Alumni Spotlight: ‘Support and Education at MSC Led to Success’

When Betsy Schafer was looking for a cosmetology school, she said the friendly and welcoming environment was one of the reasons why she chose to attend Minnesota School of Cosmetology.

“Talking with the instructors, I was able to see that they were there for the students. The cost of the program, as well as what that consisted of, were also reasons why I chose MSC,” Betsy said.hair, cosmetology

Now more than eight years after graduation, she says the instructors still know her name. Betsy landed a job at Moxie Hair Salon in St. Paul just a few months after she graduated and is currently working there today.

Betsy has transitioned to a lead shift manager and said she loves the variety her career offers.

“I have had the opportunity to learn about the business aspects of the industry – everything from productivity, to inventory, to guest relations, to promotion creation, to training, and everything in between. There is a constant opportunity for education. I work with an amazing team, have built relationships with guests, share the same focus and values that Moxie has, and have enjoyed working with Arrojo,” she said.

Schafer credits her success to the support and education she received from instructors at MSC.

“There was constant support, guidance and motivation. I also appreciated the variety of product and color lines I was educated in. It allowed more of a range of opportunities following graduation, and made me better-rounded,” she said.

When she graduated, Schafer said she felt prepared and was looking forward to entering the beauty industry.

“Not everything will come easy, but keep your focus and have goals for yourself. Find your “WHY”: what brings you to work every day. Also, know there are SO many opportunities in the industry; so don’t limit yourself and your abilities,” Betsy said.

MSC is Donation Site for Toys for Tots

WOODBURY, Minn. (Nov. 11, 2016) – The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is teaming up with the Salvation Army to help make sure children have a great Christmas this year.

Both MSC locations (Plymouth & Woodbury) are officially donation sites for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Bring in a new unwrapped toy for children and receive $5 off any one service (not including packages and not combinable with any other coupons or discounts.) Discount offer good through Nov. 30, toy donations still accepted through Dec. 21.

As always, thanks for helping us give back to our community! We appreciate your help!! Need information about becoming a family that receives the Toys for Tots donations? Check out the official toysfortots.org website for more information.

What: Toys for Tots drop off site

Where:

Woodbury campus: 1750 Weir Drive #3, Woodbury, MN 55125

Plymouth campus: Plymouth Plaza, 1425 County Road 101 North Plymouth, MN 55447

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Spring Fashion Show

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth hosted their 3rd annual Spring Fashion Show on Saturday, May 14, and Monday, May 16. This year’s theme was “Behind the Mask,” and featured looks inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale, and Mardi Gras.IMG_8118

MSC fashion shows are set up as a reverse career fair. Students create inspiration boards with their before and after photos as well as what inspired their overall look, and salon employers and recruiters are able to meet and greet MSC students. We encourage our students to have resumes available to hand out to the industry professionals who attend the show.

After the show, we gave 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.

We had our students choose the groups they worked with, as well as choose to create a look inspired by Harlequin, Masquerade, Carnevale or Mardi Gras. Our students also chose their own music for the show. MSC students prepared for about a month prior to the show, 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 to the event 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 Fall Fashion Show! Thank you for supporting our students!
European Wax Center
Fantastic Sams
GENT Cuts and Grooming
Great Clips
JCPenney Salons
JUUT SalonSpa
MASK Hair Designs and Day Spa
New Reflections Salon
Regis Salons
Salon at Macy’s
SOJO
Supercuts
ULTA Beauty
The Woodhouse Day Spa

You can check all the looks from the fashion show on our Facebook page!

5 Tips for Doing Your Friends’ Wedding Hair and Makeup

As a cosmetology student, you’ve likely been approached by multiple bridesmaids and brides-to-be. It’s an honor to be asked to do your friends’ wedding up-do and makeup, but it’s also a lot of pressure. Implement these essential tips to ensure that your loved ones look gorgeous while walking down the
aisle.

  1.  Sometimes, simple is betterBeautiful bride doing her hair and makeup. Hairstylist spraying

The more you browse Pinterest, the more you’ll be convinced that you can handle complex hairstyles and bridal makeup. Unfortunately, many of the styles featured on Pinterest are challenging for even the most experienced professionals. Stick to simple, sweet styles that you can have looking flawless in less than an hour.

  1.  Tools of the trade

The tools you use are just as important as your technique. Ideally, brides and bridesmaids will use the same basic hair and makeup products that they rely on for everyday beauty. If your friends insist on trying something new, be sure to practice a few times to ensure that unfamiliar products don’t cause breakouts or frizzy hair.

  1.  Hairpins and primer are your friend

Hair and makeup may look perfect when first completed, but after a long day of posing for pictures and a long night of dancing, makeup may run and hair may fall out. Use plenty of hairpins to ensure that updos remain firmly in place – and a good primer to keep makeup looking fresh for hours.

  1.  Practice makes perfect

The need for a practice run cannot be overstated. Professional stylists and makeup artists practice the same handful of styles constantly, and even prefer to practice on brides and bridesmaids prior to the big day. Practice is even more essential for aspiring cosmetologists doing makeup for a wedding. Ideally, bridal makeup and hairstyles should be selected at least a few months before the wedding and then rehearsed multiple times. Practice at least once within a week of the wedding to account for any recent hairstyle changes or climate issues (especially humidity).

  1.  Prepare a backup plan

You could practice a beautiful hairstyle a dozen times and still have everything fall apart on the big day. Develop an easy, stress-free plan B that can be adopted if everything goes wrong. Backup makeup should be similar to the bride’s everyday look, but just a bit darker. Great backup hairstyles include simple curls with a tiara, a French twist, or an elegant side-swept bun. As with the official look, you should practice the backup style at least once prior to the wedding.

Give your friends the gift of wedding beauty and prove that you’ve been working hard at cosmetology school. You’ll come away with a very grateful group of friends and several beautiful pictures to include in your portfolio.

Source

http://bridalguide.com/blogs/fashion-beauty/diy-wedding-hair-tips

http://offbeatbride.com/diy-makeup-tips/

Written by Josie Black.

MSC-Woodbury Supports Tubman Crisis Center

Since October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Minnesota School of Cosmetology students and staff decided to raise money for a local organization called Tubman. This amazing organization helps women, men, youth and families who have experienced relationship violence, elder abuse, addiction, sexual exploitation or other forms of trauma.

IMG_3253We proudly wore purple to let it be known that we won’t stand for domestic violence. By charging money to wear jeans, we were able to donate all proceeds to Tubman Family Crisis and Support Services. “Thanks so much for your ongoing support to our families,” said Joanne Rice, Shelter Manager at Tubman.

We also offered free salon services for the clients of Tubman. MSC-Woodbury graduate Shela Vang said “My experience with the Tubman ladies was great! I enjoyed it not just because we’re giving out free services, but I was able to touch someone’s heart. Being able to make people feel and look good is all I care about! As long as I know they’re happy with my service then I’m happy too.”

MSC-Woodbury student Krystal Shake was happy to give complimentary manicures because she could tell the women were really appreciative. In the past, Krystal volunteered at Tubman taking care of kids which she said was really fun.

If you are interested in volunteering at Tubman, please check out their website.

 

 

 

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!

 

What to Expect During Your First Trip to the Spa

Written by Afton Starr, Front Desk Manager

If you have never treated yourself to a day at the spa, it is common that you may have a few questions. As a front desk receptionist at a salon, I can answer many of your questions prior to your first visit.

Why do people go to the spa?

There are many different reasons why people go to the spa. Some individuals have aches and pain in their joints that need a good massage. Others may have troubled skin, such as acne, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and wrinkles that could benefit from receiving a facial. Lastly, there are times where you are stressed or needing a relaxing experience.

It is important that you determine what your needs are when going to the spa. This will make choosing the best spa for you easier. In your search for the perfect spa, check online for the services offered along with the descriptions of those services. Many spas may only offer facials or massages, not both. Some spas will offer a special or discount for new customers. If you have any other further or detailed questions about the services, make sure to call the salon to get your questions answered.

What to expect:

Give yourself plenty of time the day of your appointment. There is nothing worse than going to the spa on a time crunch. Dress comfortably, drink water, and make sure you use the restroom prior to beginning your service. But, most importantly, make sure you are relaxed during your service.

When you arrive to your appointment, you will have a thorough consultation about the service you will be receiving and discuss your desired results. This will help the therapist decide what procedure will work best for you, what type of products they will use, and which areas to focus on. Being honest and open with your therapist will aid in the outcome of your service.


At the end of your service, your therapist should bring up any concerns they noticed during your treatment. They will discuss a follow up plan whether it be a new daily skin regimen, or to come back every 3-4 weeks to loosen up any tight muscles. Once you start seeing the desired results you were looking for, your treatments could change and you may not have to visit the spa as frequently.

According to Dr. Oz, massages will pump fluid out of your soft tissue, into the circulatory system and down to your kidneys (which makes many people need to use the bathroom after). Because of these effects after a spa service, it is very important to stay hydrated for the first 48 hours after any spa service.

If you enjoyed your spa day and want to make it a regular routine, be sure to pre-book your next appointment! If you do not know your future schedule, be sure to keep your therapists name handy if you would like to see the same person again.

 

 

Minnesota School of Cosmetology Teams Up with Make – A – Wish

Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth has teamed up with Make=A-Wish Minnesota to raise money to grant wishes for children facing life threatening medical conditions.

Kelly, the Walk for Wishes and Family Engagement Coordinator, visited the MSC -Plymouth campus and brainstormed fundraising ideas with our students.  The students enjoyed having Kelly on campus to bounce ideas off of and get a better idea of the many things Make- A- Wish does for children with serious illnesses and their families.

After much deliberation the students decided on their top fundraising ideas to run in collaboration with the Walk for Wishes.

The week leading up to the walk our students and staff will be participating in MSC Spirit Week.

We have begun Coin Wars with our day, evening and staff, battling to see who can raise the most money.

Our front desk is Selling Make-A-Wish stars for $1. For every star purchased your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket.

On August 5th, 2015 Minnesota School of Cosmetology – Plymouth will be offering $5 basic manicures with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish.  Walk-ins are welcome based on availability.  Please call our front desk (763) 404 -4800 to schedule your Make-A-Wish manicure!

Make-A-Wish is having their annual Walk for Wishes on Saturday August 8th, 2015 at Minnehaha Regional Park.  If you are interested signing up visit mn.wish.org