Barber Life

We first started our barbering program 3 years ago. Since then we have had over 60 students graduate. But where do they go after school? Our barbering alumni are doing everything from working in a shop, to running their own!

Alumni Brandon T. with UFC Professional Fighter Cody Garbrandt

One local barbering shop has 5 Federico alumni working in his historic barbershop. Dave’s barbershop is a local favorite for anyone in the Elk Grove area. David A., one of the first four students to join our program, is currently working at Dave’s alongside barber grads, Shawn F., Chris R., Hagen V., and Cosmetology alumni and barber cross over alumni Sophia B.

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Phillip A., opened up has opened his own shop named Philthy Kutz in Rancho Cordova. Business is booming for Phil and we couldn’t be more proud of him.


Keenan L. and Mike M.(aka Spiicy Mike) are working at Images II in Elk Grove. They are so busy that most customers have to book them on the StyleSeat app to ensure the get their cuts in time! Just looking at the reviews on Yelp and StyleSeat show why these two are always booked and busy.

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Tre W. also opened up a shop called Nor Cal Klipper Kingz in North Highlands. At one point, Tre had four other Federico alumni working beside him. They have over 400 likes on Facebook and a 5 star rating.

We are so proud of all our alumni and wish them the best in their new careers in the barbering industry. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the barber industry, book an appointment with one of our admission reps today!

Student Spotlight – Gricel O.

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“Making my dreams come true day by day.”

If you’re a frequent follower of our #federicolife on Instagram chances are you have seen work done by current esthetic student, Gricel O. (@beauty_by_griss). It is hard to miss the beautiful makeup looks she creates. If not, maybe you will notice her from a few of our Federico student photo-shoots.

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She started the esthetics program about 3 months ago, but her passion for make-up started long before starting school at Federico. She has been in love with makeup since she was 13!

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One of her favorite beauty related Instagram accounts (besides her own of course) is none other than Federico Alumni @pipsqueek. It’s easy to tell that one of the go to products she uses in her looks is Smashbox! She references using it in most of her posts.  KatVon D, NARS, and make up forever are just a few of the others. Griss says lipstick is always that last touch to pull a look together!

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When asked why she loves being a part of the Federico life, she said “my educators”. The feedback that she receives from them and her clients are what keep her motivated to grow every day. During her enrollment she has certainly enjoyed learning about skin care. How you treat your skin will determine how you get your makeup to lay just right or how you get the best result from a facial.

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Her advice for any makeup artists or estheticians that are just starting out is,

“Don’t give up on your passion. Be persistent, work hard and be optimistic. Always wake up thinking of your goals. If you want to be known for your work, be on social media and show off your skills.”

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After she graduates, she hopes you will see her as a freelance artist for a top makeup line. We have no doubts that she will do great things as a Federico Alumni. She is on her way to becoming an amazing artist like other Federico graduates such as @pipsqueek @happilybeautiful @karolinakaay @glambyanna and many others!

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To see more looks from Griss, follow her on Instagram

First Festival

This weekend we were out at Sacramento’s 2nd annual First Festival. Located at Southside Park in Downtown Sacramento, the two day festival featured 40+ bands.  Music genres included reggae, metal, rap-rock, indie, country and medieval fable-folk.

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Cloud Parade stage

We set up shop next to the beautiful Cloud Parade stage. Our cosmetology and esthetics students offered a few different types of free services for festival go-ers! Brow blinging was by far the most popular.

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We also offered a braiding bar to help keep people cool in the summer heat (check out our summer braid blog for more ideas). Some students even added bling to face painting art and tattoos

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Best part of the whole weekend? We had the opportunity to bling out a mermaid’s eyebrows!

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We had such a good time getting attendees concert ready! We are looking forward to attending again next year!



Summer Braids

Summer is upon us and the heat is no joke. If you have medium to long hair, you are probably ditching the hot tools and opting for a style that keeps your hair out of your face and off your neck. Braids are the perfect solution! Whether your hair is curly or straight, braids are so versatile that you can always find something to fit you.

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Avoid the dreaded ponytail headache! For really thick hair, a side bride or crown braid are great for getting all that hair contained without having a heavy ponytail weighing you down.


braided crown done by student Angelica Z.

If you are looking to just spice up your everyday look, then these small cornrow braids are perfect. They aren’t time consuming so they are great when needing to switch from a day look to night look in a hurry.


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For those of us that aren’t born with thick textured hair, box braids and crochet twists are a good option. While these take more time to complete, the end results are absolutely stunning. Very 90’s Janet Jackson-esque.

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box braids done by barber students Chelsea W.

Whether you are looking for something simple or a completely new look, braids are the way to go! With so many options, there is no need to just settle for one look.

Visiting Maryhouse

This Monday, Federico students spent their day off cutting hair for the women of Maryhouse. Maryhouse is an extension of the Loaves and Fishes of Sacramento and is often considered a place for starting over. These women are often young, without family support of any kind, and often dealing with issues of domestic violence, mental illness, evictions and substance abuse.

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Our cosmetology students & Outreach Manager Tammy L. did amazing work! They powered through to make sure the women who signed up for hair cuts all received them. The goal was to make sure all the women where happy and satisfied with their new cuts.

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One of the ladies shared her story with our students. She had become homeless after retirement then due to her age (77), it has been difficult to find work. She is an avid participant in the Right to Rest movement and is working towards getting a home again. It’s stories like these that remind us why we give back and love volunteering our time at these types of events.

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It was really an eye opening experience.  We can’t say enough good things about the volunteers at Loaves and Fishes.
Please visit the Loaves and Fishes of Sacramento website to see how you can help these women.


Shaved hair designs

 We have some seriously talented barbers enrolled at Federico Beauty Institute doing hairstyle’s we would’ve never imagined you could achieve with just clippers! One barbering trend that has seemed to grow in popularity the last few years is shaved hair designs.

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Shark hair design done by alumni Keith Zagg

One of our first times seeing shaved hair designs in the school was when barbering instructor DC showed our barbering students the power of detailed trimmers and GraffEtch pencils.

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Student Mike M. aka Spicy Cuts

Hair designs are typically done with different types of hair clippers. The barber will shape the hair and draw on it by creating dents by using clippers or a special clipping tool known as a T outliner.

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Barbering student @amosilbarbiere rocking graffiti shaved hair designs

For a subtle look, you can choose to go for a geometric pattern at the back of the neck or even behind the ear.

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Barbering student @izzyvthebarber created a stunning Lotus flower like design

If you are looking for more intricate designs, you can get your favorite sports team logos, words, or even portraits. These looks are so versatile and can be worn by both men and women.

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Shaved hair design work by Barber Alumni @rikohdabarbs

If you interested in getting some shaved hair designs done, you can book an appointment with our barbering students. We offer design work as an add on enhancement for only $4!

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Alumni Keith Zagg killed it with this 3D shaved hair design