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.

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.

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.

First Miss Jeanine Hinton Scholarship Awarded to MSC Woodbury Student

Minnesota School of Cosmetology in Woodbury is pleased to announce our very first winner of the Jeanine Hinton Scholarship! Congratulations to Brittany Thomas!

Admissions representative Sonya awarding the scholarship to Brittany.

Brittany will be a day cosmetology student starting August 8, 2016. Brittany will be receiving $1,000 from the Jeanine Hinton Scholarship Foundation. Minnesota School of Cosmetology is matching the scholarship for a total of $2,000. All funds cover educational expenses or will be used to reduce the student’s loans.

Miss Jeanine Hinton was a Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury Basic’s instructor for 22 years.  She devoted 22 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.

 

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Miss Jeanine Hinton

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. There will also be a Jeanine Hinton Scholarship awarded to a student of the Sept. 19, 2016 class at Minnesota School of Cosmetology-Woodbury.

 

MSC Participates in a Food Drive to Benefit Local Families

During the month of October, Minnesota School of Cosmetology participated in a food drive. Both our Woodbury and Plymouth locations took part. For every 5 items that were donated customers received $10 off of a service, packages excluded.

Our Woodbury location is donating the items they receive to Christian Cupboard at Woodbury Lutheran Church. The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS) provides help for those in need in the Woodbury community. There are times in life such as a job loss or illness that puts you in a situation that you need help. Our goal is to provide food for those families in this type of transitional need.

Our Plymouth location is donating the items they receive to Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP). Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners is staffed by 880 community volunteers. The food shelf distributed 909,453 pounds of food in 2014-15. The food shelf is available to people living in the service area.

“We have had a great turn out this month for our food drive between student and client donations!” explained Afton Starr, Front Desk Manager.

We have posted signage on our entrance door as well as advertised the food drive on our Facebook page and website.

Written by Amanda Phaysith, Front Desk Assistant

MSC Staff Selected for State Board Committee

 After submitting applications to be a part of the Minnesota Theory/State Exam Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee, both school manager Josh Luhmann-Woodbury and instructor Irene Grossklaus from our Woodbury Campus were selected to participate in the committee. 

Josh will be reviewing the school manager, salon manager, and instructor exams and Irene will be reviewing the general cosmetology exam. The focus of the committee will be to review the state board exam content outline, and define the acceptable level of competence required by a new licensee to correctly practice in the field. The team will be especially 
focusing on skills and abilities that a competent Cosmetologist, Esthetician, and Nail Technician must demonstrate. 

Having our instructors be a part of this integral process will give us a better understanding as to what is all encompassed in the state board testing, how it will be changing and overall how we can prepare our current students to pass their general exam and graduates to help them continue on their journey to become managers in the future.

Congratulations to Josh and Irene for going above and beyond to setting the bar high for MSC!

 

Top 10 Beauty Gurus on YouTube

I am not a beauty expert, but as the front desk manager at our MSC-Woodbury campus, I have a passion for this industry and am excited to share my suggestions for Top 10 beauty videos on YouTube.

I have be honest. I used to color my own hair and never did my makeup. Then I started working for MSC and it really drew my attention to how I presented myself. I still don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I’ve made it my goal for this next year to learn how to do my own makeup by watching YouTube videos.

I wanted to see what these vlogs were all about. Could these ridiculously popular vloggers really teach me about beauty in the way that enhanced the education that I’ve gotten by watching and learning from our students? You’d be surprised! Most of these vloggers have little to no previous makeup, hair, or beauty experience, but they’re ruling the internet with these videos! Why? Because they are regular people, just like you and me, and they have a passion for this industry.

I set out by searching “beauty blogs” and proceeded to watch dozens and dozens of videos by countless numbers of people. Did you know there are even videos about who to watch? There are, and I watched those too. Then I realized that it’s really up to each individual person and how they relate to who they are watching. Some were crazy annoying. Some covered way more than just beauty tips. There are specific vlogs for whatever you are looking to do. There’s an amazing amount of videos to go through.  It was almost overwhelming.

After all that research, I was able to narrow down a list of my ten favorite beauty and lifestyle gurus on YouTube. Check them out and then make your own decision on who you connect with and follow:

Zoella

  • Has 220 videos on literally everything related to makeup, hair, relationships, product reviews, collaboration videos, fashion, beauty & homeware hauls, and life in general
  • You can follow her on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, as well as her own
  • She’s funny. She’s real. She’s real funny. There’s a reason she’s at the top. If you follow one person from this list – follow Zoe.
  • One to watch: Boyfriend Does My Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390

 

 

 

Carli Bybel aka “The Beauty Bybel”

  • Has over 3.3 million subscriber
  • Has over 370 videos on everything from makeup, hair, and fashion
  • She has a couple of blogs, a couple of Instagram accounts, Facebook, her own website, Google+, and Twitter so you can truly keep up to date with everything she is doing
  • One to watch: Makeup Mistakes to Avoid
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/CarliBel55

 

 

 

Michelle Phan

    • Has over 8 million subscribers
    • as over 370 videos mostly about makeup but has some very funny and interesting videos about Pet DIYs, room ideas for Unicorns (yes she really did), to real advice, and hair
  • Has over 8 million subscribers
  • She also has a blog, Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can keep up to date on all of her advice
  • One to watch: The Smolder
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/MichellePhan

 

 

Whit aka “Naptural85”

Whit

  • Has over 650,000 subscribers
  • Has over 200 videos on everything for natural hair, makeup, storage ideas, hairstyles, product reviews, hair accessories, etc.
  • You can also follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook
  • One to watch: The Perfect Curl Bun

https://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85

 

 

Bethany Mota

        Probably the most actually well-known YouTube beauty guru in the United States
      • Has over 9.4 million subscribers
      • Has over 420 videos on everything about hair, makeup, fashion, DIY & lifestyle informational videos
      • You can also find her on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as another YouTube channel geared just towards her life (it’s gotten that big!)
      • One to watch: New Years Eve Makeup
      • https://www.youtube.com/user/Macbarbie07

 

Lauren Curtis

 

 

 

 

Andrea Brooks aka “AndreasChoice”
Whit

  • Has 3.4 million subscribers
  • Andrea’s on Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter so you can follow her pretty much everywhere
  • Has 186 videos on easy DIY, beauty, fashion, and makeup – super cool Halloween makeup and celebrity looks
  • One to watch: Lion Hair & Makeup
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreasChoice

 

 Kandee Johnson
Whit

  • Has over 3.2 million followers
  • Over 530 videos on everything on how to do makeup, hairstyles, as well as lifestyle videos on cooking and fun.
  • She does a lot of “celebrity looks”
  • Follow her on Google+, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – she has some really amazing transformations that she does
  • One to watch: Kylie Jenner Transformation
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/kandeejohnson

 

 

Tanya Burr
Whit

 

  • Over 430 videos of everything from Hauls, to makeup tutorials, to how to bake!
  • She’s on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook
  • One to watch: Eye Makeup for Glasses Wearers
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/pixi2woo

 

 

Ingrid Nilsen

Whit

    Has over 3.8 million subscribers

 

I hope that you enjoy looking through these videos as much as I did and stay tuned to a future blog when I describe my experience in trying to follow a makeup tutorial given by one of these gals!

Until next time…

Cori

Cancer Survivor Day

Minnesota School of Cosmetology will be hosting a Cancer Survivor Day June 2, 2015

Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day™ (CSBSD™) is a nationwide event that takes place every year on the first Tuesday in June. It is a day when those in the beauty and related industries in all fifty states offer complimentary services to all men, women and children that are cancer survivors, regardless of their type of cancer or when they were diagnosed. All cancer survivors are invited to participate and, for many, CSBSD™ is the only time during the year that they receive a little personal kindness, warm support and tender pampering.

MSC Plymouth and Woodbury will be offering complimentary facials and manicures  CSD

Please call ahead to make an appointment.  Walk- ins are welcome based on availability.

MSC Plymouth

1425 County Road 101 N

Plymouth, MN 55447

763-404-4800

 

MSC Woodbury

1750 Weir Drive

Woodbury, MN 55125

651-287-2180

Please help us spread the word by passing along to friends and family!

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Partners with Operation Glass Slipper

Minnesota School of Cosmetology has paired up with Operation Glass Slipper again!

From Operation Glass Slipper’s website: Founded in 2006, Operation Glass Slipper is a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to providing prom gowns and accessories at no charge to high school girls throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin who would otherwise be unable to attend prom due to difficult financial or family circumstances. At our annual Princess Event in mid-March, over 1,000 girls are outfitted for prom with the help of hundreds of volunteer Fairy Godmothers. (From Operation Glass Slipper’s Website)

Minnesota School of Cosmetology is providing complimentary gift certificates for an updo or specialty style to all students that receive a dress at the Princess Event. We are also a drop off site year round for dresses and accessories.

What is Operation Glass Slipper looking for?

Prom and bridesmaids dresses (dresses do not need to be dry-cleaned)
Wedding gowns
Wedding veils
Flower girl dresses and shoes
Crinolines
Dressy shoes
Jewelry
Clutch bags/Purses
Shawls/Capes
Strapless padded bras – bras in larger sizes (DD and up) can have straps/longline bras (any size)
Gloves
Ring bearer pillows
Garters

They are especially in need of:
Smaller size (0-4) and plus size (18+) dresses
Shoes in small sizes (4-7) and larger sizes (11-13), and wider shoes in any size

This year’s Princess Event will be taking place March 14 and 15 at the Southdale Center in Edina.



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.

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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.”

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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.