The FAFSA Is Your Financial Aid Friend!

Are you thinking about going to beauty school but are worried about the cost? Fear not: You may qualify for many federal grants, loans, and other forms of financial aid! You can begin learning more by filling out and filing the FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid. That’s right: all you have to do is fill out one application to find out what kinds of financial aid may be available to help you manage your education costs, including tuition and other education-related expenses.

Many people think that financial aid is only available for students at traditional four-year colleges and universities, but that’s not true. Students at career schools are just as eligible for federal financial aid. 

To be eligible for federal student aid, applicants must meet a few basic qualifications. You must: 

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (such as a permanent resident or refugee)
  • have a Social Security number
  • prove that you have a financial need for aid
  • be registered with the Selective Service if you are a male student
  • be enrolled or accepted at a qualifying college or career school
  • maintain what is called “satisfactory academic progress”

There may be other qualifications depending upon your personal circumstances. Most beauty schools have financial aid specialists that can help you apply for aid. So, what are you waiting for? Fill out the FAFSA and get ready to start your education!

Hair Extension Futures In-demand

Did you ever wonder how celebrities manage to look different every time they appear at a new event? They hire skilled hairstylists who know how to install hair extensions. Hair extensions can add volume, length, and even a new color, making them one of the easiest ways to help a client make a dramatic transformation into a new look. 

Hair extensions are in-demand, too: today hair extensions alone make up $6 billion dollars of the $532 billion beauty industry, and that figure grows every day. 

That’s why it could be a good idea to add hair extension classes to your education at some point in your career. In your hair extension classes, you will learn how to:

  • install the extensions 
  • create different styles with extensions
  • care for and use textured hair extensions
  • add chemical-free color and non-committal color to the extensions

There are classes you can take in hair extension installation at hair schools that can help you build your portfolio for guest services. That makes you a more attractive job candidate. Salons are more likely to hire a newly licensed beauty school graduate who can demonstrate a wide variety of innovative skills and abilities.

Best Classes To Take Before Attending Cosmetology School

Working in the beauty industry goes well beyond styling trends and color forecasting—there is a massive education component involved.

 Which classes will help me get into cosmetology school?

It is important to love what you do and to set yourself up for success, no doubt. While most high schools do not teach hairstyling courses they do offer classes that can and will help prepare you for an easier transition into beauty education. Here is our academy’s line up that has benefited all of our graduates.

The Arts:

Your inner artist is in constant motion. Deepening your true sense of creativity is vital. Classes such as art, sculpture, fashion or theater; these classes will help your inner artist evolve — keep your creativity flowing.

The Sciences:

Chemical properties of products and how hair behaves is part of the hair stylists world. Don’t let this lingo make you slip into your very own nightmare version of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. We know artists often feel like they can’t relate to nerdy scientists but guess what? What do you think you’re practicing when you’re calculating color formulas, prescribing products, timing thermal applications, understanding product labels and understanding a chemical application series process?! Science classes will help you understand why all of the fun pretty things you are playing with….are behaving the way they do!

The Communication:

First impressions are everything when building your business. You’ll be asked to speak about what you do, articulate best practices when it comes to the products you prescribe,negotiate with supply reps, when market yourself and more. It doesn’t matter if you choose to become a trendsetting stylist, beauty editor, trichologist, beauty boss, beauty marketer, or a YouTube beauty sensation….first impressions are everything. Writing, grammar, public speaking courses will help you easily share, market, or discuss your brand to guests, groups or to your community. Confidence is everything. You want to become a beauty boss don’t you?

Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter whether you’re searching for the best classes to take to get into cosmetology school, tuition costs, or seeking what the requirements are for beauty school in general; quality education is key to gaining access to this $532 billion industry.

If you’re curious about receiving more information about our academy’s programs or cosmetology requirements or if you can enroll into cosmetology school as a high school student, please reach out to our Admissions Director to have an easy conversation about what you think is best for you.

Are You A Beauty Influencer?

Use Your Cosmetology or Estheticians Training to Be an Influencer

Media has a significant influence on fashion and beauty. Social media is a popular tool for advertising a home business. Create a name for yourself with your new cosmetology training using online tools to show your beauty business authority. Popular beauty influencers who gain people’s attention with their eye-catching beauty treatments include:

  • Huda Kattan: The creator of Huda Beauty, is a major American influencer showing off her cosmetology knowledge by providing beauty advice.
  • Michelle Phan: After gaining a large following, she began the famous Ipsy line.
  • Cristine Raquel Rotenberg: A nail artist by trade, she showcases her love of nail art by giving tutorials with a touch of humor.
  • Nikkie de Jager: Nikkie is a YouTube sensation, gaining 12.2 million subscribers.

Looking back, can you think of movies that inspire you to be a cosmetologist?

Celebrities shine in part because of the cosmetologists & estheticians who work with them. Celebrities that have had a significant impact on beauty trends include: Billy Eilish, Janelle Monae, Lucy Boynton, and Ava Duvernay.

Many people seeking beauty treatments desire treatments to look like their favorite movie stars and musicians. Fun movies with the best makeup and hair include: Marie Antoinette, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pretty Woman, and Mean Girls.

Types of Beauty Careers

The great thing about cosmetology training is that you can choose from numerous careers, including: Beauty influencer, Cosmetics and beauty tips blogger, Hairstylist, Manicurist, Makeup artist, Product entrepreneur, Personal stylist, and Fashion stylist.

Our Students Get Hired

Contact The Salon Professional Academy for more information about switching jobs and learn using brand name products like Redken and Dermalogica. Admissions would be happy to share more about our state-of-the-art campus and the famous brand names you’ll become an expert with.

The Proud History of Cosmetics

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!

Men as Mavens

Men are Today’s Make-Up Mavens!

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!

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Cosmetology: Much More Than Make-Up!

How Cosmetology Is Defined

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! 

Definition of Cosmetology

It’s a Beauty Revolution!

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 to Forbes 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 own YouTube 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 own YouTube 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!

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Busting 5 Big Myths of Online Education

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!

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Why Not Try Beauty School During Your Gap Year?

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!
  • Freedom of Choice: Beauty school certificates come in many fields: you can earn one in cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring, and more!
  • Build Your Resume: Beauty school helps you gain the professional experience that employers want in your trade and in customer service through required practice hours.

A gap year spent learning a trade at beauty school can be both productive and profitable!