Halloween at Minnesota School of Cosmetology

Halloween at Minnesota School of Cosmetology

At Minnesota School of Cosmetology campuses, cosmetology students scared up a good time decorating their mannequins for the campus Halloween Mannequin Contest. Both campuses are celebrating Halloween in their own way, making sure it is fabulous every step of the way.

MSC-Plymouth's winner for Halloween mannequin contest
MSC-Plymouth’s winner for Halloween mannequin contest, designed by student Michela Wahl.

From scary to stunning, Minnesota School of Cosmetology students unleashed their creativity to showcase their cosmetology talents. Students used nail polish, implements, Halloween décor, florals and styling products to create their styles. Voting was open to all students at their respective campus. Mannequins were voted on by MSC students, with winners announced the week of Halloween.

Winners at the Plymouth campus received a Moroccan Oil carry-on bag filled with goodies. Goodies include a Wet Brush drier and brushes and a Colortrak Balayage Kit. The bag also included cosmetology essentials including hair pins and products from American Crew, Nioxin, Big Sexy Hair, Eufora, Redken and Keune. Winners at the Woodbury campus are yet to be announced.

In addition to mannequin contests, Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury had a Halloween door decorating contest. Drawing inspiration from their favorite Halloween movies or scary scenes, students used art supplied to transform the campus.

Trick or Treat at MSC

Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth and Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury are hosting Trick or Treat Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Halloween Door Decorevents. Both Halloween events are on Wednesday, October 31st from 6:30PM-8:00PM at their respective campuses. Families are welcome to trick or treat through the campus and make their rounds at stations or “doors” on campus. For more information on Trick or Treating at MSC, please visit our Facebook page.

Want to Learn More?

Inspired by our cosmetology student’s creativity? 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 hairstylist and starting a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

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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MSC Donates 500 Dresses to Help Girls in Need for Prom

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is giving a big boost to a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to collecting prom dresses and accessories for high school girls who are in need.Prom, Cosmotology, We Care

In January, MSC’s Plymouth location donated more than 500 prom dresses that they gathered to Operation Glass Slipper. The dresses will go to girls who are otherwise unable to attend prom due to difficult or financial family circumstances.

“The partnership we have with Operation Glass Slipper has been great! Each time we do a dress drop off you can tell we are making a difference by the excitement of the director, Pam Philipp, when she sees us and all the dresses that people have donated,” said Dani Vetrano, Associate Campus Director of MSC-Plymouth. “Our students have been able to see firsthand what a difference they can make in someone’s life by doing the updos and makeup for the dress recipients of the Princess Event. We truly enjoy the partnership with OGS and believe it goes hand in hand with our “We Care” mission!”

“Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted over 9,000 deserving girls since the project was founded in 2006. We are heavily dependent on donations of dresses and accessories,” Philipp said.

The dresses and accessories are available for juniors and seniors at no charge to girls throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Operation Glass Slipper collects gowns year round. They must be in good condition and no more than five years old.

“For several years the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Plymouth as served as a collection site for donations to Operation Glass Slipper. Staff members volunteer their time to deliver these donations to the Operation Glass Slipper warehouse in West St. Paul. I am always amazed at the enormous quantity of donations they bring. The deliveries include many beautiful dresses, and we know that they will be eagerly chosen by the girls we serve. Our relationship with the Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Plymouth is extremely important to us, and we appreciate the graciousness and enthusiasm of the staff members who help us,” Philipp said.

The students and staff of MSC live by the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 

 

MSC Partners with Toys for Tots for Successful Drive

Both Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) locations (Plymouth & Woodbury) were official donation sites for the 2016 Toys for Tots campaign. Anyone who donated a new unwrapped toy for children received $5 off any one service.

Thank you to everyone who contributed for helping us give back to our community! We were able to collect more than 125 gifts and sincerely appreciate your help. We also received a large donation from Woodbury High School as well as many of our MSC clients. These gifts helped out so many families and made children of all ages happy!

According to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots website, the goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

“We love being able to participate in helping out those in need in our community,” said Cori Omundson, Front Desk Manager at MSC-Woodbury and organizer of the event. “Toys for Tots is a wonderful organization which helps bring joy to many children’s lives who otherwise might not have a good holiday season. We were happy to partner with Toys for Tots to collect toys this year and loved being a designated drop off location. We especially would like to thank Woodbury High School for their huge donation of many toys.”

We are glad we could help families in our community during the holiday season. Happy Holidays from everyone at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology!

 

Gory Makeup at MSC-Plymouth

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth students got into the Halloween
spirit and used makeup to create realistic-looking wounds. These illusions are quick, inexpensive, and a great way to make Halloween a little bit scarier.

The supplies we used to create our wounds were:img_0427
– Liquid Latex (we got ours here)
– Makeup Set (red, yellow, purple, and black – we got ours here)
– Liquid Blood (we got ours here)
– Corn Flakes

Directions to create a gory makeup wound:
1. Use makeup to map out an area of where you want your wound/scar to be.
2. Smooth a layer of liquid latex over the area and let dry until clear.
3. Blend red, yellow, purple, and/or black makeup over latex to create bruising.
4. Create open wounds by opening a section of the latex with scissors or your hands.
5. Add more latex into the “open wound” section.
6. Add Corn Flakes onto the wet latex in the “open wound” to create texture.
7. Add another layer of latex to secure the Corn Flakes and let dry.
8. Add fake blood to complete your wound.

 

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Your Poor Pores! Skincare Tips for After Halloween

It’s Nov. 1, and you won the prize “Best Costume” as a sexy zombie at the hottest Halloween party last night! Your makeup was on point with piles of paint, fake blood and the longest and lushest falsies at the party! Since a lot of costume makeup is formulated differently than everyday cosmetics, your skin is likely going to need a detox. Your poor pores!

Here are some tips for your skin when it comes to Halloween. Vampire Halloween Woman portrait. Beauty Sexy Vampire Girl with

  1. Again, don’t forget to use a moisturizer. You had a million products on your face and you did a deep clean to remove it. Time to give your skin a hydrating drink!
  2. Get every last drop of makeup off your face once the night is over. No going to sleep with those false lashes either! Use a cold cream or oil-based formula first, rinse and repeat until every trace is gone. Then wash your face with your usual face wash and end with a light-weight moisturizer.
  3. Don’t have a facial or exfoliate your skin the morning of Halloween or the day before. You don’t want your fresh, open pores to get clogged with face paint.
  4. Exfoliate your skin the next day. You may also want to do a purifying clay mask to avoid breakouts.
  5. Makeup, cleansers and adult beverages are dehydrating so be sure to drink plenty of water to flush away toxins and battle inflammation.
  6. Give your face a break from makeup the day after Halloween. It needs time to breathe after all of that fun!

 

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.

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.

StudioTV sets


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.

Source

http://work.chron.com/types-careers-can-cosmetology-license-4781.html

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

Post written by Josie Black