Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Breanna and Bailey

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

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

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

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

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

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


European Wax Center

Fantastic Sam’s


Great Clips

Hair Expressions


Marc Daniel Salon

Pro Cuts

Regis Salons

Spalon Montage


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

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Competes at INsalon 2014

Minnesota School of Cosmetology students had the opportunity to attend INsalon this past weekend at the Marriott in Minneapolis.  Minnesota School of Cosmetology Students

There were three different competitions that students could sign up to compete in:

*   Women’s Evening Total Look

*   Women’s Day Total Look

*   Men’s Day Total Look

MSC Plymouth had seven students sign up to compete this year.

Our students practiced on their models for weeks leading up to the competition. They were determined to get every detail perfect for the big day!

Here are the specifics for the three events in which students could compete:

Women’s Evening Total LookMSC student

Create an evening look for the appreciation of the customer featuring elegance, grace and beauty based on the elements of the hair, nails and makeup. Clothes completed the total look.

The student was allowed 60 minutes on this competition.

Women’s Day Total Look

Create a total image including haircut and finished style for the appreciation of the customer reflecting current fashion trends. The finished style must exhibit a quality that the customer can recreate, while maintaining a daytime feel. Clothes to complete the total look.

Men’s Day Total Look

Create a total image, including haircut and finished style, for the appreciation of the customer reflecting current fashion trends. The finished style must exhibit a quality that the customer can recreate, while maintaining a daytime feel. Clothes to complete the total look.

How did MSC do?

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Plymouth students took part in the Women’s Evening Total Look competition.

Emily Bloch: placed 2nd overall

Lorina Maya: placed 3rd overall

Ingris Trejo: placed 6th overall and also won the Creative Fashion Award

We are very proud of all our students who competed and are excited to see all the wonderful adventures their futures have in store.

Cosmetology Students Participate in Fashion Show Fundraiser for Children’s Hospital

Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury (MSC) students graciously volunteered as hair stylists and makeup artists for the Open Your Heart fashion show sponsored by the Woodbury Guild Children’s Hospital .

Open Your Heart is a fundraiser held at the Prom Center in Oakdale to benefit Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.The fashion show displayed casual sportswear, professional attire as well as very formal gowns. The stores that contributed clothing were Athleta, Sisu, Chicos, White House Black Market and Raffine Formal & Bridal. Participants of the event also enjoyed dinner, auctions, and games to raise money for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Jen Marsich, the coordinator of the fashion show, sincerely appreciated the MSC student volunteers for doing the hair and makeup for the models. She said, “Thanks so much for having your students volunteer, our models looked amazing!”

Instructor Amy Stolber enjoyed the event stating, “Volunteering for the fashion show was a valuable experience for our students professionally and it was great for them to give back to the community.”


Minnesota School of Cosmetology Students Create Looks for Timberwolves Dancers Fifth Annual Fashion Show

In a narrow, crowded hallway in the basement of Seven Ultralounge in downtown Minneapolis, 14 Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students, two instructors, 13 Minnesota Timberwolves dancers and a few others improvise to create a mobile salon.

They are prepping for the Fifth Annual Timberwolves Dancers Fashion Show, for which MSC students were selected to do the hair and makeup for the dancers, who serve as the models. The show, produced by JD Style Group, helps sponsor local nonprofit youth groups to attend a charity event held in the spring.

“Minnesota School of Cosmetology has worked with JD Style Group in the past, and they asked us to participate in this event,” explains Josh Luhmann, school manager for MSC. “We’ve chosen certain students who we thought would be great for this opportunity and who excel in different dynamics of hair and makeup.”

The students had just two hours to create hair and makeup looks for 13 Timberwolves Dancers.

The students were asked to create one look to go with four different outfits the dancers would be modeling in the show. The looks included casual chic, swimwear, Valentine’s Day glam and the official Timberwolves dancers’ uniform.

“I’m really excited and a little nervous,” says MSC student Emily. “We’re stepping out of the ordinary salon atmosphere, so that’s fun.”

Just as the styling process was getting underway, the group was informed that they would be moving upstairs to continue the transformation. With just two hours to get all 13 dancers’ hair and makeup done, the MSC team was already on a time crunch. They quickly packed up their hairspray, curling irons and dozens of makeup supplies and headed up the elevator, only leaving behind a few stray bobby pins. Overall, the transition was pretty smooth, and MSC instructor Molly Brouhard thought the students did well.

“I thought they handled it very gracefully,” she says. “They rolled with the punches, which is important in this industry. They got a life lesson in what it’s like in the real world of beauty.”

Once everyone was settled in again, the group began to have fun as the students demonstrated their professional skills and creativity. The dancers were pleased with the final results and enjoyed the experience.

“I like how my makeup is more natural to go with all my looks,” says Timberwolves dancer Camille. “We usually do our own hair and makeup for the games, so it’s nice to just be able to sit in a chair and have someone else do it for a change.”

Even with all the last minute changes and chaos, the students were able to complete full hair and makeup for all 13 girls in less than two hours. The dancers looked great, and they were ready to walk the runway, modeling the looks JD Style Group put together.

“At first, it was overwhelming, but once we jumped in, it was easy,” says MSC student Madeline. “I was proud of us!”

A few of the Timberwolves Dancers with their final looks.

For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology visit www.msccollege.edu.

’90s Dance Party: Cosmetology Students, Grads Show Off Their Skills

Current students and graduates of Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) joined together to do hair/makeup and model for a “’90s Dance Party” fashion show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. This event was one of many Salon Industry Nights (SIN) hosted by Euphoria Salon owner, Stevie Rangel.

Jo Pray, MSC graduate and owner/stylist at Norwest Stylists, organized a fashion cameo, which included the likes of Madonna, PINK, Spice Girls, Gwen Stefani and Mariah Carey. Jo stated that these gatherings are “open to cosmetology students, salon owners and licensed cosmetologists wanting to showcase their work and provide an opportunity to promote and network within the local cosmetology industry.”

Jo organizes these types of exciting fashion shows on a regular basis. Other fashion show themes have included Celebrity Look-Alike, Masquerade Ball, Cirque Soliel, and Mermaids. Jo has retained her roots to MSC and recently represented her salon at the MSC Career Fair. Leading by example, she wanted the students to know that “it’s never too late to start something new or make a career change.”

She said she was interested in participating in the career fair to invite the students to visit her salon and teach them “what employers look for in a new employee: dependability, enthusiasm, and personal achievements.” Her salon, Norwest Stylists, is a full service beauty salon that has been a part of the downtown St. Paul community for more than years.

By participating in these types of events, MSC students and graduates learn that the cosmetology industry is a small, close-knit industry. Stevie Rangel, owner and stylist at Euphoria Salon is also the DJ who enjoyed spinning ’90s music throughout the evening. Stevie is an active industry partner with MSC who provides hair-cutting demonstrations for the students, participates in the school’s annual advisory board, and attends career fairs and master panels to teach the students the tips and tricks of the cosmetology industry. He has also hired an MSC graduate as an apprentice in his salon and invites MSC students and graduates alike to volunteer at his annual Breast Cancer Cut-a-Thon held at Euphoria Salon.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is committed to promoting these types of community events to give back and also offer our students and graduates essential networking experience in the industry.


Behind the Scenes: Holiday Runway Show at AQUA Nightclub

Three students from Minnesota School of Cosmetology volunteered as makeup artists and hairstylists for JD STYLE Group’s Annual Holiday Runway Show, held at AQUA Nightclub in Minneapolis. The runway show featured models with Old Hollywood glamour, complete with red lips, dramatic eyeliner, and the hairstyles of that genre:  dramatic, beautiful wavy hair. They dressed in holiday themed attire, including candy cane stockings and Santa hats.

Jessica Dereschuk, CEO of JD Style Group, extensively praised our students for their extraordinary work.

“I just wanted to shoot you each a HUGE THANK YOU for your talents & vision behind the scenes!” Jessica said. “Not only do you bring your skills but you bring your amazing personalities & professionalism! You help make it a fun atmosphere backstage & put the models at ease as you transform their looks.  I just feel so blessed to have an amazing team behind the scenes, you really are a part of the magic we make happen on the runway & KNOW IT IS APPRECIATED!”

Minnesota School of Cosmetology student Amber Veness was thankful for the opportunity to do makeup for models at a high-profile fashion show.

“It was an amazing, phenomenal experience that boosted my confidence,” Amber said. “I felt so good after the show because of my accomplishments! Jessica, the other professionals and the models were awesome to work with and I will continue relationships with them after I graduate from MSC. It was amazing to be part of the behind-the-scenes group at a large fashion show. I’m very thankful for the experience.”

According to JD Style Group’s website, the company is “a full service event production and experiential marketing boutique firm. From creating and producing our own events to executing the vision of our clients, to working with some of the top names in sports & entertainment, we truly do it all. Unique, forward thinking and a zest for perfection keeps our brand not only relevant, but in demand with both our consumers and our clients.”