What things will be like in school...
STEP 1 - Web Sites
The first step of enrolling at the MetrOasis Advanced Training Center is reading this web page. It is helpful to browse some other MetrOasis web pages if you already know which program you're interrested in. We get emails from people several times each week asking us to tell them about the program that is spelled out on the very page they just sent the email from. Most of the time we simply ignore these emails. You should also check out the other school's web sites. When you do this, do two things. Look at what they say and then look at what's missing. MetrOasis tells you that we're the best beauty school in Alaska. Then we show you the links that prove this. The other schools will also tell you that they're the best, but when you ask them why, the hum & haw and make up stuff, but they won't offer you much of anything in the form of proof.
STEP 2 - Entrance Exam
When you decide that the MetrOasis ATC beauty & esthetics school is the school for you, take our entrance exam. The pages leading up to the entrance exam have several qualifying questions. These are the most common questions we are asked. The entrance exam is a general knowledge test to make sure that you can speak English, that you can think and that you can follow directions. We've had numerous people who don't pass this exam contact us and ask if we'll make an exception for them. This entrance exam is in place for several reasons. The first is so that YOU don't waste your money and YOUR time on something that you will not be successful in. Secondly, this is to save US time and money also. Thirdly, this is to prevent you from defaulting on your student loans if you aren't successful in this industry. So, the entrance exam is a really good thing that protects you, protects us, and saves everyone a lot of frustration. Please don't ask us to short-circuit our system. If you can't pass our entrance exam, you CERTAINLY won't pass the chemistry, anatomy & physiology and business sections of our program. Some people ask us to make an exception to our minimum age of 18 years of age. Our goal isn't just to train everybody in town, but to specifically train future salon/spa owners and those specific individuals who have the potential to be the very top hairdressers and estheticians in Alaska. We are also frequently asked if we teach in any other languages. We only teach in English.
STEP 3 - Interview
We interview each person we accept as a student. Just as not everyone should be a doctor or a dentist or a pilot or a server, not everyone should be either a hairdresser or an esthetician. We interview people as a further precaution in determining whether you are a good candidate for our school. Because we only accept ONE hairdressing student each month and TWO or THREE esthetician students each month, there are very few openings so we try to carefully screen our students so that a position isn't arbitrarily given to a student who won't appreciate our high level of training. This means that we are frequently booked up for several months a head of time and occasionally up to a year a head of time. Some people feel the need to start immediately instead of waiting, so they attend a different school. This is totally up to you. Most people feel that a better education is worth waiting for. Some people believe that it doesn't matter which school you attend that you'll learn what you need to know by experimenting on clients in a salon or that the salon will train you. Don't believe it for a second. IF you find a salon that is willing to retrain you, you will have to unlearn the bad habits you learned in beauty school and then relearn the proper techniques. If you think that this is the fast-track to success, consider the amount of time it takes to attend beauty school, the time it takes to discover that you don't actually know anything, the times it takes to find someone willing to retrain you and the time it takes for you to unlearn the bad habits and techniques you learned during your fast-track plan and the time it takes to learn the proper techniques. This fast track actually takes between 3 and 5 times longer than simply learning the right way the first time around. Because of this, we interview.
EQUIPMENT & CURRICULUM
If you pass our entrance exam and interview and are accepted into our school, you will begin your training. We do things differently at the MetrOasis ATC beauty & esthetics school for very specific reasons. People are much more mobile than they used to be which means that your training MUST be top class if you hope to compete in several different locations. We travel each year in search of the best training the world has to offer. Not the city of Anchorage and not Alaska. Not even just the United States, but the entire world. Why do we do this? Partially because we take pride in what we do but also because we take pride on our graduates. We are exceptionally proud of our graduates, some of which have gone on to open their own salons & spas, become educators, one even won the national Redken make-over contest. We have graduates working in numerous locations in the United States and also in Europe and Asia. The equipment we include in our hairdressing and esthetician student kits are the same equipment we use ourselves. In fact, our hairdressing kit is the best student kit in Alaska and our esthetician student kit is the best student kit in the United States. It is probably the best student kit in the world, but we really don't have time to research this detail beyond the US. We have also taken numerous students to various places for international training such as Paris, Barcelona, London, Long Beach, etc.
The regular schedule for the MetrOasis Advanced Training Center is -
Wednesday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
*We do have some students who leave at either 4:00 PM or 4:30 PM for their work schedule.
We teach hairdresser theory at 9:00 AM Tuesdays through Fridays for about an hour and esthetician theory at 1;30 PM Wednesdays through Fridays for about two & a half hours. During this time we work out of the text books that we provide in your educational materials. We do this to help you pass the state board exam. This information is typically older information and frankly, not nearly as good as some of our other materials, but you can't pass your state board exam without this information and this is one of your goals in attending beauty school. We also use other materials that we have gathered from over three decades of training and education. This is the actual practical information and techniques that you will use every day while working in a salon or spa. This information comes from many different sources and many different locations. We may have a special guest speaker, Sue may teach theory or Sigel may teach theory.
CLINIC FLOOR & FACIAL ROOMS
While I'm not crazy about this term "clinic floor", it is commonly used in beauty schools so we use this term to save time explaining things to people who don't understand how truly different we are than other beauty schools. Basically, the clinic floor consists of two main parts and some supporting parts. The first part is the salon floor. This is where hairdressing students perform beauty treatments on our clients. This consists of 12 hairdressing stations which include a mirror and power outlets. Each hairdressing student receives as part of their student kit a rolling cart that locks and this is where their supplies are kept. The dispensary is an area next to the shampoo area where chemicals, hair color products, and other supplies are stored and mixed. We don't use a "hot chair" system as some other schools to where the students share chairs so that students must move their stuff numerous times each day. In our school, each student has their own station. Each of our esthetics students is in their own room which is either a single or a double room. Each room is decorated differently and typically our students are in more than one room during their training.
Starting at the back moving forward, Baden Baden (double), Venezia (single), Maui (double), New Orleans (single), Barcelona (single), Edelweiss (double), Paris (double), London (single).
Esthetician students store their supplies and materials in their room and they also perform beauty treatments, waxing and facials in these rooms.
PRACTICALS & REQUIREMENTS
Hairdressing and esthetics students have different requirements. Practicals are individual beauty services that must be completed to comply with state board while requirements can be certain classes or hours, etc. Hairdressers must complete a minimum of 1,650 hours while estheticians must complete a minimum of 350 hours. These are the rest of the state required qualifications.
Theory Hours - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 185 hours
Rules & Regs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 hours
Haircuts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 250 haircuts
Hair Coloring, Bleach, Highlights - - - - - - - - - 75 applications
Permanent Waving - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 80 applications
Relaxers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 applications
Thermal Styling - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 180 styles
Wet Styling - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 180 styles
Beard Trims - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 beard trims
Scalp Treatments - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 treatments
Manicures - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 manicures
Eyebrow Arching & Waxing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 treatments
Makeup Applications - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15 makeups
Theory Hours - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40 hours
Rules & Regs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 hours
Manual Facials - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -60 facials
Machine Facials - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 40 facials
Waxing & Tweezing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50 operations
Makeup Applications - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 50 makeups
Esthetician students will have to pass (minimum score of 76%) an online comprehensive 100 question mock state board exam at MetrOasis in order to complete the program.
We expect all hairdressing and esthetics students to perform their services in the highest quality possible and to follow the instructions that we provide. Those students who refuse to follow the proper methods while performing services will be terminated. We simply can't book students with our clients if we can't trust that they will provide services in a safe and proper manner. Outside products will not be used on our clients whether these products are brought in by clients or students. We carefully select our products and we are experienced in their use. Please don't ask us to experiment on you.
Hairdressers - We help formulate every color, every bleach, every perm, every relaxer that happens on the floor and we also help with consultations with every haircut, style, etc. that happens on the floor. We also check every service that leaves the floor. This accountability is part of the reason our clients trust us so much. Hairdressing students begin in "basic training" at their own station with a manikin that fits an apparatice that holds the manikin head where a real client's head would be. After they have become competent with manikins, we move them on to friends and family. When they graduate from basic training to the floor the begin performing services on clients. Each service a student completes successfully is a "red book" requirement. Red book requirements must be completed at a minimum of school timing and school quality. All schools have these same requirements, which are listed above. We also require "blue book" requirements which are also the requirements listed above but these requirements must be successfully completed at salon timing and salon quality. When our hairdressing students graduate they will have a complete list of the requirements they have performed at salon timing and salon quality they can show potential employers. We believe this gives them a competitive edge when it comes to placement.
Estheticians - We start each esthetics student in basic training where they practise on each other and on friends & family. When they have progressed through basic training they begin performing services on clients. Each student receives as part of their student kit, makeup materials, airbrush makeup materials, a multifunction facial machine, diamond microdermabrasion tools, etc. The equipment you are issued as part of your kit is the actual equipment that you will be using during your training. We have some other specialty equipment that we also teach our students with.
We will have a max of 12 hairdressing students and 12 esthetician students at any one time. It usually takes most students betwen 11 and 12 months to complete the hairdressing program and about 10 1/2 weeks to complete the esthetician program. If you leave at 4:00 or 4:30 in the afternoon instead of 6:00 PMit will take longer to complete your program.
BEHAVIOR & PROFESSIONALISM
We expect all of our students to be on their best behavior at all times and to act professionally and to treat other students, staff and clients with respect. Students who either don't respect our staff, the other students or our clients are dismissed. Clients that are rude or abussive with our students are asked to leave and we will not provide any more services to them. No unattended children are allowed on the clinic floor or in the facial rooms. No visitors are allowed on the clinic floor unless they are receiving a service. Parents with children can be on the clinic floor with prior arrangements and we will find a suitable area for them that will be out of the way of the rest of the student body. Students and/or clients and/or intruders (door to door salesmen, that refuse to act professionally and treat our staff, clients and students with respect will be escorted from the building. Those wishing to cause a scene and be loud and obnoxious in front of others will be dealt with right where they choose and in the manner they choose. Our dress code is simple. No sweat clothing, no plastic flip-flops and we don't want to know they type of underwear you have on. If you show up with one or more of these on, you will be asked to go home and change. You are, after all, training to be a salon/spa professional, so you should be dressing the part while you're in school. If you believe that sweat pants, flip-flops and thongs ARE professional dress then you probably picked the wrong school to attend. We maintain a "G" rated salon/spa environment at all times. If you cannot communicate without using vulgarity you may be very frustrated by our environment. Just because you watch "Tabitha" spew vulgarities and curse words out like a firehose on TV, this doesn't make it acceptable, professional or acceptable on any level. If you insist on being vulgar and coarse, another school will probably be more suitable to your temperment.
We book at specific times for our appointments. Most schools and many salons book people how ever they can fit them in. This leads to inconsistant service and confusion. Schools and salons that book randomly offer services that vary in time, quality, consistency and experience. The best salons and spas book at specific times and we are training our students for a position in a top end salon/spa, so we also book at speciic times. We also use "floor time" as a way of distributing clients evenly. We have a ranom pattern of highlighted times on our appointment books so that if you are the floor time person at 1:00 and someone calls in needs a 1:00 appointment, you are booked with that appointment. Clients can also specifically request a particular student and those clients will be booked with those students.
We teach spread sheets, marketing, SEO internet strategies, retailing, communication techniques, policies, legal issues, customer service principles, etc. on top of our regular curriculum. If you have already limited the number of things you're willing to learn because you want to only learn the bare minimum at school and frequently say things like "Why do we have to learn THAT?", then you probably won't like our school very much and you will be wasting both our time and your time by signing up for one of our programs. There are already schools like this. Sign up for one of their programs. All of these things are neccessary to be successful in the beauty business. You can either learn them while you are enrolled in our school or you can spend more money and more time getting this training later at another school. You decide. One of the questions we ask during our entrance interview is "Are you teacheable?" We named our school the MetrOasis "Advanced Training Center" instead of "Academy" or "Beauty School", etc. This is because we include advanced training with our basic training. This means that if you are truly interested in being the best YOU must also be "advanced". We can't simply pound this information into your head, YOU must be a willing participant.