Happy Holidays: A View From the Beauty Industry

At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… It’s about who you’ve lifted up. Who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.

– Denzel Washington

It’s upon us again. The holiday’s.

If you are already working in the beauty industry this probably means you are experiencing the busiest time of your year.

So, the big question:

What are the holidays to you?

Because, depending on your relationship with the beauty industry, this time of year can mean kicking back with your family, or it could mean long hours making others beautiful.

If you fall into the latter category, I want to know, how do you manage? Do you love your work and your clientele so much that you look forward to this time of year? Or, do you practice your coping skills and just keep repeating your mantra “it’s almost over, it’s almost over”?

Because we all know what comes next…


The month where you aren’t quite sure where everyone went.

Are they hibernating?

I have visions of my clients hidden away in their homes, chipped nails, hairy legs, regrowth out of control…

So, forget the holiday season, how do you cope with January?

Personally, I always welcomed the reprieve. It was my time to kick back with the people I love. Unfortunately, they are all back to it and hard at it. Which is the real reason why you aren’t busy in January.

I think one of the hardest things for most people entering the beauty industry is the fact that when the rest of the world is celebrating or relaxing, you are not. Whether you come from an office job and this is a second career, or you are a student straight from public education, society did not prepare you for this.

You will work holidays because that is when your clients are off.

You will work weekends and evenings, because that is when your clients are off.

You get what I mean.


I have had many students over the years, and I still never get tired of hearing about the amazing job they are going to get right out of school, where they only work Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 5:00. When I tell them that really isn’t realistic I get that look. That look of, what do you know?

It’s okay. I get it. I once had a hard time too. I missed holidays with my family, and Sunday brunch, and dinner at the family table every evening. I got the initial feeling of disapproval from loved ones. But this is what I chose to do. This is what I love. And you know what? They came around. And so did I. Instead of being slightly resentful because ugh, I had to be at work instead of having fun, I decided to focus on the fact that I get to work at a job that is fun.


So, to come full circle here (I promise, I do have a point), let’s all be honest with ourselves. We work in a service oriented career. Is it demanding? Yep. Are we often super heroes, fitting in that last appointment because Sally needs her hair and nails done before Christmas dinner or be judged by her mother-in-law? Yep.

But how fulfilling.

You are giving to someone else. And yes, they are paying you, but you are still giving something of value to them. You give them care and you make them feel good about themselves during a time of year that can actually be quite emotionally hard for many.

And isn’t giving the true meaning of the holidays?

Whether you be client, student, or service provider we wish you happiness and joy for the coming year, and always.


We will see you again in 2016 for a recap of December at Delmar. We will also be featuring some alumni who really gave back to the community during the holiday season (and year round).


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education


True Artistry: Nails and Casey Reece

I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life – Elsie De Wolfe

I remember the first time I saw the work of Casey Reece in person. One of our Esthetics students came up to me one morning and said, “Audrey, LOOK AT MY NAILS!!!”

Now, I hadn’t had a coffee yet, and it was a Friday morning, so I was like, “yeah okay show me these nails”…

She proceeded to fan her hands in front of my face, and after my eyes focused (remember, no caffeine yet), I was jolted awake by the most beautiful set of nails I have seen in ages. Immediately I wanted to know who had done this amazing work.


Turns out I had seen Casey many evenings when she came in early to prepare for her evening Nail Technician classes. I just never knew that she was actually Casey, Nail Goddess. I just knew her as this really nice, quiet young woman who came a bit early and sat at the middle table.

So I started watching her work. Sharing it on our social media. Chatting with her a bit here and there. I started to see all the clients, including our staff members, that were now coming to see her. I started chatting with her more and more, and then it came to me

I need to write about this amazing artist and share her work with the world

So in true fashion, I asked her some interview questions, and here is what she had to say…


What inspires you?
There is so much that inspires me!! I am inspired by fashion trends, colors, seasons of the year, other nail technicians and different nail products.


What made you decide to become a nail technician?
I decided to become a nail tech because I was looking to change my career path and have always been interested in the beauty industry. I enjoy making people feel beautiful!!


Why did you choose Delmar for your education?
I chose Delmar College for my education because I was very impressed with the curriculum that they teach. It is very in depth and that is what I was looking for! Delmar College also has a very professional atmosphere.

What has been your most positive experience so far, as a student at Delmar?
My most positive experience has been having such a wonderful teacher!! Leslie Ann is extremely talented and having her as my teacher has been great!


What are your future plans?
My future plans are to continue to build my clientele as well as continuing to take as many advanced nail courses as possible. I would also like to become an educator in the next few years.


What do you feel will be the next big trend in the nail industry?
The nail industry has grown by leaps and bounds, usually following the fashion trends so it`s hard to say what will be next!

To see more of Casey’s work you can check her out on Instagram @nails.by.miss.casey


Audrey Brown

no gimmicks. just great education


Want Casey to do your nails?

Phone:(403) 702-3825
Email: nailsbymisscasey@gmail.com


Holiday Hair Trends

Okay how many of you are frantically wandering around looking for something to wear for your Christmas party? Let’s face it we all are always looking for that perfect party dress to get us through the holidays. Well what about our hair ? We all know that even with a jaw dropping attire it doesn’t quite look finished without a proper do.

Our hair is the icing on the cake.


It seems as though braids have made their way back into our style regime. Why not though when you can turn the most basic braid into a piece of art.


This season were seeing many different versions of it. from a basic French,to a more loose side braid rolled up into a chignon or even a faux-hawk braid that’s a little deconstructed.


Today I held a little updo Christmas trend challenge just to get everyone in the spirit of one of our busiest seasons in the salon and what to expect to see when they start working . After they completed their updo’s we had all staff and student’s vote for the best updo. Congrats to Shandelle in our September class for winning first place.


Here are a few more photos of their work






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