American Association for Esthetics Celebrates CIDESCO Vote!

cidesco_section_usaAmerica’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago celebrates the vote of the CIDESCO (Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie) General Assembly in granting Cosmetologists Chicago’s American Association for Esthetics the license as the administrator for CIDESCO Section USA.

“Our hats are off to Jessi Marshall and the Professional Beauty Association for nurturing this all important brand these many years,” said Paul Dykstra, CEO of Cosmetologists Chicago / American Association for Esthetics. “We also thank Lydia Sarfati, chair CIDESCO Section USA, for her insights and passion not only in knowing the importance of this brand for America’s salon and spa communities, but also for having the passion and heart to fight for its recognition in the USA.”

The announcement was made during the just concluded 64th annual CIDESCO World Congress in Dublin, Ireland. The special event marked CIDESCO’s 70th anniversary. American spa dignitaries Joel Gerson of New York and Margrit Altenburg of Texas were also honored by CIDESCO for their pioneering efforts in skin care education here in the United States of America.

Lydia Sarfati, chair CIDESCO Section USA commented on the announcement:  “CIDESCO provides international recognition of excellence and makes it possible for estheticians and beauty therapists to achieve credentials that are recognized in more than 40 countries. Additionally CIDESCO Section USA is authorized to accredit salons and spas with the gold standard of a CIDESCO certificate.

“CIDESCO Section USA will provide great education to help professionals improve and excel in all facets of beauty therapy with the option to obtain the CIDESCO diplomate status. I will work closely with Cosmetologists Chicago/ American Association for Esthetics to meet the goals of CIDESCO International through CIDESCO Section USA,” added Sarfati.

New opportunities will be announced shortly for spa professionals, salons and spas, as well as manufacturers and distributors in support of esthetics excellence in the USA. Dykstra added, “We will assist manufacturers to both understand and to embrace the CIDESCO worldwide benchmark and if they are aligned with FDA regulations, they will be eligible to apply as CIDESCO associate members.”

In the meantime, CIDESCO Section USA will offer educational tracks during the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference (IECSC) Florida (Ft Lauderdale) in October 2016, The International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE) in Long Beach in January 2017 and at the premiere of the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference Chicago (IECSC) Chicago, March 25-27, 2017. IECSC Chicago is co-located with America’s Beauty Show, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL.

USA salon and spa professionals who have earned the prestigious CIDESCO Diplomate honor are invited to update their profiles at AmericasBeautyShow.com/CIDESCOUSA.

Dykstra noted that an extensive search will be undertaken to connect with all Diplomates — the highest designation in the salon and spa profession.

National sections, as well as leading schools and colleges from around the world in over 40 countries represent CIDESCO across 5 continents, which offer the internationally acclaimed CIDESCO standards and qualifications. CIDESCO schools like those in the United States offer a portfolio of prestigious training programs, standards and qualifications in Beauty and Spa Therapy and Management, Aromatherapy, Epilation and Media Make-up to produce graduates and professionals of the highest level

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Paul Dykstra, CEO Cosmetologists Chicago / American Association for Esthetics and Lydia Sarfati, CIDESCO Section USA Chair.

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Left to right: Gerard Gordon, Business Director; Anna-Cari Gund, President; Lydia Sarfati, Chair Section USA; Josephine Vaczlavik, Education Administrator; Paul Dykstra, CEO Cosmetologists Chicago / American Association for Esthetics

Paul Dykstra and Jessi Marshall

Paul Dykstra and PBA’s Jessi Marshall

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CC Outstanding Sudent: Jade Barrett

Jade Barrett with John Amico

Jade Barrett with John Amico

Cosmetologists Chicago recognizes aspiring beauty professional Jade Barret of John Amico Hair Design & Spa Care as this month’s Student of the Month. CC Voices was able to catch up with Barrett and learn more about her passion for the professional beauty industry.

CC Voices: Why do you want to be a beauty professional?

I have always had a passion for making people feel good and to help them feel confident. By working in the professional beauty industry, I am able to create new looks of confidence. One of my favorite aspects of working in the industry is being able to witness client’s reactions when you transform their look.

CC Voices: Who or what is your inspiration?

My mom. She also works in the professional beauty industry. I would mimic all of my mom’s actions. I saw that this was something I was really good at and had a passion for.

CC Voices: Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to be a traveling stylist. Having the opportunity to do hair and see the world at fashion shows and photo shoots is my dream.

CC Voices: What are you looking forward to most at America’s Beauty Show?

I love watching the platform artists. It is a great opportunity to take notes and advice bring those tips back to my clients. There is so much I want to see at ABS, I can’t wait.

CC Voices: Who would you like to meet in the beauty industry or at ABS?

There are so many people I would love to meet – if I could meet everyone I would.

 

President of John Amico School of Hair Design & Spa Care, John Amico, nominated Jade for CC Student of the Month. “Jade has a willingness to learn that makes her special, she will take on as many clients as she can,” says Amico. “She strives to do her very best on all aspects of hair and it shows in her work. She has excellent customer service skills and she develops a great relationship with her clients. They know she really cares about them.”

Keep up the great work, Jade!

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CC Outstanding Student: Gail Nichols

Gail Nichols with John Amico

Gail Nichols with John Amico

Cosmetologists Chicago proudly announces an ambitious beauty professional, CC Student of the Month Gail Nichols. Gail attends John Amico School of Hair Design & Spa and was nominated by Esthetics Director, Andrea Barker.

“Gail is and exceptional student,” says Barker. “What is most impressive her is her character and motivation.  I have watched her come to school through snowstorms, when she’s had a cold and when she has had so many things going on in her life. She has maintained perfect attendance throughout her time here at JA. If an opportunity came up to do an event, on her own time, she was the first to jump in…say she doesn’t mind…that she doesn’t need the extra hours and that she just wants the experience. She does it all with a big smile on her face, as she charmed all of the clients.

Gail is a role model for us all. She has made us all proud here at JA! She is definitely someone that I expect to hear a lot about and her success in this industry for years to come.  I am so proud to see her follow her dreams through her education here at JA!”

CC Voices: Why do you want to be a beauty professional?

Beauty is a passion of mine, it has always been something I am good at and it was always something I love. Cosmetology isn’t just a hobby for me, I aspire to be a professional.

CC Voices: Who or what is your inspiration?

My grandfather is my inspiration. He always told me ‘there is nothing you can or cannot do.’

CC Voices: Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to open my own business. My dream is to open my own school and salon. I will do all that I can and whatever it takes to get it done. 

CC Voices: Who would you like to meet in the beauty industry or at ABS?

If I could meet everybody I would!

 

Great job, Gail!

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The Wave of the Future

Karen Gorden and Paul Chambers of the Cosmetologists Chicago Board of Directors pose with Nick Arrojo, Zoe and Amanda of the ARROJO Creative Team.

Cosmetologists Chicago held an info-packed FIRST MONDAYS workshop with world-renowned hairdresser Nick Arrojo, who demonstrated a new wave technique, The American Wave.

Alongside Nick, two ARROJO creative team dynamos, Zoe and Amanda, created six beachy, textured looks. The permanent chemical service that is kinder and gentler on hair than a traditional ‘P-word’, as Nick would say. The system only breaks a select amount of bonds within the hair, allowing it to maintain softness while adding texture and wave.

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Three of the six textured, beachy looks created at the event.

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Six models show off ‘make-overs’ created by Nick and the ARROJO Creative Team

CC Voices had the opportunity to attend the event and caught up with Nick to get his four best tips for salon owners and professionals.

On The Craft of Cutting with a Razor:

“When I cut with a razor, I create space. I love the craftsmanship that a razor allows. It’s like sketching your cut rather than drawing a graphic drawing “

On The Future:

“We are at the beginning of a texture revolution that’s created by hairdressers. Millennials are all about texture; to look young you have to stay young. 50 is the new 30, 40 is the new 20!”

On Finding a Great Salon Location:

“Try to be at street level because walk-ins offer great opportunity to get new clients; and have fabulous windows so everyone can see your space and get the benefit of natural light.”

On Finding Mentors:

“In order to be an inspired hairdresser you have to have mentors. Find people who you respect and who truly care about the profession.”

Thanks for all of the great tips, Nick!

 

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Allison Hansen as CC Student of the Month

Allison Hansen receiving her CC Student of the Month Award

Allison Hansen receiving her CC Student of the Month Award

 

Every month, Cosmetologists Chicago awards an aspiring, cosmetology student the CC Student of the Month. Teachers have the opportunity to nominate their students for outstanding work in the field. This month, CC Voices recognizes Allison Hansen of Capri Beauty College as the chosen student of the month. CC Voices sat down with Allison to learn more about her passion within the professional beauty industry.

CC Voices: Why do you want to be a beauty professional?

I have wanted to be in the professional beauty industry since I was 10. Before Capri, I was a college gymnast. I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I quit so I could go to beauty school. I followed my dreams and passion for what I really want to do. 

CC Voices: Who or what is your inspiration?

My hairstylist and mom: Natalia Shepperd. She has always encouraged me to follow my dream.

CC Voices: Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope to still be working at Lisa Thomas Salon. I recently started working at the Lisa Thomas after I finished Capri Beauty College. I love the atmosphere and everyone who works there and I hope to thrive ! 

CC Voices: What are you looking forward to most at America’s Beauty Show?

I love The Runway@ABS stage presentations, specifically Redken. It is a fantastic opportunity to watch, take notes and take home new styles for my clients. I also love to shop at ABS. It’s a great to be able to stock up on the latest products!

 CC Voices: Who would you like to meet in the beauty industry or at ABS?

Make up artist – Mario Dedivanovic.

His work is amazing. He is known for doing makeup for Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and many other stars.

CC Voices was also able to chat with Thomas Seil, Vice President of Capri Beauty College, and chatted about why he recommended Alison for Cosmetologists Chicago Student of the Month.

“We had a unanimous vote for Ms. Allison Hansen. Alli is currently interning at Lisa Thomas Salon and has achieved Level 5 and is trying for Level 6 before she graduates. Alli is professional with her clients, considerate with her peers and the staff. Alli has worked on more than 200 clients and done more than 100 color services during her time with Capri Beauty College.  Alli is always working on clients or her mannequin, even though her progress sheet is already complete. She has even volunteered at several career fairs representing Capri to various High Schools in the area.”

Keep up the great work Allison!

CC Voices couldn’t agree more – looking forward to seeing Alli at next year’s America’s Beauty Show, March 25-27, 2017.

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