Federico Beauty Institute Honored in 2015 “EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION” Cosmetology School Recognition Program

unnamedMODERN SALON Media has named the 2015 class of “Excellence in Education” honorees in its sixth annual program recognizing leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools. Federico Beauty Institute of Sacramento, California, was chosen to represent excellence in the category of Facilities, The Next Level. MODERN SALON Publisher Steve Reiss announced the honorees during the AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools) 2015 convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 24th.

Honorees were determined based on key criteria in each category, and grouped according to school size or number of locations. Two top honorees were chosen in each category—one individual school location, and a multi-location school organization. Small schools, large schools, chain schools and single units of chain schools are all represented.

“We received applications from cosmetology schools across the country and look forward to celebrating all the 2015 Excellence in Education honorees and sharing their stories.  It is truly a great time to pursue a beauty education and career, and the program at Federico Beauty Institute exemplifies that fact,” MODERN SALON Editorial Director Michele Musgrove says. 

Sharing stories of innovation, inspiration and collaboration from a diverse group of leading schools is an important part of MODERN SALON’s “Excellence in Education” mission, Musgrove explains. “We want to help spread the word about the exceptional work cosmetology schools are doing to help launch beautiful careers. We hope the professional salon industry and their communities will join us in celebrating them.”

For more information about MODERN SALON Media, please visit modernsalon.com.  For more information about Excellence in Education please visit modernsalon.com/excellence.

The Holidays at Federico Beauty Institute

Project Safeground Federico

The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time again for all of Federico to give back to the community! Every year staff and students at Federico participate in a ton of community outreach events to help spread holiday cheer.

Project Safeground Federico

To kick things off, we gave haircuts to the homeless in partnership with Project SafeGround on November 16th, and we will be doing it again on Monday Dec 14th at Bayside Church in Midtown. Project SafeGround provides food and shelter for the local homeless population while Federico gives them fresh cuts and shaves. They are always accepting donations of toiletries, bottled water, blankets, and clothes, if you would like to participate outside of volunteering.

Federico Toy Drive

Along with the Project SafeGround event, we have our annual Toy Drive! For the months of November and December, you can bring in any appropriate toy and you will receive $5.00 off of any service at the school. All presents are donated to the Sutter Health Children’s Hospital. The Federico Toy Drive is a long running annual event and always brings so much happiness to local youth.

Federico Toy Drive April Lopes

Next up, we have the Annual Harvest Church Christmas Musical on December 12th and 13th. This year’s production is “Wrapping All the Way”. We started volunteering with Harvest Church last Christmas and their plays never disappoint.

Wrapping All The Way

Wrapping it all up, pun intended, is the annual Help Portraits event at the River City Food Bank on December 12th. The Help Portraits event provides professional holiday portraits for local disadvantaged families. Federico provides hair and makeup, while local photographers take portraits and print and frame them on the spot. Last year’s event deeply touched all the students involved, and because of that, we’ve decided to do a holiday clothes drive for it as well. Many of the people that come in to get their portrait taken don’t have nicer clothes to wear, so if you’re interested in donating holiday wear to the cause there is a donation box available.  Click here to see highlights from last year’s event!

Help Portraits Federico

Federico Help Portraits

None of these events would be possible without the tireless efforts of our Outreach staff and of course our amazingly generous students who donate their time outside of school.  Thank you for helping us bring joy to so many people this holiday season!

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Classic to Avant Garde Styling with Jake Thompson at Federico Advanced

Jake Thompson Nicholas Wray

This month Federico Advanced welcomed multiple NAHA nominee and winner, Jake Thompson.  Hailing from Salt Lake City, Jake has a unique eye for editorial styling. With over two decades of doing hair under his belt, his career has taken him from behind the chair to the runway, and up on the platform. His larger than life looks have graced stages across the United States.

Federico Advanced

Jake started his class with a look into classic editorial looks, such as Veronica Lake-esque waves. From there, he had the attendees execute their own variations of the look on doll heads.

Jake Thompson Federico Advanced

Federico Advanced Jake Thompson

Once they had mastered the basics, Jake Thompson went through some of his more unusual editorial tricks. From wire mesh, to melting hair, to using wool and paint, he gave them a rundown of insider tips that they could then apply to their own looks.

Jake Thompson Federico Advanced

Federico Advanced

Federico Advanced

Under Jakes tutelage, the students spent the rest of the day applying  his techniques to their mannequins while putting their own spin on them.

Federico Advanced

It was a rare chance for stylists to truly let their creativity fly. With no worry of their looks being wearable in the average day to day life of their clients, they were able to go as big and as bold as they liked.

Jake Thompson Federico Advanced

Thank you Jake for being their guide, we can’t wait to have you back at Federico Advanced.

Holiday Hair Trends at Federico

Halloween is officially over, and you know what that means! IT’S TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! Sorry, Thanksgiving.

Inspired by our recent Homeroom with Schwartzkopf Professional and Joey Foglio, we rounded up some of this year’s best holiday trends so that you can wow them at the parties this year. Be sure to call us to book an appointment for you holiday look, we can make you shine!

Finger Waved Bangs

Finger WaveFinger Wave

This look is a retro call back that can be worn with a sleek updo, or loose and down. It’s a great way to dress up that pixie cut you’re trying to grow out or to add some elegance to your long layers.

Side Braids

Side Braid

Side Braid Holiday Hair by Joey Foglio

This look is a fun way to bring those festival braids you loved from Spring into Winter.  Be sure to pull your braids out at the sides to keep them loose and messy. Easy to transition from day to night, they look casual yet intentional.

Low Bun

Low bun Low Bun by Federico Student Angie Z.

Unlike the side braids, make sure you keep this look tight and sleek. Commonly known as “the Botox Bun” this tight bun is elegant and sophisticated.

Shoe Lace Updo

Shoe lace updo by Joey Foglio Joey Foglio

The “Shoelace Updo”, named by Joey himself, is a fun and messy updo created by sectioning the hair like a French braid, but then knotting the sections together, like you’re tying your shoes.

For more examples and tutorials, check out our Pinterest Board!

Federico Halloween Extravaganza

Federico Beauty Institute

As usual, October was a crazy month here at Federico. For people in the beauty industry, Halloween is bigger than Christmas. The makeup! The hair! The blood! It is the one time of year when absolutely everyone is willing to get crazy with their looks, and let their stylists have a little fun.

Scar The Lion King Federico Beauty Institute

From the zombies at Corbett’s House of Horrors in Folsom, to Good Day Sacramento and transforming Mark S. Allen into Caitlyn Jenner, the opportunities to get creative were endless. We spent most of the month doing special effects classes and students practiced their skills every chance they got.

Federico Beauty Institute Federico Beauty Institute

Federico Beauty Institute

However, the students real time to shine came once Halloween was finally here. The day was filled with fantastic costumes, and clients eager to be transformed into ghouls and demons. Cosmetologists, Barbers, and Estheticians all teamed up to create amazing one-of-a-kind looks for their clients.

Federico Beauty Institute

Federico Beauty Institute Federico Beauty Institute

Everyone did an amazing job. We can’t wait to see what you all have for next year!

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Educator Spotlight: Ms. Amanda Rose

Amanda Rose

JNS: Ms. Amanda Rose! Thank you so much for chatting with me!  Let’s get started with why you decided to become an educator?

AR: Thanks for having me! I found my passion for education in Charleston, so when I relocated to California I began hunting for cosmetology schools that shared my vision for the future of our industry. I knew Federico was the place for me after my first tour. I loved the energy and it was clear that this Institution cares about each student. From the café, to the water dispenser, to the advanced classes offered to students and graduates, Federico Beauty Institute goes above and beyond. And that is what I would like to offer to each student, and education that goes above and beyond!

AJF Academy

JNS: The fact that you try to go above and beyond really shows when I see you with your students. What’s were you doing before you decided to focus on being and educator?

AR: Before Federico, I was a Makeup Artist and Hairstylist working at Studio M in Charleston, SC. I have been lucky enough to work in film, print, hairshows, runway, bridal, and behind the chair. I would not have been successful without the support of my hair family in Charleston.

Amanda Rose


JNS: That’s awesome! I love that you’re so well rounded; it really helps give you a unique approach to teaching. What would you say is the biggest difference between working behind the chair and working with students?

AR: Having a client love their hair because of a service that you provided is one of the best feelings I have ever known, but there is something even more gratifying in those “Ahah!” moments that I share with students. As a hairdresser I was only capable of touching as many lives as I had clients; as an educator I have the opportunity to influence each student, who will then go out and create more success than I could have imagined.

JNS: Do you have any advice for students that are just starting out?

AR: My advice for new professionals is to stay inspired. Your skill will advance as you move through your career, but your passion will dwindle…so feed that fire! Take classes, find inspiration in art, architecture, music, sports, whatever motivates you!

Amanda Rose

JNS: That’s fantastic, we’re all about growing and staying inspired here. Are there any people that are currently inspiring you?

AR: My favorite beauty blog is liketheyogurt.com.  Dannon, the creator, is an amazing Makeup Artist with a keen sense of modern fashion, art and lifestyle trends. I am fortunate enough to know her personally, and she pushes me to stay current.

Federico Advanced

JNS: Do you have any future projects you are excited for in school or out of?

AR: Yes! The Makeup Program is about to launch through AJF Academy, and I am beyond excited!! I started my career as a hairstylist, and I could have never imagined the doors that Makeup Artistry would open for me. Expanding your skill-set is the only way to set yourself apart in this industry. By being able to do hair as well as makeup you really open yourself up to so many opportunities.

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JNS: Very true! People love to hire someone who can wear many hats. Let’s wrap this up on a fun fact about yourself! What do you have for me!

AR: One interesting fact about me is that I am a super-nerd. I have so many food/products allergies. I love this about myself because it has made me hyper aware of ingredients and how they work. #nerdlife.

JNS: Haha, I love that fun fact. Thank you Amanda!