Ms. Jasmine, Federico’s Newest RIC Star

I’m relatively new on campus and I’m still in the process of getting to know everyone. Esthetician Educator, Ms. Jasmine P. was announced as our next RIC Star and after sitting down with her for our interview, it became insanely obvious why she was chosen.  That woman is AWESOME! Ms. Jasmine’s laughter is infectious, her positivity is so pleasant, she absolutely loves what she does and I felt like I was catching up with one of my closest friends. If you ask around, they will tell you that Ms. Jasmine has admirable attendance, she is very approachable and is loved by every single one of her students.

DR: Were you excited to hear that you were chosen to be RIC Star? How did it make you feel?
JP: I was sitting there with a mouth full of cookie like “Oh that’s me!”

DR: What do you love the most about working here?
JP: I love that we’re a family! We are all here with the common goal of making the students successful.

DR: What’s something we don’t know about you?
JP: I was actually in the military for 5 years and everyone already knows that I have two kids that operate at 100 mph!

DR: What’s the toughest thing about your job?
JP: It’s hard to say because I love everything that I do here.

DR: If there was anything else you could do as a career, what would it be?
JP: I wanted to be an RN because I absolutely adore babies! I wanted to experience being around the mommies as they grow and glow.

DR: Before working at Federico, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
JP: I don’t know how unusual it is but it was annoying! In the military I had to sit around all day and wait for ammo shells to bring back to my post and melt them down. It was a pain!

DR: If there were a movie made about your life, who would you choose to play you?
JP: I really like Viola Davis and Kerry Washington.
*I would like to add that Jasmine’s doppleganger is Octavia Spencer and if it were up to me then that’s who I’d choose to play her!

DR: Do you recall any embarrassing moments at work?
JP: I tried to do a winged eyeliner in front of an Advanced Training class. There was nothing advanced about it.

DR: Do you have a favorite quote?
JP: “It is better to have and need than to need and not have.” My Dad used to tell me that all the time and it stuck with me.

DR: What children’s character can you relate to most? And why?
JP: Tasmanian Devil; I start my day at 6am and it doesn’t stop until 11pm.

If you have never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Jasmine, do me a favor and say hello. I promise her presence has the power to make your day!

Textured Updos at the Golden Globes

If you’re anything like me, you were glued to the TV Sunday evening for the biggest event in Hollywood. I don’t mean the Golden Globes, but the Golden Globes RED CARPET! Every year I look forward to looking out for the best and worst dressed on the red carpet and this year I couldn’t help but notice a fabulous hair trend, textured updos. Celebrities like Issa Rae and Tracee Ellis Ross not only arrived dressed as chic as can be, but proved that your hair is your crown. Check out these Goddesses and try to tell me that their hairstyles aren’t everything!

Actress, Issa Rae, made her debut on the red carpet in a beaded gown by Christian Siriano and continues to be an inspiration to the Natural hair community. The star of Insecure proved to be very secure in her confidence with a double twisted coif.

Actress/Singer Janelle Monae made sure that all eyes were on her. We’ve gotten used to seeing her in tuxedos but when she stepped onto the Red Carpet, I instantly said “Those legs!” but quickly changed it to “That hair!” Who else do you know that can pull off a mane full of pearls?!

Actress, Tracee Ellis Ross, has been #CurlyHairGoals since I was in Middle School. All of Dr. Rainbow Johnson’s hairstyles on the hit comedy Black-ish can be added to your “Natural Hair Inspo” board on Pinterest. Her simple, curly ponytail at the Golden Globes proved that sometimes less is more.

Zazie Beetz, star of the new series, Atlanta, served some of the hottest trends all in one; minimalistic eye makeup, a little side-boob and a messy but oh-so-fabulous updo! Zazie made me just a little more confident that my hair can be fancy with some curls and a few bobby pins. “Bed-head chic” if you will.

The Red Carpet was full of radiance and one thing was evident, these ladies came to slay!

Student Ambassadors Wow Us With Photoshoot

The photos are in and are more incredible than we could’ve ever imagined. Each and every look you see was done by a student at Federico. From the cut to the color and style, our Student Ambassadors have absolutely outdone themselves!  Just take a look for yourself!

A special thank you to our very own Adam Federico for directing the shoot, Nicholas Wray for doing such an awesome job (as always) capturing our student’s models and to all of our Student Ambassadors that participated. I must say I’m impressed by the work and I can’t wait to see what the industry has in store for all of them.

Check out the behind the scenes photos here

Federico Beauty Institute Honored for Facilities in Modern Salon Media’s 2016 “EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION” Cosmetology School Recognition Program

MODERN SALON Media has named the 2016 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. MODERN SALON Publisher Steve Reiss announced the honorees during the AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools) 2016 convention in Orlando, Florida on November 5th.

Honorees were determined based on key criteria in each category, and grouped according to number of locations. Honorees were chosen in each category—one individual school location, and a multi-location school organization.

“We received applications from cosmetology schools across the country and look forward to celebrating all the 2016 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.”

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Let’s Talk About Brows, Baby

Let’s talk about Eyebrows! You know those two long patches of hair on your face that you can’t seem to make look the same? You’d like them to look like a pair of sisters but instead they resemble distant cousins. The struggle! I’m guilty of over tweezing and most of the time my problem is I don’t tweeze enough. Lately I’ve gotten away with just using an eyebrow pencil to fill in those God forsaken bald spots and let’s not even talk about the mornings I get up late and don’t have time to do it. Can anyone relate?

Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to make that “Brow Life” just a little easier. Start off by using an eyebrow pencil to fill in the spaces that you don’t want to remove. It’ll basically work as a guide. Tweeze those unwanted hairs, trim them a tad with a pair of nail scissors and you’ve mastered the simplest way to get matching brows. If you want to get really technical, you can try that hack that shows you how to draw the perfect brows using a protractor & a little concealer. I’ll pass, too much math for this girl!

You can also leave it to the pros and go get your eyebrows waxed or threaded. If you choose to get your eyebrows waxed at a local Nail Salon, remember you have the right to ask the technician if they have their cosmetology or facial specialist license if you don’t see it posted. Don’t be afraid to ask! Contact us at 916-929-4242 to schedule a waxing appointment with one of our students! Lots of salons are also starting to do eyebrow tinting which is a trick to make your eyebrows look fuller by applying a vegetable-based dye that will typically fade within 2-6 weeks. You can always purchase a kit from a drug store if you’re feeling ambitious.

Looking for a way to keep those brows extra fleeky without any effort at all? If you’re not afraid of a little pain, try eyebrow microblading! Microblading is a technique done by a qualified technician who uses a tool that hand draws on individual hairs, almost like a tattoo. The results are amazing and can last up to 3 years if taken care of properly. You leave the salon serving all kinds of Cara Delevigne fierceness! (Disclaimer: I may, or may not, watch too much RuPaul’s Drag Race) Just keep in mind you’ll need a few hundred dollars to get this procedure done which I find totally worth it. *Video Below*

If you want to go for a shaped brow or keep them wild and free, remember you are beautiful no matter what!

Bring in the New Year with a Little Glitter


It’s New Year’s Eve which means it’s time to bring out all the glitter! Have you been drooling over all of the fun trends on Pinterest but you didn’t have an excuse to step out in them? Well now’s your chance! NYE is the perfect time to bring out the glitz and glam and what better way to bring in the New Year than donning a little sparkle?

Who needs a cat eye when you can add your favorite color of glitter under your bottom lashes for a fresh off the runway look!

Glitter roots were all the rage in 2016! Now you finally have a reason to try out this hot trend. Just add a little glitter to your hair gel and brush it on. Add as much glitter as your heart desires.

Need more than just a little glitter on your roots? Try brushing it throughout your hair for an all over look. You can get even more festive by adding confetti!

Ditch your normal highlighter and add some glitter gel or powder to elevate your radiance. You won’t regret it!

Carefully add fine glitter to your clear mascara and show your date how much your eyes really sparkle. Guaranteed to get you a New Year’s kiss!

Speaking of New Year’s kisses, you might want to skip it this year to keep these glitter lips fresh! Add loose glitter over your favorite lipstick to transform yourself into a New Year’s Goddess.

If these looks don’t necessarily speak to you, you can always throw a little confetti in the air when the clock strikes 12 and let gravity do its job. Need more New Year’s Eve inspo? Check out our NYE board on Pinterest .

Happy New Year from all of us at Federico Beauty Institute!
May your 2017 be as sparkly as your roots!