Vintage Classics with AJF Academy


Adam FedericoFederico Advanced hosted its third class with AJF Academy. Adam Federico and his team presented Vintage Classics, a class designed to sharpen dexterity and improve upon detail focused technique.

Adam Federico

The class was attended by people of all skill levels, ranging from current Federico students to salon professionals that have been in the industry for decades.

Federico Beauty Institute

Federico Advanced

Attendees worked through external and internal graduation then squared it off to one length on the sides, and ended the cut with rounded fringe and extreme over direction at the top.

Federico Advanced

Federico Advanced

While working through the cut they focused on precision sectioning and proper technique, two fundamentals that are prone to shortcuts from stylists.

AJF Academy

AJF Academy

AJF Academy

Watching everyone focus and dedication to perfect their craft was fantastic. No matter the skill level, the dedication level was at its peak.

Thank you to everyone for coming out and continuing to support advanced education.

Until next time!

Nicholas Wray

Halloween Extravaganza with Good Day Sacramento

Halloween season is in full swing, which means it’s time for one of our favorite events, Halloween looks and tips with Good Day Sacramento! Whenever Good Day comes to our campus, it’s always a ton of fun.


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The day started bright and early, with the students arriving on campus at 6am to start set up and prep. The goal was to do four looks of varying styles to try to appeal to as many viewers as possible. There was a Beetlejuice, a vamped up Vampire, a Walking Dead zombie, and Pizzazz from the Misfits, of Jem and the Holograms fame.

Beetlejuice Costume Jem and the Holograms Costume

Despite the early morning start time, everyone managed to keep their energy high. Esthetics student Julia C. even managed to do a last minute clown look on Good Day reporter Cambi Brown. Cosmo students Joel M. and Cicely L. tag teamed the Walking dead look on Esthetics student Gabrielle V. even going so far as to bring in their own prosthetics to really make the look scream.

Walking Dead Costume

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All of the looks came together flawlessly, from makeup, to costumes, to hair. It never ceases to amaze us how talented all of our students are. Thank you good Day Sacramento for letting us show them off!

Be sure to check out all the highlights from the day at Good Day Sacramento!

Federico Halloween Part 1

Federico Halloween Part 2

Federico Halloween Part 3

Good Day Sacramento

Student Spotlight: Andrew G. Barber Student

Andrew and Dave Diggs the Barber

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT : Andrew G. Instagram: @tugboatthebarber

Andrew is a barber student in his last week of school. During his time here he has become an extremely talented barber. He is a Student Ambassador and was a Student of the Month. We sat down to chat about his time here and here are some things he shared:

Andrew barbering for Sacramento Fashion Week

JNS: “What do you like the most about being at Federico?”

AG: “My fellow barber fam.  Being here with these guys every day, you see them more than your friends and family. It’s going to be weird not seeing them all the time “

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JNS: “It’s definitely going to be weird not seeing you all the time! What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned so far?”

AG: “Learning the importance of networking and building yourself in the professional world. It took me a while to figure that one out. Also mastering shears, I wanted to go beyond just clipper work and I got there.”

Andrew at High School Career fair

JNS: “Ms. Kay says you’re one of the best shear over comb cutters she’s seen come out of the barber program! Do you have a favorite product to use for finishing your looks?”

AG: “The Reuzel Red and Green pomades. They work awesome, smell hella good, and the can looks cool.”

Andrew at Vietnam Stand Down

JNS: “Any advice for barbers just starting out?”

AG: “Don’t miss school and push yourself to be better every day. You get out of school what you put into it.”

JNS: “Solid advice. Who do you recommend future barbers check out on Instagram?”

AG: “@barbershopconnect, they post pictures from barbers all around the world. Oh, and @tugboatthebarber, obviously.”

Student Ambassadors ready to work the SymposiumBarbering

JNS: “Haha. What are you hoping to do after graduation?”

AG: ”I plan to work as much as possible, I’m looking at a few local shops right now. And I want to continue to learn as much as possible”

JNS: “It’s great that you still want to learn! Well, good luck with your State Board, I know you’ll crush it! We’ll miss you dude.”

Andrew with hair on point


For 5 years now, Federico has participated in The American Cancer Society’s walk, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The 5k walk helps raise funds to assist in the cost of breast cancer research; provide free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by breast cancer. This year Federico will be walking under the name #teamanne2015, and we will also be launching limited edition pink Federico hoodies to show our support for the walk. $5.00 of every hoodie sold will go to the American Cancer Society.

Cancer has always been a cause that hits close to home for the Federico family. Anne Federico, Gary’s wife and mother of Jeremy, Joseph, and Adam, passed away from breast cancer in 2005. Her passing was a huge loss to the family and in her honor they’ve strived to do what they can to support other families affected by cancer. On top of that, Jeremy Federico was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013 and though he is in remission right now, it’s something that he will constantly live with.

Even before getting involved with Making Strides, Federico Beauty Institute was been assisting those affected by cancer. Anne founded the Federico Wig Bank program all the way back in 1982. Using money raised by our Casual-for-a-Cause days along with donations from industry vendors and the American Cancer Society, Federico has provided free wigs and styling services to people going through treatment and needing a bit of a self-esteem boost.

Please join us in our effort to make strides against Cancer. Register here and sign up to be part of #teamanne2015.

New Barber Transfers

Our first class of licensed cosmetology students started in our Barber program this week! They will be attending for 240 hours in order to receive their Barbering license. The program consists of training in straight razor shaves and classic to contemporary Barbering techniques. It builds upon the knowledge they already have as experienced Cosmetologists and tailor their skills towards barbering. It also includes State Board boot camp to prepare them for the Barbering State Board Exam.

Federico Barber Program

This first class is a small one, but there are already a few familiar faces in it. Three of the five students are Federico alumni, and it’s so great to have them back with us! All five students have been successfully working as stylists for a few years now, and each has their own reasons for furthering their education. Alumni Taylor B. has been working as a stylist for five years now, and is hoping to grow her male clientel at her current salon. Grant N. is wanting to grow with the current boom in men’s’ grooming and barbering. It’s a growing field and he’s excited to see where it will take him.

Federico Barber Program

Federico Barber Program

We can’t wait to see how these experienced cosmos approach all the new skills they will be taught and we couldn’t be happier with this new class! Welcome!

Educator Spotlight: Ms. April P.

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JNS: First off April, let me say how glad we all are to have you here as part of the Federico family. What made you want to work for Federico?

AP: Being an Educator is not always about having a fixed agenda and being rigid, but about being flexible, fluid, and willing to experiment. It’s about having the confidence to react and adjust to changing circumstances. I knew Federico was all about that! Having been an educator for another school before this, I’ve seen the other side of things. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.  Federico is open to their educators teaching the students techniques that work for each individual student.  It’s tailored to their needs. They have a solid curriculum/foundation here, in addition to having a reputation for being cutting edge and current, but let’s get real… if all you have is a hammer…everything looks like a nail! Offering a creative balance is essential in producing well-rounded future stylists.

JNS: What’s your favorite difference between being an educator and being behind the chair?

AP: As much as I love teaching, I’m also very dedicated to my clients.  Being present and available in the salon is vital.  Over the years, I’ve had to find a creative balance for myself in juggling life in the salon, life as an educator, all the while, never neglecting my own need for continuous education.  It’s never enough for me to just have one thing going on.  Maybe it’s the Gemini in me.  Expanding in every avenue possible and perfecting my craft, not just practicing, remains first and foremost.  With that being said, I love being in the salon! It’s MY time to play, to create, to put my passion to work. I still have the opportunity to teach there too.  I’m always educating my clients; it’s just on a different forum.  At the end of the day, when I’m in front of the classroom, surrounded by eager minds, teaching, it’s about sharing your passion with the students in a way that catches them.  It’s like locking eyes with a student in the back row and seeing the synapses and neurons connecting, thoughts being formed, the person becoming better, and a smile cracking across a face as learning all of a sudden happens. Their “AH-HA” moment is the best! Also when that former student says your course changed her/his life. GAH!! A good teacher practices their craft not for the money or because they have to, but because they truly enjoy it and because they want to. Whoever said “those who can’t do, teach”, never worked in our industry!

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JNS: What do you love most about being an educator?

AP: You mean aside from it being a platform for me to make the students laugh? No, really, I’m all about being self-deprecating and not taking myself too seriously.  At any minute in the classroom, you can find me making innocuous jokes, mostly at my own expense.  This definitely breaks the ice and the students learn in a more relaxed atmosphere where, like them, I’m human with my own share of faults and shortcomings.  It’s the freedom to teach with style. Does it need to be entertaining? ABSOLUTELY!!! Does this mean that it lacks in substance? Not a chance! I don’t need to have  both hands glued to a podium or have their eyes fixated on a slide projector while I drone on. I’ll work the room and every student in it!  It’s comfortable for me and to be honest, it’s perfect for someone like me who hates sitting still! I look at teaching like an orchestra. All students play different instruments and at varying proficiency. My job is to develop skills and make these instruments come to life as a coherent whole…at full volume!

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

AP: I say this to every student I’ve had the opportunity to teach, “RELAX!! Be patient with yourself.  This is all about the journey. Mastering doesn’t happen overnight.  If it did, we wouldn’t need a career long program of constant education.   Your education in this industry should never stop. Continuous education and evolving is the key to any craft and if I ever stop learning, well, then there’s something seriously wrong with me…PLEASE, hit my reset button!”

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JNS: That’s fantastic; we’re all about continued education here! Do you have any future projects you are excited for in school or out of?

AP: Funny you should ask! I mean, if I didn’t have any projects up my sleeve, I’d lose my mind.  Staying idle just doesn’t suit me.  Welllll, after a few years at great salon, I finally made the choice to transition into a new salon.  I’m now in full swing! I’m shakin’ things up over at Alchemy Salon and Spa! It’s been a careful and gradual transition for me. My clients are long time and loyal, so for that, I needed to make sure this would be a favorable move for everyone.  Everyone at Alchemy has been so welcoming and supportive! I’m really grateful to be working for such an awesome team! In other news, we just finished the makeup curriculum for AJF Academy!  We’re launching this intensive makeup artistry program September 22nd and I’m going to be heading that course!   Yep, first one to teach it!  We just shot the looks yesterday that we’ll be using and eventually recreating during the course.  It’s been really exciting to be part of the development of it and now it’s finally coming to fruition! My schedule is pretty busy at the moment, but I’m ready to hit the ground runnin’.  I wouldn’t have it any other way!