• Grief and Emotional Healing

    Grief and Emotional healing recommendations

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    Current events in the news have Americans caught between the need to grieve and the mandate to keep moving forward. Whether your loss is very personal or shared with a community, it’s important to take measures to make sure you’re not “trapped” in that grief long-term, according to Dr. Bradley Nelson , a holistic physician with 27 years’ experience in training people in emotional healing techniques. The grief that leads to loneliness and sadness accounts for some of the reasons that one in 10 Americans take medication for depression and anxiety, Nelson says.

    “During times when you are feeling an intense emotion, the energy of that emotion can become lodged in your body,” Nelson explains. “These residual emotions can lead to illness years after the events that caused them. When an emotion becomes trapped in the body, a person will feel that emotion more easily under similar circumstances that created that emotion in the first place.”

    To try to avoid this downward spiral, Nelson recommends:

    Reach out. Taking action to help others shifts the focus away from you and toward someone who can benefit from your generosity.

    Practice choosing your emotions. “Most people have this mistaken belief that our emotions choose us—that we are at the mercy of whatever emotions we tend to start feeling,” Nelson observes. “But no matter what the circumstance, we always choose our own emotions. We can choose our feelings. It just takes practice.”

    Count your blessings. Make a daily list of the good things in your life. This helps you put into perspective how much of your life is filled with good things as well as challenges.

    “Life is filled with blessings to be grateful for, difficulties to overcome, opportunities to explore, decisions to make—and grief and suffering at times,” Nelson says. “All of these things give us experience. They provide ways for us to exercise faith, gain knowledge and develop love. All of the human family is connected; everything that happens to one of us affects everyone to one degree or another. Through our experiences, we have the opportunity to strengthen our connection by developing understanding and compassion for one another.”

    Source: ModernSalon

  • 5 Beauty Hacks for When You Leave Your Makeup Behind

    Leaving your makeup bag at home can feel like a disaster and set the stage for a pretty rocky start to your morning, so today we’ll be sharing some of our favorite makeup hacks for when you accidentally leave your kit at home. These little tips and tricks certainly can’t replace your professional kit, but they can certainly get the job done in a pinch.

    Cocoa powder (or hot chocolate mix if you’re really desperate!): This is an ingredient in many beauty products, but you can actually recreate cocoa powder-based bronzers for a fraction of the cost and without needing to make a pit stop at your local makeup supplier. Simply take some cocoa powder and lightly brush it on the hollows of your cheeks for a light but perfect contour.

    Cocoa powder-based bronzers by House of Heavilin's Beauty College

    In the swatch above, you can see how cocoa powder (left) compares to a matte bronzer (right). The difference is nearly indistinguishable! This is also a really great tip if you’re looking for some natural beauty products that have undergone minimal processing.

    Activated charcoal and olive oil: Creating eyeliner out of office products can be a headache. We’ve even seen people use a permanent marker (ew!) as a quick substitute. Instead of putting such dangerous materials so close to your sensitive eyes, try mixing a pinch of activated charcoal and olive oil. The mixture will give you a jet-black gel liner that works so well that hardly anyone will tell the difference. Many first aid kits include activated charcoal, so be sure to check your medical supplies to get your hands on some.

    Coffee grounds: Most offices will have a pot or two of coffee available for their employees throughout the day. Use that coffee; or rather the coffee grounds, to create your very own natural makeup. Apply a little over your eyelids as a light shadow or rub a little on the hollows of your cheeks for a light bronzer. This is a great hack no matter where you go because coffee is so easy to come by, especially in an office setting.

    Toilet seat covers: While this isn’t makeup per se, toilet seat covers can save you from having overly oily skin when you leave your mattifying products at home. If you aren’t wearing any foundation or concealer, you want to make sure your skin is in the best condition possible, and that means controlling the shine as much as possible. To create blotting papers out of a toilet seat cover, just cut the toilet seat cover into 2”x3” rectangles.

    Toilet seat covers used as blotting paper to make face oil free

    One cover will make tons of blotting papers, and once they’re cut up, no one will know what they once were! In the image above, I was able to get about 16 using just half of the cover. Use them just like you would regular blotting papers: by lightly pressing them on areas of your face where you are feeling particularly oily. They will absorb the oil and leave your skin beautifully matte.

    Hand sanitizer: This may seem like a strange one, but hand sanitizer can be your best friend when you’re nowhere near some concealer and you have a zit taking up some facial real estate. Though it’s not an immediate fix, applying a small dab of hand sanitizer on pimples will reduce redness and dry them out thanks to the high alcohol content in the hand sanitizer.

    Source: Ogle School

  • Don’t Forget the Dudes: Careers in Barbering

    Beauty blogs are almost always geared toward women rather than men. This may make sense stereotypically, since oftentimes men aren’t too concerned with beauty. But the time has come to pay homage to an equally important segment of the beauty industry – the barbers. The barber job description includes cutting, trimming, shampooing and styling hair for mostly male clients or at male salons. They may also fit hair pieces, offer scalp treatments and shave facial hair.

    An important attribute of a great barber is, of course, being able to chat it up with the customers! In American culture, barbers are affectionately displayed as manly men, always cracking jokes and putting entire shops at ease. Entertaining barbers can be seen in movies such as Barber Shop or Gran Torino . According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, barbering careers should remain steady even during the recession. If conversation comes easily, a well-groomed appearance is important and you are a detail-oriented person, a barbering career could be for you.

    The coolest thing about barbering? It doesn’t take long to go through barbering school and kick off a successful career working in a male salon.

    Source: BeautySchool.com

  • Keep These Questions in Mind During Your Beauty School Tour

    Questions and preparation for making a career in beauty industry

    Have you ever considered working in the beauty industry? A new year means new opportunity, professionally, personally, and academically. Now is the time to shelve those worries and pursue the career you’ve always wanted.

    But, just like any other big life change, it’s important to thoroughly research all of your options to make sure that you find the right fit for your needs and career goals.
    The process can be long, but we have taken the time to pin down some of the questions that you’ll want to keep in mind as you search for the right program for you.

    “Are you accredited?”
    The answer to this question absolutely has to be yes.
    Cosmetology school prepares you to take the state licensing exam, to obtain a license to legally practice as a cosmetologist (or esthetician, nail tech etc..). In order to prepare for this test, you must complete a certain number of hours both in the classroom and practice in the school’s salon.
    Accreditation is one of the factors that impact a school’s ability to offer scholarships and financial aid to their students.

    “What about the cost?”
    Websites are incredibly helpful, and these days all of the information you need (hopefully) is available on the internet.

    However, it never hurts to speak with someone in-office about the total cost of attendance and your eligibility for financial aid and scholarships.

    There may be opportunities that you didn’t realize you were eligible for or deadlines you didn’t realize were approaching.

    “What can you tell me about the curriculum?”
    This seems like strange question, but really it’s kind of like saying “What kinds of classes will I take?” or “How many days a week are classes scheduled?”, and even “What topics will we cover, and will I get to practice on real people?”

    Just be sure to ask or at least clarify because “curriculum” is a catch-all word to describe all of those things we just mentioned.

    While the same standard practices are covered in almost every program, the balance of classroom lecture and hands-on learning will vary.
    Despite what you may have heard, every beauty school program is different, which is why doing research about student life is important.

    “What About Student Support?”
    Cosmetology school is not easy, it is rigorous and challenging but it is also rewarding and fun for those with a passion for the industry.
    Just like any other educational institution, providing supplemental support and opportunities for students outside of the class should be a part of the school culture.
    For instance, Ogle offers not only educational support to students through guided and personal instruction; but also by way of our Graduate Job Center, learn more about Student Life here.

    Still, have questions? Good, you should! Choosing a cosmetology school can be tricky, but knowing that you’ve made the right choice is worth the time.

    Source: Ogle School