Nail Technician Job Outlook Continues to be Strong

Nail Technician Job Outlook Continues to be Strong

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 10.1 percent employment growth for nail technicians between 2018 and 2028. In that period, an estimated 15,700 jobs should open up.

Manicures and pedicures are one of the few luxuries some women and men can’t live without. It’s no wonder, then, that the U.S. market for nail services saw revenues of about $8.4 billion in 2018, according to statistics company Statista.

Nail technicians provide nail services to customers at salons, spas and barber shops, while some technicians operate their own business. Nail techs clean, file, trim, polish and repair fingernails and toenails. They discuss treatments with clients, such as applying artificial nails or moisturizing hands and feet, and sell additional services and products.

To encourage repeat customer visits, manicurists and pedicurists must also have excellent customer service skills and listen to the client’s needs – including personal problems and juicy gossip – so being a “people person” is a must.

Rankings

Nail Technicians rank #7 in Best Social Services Jobs. Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors.

  • #7

    in Best Social Services Jobs

  • #10

    in Best Jobs Without A College Degree

How to Become a Nail Technician?

Nail technicians are required to complete a state-approved cosmetology or nail technician program. Most areas have a local cosmetology school or offer trade classes in personal care. In the Fargo – Moorhead area, The Salon Professional Academy offers a part-time program which allows you to keep your day-job while you learn. Training programs include courses on the tools and products used to provide manicures and pedicures, identifying skin and nail disorders, disinfecting techniques and sanitation.

After completing the program, nail technicians must take written and practical exams to get a license through their state board, which all states require except Connecticut. Applicants for licensure must be at least 16 years old and have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Interested in becoming a Nail Technician? Learn More

Massage Therapists Are In High Demand

If you’re thinking about a career in massage therapy, now is the time to act.

Earn your degree in only 9 months!

In 2005, it’s estimated that massage therapy may have made for a $6 billion industry. Since then, it has grown considerably. According to researchers and data from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage is now estimated to be a $16 billion per year industry here in the United States alone. With around 350,000 massage therapists and students nationwide, roughly one in one hundred people is engaged in some way in the massage industry. Revenue and job growth has shifted as well. Over the past five years, revenue generated by alternative and complementary health practitioners (including massage therapist) increased by around 4%, while employment numbers went up by 3.3%. Consumer survey data indicates that as many as 59.5 million adult Americans — roughly 24% of the population here in the United States — got at least one massage. It’s clear that the massage industry is growing. Massage is gaining popularity amongst Americans, with an increasing number of people seeking out massage for a variety of reasons. At the same time, the number of massage therapists is inching upward from year to year, even as the industry grows and revenue increases.

Massage Therapists are currently in large demand all across the country with a job growth rate much higher than the national average for most careers … and you can be part of this industry by receiving your training at The Salon Professional Academy. Tell Me More

 

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