The One Tip You Need to Succeed in Cosmetology School

Hairdresser doing highlights with foils
Hairdresser doing highlights with foils | Image by Dean Wissing via Flickr

Cosmetology school is the foundation for everything that is going to come after school. If you learn to be successful now, you’ll have a head start by the time you graduate.

If you want to be a successful hairstylist, makeup artist, nail artist, or skin care expert, you need to start now.

Act like the successful stylist (artist / expert) you are going to be!

Imagine yourself after you’ve finished school and gotten your license. It’s a few years down the line, and you’re working at the salon or spa of your dreams. How are you acting? How do you look? What’s your attitude like? Be all those things now.

Pull your dreams into your everyday existence, and they will become your reality.

If you come to school with a bad attitude and acting like a drama queen, then that will be your reality. If you pull yourself together to act with maturity, good humor, and confidence, then that will be your reality, instead.

There’s truth in the old tip, “Fake it till you make it.” If you act in a way that presents yourself as successful, you eventually will be a success.


If you liked this tip, consider buying my book: How to Survive Beauty School: The Ultimate, No-Nonsense Guide to Thriving as a Cosmetology Student, available in paperback and digital formats on Amazon!

Friday Favorite Five

1. StatShot: a new way to track your Instagram likes, follows, and comments, via Photojojo

Get a daily email with updates! For free!

StatShot for Instagram
StatShot for Instagram


2. Why Americans dress so casually, via The Washington Post

A fascinating interview with Deirdre Clemente, a 20th-century cultural historian.

Casual Friday
Casual Friday


3. How the Smiths pioneered normcore, via GQ

And on THAT note, here’s some evidence of the lingering effects of the dowdy-as-a-statement style worn by our favorite depressives.



4. Everest: The Movie reviewed by the National Geographic adventure blog, via Beyond the Edge

It’s a little-known fact around here that I’m obsessed with outdoor survival and adventure stories. Into Thin Air is one of my favorite books of all time. So I cannot wait to see what Hollywood has done in this drama-fied, Beautiful-Peopled version of the story!!

Everest: The Movie
Everest: The Movie


5. Dressing for your dosha, via The Numinous

If you work with Ayurveda, you probably already know some things to eat and drink that are balancing and unbalancing for your dosha (your primary constitution). But have you ever thought about how the things you put ON your body also affect your dosha? Read this fun article for some tips!

Dressing for your dosha
Dressing for your dosha

How to Find Peace in a Crazy World in 9 Easy Steps

I’m sure many of you will be able to relate when I say, I am pulled in many directions these days. All the many different areas of my life compete for attention at any given moment: family, work, relationships, friendships… toss in health maintenance, fitness, cooking / eating, finances, pets, creative and intellectual outlets… and you’ve got yourself quite a chopped salad of life.

The thing is, I know that it is possible to find peace in the chaos of life in a very simple and easy way.

Meditation is the ONLY thing that keeps me from splitting into fragments. It is the glue that binds me to myself, over and over again.

Yes, I mediate every day. Yes, it brings me peace. Yes, some days I only do five minutes — that’s all! Five minutes!

It is not a miracle. It won’t change any of your outside circumstances or change the way other people act toward you.

It will, however, change your relationship with yourself and allow you to have some perspective on events and relationships that you might not have if you’re constantly being fragmented.

All you need is your breath and five minutes. If you want, you can work your way up to 20 minutes or longer, but the most important thing is not to set goals like that. Just do what you can. Breathe. Be present.

Stop beating yourself up for five minutes a day, and see what great changes might come about.

How to Practice Simple Mindfulness Meditation

It can be easier to learn mindfulness meditation by focusing your awareness on only one sensation, object, or thought, such as your breath, a candle, or the concept of forgiveness. Set aside a quiet spot to practice and wear comfortable, nonrestrictive clothes.

  1. Sit in a comfortable position on a folded blanket, bolster, or firm cushion. You can also sit on a chair with both feet flat on the floor and your hands resting in your lap. Adjust your position so your spine is erect. Sit with your head, neck, and spine in one straight line.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Begin to steady your breath by inhaling for a count of five and exhaling for five. After a few of these deep breaths, breathe naturally again. Notice the way the air feels as it travels in and out of your body through your nose.
  4. Continually bring your awareness back to your breath, in and out, in and out.
  5. Do not force yourself to concentrate. Simply notice when your mind wanders, and then gently bring your awareness back to your breath. Consistently returning to the present moment takes patience and dedication.
  6. Be careful not to punish yourself for wandering thoughts. Thinking is the natural state of your mind. Meditation is not a competition. If you find yourself thinking, simply say to yourself, “Thinking,” acknowledge that you were indeed thinking, then return your focus to your breath.
  7. Now bring your awareness to the object of your focus. This might still be your breath. If it’s an object, like a candle, soften your gaze.
  8. Maintain your awareness. When your thoughts start to wander, gently guide them back to the object of your focus. Don’t fight the thoughts. Simply acknowledge them and let them pass, like clouds floating by or like ocean waves.
  9. Do this exercise for 10 minutes a day, gradually extending your sessions to 20 or 30 minutes.


  • Start small! Even 1-2 minutes a day will bring you great benefits, when practiced every day.
  • Don’t get too comfortable. You don’t want to fall asleep! If you easily doze off when trying to meditate, take the necessary steps to address fatigue and sleep problems outside of your meditation practice.


  • Meditation should be used in conjunction with conventional medical or psychological care, not as a substitute for it. If you are suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts, severe anxiety, an eating disorder, or other psychological or emotional distress, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional before practicing meditation.


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Fresh Peach Crisp (Gluten-Free)

Fresh peach crisp with coconut ice cream
Fresh peach crisp with coconut ice cream
Oh, I love these late days of summer! And I love the produce that goes with them, too.

Peaches have been particularly delicious to me this summer, but I’ve eaten plenty of them fresh and cold already. So when I received a gift of a bagful of fresh peaches recently, I knew there was only one thing to do: make a crisp!

I used what was on hand, including gluten-free all-purpose baking mix, Scottish oatmeal, and coconut palm sugar, so this is NOT a traditional recipe. You can try substituting your own ingredients and see how it turns out!

Hope you enjoy :-)

Fresh Peach Crisp (Gluten-Free)

Ingredients: Crumb Topping

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose baking mix (I used this)
  • 1/2 cup oats (I used this)
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4–1/3 cup unsalted butter, cold

Ingredients: Filling

  • 4–6 fresh peaches, cored and sliced in 1/2-inch pieces (I left the peels ON!)
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose baking mix
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the sliced peaches and 1/4 cup coconut sugar to coat. Let sit for 10-20 minutes until juicy.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the topping in a different medium-sized bowl. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut in the butter until the mixture becomes crumbly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  4. Mix together the rest of the filling ingredients in a small bowl, then add to the peaches and toss to combine.
  5. Layer the peach filling in a dish. I used an 8″x8″ glass dish, but you can use what you have that is similar.
  6. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly across the filling until covered.
  7. Bake for 30–35 minutes or until the top is set and turning golden.
  8. Remove from oven and cool slightly before serving.
  9. Tastes AMAZING with coconut “ice cream” — I had it with Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut, and it was DIVINE.

Enjoy! Have a wonderful rest of your summer!

Adjust the recipe as necessary for your needs and tastes. You can determine the nutritional content of your final product using Recipe Calculator.

Friday Favorite Five

1. The weirdest stuff we’ve tried to use as dry shampoo, via The Cut

Don’t knock cornstarch till you’ve tried it! Mix in a dash of cocoa powder if you’re a brunette ;-)

DIY dry shampoo
DIY dry shampoo


2. Think twice before you buy these beauty products, via Refinery29

An EXCELLENT report on diversion, a.k.a. grey market products, a practice that not only harms the beauty industry but could put the consumer in danger, as well!

Do you know where your beauty products came from?
Do you know where your beauty products came from?


3. Jamie Bochert for Karen Millen Fall 2015, via Fashion Gone Rogue

I am swooning in love with these 1970s-Patti-Smith-meets-Shelley-Duvall-in-The-Shining ads!!

Jamie Bochert for Karen Millen
Jamie Bochert for Karen Millen


4. Beyoncé and the politics of stringy hair, via The Atlantic

A socio-cultural analysis. Perhaps overwrought? Interesting, nonetheless.

Beyoncé for Vogue
Beyoncé for Vogue


5. The most annoying uses of punctuation in pop culture, via Refinery 29

Hate-read along with me, won’t you? ;-)

What's wrong with this picture?
What’s wrong with this picture?

My New Book, now available on Amazon! How to Survive Beauty School: The Ultimate, No-Nonsense Guide to Thriving as a Cosmetology Student

by Andrea Drugay
by Andrea Drugay


I’m super-excited to let you know my newest book is now available for sale on Amazon! It’s called How to Survive Beauty School: The Ultimate, No-Nonsense Guide to Thriving as a Cosmetology Student, and it is THE go-to resource for anyone contemplating going to cosmetology school or who is currently a cosmo student!

The book includes a whole bunch of tips, advice, and wisdom from deciding whether this is your “right” career path, to choosing a school, to getting through school with (most of) your sanity intact, to preparing for the real world. The book is now available as paperback and digital via Amazon.

A huge thanks goes out to Rebecca Roman for her adorable cover illustration!


Friday Favorite Five

1. Do cosmetic ingredients really penetrate skin? via The Beauty Brains

Well, do they, punk?


2. Hair-dyeing fun with Pravana Locked-In, via HairCrazy

Looks like it does what it says it will! Can’t wait to play with these soon!

Pravana Locked-In
Pravana Locked-In


3. How to make cookie-cutter bird feeders, via Mashable

I love feeding the birds, don’t you?

DIY bird feeders
DIY bird feeders


4. Air-drying your hair: from floofy + frizzy to relaxed + romantic, via Maskcara

EXCELLENT tips here, especially for summertime.

Airdrying with Maskcara
Airdrying with Maskcara


5. How to get the haircut you want, via Into the Gloss

Learning how to communicate in “hair terms” is a great first step! Building trust with a hairstylist you relate to is the next essential step :-)