In its third year of existence the THiS Midtown block party FINALLY realized what it had been missing, a barber pop-up shop! Thankfully Federico was there to fill that void.
We’ve set up shop our mini barber shop twice so far, tucking in nicely between the Official pop-up badminton courts and the live spray painting booth, leaving us in a prime spot for snagging shaggy customers as they enter the party.
The students were able to show off their impressive clipper skills, while networking with the community. When there were pauses in clients the students walked through the block party introducing themselves to attendees and telling them about the services they provide on campus.
Of course, it wasn’t all work and no play. The barbers explored all that THiS had to offer. Snakes, and Hula-hoops, and pizza! Oh My!
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Jessica N. Instagram: @jess_lynn916
By: JanyNicole Stehman
Jessica just graduated from Federico but in her time here, she was Student of the Month and a Student Ambassador. I checked in with her for a little recap of her time here at Federico.
JNS: “First off, do you have any advice for a student that’s just starting out in cosmetology?”
JN: “Take advantage of the opportunities that Federico offers. You get out of this education what you put into it. Volunteer for events, become an Ambassador and work the Advanced Education classes. Learn to network with other people that are already successful in the industry you plan to be in!”
JNS: “Great advice! What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far, either at the school or at one of the events?”
JN: “All the various cutting techniques people use. Cutting is what I want to specialize in. Everyone has a different approach and I love learning from them and adapting their style into my own.
JNS: “I feel like a lot of people here end up falling in love with cutting. What’s your favorite product right now?”
JN: “I love the Newsha leave in conditioner. The whole product line from Newsha is amazing but the leave in works ammmmaaaaazzzing.”
JNS: “Seriously! I love the repairing mask. How about favorite hair and makeup related Instagrams? Are there any you’re currently loving right now?”
JN: “@Hairbrained_official and @Thehairnerds. Both are places to get education and connections to stylists all over. They’re great resources for finding inspiration and to see new trends.”
JNS: “That makes the perfect segway for my ext question, since I already know your answer to it! What are you going to be doing now that you’ve graduated?”
IG: “Haha, I will be interning with the Hair Nerds as well as working at a salon in in Roseville. I have my own chair there!”
JNS: “So exciting! I can’t wait to see what you do with Hair Nerds. Before I let you go, did you like the most about being at Federico?”
IG: “The Advanced Education! Also all the connections I’ve been able to make with Staff and outside stylists. I know I’ll be able to keep in touch with them and hopefully work with them in the future!
JNS: “Totally! Well please keep in touch with us and let us know what you do in your career!”
Last week, in honor of the upcoming 4th of July festivities, was Federico Spirit Week! Students and faculty alike were allowed to show their patriotic spirit by donning red, white, and blue as well as blue jeans.
It was fantastic to see everyone in so many colors. Everyone enjoyed shedding the classic all black attire that hairdressers are known for.
On top of that, the Federico boys, with some assistance from Ms. Cindy, set up a BBQ and spent the week grilling up hot dogs for eager customers. You could literally smell the festivies!
Thank you to all the students and faculty that participated! It was great seeing your patriotic spirit!
This month we at Federico Advanced took on the largest event we had ever attempted; two artists teaching three 3-day classes, all in a row. Attendees flew in from all around North America, some coming from as far as Washington DC and Canada. In the 2 years that we have been bringing advanced education in hairdressing to the Northern California community we have brought in dozens of amazing artists; Jeremy Davies-Barbala, Nick Arrojo, Gerard Scarpaci, Russel Mays, DJ Muldoon, and Ira Pope Sage, just to name a few. All have been incredibly talented and brought their own perspectives to the craft. This time however we brought in Ivana Spicer and Mario Mesaric of the ZGAT Academy from Zagreb, Croatia, two amazingly talented artists who somehow remain humble and thankful for everything they are able to do.
We flew them half way around the world for their first trip to the United States so that they could bring their first-class knowledge and skills to our Academy in Sacramento, CA. We had never brought in an international artist before, and needless to say, there were a few challenges in bringing a foreign artist into the country. We battled Visa issues and airline errors, but when all the dust settled and Ivana and Mario were finally in the country teaching the class, all the hard work became worth it.
Ivana and Mario made the perfect team. The comradery was clear, they didn’t need to tell you that they had been friends since they were children, it was evident the moment you met them. Each allowing the other to speak on the work they were doing with neither one stealing the spotlight from the other. They had a meticulous eye for detail, and a clear aesthetic that ran through all of the work they did together.
Each cut was made with intent and forethought. They mapped every look out before starting, taking into account the models requests, bone structure, flaws and strengths, tailoring each look to perfectly compliment the face of the model.
During each demo they shared both their technical skills and love of the art they create. Checking and rechecking each line to be sure that no matter which angle you approached it from, you would see a precision line.
Their dedication to the art form and education was evident in the sheer number of hours they put into each class. Each day they arrived to the school at 8am, enjoyed some espresso, and then got down to work, spending up to 10 hours straight in the class room-ensuring each student got the amount of one on one attention they needed to complete a precision haircut. Often times they would work the full 10 hours without taking a single break, not even for food. They were the marathon runners of the hair world. Even after the students had left, they stayed behind to capture photos of everyone’s hard work.
Their students were some of the best hairdressers in the industry, people who have already made a name for themselves as being incredibly talented.
It was amazing to see so many already established artists in one space, learning and creating together. Being open to critique and supporting and admiring each other’s work.
Despite the long days their trip here seemed to fly by. By the time the classes had ended, no one wanted Ivana and Mario to leave. The knowledge, energy and passion they brought to Federico Advanced will stay with everyone they met, and we all anxiously await their return in 2016.
Thank you everyone who made this event possible. Be sure to check out Mazella and Palmer for their U.S. debut at Federico Advanced in August.
The Federico Glitter Babes were out in full force bringing their expert skills to the Sacramento Pride Parade.
Dressed to the nines in handmade rainbow tutu’s and colorful wigs and led by their fearless leader, Ms. Kay, dressed in an equally fabulous ensemble, they made sure that no one escaped the parade without a healthy dose of glitter spray and a heaping pile of Federico knowledge.
Between glitter attacks, students were able to network providing coupons for services and Federico pins to properly rep our name in the community.
Even Kenny the Dancing Man made time to take a few photos with the Glitter Babes.
By the end of the day they had glittered over 200 people, spreading Federico love and pride throughout the Sacramento LGBT community.