Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Pics

Here are some pics of my most recent work at school!


This is the cut I did on Saturday for my test...front and back.

This is the set up for the first part of my practical exam for the State Board. The top is rollers and the bottom is pin curls! It was so much fun doing this yesterday...and I'm totally not being sarcastic right now!! It's a blast!!! This morning we took it all out and brushed it into the "June Cleaver" hairstyle! It was sooooo hott!!! I forgot to take a picture though. I'll practice it again soon and take a pic of it!!

That's all for now!

Peace! :)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Drumroll please......

I totally passed my test today!!!!!! It was rough though. I actually got about halfway up the back of the head and had to start over! I was very frustrated, but it ended up being ok!! We had to have a 75 or better to pass and I got an now I'm on to a 2 week cram session for the State Board exam! Only 3 more weeks in my first section! I can't believe it! In about 5 or 6 more weeks I'll get to start taking clients...REAL PEOPLE!!!! That's crazy!!! I'll only be able to do color at that point though...but still...REAL PEOPLE!!! I can't wait! That's really all for now! I just wanted everyone to know that I passed my first big test!!! YAY!

Peace :)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Test #1

That's right!!! My first cutting test is this Saturday!!! We practiced the cut today, and it was ok. Now, the good news is that they are not making us find a model. That was a huge relief. Not that I didn't want to cut a real persons hair instead of the mannequin, but I was having trouble finding someone who wanted a one length bob!!! Anyway, my instructor told us today that he was not going to set our guide for us...which is a pretty huge deal!!! Before today, we have not set our own guides for this particular cut! FYI, when I say "set our guide" I mean cut the first section so that we have a "pattern" to follow for the rest of the cut. Anyway, here is the problem I had last week with setting my own guide for the cut we did last week:

My instructor set the guide for one side, and he made us set our own for the other. After we set the guide, he checked it and made sure that it looked good. If it needed some touching up, he helped us out. Even after that, I was still very unsure of myself the whole time I was finishing the cut. Up to that point I had really gotten the hang of that particular cut and my instructor hadn't had to do too much clean up. I think that, because I knew that I had set the guide and was not too sure I had gotten it right, I felt like I was doing the whole cut wrong!

The same thing happened today!!! The cut that we are doing is the easiest cut to do, but the hardest to get perfected. The guide is pretty simple to cut and I've watched my instructor set it several times....but I just couldn't get it! I was so frustrated that I couldn't get it!! My instructor came to look at it and he actually finished it for me. I'm sure that I could have finished it myself and it would have been fine, but I just got flustered and ticked it was Jason to the rescue!!! Even after he finished the guide for me, I was completely insecure about myself through the whole cut!! I've done this cut more than any other so far...there's absolutely no reason for me to be so insecure about it!!! Anyway, now that I've figured this out about myself, I know that I just need to ignore it and do the cut like I know I can!! I think I get to practice it again it should be much better tomorrow!!

That's really all I have for now. I can't believe that I'm almost 5 weeks into school!!! Why didn't I do this a long time ago?!!!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

God Is Good!!

I have been worried about my job situation since I left the bank over a month ago! I got my last pay check from the bank at the end of December and was really concerned about where I would get the money to pay bills after that. Well, I had spoken with my friend, Susan Horton, about needing a job and she suggested that I work at the salon, which is primarily a tanning salon. She gave my number to the owner and she hired me last night!!! So...I have a job!!!!

I have also been concerned about my first hair cutting test for school. It is on January 19 and I was told that I had to find someone to be my model. I was worried from the start because the haircut we are testing out on is not that great. I have asked so many people and for one reason or another they are not able to help me out. I totally understand, but I was pretty worried! My instructor informed us yesterday that we will be purchasing a new mannequin head for the sole purpose of our tests!! So I do not have to find a model and I will be able to take my test on the 19th!!!! It's been such a great week!!!!

Today we practiced the cut that we are doing for our test....and I felt pretty good about it. The more I work on these cuts, the less difficult they are for me. I've really been struggling the past couple of weeks....mainly because I'm too hard on myself! I have to remind myself that I'm not a banker anymore and that I'm actually learning a trade now....not just how to give great customer service and open accounts. I picked up on that stuff pretty quick and did well at it....but cutting hair is soooo different!!! I am very slow at cutting right now. I'm such a perfectionist and don't want to mess things up...even though it's not even a real person I'm working on!! This week was better though. I have decided that I need to accept the fact that I'm going to make mistakes...that's why I'm in learn how to do this the right way!!! Anyway...I'm excited for my test next week...and quite nervous! I'd better get to bed now though....I wake up in 6 hours!!!

Peace! :)

Monday, January 7, 2008

3 weeks down...

8 1/2 months to go!!! I love school!!! It is so fun and my classmate and I are doing well according to our instructor! It's nice to only have a class of 2...we get lots of one on one instruction! Last week we started adding some layers to the cuts that we did the week before. Here are a couple of pics! Enjoy!