Author Archives: Teresa Champion

True Love

When I was just wasting my time and money at community college, I did consider being a pre-school teacher. I always wanted to teach and inspire the future leaders of the world! Instead I just watched a lot of Disney princess movies and tried to keep my cool when I couldn’t get through to a small child…So when I started at Capitol I pretty much had buried my dreams of teaching in favor of my love of cosmetology. I guess it never occurred to me that someone has to teach the cosmetologists too! I was on Capitol Elite, and some of the girls in the newer levels would ask me quick questions and when I could answer them and see a new light in their eyes, I knew something else had been awakened in me as well.

Prior to graduating the cosmetology program, I went to Scott McCaig and shared what I was feeling. I told him I would be honored to be able to partake in the Student Instructor program and, after some thought, I was enrolled to begin in the summer.

I graduated from the cosmetology program and went to work full time in a local salon. I loved being with my clients and being independent. I was confident in my work and I enjoyed being in the salon atmosphere, but I knew something was still missing. When I returned to Capitol to begin the Student Instructor program I finally felt complete! I was working with my clients and doing hair on my own time, as well as teaching and working with clients on the salon floor at Capitol. Unfortunately, that feeling couldn’t be perfect forever. While in the program, I struggled to find where I fit in. No longer a student, but not quite an instructor. I can honestly say I really struggled with this. Being a new graduate as well, I could sense some of the students didn’t trust what I said and some even seemed to act as if I wasn’t even there. The Student Instructor program was so much harder than I ever thought it would be, not so much because of the coursework, but because of all the feelings.(I realize how fluffy and dumb that sounds but I can’t find a better word to use.) One day I would feel on top of the world, the next day I would be back at the bottom of the totem pole. When I was in the cosmetology program, I always looked forward to coming to school and learning and I knew I would be successful. While in the instructor program, I struggled to walk in the door. I doubted myself every day and this led to not feeling confident in the way I looked, the way I taught, or even the way I spoke. I don’t say all this to make anyone feel sorry for me, but it is so important to know that sometimes the darkest nights bring the brightest sunrise.

There was a day I’ll never forget. I was in the break room having a particularly bad morning. Close to tears, I struggled to choose which lipstick to put on and wondered if it even mattered. Skylar McCaig walked in and said “Hey! Morning! What’s up!”, and the walls just came tumbling down. I shared with Skylar how I had been feeling, and I told him I believed I didn’t belong in this program and I should withdraw and go back to just working behind the chair.(You should know I am generally a VERY happy person, so Skylar was quite taken aback.) We talked for quite awhile and I decided to continue in the program. Skylar told me he believed in me and I had his support. I had to finish what I started for myself. I realized if one person could make that much of a change in my life, what can I do for my students’ lives? I made a point to wake up earlier, to take more time on my makeup, to start taking care of myself. I focused on bettering myself to better my students. I accepted that not all the students would like me and I focused on inspiring or helping even just ONE person a day. With about 3 weeks left in my instructor program, I had a skip back in my step. There was bounce back in my hair and sparkle back in my eye.

The day I graduated, three different groups of students brought me flowers and a card. I sat in the break room and looked at these items and for the second time in that same spot, my eyes filled up with tears. I had changed the memories someone would have of beauty school, for the better. I cannot even express how much all my students mean to me! Graduation day meant a whole new chapter for me, I was offered a job at Capitol working as an instructor and an admissions representative. A whole different challenge to conquer. I felt defeated and uncomfortable and just plain sad for a pretty good chunk of my Student Instructor program, I ate a lot of donuts and drank too much diet Coke. But here I sit, after being a fulltime employee of Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics for over 4 months, and I could not be happier. I never thought Capitol would play such a huge role in my life. Sometimes I think back to my first visit and my journey through school and I wish I could tell myself what I would be in for! Who knows what might have been, all I know is I’m where I’m supposed to be and I’m so happy to be doing what I truly love.

Surprise!

Did you miss me?  Yeah, that’s right.  Two years later I’m back in the blogging saddle.  For those of you who followed with my blog when I was in school- thanks for coming back!  For everyone else(the minority, I’m sure…), I’m Teresa Champion.  Former student at Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics, former Student Instructor at Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics, and current full-time Instructor/Admissions at Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics.

Did I say Capitol School of Hairstyling and Esthetics enough?  Good.  Then you know what website you’re on.  Two years ago, I led you thorough the life of a cosmetology student(partially) and then I left you hanging.  Well, all of your abandonment issues should be resolved because… I’M BACK.  Get back on board and hold on tight because a lot has happened in the last two years and I’m going to tell you all about it.  From the good days, to the days I thought I wouldn’t come back, to the days I cried tears of joy.

Oh and, in case you’re wondering, I’ve fallen deeply in love…

….with this profession.

I can’t imagine my life without teaching and without making people feel beautiful. What makes you feel beautiful? What gives you reason to get out of bed?

Keep being beautiful.

Teresa

CHRISTMAS AT CAPITOL

So I’m sitting here in my bed thinking, I need to do my spray tan, I need to polish my nails, I need to try on my dress; and yet I’m still sitting here listening to Robyn and pretending I have time. But guess what! Our annual Christmas at Capitol show is on SUNDAY! I’ve had a lot of really good opportunities with this fashion show and will even be co-emceeing with a fellow student. We went around to salons and invited them, went on the news and the radio. We ventured on school campuses we swore we’d never go back to all for the love of this event! The proceeds benefit the Lyal McCaig Image Recovery Center which does big time things for people going through cancer treatment.

This week has been a big melting pot of being scared out of my mind and being stressed and being just plain excited. I bought a new pair of sassy gold heels and I’m planning on kicking butt on Sunday. We’ve all been working really hard and it’s truly paying off. Some students don’t realize how big this will be but they’ll just have to wait and see. I can’t wait for my family to see some of the fun things we can do with hair other than just an every day cut and color. I think a lot of us got closer over this event because even though we are all doing our own models, we all have to work together to pull off the best show we can possibly do. I’ll try to blog on Sunday or Monday and let you all know how it goes, but for now; my self tanner is calling my name.

IF YOU WANT TO COME(And you know you do…)
1. Call 402-333-3329 and get a ticket
2. Come to the Embassy Suites LaVista on Sunday and get a ticket

Show starts at 7, doors open at 6! General Admission tickets are 10, preferred seats are 25. We hope to see you there, and wish you a happy holiday!

09/17/2012

Well, folks, it happened. The dreaded Level 3 rut. It hit and boy did it hit hard. One day I just woke up with an attitude I wasn’t happy with. I would get halfway through the day and then just get grumpy and stressed out for no real reason. I realized how far I’d come, but everyday I still realized how far I had to go. I felt like I wasn’t making progress anymore and everything just plateaued for a couple weeks. It felt like I was in The Twilight Zone. I’ll tell you guys right now, I am NOT looking forward to graduating. If I could, I would just stay at Capitol forever and become a teacher and I would never have to leave. That being said, I started feeling antsy even though I do love where I’m at.

This past week I realized what will help me get out of this rut I’ve fallen into. I’ve started setting more goals and getting more prepared for what happens when I graduate. It’s surprising how much just putting my mind on my goals has changed the course of my day. I’m really striving to just stay focused these next few weeks and hopefully reach my goals and then set more and etc until the day I graduate! I’ve passed the halfway mark (eeek!) and I’m hoping the second half is just as awesome as the first. For anyone else in a rut, try the goals! Do something to get your mind off the fact that some things might not be going the way you want. You can try all you want to trick your brain into being happy but the feeling of self-accomplishment is one that can’t be duplicated. Go for it, you’ll feel better and you’ll end up working better!

Carry on,
-Teresa

July 31, 2012

So I had a moment today where I just thought to myself, “Now that is something to be proud of.” I was doing a haircut on an old but dear friend from high school and I called Miss Miller over to check it for me. A few people had dropped by throughout the haircut just on their way to lunch or what have you. After the haircut was checked, my friend Haley just said, “Man, everyone here is like best friends. You all have so much fun.” I kind of laughed and when I got home the thought crossed my mind again.

You have every opportunity to get along with everyone at Capitol. You have the opportunity to get along with anyone, actually. What determines your relationship with that person is how you grasp your opportunity. You have to remember that being in school is being part of a team. You’re all there for a common goal and you have to respect your peers and especially your teachers. They may be goofy, say things that don’t make sense, or make terrible puns (*cough)Mr Mike…but how long have you been doing this? A few months? They just might have something they could teach you. If you’re having trouble getting along with your teachers or peers take a step back and think about what you can do differently. The Blame Game won’t get you far. Believe me, getting along with people and just being in a happy school environment makes the week go by SO much faster.

Be on the team, it’ll make your life a whole lot easier. And a whole lot more fun.

Catch ya on the flip side,

-Teresa

PS- Welcome to the clinic floor, new Level 1’s! (That makes me a Level 3…eeeeek!)

July 17th, 2012

So Mr. Mike gave me an idea for a blog post about the different types of clients you get in school. For those who don’t know Mr. Mike (and yes, that’s his last name), he’s my counselor and one of the coolest teachers at Capitol…mostly because he actually reads this blog.

I’ve heard that when you’re in dental hygiene school you sometimes get some nasty people to get their teeth cleaned because it’s a lot cheaper. For those that don’t know, prices for services at Capitol are generally at least half  the price you would find at a salon. Therefore, we face some of those same issues. I’m going to break it down really simple here by labeling each type of client and describing them with a few sentences you might overhear them saying.

-The School Hoppin’ Client- “Yeah, I’ve been here before. I went to a different school here in town and they messed up so…I came back.”

-The “These Chemicals Are Making Me Sick” Client- “The hair color just gets in my bloodstream and makes me ill.” (Side note… chemicals do not enter your bloodstream by putting hair color on your scalp.)

-The Teacher Client- “I don’t think you’re doing that right…”

-The Easy-Going Client- “I’m just here to help you guys learn! My hair doesn’t even matter to me.”

-The “It Grows Back” Client- “Don’t be afraid; it grows back!”

-The Capitol Regular- “I have never had anyone do my hair so wonderfully! But no, I won’t follow you after you graduate.”

-The Over-Sharer- “Well, yeah my boyfriend just broke up with me so let me tell you everything that happened start to finish…..”

-The “Tell Me About You” Client- “So Teresa what about you? What’s your family like? Are you married? Do you have any kids? Boyfriend? Whats your Zodiac sign?”

Now obviously these are all over-exaggerations but you get the idea. The main thing here is that we get people from all walks of life. Young, old, everything in between. A huge part of being in this business is finding common ground with even the seemingly strangest clients. Some of my favorite clients are the ones other people think are weird because, well, they keep me entertained! If all of our clients were all exactly the same how much fun would we be having? Next to none.

So, which client are you?

-Teresa

June 18, 2012

So since I’ve been out of Freshman Training, I have a little trouble deciding what to blog about. As I’ve been coming into my own on the floor (we’ve been out there for about 3 months), one of my new favorite things about Capitol is the clients. I’ve been getting more repeat clients and that is literally one of the best feelings ever. You can ask any stylist; young, old, new, or experienced, and I’m sure they’ll tell you the same thing. To know that someone trusts you completely with something as important as their hair is seriously awesome.

Before I got out on the floor, I felt like I would attract similar clients. People who were all kind of similar to each other. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I get people from all over and I absolutely love it. I knew I’d have fun, but I never realized how much I just really love getting to know people! One of the best moments is seeing your clients face when you ask them how their trip to Montana went and they look at you like, “How in the world did you remember I told you that?” A real key to gaining and keeping clients is to treat them with the respect you’d give one of your best friends. Clients aren’t stupid. They can tell if you’re being fake or are annoyed of them just like someone you meet at a party, grocery store, or walking down the street.

Bottom line is, if you don’t like people and you’re constantly annoyed with clients then you might want to rethink what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. You have the potential to make someone feel 10x better than when they sat down in your chair. You really want to let that opportunity go by? I know I don’t.

Till next time, folks.

-Teresa

 

May 6th, 2012

Have you guys missed me? Don’t answer that. Time has LITERALLY been flying. When I think back to 8 weeks ago when I was a scared little newbie, it’s hard to believe I’d be where I am now. Which is why I want all of you that are about to do Freshman Testing, to think PAST the next 5 days. You guys are going to want to curl up in a little ball on the floor at 5pm every day this week. I’m not gonna lie, this week will be one of the worst. But if you think about it- the worst POSSIBLE thing that could happen? You redo freshman class. Everything that is happening right now is going to shape you into the cosmetologist you’ll become so take it all in stride. Do your best and seriously; don’t second guess yourself. You’ve only been doing this for 8 weeks, but you’ve been doing it for 8 weeks longer than the next group of freshman! You know who you are and how you work so just do it! Don’t look around the room when you’re finished and size up everyone else’s manikins. Don’t talk about your classmates on your breaks. This is a big incredibly stressful week for everyone in the class- not JUST you. Keep being considerate and remember- you’re 7/8ths done. You’re really gonna let 1/8th of your freshman experience stress you out?

Happy Testing!

(If you need to cry in the bathroom, you know where to find me.)

-Teresa

April 13th, 2012

When starting at Capitol there are a lot of things you expect. On the other hand, there are twice as many unexpected things. By far the most surprising thing I’ve faced thus far is the bond I’ve made with people outside of my class. Three people I absolutely adore graduated this week; one of them being one of my best, best friends. It’s so hard saying goodbye to the people you’ve begun to look up to, and even harder getting used to not seeing them around school anymore.  Thank goodness for social media and the fact that staying in touch with people these days is 100 times easier than it was ten years ago. The fact that Montana, Willow, and Quinn are off to be amazing stylists makes me so proud to call them all my friends. You guys are all gonna do such great things and I can’t wait to be a part of it.

My heart and my congratulations go out to Montana(Kelsey), Quinn(Laura), and Willow(Alainna). I’m gonna miss you guys a lot. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me and my class and if you don’t come back to see us from time to time we’re gonna definitely bother you till you visit.

Who’s Next?

-Teresa

April 6th, 2012

So I had a lot of friends and family anxiously awaiting the day when I would start on the floor and be able to do their hair. The weird thing about doing the hair of people you’re close with is you see them way more often than your regular clients. So let’s say your sister comes in and ends up not liking what you did to her hair. How would you handle that? (Leave comments with tips.) Luckily my friends and family have all loved what I’ve done for their hair. I will admit, I put a hole in my brothers haircut last week. It was our late night and I was doing clipper over comb to blend and my clippers just slid off the comb and took it a bit shorter on one tiny spot on the back of his head. His response was “I literally don’t think I’ve ever seen what the back of my head looks like so it’s fine!” Thank goodness for Miss Miller and her wonderful blending skills but that is still just a bad feeling. Your clients will always be your walking billboard and you clearly never want a single flaw on their head but that’s why we’re still students. And you know what I learned from that day? FOCUS. Even if you might be running a little bit behind, don’t sacrifice your skill to make yourself go faster than you should.

Till Next Time,

Teresa