Many of us count spring as our favorite time of year—the flowers, the warming and humid air, the beautiful natural landscapes set off by green grass and budding trees. However, although the season itself may be one of beauty, it tends to wreak havoc on our own beauty – most specifically for those of us who suffer from dry skin.
The problem of dry, flaky, or itchy skin is a year-round concern for those who suffer from it, but several factors present during changing weather tend to exacerbate the condition considerably.
Spring and Winter tend to be a season of low environmental humidity, which can strip skin of its natural oils and moisture. The outer layer of our skin, the stratum corneum, is composed of dead skin cells and body oils, the latter of which is created by the living cells underneath. While the idea of being covered with dead cells and oil may be slightly off-putting, consider that our skin is designed to keep water inside the body as well as keep out harmful things, such as germs and irritants.
When the balance of oil to cells is disturbed, the result is dry skin, which creates skin shrinkage, cracks, and irritation of the living cells below. Some individuals are more prone to this uncomfortable condition than others, but everyone can benefit from some preventative measures and treatments during weather changes.
Start With Your Shower
First of all, make sure you are showering with warm—not hot—water. Yes, we know there’s nothing like a steamy shower on a spring crisp morning…but you’ll thank us later!
Water alone can strip your skin of protective natural oils; hot water is a particularly bad culprit in this arena.
Commit to a very short bathing period; around 10 minutes is a good rule of thumb. This will protect against stripping further oils. And never take more than one shower per 24 hours (time your workouts, etc. to accommodate this). More ideally, only shower every other day…or even less, if you can tolerate it.
Choose a mild, unscented soap—and don’t overuse it. Limit your lathering to key spots only (we’re pretty sure you know what they are…those places that need a little freshening up).
Once you get out of the shower, pat—don’t rub—your skin; do not fully dry it. Then apply moisturizer within a few minutes while you’re still damp, in order to seal in the most amount of moisture possible.
Dry-Proof Your Day
If you are able, increase the humidity in your home or office with a humidifier. The moisture in the air will greatly assist your dry skin to heal.
Don’t forget to drink lots of water, too. This will increase your body’s natural moisture level.
Make sure you have a good-quality moisturizer in your purse or backpack and use it on troublesome spots throughout the day as often as possible. You may find that over-the-counter moisturizers contain ingredients that further irritate your skin. In these cases, consult a dermatologist for a prescription formula.
You can also try simple remedies that have worked for decades. Ointments are the most concentrated form of moisturizer available; consider using a little dab of petroleum jelly or even Crisco to seal moisture into stubbornly dry skin. Be careful to modify your application carefully for the right amount, so you don’t end up overly greasy!
Another good bet: Oils. You can use any sort of oil from baby oil to vegetable oil directly on your skin. As with ointments, a little goes a long way.
While you’re taking care of your body, don’t forget to care for dry, cracked lips as well—finish off your daily care with a swipe of lip balm.
Enjoy the season; just take a few precautions to stay hydrated!
Source: Ogle School
Spring has arrived, and you know what that means! That’s right, it’s time to spring clean, but have you ever thought about spring cleaning your makeup collection?
If not, now is the time! And here’s the reason why cosmetic products actually do expire.
That means that it’s time to get rid of that bottle of foundation that you’ve had since the summer of 2012 that isn’t quite the right shade, but you keep it around for when you run low.
So how can you tell when your product’s expiration date is? On the bottom of the container or the packaging is a small illustration with numbers and letters in it.
For example, you may see “18M” or “12M” meaning that the product should be used within 18 months or 12 months of being opened. Depending on the product, size of the container, etc… the location of the indicator could vary.
Why Does It Matter?
It won’t make you terribly ill to use makeup that is expired, but it could cause other unpleasant problems. Your face is a pretty sensitive area, so it’s important to take care of it. In the same way that it’s not advised to share items like mascara and eyeliner (due to the potential transfer of harmful bacteria) it’s also not advised to use makeup that is expired because of bacteria and chemical breakdown.
The expiration date is really just the window of time in which the manufacturers of the product consider the product safe to use. Much like hair products that sit for prolonged periods of time the chemicals used to make cosmetics also break down which means that the product will not be as effective.
This could mean that the color is distorted from the original shade, or if it is a liquid that the elements separate. Using products that have broken down chemically could also cause skin rashes and potentially even bacterial infections.
Rules of Thumb
Though you should take peek at the expiration date on the cosmetic products that you buy, there are some general standards for common makeup products.
Mascara: This has the smallest window of time before the product expires with the expiration date being 2-3 months from the time that it’s opened. There may be some products that are good for as long as 6 months, but you’ll always want to double check. When it starts getting clumpy, dries out, or separates its time to toss it!
Liquid Foundation, BB & CC Creams, and Tinted Moisturizers: These products traditionally have the shorter shelf lives, with most of the products needing to be used within six to 12 months.
Eyeshadows, Crèmes, and Paints: Eye products typically last longer than liquid foundations and other products with a general life of 12-24 months depending on the brand.
Lipstick and Gloss: Surprisingly, lipstick stays good for approximately two years whereas lip-gloss products usually expire in only one year. When gloss becomes very sticky or lipstick dries and clumps on your lips, it is probably time to kiss it goodbye.
Liquid Eyeliner, Crème Eyeliner: These products last for a varied amount of time. Mascaras generally expire between 12-18 months, and liquid and crème eyeliners expire within 12-24 months of being opened.
Nail Polish: Nail polish also has a shelf life of 12-24 months. Surely you’ve had at least a bottle or two separate or become streaky. When that happens it’s time to toss and replace with new colors.
Eye Pencils, Face Powders: These products typically have the longest shelf lives, with 18-36 months.
For those who wear makeup consistently, it’s likely that you’ll use up most of the product – if not all – long before the expiration date. But for those of us who use less or even a less complex makeup routine, it’s a good idea to take note of when you open a new product.
Pro-Tip: Use a permanent marker to write the day and month that you open something on the bottom of the container.
If you have an inventory that is very large, take a cue from the pros and make an inventory sheet and that notes the date of purchase, open/first use and the expiration date.
We also recommend investing in a brush cleaner to regularly wash product and facial oils from your brushes. This will help to prevent the transfer and build up of bacteria that can cause skin irritation and infections.
Source: Avalon School of Cosmetology
As an aspiring cosmetologist, it’s important to keep in mind that the quality of the education you receive will be directly related to your future opportunities. This makes it incredibly important that you choose a licensed cosmetology school that has an excellent reputation in preparing students for creative careers in this growing industry.
By selecting a licensed cosmetology school that meets the standards of a reputable accrediting agency, here are some of the benefits you can expect:
Better job prospects. Employers know that licensed and accredited schools are required to meet the standards of excellence they’re looking for in their employees – making graduates of these programs more appealing to them as they look for new hires. These schools also tend to have better relationships with employers, which also give students an advantage over other cosmetology school graduates.
Preparation for the licensing exam. Most states require cosmetology professionals to earn a professional license prior to working in the field – and to qualify for the exam; students must typically graduate from an accredited and licensed cosmetology school.
Quality instructors. The best cosmetology school instructors work at the schools with the best reputations. These instructors typically have years of experience in the field, as well as a commitment to enhancing their own experience through continuing education courses and seminars. Most licensed cosmetology schools even require this additional education to ensure that every instructor is up to date on the latest skills and industry knowledge.
In addition to the above advantages, it’s important to note that cosmetology schools that remain committed to maintaining their licensure and accreditation statutes also prove that they are committed to meeting the highest standards of educational quality for their students.
Source: The Jolie Academies
If you’re meticulous, detail-oriented and want remarkably loyal clients, focusing on men’s cut and style might be something you want to consider sooner rather than later.
The men’s specialty business is booming, and tapping into men’s cut and style education now might be your key to success later. According to MODERN SALON Media’s Priority Male Study, underwritten by American Crew and Sport Clips, 44% of men go to barber shops-a higher percentage than those who venture to alternate destinations. What they consider most is cost and convenience, but they also prefer expertise and a good cut. At Valentine’s Men’s Hair Tailor in Seattle, owner Thaddeus Valentine has specialized in men’s hair since 1991 and trains all his stylists in his method. Although he has a cosmetology license, he was mentored by a barber who knew how to cut all hair types on all ethnicities. A true enthusiast, Valentine can recount the history of why barbershops disappeared in the Caucasian market (men started growing hair longer, he says), and how African-American barbers maintained a high level of craftsmanship by adapting to long afros with sharp edges and tapered napes.
“To be serious about specializing, you have to be able to cut multi-ethnic hair,” Valentine says. “It took me a year and a half to get good and three years until I felt I was great. I was hardcore about developing my style.”
Under the tutelage of his barber mentor, Valentine learned true detailing of all hair types. He made a multi-ethnic group of 20 friends an offer: He’s given them free cuts for a year if they came back to his chair every three days. This allowed him to observe minute mistakes and details as the hair grew or was home-styled. He took photos, and he took notes. “That’s how you learn to fix a bad cut,” he says.
In training his own team, Valentine hires for personality because he believes he can teach craftsmanship to anyone. His employees start on mannequins and progress to walk-ins. They are filmed on 10 cuts, and they record Valentine himself. Together, Valentine and his employees go through both videos and break down the cut’s structure and differences in how each person created the look. Trainees practice every day.
Valentine recently returned from an eye-opening trip to Cuba and noted that men’s stylists there watch American TV show and follow U.S. street trends.
“They are neck-and-neck with us, but the finishing is a bit different because of our tools,” Valentine says.
How did he become one of the rarified few to visit the country so soon? “The Cuban government is looking to help the people become independent, and I teach then how to open a salon,” Valentine says, “I’ll also open a training center.”
If you have an eye for detail, look for men’s cutting classes, then find a mentor and master every texture. You can expect a loyal clientele and to be revered worldwide, Valentine says, because trends and craftsmanship come from American street style.
Pro Tips: Valentine has a few tried-and-true techniques he shares with his trainees to get them started:
Let It Be: Comb the hair the way it wants to lay, and cut all men’s hair dry. Valentine says it’s easier to see cowlicks and interesting growth patterns when the hair is dry. Instead of wetting them down and using product to keep imperfections flat, he cuts around the way they grow.
Razor’s Edge: Valentine says that in 1990, 48 states made straight razors illegal. By ’95, some re-allowed them if you had a Master’s license. Others allow the use of disposable razors. “These are the finishing tools that give you that immaculate, Hollywood line,” Valentine says. “Adjust your edge clippers, then go back in with a razor.”
Detail-Oriented: Valentine likes Andis Masters for detailing and Oster 76 clippers for fast cutting regardless of texture. For sharp lines, set the cutting blade closer to the stationary blade by putting them upside-down on glass at a 90-degree angle. Loosen the screws and adjust=the more space between the cutting and stationary blades, the softer cutting you get. The key is to determine how sharp you want the line.
You love cutting and styling hair, you excel at make-up application, and your nail art never fails to leave others in awe, but when it comes to marketing yourself, you suddenly lack confidence, right?
If it sounds familiar, then you can rest assured that you are not alone. It is a problem that plagues the vast majority of us, as beauticians. After all, we didn’t take an interest in this industry because we had a passion for advertising. We picked up the scissors and combs because we knew that we could make the beauty of others even more apparent.
That being said, it is still important to have a promotion plan in place , or your business will very likely be dead on arrival. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Don’t Panic We know that it’s what you want to do. We’ve been there, but panicking never solves problems, and self-promotion doesn’t have to be nearly as scary as you think it is.
- Know Your Client Not just the one currently perched in your chair, but the figurative client too. That is to say that you should know what type of person is most likely to walk into your shop and request your services. If you know who that person is, you will have a better idea of how to reach him or her.
- Carry the Chatter Over to Social Media Twitter, Facebook and the other various social venues are excellent marketing tools today. Take advantage by making your presence known on those channels. How do you do that most effectively?
Share your photos, post about new things you are trying, create DIY videos to encourage others who love what you do, and, most important, continue the non-private conversations that you have with your clients on social media. If you were talking about the weather, then post a public comment to that person about the change in temperature the next day, then take it a step further with a second post about caring for your hair in times of rain, high humidity, or extra dry conditions. This is just an example, but you should always explore how conversations that occur in the shop could translate to the online community.