Talent Tuesday

Talent Tuesday means showing off our talented students and their amazing work. Please enjoy the slideshow and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Wall of Fame.

Meet & Greet: Monday: Brenda Keehn

Hey there, it’ another great day at Lytle’s. Today I want to share nother little piece of us with you and help you get to know The Staff better, which is why this is called Meet & Greet Monday.

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Name: Brenda Keehn

1. Where were you born?

Tampa, Florida

2. How did you get started in this business?

My Manicurist suggested I go to Esthetics school.

3. What is your favorite snack food?

Snickers candy bars

4. What is a movie you could watch over and over again?

Murphy’s Romance

5. Do you have any special skills or talents?

I’ve always been really athletic and I was kind of a dare devil when I was younger. I used to tightrope walk our clothesline and swing set, hang from my toes and my heels from any bar I could find, walk up and down the stairs in a back bend, and jump off the roof of our house. I always wanted to be a stunt woman. I can still do a flip and hang by my heels. The last time I jumped off the roof of a house was when I was 42.

6. Are there any social causes close to your heart?

Wounded Warriors, VFW, American Cancer Society, Southern Baptist Missions, Boy Scouts, Judicial Watch, Hillsdale College, and Reagan Foundation.

7. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Empathetic, Energetic, and a Multi-tasker

8. Who is your role model?

My husband

9. What is your drink of choice?

Dr. Pepper

10. What is your favorite perfume/cologne?

Estee Lauder Youth Dew

Talent Tuesday

Talent Tuesday means showing off our talented students and their amazing work. Please enjoy the slideshow and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Wall of Fame.

Meet & Greet Monday: Kathleen Jo Lytle

Hey there, it’s another wonderful day here at Lytle’s. Today I want to share another little piece of us with you and help you get to know The Staff better, which is why this is called Meet & Greet Monday.

Name: Kathleen Jo Lytle

1. Where were you born?

Oakland, CA. My Family lived out in the country on High Street, which is now the middle of Highway 17.

2. Do you have children?

I have two of the most amazingly perfect children ever born, my sons Paul and Austin.

3. What is your favorite snack food?

It depends on if I’m being good or bad. If I’m being good it’s crackers and hummus, celery and peanut butter, or popcorn. If not, peanut butter cups or any well-made pastry.

4. What is a movie you could watch over and over again?

Anything on Turner Classic because all the old movies are truly a love of mine.
Alien: 1, 2, & 3
The 5th Element
Terminator: All of them
Eat, Pray, Love
5. If you could trade places with anyone, real or imaginary, dead or alive; who would it be and why?

I LOVE being me! 55 rocks! Trade places? Visit maybe, but never trade places.

6. Do you have any special skills or talents?

Creating art in several mediums is my passion. I also love people, meeting and learning about them and seeing what makes them tick, which makes me a great listener. I also love to tell stories.

7. If you weren’t a Cosmetologist/Owner/Director/Educator, what would you be?

A full-time student, there is so much more I want to learn.

8. As a child, what did you dream that you would grow up to be?

Anything you want to be is what I remember being told. I also remember thinking how fun it will be to find out what I want to be and never really planned it.

9. Do you have any hobbies?

Crystal and leather are my mediums. I love creating hanging beauties, jewelry, and yard art!

10. Do you have any siblings?

I have two brothers, one older and one younger, both beautiful men.

FAST FORWARD FRIDAY: Sneak Peek

SNEAK PEEK at Lytle’s for the week of 7/16 – 7/21

Monday: Our Cosmetology and Esthetics students will be taking their PreBoard practical and written exams with Linda Williams and Austin Trombley.

Tuesday: Zone 1 will begin their journey into Chemical Texturizing this week and will begin wrapping their first permanent waves today, with Farideh Saharkhizan. Zones 2, 4, & 5 will spend their day in The Salon performing services on clients. Zone 3 will spend their day in the classroom perfecting their Color, Thermal Styling, and Predisposition Testing State Board Procedures with Linda Williams. Our Esthetics students will be reviewing in preparation for their state board exams and performing services on clients in The Salon with Debbie Smith and Jeannette Sumner. In the afternoon they will also have a guest artist in for a Makeup class.

Wednesday: Zone 1 will continue working on Chemical Texturizing with Farideh Saharkhizan and Austin Trombley. Zones 2, 4, & 5 will spend their day in The Salon performing services on clients. Zone 3 will be in the classroom with Kim Krueger focusing on Chemical Texturizing as well. Today, 2 of our Esthetics students will be graduating and very shortly heading to Fairfield to take their state board exam. The remaining students will continue reviewing in preparation for their state board exams and performing services on clients in The Salon with Debbie Smith and Jeannette Sumner.

Thursday: Zone 1 will continue working on Chemical Texturizing with Farideh Saharkhizan and Austin Trombley. Zone 2, 4, & 5 will spend their day in The Salon performing services on clients. Zone 3 will be heading to San Francisco for their MAC Cosmetics field trip with Kylie Woolen and Kim Krueger. Our Esthetics students will continue reviewing in preparation for their state board exams and performing services on clients in The Salon with Debbie Smith and Jeannette Sumner.

Friday: Zone 1 will continue with Chemical Texturizing with Farideh Saharkhizan and Austin Trombley. Zones 2, 4, &5 will spend their day in The Salon performing services on clients. Zone 3 will be in the classroom with Kim Krueger working on Thermal Styling and in the afternoon will finish the day with Kylie Woolen, exploring Makeup. Today, 1 of our Esthetics students will graduate and very shortly will head off to Fairfield to take her state board exam. The remaining students will continue reviewing in preparation for their state board exams and performing services on clients in The Salon with Debbie Smith and Jeannette Sumner.

Saturday: Our B Saturday students are finishing up their week in The Salon performing services on clients and getting more work experience.

Think About It Thursday: A Day in the Life

Want to see what it might be like to go to Lytle’s Redwood Empire Beauty College? Is it exciting and fun? Scary sometimes? (Hint: The answer is Yes!) But read on to look inside a day in the life and why our students wouldn’t trade a minute of it in A Day in the Life Blog posts…

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Hi! My name is Lo and I’m a current student at Lytle’s REBC. I graduate in a few months and can’t wait to be working out in the industry! Now, I don’t really want to be working full time behind a chair at a salon. Instead, I really want to do competition work and editorial hair and makeup styling. I’m obsessed with avant garde styling and the artistic side of doing hair. I dream of pastel colored, high texturized hair paired with dark lips and brightly painted eyes. Not necessarily what your everyday client is looking for, but I’ll find the ones who are! I also really want to open a mobile salon and boutique, but that’s farther down the line when I want to settle down a bit. So naturally, when I heard about the Junior Style Stars Competition, I knew I had to enter. I’d done a few competitions at school and thought it’d be a fun experience and the next step in getting my name out there.

For those of you not in the know, The Junior Style Stars National Hair Competition is an exciting and challenging way for students all around the country to showcase their talents as young hairdressers. By submitting either a Bridal or Men’s Styling themed mannequin, each Cosmetologist in training gets a chance to win amazing prizes and gain memories from an experience of a lifetime. Sounds amazing, right? Sure, there was a cost to enter and it meant adding even more to my busy schedule, but I knew it’d be worth it in the end. So I took the plunge and signed up for the bridal styling part of the competition. As a contestant of Junior Style Stars, I received a box full of goodies required for my participation: 2 mannequin heads, directions for getting my completed mannequin photographed at JC Penny’s, a little card with my contestant identification number and a free can of hairspray. As an added bonus for being one of the first 100 to enter, I got a rad Babyliss Flat Iron!

Entering the competition meant I had to complete a full bridal look on a mannequin including ornamentation, hair color, and of course an updo fit for a real bride on her wedding day. On top of that, the mannequin could only be worked on during school hours. Once I got my practice mannequin in the mail I got down to business and began plotting my plan of attack. My style of hair design is extremely avant garde and not so subtle, but I knew I wanted to take a more classic approach and touch on the glamorous and wearable part of hairstyling. I deliberated on what I wanted to achieve and I chose to showcase a soft, almost Victorian look. I imagined cream and silky pastel violet flowers with hair that seemed to organically undulate and wrap around in an asymmetrical updo with color peaking out of the swirls. To complete the look, I fashioned a handmade fascinator and bodice out of tulle, satin, lace, and purple and white flowers. I spent as much time as I could practicing technique and drawing up designs for the hair color and updo. Time certainly flew and then it I had to actually execute the final look. Overall, I feel like the final results were what I wanted. Of course, I wish that the color could have worked out as I had originally planned, but it still ended up flowing nicely with the whole concept. We’re always our own worst critics, so there’s definitely things I would have done differently. At the end of the day, it was such a blast and I accomplished everything I wanted.

Getting the mannequin head photographed was, by far, the most amusing part. Let me tell you, walking through the mall with a doll head was super akward. I guess not everyone likes carrying heads around with them? So after submititng myself to severe rubbernecking outside JC Penny’s, I was relieved to finally get my bride’s picture’s taken. It also kind of finalized the whole journey for me. I was finally done with my end of the competition and therefore was waaay less stressed. Then, of course, I got antsy all over again just thinking about the rounds of judging that were about to ensue. About a week after getting my bride photographed, I got an email saying that they couldn’t find my pictures! I was a nervous wreck for a hot minute, but they found them and all was well.

Finally all of the entries were posted on the Junior Style Stars website and now judging is going on as I write this! So far I’ve made it through to the 4th round of judging, and am hoping to make it into the top 10 finalists. I already feel proud of how far I’ve made it and the challenge I gave myself. I really like that I grew as a hair dresser through out this competition and am so happy I took the plunge and entered. I also realized how much I enjoy doing competition work and have already started working on entries for other competitions. Here’s hoping I make it through the next few rounds of judging! You should check out all the beautiful brides by clicking here.

A WORD FROM KYLIE:

As proud of her as we are and were here at Lytle’s, Lo did not make it to the end of the competition. She didn’t let that stop her, as she kept entering any competition that came up here in school and otherwise. She was chosen again as a finalist in the avant garde category of the Bay Area Student Hairdresser Awards student competition which took place in June. June was a busy month for Lo as she graduated, took and passed her state board licensing exam and then the next day competed in the final round of the competition.

Lo we are so proud of you and support you in all your endeavors to make your dreams come true.

Wall of Fame Wednesday: Heather Harper

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for the Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame is our chance to show off our Student of the Week and let you learn a little bit about each amazing student hare at Lytle’s.

This week we honor Heather Harper!!

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THE STATS

Hometown: Rohnert Park, CA

Program: Cosmetology

Current Hours: 1500

Graduation Date: 7/26/12

THE INTERVIEW

1. What made you choose beauty as a career?

I was a Make-up Artist for 5 years and wanted to expand my knowledge in the industry so that I would be more valuable to future employers.

2. How did you decide to enroll at Lytle’s?

Lytle’s had the most to offer. They not only prepare you for the real world , but they also prepare you for state board. It was also alot closer to my house.

3. What is life like outside of school?

Honestly, school is my life right now. It’s a full time job. When I do have free time I take as many make-up jobs as I can get and relax as much as possible.

4. What is your most memorable experience here at Lytle’s?

My most memorable moment would be when everythinh started to “click”. I don’t have just one specific moment, but when people come to me for help or when I can do a service without an Educator’s help. That’s pretty memorable because it shows me that I can do this on my own.

5. How has beauty changed your life?

I’ve been in the beauty industry for a while now but it wasn’t until I started getting into hair that I realized how much I like helping and changing people to look their best.

6. Where do you see yourself after graduation?

I absolutely love cutting hair. To become the best Cutter, I would like to get into a Supercuts hopefully in another area. They give continuing education and that is very important in this indutry.

7. Do you have any advice for anyone thinking about beauty as a career?

Beauty is a constant learning process. Things are always changing. If you’re not 100% dedicated to the industry it won’t be a good fit for you. It takes hard work, dedication, time, and passion.

WHAT THE STAFF SAYS

“Harper as we call her is a true artist.” – Amy Loeser

“She always seizes opportunities to help others.” – Janet Yiznitsky

“We love the challenge.” – The Staff collectively

Meet & Greet Monday: Kim Krueger

Hey there, it’s another wonderful day here at Lytle’s. Today I want to share another little piece of us with you and help you get to know The Staff better, which is why this is is called Meet & Greet Monday.

Name: Kim Krueger

1. Where were you born?

Poughkeepsie, NY

2. Do you have any children?

Yes, I have 2 wonderful teenage girls.

3. What is your dream vacation?

The beach, anywhere on a sunny oceanfront.

4. What is your favorite snack food?

Popcorn.

5. What are your 3 most listened to songs right now?

‘Til I Collapse (Eminem/Nate Dogg), On Any Given Day (Carbon Leaf), and anything by The Smiths.

6. If you could trade places with anyone, real or imaginary, dead or alive; who would it be and why?

Oh, I’m fine with just being me. I’ve kind of got being me figured out so I’d be too scared to have to start over being someone else.

7. Do you have any pets?

My daughter has a cat.

8. Who would be a dream client?

My dream client would be someone with enough money and time to see me once a week.

9. If there was a movie made about your life, who would you like to see play the lead?

Sandra Bullock

10. What has been the most significant accomplishment in your life? Why?

Raising 2 children because it is a crazy hard job.