Minnesota School of Cosmetology Offers Day of Pampering to Those in Recovery

Plymouth, Minn. (Dec. 11, 2016) – The Minnesota School of Cosmetology (MSC) is offering those in recovery complimentary services at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 and 19, at our Plymouth location.

About 14 residents from the Adult and Teen Challenge programs are scheduled to receive services from our students each day.

“Not only is this a good way to give back to the community, it’s also a great opportunity for our students to give their talents and make a positive different in the life of someone else,” said Jill Hocking, MSC campus director.

MSC has recently hosted four groups of women from the program with wonderful results.

 What: Complimentary Services being offered

When: 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 and 19.

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

Top Beauty Trends to Look for in 2016

Understated hair, makeup, and nails have dominated the beauty scene as of late, but that is about to change. In 2016, all things bold and sassy will be celebrated. From bright hair colors to three-dimensional nail design, 2016 is the year of the risk taker. Make a statement and give one of these exciting beauty trends a try:

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Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year are not for the faint of heart. Instead of offering just one bright hue, the ultimate color authority has opted for a unique combination of soft blue and pink tones. The effect is simultaneously bold and tranquil. Although these colors can be gorgeous when appropriately combined, they can also be tricky to maintain, which is why many women plan to use ombre highlights instead of pursuing a full head of pastel hair.

Blunt hair

If you’re looking to switch up your hair but aren’t eager to ditch your blonde or brunette style in favor of pastel power, consider chopping off a few inches and replacing that feathery look with a blunt bob. Ornate headbands are also popular, so feel free to amp up the choppy look with embellished accessories.

Bold blue eyeshadow

Forget Mimi from the Drew Carey Show; 2016’s take on blue eyeshadow is anything but dowdy. Electrifying shades of blue and turquoise are in, although more subtle pastel shades have also been spotted on the runway. If full-on eyeshadow is not your thing, stick with a simple swipe of blue eyeliner.

Off-the-nail embellishments

Nail style is no longer limited to the nail bed alone. In 2016, colorful designs will extend from the nail all the way to the first knuckle. Three-dimensional nail art is not practical for everyday use, but it will be featured more and more at award shows and on the runway.

It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and experiment. However, the trends highlighted above are best used in moderation. Give one or two of them a try, but keep the rest of your beauty palette understated. The result will be an eye-catching, yet classy look that is bound to impress.

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:


  • 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”


  • 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




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”

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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


    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…


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



MSC Woodbury

1750 Weir Drive

Woodbury, MN 55125


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

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!


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 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 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

6 Steps to Create Your Own In-Home Spa Pedicure Experience

We all know that when it comes to spa treatments, it is best to leave it to the professionals, but it can be one of those things we don’t necessarily treat ourselves to. There are different treatments you can do at home to stretch out that spa experience until you can spoil yourself again. Here’s how to treat your feet between services:

  1. (Photo courtesy: Nailpro.com)
    Remove your existing polish
    . Then, fill a large bowl or tub full of warm water (1-2 gallons of water). Add ½ cup of Epsom Salts, 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil, and a teaspoon of your favorite essential oil (lavender, chamomile, peppermint, rosemary, etc.) and soak feet for 5-10 minutes.


  1. Use an exfoliant to remove dead skin – here’s where Pinterest comes in handy! Look up homemade recipes for a good sugar scrub. Want something simple? Just mix 1 cup baby oil and 2 cups sugar. It’s really as easy as that. Massage into each foot for a minute or two using a circular motion starting with your heel and finishing with your toes.   Rinse with warm water.


  1. Smoothe calluses. Here’s where I would tell you to exercise a little caution – you do not want to remove calluses completely. It can actually be painful. Just grab a foot file, a pumice stone, or lava rock (you can find a foot file at Sally Beauty, Walgreens, or the dollar store) and gently rub  the bottom of your heels, bottom of your feet, and toes. Do not rub so hard that it rubs you raw either.


  1. Trim your toenails using an actual toenail clipper. It works so much better than the one for fingers and causes less damage. Using the wrong clipper can crack, break, or cause your toenail to peel.   Trim them straight across and then smooth the edges with a nail file; smooth the corners a bit to help prevent in-grown toenails.


  1. The best part – moisturize! Using your favorite lotion, massage into feet and legs in a circular motion. Upgrade – add some essential oils in with your lotion to achieve an even higher level of spa experience! Here are some common oils & the effects that they promote :
    • Lavender – promotes relaxation & helps to reduce anxiety
    • Eucalyptus – clean, refreshing, and promotes alertness
    • Peppermint – promotes alertness
    • Bergamot – citrusy, refreshing, often used in male fragrances, is used as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and antiviral – and helps to fight viruses!
    • Rose – helps with a number of illnesses and conditions including depression, anxiety, and digestion. Also helps with circulation, heart problems, and respiratory problems.
  1. Prep Nail & Apply color! To prep your nail, you want to clean off the lotion from your toenails by using a cotton ball with polish remover. This helps to remove the oils on your nails from the lotions so that your color stays on longer. Pick out your favorite color. Each color line has come out with their fall color lines to choose from. And they are branching a bit away from the all dark colors. You can still wear light pinks, mauves, and other colors into the fall. If you are feeling talented, try a French polish application! Apply a base coat on each nail, then go through all 10 nails with the first coat of color, apply the second coat in the same fashion, and finish with a top coat. Don’t forget to apply the top coat over the edge of the nail! It helps seal in the color and helps it to last even longer.


Admire your handiwork! As you probably know, it’s a lot of work to do your own pedicure. So kick back, enjoy and relax!

Your nail technician will give you a recommendation on how often to return for pedicure services. If you can’t go as often as they suggest (typically every 4-6 weeks) then this is a great way to keep up your feet. Don’t neglect them just because the weather is starting to turn. It’s still nice to see pretty toes all year round! Plus, since our skin turns drier during the winter months (yes I said winter! Sadly…it’s coming!) it is still just as important to moisturize and care for your feet all year round.


by Cori Omundson, Licensed Nail Technician

Wedding Trends for Today’s Brides: Remember Your Nails!

We all think about that special day.  Every detail has to be nailed down and be so very perfect.  Then it hits you—oh my, I forgot my about my nails!

Try not to wait until the last minute!  First of all, you should always be caring for your nails by getting regular manicures, keeping hydrated with water, taking vitamins, and minimizing overall damage. When it comes to your wedding, you want your hands to shine when you get your pictures done.  They always look so pretty with that new ring on the finger and threaded with your new spouse’s hand. 

Today’s brides are really not much different than traditional brides—they take similar photos (although today’s photographers are getting much more creative!) that show off their hands.  Start thinking about the condition of your nails at least a couple months ahead of the big date.

Now the question becomes, nail art designs, natural, or traditional French? Today’s modern bride has options galore!  It all comes down to personal preference.  Classic looks of natural or French polish application are still typically the most popular for most weddings, but don’t be afraid to add a little bling too!  Some brides these days are really making their nails stand out.  It all comes down to your personality and what you want to stand out. Maybe your nails could reflect “something blue?”

With all the nerves of planning the wedding, make sure you don’t take your stress out on your nails.  Instead, treat yourself to regular manicures.  It helps your nails and relieves your stress.  Trust me; it’s worth the time spent.

By Cori Omundson, Licensed Nail Technician, Minnesota School of Cosmetology