Hair and Fashion Week 2016

This month we were lucky enough to participate in the Hair and Fashion Week hosted by Bernaes. The event brought local barbers, stylist, cosmetology schools, and fashion designers together to create a stunning visual experience.

Hair and Fashion WeekHair and Fashion Week

We joined Mixed Institute of Cosmetology and the Arden Paul Mitchell School to provide hair and makeup for several of the local designers. The event took students from each school and combined them onto teams, helping to create a sense of community amongst the students of the various schools rather than furthering the rivalries.

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Everyone worked incredibly well together, embracing each other’s varied education backgrounds.

Hair and Fashion Week 2016

Our very own Ms. LaRhonda was a host for the show on JesusTV1.com, interviewing designers and various other key players of the show. Our cosmo student Christina D ended up being a model for Hill Tribe designs, absolutely killing it on the runway.

Hill Tribe Fashions Students Ebony and Christina

 

It was so great that our school could be involved in so many parts of such an amazing event. We can’t wait to do it again.

Essentials of Razor Cutting with AJF Academy and Adam Federico

 

AJF Academy
All Photos by Nicholas Wray

The upcoming calendar for 2016 is full of amazing educational events, and the first class of the year, brought to you by AJF Academy succeeded in setting the right tone for the year. The Essentials of Razor Cutting with Adam Federico was an intimate class that let beginning and seasoned hairdressers get a better grasp on working with the Plier razor.

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Since the Plier razor is a tool many stylists don’t have much experience working with, Adam wanted to jump right in to working with it, skipping the usual morning demo cut. After a quick anatomy of a razor lesson and a few tutorials on how to handle it, it was on to the cutting.

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The class mainly focused on techniques rather than specific cuts, that way attendees could take what they learned and apply it however they liked once they returned to the salon.

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They went through one length cuts, square layering, triangular layering, and a triangular graduation. Everyone made it through the day with only a few minor nicks and cuts, which was surprising since Adam himself started the morning out with cutting himself.

AJF Academy

Joel M. one of the Federico students attending the class had this to say after:  “This class really opened up my mind to all the creative possibilities of working with a razor. I never imagined I would be able to create so many varied shapes and textures while utilizing just one tool.”

AJF Academy

All in all it was a great class. We can’t wait to see what else AJF Academy has in store for us.

Student Spotlight: Ebony R. Cosmetology Student

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Ebony R. Instagram: @Littlemzeverythang

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Ebony is a current Cosmetology student and so far in her time here she has made Student Ambassador and Student of the Month.  She always offers help when needed and is also a talented local clothing designer. We sat down to chat about her time at Federico Beauty Institute

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JNS: What’s your favorite thing that you’ve learned so far as a Cosmetology student?

ER: That curling hair in a perfect vertical spiral can be combed out into beautiful waves. It seems so counterintuitive, but it comes out gorgeous every time!

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JNS: Do you have any insider tips on how to get the most out of your time at Federico?

ER: Get involved in the community activities. It’s a great way to give back and earn extra hours and experience.

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JNS: Plus you learn to work well under pressure! What’s your favorite product for yourself or your clients?

ER: Newsha Leave-In Conditioner. I love this conditioning spray because it works on all hair types and is great for detangling stubborn hair.

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JNS: It smells great too! Who are you loving on Instagram right now?

ER: @BeautyCanBraid. My hair career started with braiding extension. I love her Insta and Youtube tutorials because she teaches you how to achieve the styles she shares safely. Plus her work is amazing.

JNS: What are you hoping to do after you graduate?

ER: I want to take a position with a salon and also hopefully work for a product line. I’d like to eventually turn that into becoming a cosmetology instructor. I’ve learned so much from being here and I’d like to help spread that love of knowledge.

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JNS: That’s awesome! I know we would love to have you back here as an instructor *wink wink. What do you like most about being here?

ER: Everything that my school exposes me to. When I walked in here in May of 2015 I had one plan, to open my own salon/boutique where I would be the BOSS. Now I want to work under someone and teach the future cosmetologists of the world.

Federico 2015 Year in Review

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2015 has come to a close, and it was by far one of our best years yet! This last year was jam packed full of events and new programs.

Sacramento Fashion Week

Sacramento Fashion Week

We started out the year working with Sacramento Fashion Week, doing hair and makeup for all their runway shows. We even hosted the Emerging Artist show in our theater, allowing up and coming designers and artists to showcase their work in front of over 200 attendees. Check out more highlights from Fashion week here.

Arrojo West Coast Summit

Arrojo West Coast Summit

Besides Fashion Week, Federico also hosted two other major events in our theater. The 15th annual Salon Symposium and the Arrojo West Coast Summit brought hundreds of visitors to our campus to see stage shows from the like of Nick Arrojo, MUSE Art Haus, Schwatzkopf Professional, Dave Diggs the Barber and MUD Cosmetics.

MUSE Art Haus

Federico Salon Symposium

We also saw a huge increase in our Barber events. We started working with THIS Midtown doing a monthly Barbershop Popup at their summer block party.

THIS Midtown

Later in the year we launched our Barber transfer program with huge success, our first round of Cosmetologists to transfer into barbering will be taking the State Board later this month and then continue their careers with a dual license.

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In December we had our first ever Barber Battle.  20 students competed to be deemed Best Barber at Federico, going through 3 elimination rounds covering a variety of cuts. Local shop owners came out to judge the event and it was MC’d by our very own Mr. E.

Federico Barber Battle

Federico Barber Battle

On top of the Barber Battle, we also competed in our first Hair and Fashion Battle. Our school went up against 4 other local salons and another local school and were able to place second in the overall competition.

Hair and Fashion Battle

Hair and Fashion Battle

We also received Modern Salons EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION award for our Facilities and our use of Solar Power to keep our school as Green as possible.

In addition to all of these amazing events, Federico continues to participate in regular outreach to the community. We have participated in multiple student activities and events with local high schools, haircuts for the homeless, local churches and film productions. We can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store.

Federico: Wrapping All The Way

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This is our second Christmas working with the Harvest Church in Elk Grove on their Christmas musical. This years production, “Wrapping All The Way” focuses on the town if Tunesville, where it’s Christmas every day. We rounded up some of our best Cosmetology, Barber, and Esthetics students, as well as two students from the AJF Academy Fundamentals of Makeup Artistry program to help the kids get stage ready.

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Our students got there bright and early, 6am, to get started on the looks for the kids in the cast. Despite the early call time, the children’s energy was high, you could see the excitement on their faces as they waited to get worked on. For most of the children, this was their first time getting the full hair and makeup treatment. Many of them were ecstatic to be made over, but you could tell a few of the younger boys were a little skeptical. Once they had received a little reassurance for our Barbers on how cool they would look up on stage, they were all in and amped to have their makeup done.

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We originally started working with Harvest thanks to our Cosmetology graduate, Aonnie H.,  and this year she was the Assistant Director and Head of Hair and Makeup for the production. Despite her increased rsponsibilites for the production this year, she couldn’t help but jump in and help out on some hair. You try keeping a cosmo’s hands out of an updo, it’s not happening. Aonnie couldn’t be backstage the whole time, but she jumped in on some hair while she could.

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When it came down to show time, our students got to stick around and enjoy the show. It was an amazing production and They even gave us a shout out on stage. As always, it was so much fun to be a part of their show and we can’t wait until the next time!

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Federico Barber Battle

 

Federico Barber Battle

This week Federico hosted it’s first ever Barber Battle. 20 students from phases 1-4 competed for the title of best Barber on campus. Contestants had to complete 3 looks, a Fade, a Classic Gentleman’s Cut, and a Creative Cut, and were judged on everything from sanitation and setup to skill and execution.

Federico Barber Battle

Federico Barber Battle

We were lucky enough to have 3 amazing local barbers step-up up as guest judges for the event. Stephanie Hunter from Exquisite U Beauty Boutique, Andre Smith from Flaucy Barbershop & Hair Studio, and Trey The Barber from Blendz Barber & Beauty were on hand to give their professional insights on how each contestant did.

Federico Barber Battle

Federico Barber Battle

 

As the Battle raged on out on the theater floor, Phase 4 Barber, Rochelle, demoed luxury shaves from upon the stage. After round one, the contestants went from 20 down to 8. Four barbers from phases 1-3 and four barbers from phase 4 now had to showcase their skills at a Gentleman’s cut. The Gentleman’s cut is always a little harder to execute in the 30 minute time limit since it utilizes both clippers and shears, but all our competitors were able to create excellent cuts in the time given.

Federico Barber Battle

 

From Barber instructor, Mr. Mike, “All of the students competing have always had the talent to do a quality cut in a short amount of time, but I think enforcing a 30 minute time limit per cut forced them to stop second guessing themselves and just instinctively do what they’re good at. It was great to see everyone getting in there and excelling.”

Federico Barber Battle

When it was time to pick the final four finalists, it was a tough decision. It ended up being a half a point difference between the four that moved onto the final round and the 4 that didn’t make the cut. It all came down to Sanitation, a key point for passing State Board. When all was said and done, our four finalists: Izzy V, Jay P, Rikoh R, and Marcus P moved on to the Creative Cut.

 Federico Barber Battle

With only four Barbers left, the final round of judging was by far the toughest. Every student on the stage did a fantastic cut but two in particular stood out above the rest. Phase 1 Barber, Izzy V, snagged the 2nd Place Trophy and Rikho R. a Phase 4 Barber walked away victorious with the 1st place trophy.

Federico Barber Battle

It was incredible to see all of the students get out there and show their skills. The amount of talent in the room showed, and picking a winner was no easy task. Thank you to our guest judges for making the tough calls and giving us your time. The first Federico Barber Battle was an incredible success and everyone’s hard work showed.

Federico Barber Battle

Follow the link to see the entire awards ceremony!

 

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