Student Spotlight: Irma G. Cosmetology Student

Irma G. Modeling for our Calendar shoot.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT : Irma G. Instagram: @silk.sauce

By: JanyNicole Stehman

Irma is a recent graduate of the PM cosmetology program and was also a Student Ambassador while she was here at Federico. We got together to chat about her experience here now that she has graduated.

Irma applying color with instructor Andy B.

JNS: “Hi Irma, lets get down to it. What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned so far?

IG: “For me, the most interesting thing I’ve learned so far has to be Men’s Cutting and Styling. It’s growing in popularity so much right now.”

Irma doing makeup on her model for a school photoshoot. Irma's model

JNS: “Interesting, I would have thought you would say editorial styling!  I’ve seen some of your looks and they’re fantastic. Do you have a favorite product to use?”

IG: “I love Davines, specifically Oi. It’s amazing for thick hair, and it smells delicious”

Irma experimenting with hair and lip colors

JNS: “How about favorite hair and makeup related Instagrams? Are there any you’re currently loving?”

IG: “Guy Tang (@guy_tang) because he’s a baller colorist. Hollis King (@hollis_king) because she’s super hot. Oh! And Lora Arellano (@lora_arellano)! She’s an awesome makeup artist.”

Irma modeling for GOLDWELL

JNS: “Do you have any advice for a cosmetologist student that’s just starting out?”

IG: “KEEP ALL YOUR LOST TIME SHEETS. And STAY FOCUSED on your craft and sense of self.”

JNS: “Lost time sheets! Yes! That is so important, they’re as good as gold. What did you like the most about being at Federico?”

IG:  “THE PEOPLE… And the education. First class all the way!”

Irma doing her makeup

JNS: “Heck yes it is! What about now that you’ve graduated? Do you have any plans?”

IG: “Keep learning and continue doing my thing. A.K.A. hustle and be creative!”

Irma G.

JNS: “YES! I love that. Never stop hustling! Thank you for chatting with me Irma! Congratulations on graduating!”

ZGAT Academy at Federico Advanced


Left to right: Mario Mesaric, Adam Federico, Ivana Spicer

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.

Ivana blending her line


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.

Mario mapping out his cut on head sheets

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.

Models April and SophiaIvana's model Sophia A. Mario's model April P.

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.

Ivana working on model Heather H. Mario sectioning out model Jannie

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.

Model April P.

Mario Mesaric

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.

Adam Federico of AJF Salon and Federico Beauty Institute Hector Rodriguez of Saints and Sinners, Cush, and BMAC USARemy Awan of Killer Hair Incorporated

Their students were some of the best hairdressers in the industry, people who have already made a name for themselves as being incredibly talented.

Jesse Gains of Moss Hair StudioRolando Aqui of Geometric Illusions focusing in

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.

Mario with model JanyNicoleThe first ZGAT classMario with model Jannie

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.

*Visit Facebook for more images from the event.

Text by JanyNicole

Photos by Nicholas Wray, Mario Measric and JanyNicole

Federico Pride

The Federico Glitter Babes were out in full force bringing their expert skills to the Sacramento Pride Parade.

Federico Glitter Babes

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.

Clouds of glitter

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.

#First Festival!

This month Federico had the pleasure of working the first ever First Festival! The First Festival is a Sacramento based music and arts festival featuring 18 local bands across 3 stages, local food vendors, local businesses, and local crafters and artists. This year’s festival boasted over 2,000 attendees in the sprawling River Walk Park.

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Our students spent the sunny Saturday afternoon providing makeup services, and doing festival braids on the attendees, all while getting to enjoy the sounds of local favorites such as Stationary and Be Brave Bold Robot

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When there was the occasional lull in things to do they were able to enjoy the Silent Disco which was conveniently located right next to our booth or peruse the local wares.

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They spent the latter part of the day seeking out festival goers that were interested in being glitter bombed. By the end of the day nearly every attendee was covered head to toe in silver glitter, neon orange hair spray, and Federico stickers. The day ended in a whirlwind of friend foods, ice cream, bonding, and glitter. All in all, not a bad way to spend a beautiful Saturday at the river.

Student Spotlight: Jeffery P. Barber Student

Jeffery "Self-elected Student Body President for Life" P.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT : Jeffery P. Instagram: @el_heffe23

By: JanyNicole Stehman

Jeffery recently graduated from the Barber program at Federico. During his time here he was a Star Student, a Student Ambassador, and the Student of the Month in December.  He has also given himself the title of “Self-elected Student Body President for Life”.  I sat down with him to get a few more details on his barber life at Federico.

Jeff with a duffel of heads

JNS: “What was your favorite thing you learned while at Federico?”

JP: “My favorite by far has been learning and mastering the basic principles of hair cutting, i.e. shapes and techniques. Once you master the basics you’re capable of anything!”

Jeff perfecting a hairline on his client

JNS: “What are your favorite products right now? For you and for your clients?”

JP: “My favorite product right now would have to be the Baxter Clay Pomade, and for clients, it all depends what is going to be best for them!!! The Client’s needs and wants come before my personal picks.”

Jeff with fellow Barber Students, Cosmo Students, and Mr. Doug

JNS: “Do you have any advice for barber students just starting out?”

JP: “Do the MOST!!!! Don’t get sucked into the drama and don’t be afraid to be the ‘over achiever’. In the end, no one else is going to give you what you want, you need to go after it yourself.”

From left to right: Mr. Billy, Jeffery, and Nato

JNS: “So true!  How about favorite hair related Instagrams? Is there anyone currently inspiring you?”

JP: “My favorite Instagram would have to be… Well, there’s two actually. @RBGhair and @Barbershopconnect. @RBGhair is my wife’s Instagram and seeing what she does pushes me to strive for excellent work. The other because it spotlights the industry as a whole.”

Jeff modeling for VisionCast 2015. His group was the winning collection.

JNS: “What are you hoping to do now that you’ve graduated?”

JP: “I’m not HOPING, I’m DOING. Haha. I have accepted a job with Mizutani Scissors and will also be working at Be-You-Tiful Style Lounge in Vacaville.”

Jeff modeling for the Design Forum class. Photo Credit

JNS: “Congrats! That’s awesome that you’ve got so much work lined up right after graduating! What will you miss the most about being at Federico?”

JP: “The fact that I’m with BAE every day, Renato ‘The Chilean Polar Bear’.  <3<3<3

Jeff and his BAE- Nato ‘The Chilean Polar Bear’

JNS: “Well, I know we will all miss having both you and Nato at school everyday! Thank you for having this chat with me and good luck at State Board!”

Jacks of all Trades

Photo by JoJo S.

Sometimes, no matter how much you plan and prep for an event, things just don’t always go the way you had hoped they will. This last weekend our students were requested to do hair and makeup for the Northern California Summer Session Show at the Starlite Lounge in Downtown Sacramento. They arrived the morning of the show pumped and ready to get to work. Unfortunately, they were the only ones. Upon arrival they found out that almost all of the models had cancelled. Not ones to let things fall apart, and experts at multitasking, they decided to fill the roles of models AND hair and makeup artists.

Photo by JoJo S.
Cosmo Student Irma G. prepping her model


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Esti Student Leticia R. prepping Cosmo Student Christina P. for the show.
Photo by JoJo S.
Cosmo Student Karolina K. and Leticia R. working on Esti Student Carly F.
Photo by JoJo S.
Karolina K. prepping her model

They took turns working on the models that were able to attend while also working on each other. Ensuring that there  would be enough models to handle all of the planned looks.


Photo by JoJo S.
Barber Student JoJo S. giving her model a clean up.
Photo by JoJo S.
Barber Student Priscilla C. giving her model a clean up.

Even our barber students, JoJo and Priscilla were pulling double duty for the day. Once they were done giving clean ups to the male models in attendance, Priscilla moved on the female models and started setting curls. JoJo went on to capture behind the scenes pictures of the prep process for us, documenting all of the excitement and chaos.

Photo by JoJo S.
Priscilla C. prepping her models hair.


Photo by JoJo S.
Irma G. being prepped for the show by Karolina K.
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Priscilla C. prepping Esti Student Rachael B. for the show.


Once they were set for the runway the show went off without a hitch. They had 3 different clothing lines and there was a performance by a few local break-dancers.

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Break dancers performing in the designers shirts.

Ms. Kay, our Outreach Manager said, “At the risk of giving away my age, I felt like I was back in high-school again. There was such a great energy from the crowd and the performers.”

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Christina P. with fellow model on the runway.
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Christina P. on the runway.

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It was great to see our students step up and make sure everything went smoothly, no matter the obstacles. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work!

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