Proper Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter is hard on your skin. Harsh weather will take its toll unless you have a plan.

Top 10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

1. Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture

2. Lower the Thermostat to Avoid Dryness

3. Limit Shower Time and Temperature

4. Opt for Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers

5. Modify Your Facial Skin-Care Regimen for the Season

6. Moisturize Frequently, Especially Your Hands

7. Apply Sunscreen — Even on Gray Winter Days

8. Wear Appropriate, Comfortable, Nonirritating Clothing

9. Remember to Eat Right and Stay Hydrated

10. Change Out of Wet Clothes Quickly to Avoid Itchy Skin

Take your skin to the next level – book an appointment for advanced skin treatments at TSPA! 701-451-9100

How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

When the time comes for you to decide what you want to do to make a living, it’s important to remember that a career is more than just a job that pays the bills. It’s a way to express yourself and utilize your talents and skills. A career should be something you enjoy. Something that completes you. You need to learn about the responsibilities, skills, employment opportunities, and training or education requirements prior to pursuing a specific career. Follow these steps to narrow potential career options:

1. Assess yourself – Each individual has different goals, talents, interests, and values. In other words, there are certain careers each individual should not pursue and others where they’d excel and be satisfied. Determine what you would enjoy and excel at by taking career assessments, receiving career counseling, and conducting thorough self-evaluation.

2. Make a list of potential occupations – After conducting some self-assessment, it should be apparent the types of careers you should pursue. It is not possible to pursue each one, so the list should be used to determine where to begin your career search. Select 5 or 10 careers and create a new list with these choices. When making your choices, select jobs that interest you, are recommended following career assessment tests, and ones matching your skill set.

3. Explore the options – Learn about each potential career after narrowing your list. Be sure to learn about educational or training requirements, job duties, employment outlook, annual earnings, and promotion opportunities. Information can be obtained from the Internet, but try to meet with a professional in each field to obtain in-depth details about each profession. If you not know professionals in these fields, contact willing participants and schedule informational interviews. However, you will probably find that you have relatives, colleagues, and school mates currently working in fields that interest you. During an informational interview, collect details about annual salary, employment prospects, and entry-level employment requirements. It’s not recommended to request employment during these interviews, but take advantage of networking opportunities.

4. Narrow down your list – Eliminate careers that no longer interest you after thoroughly reviewing each one. Many people become dissuaded from pursuing a career after learning about education requirements, annual earnings, and declining industry growth. Once you’ve become acquainted with each career, narrow your list to 1-2 options.

5. Set goals – After your list has been narrowed, establish attainable goals. You should be informed enough to establish short and long term goals. Typically, short-term goals can be met between 1-3 years and long-term between 3-5 years. It will not be easy reaching each goal, so be prepared to work hard, make adjustments when necessary, and remain committed. Goals are typically achievable when they’re defined, flexible, realistic, and attainable within a specified time period.

6. Create a career action plan – Once you’ve established career goals, begin developing a career action plan consisting of goals and specific steps to reach them. Additionally, career action plans contain possible obstacles, steps to address them, and resources that can be utilized when assistance is needed. This plan will clearly define how you will receive required training or education, obtain employment, and develop professionally once you’ve begun your career.

7. Obtain training – Obtaining required career training will probably consume the majority of your time and efforts as you pursue a career. Depending on the profession, you may be required to earn a college degree, complete vocational training, learn new skills, or complete an apprentice or internship.

Are you creative, outgoing, love to help others feel great about themselves? These are just a few of the qualities of successful people in the beauty and wellness industry. Learn more about these amazing careers by clicking back to our programs page, or give us a call at 701-478-1772.

Protect Your Hair From Winter

10 winter hair care tips to keep your hair in great shape
—even when it’s below freezing.
  1. Wear a hat.
  2. Buy a humidifier.
  3. Get regular trims.
  4. Lower the water temperature when you shower.
  5. Avoid heat styling.
  6. Don’t leave the house with wet hair.
  7. Use an oil treatment.
  8. Deep condition once a week.
  9. Commit to a weekly mask.
  10. Avoid Frequent hair washes.

Using Color To Your Advantage

Using Color To Your Advantage

Remember learning about the color wheel in art class way back when? Complementary colors (opposite colours) have the ability to cancel one another out when combined. If you’re thinking this is a random fact, it isn’t. When it comes to color correcting in makeup, knowledge of the color wheel actually comes in handy!

We add concealer to our makeup routine because, besides brightening, there are things we’d like to conceal from the world – like that raging pimple or those deep, dark circles. Have you ever used a butt-load of concealer and then wonder why the redness from your pimple is still coming through or why your dark circles are still showing? Your concealer isn’t all to blame; color correcting is missing from your routine! Color correcting before laying on foundation or concealer can make a big difference. What was once knowledge only to professional makeup artists is now becoming known to everyday makeup users.

Here are tips on how to use color correction in you makeup routine.

  • Green. Green cancels out red. So whether it’s acne, rosacea or a sunburn you’re looking to hide, a green color corrector will do the trick.
  • Purple. Purple combats dull, yellow skin.
  • Yellow. Yellow cancels out purple discolouration and brightens for those with medium to dark skin tones.
  • Pink. For paler skin tones, pink corrector is great for concealing dark circles, age/sun spots and brightening.
  • Peach. For fair to medium skin tones, a peach corrector is great for concealing dark circles, hyperpigmentation and bruises.
  • Orange. For medium to dark skin tones, an orange corrector is great for concealing dark circles, hyperpigmentation and bruises.
  • Red. For deeper skin tones, a red corrector is great for concealing dark circles. Red can also be used to cancel out green (e.g. tattoos).

Fashion For a Cause

Fashion For a Cause

Every year we hold a competition among our amazing TSPA students to come up with hair, makeup and costume designs for the Christmas Gift Fashion Show. This year’s theme was “ROAR”. Our costumes, hair and makeup were influenced by “The Chronicles of Narnia”. The winners get to participate in preparing models for the show, and get to attend the sold-out event which raises funds for families in need during the holidays. We are so proud of our students and educators for their amazing talents, passion, inspiration and dedication to such a great charity. To learn more about The Christmas Gift and how you can donate, visit:  The Christmas Gift

 

The TSPA Advantage

The TSPA Advantage

At TSPA, we go far beyond teaching you about cosmetology, massage therapy, esthetics and nails. We also teach you how to market yourself and run a business.

Part of our business education program involves designing your own salon or spa, and branding it. We feel that “If you dream it, you can achieve it!” Our students have come up with some amazing designs and branding schemes over the years, and we are confident that some will become reality.

Our students enjoy presentation day, when everyone gets to see the creative branding and designs. That’s all great, but we also teach our students how to come up with a budget and business plan in order to make their dream a reality some day.

 

This is not only a fun assignment, it also teaches our students what it takes to launch and run a successful business. It also allows our students to unleash their creativity and imagination, away from the salon training area.

  This is another example of how TSPA  programs are designed to train students for much more than passing the state boards. We develop the entire salon/spa professional with great technical ability, business & marketing training, and the guest handling skills that are in high demand by top salons and spas. We are growing salon and spa leaders, one student at a time.

 Winter 2019/20 Fashion Trends

 Winter 2019/20 Fashion Trends

Winter provides the perfect excuse to throw on jeans and a sweater every day from December through to March. That said, some days call for more than just denim. We constantly need the inspiration of  the street style crowd to pull ourselves out of style ruts.

It’s time to brush up on winter’s biggest trends by looking at what your favorite street style stars are wearing. We’ve narrowed down the street style trends to six digestible looks below. Give them a try, and say adios to the jean/sweater outfit (at least for six out of the seven days of the week).


Furry, Fuzzy Outerwear

Parkas and puffers are great for winter, but when you really want to feel like a million bucks, nothing beats a plush faux fur coat. And you’re never too late to hop on this trend. This season’s offerings are better than ever, with brands debuting furry coats in vibrant colors like pink and cobalt. If colorful fur isn’t your cup of tea, you can easily find a brown or black outerwear alternative. The coats are so cozy, you may even find yourself draped in one while you wait for the heat to be turned on.


Everything Fleece

It feels like all of our favorite brands are offering a fleece-something for the wintery season. Options include mixed prints and color-block designs in pullover styles or the more classic zip-ups we’ve all come to know and love. Fleece is comfortable, soft, warm—basically everything your body craves when the temperature drops. Give your denim and leather jackets a break for a cozier fleece pick, below.


Two-Tone Dresses

Can’t decide what color you want the garment to come in? The two-tone look solves that problem. Instead of having to stick with one color, you have the option to wear a half-and-half look for winter 2019. Though the color-block design is most prevalent in dresses, you can find two-toned tops as well by many brands. This small mash up of hues won’t dramatically alter your look, but it will add a little intrigue—and earn you brownie points for style.


Winter Suiting

The appeal of matching separates lies in the fact that you don’t have to overthink what to wear in the mornings—one decision and you’re ready to head out the door. It’s no surprise, then, that pantsuits have become a staple in a fashion girl’s closet, as evidenced by these street style shots. Whether you choose a check set or a plain colored pantsuit, you’ll feel like an instant boss woman in the ensemble.



This Is The Salon Professional Academy

This Is TSPA

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a student at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA)?

What’s it like? What do you do every day? What programs are available? Is it fun? Do I get hands-on training? What are the teachers like? Do you get to work on actual people? Is there housing nearby? Do you use state-of-the-art equipment, tools & technology?

It’s really hard to answer with only words, so…..Watch This!

The Salon Professional Academy offers programs leading to amazing careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology.

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There are so many factors to consider when selecting the school that will change your life by leading your way to a fun, fulfilling and lucrative career. It’s one of the most important decisions you will make as you graduate from high school, or change careers later in life.

At TSPA, we think learning should be fun and rewarding. Sure,  you will have to spend time in the classroom before you get to work on real people, but that can be fun too. Our educators know what it’s like to be a student, so they also know how to make learning fun. From your first day in the classroom, through your first practice on a mannequin, to your debut working on guests in the salon or spa, our educators will personally guide you.

We’ll teach you to be confident, competent and creative.

Technical skills are very important to us, but they are only the beginning of your education here at TSPA. You will gain important business skills, marketing skills, and customer service skills that will give you a major advantage when you start your dream career.

TSPA Culture is Inclusive and Supportive with a Dedication to the Success and Well-being of All of our Students.

You will notice a very friendly and professional atmosphere every time you enter our academy. We are all family here. Everyone is welcome. Lifelong friendships are developed, not only between students, but also between students and staff. We truly care about  what our students are up to after they graduate.

For student reviews and more information about The Salon Professional Academy, we invite you to visit our Youtube channel.

Our Salon & Spa Training Areas have been created to provide our students and guests with the same experience they would have at any high-end salon or spa.

Fargo-Moorhead offers housing in many price ranges and locations. There is even a new apartment complex located right next to our academy, with special pricing we have negotiated for TSPA students.

Where do you go from here?

We have very close relationships with the region’s premier salons and spas, and we meet with them annually to review our programs and find out first hand how our students are performing after they graduate. We also gather the region’s top salons and spas for career fairs in the spring and fall so they can meet our highly sought after students, and our students can meet with them to decide where they want to begin their amazing careers. Many of the salons and spas are represented by TSPA alumni at these events, which gives us a chance to catch up with them!

This Is TSPA – Growing Salon & Spa Leaders, One Student at a Time

Halloween Hair – The Perfect Costume

Halloween Hair – The Perfect Costume

Halloween is just around the corner. No costume planned? It’s ok, because we have 5 simple do’s that are a costume by themselves. Check out these spooky looks you can create quickly using just your hair. The last thing you want to be is a basic witch…

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Kitten

This is not only the cutest hairstyle you’ve ever seen but it’s super easy to create too. Just start by taking two triangular sections at the back of your parting where you want your ears to sit. You need to backcomb each section to create some volume and then start folding them towards the back of your head to create the ear shape. Then secure the ends of your hair with a bobby pin and pull out sections as much as you need to to get the right shape. If you’re struggling you can twist the ends to make it easier too. Finish with lots of hairspray and some bobby pins at the base to hold everything in place.

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Unicorn

Who wouldn’t want to look like the most beautiful mythical creature of all? To create this style pull a section of hair at the front of your head into a pony and start backcombing. Then place another

bobble at the point where you want your unicorn horn to end and begin wrapping your hair around the shape. If your hair is quite thin or short you can use your Milk +Blush two-cli

p wefts to add as much length and thickness as you need. This look requires lots of hairspray too and keep using bobby pins as you go along as these will secure the shape. If you’re struggling try using a velcro roller to wrap your hair around instead. This will make it easier to create the base shape and you’ll have something for your hair to stick to. Finish with lots of hairspray and some colour or glitter if you’re feeling brave.

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Devil Horns

A halloween classic! Just start by parting your hair in the centre and creating two ponytails either side of your part where you want the horns to be. Just like in the last look if you need some extra length or volume add some wefts and start twisting the hair to create the look. For bigger horns you can use the velcro roller trick too but we love these cute little ones and they’re just as effective. Try teasing the horns towards your parting too for an extra devilish finish.

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Deer Ears

If you literally have 5 minutes to get ready then this is going to be your go to. Simply part your hair unevenly and create two sections either side. Pull these sections into a bobble and loop them to create the ear shape. We recommend using clear elastic bobbles as they’ll be undetectable and small enough to create the cute floppy finish. If you have time you can curl the rest of your hair but naturally messy curls are just as authentic! Done.

 

Scorpion

This looks super complicated but you can adapt it really easily and it’s way easier than you’d think. For the front of your hair you can braid it as in this picture or use bobbles to create sections of volume instead. The front of your hair doesn’t have to be super complicated as the tail is the main feature so be as creative or otherwise as you feel like. To make the scorpion tail start a braid at the nape of your neck and incorporate a pipe cleaner in a colour similar to your hair in the middle of it. If you need to add length clip your hair extensions in upside down before starting the braid and make sure to keep the hair super smooth so you conceal all the wefts. If you’re not great at dutch braids you can start with a ponytail instead and work from there. Just make sure to start it at the point where you want your tail to lift. When curling the braid make sure to create a big loop and leave some of your hair out at the end for an authentic and super scary tail.

Still not sure what to do with your do? Stop by TSPA and we’ll come up with the perfect Halloween look for your hair and makeup!

Color Your World and Protect It

Color Your World and Protect It

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There are many factors that can threaten to fade your hair color. From sun, to salt water and chlorine, these elements can put major stress on the hair and in many cases cause hair color to lose its shine and vibrancy. Has summer damaged your color? If so, we have solutions for you…and you’re in luck because hair color services and products are now 25% off through October 31st at TSPA!

At this time of the year, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re using the best haircare regimen to keep your hair healthy and your hair color bright. Read on to discover the best  haircare systems for maintaining bright, beautiful hair color and fighting that end-of-summer hair color fade!

REDKEN COLOR EXTEND MAGNETICS

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A sulfate-free haircare system that helps to add shine and enhance color vibrancy.

“The RCT technology of Color Extend Magnetics targets the root, core and tip of each hair strand. With Soy Protein, Arginine and Sepicap, the hair receives protein to add structure, as well as conditioning and restoration benefits,” explains Redken Artist Jaclyn Harwood, “This system works to strengthen the hair and lock in color.”

REDKEN COLOR EXTEND BLONDAGE

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If you’ve recently gone blonde, you know that summertime stressors such as sun and chlorine can cause blonde hair color to become brassy, with unwanted yellow and orange tones showing through. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage is a color-depositing purple shampoo system that works to banish brass while keeping blonde haircolor cool and bright.

“Redken’s Color Extend Blondage system tones, brightens and strengthens blonde hair,” explains Harwood, “The system’s pure violet pigments counteract yellow undertones leaving the hair brighter, while Redken’s Triple Acid Protein Complex strengthens the hair. Summertime sunshine and outdoor activities can contribute to loss of moisture in the hair’s proteins, leaving the hair brassy and adding unwanted warm. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage neutralizes these unwanted tones to ensure blonde hair color stays bright and strong.”

REDKEN COLOR EXTEND GRAYDIANT

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If you rocked a bold gray or silver look this summer, you may have noticed your hair color beginning to fade and yellow. When this happens, Redken’s Color Extend Graydiant Shampoo and Conditioner is the best choice as it helps to tone and strengthen silver hair.

“Redken’s Color extend Graydiant is color depositing haircare system which makes it the perfect choice  for gray and silver guests,” explains Harwood, “With custom direct dyes and strengthening benefits, hair is left strong with a beautiful silver tone.”

Call us to book your new color, or stop by to get the products you need to protect your current color! 701-451-9100