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We’ve put together a list of our favorite summer 2020 nail and hair trends, as well as a few tips on how to recreate them for clients! 

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Below, we have collected our top tips for how to ensure that students and student teachers can stay active and productive and that working graduates won’t have to shutter businesses, can continue to engage your customers, and (dare we say) even grow your following during these challenging times.

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The devil is in the details, and in the search for that dress and prep for the perfect promposal, it’s important not to neglect the crucial finishing touches--makeup and hair! Here are this year’s prom makeup and hair fashions for 2020!

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In prisons, cosmetology teaching programs are uplifting spirits and helping the men and women behind bars prepare for successful lives once their sentences are complete.

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Here are some tips for before and after your salon visit to ensure your colour treated hair retains its new lustre and remains beautiful and healthy after treatment.

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Beat the cold this winter season with these top tips that are simple to use and will keep your skin feeling great all winter long!

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Here are some gorgeous nail and hair trends your clients will be begging you to recreate this winter!

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According to bsl.gov, employment within the beauty space will increase by 13% from now until 2026. That’s more of an increase than all other occupations! 

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Over the past two years, several beloved teachers and professionals from Cameo Beauty Academy have been interviewed for this blog.

This month, we’ve collected quotes from their interviews in a compilation of “best advice” to Cameo (and other) cosmetology students and practitioners. If you’re intimidated about breaking into the beauty industry and need some encouragement, look no further.

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Quality Education!

That is what sets Cameo Beauty Academy a step above the rest. From the first time they interview, to the day they graduate, Cameo students receive quality treatment and education.

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Does that "Gratuity" blank on your salon receipt have you drawing a blank in your mind? Here's some advice.

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Kollen Krizka, born and raised on Chicago’s south side, grew up with aspirations to pay her way through college by doing hair and nails on the side. Little did she know she would someday be able to combine her dream with a passion that swept her off her feet. For Krizka, working as Cameo’s manager means more than just overseeing students and teachers; she is also the guide who shepherds students (sometimes with gentle force) out of the classroom and into their salon training, styling hair for actual clients.

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April is fast approaching, and with it comes Prom Season. We're here to help with an overview of this year's trends and tips on how to create complimentary hair styles.

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Nail art trends. Just when you think you’ve seen it all . . .

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For celebrity ladies like Pink and Kelly Osbourne (who first debuted her lavender hair around 2009), silvery, pale pastel haircolor is nothing new. But since then, more recent celebrity follow-ups have cropped up with increasing frequency: Lady Gaga’s silver hair, Nikki Minaj’s infamously bubble-gum pink locks, Katy Perry’s jade-green strands and Hilary Duff’s silvery-blue tresses.

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You left home with your hair still slightly damp, and you thought you’d be okay. Turns out, it was a lot colder outside than anticipated. You know that crunchy, brittle feeling in your hair can’t be good, but what can you really do about it?

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Christmas is on our doorstep. You’re busy balancing school, work and family while battling the elements and suddenly someone asks:  Have you finished your shopping yet?

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There is perhaps no more crucial time than Halloween to discuss the importance of thorough makeup removal -- and not just your typical "once over with eye makeup remover and a cleansing towelette" routine either. If you're doing complex makeup involving prosthetics, greasepaint, latex, synthetic hair and more, you're putting your skin through its paces. Your normal cleansing routine just won't cut it!

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Gina Paternostro works full-time as the Main Colorist and as an instructor at Cameo Beauty Academy.  In between color consultations with clients in the school’s student salon, she teaches courses on hair color.

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You love that pumpkin-spice-flavored everything is back on the shelves, but you’re not ready to part with your summertime shimmery beige and bronze eyeshadows. How do you keep your makeup in season while continuing to use these oh-so-flattering tones?

 

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Fashion Week in New York is officially underway! It’s the perfect time to take a look back through the photos from runway shows like Valentino, Balenciaga and Gucci to recap some of the fall fashion that debuted earlier this year. To help you prepare for the trends your clients may be buzzing about and requesting you to duplicate in months to come, here’s an overview of predicted fall 2015 fashion trends:

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You know that summer reading list you used to get in grade school? Whether you were the kid who couldn't wait to get a jump start on your classmates, or the kid who saw this as unfair summertime homework, your potential cosmetology career should be taken slightly more seriously than elementary school.

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In junior high and high school, you had an idea of what to expect when you returned to class in the fall: a similar schedule, same buildings, many of the same classmates and even some of the same teachers.

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  1. Communication is Crucial!

Communication skills are often cited as one of, if not the most, important skill sets school interviewers and employers are looking for. Set yourself up for success before your interviewer ever even lays eyes on you: Call and/or email the school’s admissions office one or two days in advance of your interview to confirm your appointment time, and to assure them that you WILL be there. (Huge bonus points if you can manage to speak to your interviewer directly over the phone.) And then, take steps to make sure you make good on your word.

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A 2013 study by McKinsey Consulting (detailed here* in Forbes magazine by Susan Adams) reported that a staggering one-half of surveyed college graduates would go back and either study something completely different, and /or choose a different school, if given the chance.

 

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To help you avoid these common pitfalls, we’ve scoured the web and consulted with the pros at Cameo to “bust up” a few of summer’s most common beauty myths.

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Nikki Hath is a 2003 graduate of Cameo Beauty Academy who now owns her own salon space with Sola Salon Studios in Orland Park, IL. She loves purple, loves being her own boss and believes firmly that training from Cameo is the ideal first step in a successful cosmetology career. Read on to learn how she took that first step, (and conquered all the steps after that) with help from Cameo.

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The day has finally come.  The caps are tossed, the tassels are turned and the diplomas are finally in hand. The world is full of possibilities.

Or is it?

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Laurie Cepkauskas loves Cameo Beauty Academy, and she wants you to know it.

 “I traveled 45 minutes each way every day for class because that’s how much I loved that school,” professes Laurie, a 2007 graduate who has been featured on BehindtheChair.com. Laurie is currently Head Designer at Jeffrey Lamorte Salon and Spa, where she’s worked ever since she graduated. (How’s that for stability?) Read on to learn more about  why she chose Cameo (and why she thinks others should), how she landed a job at a premier salon right out of school, how she handled a particularly awkward client situation, and more.

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Spend any amount of time reading Cameo Beauty Academy’s online testimonials and Facebook reviews, and you will see several of our instructors praised and thanked by name. Among them is the hairdresser/instructor/mentor extraordinaire known to nearly all Cameo students and graduates as “Ms. Pat,” who has been teaching at Cameo “forever,” according to administrators.

In a recent interview for this blog, Ben Mollin, season one finalist from Bravo’s  “Shear Genius,” called Ms. Pat “a spitfire of a woman . . . She was just a cool chick. She was like that art teacher who just sort of resonated with you, that you just enjoy. She didn’t necessarily make it feel like I was there as a student, she treated me as an individual.”

We caught up with Ms. Pat herself at the end of another full day of teaching, to hear her side of the story about Cameo and its students.

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