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Big Names In Beauty Education

Attending a cosmetology or beauty school offers a way to learn from the experts and to position yourself for a successful career in the beauty industry.

Some of the big names in the beauty business are instantly recognizable to those seeking a beauty career and individuals who have seen products on store shelves or in salons. Some schools are more than 100 years old, although their beauty hasn’t faded.

Here’s a look at five big names in beauty education.

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Halloween-Happy Beauty: Products to Celebrate the Spooky Season

Channel your inner Bella Cullen from “Twilight” (aren’t those vampires stunningly beautiful?), or go for a more goth look this month with Halloween-hued nail polishes, lipsticks, eye shadows, and more.

We’re seeing enough Halloween-themed beauty products to fill an entire candy bag, but here are six spooky favorites for the nails and face. With them, you can celebrate Halloween, even if you aren’t in full costume.

ORLY’s Spellbound Trio of glittery polishes come in Monster Mash (green) and R.I.P. and Right Amount of Evil, with orange hues ($10 each). Or go for dramatic black nails using ORLY’s Goth, Naughty, or Liquid Vinyl polishes ($8.50 each).

WBe sweet and devilish with NYC’s limited edition lipsticks, eye shadows, nail polishes, eyeliners, false lashes, and more. Among our favorites for a vampire-ish look: Tempted, a red/black lipstick duo; Devilish, a red/black eyeshadow duo; and Nightmare, a black/reddish plum eyeliner.

China Glaze’s Wicked Collection for Halloween 2012 is all about the glitter and shimmer, with six polishes, named Cast a Spell, Bizarre Blurple, Glitter Goblin, Make A Spectacle, Roguish Red, and Immortal, a gorgeous gray.

Wet n Wild’s Fantasy Makers Halloween collection includes affordable black and red lipsticks, false lashes, tattoos, glitter eyeliners, hair color, and face and body glitter. Even the nail polish containers have a creepy look, with the handles in the shape of tombstones.

OPI’s So So Skullicious mini pack ($12.50) has four nail colors – black (Mourning Glory), orange (Hi, Pumpkin!), yellow (Candlelight) and pink (A-Rose from the Dead), plus nail decals, all based on the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, skull.

Avon’s Halloween collection includes cute Halloween mini emery boards (89 cents), Spooky and Sparkly Nail Art – with orange, silver, and black nail gems ($6).

Have fun this Halloween with these and other wicked products!

–Carolyn Crist contributed












Scandalous Hairstyle Stories Through the Years

At any given time, something as seemingly simple as a haircut can make a mark on history, speaking volumes about culture and society. But can you imagine a time of such innocence that a hairstyle could actually be considered scandalous? Take a look at some of the most controversial cuts in history – and how they’ve survived to modern day.

The Bob

Irene Castle and women of the 1920s

Irene Castle

When women started cutting their hair into a “bob” – a blunt, chin-length style that made history in the 1920s – the effect was nothing short of scandalous. Flowing locks had long symbolized feminine beauty and virtue; short hair was considered unladylike and even grounds for divorce. The bob was full-on rebellion, threatening to undo the very fabric of patriarchal society.

Irene Castle, a famous ballroom dancer, has been credited with introducing American women to the bob as early as 1915, though the trend didn’t take off until the ‘20s roared in. By then, Hollywood stars like Colleen Moore, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, and Ina Claire were getting bobbed, and women everywhere followed suit. The bob came to represent freedom – a bobbed woman was an independent woman.

The modern bob: Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes

Mrs. Cruise may not be sporting a short do these days, but her bob of recent years has become iconic, catapulting her from “Dawson’s Creek” to grown-up chic. Maybe we were all secretly hoping her liberated style would translate into freedom from the Tom Cruise mind meld… Oh well.

The Mop Top

The Beatles and men of the 1960s

The Beatles

Women are not the only ones to be stereotyped according to their hair. Just as it was once considered scandalous for a woman to chop her hair, it was almost equally scorned for a man to let his locks grow long – like below his ear lobes. So you can imagine the controversy that erupted when the Beatles burst onto the scene in the 1960s.

One of the most successful rock bands of all time, the Beatles made their mark on popular culture in a zillion ways, not the least of which was that wild and crazy hairdo, the mop top. The mid-length hairstyle – a straight cut with bangs, collar-length at the back and over the ears at the sides – was an instant hit with teens. Parents, on the other hand, did not approve of their kids listening to the long-haired freaks from Liverpool. (And this was even before the band’s hair started traveling down their backs!)

The modern mop top: Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

The mop top is no longer scandalous, but it’s still a phenomenon. Case in point: Justin Bieber. No matter how the boy tries to vary his style, we simply cannot get over our obsession with his moppy hair. (Just try Googling “Justin Bieber” and see how many variations of the keyword “hair” are suggested for your search!)

The Afro

Angela Davis and African-Americans of the 1960s
Photo: Getty Images

Angela Davis

If you’re still not convinced that a hairstyle can cause shock waves, consider the Afro. During the ‘60s, the natural, halo-shaped style pointed to freedom from more than just chemical straighteners and pomades – it became a symbol of black pride and power.

Angela Davis, known as a member of the Communist party and an associate of the controversial Black Panther party, has been credited with popularizing the style in the mid-1960s. Wearing an Afro became a way for black men and women to express their racial and cultural identity – a radical political statement during that time. No longer would African-Americans be forced to fashion themselves to match white standards of power and beauty. Black is beautiful, baby.

The modern Afro: Erykah Badu
Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images

Erykah Badu

Black is still beautiful, and is celebrated by the many fabulous Afro styles favored by Erykah Badu. (Truly, this singer’s hairstyles never disappoint.) Marc Jacobs even paid homage to the Afro in his Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 runway show. Even the white girls were wearing the ‘fro!

Hairstyles may not be considered as scandalous as they were once upon a time, but they remain a powerful form of self-expression – even in modern society.

What’s your favorite daring do?

–Robyn Tellefsen

Hair Stylists Have a Heart

For many stylists, it’s Valentine’s Day every day! Their job is about lots more than creating sexy updos. Check out these heart-warming stories about hair stylists who had a heart this past V-Day by helping those in need.

Cut it for a Cause
If you’ve got at least 10 inches of hair you’re ready to part with, the fourth annual “Cut it for a Cause” campaign at Maryland’s Bella Bethesda salon invited you to do just that. Participants felt good knowing their hair was going to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 in the U.S. and Canada with medical hair loss. In return, they got  a free shampoo, cut, blow dry, and makeover – just in time for Valentine’s Day. The salon donated 10 percent of retail sales brought in during the campaign week to Locks of Love. Hair stylists donated their tips, too.

Ponytails for Love
Of course, Maryland isn’t the only place to donate hair to children to need. This Valentine’s Day marked the eighth annual Locks of Love event at Artistry in Hair in Ramona, CA. During the five-hour event, clients received a free haircut when they donated their hair to Locks of Love. And at this salon, each ponytail comes with a story. This year, one woman donated her 30-year-old braided ponytail, along with her two sisters’ 30-year-old ponytails to the cause. Another woman decided to donate her grandmother’s hair that she had been keeping in an old cedar chest. The 27-inch-long braid is about 114 years old!

Warm a Heart
When Valentine’s Day rolled around four years ago, Terri Polson saw an opportunity to help children in need in her community. The hair stylist at Sophisticuts Hair & Nails Salon in Lubbock, TX, was already collecting shoes and socks to donate to Lubbock’s HOPE Community of Shalom. For V-Day that year, Polson started an annual “Warm a Heart” blanket and soup drive to show love to the youngest members of her community. We think St. Valentine would be honored by the giving spirit of this stylist.

Hair Massacure
Pink hair is not an uncommon sight this time of year in Alberta, Canada. But it’s not the latest beauty craze – throughout the province, people of all ages dye their hair pink before they shave their heads during the St. Valentine’s Day Hair Massacure, an event that raises funds and awareness for cancer patients. Now in its ninth season, the family-run event was inspired by Kali MacDonald, a girl who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 2. Hair stylists help members of the community kick off the trademark pinking in mid-January and are on hand to shave heads the day of the Massacure.

Attention, beauty mavens: It looks like it really was all about love this Valentine’s Day.

–Robyn Tellefsen

The Price We Pay to be Pretty

…and I’m not just speaking in terms of dollars and cents.

Eternally,  women are willing to go through a lot, and it’s been true throughout the ages… some even submit themselves to various forms of self-torture in the name of beauty. Women in China bound their feet for centuries, which involved forcibly breaking the arches of the feet when a girl was between the ages of four and seven — just so her feet would be smaller!

I once went on a series of media appointments to get laser hair removal to my bikini. Awful — but then again, I can still remember the first time I got that area waxed. That was no picnic either!

Different cultures have their own ideas about what is deemed beautiful. Early Euro­pean women wore corsets to make their mid sections appear smaller. On the other hand, women in Fiji were traditionally desired for their fuller figures until the nation was exposed to watching television in the mid-1990s, leading to an outbreak of eating disorders.

And it’s not going away — how many women want Angelina’s lips? Or get eyelid surgery to have more westernized features? Or get Botox to appear younger? When I was 18, my grandma got me a nose job for my birthday — and I thought it was the best gift ever.

We are all so driven by looks and first impressions and by what the media calls beautiful that we are obsessed with the ever-changing ideal of perfection, and it’s a form of sickness. What can we do about this? How do we redefine beauty? What do you think?