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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Making Dreams Come True: Brandon’s Story

Brandon with Woodbury student, Elizabeth Sanchez.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology invites Brandon, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, to shadow students every other week at the Woodbury campus to learn more about the cosmetology industry.

Brandon first visited the campus as a client with his mother Natalie where he expressed his dream of becoming a cosmetologist. Brandon’s mom reached out to Minnesota School of Cosmetology’s Campus Director, Jill Hocking, and came up with the idea of allowing him to come to campus every other week to learn new skills from the students.

“I love fashion, doing hair, makeup and polishing nails,” said Brandon. “I’m really happy to be here!”

One employee who stopped by to say hello shared how happy he is when he is on campus. “He was just moving around the mannequin, blow drying like he was a famous hair stylist.”

Brandon’s Story:

Brandon’s genetic defect has caused him to have a cleft lip and palate, growth retardation, and he has had to have multiple surgeries to reconstruct his ear canals and he wears a hearing aid. He also had to get growth hormone shots for many years because he was not growing and was way under the normal percentile for his age. The doctors said Brandon would never talk, crawl or walk.

Brandon’s mom dedicated her life to him. According to Natalie, the doctors and social workers said that they thought she should give Brandon to foster care because he was not going to live long. It was at this exact moment in time, that his father walked out of the hospital and left her there alone.

“I told them no. I said that if Brandon was going to die he would die with me,” said Natalie. “I taught him how to crawl and also to walk. He has had many surgeries on his mouth and ears. On one occasion he stopped breathing when they were putting him to sleep and he almost died. He was in ICU for 2 weeks connected to multiple machines.”

“I’m very thankful to you guys for accepting him and making him feel so special. Sincerely, thank you!” said Brandon’s mom.

About Trisomy 18:

According to U.S. National Library of Medicine, trisomy 18, also called Edwards syndrome, is a chromosomal condition associated with abnormalities in many parts of the body. Individuals with trisomy 18 often have slow growth before birth (intrauterine growth retardation) and a low birth weight. Affected individuals may have heart defects and abnormalities of other organs that develop before birth. Other features of trisomy 18 include a small, abnormally shaped head; a small jaw and mouth; and clenched fists with overlapping fingers. Due to the presence of several life-threatening medical problems, many individuals with trisomy 18 die before birth or within their first month. Five to 10 percent of children with this condition live past their first year, and these children often have severe intellectual disability.

Connecting Community & Cosmetology: 

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is looking into having more aspiring community members with disabilities shadow students at our campus to learn more about the cosmetology industry. If you or someone you know is interested please contact Jill Hocking, campus director at jhocking@msccollege.edu.

Ms. Jeannine Hinton Scholarship Recipient: Christine Pommerening

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is pleased to announce Christine Pommerening with the Ms. Jeannine Hinton Scholarship.

Christine has always been intrigued by makeup and hair since she was young. Her baby dolls and Barbies were her first clients. When her grandmother gave her money for Christmas she spent it on an industry standard cosmetology doll where she practiced her skills and updo’s from YouTube Tutorials.

“It has always been a dream of mine to learn all the skills needed to do many more hairstyles, haircuts, color, and makeup techniques at a cosmetology school,” said Christine. “I have had to pinch myself to be sure that going to Minnesota School of Cosmetology is really happening this fall.”

Sadly, Christine’s mom was diagnosed with a rare lung disease and has always worked hard to ensure Christine had everything she ever needed and more.

“She is totally my inspiration,” said Christine. “This scholarship would be such a blessing to my family.”

According to Christine, less than 100 people have been diagnosed with her mom’s condition and still that does not stop her from working full-time and giving back to the community. Many of their weekends are spent volunteering for various causes and it’s something that they do together since Christine was just little.

“These experiences that I have had with my mother have instilled a desire and a passion to utilize my skills gained from the Minnesota School of Cosmetology to give back and help others. I look forward to a day when I can pay this great opportunity forward by offering up my services at least one day a year to those who are unable to afford a haircut for a job interview or a full makeup application for their senior portraits,” said Christine.

Congratulations Christine! We are excited to have such an inspiring student start with us and we know you will do great things will your education!

Fall Classes Start: October 16, 2017

What is the Miss Jeanine Hinton Scholarship?

Ms. Jeanine Hinton was a Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Basic’s instructor for 23 years.  She devoted 23 years of her life to teaching, mentoring and coaching Minnesota School of Cosmetology students, not only technical skills but also life skills. She was passionate about seeing Minnesota School of Cosmetology students grow to become successful Cosmetologists and beauty industry leaders. This annual scholarship is her way of continuing to support our future of beauty industry professionals.

To apply, applicants submitted an essay sharing their story, including why they want to be a professional in the beauty industry, what inspired them to choose cosmetology as their career field and their long-term goals in the industry. As an added requirement to set the recipient up for success, upon starting school they must maintain 85 percent attendance or higher.

MSC Graduates Share Wisdom with Current Students

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) – Woodbury alumni recently spoke with the current student body at the annual MSC Alumni Panel. The graduation years of the members of the panel ranged from 2008-2016. Our amazing graduates represented a wide variety of salons from all over the Twin Cities area such as La Grande Beauty Spa, Ficocello’s Hair Salon, Cole’s Salon, Sephora, Simonson’s Salon and Spa, Moxie Salon, and European Wax Center.

Two of our graduates have recently made their lifetime dreams come true and opened their own salons! Rachel Lentz opened Man Cave Precision Hair in Stillwater and Kerri Wildes is the Co-owner of Alabaster to Onyx Salon in Minneapolis.

The graduates introduced themselves by stating their name and year they graduated from MSC, where
they had worked since graduation, why they choose their current job, their greatest challenge while in beauty school and how they overcame that challenge.

Great questions from the student body included:

  • How did your MSC experience prepare you for your career?
  • In your experience, what are some attributes of individuals who are most successful in the cosmetology field?
  • What is your advice on building a clientele?
  • What could I do to improve my professionalism skills?

Our most recent graduate on the panel, Mat Porten stated, “The women on the panel have wonderful personalities, passion, and truly inspire me. Thank you. MSC, thank you as well for giving me the opportunities that you have given me and giving me such great people to look up to.”

 

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!

 

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!

 

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Hair

1. Hair is made up mostly of keratin, the same protein animals’ horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks Model with long hair. Waves Curls Hairstyle. Hair Salon. Updo. Fare made of.

2. When wet, a healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% of its original length.

3. Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather, because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth.

4. All hair is dead, with the exception of the hair that’s still inside the epidermis of your scalp.

5. Hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including drugs, and is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.

6. The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender—men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure.

7. Black is the most common hair color. Red is the rarest and only exists in about 1 percent of the world’s population, with blonde hair found in 2 percent.

8. As soon as a hair is plucked from its follicle, a new one begins to grow.

9. Hair is 50 percent carbon, 21 percent oxygen, 17 percent nitrogen, 6 percent hydrogen, and 5 percent sulphur.

10. Hair can grow anywhere on the human body with the exception of the palms of hands, soles of feet, eyelids, lips, and mucous membranes.

11. Goosebumps from cold or fear are the result of hair follicles contracting, causing the hair and surrounding skin to bunch up.

12. The average number of hair strands varies by natural color, with blondes having the most and redheads having the fewest.

13. The scientific term for split ends is “trichoptilosis.”

14. Aside from bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.

15. Balding only begins to become visible once you’ve lost over 50 percent of the hairs from your scalp.

16. At any given time, 90 percent of the hairs in your scalp are growing, while the other 10 percent are resting.

17. A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.

18. Hair acts as a layer of thermally insulating protection for our heads, which lack the insulation that fat provides for the rest of our bodies.

19. Eighty percent of Americans wash their hair twice a day.

20. Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head, and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants.
Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/weird-hair-facts/#ixzz4O1VlCkvB

MSC Receives National Honor as Top School in Beauty Industry

Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is being recognized nationally for its excellent infection control standards and dedication to the Barbicide Certification Program.

MSC was awarded the Barbicide Sapphire Award  Nov. 16 at our 20161116_msc_sapphire-award_07Woodbury location, 1750 Weir Dr #3, Woodbury, MN 55125. The school is being recognized for having the most participants in the barbicide online learning course and for consistently utilizing the tools given in the course.

There is only one winner in each category for the national honor. MSC was the winner of the medium school/small category.

“MSC demonstrated they are one of the leaders in the county when it comes to proper sanitation,” Alan Muphy, President of BlueCoBrands, said. He presented the award.

“Receiving the Sapphire award is such an honor. Our Woodbury school manager, Josh Luhmann-Woodbury, has worked very diligently with our students on safety and sanitation. Our students’ dedication to keeping our campus clean and our clients safe is to be commended,” said campus director, Jill Hocking.

20161116_msc_sapphire-award_14Several criteria were taken into account when selecting winners for this award which include, the number of students certified, school size/type, certification type, school program participation length, and general application.
“Completing the barbicide online learning course sets MSC students ahead of other cosmetology students, by ensuring that all of its students are fully prepared with the knowledge needed to be successful in the hair industry. The number one key to their success in the salon will start with their sanitation and disinfestation standards,” Lumann-Woodbury said.

“Nothing is more important in cosmetology school than education about proper infection control, and learning about the risks of dangerous pathogens. While it may not be the most glamorous thing taught at school, infection control can make or break a professionals’ career,” according to Barbicide.

MSC will receive an optional onsite training along with the award.