Archive for March, 2011

Careers in Make-Up Artistry

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Guest Blogger Judy Edelman, Director of Make-Up Artistry

There are a vast number of careers in the Make-Up Artistry industry, from assisting in a doctor’s office after a client has had plastic surgery to working in the corporate world for a large cosmetics company. If the bright lights of Hollywood are calling, there are many make-up artistry positions available on television and movie sets, commercials, feature films, and game shows. Do you dream of moving to New York City and going to Fashion Week? Every runway model has a team of hair and make-up artists working hard to achieve that perfect look.  Do you love to travel? Cruise ships employ salon and spa professionals to service their high end clientele. You also have the option to work as a freelance artist, setting your own prices and hours. You can team up with resorts and wedding planners to help bridal parties look their best on the big day. Make-Up Artistry is an exciting field, and you need passion, an open mind, and a creative eye to succeed!

Another component to a successful career in Make-Up Artistry is to obtain a cosmetology or esthetician license to bundle with your make-up certificate. Opportunities become unlimited when you have a license to pair with your make-up certificate. A spa or doctor’s office is going to look for an individual who not only knows how to wow their guests with their makeup skills, but also has the license to go along with those skills. If you are also licensed in hair or skin care, you are much more marketable and can command higher fees.  Bellus Academy offers many licensure programs to go along with your Make-Up Artistry certificate, as well as Advanced Workshops to supplement your skills and knowledge.

Bellus S.T.A.R.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Guest Blogger Diego Raviglione, Artistic Director

Bellus Academy is very excited to announce its addition of the S.T.A.R. precision haircutting system to the cosmetology program. S.T.A.R. was developed by Artistic Director Diego Raviglione and Master Educator Nick Berardi. This system will not only give each student the very best in foundation haircutting, but also enable them to greatly grow their abilities both technically and creatively.

S.T.A.R precision haircutting system is connected to Nick Education a premier global online education site with over 50 haircuts and colors applications to learn from with new haircuts added each and every month, all in an easy interactive format that can be viewed not only from your computer but also from your iphone or iPad simply by downloading the Nick Education app from the Apple store. Lifetime learning is critical to any master stylist and is an integral philosophy of Bellus Academies. S.T.A.R. offers a lifetime support program that will carry you throughout your entire career.

Enjoy the fascinating technical and ever creative field of haircutting with S.T.A.R., a signature precision haircutting system that’s both fun and easy to understand and will turn the novice to a highly skilled professional.

Best,
Diego Raviglione
Artistic Director
Bellus Academies

A Day In The Life Of A Bellus Academy Student

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Guest Blogger Holly Bergeron

Every day as a Bellus Academy Student can be quite exciting. You never know what the day is going to hold for you. There are so many things to watch and learn everyday. You will go home with something fresh and new in your mind each day.

Every morning the day starts out with a group huddle. The first day of every week starts with a business huddle, which allows us students to see the progress we are making each week, including how many retail dollars we sold, what our average ticket was, and the overall outlook on what us as students bring into the school weekly. Our huddles also include seeing who the top 5 students of the week were. The huddles can be very fun, and motivating. It is a great way to start the day off.

After our huddles, depending on where you are at in the program, you will either attend theory, or study hall. These classes allow us to learn, study, and prepare for tests and all the knowledge we will need in our career.

Depending again on where you are in the program you will attend either your Freshman Class, which is where you learn all the knowledge you need for State Board. If you are in Inspiration, you will attend your classes, where you begin your hands on training on either dolls, or models. If you are a senior, you will be on the floor, where you will be able to take clients on a daily basis and learn what it will be like in a Salon Environment. Also at the end of your program there is a Senior Theory Class, which is a review of all the State Board procedures that were taught in Freshman Room. This is a great bonus to prepare you for the big day of your State Board Exam.

Being a Bellus Academy Student is great. There is always something exciting going on around you, and the environment is wonderful

- Holly Bergeron

THE PURPOSE FOR A DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Guest Blogger Joe Barbalaco, Director of Massage Programs

Deep Tissue Massage is a form of bodywork that aims to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in the body. Deep Tissue Massage is a highly effective method for releasing chronic stress areas due to misalignment, repetitive motions, and past lingering injuries.

When there is muscle and joint overuse, these situations can occur:
·    nerve entrapments ( nerves being pinched)
·    muscle adhesions ( Gluing/ muscle groups and joint structures bind up)
·    inflammation and scar tissue (occurs from muscle strains/pulls)

These bodily injuries change the tissue in three undesirable ways.

1.  The tissue itself does not get enough oxygen, a condition also called “hypoxia.”

2.  There can be an accumulation of small tears, also called a micro-trauma.

3.  Acute conditions occur such as pulls and tears.

·    These three types of changes cause the body to heal by producing tough, dense scar tissue in the area that has been injured, which replaces the healthy tissue.
·    The scar tissue itself then binds up the surrounding tissues, so that they can no longer move freely.
·    As more scar tissue builds up, muscles themselves can become shorter and weaker.
·    Scar tissue in not as strong and stable as healthy tissue

A massage therapist is needed to help break down muscle adhesions and scar tissue.  Without treatment the condition will only progress as time goes on.

Scar Tissue Removal:
There are different methods of use to help get rid of unwanted scar tissue. One of those ways would be deep tissue massage.   Massaging with deep cross fiber friction will help to remove internal scar.

It can relieve such “overuse” problems as carpal syndrome, shoulder pain, shin splints, sciatica, plantar fascilitis, knee problems, tennis elbow and other conditions that hinder a person quality of life. These problems all occur because of overuse, and can be cured with specific trained massage therapy techniques.

In our next BLOG September 23, we will continue this topic about scar tissue and inflammation.  We will discuss its effects it has on athletes and the everyday person.


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