Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Is Plastic Surgery getting more popular with Men?

More men are opting for cosmetic procedures to rejuvenate their looks and stay competitive in the dating and job markets
Ralph Spencer, A Pennsylvania apple and pear farmer who is 70 years old, is one of an estimated million men in America who had some type of aesthetic surgery done in 2013.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, In the US,  about 10 % of all cosmetic procedures are done on males., . Procedures men choose most often are rhinoplasty (nose jobs), eyelid surgery, face lifts, breast reduction, and liposuction. Their reasons for seeking aesthetic surgery, including rejuvenation and anti-aging procedures, vary from man to man.
Spence, the farmer from PA, decided to get upper and lower eyelid surgery for both practical and cosmetic reasons. He said he'd noticed changes around his eyes, such as drooping lids and puffiness, which concerned him. He wanted to look good for a woman with whom he was in a relationship, but he also found out from his optometrist that these changes were affecting his range of vision.
So, he started looking into plastic surgery. Initially, he considered a full facelift, but he said that he didn't think his whole face had changed enough to warrant that. Instead, he went with work around the eyes.

Because sun exposure is a concern for healing skin after surgery, Spencer scheduled the procedure for late winter, when he would be able to stay indoors, catching up on the paperwork, bookkeeping, and desk duties related to farming through the year. By the time he needed to get back out in the orchards, his eye surgeries were healing well.

Plastic Surgery for Men:
Spencer’s reasons  reflect many of the reasons why  men may want Plastic Surgery. The pressure to be physically appealing to romantic partners and also competitive in a tough job market leads many men to consider cosmetic procedures, he said. The whole emphasis on youth has extended so men want to appear youthful socially a lot longer."
Cosmetic procedures can be a tougher sell for men, in part because they're not as accustomed as women to altering their appearance through makeup and hairstyling.  When men choose to proceed with a procedure a good plastic surgeon should educate men about their options so that they feel more comfortable with their desire for a new  look.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks for patients, though, is gaining a realistic understanding of what to expect and time to heal.. Not giving yourself time to heal can foster fear that your results aren’t going to be what you hoped for, when you simply haven't waited for full healing.
The rule of 6-6-6 which is “Usually for the first six weeks postoperatively, there are natural changes in the body because surgery is an injury, such as swelling, discoloration, and a scar that is more prominent. Over the next six weeks, which gets you to three months out, the body recovers from the insult and stops building scar. And, then at six months, the scar is resolving and you’re on your way.”
Botox for Men:
Botox offers a relatively low cost and commitment option that appeals to a lot of men.
Though women are generally relatively open about their procedures, men are incredibly secretive,. As a result, men opt for cosmetic surgery procedures that are less obvious and for which healing can be carefully scheduled.
An occasional Botox injection to help erase crow’s feet or brow lines, for instance, might be more appealing to men than a total facelift and its attendant longer-term recovery.
Okay Men you want to Seal the Deal on Cosmetic Surgery
If you’re a man interested in a cosmetic procedure,  “do your homework."  Take time to learn about your options, and find the right doctor and/or medical team for you and your needs You’ll also need to do some background research to learn about your plastic surgeon. Look at their board certifications, the number of similar procedures they've done, and patient referrals
Also, feel free (and brave enough!) to talk with others about their experiences to get referrals and ideas. And don't hesitate to take someone with you to initial appointments. More men,than woman frequently come to consultations with their spouse or significant other for support and insight.
. Prices vary depending on geography and the market.  . If you live in a major urban area but have a tight budget, looking for plastic surgery clinics outside of the city center might offer some cost savings, even if you have to travel a bit farther. And once you start talking with the doctor of your choice, you might find that lower-cost options, such as Botox, achieve your goals as well as a higher-priced procedure.
But whatever you opt for, consider cosmetic procedures as an investment.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Claudia Tapp, Owner and Mentor of Claude Thomas Salon & Spa, Credentials and Certification

Claudia Tapp..AKA “CJ”..AKA “CP”..
AKA “Madame Claude”
Lists of Credentials and Certifications
My start in this amazing journey is Beauty school….. John and Lewis 1975
Started working in Sir Williams Hair Salon 5 months before graduating cosmetology school 1975
Advance courses at Pivot point (Leo Passage founder and creative genius) 1975 – 1976  all courses certified
·         3 day work shop on advanced creative hair dressing
·         5 day workshop  on advanced hair cutting and design
·         3 day work shop and hair coloring theory
·         2 day work shop on color correction and designer color techniques 
·         2 day workshop in dimensional hair coloring techniques
·         2 day workshop on high styling and updo
·         2 day workshop on clipper cuts and razor cuts
Advanced coarse at Vidal Sasson  (literally SHEAR genius) 1976-1979 all certified courses
·         3 day work shop on advanced Sassoon’s precision cutting techniques
·         1 day coarse on cutting theory and artistry taught by 
       Vidal himself  $$
·         5 day training for platform work and photo layouts under Sassoon
·         3 month training coarse for educator in Sasson products and sasson cutting theory
***Vidal asked me to join his team as a platform artist and what an opportunity that was  The chance of a lifetime . I attended the inter-Continental Coiffure Convention  in London  and Paris within the same year of 1979 through 1982
I was for over a year and half one of his platform artists and educator
Todays Hair from 1978 – 1982
Paul Glick,  a former hairstylist and owner for 16 years of the Paul Glick and Associates salon on North Michigan Avenue, was a world-famous style-setter, whose clients included movie stars, politicians, rock stars, TV personalities and the who's who of the city. certification
§  2 day seminar and hands on work shop for hair design and styling
§  2 day seminar  for hair cutistry
§  2 day work shop for color and highlight techniques
§  Assisted as his personal assistant for one week…. amazing how much I learned from that
 John Dellaria (celebrity stylist of the time) advanced training school in Boston location 1982 certified course
§  5 day work shop on the John Dellaria’s technique of hair design and hair cutistry.
Claude Perdot Triangles Salons of the top designers in Canada …location  British Columbia Vancouver  1983 certified coarse
§  4 day work seminar on hair cutting, hair design, and hair coloring techniques and theory
Zotos Corp Daren CT workshop all perms Re-texturing techniques and re-texturing theory  certification
·         3 day work shop all all techniques, pattering and theory

John Laurence Salon 1982-1989

Pivot point advanced training center certification
3  day coarse on braiding and hair weaves
Paul Glicks again certification
·         3 day Advanced hair cutting theory and color
            Wella Academy  Locations Chicago, and  New York  certification
·         6 month training for becoming a Wella educator on color and cutistry
·         3 month apprenticeship on platform artist for Wella
·         Platform artist and educator for about 2 years 1986 -1988

Zoto Corp.New therories of Re-tuxturizing concepts certification

  •       2 day theory conception on editorial and practical re-texturing and/or perms

            Jon Mario Salon from 1989-1994
            Pivot point advanced training center Chicago certified coarse in All method of hair extension…certification
·         5 day coarse in all aspects of hair extensions and hair weaves
·         1 day course on hair braiding
·         Certification in Cinderella hair extensions
·         Certification in Monkey barz hair extensions
          Paul Mitchell advance learning Miami, Chicago…certification
·         5-Day Cutting Foundations and Accelerated Cutting Evolution
·         3-Day Accelerated Cut and Color Evolution color theory
·         5 day coarse on platform and photo shoot layouts
          Redken advance classes  New York, Chicago and San Francisco..Certification
·         3 day workshop on advanced color theory and hair design
·         4 month certification coarse for educator for Redken
·         Platform artist  and educator for  Redken for 2.5 years 1991-1994
Wayne Grund  see referenace workshop on product and techniques in hair styling and hair design  certification
·         2 day coarse on hair design, coloring and products

Grand Opening of my first salon September 1995 Claude Thomas Salon and Spa 2300 sq ft.
Great lengths  Chicago location.. certification
·         3 days certification coarse
·         2 month certification course for educator, platform and photo layouts.
Invisible hair extensions Ventura Ca owner and inventor of this system Dawn Harrison ..certification
·         5 day certification on Invisible hair extensions and hair replacement for Trichotillomania and hair loss and thinning
·         3 day Master seminar in hair replacement
·         5 day training for educator and platform artist
Dome  hair extensions London England certification
·         2 day work shop for all methods of their hair extensions
Salon management and marketing Lake Geneva Il certification
·         3 day conference on salon and spa management and marketing
Hair locs Burbank Ca and Chicago certification
·         4 day workshop and certification on all methods of hair extensions under their company and the Newest system of hair locking
·         3 day advance coarse for certification on becoming an educator for hair Locs
Yuko Thermal Reconditioning or Japanese hair straightening Los Angeles Ca certification
·         5 day coarse for certification and educator
Pivot point advance training for all methods of hair extensions and hair weaves certification
·         3 day seminar refresher certification
TMA Medical hair replacement Chicago and Ft Lauderdale FL and certification
·         2 day Workshop and seminar on Medical hair loss and working with medical professional
I straight Niles Il thermal reconditioning workshop certification
·         2 day advanced thermal reconditioning and re-texturing 
Permanent Choices San Leandro, CA Permanent Makeup certification
·         5 day classes for certification in Permanent Makeup
          John Hashey’s Advanced School of Permanent Cosmetics certification
·         3 day seminar and workshop on advanced permanent makeup and coil machine for lips, eyeliner and eyebrows
TSA New jersey seminar and business blueprint and marketing seminar/conference accredited
·         3 day conference on business plan, and marketing, customere service and client retension
Onrite Ft Lauderdale FL hair replacement and Hair extensions Conference and seminar Boca Rattan Fl  certification
·         3 day classes on hair replacement and hair extension (all methods)

Renee of Paris and Noriko wig manufacturer workshop certification

·         2 day work shop on wig  construction and base construction , wig alterations, wig fitting and cutting in 

 SPCP Convention (Society for permanent Cosmetics) New Orleans  certification

·         3 day convention and hands on work shop in Permanent makeup

2004 to present .......
New Location of  Claude Thomas Salon 
and Spa   over 3000 ft. 

Global Keratin workshop for Keratin treatments in salon training certification
·         2 day workshop on keratin treatments and product knowledge
         I straight  Chicago  workshop in salon workshop certification
·         1 day in salon training on new formulations in thermal Reconditioning
       Onrite Gemtress Ultratress conference in Bocca Ratton  FL workshops certification
·         3 day conference and workshop classes on synthetic wigs, human hair wigs, hair extensions, crown hair extensions and hair replacement
    SoCap  Chicago  hair extension workshop certification
·         1 day workshop on their hair extensions
     Hot Heads  Chicago hair extension workshop  certification
·         1 day work shop on their seamless and strand by strand hair extensions certification
     Thicken it  Chicago  hair extension work shop certification
·         2 day work shop on seamless hair extensions and crown hair extensions
    Robert  Cromeans Seriously industry outlook  completed coarse and certified
·         Salon and spa business building foundations and formulas and business planning.

Hair Dreams Hair extensions and crown hair extensions, crown pieces Torrance CA certification
·         3 day workshop on hair extensions and crown hair extensions
    Haronix permanent makeup  Ft Laurdale FL work shop on Permanent makeup and  skin rejuvenation
·         2 day hands on techniques in Permanent Makeup
    Taiwan Vern 3 dimensional power cutting Boca Rattan FL certification
·         4 days of revolutionary new concepts in hair cutting
  Salon marketing Tool kit business systems and marketing Convention Columbus Ohio certification

·         3 day seninar on business foundations and marketing

This is just a list of coarses that I have certification and accreditation in. This excludes Hair Shows and a lot of seminars that do not have required certification for. The list of these amount over a 100 or so That I have attended
All these certification I signed up for and was paid by me, Not one of the salons I worked for ever paid for these classes and certification. I  am the one that takes full credit for all of my achievements and initiative to advance and further my expertise in my field. 

Certified in Vern shear Taiwanese hair cutting ...5 day class 
 and more will update later