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Beauty Anatomy Institute Celebrates Graduates

Beauty Anatomy Institute held their Graduation Ceremony for fifty students and their family and friends on Saturday, June 23rd at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa.  This was the Institute’s largest graduating class since opening in 2010.  Beauty Anatomy Institute offers programs in Cosmetology, Nail Specialty, Barber Styling, Facial Specialty, Massage Therapy and Hybrid (online and in hands on training) Full Specialty Program.

“We are so proud of our students and their accomplishments.  We look forward to seeing all of the amazing accomplishments they will make in the beauty industry,” said Beauty Anatomy Institute Founder Octavia McDougle.

The evening consisted of a program with speakers including BAI Alumni and Katy Meagher from Neighbors 4 Neighbors.  NBC 6 Reporter Darryl Forges served as the evenings emcee.  Following the ceremony was a reception to celebrate the Graduates and their families.

Beauty Anatomy Institute Alumni Francesca Maria Fernandez spoke to the students.  She currently works as a lead hair and makeup artist and does freelance work as a hair assistant on commercial shoots in Miami and New York and has had her work on local billboards.   “Beauty Anatomy was great in keeping me focused while I was still a student. They pushed me and worked with my schedule so I could accomplish my goal of being a licensed cosmetologist. Even after graduating, they allowed me to come back to perfect my skills and help me be the best artist I could be. When I was sent home from a Photo-shoot, and was made to feel worthless because I didn’t know a certain skill, I was crushed. I thought it could potentially be the end of my career. But BAI was there for me and helped me acquire a new skill! That day was a HUGE day for my career. What could have been soul crushing actually was the day I realized, I could do this!” said Francesca Maria Fernandez.

Beauty Anatomy Institute is located at the Pompano Citi Centre in Pompano Beach.  Beauty Anatomy Institute prides itself on ensuring all of the students are properly trained and receive valuable exposure to the beauty industry.  The school supplements student’s classroom experience with local and national competitions and seminars with Industry leaders/ stylists and charity outreach including our Thankful Thursday program.  The goal is to have increase product knowledge, introduce students to industry trends and provide opportunities to network and learn how to build their brand through these experiences.

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Beauty Anatomy Institute’s Thankful Thursday Program Provides Free Services For Local Non-Profits

Beauty Anatomy Institute hosts local non profits to complimentary services including hair, nails and skin care every Thursday as part of the school’s Thankful Thursday program.  Some of the local non-profits that have participated include Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Covenant House, SOS Next S.T.E.P.S and The FLITE CENTER.

“Thankful Thursday for our organization provides our consumers with a sense of confidence they are able to enter any room head held high because they are well groomed. We cannot thank Beauty Anatomy Institute enough for allow us to be a part of such an amazing opportunity,” said LaShonda Cross, NEXT S.T.E.P.S. Director.

Beauty Anatomy Institute offers programs in Cosmetology, Nail Specialty, Barber Styling, Facial Specialty and Hybrid (online and in-class, hands-on training) Full Specialty Program.  Students with the supervision of the instructors provide the Thankful Thursday program services.

“Beauty Anatomy Institute prides itself on ensuring all of the students are properly trained and receive valuable exposure to the beauty industry.  The school supplements student’s classroom experience with local and national competitions and seminars with Industry leaders/ stylists and charity outreach including our Thankful Thursday program,” said Beauty Anatomy Institute Founder Octavia McDougle.  The goal is to increase product knowledge, introduce students to industry trends and provide opportunities to network and learn how to build their brand through these experiences.

Founded by Octavia McDougle and her husband, retired NFL Player Stockar McDougle, Beauty Anatomy Institute of Cosmetology and Wellness (BAI) is located at the Pompano Citi Centre. BAI stands out from the competition by combining a high-tech learning environment with small classes and experienced trainers to create innovative educational programs.

BAI offers training in Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Instructor Training and Massage Therapy. They offer hands-on, cutting edge training and students are able to perform services for the public using products such as OPI, CHI, MAC and PCA Skin.

BAI is Licensed by the Florida Department of Education/Commission for Independent Education, accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV Programs, making qualified students eligible for Federal Financial Aid and approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to accept non-immigrant students.

BAI is also an approved training provider for Career Source Broward, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Veteran’s Affairs, the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program.  Upon graduation, the school assists with career placement in salons and spas.

For more information, or to nominate your organization to participate in Thankful Thursday, please visit bai.edu.

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So, You Want to Become a Hair Artist

Did you know, #hairartist has over 400,000 tags on Instagram? That’s because cosmetologists everywhere are labeling themselves as what they truly are: artists. If you’re interested in learning more hair artistry, read on.

What is a Hair Artist?

“Hair artist” is a title that a cosmetologist is given by their employer or, more often, by themselves. This title often refers to the type of work they do. Cosmetologists can master makeup artistry and skincare, but their focus is usually on hair. During school, cosmetologists often cover several areas of haircare like cutting, coloring, chemical treatments, styling, and much more. Think about it: cosmetologists can help their clients achieve their hair dreams by painting, shaping, and creating the perfect style, and artists help their clients or selves see their dreams by painting, shaping, and creating the perfect piece.


Beauty Anatomy Institute student working on a photoshoot.

What Do Hair Artists Do?

As we mentioned above, cosmetologists usually learn several aspects of beauty. Hair artists are cosmetologists who took their passion for beauty and specialized it. They may also choose to specialize even further by choosing one type of service. These services can be things like:

  • Short cuts
  • Curly hair
  • Blonding
  • Balayage
  • Color in general
  • Hair pieces
  • Braiding

Specific services are not limited to these, either! There are so many areas to explore. You don’t have to limit yourself to one speciality your entire career, and you can definitely learn and do more at any point in time.

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Beauty Anatomy Institute student work.

Can I Become a Hair Artist?

Yes. Yes you can. If you love beauty, if you want to work with people, if you love working in a fast-paced environment, then you should explore this profession. Becoming an artist first requires you to learn the skills. Start your journey off by attending cosmetology school. Here at Beauty Anatomy Institute, we offer a 1200 hour cosmetology course that can help you gain that foundation. If you’re ready to take the leap, learn more about our admissions procedure, and contact us today!

#hairartist

To see these artists at work, just check out this hashtag on Instagram. These photos are full of gorgeous color work, daring cuts, and beautiful styles. They won’t disappoint.

Are you an inspiring hair artist? Then check out our quiz to find out which speciality would fit you best!

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