learn new techniques.

Reason #9 – Career Services

One of the biggest advantages of attending Minnesota School of Cosmetology is the support you’ll get throughout your cosmetology career. A dedicated career services department will be able to help with your job search upon graduation and throughout your career.

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

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

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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Want To Look Perfect For Prom? Check Out These Prom Trends!

With prom season coming up, it’s time to start planning your perfect hairstyle and makeup look! Prom is all about creative updos, hair accessories and glamorous eye makeup.

MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.
MSC-Plymouth student Sam models a messy updo and glamorous eye makeup.

Here are some of the most current trends:

1. Braids/twists in updos are by far the biggest trend for prom. Creative braids can be incorporated into an updo or twisted into a crown. To wear your braid down, opt for a fishtail braid or braid in a colored ribbon for a unique twist!

2. Sleek hair always looks polished and glamorous. Try a sleek bump with straight hair or a slicked back super-polished pony.

3. Loose updos are effortless and stylish. Loose buns, pinned curls, and knotted updos will look modern but romantic.

4. Wavy hair left down will highlight a low-back or backless dress. Beachy waves are a classic look or try side-swept curls for a more dramatic look.

5. Hair accessories are the perfect way to add style and personality to your overall look. Add jewels in a loose updo or add sparkly pins to a sleek, pin-straight style.

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MSC-Plymouth student Alexis shows off a braided updo and bold, winged eyeliner.

6. Makeup is all about the eyes! Highlight your eyes this prom season by playing up your eye makeup and toning down your other features. For a dramatic look, choose a winged eyeliner. For a unique look, opt for a pastel winged eyeliner. If you want to look super glam, metallics are the way to go. For a fresh, bright-eyed effect, go for a peachy eyeshadow and white eyeliner.

Remember that your hair and makeup should reflect your personal style, but keep in mind your face shape and hair type. Also, think about your dress and accessories, and what hair and makeup will best complete your overall look. Then you’ll be ready to dance the night away!

Students at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology would love to help you look perfect for your prom! Call today and schedule your appointment.

Tips from Career Services: No. 1 Mistake to Avoid When Job Hunting

At Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC), help finding a career doesn’t stop when you graduate. One of the biggest advantages of going to MSC is the continued help you will get throughout your cosmetology career. Whether is your first job or a transition in between, out dedicated career services staff is there to help you.

Our employment assistance starts with our curriculum to ensure students are educated on being Jobs Search Applicant Career Employment Hiring Conceptprofessional, job search tools and resources and career-planning strategies.

MSC cannot guarantee you a job after you graduate, but we can do the best we can to help you find it. Some of the services we help with include:

  • Finding current job openings in cosmetology
  • Cover letter writing, resumes and portfolios
  • Interview do’s and don’ts
  • Networking and advice

“Since the average job search can take about 6-9 months, I advise students to make an appointment with me early to begin planning their career,” said Mindy Meyer, career services coordinator at MSC. “I encourage them to get acclimated to school during basics class and then seek assistance with their job search when they reach intermediate class. This gets students thinking about what type of salon they would like to work for so when they reach advanced class they can apply to salons and land their first job before they graduate!”

Resume Building Tips from MSC

Get Involved in School! Join MSC Student Council, work as a tutor or volunteer as a mentor.

Develop Professional Relationships with your instructors, MSC staff and peers.  They are a built-in network and will become very valuable to your job search!

Get Good Grades and include them on your resume: Graduate with honors with an overall grade 95% or higher, perfect attendance, highest retail sales, etc.

Join a Professional Organization such as Salon and Spa Professional Association. Attend beauty shows, outside classes by industry leaders and learn new trends!

Gain Relevant Experience now through part-time employment or even volunteering at a salon! . It’s a great way to gain experience, make contacts and get your foot in the door at a salon. Contact a salon of your choice. Introduce yourself and ask if they need any help sweeping hair, stocking the dispense, etc. You will learn a lot from observation and will begin building your network!

ALWAYS Look for Ways to Enhance Your People Skills.

The following list will help job seekers locate job postings and research their field and prospective employers.

If you are looking to enhance your career, you could go back to school for a degree in business administration or business management. MSC graduates can qualify for a scholarship or transfer credits at Globe University, a member of the Globe Education Network.

If you are ready to get starting on a career in cosmetology, email us or call 1-877-541-8777 to speak with a representative today.

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.

MSC – Plymouth Helps Send Meals to Ecuador for Day of Service

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On Friday, June 17, 2016, from noon-2 p.m., 10 Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth staff members volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids as part of Globe Education Network’s annual Community Service Day. We were very excited to participate in this event and had a lot of fun as we packed nutritious meals for people in need.

As a team, MSC-Plymouth staff members were able to pack 25 boxes, each containing 36 food packets. Our volunteer work accomplished:

• 25 Boxes Packed
• 5,400 Meals
• 14 Children Fed For One Year

Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers to hand-pack meals. The meals are specially formulated for the benefit of malnourished children, and the meals are shipped to over 70 countries. The meals that MSC-Plymouth volunteers packed will be shipped to Ecuador.

 

MSC-Plymouth Staff Members at Feed My Starving Children
MSC-Plymouth Staff Members at Feed My Starving Children

“Watching the introduction video and seeing starving children always breaks my heart. But it makes you feel so good knowing that you’re giving back and that you’re helping to feed children in need. It’s great to give back as a team; it’s a great team-building experience,” MSC Instructor Cindy Liston said

 

Career Advice from MSC: Places to Work as a Cosmetologist

From salons to movie sets, cosmetologists work in a wide array of environments. Due to the versatility of
their work, it is imperative that they gain practical experience with a variety of hair and makeup styles. The ability to work efficiently and effectively in high-pressure situations is also a bonus. Detailed below are a few of the best
places to work as a cosmetologist:

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Most cosmetology careers begin in the salon, where cosmetologists tackle everything from manicures to hairstyles, to prom makeup. Salon work can be deeply satisfying, as cosmetologists are able to witness first-hand the confidence boost that their efforts give clients.

Mobile services for bridal parties

Wedding hair and makeup are increasingly a priority among bridesmaids and brides-to-be, many of whom wish to skip the added stress of visiting salons on their big day. Several savvy cosmetologists have responded to this increasing demand by setting up mobile bridal salons, which provide day-of hair and makeup services whenever and wherever bridal parties desire.

High-end makeup stores

From department store counters to makeup boutiques, a variety of retail-based cosmetology jobs are available for ambitious professionals. Although many students sell makeup in order to earn a little side money while attending cosmetology school, most move up into demo makeup following graduation. Their jobs are both promotional and educational in nature, for in addition to using their skills to convince customers to buy high-end products, they must teach customers about the types of products that are most likely to work with their skin type and coloring.

Theater

Stage makeup for theater and dance stands in stark contrast to the standard practices used to make women look and feel their best on a daily basis. Cosmetologists must use a far more heavy-handed approach when applying stage makeup, as their chief goal is to prevent bright lights from washing out performers’ faces. Additionally, cosmetologists who work backstage aim to accentuate facial features, thereby making it easier for performers to convey emotion from a distance.

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Many cosmetologists dream of someday working in the entertainment industry. From red carpet affairs to special effects, a wide array of unique makeup gigs are available in Hollywood. Cosmetology opportunities are abundant in Tinseltown, but so are hair stylists and makeup artists desperate for celebrities to notice their work. A cosmetology certificate can give you a much-needed leg up on the competition, as it proves that you possess the in-depth knowledge and extensive skill needed for success in a variety of contexts.

No matter where you end up, you are bound to gain an enormous sense of satisfaction as you pursue your dream cosmetology career. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box as you search for the perfect cosmetology job.

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http://www.beautyschoolnetwork.com/finding-job-after-beauty-school

Post written by Josie Black

MSC – Woodbury Staff Volunteer at Tubman Center

Each year, the Minnesota School of Cosmetology closes the school for a day and participates in an organized volunteer opportunity. For our 2016 annual community service project on Friday June 17, 2016, MSC-Woodbury staff members volunteered at Tubman in Maplewood.

Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, ComServicelegal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programming and community education. Tubman is the state’s largest provider of domestic violence services, with over 20 percent of all Minnesota shelter beds for women and children experiencing family violence.

Twelve Minnesota School of Cosmetology volunteers organized Tubman’s clothing store called Harriet’s Closet, sorted clothes, and created clothing and accessory displays. They also packed baby wipes and other personal care items for clients of the Tubman Center, and transported school supplies to the shelter and other areas of the building.

“Volunteering for the Tubman Center was amazing. I feel like we really made a difference and a lot of people will be helped due to the work that we did,” Sonya Stelmachuk, Admissions Representative at Minnesota School of Cosmetology, said.

“Thank you for all your help! We really couldn’t do it without community support and volunteers like you! We were happy to help this amazing organization!” an administrator at Tubman said.