Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Military Spouse Discount on May 8

Written by Miranda Wukawitz, front desk assistant

The U.S. military was created officially on September 29, 1789. Since this time, the military has grown and now includes the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. We appreciate everything these men and women have done and continue to do for us.

But we cannot forget about the amazing men and women that are at home while their spouses are out keeping our country safe. Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth not only has free haircuts for anyone who has previously served or is currently in the military every Wednesday, we will also be showing our appreciation to the military spouses on Friday, May 8, 2015. We will be hosting a Military Appreciation Day where they will receive 50 percent off all services.

So come on in and get your hair colored, a facial or even a spa manicure and pedicure. We would love to have you come and enjoy an amazing celebration. We appreciate your sacrifices!


8 Beauty Hacks to Make Getting Ready Easier and Less Expensive

Written by Katie Savior, associate campus director, financial aid director

There are dozens of tips, tricks and hacks out there to make the beauty process easier and less expensive. Here we have found the top beauty tips to make your mornings easier while going easy on your wallet!Wella Trend Vision 2014 051

1. Nobody wants their foundation to look too pale or (gasp!) too orange. Matching your foundation color to your neck, not your cheek, will ensure a much more natural color.

2. Clumpy or dried up mascara? No problem! Add a few drops of eye drops or contact solution to make your mascara like new.

3. Create your own tinted moisturizer for light, natural coverage by mixing a bit of concealer with your favorite facial moisturizer.

4. Have a favorite mascara wand? Don’t throw it away! Instead, wash it and reuse it with your new mascara, use it as an eyebrow brush, or spray with hairspray to help your eyebrows stay put.

5. To give your eyelashes a curl that will hold all day, hold a blow dryer to your lash curler for 3-5 seconds.

6. Crush up your broken eye shadow and mix with petroleum jelly to make a new lip gloss.

7. Looking for an easy way to exfoliate your lips? Use a toothbrush!

8. Brushing a little eye shadow on your part will make your hair look thicker instantly.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Student Serves as Inspiration to Others

Many Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) students lead busy lives, but Rachelle (Shelly) Blackstone stands out. Not only does she attend school full time, but she has recently branded her own makeup line and opened her own salon, all on top of being a mom.

Before deciding to pursue her passion for cosmetology, Shelly earned an associate degree at a community college and worked in the medical field for six years.

“I knew [hair and makeup] was always what I wanted to do,” says Shelly. “I was almost 30 and decided to drop my full-time career with benefits, move back home with my mom and sell my car to go back to school.”

Shelly is such a hard worker and has such a positive attitude that many of her classmates and instructors don’t know she runs her own businesses in addition to going to school. Her makeup line, named Eve after her 5-year-old daughter Evelyn, was officially launched in January 2015, five months after she began classes at MSC. Her salon, La Croix Salon and Spa, opened in Stillwater, Minn., on April 1, and Shelly says she still can’t believe it.

“When I got the keys to the salon it was so surreal and scary at the same time,” she says. “Sometimes I still say to myself, ‘Wow, this is mine.’ It was always my dream, but I never thought it would happen.”

Students look up to her and educators admire her initiative, but Shelly says it’s the support from her fellow classmates and her instructors that keeps her going.

“MSC was the last school l toured, and from the time I first stepped into the building, everyone was so welcoming and helpful,” says Shelly. “I love the way everybody makes you feel. It just felt good.”

Shelly says she appreciates the variety of the instructors and that they are all creative, genuinely care about her success and make her education personal. She is set to graduate in September of 2015, and she doesn’t plan to stop achieving her goals.

“I hope to branch out and eventually be running two salons, but my main goal is that after all this time I’ve put into this and everything I’ve sacrificed, I want to slow down, travel and do things with my daughter, and have my own schedule.”

Shelly says she hopes to help other MSC students reach their goals, too.

“I believe that we as students here at MSC are a family ladder,” she says. “We are connected in so many ways and hold one another up, so we’re all able to see the top and keep pushing to reach it if we want to.”

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

What Hair Color Is in for 2015?

Spring is here! The sun is shining and a fresh new batch of beauty trends is in bloom. Are you ready to switch up your style? Here are six of the hottest hair color ideas this season.


The tortoiseshell is predicted to become a popular spring hair color technique, much like the ombré was in 2014.

James Corbetter, celebrity colorist, describes the tortoiseshell as: “…warm browns, honeys and ambers just like a tortoiseshell comb. Blondes are more golden, with a few babylights worked into these tones to create the subtle dimension. Think Jessica Alba and brand new mom Blake Lively. I have a lot of clients asking for this!”


Are you still rocking your dark winter hue? Keep it! An all-over dark brown shade with no highlights is a great hair color for brunettes this spring.

Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes and Olivia Munn are just a few celebrities sporting the one-dimensional color this season. As a bonus, the upkeep is minimal and doesn’t require frequent trips to the salon for touch-ups.

3.  RED

Red can be gorgeous when it complements the skin tone, but many women are afraid of making a more drastic color change from their natural hues. This season, it might be time to take the risk!

“Red hair is major right now and will be for spring, too,” says colorist Aura Friedman.

There is a red for everybody, whether it’s copper red, chestnut red, strawberry red or a more vibrant, statement-red. Be sure to ask a trusted stylist which shade would work best for you.


One hair color for blondes this season incorporates caramel highlights. Ask your stylist for warm, buttery highlights that blend naturally with your hair color. Keep it fresh and on-trend by not going too light at the ends.

Look to celebrities Diane Kruger, Bar Refaeli and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for inspiration.


Say goodbye to the dip-dyes and ombrés. This season, a much more popular highlight technique will be babylights that start about a quarter down from the roots.

Regardless of the hair color you’re starting out with, babylights can add dimension and shine to your tresses that looks sun-kissed and natural.


If you’re feeling more adventurous with your locks, a pastel hair color — whether in the form of highlights or as an all-over color — is all the rage this season.

Seen on celebrities Hillary Duff, Nicole Richie and Katy Perry, colors like lavender, baby pink and teal are part of the colorful trend.

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.

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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.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Shows How to Wear Oscar-Winning Hair and Makeup Looks on Twin Cities Live

By: Brittney Klingl

The Oscars is undoubtedly the biggest night in Hollywood. Hundreds of A-listers gather in one room to honor each other’s performances over the last year, and dozens of news outlets are in attendance to document the star-studded night. Almost as high-profile as the award nominees, presenters and winners themselves are their fashion choices. The dresses, tuxedos, hair and makeup styles are buzzed about for days leading up to, during and after the event.

It may be hard to picture yourself sporting these red carpet looks, but on Tuesday, Feb. 24, Minnesota School of Cosmetology showed Twin Cities Live viewers how to create award-winning hair and makeup styles at home in their own bathrooms for a special night out or just running errands around town.

In a segment that also featured clothing styles from Mall of America, MSC instructor Donna Dungy explained to TCL’s Emily Engberg how simple it can be to wear this year’s hottest Oscars looks every day.

Elle Bliss models a Jennifer Lopez-inspired ponytail as Donna Dungy tells Twin Cities Live's Emily Engberg how to get the look.

For the first look, MSC student Celeste Pereira styled fellow classmate Abby Resch to emulate Sienna Miller’s elegant French twist updo. By simply parting the hair and doing a two-strand twist on each side, she pulled the rest of the hair into a bun, and completed the style with natural-looking makeup.

Left: Sienna Miller (Photo Courtesy: PopSugar), Middle and Right: MSC version

Student Lisa Klatt styled Marquitta Wood’s hair to look loose, but still put together, similar to busy mom on-the-go Zoe Saldana. The key to this look is the face-framing curls and neutral makeup tones.

Left: Zoe Saldana (Photo Courtesy: PopSugar), Middle and Right: MSC version

For a classic look that never goes out of style, MSC stylist Tawni Kramer gave model Elle Bliss a sleek, J. Lo-inspired high ponytail. Dungy explains how ponytails work with all types of hair and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion.

Left: Jennifer Lopez (Photo Courtesy: Glamour), Middle and Right: MSC version

Finally, Paige Nelson simplified Gina Rodriguez’s glamorous side bun with fellow student Jackie Perez. As Dungy explains, buns are very fashionable and can be worn many different ways. This style can be achieved by simply starting with a ponytail, pulling it to the side, accentuating with some curls and pinning it up into a messy but fashionable updo.

Left: Gina Rodriguez (Photo Courtesy: PopSugar), Middle and Right: MSC version

Dungy explains that these styles are simple enough for anyone to do at home, but if you want the red carpet treatment without the red carpet cost, MSC provides a variety of cosmetology services to the public at its Woodbury and Plymouth locations. Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

Watch the full Twin Cities Live segment.


Minnesota School of Cosmetology Hosts Humboldt High School Students

On the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, the Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury campus was bustling with activity. Students were arriving, instructors were getting organized and everyone was gathering for the morning meeting. This particular day was especially busy because the school was preparing for the arrival of two dozen Humboldt High School juniors and seniors.

MSC instructor, Donna Dungy, offers encouragement to the Humboldt High School students.

For four years, MSC has hosted a similar event, during which they welcome a group of at-risk students to the campus and speak to them about educational requirements and career opportunities in the beauty industry.

“You need to have respect for yourself. If you don’t respect yourself, no one else around you will either,” said Donna Dungy, MSC instructor, as she addressed the girls from Humboldt. “You need to have an A and a B plan for after you graduate high school, whether that be college or career school or trade school.”

The girls are all part of mentoring program that encourages them to do well in school in order to have a successful future. They were each paired with a student from MSC, who gave them a manicure or styled their hair. They chatted about their personal lives and why the MSC students chose to enter the field of cosmetology.

Local television station KARE 11 was also there to document the day and to learn how Dungy and MSC help with the success of local high school students.

“We give these girls the opportunity to come back every year and see how our students are succeeding,” says Dungy. “They may have started out just like them, and now they’re people who these young girls can aspire to be.”

MSC students perform manicures on the girls from Humboldt.

Giving back to the community is an integral part of the school’s mission. MSC is part of a network of career colleges, which incorporate career-focused education with applied learning to expose students to real-world working environments, while also providing them with opportunities to give back to their local communities.

Watch the full story that aired on KARE 11.

Visit www.msccollege.edu to learn more.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Partners with Great Clips to Support Children’s Hospital

College to donate proceeds from Cut-a-thon to hospital’s School Re-entry Program

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 24, 2014) – Minnesota School of Cosmetology will partner with Great Clips for its annual Cut-a-thon to offer donation haircuts Sept. 26-27 at its Woodbury and Plymouth campuses. All proceeds from haircuts on those days will be donated to the School Re-entry Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The program, which is funded by Great Clips, was established in 1983 and helps children and teens with challenging medical problems address issues of returning to school. Specialists help decrease classmates’ fears, model appropriate, respectful language to describe a health problem, and help decrease the likelihood of rumors or teasing.

What: Minnesota School of Cosmetology raises money for Children’s Hospital

When: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
               9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
               8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury campus
1750 Weir Drive
Suite 3
Woodbury, MN 55125

Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus
1425 County Road 101 North
Plymouth, MN 55447

For media inquiries contact Naomi McDonald, Director of Communications at 651-332-8269 or nmdonald@msbcollege.edu.


The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu.

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Announces Top Beauty Trends for Spring 2014


Contact: Naomi McDonald
Phone: (651) 332-8269
Mobile: (651) 785-4171
Email: nmcdonald@globeuniversity.edu

Natural waves, braids, flowers, bold lips and animal print nail art top the list


MINNEAPOLIS (April 16, 2014) – Students at Minnesota School of Cosmetology are studying the art of hair, makeup and nails, learning how to create the hottest looks for their clients. As upcoming professionals in their industry, the students are also in tune with the latest beauty trends. This spring, the students and instructors say it’s all about the soft, natural look with touches of bright colors.

“Flowers in the hair are a must, along with beach waves and braids,” says Donna Dungy, instructor at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

Beach waves can be achieved by using a curling or flat iron, and then combing your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls. If you’re pressed for time, curl your hair into tight curls or put it up in bun before you go to bed. When you wake up, you will have effortless, natural-looking waves. Smooth, sleek hair will also be in this spring, and anti-frizz products and flat irons can help get this look.

As for makeup, the goal is a natural glow. This means having fuller eyebrows, moisturized skin and wearing less makeup. Color comes into play with creative lipstick application.

“Bold shades like orange, peach, pink or coral are the hot colors for spring. Ombre hair has evolved into a makeup trend on the lips. It’s where you use two lip colors in the same tonal family,” says Nicolette Klenk, instructor at Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

You can achieve the ombre look by using two similar shades of lipstick. Apply the darker lipstick color to the middle of your lower lip and smudge with your top lip. Use the darker lip color to define the outer lines of your lips, and apply the lighter color to the center of your lips and blot together once.

Spring nail trends also include the ombre style, along with sheer colors. For a bolder look, the focus is on unique design and detail.

“Free style nail art is big,” says student Phylicia Cain. “Designs including lines, cheetah print, glitter, bows and diamonds will be trendy this spring.”

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


 The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) provides hands-on training for careers in beauty and fashion. Working under the direct supervision of licensed instructors, students apply their skill and talent—providing high-quality, affordable services to the public. MSC has two locations: Woodbury (651-287-2180) or Plymouth (763-404-4800). MSC is part of the Globe network, a premier, family-managed system of career colleges, universities and training centers based in Woodbury, Minn. These specialty skills colleges prepare work-ready professionals for successful careers in a wide range of high-demand fields. Through its mission, We Care, the organization integrates hands-on and career-focused education with service- and applied-learning experiences that expose students to their communities and real-world situations. For more information about Minnesota School of Cosmetology go to www.msccollege.edu

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Fabulous Day of Beauty for Women in the Community

Each participant received a virtual makeover using an iPad app.
Each participant received a virtual makeover using an iPad app.

Six women arrived at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Plymouth campus salon on the afternoon of Saturday, April 12, eager to learn some beauty tips, tricks and techniques from the students. They are participating in a hands-on class as part of the Wayzata community education program, where they have the opportunity to see what it is like in the life of a cosmetology professional. This is the third class the school has done of this kind, offering beauty advice to members of the community.

“We’ve paired each participant with some of our top students to help with skincare, hair and makeup,” explains MSC instructor Nikki Klenk on what is to come during the exciting day ahead. “We’re here to pamper them today.”

The first part of the class was spent giving each of the women a virtual makeover. Photos were taken of each participant with the iPad and then uploaded to an app with makeover software. The Mary Kay app they used allowed for the women to visualize what different hair styles, colors, cuts and makeup looks would look like on them before trying it out for real. The students consulted one-on-one with their partners about which styles looked best, and once they decided their favorite looks, it was time to try them out.

“It’s really fun to be able to see different hairstyles all at one time and compare colors and lengths,” says participant Mary on her experience with the virtual makeover. “That was my favorite part.”

They started by learning some skincare techniques. The students removed all the participants’ makeup and explained the importance of a moisturized face. They used lotion with beneficial ingredients including seaweed and applied hot towels to the skin.

Next, half the women started with makeup while the other started with hair. With a clean face and freshly washed hair, the students started from scratch with their respective participants. As they showed the women how to achieve the looks shown in their virtual makeovers, they offered little tidbits of advice along the way. The participants were also able to ask questions about how to achieve certain styles and which products and tools to use. The students demonstrated how to blow dry for volume, create waves and control frizz, as well as apply makeup to go from day to night looks.

“I had a lot of fun! I learned lots of tips and tricks, and I like learning new ideas for my hair and makeup,” says participant Lisa. “I’d do it again.”

Each participant not only walked away with some new ideas and techniques to try at home, but they also received a gift bag that included salon products and a printed photo of their virtual makeover results.

To learn more about Minnesota School of Cosmetology visit www.msccollege.edu.