Bellus Academy’s Director of Color, Carrera Bailey is featured on The Hair Nerds! Read up on what she finds to be the most memorable accomplishment of her career, how she strives to inspire her team, and what she sees the next color trends to be! Be sure to catch Carrera Bailey at Bellus Academy’s Come2Gether event on February 8th! Read her interview!
Are you looking to stand out in the beauty industry?
Do you want to find ways to share your work with the community?
Bellus Academy’s Brittany Novak explores the trends, portfolios, and potential ways to utilize a Bloom profile to make your work known in the community.
Learn about the top ways to make your Bloom profile stand out in the beauty and wellness world.
Post All Pictures
A Bloom account is included in the beauty kit Bellus Academy students receive. On Bloom you have the ability to upload a virtual resume and portfolio to build your profile.
As a Bellus Academy student, you are given training on how to use Bloom and encouraged to post all pictures of your work. One of the best practices for Bellus students on social media is to post your photos on every social media outlet because everything is on the internet these days.
Students looking for work can go to a salon and show their personal Bloom page with their photography and examples of the services they offer. It is a great avenue to show current and potential clients what you are capable of doing and what your style is.
Hashtags are a key tool in branding yourself through all of your social media platforms. If someone searches #bellusacademy, you want your work to be found.
Students are also encouraged to tag and use official hashtags of affiliated associations such as Wella and Sebastian. Social media is one of the biggest platforms for networking out there, as salons and clients are able to see student work.
The Bloom website is a wonderful source for discovery and inspiration for everything from cuts, to colors, to styles. Students can utilize various hashtags on Bloom such as #bellusacademy, #wellalife, #sebastianpro, #wellaeducation, #sebastianwna, etc.
Students have been reposted by these brands in the past, which is great exposure for them. Then they share on social media that their images got reposted and they become more and more known in the industry.
Share Your Bloom Link
Students are often their own worst critics and hesitate to completely fill out their full Bloom profiles. Showing off your skill sets on Bloom helps you get noticed and gain confidence to put yourself out there. Students are encouraged to post their Bloom links in about me sections on Instagram, Twitter, and other social pages.
Students can get featured on Bloom for great exposure and increased credibility in their field. Bellus Academy creates it’s own featured student profile and highlights the top five students on Bloom. This is a great way to encourage students to build up their profiles and strive to make a statement with their portfolios.
Know How to Properly Take Photos
It is important to know how to properly take a picture. The subjects in the photos need to be standing up and facing the camera against a blank wall. The camera should not be too close so the entire style can be seen. Take photos from every angle and be sure to be in good lighting. It is important to watch how much filter usage goes into the photo because the coloring of the hair should look as accurate as possible.
Know the Trends
Using Bloom is a great resource to discover the trends for 2014. It is good for students to stay on top of the trends and know what the hot products are. Always be looking at what the featured trends, hashtags, and boards are all about.
Do you want to find a way to give back to the community?
There are so many ways to stay connected and involved in the beauty and wellness industry after leaving school. Bellus Academy Outreach Coordinator, Terrell Mitchell knows firsthand what it means to give back to the community.
Get Terrell Mitchell’s expert advice on navigating postgraduate life in the beauty and wellness industry.
Terrell’s number one piece of advice for Bellus Academy students is to stay connected and look for different community and outreach events. It’s all about who you know in the industry and you never know who you might meet at an event. Terrell encourages students to go out and create a community anywhere and everywhere.
Terrell enjoys working with organizations such as Project Homeless Connect. As a stylist, it gives him a unique way to reach out and give back to the community. He enjoys the heartfelt and personal experiences that give him the ability to touch hearts and lives through styling.
Show What You Know
Terrell encourages community involvement by teaching younger children about the beauty and wellness industry. Going into an after-school program and teaching kids about a simple haircut or hairstyle shows them a new avenue they can take in life. Teaching local students what they can do with their futures helps to cultivate their educational interests.
He encourages students to teach basic beauty and wellness tips as a way of giving back. Terrell has always been interested in helping those less fortunate and he advises students to research ways they can give back and try to inspire others.
Terrell networks with LinkedIn and emphasizes the importance of knowing how to communicate in the industry. Social media networking is key as there are so many ways to show off your work and stay involved with the latest trends. Platforms such as Instagram allow your work to be seen by people all over the world, including potential employers. He advises students to always have their business cards with them as well, because you never know who will enjoy your style and want to become a client.
He also believes that it is important for students to look the part and present themselves in the industry as ready to take on the world. He says putting yourself out there with confidence will take you a long way.
Education in the beauty and wellness industry should always progress. You never stop learning. It is important to stay connected to your school, help teach what you have learned, and constantly be refining your skills. Terrell says to always challenge yourself and keep the door to education open.
Terrell enjoys giving back by working with students, passing along all of the knowledge he has gained. He encourages students to stay humble, professional, never give up, make new goals, and always think ahead.
Looking to take the next step as a student?
Do you want to know how to get involved in the industry events?
From volunteering at community events to networking in the industry, Director of Community Relations, Leilani Angel highlights the best ways to get involved with the beauty and wellness community.
Find out why Leilani finds community relations to be one of the most essential pieces of a Bellus Academy experience.
Community outreach is a unique aspect of the education that Bellus Academy students receive. The experiences outside of the classroom offer students a platform to use the skills they have learned at school in the real world.
Working at events gets you out of your comfort zone and helps you to hone your skills. It is a great opportunity to work on your timing. Leilani believes that it is important for students to get their feet wet and learn what the industry is all about before heading into the professional arena.
Leilani stresses the importance of networking and communication. You never know whom you might meet at an event. Students attend fashion shows, mall events, wellness expos, and much more. They are a perfect time to get exposure to individuals in the community. Students have received job opportunities over the years from putting themselves and their work out there at events.
Experience and Exposure
Bellus Academy gets 5 to 10 event requests every day asking for students to help out at events because they know the great quality of the Bellus Academy education. Students work at Fashion Week San Diego, which is an amazing venue for experience and exposure. When students jump in feet first and embrace every opportunity to attend events, they are setting themselves up for success in the future. The events are great for building up your resume for the postgraduate world.
Bellus Academy Outreach Coordinator Terrell Mitchell, who recently won the Project Runway Photo Challenge, is a perfect example of an individual who took advantage of community events. As a student, Terrell took every opportunity, constantly worked in events, and was able to put great experience on his resume.
Leilani believes that the event experience allows students to uncover their best skills and truest passions. Many students start school knowing they love the industry but they might not know all of the avenues available to them. By taking advantage of the different event opportunities, you are able to learn what you do and do not like doing after getting hands-on experience.
You are able to sample every facet of the industry, whether that is photo shoots, salons, or fashion shows. By the time you graduate, you will know what challenges you in a positive way and what you want to focus on in your career.
Leilani asserts that community outreach separates the good students from the great students. The professional connections you can make are priceless for mentorships and future clientele. Student business cards are wonderful tools every student receives for networking.
Whether they are a part of the student design team, the community events team, or looking for a new experience, Bellus Academy has event options for every student. Leilani loves to see students break through the initial intimidating event experience and gain confidence. This helps them evolve and takes their skills to the next level.
Are you looking to get a new hairstyle?
Are you getting the most out of your visits to the barber?
There is a lot of detail that goes into each and every haircut at the barber. Bellus Academy Cosmetology Educator, Manny SanMartin dives into questions, concerns, and tips for men whether on their way to get a trim or a whole new style.
Find out Manny SanMartin’s top 10 things to know about your haircut before your next trip to the barber!
1) Hairlines can be natural, tapered, or hard.
The natural hairline looks softer and more worn-in. The tapered cut is shorter at the hairline and gets longer at the top for a leaner look. The hard cut has a stronger, more defined line.
2) What is trending?
Side parts in men’s hair are very big right now. Not everyone has a natural part but it can be created with any hair.
3) Scissor cut or clipper cut?
The clipper cut looks stronger and is more rigid. The scissor cut is more tailored and lays closer to the head. Scissor cuts take longer and are more expensive but the grow out lasts longer. With a clipper cut, you have to return more frequently.
4) Style inspiration
Men often come in with photos via Instagram the way that women come in with magazines. Instagram has become a great source for men’s hairstyles and barber inspiration. A good barber will be able to tailor the style to meet the needs of your hair type and texture.
5) Trust your barber
A good practice for heading to the barber is having a conversation early on about the goals for your hair and your limitations. Then you need to trust that the barber will create a look that works for you and your needs. The more you build a relationship with your barber the better!
6) You get what you pay for
Every so often it is good to treat yourself to a nice haircut at least to feel the difference and experience a proper cut.
7) How long until the next cut?
About six weeks in between haircuts is a good amount of time. The hairline is usually what makes people go back for a cleanup, but the rest of the hair could be fine for another two weeks.
8) Unique hairlines
Hairlines are like fingerprints, and every one is unique with different growth patterns. The nape of the neck is one of the most challenging growth patterns. There is no one size fits all care for hairlines. The scissor cut gives ability to tailor the cut and allows barbers to work with challenges like scars and cowlicks.
9) Dealing with hair loss
Cutting thinned out hair shorter will streamline it to the head. Trying to keep it longer makes it looks weak and stringy, bringing more attention to it. The best thing to do is try to embrace it!
10) Beyond the haircut
Don’t be afraid to get your eyebrows trimmed. As men age they often see increased hair growth around the eyebrows, noise, and ears. A grooming service is very subtle but appreciated. After a cut, a warm towel facial and a warm water rinse are nice ways to get rid of all of the extra little hairs. Hot shaves are also coming back in popularity for men’s grooming.