VICÍ Beauty Schools have been educating the best stylists in the area for over 40 years. It is almost impossible to walk into a salon in Southeastern Wisconsin without finding a VICÍ Beauty School graduate behind a chair. Our beauty blog highlights the latest trends in cosmetology, and helps future students find the right beauty career for them.
Aveda’s new Feed My Lips collection is finally here, and we can’t wait to help you experience any of their new 23 shades.
These lipsticks are 95% naturally derived and offer long-wearing comfort. Created with nourishing, certified organic cupuaçu fruit butter, botanical oils and Aveda’s signature certified organic peppermint, vanilla and ginger aroma-flavor, these lipsticks provide stunning color for every person. Feel the beauty of botanicals on your lips. Sumptuous fruit butter and plant waxes fill lips with nourishment, while a kiss of aroma-flavor with certified organic peppermint enhances your smile.
Plus, Aveda created these lipsticks to complement any hair color. Whether you’re a brunette, a blonde or a red head, you’ll find a color perfectly suited for your style. Harmonizing hair & lip colors will take your style to the next level. Which lip color was made for you?
WARM BLONDE HAIR | HAS GOLD TONES
Shimmery coral papaya, coral-y sweet pitaya and deep mauve kimi fig will ehnance the honey colors in your hair.
COOL BLONDE & GRAY HAIR | HAS ASH TONES
Deep pink guava, stunning violet sugar apple and hot pink lychee add color to your look, without overwhelming the shade of your hair.
WARM BRUNETTE HAIR | HAS RED, COPPER OR GOLD TONES
Pinky rose mulberry, vibrant red gogi and rich burgundy morello play off the subtle warmth in your hair color and draw attention to your lips with color.
COOL BRUNETTE & BLACK HAIR | HAS NEUTRAL OR ASH TONES
Berry pink prickly pear, berry red blushed plum and deep purple acai add brightness to the cool depth of your hair. The cool undertones in these lip colors create a cohesive color palette to your entire look.
WARM RED HAIR | HAS COPPER OR RED TONES
Fresh pink watermelon, fiery red cana and deep red chili match the copper or red radiance in your hair, while balancing out added warmth in your complexion.
COOL RED HAIR | HAS VIOLET TONES
Bold berry passion fruit, crimson pink jujube and deep violet tayberry pick up the violet tones in your hair, while adding a kiss of berry to your lips.
Aveda also added lipsticks to this collection that complement every hair color and look beautiful on everyone. Soft honey ginger, taupe-y bronzed pecan, dark cacao bean, earthy rose jicama and bold sutra are shades to enhance every hair color.
Our students can help you pick the perfect lipstick shade. Stop in to our beauty school for a makeup lesson or application.
We have a lot of amazing students at our beauty school, but sometimes we meet a student who is so passionate about this industry we know from the get-go that that student will be great. Konstantin is one of those students. His guests love him. He’s always got a smile on his face, and he has so much talent that any salon would be lucky to have him when he graduates. Plus, he’s overcome language barriers and moved here from Russia, ready to start a whole new career! That’s dedication and perseverance we admire.
VICI Beauty School: Why got you interested in cosmetology? Konstantin: I was always interested in all of this. My mom is a fashion designer and my whole family always sowed something – dresses, coats, etc. I was interested in all of that, so I became a fashion designer. When I came to the United States, this vocation didn’t work. I didn’t have a degree, and I felt incomplete. I decided to go to cosmetology school because I was always interested in hair. I had been interested in hair since I was nine. When I moved to the United States I thought, “What if my childhood dream could come true?” When I toured here, Jen gave me a big hug, and that’s when I knew I would have the best opportunities here.
VICI Beauty School: Why did you choose VICI for your education? Konstantin: One of my friends graduated from here, and she told me about this school when I was back in Russia. When I moved here, I didn’t know where to go, and she urged me to come here.
VICI Beauty School: What do you like about VICI now that you’ve been here for a while? Konstantin: Everyone is open and smiling. I like the owners, and I like my teachers. They give me the basics I need and the knowledge to open some doors in this industry. I like everyone.
VICI Beauty School: What has been the hardest part of beauty school? How have you overcome that? Konstantin: When you’re bilingual, it’s studying. It can be hard, but if you go through it, everything is easier. You pick more information up throughout the program, and students can help study with you. The hardest part for me was just making the decision to go to VICI. I didn’t know if cosmetology was the right choice. I needed someone to push me. And I’m glad I did it.
VICI Beauty School: What would you like to do after you graduate? Konstantin: I would like to open a hair salon or a makeup salon or an art studio. I want to make a lot of friends in the beauty industry. I want to work on runways with models and in the fashion scene. I want to combine all my passions.
VICI Beauty School: What advice would you give to a student just entering this program? Konstantin: Be patient. Be focused. Focus on your future. Look at celebrities like Vidal Sassoon or Madonna. Madonna went to New York with a dream that pushed her forward. Have a dream. Be confident. Be sure of yourself, and always say yes to new opportunities. You have to start somewhere. Don’t be ashamed of some of the work you have to do like cleaning or working on mannequins. If you like people, this is a great industry for you. You’re making people feel better.
During our conversation, Konstantin also said “Everyone is perfect in a different way. You can find something amazing in every person.” That attitude and positivity is what will take him far. We are so excited to see how he grows his career.
Check out some of Konstantin’s work below. We know he’s going to be successful no matter where he goes!
If you want to succeed in the cosmetology industry, you can’t just be good at hair. There’s a lot more that goes into a successful beauty career than knowing how to curl hair or pin an updo. Here are 3 big ways you can succeed as a cosmetologist.
1. Take Educational Classes
Your education doesn’t stop when you graduate from beauty school. One of the coolest aspects of the beauty world is that it’s always changing and growing, which means there is always something to learn. Beauty school only lasts a year, and while we wish we could teach students absolutely everything, they would never graduate! Take the inititative to attend additional education classes. Many salons offer education to their stylists, or you can search for classes being held in your area. There are also huge conferences and beauty shows like America’s Beauty Show where you can learn about new techniques and products.
2. Build Your Network
Get to know other people who work as cosmetologists. These are the people who will keep you informed about what’s happening in your area. They can let you know about new jobs, educational opportunities, photo shoots, new product lines and more. Your network can help you get jobs and help you cross-promote. For example, if you’re a bridal hair stylist or makeup artist, you should have a wedding photographer in your network. They can recommend you, and you can recommend them.
3. Take Every Opportunity that Comes Your Way
It’s important, especially when you’re starting, that if an opportunity arises for you, you snap it up! You never know where these opportunities may lead, and for many of the biggest cosmetologists, their careers really started when they took a chance. It can be scary, but it can also push your career in a new and exciting direction!
Discover the “joi” of colorful hair with the fashion shades from the Joico Color Intensity Line. These vibrant shades can last through 15 shampoos! Add this service to your appointment or book just a peek-a-boo appointment.
*While appointments are available. All services performed by students under supervision of licensed instructors.
Book your appointment by calling (414) 425-1700 or visiting our appointment section on our website.
Estheticians can grow their careers in lots of ways, both in spas and outside of them. The career possibilities far exceed what you might think! Esthiology can take you far in your professional life, which is why we love it so much.
1. You Can Work for Yourself
Many estheticians decide to work for themselves. They are their own boss and they succeed based on their work ethic. It’s not an easy path, but it’s extremely rewarding and has the potential to be whatever you make it. Some estheticians offer on-site services like makeup applications. There will always be brides, so on-site makeup will always be in style. You’ll also find estheticians at runway shows and at photo shoots. Some start their own lash parlors and beauty spas. You can choose from a variety of career paths if you decide to work for yourself.
2. Create Your Own Skincare Line
If you’re passionate about skincare (and you should be if you’re an esthetician) you could start your own product line. Many cosmetic and skincare lines were started by beauticians and esthiologists with a passion for the beauty industry. You’ll need to be business savvy and have the time and patience to work on your products. Your product line is a business, and you’ll need to prepare for that. You’ll work a ton, test your products, build a marketing plan and more. However, seeing your business grow from an idea to reality will be one of the most rewarding career choices you can make. Eventually you could see your products on the shelves in salons or retail stores!
3. You Could Work at High End Spas
Lots of estheticians choose to work in spas, and they still go far in their careers. Salons and spas ARE NOT dead ends. Luxury spas are stunning places to work, and their services match the luxury experience. In turn, their prices also have a luxury feel. Clients may spend $300, $400 or more just for one service. This path is a long one but well worth it. You need amazing customer service and phenomenal esthetician skills. This may not be the career you get straight out of school, but it’s what you can work towards. Estheticians who work in luxury spas have the experience to back up those prices.
4. You Can Spend Decades Perfecting Your Esthetics Career
Esthiology is the perfect career for people who know they want to help others feel beautiful. Successful estheticians build a loyal client base, and this takes time. While some clients may come and go, for the most part, the beauty industry really doesn’t deal with significant dips in the market. People will always have skin, which means they’ll always need someone to care for it. This doesn’t mean you can set up shop and just expect clients to come, but if you market yourself and build your base, you’re set. The better you become with your services and with your guests, the more clients you’ll have. You can be successful for years and constantly work to perfect your craft.
If you’re ready to get started, set up a tour with our Admissions department.
We love getting to know our students, especially when we know they are super passionate about this industry. Rahil loves the spa and salon industry. She worked in this industry when she lived in Iran, and she wants to do the same in Wisconsin. She took time out of her busy schedule to meet with us to fill us in on how she’s succeeding at beauty school.
VICI Beauty School: Why did you decide to go into the esthiology field? Rahil: I did it in my old country for ten years. I had a salon, and I really loved my job and my country. Then I came here and was working in a salon for eyebrow threading and I decided to get my license here. I really like doing eyebrows and facials – just the face which is why esthiology was the best options for me.
VICI: Why did you decide on VICI Beauty School? Rahil: When I came here, I saw Jen and she was so so so nice to me. I got positive vibes from her. I met another school before I came here, but I felt so much more comfortable here. This environment was so much more positive.
VICI: What do you like about VICI now that you’ve been here for a while? Rahil: The students and instructors are really nice. I love Stephanie; she’s so patient with students. In the beginning, I was nervous, but my classmates are so friendly with me and I love them. And they are professional.
VICI: What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them? Rahil: English is not my native language, so a lot of the academic words were new for me. I already knew how to do everything in a salon, but in English, I didn’t know a lot of words, which was confusing. But I’ve got it now.
VICI: What would you like to do after you graduate? Rahil: I’m thinking about opening my own place. I’ve thought about it for years and when I started working in a salon in America doing eyebrows, that’s what I thought about every day. I’m working on it now.
VICI: What advice would you give to a student just entering the esthiology program? Rahil: If they want to do this, don’t hesitate. If you enjoy making people happy and beautiful, go do it! It’s not hard when you practice, and you get better and better and more professional.
We’re sure Rahil’s business will be successful as her industry knowledge and passion for her guests is amazing. We’re proud to have students like Rahil at VICI Beauty School. Remember to follow us on social media for more info – Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. If you’re interested in starting esthiology school, please come in for a tour!
Still searching for the perfect Christmas gift for your loved one, family member or Secret Santa? We know how crazy the holidays can be, and Christmas shopping can be one of the most time consuming aspects of it. We want to help in any way we can, which is why we offer lots of different gift set options at VICI Beauty School. You don’t even have to wrap them! Here are just a few of our favorites:
A Gift of Vibrant Hair Christmas Gift Set
This beautiful gift set provides the Color Conserve™ system with shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment to protect color by preventing fading. Your friend or family member will love Aveda’s aroma along with the powerful benefits of certified organic lavender, geranium, grapefruit and other pure flower and plant essences. It also includes Light Elements™ smoothing fluid, a styling serum that weightlessly smooths frizz, helps tame flyaways and adds shine and movement as it restores a healthy look and feel to all hair types.
A Gift of Comfort Christmas Gift Set
Give the gift of comfort during the holidays with Aveda’s own comforting aroma, Candrimā™. This certified organic ginger and ginger lily scent is named after “moonlight” in Sanskrit for the lily’s moon-white blossoms. Candrimā™ body care nourishes with a plant oil blend including certified organic sesame and coconut oils to leave skin soft and smooth. It’s the perfect gift set for someone who needs to unwind.
A Gift of Invigoration Gift Set
Breathe deep and experience a complete awakening from body to soul with the invigorating aroma of rosemary and peppermint. This gift set contains Aveda favorites – Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Rosemary Mint Conditioner, and Rosemary Mint Hand and Body Wash. This aroma will awaken the senses using certified organic rosemary and peppermint with other pure flower and plant essences. This is a fantastic gift for moms, teachers and others who need to be wide awake and ready to go in the mornings.
We also love the gift sets because of what they do for women, students and the environment in Nepal. The green paper you’ll find around each gift set is handmade. 90% of Aveda papermakers are women who previously had few options for supporting themselves and their families. Januka Shrestha, a widowed mother, was working a construction job trying to earn enough to send her son to school. Her job involved hard physical labor such as breaking stones into chips. She says papermaking has empowered her to not only provide for her son’s education, but also make more decisions about her household. One in every three Nepali children work herding cattle, farming or making bricks to help support their families. That’s why papermakers take such pride in being able to send their kids to school, with the help of the income they earn from making lokta bark paper. In fact, papermakers’ daughters are often the first generation of girls to achieve secondary educations in their family. The communities who create Aveda’s paper have Certified Wildlife Friendly® status. This certification helps reverse deforestation and maintain 42,000 acres of habitat for Himalayan wildlife and 21 endangered species including the red panda and snow leopard.
If you still need gifts for the people you care about, stop by our beauty school and find the perfect gift set. Not only will your friend or family member love it, but you’ll also be making the world a better place by supporting Aveda’s efforts in Nepal.
So you want to work in the beauty industry! That’s awesome! It’s a growing workplace with lots of opportunities, many of which you can turn into a lifelong career.You just need to know how to get started. Here are a few ways that will prepare you for getting a job in the beauty industry.
Take Extra Classes in Beauty School
Everyone takes the same curriculum in beauty school, so you’ll want to take classes and join extra curriculars that set you a part. The extra experience will give you an edge when you interview with a salon or beauty department. Signing up for extra classes shows how important knowledge is to you. Almost every career in the beauty industry will want you to continue learning, so showing that education is important to you will help you nab a great job. Our students have the opportunity to take extra waxing classes, makeup classes and hair classes.
Create a Great Resume
Before you get an interview, you’ll need to impress managers and owners with a resume. Your resume should include all your related experience, any commendations you received, your grades and additional certifications. Not sure what yours should look like? Take a look at our resume sample.
Build Your Beauty Network
When you’re looking for a job, big network of other professionals in the beauty industry will help. They’ll let you know when a salon or spa is hiring, and if they already work there, they can be your reference. Attend career fairs when you’re in cosmetology school and meet salon owners and managers. Get to know other stylists and makeup artists in the area. When you have a big network, you’ll be the first to hear about amazing career opportunities!
Ready to get a job you’ll love? It all starts at beauty school! Schedule your tour at VICI Beauty School today and get the ball rolling.
The holidays are upon us, and we all want to look our best for family and friend gatherings, but between Christmas shopping, baking desserts, cooking meals and participating in any of the other million holiday events, it can be tricky to come up with a new hairstyle. There are actually tons of easy ways to glam up your hair that don’t take much time, and we’re sharing a few of our favorite holiday hair styles.
A Polished Ponytail for Your Holiday Work Party
Need something professional for your work party? A polished ponytail is sophisticated, elegant and glamorous. The best part? It only takes a few minutes to create! Start with straight hair, and lightly spray with Air Control hairspray. Then, using a large paddle brush, brush back all your hair into a low ponytail. To make this ponytail evening appropriate, take a small strip of your ponytail and spray it with hairspray, especially the ends. Wrap this strand around the band of your ponytail and secure it with a bobby pin. The secret to finishing this look is using a kabuki brush and Brilliant Spray On Shine to add shine and tame flyaways.
Aveda How-To | Create a Perfectly Polished Ponytail - YouTube
A Half Updo for Christmas Photos
This look is perfect for shorter hair – women who have a lob or a bob. It only takes a few minutes once your hair is curled. All you need to do is twist two small sections of your hair near the front of your hair. You can use Aveda’s Light Elements Defining Whip or their Air Control hairspray so the twists stay in place. For extra body and texture, rub a little of the whip in your palms and scrunch it into your curls. This holiday inspired hair will look beautiful in all your family photos.
Aveda How-To | Party Ready Curly Up-do Hairstyle for Short Hair - YouTube
Enhance Your Natural Curls
Sometimes to achieve party-worthy hair, all your have to do is enhance what you naturally have. If your curls have felt a little flat or dull lately, style your hair with Aveda’s Be Curly line. These products add volume, add shine and stave off humidity, which means even an afternoon of cooking your holiday feast won’t destroy your curls.
Aveda How-To | Styling Techniques for Naturally Curly Hair with Tippi Shorter - YouTube
A High Ponytail for New Year’s Eve
If you’re ready to hit the town, a little bling in your hair never hurt. This high ponytail finishes with hair rings for a surprise in the back. If you have textured hair or tight coils, sectioning the back of your hair and pulling it up lets you bring the ponytail up higher. Leave the top of your hair out of the ponytail. If you have straight hair, rather than leave the top out, bring the remaining hair back into a high pony and style as Aveda did in the polished ponytail tutorial.
Aveda How-To | Jeweled High Ponytail Hairstyle by Mo - YouTube
Easy Waterfall Braids for Family Dinner
Waterfall braids look a lot harder to create than they are. They are similar to a French braid in the sense that you’re grabbing additional hair as you build your braid, but your also dropping pieces in order to create the illusion of a waterfall. We recommend practicing this look once or twice before your festivities, but once you know what you’re doing, waterfall braids take very little time. They are perfect with straight hair, although we prefer curls for added holiday glam. We recommend using Air Control to set everything.
Which look do you want to wear this holiday season? We recommend using Aveda products for these holiday hair styles, which will all be on sale during our Holiday Client Appreciation Party! Aveda will be 20% off!
Our students go on to do incredible things, but more often than not, it takes some time working in the industry before they have the opportunity to do something really amazing. However, Leah Anne has been at Scottfree Salon for less than a year, and she’s already got television makeup in her portfolio. We were thrilled to see that she did the Halloween makeup for one of the television hosts at TMJ4. We met up with Leah at her new salon home to learn more about where her career is taking her.
VICI: How did VICI Beauty School prepare you for working at Scottfree Salon?
VICI prepared me not only through their theory but through the strong clientele base I had at school. I learn by doing, and I feel I had great opportunities to practice and learn techniques through my clients at school. It helped me learn how to bring the best customer service to my guests, and I use those skills with salons clients every day.
VICI: What else have you learned now that you’ve graduated?
Now that I have graduated I have learned the ins and outs of running the front desk and scheduling appointments at Scottfree. I am currently learning how to use Goldwell color and also have advanced education classes every Monday where I’m currently learning cutting techniques.
VICI: What do you like about working at Scottfree?
I like working at Scottfree for many reasons. They offer great education and incredible opportunities for their employees. For example, some of our stylists have been able to travel to New York for Fashion week. Everyone works together and helps each other for the common good to help each other become the best stylist they can be. I’ve worked there less than two months and have already been given the opportunity to do makeup for the Milwaukee Bucks and on TMJ4.
VICI: We saw you did the Halloween makeup and hair for one of the anchors on TMJ4 Milwaukee! What was that like?
I loved doing the makeup for TMJ4! Michael, a makeup artist for Scottfree, brought me along to help him with sugar skull Halloween makeup for the anchors on Halloween. We had about an hour and a half to get both of them done and ready. We started around 7:30, and they were on air at 9:00. It was a lot of fun getting to know them and creating such fun looks! I also got to help them style their wigs for their costumes.
VICI: How is working in a salon different than in a school?
Working in a salon is different than school because everything is a little more fluid. There are many different cutting and color techniques that you just don’t learn in school. As a stylist, you have the opportunity to use your knowledge to create whatever technique and look you want. You have to know the rules to break the rules. I am currently an assistant at Scottfree and I think it’s great to learn how fast paced things move in a salon, especially when helping with shampoos for stylists who are double booked.
VICI: What advice would you give to students nearing graduation?
My advice to students nearing graduation is to research salons now! Go shadow, and start working the front desk if not starting as a salon assistant or training stylist! The sooner you get in there, the better to be surrounded by your career. I took my state boards test a few months after school, and I passed, woohoo! However, I do think it would have been a lot less stressful if I would have taken them right after mocks or right after school! Don’t wait!
My last bit of advice is remember why you started school. It’s because you love the beauty industry and you love to create. You’re an artist! Be eager to learn, work hard and have patience because your success will come!