MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear JD Academy Community,
I hope this newsletter finds all of you well during thischallenging Shelter-In-Place order due to COVID-19. My goal here is to updateyou on a return to campus date, let you know how your academy is currentlyplanning for your return to campus, and inform you about a government grant forqualifying students.
When Do We Return:
Our new Target Date for a return to campus is Monday June 1.
While I long for us all to be back together on campus, so we can see eachother’s beautiful faces and feel the passionate energy created as wecollaborate, I want our reunion on campus to take place in a safe and sensiblemanner and in an environment where we can be as productive as possible and avoidanother potential campus closure.
Preparing for our Return:
Our plans for our return will be finalized as soon as we receive our updatedState Board of Barbering and Cosmetology guidelines; however, in the meantime weare making adjustments to secure your health and safety. Those include:
- New clock in and out procedure
- Temperature check point for students and guests
- Changing procedures and/or sections of the school to reduce the need forpeople to congregate. Some examples:
- Lobby waiting area
- Guest check in and out
- Lunch room
- Color bar
- Esthetician Product Disbursement
- Sterilization Area
- Smaller class sizes
- Salon stations moved 6’ apart / some removed
- Routine bathroom sterilization
- New capes for each salon client
- Updated salon station sterilization standards
- Updated spa room sterilization standards
- Updated desk, chair, and classroom sterilization standards
- Barbacide certifications
- Removal of magazines
- Other possible modifications / attempting to go digital:
- Dermalogica Client Consultation Sheets
- Operations sheets
The Department of Education created a pool of grant money to assist studentsduring COVID-19 who have had to transition from on-sight education to an onlineeducation delivery system. Specifically the grant is designed to help you with:
- Computer/laptop purchase
- Internet/telephone service
We have applied for our school’s share of the “pooled” funds, and we are waitingto receive them. As soon as they arrive we will distribute them in equalportions to each qualifying student, and we anticipate the amount to be in the$400-500 range.
- Were enrolled prior to the shelter-in-place order
- Are currently attending on line education (TDE)
- Qualify under Title IV (FAFSA) for loans and/or grants by provided ID,social security card, and high school diploma, GED, or BA upon enrollment
This includes cash pay students.
Qualifying students do not need to do anything to receive the funds. We will letyou know as soon as they are received and mail you a JD Academy check for yourportion. If you are abundantly blessed and wish to waive receipt of your share,please let me know as soon as possible, and we will redistribute your portionamong the other students.
Students on Leave:
If you are a student currently on a leave of absence – not currentlyparticipating in on-line education – and would like to start, please email meand Ms. Dee. We will be more than happy to get you set up in our on-linelearning community.
Thank you participating. Your instructors and Ms. Kelsey report spirits areremaining positive and you are making the most out of this difficult time. GreatJob!!!
As always, please feel free to contact me anytime with questions, concerns, orif you need help with anything. Your JD Academy Team is here for you.
I look forward to welcoming you when we return to our campus, and I promise toprovide you a Safe, Sensible and Productive environment for the remainder ofyour beauty industry education.
Big Virtual Hug,
TIPS + TRICKS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
Hello JD family,
I’m sending you well wishes from my backyard patio. I’m so grateful to Janet,
Kelsey and Amanda O. for giving me this opportunity to reach outto you through this Newsletter, since it will be awhile until we will all betogether again.
In this new reality it will be more important for all of us todo what we can to protect ourselves and our clients from succumbing to exposureto contagions, especially the flu and COVID-19. I would like to share someinformation on ways to boost your immunity so that you are not easilycompromised when and if you experience exposure.
By now you’ve probably heard stories about people who havesurvived COVID-19 with little to mild symptoms; while other people with weakenedimmune systems have not been so lucky. How did they do it? They most likely werein better health with a stronger immune system.
Research and studies have looked into some pretty creative waysfor people to enhance their immune response. One of those practices startedtrending a few years ago in the destination spa industry. It’s called ForestBathing! What the heck is that you may be asking yourself?!
It may have been inspired by a Japanese study done in the1980’s. A small group of people were taken on a walk through the Pine, Spruceand Evergreen trees in a forest. They were tested afterwards. The results showedan increase in their natural killer cells and phytocide chemicals were enhanced.These compounds destroy disease causing cells. Their immune system was improvedby “bathing in” the essential oils emitted from the trees.
Another study in 2006 had a group spend three days in a forest.Their test results showed an increase in T cells and phytocides. In 2009, astudy was done with hotel guests who had essential oils infused into theirrooms. The results measured an increase in their T cells and lowered adrenalinelevels. They also found that these effects lasted for a couple of weeks.
I think it’s safe say that none of us have a spa on a treefilled property or hotel rooms for our clients. But we do have the ability toincorporate aromatherapy misters with these immune enhancing essential oils. Wecan also take the time ourselves, to be in nature more. We know that being innatural sunlight enhances our levels of Vitamin D which is great for boostingimmunity.
Dr. Stephen Sinatra (a cardiologist) has studied and writtenabout “Grounding”. This is the ancient practice of connecting to Earth bysitting or walking barefoot on the ground, grass, beach or even concrete sincecement comes from minerals. Connecting to the energy of our planet has beenshown to provide healing to the body. I have personally been doing this one bysitting with bare feet on the lawn while I read. It’s very calming andnurturing.
The “new normal” is going to mean a lot of new things for all ofus to know, whether it be in the short or long term. Let’s embrace taking a moreactive role to be the healthiest we can be everyday for the rest of our life.And, in doing so, give the gift of inspiring our clients to do the same.
In good and happy health,
DIVERSITY + CERTAINTY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
To my valued students,
Note this time in history to remind yourself that this industry will be foreverevolving! Never get too comfortable with your skills as trends will change,techniques will change and unprecedented situations may occur. Diversify yourskill sets now. We all have our strengths, gifts and interests, always try tointroduce something new to your services that will be beneficial. Diversity iskey to riding out changes that will occur throughout our career. The one thingwe can always rely on to remain consistent in our career is our core values,education and maintaining relationships with our clientele. Now is the time tograsp the foundational skills like color theory, the four fundamental haircuts,sanitation and practicing excellence in customer service.
When I was in cosmetology school, I had the mentality that I never wanted to bein a situation where I couldn’t handle a specific client’s needs. Thedemographics I would be entering were diverse ethnically, and clients stylesranged from classic to trendy. That prompted me to delve into ALL areas ofcosmetology; all aspects of hair, skin and nails. I wanted to soak in as muchknowledge as possible. Adapting that mentality early on assisted me in buildingmy clientele and making money quickly, as I would take a “walk in” for a haircutand turn it into an additional service, such as hair color, a manicure or aneyebrow wax.
During my 23 year career as a stylist and makeup artist, I’ve experienced manyoccurrences that have disrupted my flow of business, three recessions, a leaveof absence to start a family and moving to a new area where the clientelechanged dramatically. To survive, I adapted to the times with an awareness ofcurrent trends and utilizing the diversification of my skills. I had acquiredstrong foundational skills by partaking in continuing education. I reliedheavily on my core education; color theory, cutting principles and customerservice.
The past month The COVID-19 Stay at Home has opened my eyes to a totallydifferent experience. My business came to a screeching halt as both salons whereI work were forced to close and onsite weddings that I had on my books wererescheduled. Initially I expected to be able to accommodate my clients within acouple weeks and rescheduled them accordingly. That date did not happen andrescheduling again is in limbo. I was faced with thinking outside the box tofigure out other ways to get some income while maintaining a relationship withmy clients. I created color touch up kits which I delivered to the doorstep tolocal clients with a link to a tutorial on how to apply and signed up with acompany that delivered root touch up kits, toners and shampoos/conditioners thatoffered 50% commission to the stylist. Having my client’s phone number and emailwas key to me being able to remain in contact with them. Clients have been verysupportive, some clients have paid for their appointment in advance. I’velearned that the importance of maintaining relationships with my clients, familyand friends is one of the most important things.
Through every negative there will always be a positive.
We as a society are looking out for one another by maintaining social distancingwhich is bringing our country together again. We are finding ways to support andhelp others in need. We have become more compassionate and resilient. What iscertain?
What we will always have is our education, developed skill sets and therelationships we’ve built.
Keep your skills sharp Ask yourself, are my foundation skills sharp? Do Iunderstand color theory? Do I understand the fundamentals of cutting hair? Do Ipossess customer service people skills?
Make sure you get the technical skills you need. While in school, take the timeto ask questions if you don’t understand something, I for one, vow to do my bestto support your understanding.
FIVE TRAITS OF A GREAT STYLIST.
1. A Knack for Listening
Being a good hairdresser means listening to your guests in more ways than one.It’s true that many of your guests will love sharing the ups, downs and dramasof their lives with you. You can show your consideration by listening andcarrying on the conversation. The most significant act of listening you canexperience as a stylist is during the initial consultation with your guest. It’simportant to clarify exactly what they want from their service to avoidmiscommunication. Before you pick up the shears or mix the color, it isimperative that you and your guest are on the same page.
2. Making visions a reality
Part of being a successful hairstylist means staying on top of the latesttrends. The truly great stylists have the skill to integrate those trends intotheir guests’ personal styles. Your elevated taste and killer eye for designshould let you set a few trends of your own. At the end of the day, it’simportant that you can not only create a vision but execute it as well!
Hairstylists have to understand face shape and hair types to create looks thatcomplement their guests’ natural features. Hairstylists also have to be honestabout what looks good and offer recommendations to create a style that matcheseach person’s unique fashion sense in a way that still looks good. Honesty isidentifying whether it’s a good fit for the guest. It’s one thing for your guestto be happy with their new look when they’re walking out the door, but it’sbetter to make sure they’re just as happy a month later. One of the number onecomplaints salons receive from guests is sticker shock. This occurs because theydidn’t know how much something actually cost. If you suggest an add-on orelevated service while your guest is in the chair, make sure you convey theextra costs. An unexpected cost could ruin a great relationship between astylist and the guest.
4. Technical Skills
All the honesty, creativity, and listening skills in the world can’t make up fora bad haircut. What makes a good hair stylist means committedly learning the insand outs of several techniques. It also means continuing your education andtraining once you leave school.
We’ve all heard “practice makes perfect” throughout our lives, but it bearsrepeating because it’s true. You have to make sure you’re familiar with a numberof techniques and tools and hone your ability to keep your energy up whileworking on your feet all day.
An excellent stylist can adapt to changing trends, new tools and guest visionsthat are hard to achieve. You never know what your day will bring you so it’simperative that you’re confident. Your creativity, vision and skill can all comeinto play to help you achieve a stellar result and a happy guest — no matterwhat pops up.
KEEP YOUR HOPE IN THE LORD!
Hey my JDFamily,
I truly love and miss your precious faces and looking forward to be in yourpresence #6feet again. Lol, But sincerely, I want to encourage each of you tokeep your HOPE in the Lord, and trust that everything is going to get better. Ialso want to extend my email and # for anyone requesting prayer.
Until then, may God continue to keep you and your family safe.
Sister In Christ
Just a little background about myself. . .
I went to beauty school because I was cutting my oldest daughters hair into apixie and didn’t even know it, but I received a lot of complements on it. So Ienrolled into beauty school, and soon I found out that I had a passion forskincare more so than hair.
At the time I had two small children and went to school Monday – Saturday. Ispent my Sundays cooking for the week and studying with earphones listening tomy recorder. I graduated in nine and a half months. Fast forward I startedworking for Kenneth Of London doing hair and nails (They didn’t do facials).Then in the early 80’s I started teaching in a school in Walnut Creek, then wentto UC Berkeley to get my teaching credentials while still teaching full-time(CRAZY TIMES). I’ve had my own business in a Wellness Center doing treatmentswhile still teaching full-time as well. I’ve also managed a Spa in Marin.
When I worked at my last school of 20 years I taught the Cosmetologist,Manicurist, Esthetician, worked the front desk and did administrative work inthe office. I wore many hats over the years but the hat I love the most isteaching my Esthetician students. And now I have the pleasure of working at JDAcademy with the most amazing team I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.The picture below was taken 35 years ago in my first class room.
AN UPDATE FROM MISS CATHERINE
The Esthetic students are doing a fantastic job! They are all certified inDermalogica, some working towards a specialist certifications! All educated andcertified with Impact Melanoma!
Our stay at home order has been a blessing in some ways, especially with theonline education. The opportunity to have an open forum for students of allphases together has been a gift. The communication and the willingness to helpeach other and learn together is joy to be a part of.
This is a time in all our lives we have never seen, when we are most like each.People are helping each other more than ever! It doesn’t matter who you are,ours lives have been restricted just the same. This unity gives strength andpassion!
Learning aside the students know they are supported, they feel it and they do itfor me and each other. This is the culture at JD and it seems to naturallybreed.
MISS KELSEY + BABY EASTON HAVE A WORD FOR YOU!
Just a little background about myself. . .
HI MY INCREDIBLE JD ACADEMY STUDENTS!
WOW! I did not know it was possible to miss you all this much! Being away fromyou all has made me find an even GREATER appreciation & love for my job & allthat I get to do each & everyday! I miss seeing all of your beautiful faces andmiss being around your VERY positive energy!
Thank you all for being SO amazing, incredible, understanding, and appreciativeduring this time! I am SO proud of each & everyone of you for how hard you areall working during this time! Distance education has been amazing & everyone’sparticipation has truly blown me away!
We are still going to be working very hard through the month of May to get yousome INCREDIBLE classes with some amazing information and some AWESOME guestartists… stay tuned! 🙂 I just want to let you all know how hard your amazing& talented instructors & JD staff are working behind the scenes, I know you allare not seeing it first hand but let me tell you they are hard at work coming upwith incredible new material, fun entertaining classes, and lessonplans/activities that will just blow you all away! I am SO excited to share allof it with you guys once we return to that beautiful campus we all love to callHOME!
I hope everyone is staying safe & healthy during this time! I know it seems likeit has been forever, but as long as we are all in good health & spirits – wewill all be SO ready to hit the ground running once we are able to open thosedoors and walk into our incredible school. We are a family, united together, andlet me tell you I miss my family SO incredibly much!
Easton misses hearing all of your amazing voices everyday – he is GROWING likecrazy! He can’t wait to meet his hundred aunties that he is being born & blessedinto! We are 29 weeks – only 11 more to go! 🙂 I can not wait to celebrate thisincredible journey with you all once we return back to the school, it will bethe BEST most AMAZING celebration yet!
Counting down the moments, days, & weeks until we are all together again!
Love you all with my whole heart!
Ms. Kelsey & Baby Easton
A DAILY DOSE OF INSPIRATION
It is an absolute honor being a part of JD Academy.
HI MY INCREDIBLE JD ACADEMY STUDENTS!
Having the opportunity to see and display some of your incredible artwork +projects over the shelter-in-place period has been an inspiration for me. I wantto affirm that your hard work does not go unnoticed. Furthermore, it has been sofun connecting with each of you through the four part Business Webinar Series.Many of you have pretty brilliant ideas for the future!
Since you students inspire me, I wanted to take this chance to inspire you, bysharing a few of my favorite quotes:
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.”
“Don’t resist chances, take them like vitamins.”-Author Unknown
Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.”
– Rosalind Russell
I’m always just a text or phone call away if you need anything at all! Continueto take care of yourselves by staying safe + healthy.
Love you all with my whole heart!
SELF CARE: HAIR, SKIN + NAIL REMEDIES
I hope you’re doing well I dearly miss you all. I pray that you and yourfamilies are all staying healthy and safe. I’ve been very blessed to quarantinewith both of my beautiful daughters and my wonderful husband.
The first few weeks of shelter in place I took advantage of the time toreorganize my house, exercise, and eat healthy. My family and I are now allpescatarians – vegetarians with the exception of fish. We have had fun learningand experimenting with new recipes outside of our “go to” meals.
Additionally, I have been watching lots of tutorial videos by Sam Villa onYouTube, just trying to gather new information to share with you all! Mydaughters have been teaching me how to use social media and technology witheverything transitioning to being online.
Enough about me, since we can’t go out and pamper ourselves here are some homeremedies for skin, nails, and hair that you can make from your pantry!
SKIN: Body Exfoliate
Mix sugar and coconut oil at a ratio of 1:2 (1 part of sugar to 2 parts of oil).The consistency should be paste-like. While showering or taking a bath tub onareas you want to exfoliate and then rinse.
NAIL: Softening Cuticles
Mix 1tsp of coconut oil (or olive oil) with a few drops of essential oil – Iprefer lavender. Massage into cuticles and push back!
HAIR: Scalp Treatment to Remove Buildup on Hair
Mix apple cider vinegar and baking soda at 1:2 ratio (1 part vinegar to 2 partsbaking soda). Again this should be a paste-like consistency. This works well foranyone with an itchy scalp or men who wear gel everyday
I am so looking forward to seeing all your beautiful smiles. I hope you enjoyedthe tid bits. Please remember to take this time in quarantine to focus and workon yourself – be your best you! Stay healthy, safe, and happy.
Hello Beautiful JD Students!
Oh, how I miss all of your faces and the chatter and buzz at the school everyday! I sincerely hope all of you are healthy and in good spirits during thistime away.
I have been trying to think of this as the Pause that so many of us have askedfor in our lives. There are days that I take classes online, practice facecharts, or research something new. But there are many days where I do absolutelynothing. I have learned that that is okay. I hope you also know that however youare coping, that it is okay. This is unchartered territory for all of us. Dowhat you can to prepare yourself for what you want after this, but also enjoythe Pause and take care of yourself and well being.
Please call me or the school’s main line to just say hi and check-in! I lookforward to seeing all of you very soon!
TDE TALK WITH DR. PHUONG
As a member of JD Team, my heart is with you and your families in this difficulttime. I hope you and your family stay healthy and safe. Our lives have beendrastically changed in the last few weeks. I know that behavior and habits willbe adjusted for a while when we come back, and I know it’s hard! However, Iwould like to give all of you “BIG hugs” as we thank you for your positiveattitudes, your patience and understanding.
My deepest appreciation to those who are taking the TDE – Temporary DistanceEducation- it’s a big challenge! Also, to those who won’t be able to attend TDEbecause of personal circumstances, I understand what you are enduring this time!The president, Ms. Janet and the JD team are always working to assist you, bothacademically and financially.
I hope you will receive some good news from us in the coming weeks. I encourageall of you to take TDE during this challenging time because it helps you getconnected while we are on shelter-in-place. Additionally, TDE can help to reduceyour stress and frustration. I believe we are together and stronger to overcomethis pandemic!
Please contact your teachers, JD administrators and /or myself if you needsupport.
A PORTRAIT BY MISS ELAYNE
HELLO FROM MAURER MANOR!
It has been over 70 days since I’ve seen all the beautiful faces of the JDAcademy! Thank you for reaching out to see how my mom has been doing. My heartwas full with all your well wishes and concern. Micki’s brave soul left theearth just 24 days after she started hospice at my house. Nothing quite preparesyou for walking along someone as their life comes to an end. Your emotions go ona roller coaster. One day, you are grateful for another day, the next you arewondering, why does it take so long for the body to finally succumb to theinevitable? Well, I’ll never know the answer to that question, and I would notchange those 24 days for anything.
During these unprecedented times of Covid-19, I hope that you are all findingsome joy in all of this. While I haven’t learned a second language or picked upa new hobby, the introvert in me is loving being at home. Spring has sprung, andI dove right into lots of little projects and have done more yard work in thelast two months than I have in my entire life! Kids are home and are bored totears. Jackson works at Lunardi’s and Sydney has mastered every TikTok dance.
Lucky for them, I’m practically a cosmo… Jackson let me cut his hair! Hespecifically asked for a bowl cut. Don’t ask me why! Sadly, it is not my finestwork. Sydney took matters into her own hands and cut off 6 inches! Hazel thebeagle, is wondering what the heck we are doing at home for hours on end. Theextrovert in me, misses you all so badly. I often think about your pretty littlefaces peeking through my classroom doors to say hi. Or telling me the latestabout your lives. It makes me smile and my heart swell!
Obvs, I miss you all so much and am looking forward to being in the classroomwith all your beautiful faces very soon. You are all more than welcome to joinin my Zoom classes Monday thru Thursday @ 5:00 for some skin theory.
As always, you can reach out to me 925-323-2920. I would love to hear from you!
Love you ALL!
Be safe everyone. Miss you all.
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