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Sweeping the competition; cosmetology department takes home four wins

Participants of The Student Underground beauty competition in Sacramento showing their work. (left to right rear: Catelyn Cooper, Alexcis Luera, Alexis Connelly, Lala Smart, Skyy Lindsay) (left to right front: Jessica Perez, Mrs. Stephanie Henry, Carmen Thurman, Mikayla Cervantes, Marion Green) | Cosmetology School | City College Campus | Thursday 03-28-2019 | Photo by Niko Panagopoulos | [email protected]

by Rose Vega | Features Editor | [email protected]

by Paris Nunn-Chavez | Staff Reporter | [email protected]

Just like one clean sweep of the floor after a haircut, the cosmetologists of the City College cosmetology department completed a sweep of their own—but this time at competition.

The cosmetology team entered The Student Underground, a hair design competition March 24 at the DoubleTree hotel. The top four winners were all City College students: Carmen Thurman won first place, Mikayla Cervantes took second place, Adison Lindsay was awarded third place, and Alexis Connelly took fourth place. Professor Stephanie Henry, former City College cosmetology student, entered her junior and senior students in the competition. This year the theme was tropical flowers.  

“We won all four places. I was really excited,” said Henry. “I was really happy for my students to be here and to help them and to work with them and see them grow in the process.”

Henry said she entered into a lot of competitions when she was a student at City College and enjoyed the experience.

“You get to a whole other level of understanding what hair and hair competition is about when you enter into it yourself,” said Henry. “It’s a sense of being humbled to even become a teacher, and to see your students win and place in competitions is amazing.”

Thurman said, “I’ve never been to a hair show before, so just to experience my first hair show and get first place—it was pretty good.”

However, cosmetology students like Thurman aren’t entering competitions every week. Instead they’re  training, shadowing teachers and working on real clients’ hair on campus. The department offers services by aspiring cosmetologists to City College students, faculty and staff as well as to public clients.

Part of the two-year curriculum for cosmetology students includes working on customers’ hair. The department encourages the campus community to come in for services that vary from a simple shampoo and wash to conditioning treatments, haircuts, weaving or blow drying, according to adjunct Professor Lorraine Jackson.

Skyy Lindsay styling her mannequin’s hair | Cosmetology School | City College Campus | Thursday 03-28-2019 | Photo by Niko Panagopoulos | [email protected]

“Like a wash, blow-dry, cut,” said Jackson. “We also offer color, weaving, relaxer chemical services, eyebrows [and] eyebrow waxing, chin waxing. We actually added on braids.”

Professors make sure that student cosmetologists have had several months of training before they’re allowed to work on clients’ hair.
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“Our program is three semesters. The cosmetology [program] is in sequence: beginner, intermediate, advanced,” said Bonowitz. “In our beginning classes, our students are trained for the full 600 hours, which is approximately five and a half months. Each semester we build on what they learn.”

Bonowitz said that freshmen (first semester students) learn the basics, and the intermediate class in the second semester builds on what the students learned in their first semester.

“When they get to the advanced class, which is the last six months, then we build on what they learn[ed] the first two semesters, and then we also train them for industry—learning how to speak to a client consultation, protocol for different products,” Bonowitz said. We teach different trends that are fashionable and then teach them to build on that.”

While the program is funded by City College, cosmetology allows its students to serve real clients. According to Rebecca Chance, the lab assistant for cosmetology, the main purpose of having customers is to ensure that students get experience working with actual clients. That way, going forward into the field, hairdressers can start their careers with both knowledge of the work and clients who already know their hairdressers.

Services provided by cosmetology students cost much less compared to salons.

“We don’t have to make money,” Chance said. “We have to educate our students, so we have prices that are so low that allows us to get people in the seats.”

“We do enough money-wise to recoup what we use here for our professional products. Other than that we have these prices so that we can get those people in here, so that we have enough butts in the seats for our students to practice on for their state boards.”

Student stylists spend a large portion of the week working on clients’ hair or practicing hairstyles and colors on mannequins. Students who have become seniors in the program say they have a serious love of their craft.

“It’s definitely something you have to have a passion for,” said Cervantes.“You can’t just go in and expect to understand how to cut a line or to blend a line as soon as you walk in. It’s a lot of work, and you have to train your eyes to see things like that. And it can be really defeating, especially if you’re not interested in hair.”

These services are available throughout the semester in the cosmetology building and more information is available on the website.

Appointments for hair services are preferred and can be made by calling (916) 558-2595. t Appointment desk hours for cosmetology services are Tuesday through Friday from 8:45 a.m.–3 p.m.

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