Where Are They Now? Teddi Chanos

Positive reviews from salon floor clients are always great, but hearing positive reviews from our SFIEC alumni always make our world go round. One of our SFIEC graduates from 2010, Teddi Chanos recently sent us an update on what she’s been up to since she graduated and got her Cosmetology license.


SFIEC Alumni: Teddi Chanos

Its Teddi Chanos,  I wanted to shoot you an email updating you on everything I have been up to and how I am so thankful I choose SFIEC! The moment I walked into SFIEC I knew it was the beauty school for me! The energy in the building is so positive, even when we have our ups and downs, and truly has so many opportunities you can not get anywhere else!  I am so thankful for all the Learning Leaders and faculty who helped mold me into the stylist I am today and pushed me to just say YES and believe that I can do anything I set my mind to!Out of beauty school I got my license and went to work for Peter Thomas Hair Design in Berkeley!  They were my top choice ever since they were a guest speaker at SFIEC. I loved Peter’s enthusiam and passion for the hair industry, it is contagious! I worked my way through their assistant program in 10 months and I absolutely loved it! The only reason I ended up leaving after a little over a year from PTHD was because I wanted to pursue a career in the Bridal industry!  Therefore I moved to a salon in Pleasanton, that showed me everything I never wanted in a salon and I soon started booking Bridal work as a side job.  I began my search for a salon to buy and make into my very own! I used everything I learned I did not want in a salon from the Pleasanton location that I will leave a mystery and took everything I loved about Peter Thomas and created a business plan!  Now over a year later I found a
location in Pleasanton I could mold into my very own salon, Tousled Hair Salon!  We opened on 1.1.2013 and I am currently working 10-8 Tues-Sat and renovating the space Sunday & Monday.  I love the hair business and my passion comes through not only in my work, but my dedication to keeping my team happy! A happy team is a happy salon, which equals incredibly happy clients! I am currently looking for more amazing stylists to add to my rockstar team!  My salon is only rental for the moment until I get everything renovated but I will be starting a small training program hopefully come 2014.

That is of course a small snipit of information, but the real reason I wanted to right you and everyone at SFIEC is to say: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!! I would never have had the courage or strength to do this without all the amazing people who touched my life during my time at SFIEC!  The education and knowledge I received from all the oppurtunites you all provided truly molded me into the young woman and stylist I have become!  I have a lot of growth still but I am just so thankful for having attended SFIEC and it will be a community I am apart of for the rest of my life! 🙂

Teddi Nicole
Tousled Hair Salon


Congratulations Teddi on your professional success and thank you for the awesome review. We’re so proud to have you as one of SFIEC’s alumni!!




Don’t  you just love that name “AWAPUHI”! So what is Awapuhi all about? Awapuhi Wild Ginger is a
Kera-Triplex Treatment. It’s highly concentrated blend of exclusive keratin proteins that repairs and seals from the cuticle to the core. It’s an infusion of moisture for softness and shine.

We love it so much that for the rest of August, we are offering $5 OFF any Awapuhi Kera-Triplex Treatment add-on to an existing hair service (cut, color, or both). This offer is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Thursday nights only.

This promotion is good through 8/30, make an appointment today at the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology.

Three Words – Solar Defense Booster!

Sun Damage - Bill McElligott

Photo Bill McElligott, Delivery Truck Driver, Has Severe Sun Damage On One Side Of His Face. IMAGE SOURCE: NEJM.com

As our Summer season is peaking, articles and photos about victims to severe sun damage reminds us of the importance of using sun protection. Needless to say, you should be wearing sunscreen ALL THE TIME! Our beautiful dean, Deedee Crossett always says,

“If you can see the light, the light can see you!”

Visit us today and we’ll hook you up with a sunscreen perfect for your skin type!

See What Natalie Coughlin, U.S. Olympic Swimmer has to say about dryness!

Natalie Coughlin Dishes on Anti-dryness
With the Olympics in full swing, we can’t help but to be mesmerized by all the events and the Olympic beauties who are representing us! We came across an interesting article from the Huffington Post that reminds us, even the ‘super humans’ need a daily routine to keep up with hair and skin health.

Natalie Coughlin, the 29-year-old beauty battles with dryness from consistantly training in the pool.

“I don’t wear makeup when I compete,” she says. “You’ll just finish the final of a race and you’re on TV 2 minutes later without makeup on and red in the face. It’s an unusual situation, but it forces me to focus on skin and well-groomed brows. … I’m not the type to stare in the mirror all day but I want to look as good as I can.”

Natalie reveals that she uses a dry brush on her skin before a shower or bath to exfoliate dead skin cells, she also uses a leave-in conditioner to help lock in the moisture!

Here at the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology, we offer an array of services to help maintain or restore any skin or hair challenges you may be facing. We also carry the Paul Mitchell hair care line and super hydrating moisturizers from the Dermalogica line.

No matter your skin type or condition, there’s a Dermalogica Moisturizer that’s right for you. Moisturizers are greatly misunderstood, as they do more than just moisten dehydrated skin!

Emollients help keep skin soft and smooth, can help regulate excessive oiliness or dryness, and even help protect against environmental assaults that trigger sensitivity, premature aging and skin damage.

Come see us for a free face mapping and go home with the perfect moisturizer!