• The Top 5 Reasons to Become a Cosmetologist

    Choosing a career field is pretty serious stuff and it’s natural to occasionally need a reminder of why a particular path was chosen in the first place… unless it was a path of m&m’s in which case logical reasoning would be appropriately ignored. Speaking of logic, we have taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of perfectly reasonable, or, reasons to become a cosmetologist. That being said, there’s obviously more than just analytics behind why you chose to embark on this journey (it was in the stars!). Sometimes the facts are just the type of reassurance one might need to keep on keepin’ on.

    #1 Hot Job Market (also the ranking of our cosmetology exam review)

    Paris Hilton’s words of wisdom, “that’s so hot” might not be trending as much currently as they did in the beginning of this millennium. They do, however, correctly summarize the state of the job market for careers in cosmetology. Another related expression might be, “that’s nuclear baby!” considering this job market would take millions of years to cool off.

    #2 Relatively Easy Entry into the Cosmetology Career Field

    Acquiring a license in cosmetology and beginning work in the beauty industry typically takes less time than, oh say, becoming an astronaut (that may be a little far fetched, but the point still stands). As mentioned above, the job market for careers in cosmetology is a pretty bubbly brew of opportunity, making it more likely for you to get a taste of the goods. You could call it a soup kitchen of good career prospect… or you could just call it what it is. Your choice.

    #3 Fun and Exciting Work

    To even be on this page in the first place, and more importantly, to have chosen to follow a cosmetology career path, proves that you have a high interest in the line of work. Many people feel that the most important aspect in choosing a career is in financial reasoning, but we find that what holds utmost importance is your happiness. Being a cosmetologist might not come with six-figure income, but it is rewarding to look forward to doing something you love and making a living doing it.

    #4 Job Flexibility

    To extend upon what was already mentioned above in reference to the entrance into the beauty industry, there is an enormous array of possibilities that being a cosmetologist entails, including hair, skin, and nail care, etc. This further broadens the job market, allowing you to more easily qualify for a particular niche. The possibility that freelance cosmetology work may be ideal for those with less time on their hands.

    #5 Being Your Own Boss

    Receiving your license in cosmetology means more than just the ability to experiment with beauty with your client’s full trust (the power of a piece of paper, right?); it means being able to manage your own hours and clientèle. You can do what you want when you want, whether that be work Monday’s through Friday’s only, service a maximum of 5 clients a day, or precede with your plans of world domination.

    Source: Salon Prep Blog

  • Are You a Cosmetology Therapist?

    Now that you have passed your cosmetology exam and become a cosmetology professional, do you sometimes feel like a therapist to some of your clients? If you are doing a great job, you probably do. You have become a trusted confidant to your clients.

    But this can be a slippery slope if not handled with extreme professionalism and there was little in your cosmetology exam to refer to. Letting your clients talk and express their feelings can be very cathartic for them. They enjoy the experience of getting their hair done or getting a relaxing facial while also unloading emotional baggage on their favorite cosmetology professional.

    Here are some tips to handle being your clients’ “Cosmetology Therapist”:

    • Make sure you do not internalize the emotions they are expressing. This can cause you to become anxious, sad, or tense which might make your next client’s experience less than perfect.
    • Avoid giving too much or specific advice. You are not a licensed therapist. Mostly, you are there to listen. And above all, you are there to perform the tasks of hair cutting, skin care, or nail care.
    • Recognize a real problem. Be aware of clients who express deep sadness or warning signs of depressions. These clients should be recommended to a doctor.
    • Do not pass along gossip. When Client One leaves, her stories do, too. Client Two should never hear about anything do to with Client One and vice versa. Spreading gossip is a real danger to your business and to people’s feelings.
    • Don’t be afraid to change the subject or steer your client into another conversation if the topic is getting too personal.
    • Avoid sharing too much personal information about yourself. Again, the focus should be on the client and their experience.

    Your client’s experience depends greatly on the way you interact with them. Without a doubt repeat clients are created by positive interactions. Sharing stories and having clients confide in you is a part of your job, just like hair cutting, and often demonstrates your skill and experience as a professional cosmetologist. Just be sure to keep things professional and you will always have success.

    Source: Salon Prep Blog

  • It’s Boot Season: 3 Healthy Ways to Remove Calluses

    Having pretty feet isn’t at the top of our priority list. With booties being our go-to in this arctic weather, we won’t be showing off our feet anytime soon. However, with the constant friction and pressure between our shoes and feet, it’s the most crucial time to fend off calluses. But before you go scraping one off with a metal file—this breaks the skin, opening it up to bacteria and infection, gross—use these quick tricks.

    Got five minutes? Use a pumice stone.
    To soften the skin, use a pumice stone. Soak your feet in water for five minutes, then wet the stone and rub it along the wet callus with light pressure to remove the dead skin.

    Note: You don’t want to remove the entire callus. The hardened skin actually protects the underlay from the constant friction with your shoes.

    Got three minutes? Soften with a soft callus file.
    Skip the bath and use a soft file. It’s so soft you can rub it on dry callus without breaking the skin. Like a cushion, you can grip the file to touch hard-to-reach places like in and around the toes.

    Got one minute? Lotion them up.
    Although the results won’t be instant, softening the callus with salicylic acid will reduce callus within days.

  • 12 Tips for Winter Skincare

    A dozen derm-approved tricks for smooth, soft, sexy skin all season.

    Expert Tips

    1. Skip the bubbles. Foamy lather feels luxurious but tends to strip away natural oils. Opt for a mild, fragrance-free cream cleanser with less than 1 percent sodium lauryl sulfate.

    2. Exfoliate gently. Use a facial wash with no more than 5 percent salicylic or 10 percent glycolic acid two to three times weekly. For sensitive skin, dilute with an equal amount of water.

    3. Soothe your scalp. Banish dryness and prevent irritation with a five-ingredients-or-less hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Fewer ingredients mean less chance of inflammation. If dandruff is an issue, switch to a shampoo containing either zinc pyrithione or selium sulfide.

    4. Take a power shower. Cleanse with a hydrating body wash and loofah. Rinse with lukewarm—not hot—water for five minutes, max. Afterward, pat until almost dry and immediately apply lotion.

    5. Pick good hydrators. Look for hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramides. Both seal in moisture.

    6. Winterize your regimen. Start with a facial serum, which penetrates more deeply than regular moisturizers. Finish with a lotion or cream to combat extreme dryness.

    7. Seek out redness reducers. Licorice extract, niacinamide and caffeine are great topical options for taming ruddy complexions. Shea butter alleviates blotchiness on arms and legs.

    8. Use retinoids year-round. In the winter, a pea-size amount is enough for the entire face. (If you experience irritation, mix it with your everyday moisturizer.) Follow with a rich night cream.

    9. Try a weekly mask. A penetrating formula gives hair and skin an extra boost of moisture. Pumpkin, green tea and antioxidants are all exceptionally hydrating.

    10. Pucker up. Swipe a clean, dry toothbrush gently across lips to wipe away flakes, then apply a balm with vitamin E.

    11. Tweak your diet. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol and nourish from the inside out by increasing your intake of water and antioxidant-rich raw fruits and veggies.

    12. Treat your feet. Soften soles with an intense treatment—check the ingredients for either lactic acid or urea—that removes built-up dead cells, allowing moisturizers to sink in.

  • 5 Ways Cold Weather Actually Helps Your Skin

    When we think about winter weather, we think dry hands, cracked noses, red cheeks— basically, we’re reminded of a slew of unsavory skin conditions that colder temperatures inflict upon us.

    But, given that we have a few more months of freezing weather to endure, we decided to put on our rose colored glasses and see if there are actually some perks to those icy winds. After learning the following five ways chilly temps can actually help your skin, we’ve decided that maybe cold weather really isn’t so bad after all.

    1. It helps keep pores clog-free.
    Cold weather can act as a tonic or astringent. It helps to reduce clogs and keep pores less visible and refined. Cold weather also slows down and prevents the secretion of sebum, keeping shine at bay and reducing acne.

    2. It can improve your sleep.
    Getting a full night’s sleep is necessary for skin health, from reducing under eye circles to making sure your complexion stays glowing. Too-high nighttime temps actually disturb sleep—causing tossing and turning for most people—while coldness mimics the body’s natural drop in internal temperature, which occurs a couple hours after we hit the hay. Therefore, most sleep scientists believe that a slightly cool room contributes to good sleep.

    3. It reduces puffiness..

    Cold weather promotes blood circulation in both the face and body, having a magical effect on reducing inflammation and swelling to the eyes and face.

    4. It can keep you looking younger.
    Cold weather enhances the complexion and rejuvenates skin. In a way, it slows down the aging process—think of cryotherapy spa treatments or splashing cold water on your face in the morning—and keeps skin tight, vibrant and radiant.

    5. It helps you burn fat.
    Okay, so this is more of an all-over-your-body effect of cold weather, but it can make a significant impact on your general appearance: In 2012, researchers discovered that cold weather appears to trigger calorie burn. Basically, cold temps signal your “brown fat” (the fat that allegedly helps burn your other “white fat”) to get to work, meaning that winter weather can be the catalyst for weight loss.