Cosmetics – The History Behind it’s Impacts From Cultures To Presidential Elections
Does today’s selfie culture mean we are too obsessed with our appearance? Based on history, the answer is no! Humans have always wanted to look their best and enhance their appearances. Cosmetologists are part of a noble and valued occupation.
The Egyptians were the first to create what we think of today as cosmetics and perfumes, and ground minerals into powder to decorate their faces, including kohl for eyeliner, malachite for green eyeshadow, and henna and red ochre for their cheeks, lips, fingertips, and even toes!
The use of make-up expanded to other societies, but by the time of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, cosmetics were frowned upon, mostly because the Christian Holy Bible taught that cosmetics were sinful.
Throughout the rest of the world, native peoples in the Americas and Africa used body and face paint, but by the 19th century, cosmetic use was considered vulgar. But theatrical cosmetics continued and became popular in the twentieth century, especially after the development of film and photography. Theatrical New companies were started by theatrical make-up suppliers, such as Helena Rubenstein and L’Oréal. In the more recent past, musicians such as David Bowie and Lady Gaga have used cosmetics to create characters in their performances, John F. Kennedy’s use of stage make-up in the first televised presidential debate is considered one of the reasons he won the debate, because he looked stronger and healthier than opponent Richard Nixon.
Today, cosmetic use is accepted among a wide variety of people, including men. The twentieth century’s enthusiasm for cosmetics lead to an explosion of cosmetic use and products, and today new companies seem to start every day. That’s why cosmetology will always be a valued career path: human beings have always wanted to be beautiful!
Back in 1960, John F. Kennedy gave men around the world an important lesson. In the first televised presidential debate, he wore cosmetic foundation on his skin. Under the harsh studio lights, he looked vibrant and healthy compared to his pale and sweaty rival Richard Nixon, who refused to wear make-up. At the time, “real” men did not wear make-up.
Today, many men reject such outdated ideas about masculinity. Some people attribute this change to the popularity of the television show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” However, it may be that more recent discussions about gender have led many men to consider using more cosmetics. To them, the message of Chanel’s 2018 ad campaign says it all: “Beauty is about style. It knows no gender.”
That’s why some men enroll in beauty school these days, there are now specific cosmetics lines just for men., including Formen and Stryx, and male beauty influencers such as Jeffree Star, Lou Flores, and James Charles have millions of followers on social media.
This should come as no surprise to those interested in cosmetology history. After all, some of the most famous cosmetic companies were founded by men, including Max Factor and Charles Revlon.
For male make-up mavens, everything old is new again!
Most people have the wrong idea about cosmetology. Even the dictionary is wrong! The dictionary says that cosmetology is “the art or profession of applying cosmetics.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth! The reality is that cosmetology involves so many different skills that each individual artist can define what it means for them.
Cosmetology involves much more than make-up application. For example, in addition to cosmetic application skills, students in cosmetology school can specialize in many different skill areas including:
Hair Care: Learn how to cut, color, style, and weave hair; care for and design wigs; massage and treat the scalp.
Nail Care: Learn how to conduct spa treatments on hands and feet; trim and shape nails; design and apply nail art.
Skin Care: In addition to make-up application, students learn everything from facials to hair removal (including electrolysis) to become masters of skin care, ensuring that each client gets personalized skin care treatments.
Cosmetology schools also teach students the business of running a salon, including safety and sanitation; so many beauty school graduates take their courses in cosmetology and build specialty businesses that focus on one or more aspects of cosmetology. Some graduates open salons specializing in hair only, while others may become make-up artists in the entertainment industry.
The field of cosmetology is only limited by your own imagination!
Savvy beauty industry pros know that cosmetology doesn’t have to be an in-person only job at a salon. Beauty influencers have used online technology to build beauty empires and more. Here are just a few examples:
Huda Kattan is worth approximately $610 million according toForbes magazine. Her beauty studies led her to a job at Revlon before she launched her own beauty blog in 2010. Within three years she was selling her own beauty,Huda Beauty through Sephora.
Makeupshayla, whose real name is Shayla Mitchell, built her personal brand through expert selfies on Instagram and make-up tutorials on her ownYouTube channel. She now has contracts with both Colourpop and Maybelline.
Kandee Johnson graduated from beauty school and worked as a make-up artist on television shows and for magazines. But she soon moved in front of the camera, starting her ownYouTube channel in 2009 and providing the voice of “Mandy Sparkledust” in the Dreamworks animated film Trolls.
These successful artists all have one thing in common: They embraced technology to take their cosmetology training to new heights! With the right training in cosmetology, esthetics, and hair care, maybe you can be the next big beauty influencer!
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned education upside down. Every day more schools move some or all of their classes online. Whether it’s called “remote learning,” “distance learning” or “eLearning,” they’re all basically the same thing – education that takes place via the Internet. Online education can include K-12 education, career education, and college degree programs. But there is a lot of misinformation out there about online education. These are some of the biggest myths about online learning and why they’re wrong:
Online classes aren’t as good as traditional in-class learning. Studies show that online students perform better on standardized tests. Online students often have more time to complete assignments, which means that online education programs are often more effective than traditional learning.
Employers don’t respect online degrees. Fake news. Now that even Ivy League universities offer courses and even whole degrees online, employers can no longer deny that online education can be just as good as traditional degrees. Most employers now don’t care where you earned your education. They just want you to have the skills needed for the job.In many cases, your degree or certificate won’t even indicate whether you earned your degree online or not.
You have to be a genius to manage the technology. Completely false. New technology makes online learning very user-friendly. Often, you can even participate in online classes right on your cell phone! Schools offer training guides and other resources to make your learning process as easy as possible, no matter what Learning Management System (LMS) the school uses.
Online courses are easier. Another total myth. Schools have reputations to uphold. This means their online courses have the same course goals, the same curriculum, and often the same instructors as traditional courses. In fact, some people find online education can be more challenging because a student might need more self-motivation, but the flexibility of online education makes up for that.
Students in online classes don’t get enough attention from faculty. Untrue. From emails and telephone calls to private Zoom meetings, online education offers more ways for students to interact directly with instructors than traditional classes. Education expert Dr. Lisa Collins explains this, “When you teach in a traditional classroom, you need to worry about every student in that class during that specific time period when you have all of them together. In the online environment…You can dedicate your attention to a specific student.”
In short, it seems that nearly everything people believe about online education is wrong!
So, if you want to start a new career, or learn a new trade, don’t let misinformation hold you back from starting your new online education today!
Turn Your Gap Year Into An Experiential Education Learning Money Making Skills
Many people had never heard of a gap year when Malia Obama, eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, took one after high school to travel, volunteer, and complete an internship. A “gap year” is a break between high school and other forms of education, and it’s increasingly popular as today’s students make more careful choices about their futures.
This is even more true now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students reconsider moving into a dormitory at a traditional college. Alternative plans such as beauty school have emerged as practical and productive options for education after high school or when changing careers.
Why is beauty school a popular gap year choice?
Save money: College costs have increased more than 25% in the past decade.Beauty schools are far less expensive. Students may qualify for financial aid, the education takes less time than college, and students finish with skills that can lead to employment!
Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!
The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.
Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get intocosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:
A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of Texas requires our students to be 17 years of age. It’s the diplomas or G.E.D.s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology.
Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on hair cutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!
With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact Jessica in admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!
Wish we could be on campus with our ARTIST’s but instead, we’re bringing campus to you! 🏫➡️💻.
The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) just launched temporary distance-learning or temporary online learning for our cosmetology and esthetics programs. Just like it is for you, it is new to us as well. We are all a little stressed and adapting to our new world as quickly as possible. To make your transition into the beauty world smooth, here are our top 3 tips to help you manage your online classes.
Tips For Online Learning:
Manage your time. Set up a view of your daily & weekly schedule by first mapping out a calendar of all of the assignment and activity due dates along with work and family commitments. It’s okay to be selfish, block off time each week to get classwork done. Online classes tend to have a weekly flow and include discussion boards that require student participation. Plan to be a part of the conversation.
Be a good participant. Good discussions are thoughtful, your best resources to help you bring good discussion starters can be from peer conversations, headlines, lecture and course materials. Great responses go beyond agreeing with your peers. Build on the discussion with your own ideas and experiences.
Build your social community. Share contact information with your peers to connect on homework assignments and for social support. Be a part of TSPA’s Facebook pages for enrolled students to get the best information fast and easy access to peer conversations on campus and homework topics. Your campus is here to support you every step of the way. Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.
Be kind to yourself. We are all in uncharted territory right now but we all have each other’s support even if it’s temporarily from a distance right now.
Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Jessica in admissions is just a call (972-420-7036) or email away from your future.
At TSPA Dallas, we’ve always known that our Educators do their very best to inspire and train the next generation of successful artisans in the beauty business. So today, we’re thrilled to announce that our very own Janelle Jacobson is being rewarded for her incredible talent as an Educator. Janelle has been recognized among all the educators in The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) brand of beauty schools operating across the country, by winning the 2019 National Educator Competition!
TSPA franchisor SPEC (Salon Professional Education Company) Director of Education, Kerri Schultz had this to say: “Janelle’s passion and dedication is unsurpassed. It shows through her smile as well as her tears. She has an amazing commitment to this industry, and to the high level of education that she brings to each student. Janelle is consistently investing in herself through continued education to elevate her knowledge so she can pass new ideas on to her students and her team. Everyone at SPEC is very proud of Janelle, her dedication to elevating the student experience, and to providing these new professionals the tools they need to succeed in the beauty industry.
Said Anna Geleske owner of TSPA Dallas: “Janelle is highly regarded by our staff, her students (they love her…), and by our guests! We’re absolutely thrilled she’s won this well-deserved honor. Thank you Janelle for being the best!!”
To hear more about what inspired Janelle to become an Educator and pursue her dream, watch her video below. And, if you’d like to meet Janelle and become part of her amazing class, contact us for a tour.
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