Northern California Beauty School Readies Salon Professionals for Future
Style. Flair. Passion. The Northern California region sizzles with forward fashion-thinking. From ultra-chic spas to cutting-edge salons, clients are seeking the latest in hair treatments, facials, body therapies, and nail services. This creative dynamism translates into a hot market for skilled cosmetologists, as almost 70 percent of California salon owners attempting to hire new employees in 2006 said they were unable to find qualified applicants. This means jobs are immediately available for talented salon professionals.
The $60 billion dollar cosmetology business is booming, with endless employment opportunities, from hair stylist, nail technician, makeup artist, salon or spa manager to educator, esthetician, image consultant and more. Salon professionals can average up to $50,000 or more, including tips, with the opportunity to set your own working hours and build satisfying relationships with your clientele.
Attending a top beauty college is a must to enter this field, since all states require cosmetologists to be licensed, as well as complete a designated number of hours and instruction and practice at a licensed cosmetology school. But “A license does not earn a living; an education does,” said James Federico, who founded Federico Beauty Institute in 1946, a third-generation, family-owned and operated career school located in the Sacramento, Calif., valley.
It isn’t enough for today’s beauticians to merely know how to cut hair or polish nails. The cosmetology industry has undergone a transformation, so that professionals need to partner with proven manufacturers such as Pivot Point International, located in 74 countries, and other top hair care, make up and nail products. “It’s about training from the ground up, honing skills and knowing advanced cut and color techniques,” says Adam Federico, a third generation Federico and son of owner Gary. “But mostly, it’s important to understand how to deal with a client and learning how to build rapport,” continues Adam, creative director of the AJF Salon, part of the 60-year-old Federico Beauty Institute (more…)
Hair Salons, beauty schools, cosmetology schools, hair schools, and even barber schools are joining the environmental move to reduce emissions and lower carbon footprints. Here are ways a beauty school can modify an existing facility or include green construction ideas in a new building.
There are many ways of going green in the beauty industy. Influential businesses like Paul Mitchell are retro-fitting existing beauty schools or constructing new beauty schools, cosmetology schools, and hair schools in a manner to lessen their carbon footprints.
Energy Efficiency in Beauty School
According to Carbon Footprint, “Low energy light bulbs use less than 20% of the energy of a conventional light bulb, and can last up to 15 times longer.” Switching regular light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LED light bulbs is a smart move for beauty schools. The switch helps conserve energy, and disposing of these types of bulbs is safer. Installing LED light exterior signs to replace older technology neon lights also saves electricity, as do timers and motion sensors.
Laundries are a natural area for greening hair schools. This is achieved by replacing aging equipment with high efficiency washers and energy-saving dryers. By combining these low emission appliances with the purchase of all natural cleaning products and soaps, hair schools reduce energy requirements. Replacing synthetic towels and linens with items made from organic or natural fibers is another positive way of going green in beauty school. The finishing touch is using cloth capes instead of vinyl – better for customers and the environment. (more…)