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The Cosmetologist’s Survival Guide for St. Louis Missouri

Posted on January 15th, 2018 - Written by: craveblog

While many of the students at Crave Beauty Academy are from the local area, we also have many students that will travel from out of town or out of state to learn cosmetology with us! If the St. Louis area is new to you, we have some recommendations for places and things that we think you’ll love as a fan of cosmetology. If you’re new to the area, we hope you’ll grow to love your new home as much as we do!

Missouri Botanical Garden

One of the beautiful things about St. Louis is that it’s steeped in American history. The Missouri Botanical Garden was first opened to the public in 1859 by one of the early settlers, Henry Shaw. It is now one of the oldest botanical gardens in North America, and second largest in size only to the New York Botanical Garden. It has more than 6.6 million different plant specimens!

Plants and flowers are an age-old source of beauty. If you’re seeking inspiration or to simply experience something beautiful, the Missouri Botanical Garden gives you the chance to see countless flowers and plants that you would likely never see anywhere else!

Zip Lines and Treetop Adventures

If you’re looking for a little more outdoor adventure, the Adventure Valley canopy tour is a great way to enjoy some high-flying fun! The tour is made up of 10 different zip lines that are over a mile and a half in length. Zip line nine is a super zip that can send riders at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour! It’s a great way to experience the Missouri outdoors and create a memorable experience with family or friends.

The Go Ape! treetop adventures are very similar and not far from the St. Louis city center. It’s an outdoor adventure experience that takes you on a two to three hour journey through the treetops. There are rope ladders, bridges, suspended obstacles, and zip lines to enjoy! It can be physically challenging so it’s a great activity for fans of the outdoors!

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is the most iconic place to visit in St. Louis. It is the world’s largest arch, and the tallest man-made monument in the western hemisphere! It’s called The Gateway Arch because it was built to commemorate the westward expansion of the United States. The history behind the construction of the arch is fascinating and riddled with obstacles. After many difficulties, the visitors center was opened to the public in 1967. It’s a great place to go if you want to see an iconic landmark and a piece of American history all in one place! If you’re not enthusiastic about the outdoors in the Midwest, then this is a good activity because the arch has an elevator in it that takes you to the observatory at the top!

Local Beauty Events

There are also many amazing beauty events in St. Louis that you can enjoy! The Wedding Show is the largest bridal event in the Midwest, and showcases live demonstrations of bridal hair and makeup for anyone to see! If you have an interest in doing wedding hair or makeup then this is an event that you must attend! The event for January 2018 has already passed, but they often have multiple events per year that you can attend!

The Shades of Beauty Expo is an event that celebrates and showcases beauty through a cultural lens. Here’s what their website has to say about the event:

“The Shades of Beauty Expo was created for women of color who desire innovative, culturally-focused products and ideas for an enhanced (holistic) quality of life.”

It’s stunningly gorgeous and creative! If you’re interested in beauty from many different cultures around the world, this is your one-stop shop!

Of course you can’t talk about fashion events without mentioning Saint Louis Fashion Week! This is probably the largest local beauty industry event of the year! You can see all new styles, brands, and looks for yourself at the event! The website doesn’t seem to have any events scheduled for this year yet, but you can keep your eyes peeled in case they add new events!

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If you’re a St. Louis native, where would you recommend people visit if they come here from out of town? If you’re from out of town, what parts of St. Louis have you enjoyed the most? Share your ideas with us on Facebook!

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Hot Hair Color Trends for the New Year

Posted on January 5th, 2018 - Written by: craveblog

With every new year comes a lot of fun things; parties, celebrations, goals, resolutions, and most importantly, new fashion. Every year brings something new for fashion gurus and hair junkies to swoon over. At Crave Beauty Academy, it’s important for our students to stay on top of what is happening in beauty and fashion – after all, it’s part of their future jobs. They are the ones who will be creating these looks for people through the life of their careers.

Here’s Crave’s compilation of hot hair color trends that you can expect to see in 2018:

With every new year comes a lot of fun things; parties, celebrations, goals, resolutions, and most importantly, new fashion. Every year brings something new for fashion gurus and hair junkies to swoon over. At Crave Beauty Academy, it’s important for our students to stay on top of what is happening in beauty and fashion – after all, it’s part of their future jobs. They are the ones who will be creating these looks for people through the life of their careers.
Here’s Crave’s compilation of our students amazing work mastering hot hair color trends that you can expect to see in 2018:

  1. A lot of people are going to be making the transition from the bright pastel colors to awesome metallic colors! If you aren’t ready to make the full commitment on going full-blown metallic, then add some subtle silver color to your natural hair. Super unique. Super awesome. Super 2018! Our girl, Marisol is a pro at this. Check out her work!

  2. A blend of auburn red is going to be a safe go-to for 2018. These colors in the sunlight will be turnin’ heads left and right! Ask for Kayauna K. to get this stunning look.

    A beautiful blend created by Kayauna K! Using all @matrix formulas.

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  3. For the folks who want a hint of color to help them stand out (but not JUMP out), this smooth blend of colorful highlights will be an awesome way to go this year! Bonus: Adryana has mastered this color blend.

  4. For all the blondies out there who are looking for a really cool way to switch it up for the new year, try out this rosey gold color! It’s absolutely stunning! It looks great on brunettes as well, just be sure to make the color transition slowly as to not damage your hair. We are so proud of how well Beki Keraly does this.

    Have you ever wanted to be a rose?! ❤️🌹❤️ #Stunning 😍

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  5. Be bold with an awesome look like this. Don’t like blue? Go with some reds and oranges. Whatever colors you choose, this look is uh-may-zing no matter what year it is! Beki is obviously not afraid of working with color. Look at her work!

    Starting the year off with Opal dreams 🧜🏻‍♀️🦄💎🔮 #scstayinspired

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Nailing Your Next Look

Are you ready to change up your hair color for 2018? Consider having it done in our student salon! We have locations in Wichita, Kansas and St. Louis, Missouri where our students can help you get the look you’re going for under the supervision of a licensed professional. Not only can our students help you get the color and style of your dreams, but they can do it a price that you’ll love! We bet you’ll enjoy your experience and keep coming back for more. Call to schedule your appointment today!

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Cut out for Cosmo?

Are you constantly following the trends of the beauty and fashion industry? Are all of these looks already in your Instagram feed? You may be cut out for a profession as a hairstylist or colorist. To learn more about what it takes to be a great cosmetologist and to see if you have what it takes, click the link below!

top traits of a great cosmetologist

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What Will I Learn in my Esthetics Program?

Posted on December 6th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

If you’re just getting started into the wonderful world of esthetics, there’s so much for you to learn and experience! It’s a great field full of potential for so many people, and there are many reasons that people love it. Often times it’s unclear what an esthetician learns or does, so we want to go over some of the most important things that esthetician students learn so that you can feel prepared!


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About Crave Beauty Academy

Posted on November 15th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

Who We Are

If you are thinking about going to beauty school, you should know as much about the school as possible. That’s why we want to talk a little bit about ourselves! It’s important to know about the school and it’s instructors, as well as the brands they partner with.

Crave Beauty Academy started back in 2013, but we have more than 25 years of successful experience under our belts. We do hair, skin, and nails, and it’s what we love most. Our passion for these things is why we call ourselves “Crave”!


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Meet the Owner: Kim McIntosh

Posted on October 18th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

crave owner, Kim McIntosh

Kim holding the Newsmakers award from the Business Journal

What are the key ingredients that go into making a beauty school great? Staff members, instructors, and even the students play a role in whether or not a school is a success or a failure. All of these people are the ingredients of the beauty school, but the owner is the chef that brings all those ingredients together to create something special.


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What Is the Pivot Point Difference?

Posted on September 12th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

The curriculum offered by a beauty school will set it apart from its competitors. At Crave Beauty Academy, we recognize the importance of having an exceptional curriculum. Because of this, we have partnered with Pivot Point International as a Legacy Partner to ensure our students can have an amazing learning experience.


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What Does a Nail Technician Do?

Posted on August 15th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

A nail technician is someone who is licensed to beautify people’s hands and feet in a variety of ways. They do more than just simple manicures or pedicures. Some of the services a nail technician might provide include:


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What is Cosmetology?

Posted on August 14th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

Cosmetology is a word that is thrown around and used to describe a lot of different things. When most people think of the word “cosmetology,” they often just think of people who cut hair. While cutting hair is one aspect of what cosmetologists do, there’s a lot more to it than that. So what is cosmetology? What are all the different aspects that fall under the cosmetology umbrella?


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Top Traits of a Great Cosmetologist

Posted on August 8th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

What does it take to be a cosmetologist? There are lots of ingredients that go into making someone a great cosmetologist, but some can be more important than others. The following are some of the traits that can mean you are destined for a career in cosmetology.


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8 Reasons Why Cosmetology Is a Great Career

Posted on August 7th, 2017 - Written by: craveblog

Being creative and making visions a reality is a huge part of being a cosmetologist. Everyday you work you may have the opportunity to use your imagination and create styles and looks that are fresh and fun! Being a cosmetologist can be a fast paced and rewarding career. Here are 10 reasons why:


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