Mannequin Challenge 2020

Mannequin Challenge 2020

Our students and staff are a very creative group! Each year we challenge our cosmetology and esthetics students to decorate mannequins, and our massage students to decorate hands. The tricky part is the cosmetology students can’t use hair as part of their decoration. This leads to some very creative final mannequins, featuring anything from candy bars to flowers and everything in between as decorations. Words cannot describe how amazing these creations are, so you will want to watch this video. https://youtu.be/X5Gg2oAl5Jw

Our esthetics students decided to do a very creative and complicated group project. They painted mannequins to blend in with our logo wall. This effort was very time consuming due to the precision needed to match a curved image to a flat image. All we can say is WOW…how did you do that?

Our massage therapy students were challenged to decorate hands. They were very creative like our cosmetology and esthetics students.

We are so amazed and impressed by the creativity and focus of our students and staff, and how well they all did on this challenge!

 

If you are looking for a way to express your creativity through an exciting career, check out our Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, and Nail Technology programs today! https://www.tspafargo.com/programs/ or give us a call at 701-478-1772!

Which Cosmetology Career is Best For You?

Diverse Career Opportunities For Cosmetologists

Do you have a passion for makeup and advanced skin care? Do you like to jazz up your friends nails? Are you always following the latest hair trends? If  beauty is your passion,  you might want to pursue it as a career. Becoming a Cosmetologist brings you employment opportunities in three different fields, which is a big plus when entering today’s job market.

Imagine how much you will enjoy helping your clients look and feel great as a career, and the job security that comes with it!

What does a Cosmetologist actually do?

You might be wondering  what  cosmetologists do? It is a common misconception that cosmetologists only work on hair. Cosmetologists are actually qualified to do skin, hair and nail services, which means that a licensed cosmetologist can provide a wide range of services in the beauty industry. These services range from facials to haircuts to manicures, and everything in between.

One of the best parts of becoming a cosmetologist is the broad range of skills you learn. If you’re someone who’s passionate about skin care and makeup you can follow that path. If hair is your thing, you can become a hairstylist as a cosmetologist. If you only want to focus on nails, you can become a cosmetologist who provides manicures and pedicures. In fact, many Cosmetologists perform services in all 3 areas. Which career path is best for you?

Skin Services

Helping others achieve beautiful, glowing skin is  something a cosmetologist can do. Would you like to focus on skin care and how to achieve glowing skin for your clients?  Licensed cosmetologists can apply:

  • Facials
  • Makeup
  • Waxing
  • Tweezing
  • Body Wraps
  • Exfoliating Scrubs

Hair Services

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a hairstylist? If hair color, perms, cuts and styling are your passion, becoming a cosmetologist is your path. Some services a cosmetologist could perform are:

  • Haircuts
  • Hairstyles
  • Perms
  • Chemical Treatments
  • Shampooing
  • Hair Straightening
  • Bleaching
  • Coloring

Nail Services

Do you love the appearance of freshly manicured nails, or classy nail art? As a Cosmetologist you will learn to perform the following nail services:

  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Gel Nails
  • Acrylic Nails
  • Silk Nails

In addition to hair, skin and nail services training, you will also learn business skills which will help you succeed in the ever expanding beauty industry. While many industries like retail stores are closing and shifting to internet based services, the beauty services industry continues to grow and offer great job security. In our community there is a high demand for Cosmetologists, and will be for many years to come.

Additional Career Opportunities Outside The Salon & Spa

  • Entertain: Actors, actresses, models and celebrities wouldn’t be where they are without their teams helping them maintain their look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like REDKEN, L’Oréal, and Revlon after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!
  • Become a REDKEN Artist.
  • Be your own boss by renting a styling/spa suite or booth. You can set your own hours, prices, etc…

How Can You Become a Cosmetologist?

If beautifying skin, hair and/or nails appeals to you, and you would like to pursue a Cosmetology career, it’s time for you to take the first step.

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What Students Like Best About The Salon Professional Academy

What Students Like Best About The Salon Professional Academy

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At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we focus on creating an inviting culture where people from all walks of life can feel welcome and supported. In addition to our goal to provide industry-leading knowledge and skills, we want our students to have an amazing, life changing experience during their short time with us. We believe learning should be fun and exciting! Our Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology students and graduates have a lot to say about their TSPA experience. Here is what a few of our students like best about our school.

 

After 11 months as a Cosmetology student, Julie Ly shared the following about her time at TSPA.

  • “My favorite thing so far… is the camaraderie between the students.”
  • “I chose TSPA mainly because of the environment…the students and staff are very close with each other.”
  • “The most important thing I have learned in my time at TSPA isn’t just the technical skills, but actually how to treat people. The staff do a really good job of teaching customer service.”
  • “I would definitely recommend TSPA to anybody who’s interested in a good cosmetology program”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/3NB3lSrdL0Y

 

Nearing graduation, Massage Therapy student, Amanda Ortner made the following comments about TSPA.

  • “My favorite thing about the massage program at TSPA is working with all the educators and clients, and getting to build my skills.”
  • “I’ve learned all sorts of different modalities, from Swedish, relaxation, hot stone, deep tissue, trigger point work, neuromuscular work.”
  • “It’s been a really fun experience to be here”.
  • “I think I’m going to have life-long friendships and teachers”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/d9msFL46hPU

 

 

TSPA Nail Technology graduate Becky Shea spoke with us about her learning experience.

  • “The educational program was great.”
  • “Everyone was wonderful and friendly.”
  • “It feels like a big family with all the incredible people I got to meet”
  • “TSPA had the best hours available for me to transition from a full-time day job to going to school at night.”
  • “I was really happy finally pursuing going into the nail industry and have been loving it…”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/LEN1LTIesPI

 

Successful Cosmetology graduate, Johnna Eisenzimmer shared the following about her time at TSPA.

  • “If I could describe TSPA in one word I would say FUN.”
  • “At TSPA they taught us how to market ourselves really well.”
  • “While you’re always learning and you’re always keeping it professional, there’s always so much fun to be had.”
  • “TSPA helped me gain confidence in myself.”
  • “I have no doubt I made the right decision for my education and my career.”
  • See more at https://youtu.be/KhfphKSlbzk

 

Upon graduation, Massage Therapy student, Aimee Kouakou gave a very inspirational speech to her instructors and classmates. Here are a few quotes about her TSPA experience.

We believe every student should expect a great education from their school. At TSPA that is our top priority, but we also want to help you fall in love with your career by enjoying the journey to get there! If an education that includes an inviting, friendly culture with a lot of fun experiences mixed in fits you, contact our admissions department to start the journey to your dream career today!

 

admissions@tspafargo.com                              Book a Tour                          Call us at 701-478-1772

Why Overachievers Leave Offices for Cosmetology Careers

Tired of life in a cubicle?

At 28 years old, I quit my downtown office job and didn’t tell anyone there I was leaving to enroll in cosmetology school. It’s hard to explain why I didn’t tell any of my former co-workers. Partially, it was because my office job left me a stressed-out, overworked, worried mess. Also, I think I worried that they would think I was going through an early midlife crisis or a breakdown —  my office was so corporate-oriented that they would think a cosmetology career (or anything outside of a cubicle, really) would be unstable, mentally stimulating, and unprofitable. Honestly, they couldn’t be more wrong.

I’ve always loved the beauty industry and taking my first serious steps into the field has only confirmed my career choice. I wanted to share with everyone why overachievers like me don’t need to cling to their cubicles if they don’t like it there. There are so many reasons why educated, ambitious people are better off pursuing a cosmetology career:

 

Don’t Let Them Tell You Smart People Go To College And Use Their Degrees

I was always at the top of my class throughout school. I was no genius, but I got good grades, scored in the top percentile on my ACT test, GRE (yes, I even considered graduate school), and did well in my extra-curriculars. It was simply assumed that I would go to college, so I went to a private college to get my 4-year degree. Don’t get me wrong, I liked college a lot and have no regrets about attending (loans and all). What I didn’t like was this unspoken assumption I was smart, that smart people went to college, and smart people worked inside of a cubicle.

 

 What’s So Great About Working In A Cubicle?

For me, a cubicle was nightmare. To be fair, a regular schedule, set paycheck, predictable days, and occasional office raffle are a perfect fit for many people. But let’s be honest, if you liked those things, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. I was fielding 11pm emails, catching up with deadlines, and pumping out spreadsheets that I wasn’t sure anyone would ever see. And if I wasn’t drowning in work, I was struggling to fill my days with semi-pointless busywork because I had to account for and report on every single minute of every week to my Chief Operating Officer. But I had my own business cards, which made my parents happy.

Basically, I stopped being an overachiever at my office job. I had lost so much control over my own success that it felt pointless and frustrating. The more I tried, the more work would get piled on to me. My manager didn’t have the same working style as me, so I struggled to perform all my projects exactly as she would have done them, instead of doing what was best and most efficient for me. I was more skilled and knowledgeable than my clients, who were making double my salary. Like many people working in the corporate world, I felt trapped.

 

What I’m Learning About Cosmetology Careers

  Cosmetology + Hustle = Money. If you’re good with clients and can pull off a decent hairdo, you will be successful. At most corporate jobs, you’re supposed to wait for your annual review to negotiate a promotion and a pay raise. That means I’d have to wait a year in order to even bring up the possibility of a pay raise and a new job title, if I felt comfortable with my managers. In cosmetology, your relationship with money is much more simple: the more work you can do, the more money you will make; the better your work, the more work you will have. You don’t have to hope to get a good manager who will appreciate your work. You don’t have to rely on anyone to give you you projects. And you certainly don’t have to wait until once a year to make more money.

For me, corporate life was a bureaucracy with a lot of office politics mixed in. Cosmetology is a meritocracy. That means that you are rewarded for the quality of your work every day, and it is only the quality of your work that will get you ahead. I remember staring at my old VP’s office, and thinking that I would probably never make a six-figure salary like her. I thought it would take too much time and I honestly didn’t even like my job enough for the money to even motivate me. Now, I’m meeting stylists at neighborhood salons who easily clear six figs, and I can know that a great salary is mine for the taking if I’ll work for it.

 

My Education and Corporate Background Give Me An Advantage in the Salon

It’s kind of ironic. So many people my age were pushed into college, that our degrees became basically meaningless when applying to the corporate jobs they were designed for. BUT, my degree is giving me an advantage over the competition because it helps me connect with my clients better. We can commiserate about client meetings, our CEOs, paid time off, and more. I have stimulating conversations with my clients, many salon manager will tell you that client connection is just as important than your ability to do hair.

 

So What Are You Waiting For?

After my bad days at work, I used to research cosmetology schools and careers in my area and compare them. I was so hesitant because I didn’t want to go further into student debt. I was afraid of change. I was afraid that people wouldn’t think I was smart any more. Looking back, I know I was wrong and I wish I would have enrolled sooner. I’d have more free time and money than if I had stuck around my office. More importantly, I’d be happier.

If you are even considering a career in cosmetology, I’d encourage you to at least set up a meeting with a beauty school representative. In a lot of ways, the salon industry is shrouded in mystery. (Do stylists get health benefits? Retirement? How are they even paid? Salary?) It’s worth it just to find out more about the career, then make an informed decision, and school directors have always been prompt and extremely helpful in giving me very informative answers.

Still wondering if you should take the plunge? Well, at least it doesn’t hurt to send an email.

Celebrate Everything!!!

At TSPA we like to celebrate everything from your first day here to passing your boards and entering the salon & spa world!

Happy Graduation!

First day of Massage Therapy Class!

One of our biggest celebrations is the JUMP party, where we celebrate students who have either qualified or are jumping to the next level on the Salon floor. Qualifying and Jumping are based on several factors including number of services performed, number of referrals, number of pre-books, types of services, etc…  Jumping is a major achievement, so we CELEBRATE!

           

Sometimes it gets a little CRAZY, but our students have a blast and that’s what it’s all about!

In addition to Jump and Qualify recognition, students are also recognized for their achievements in retail sales and individual  service numbers.

Oh…. and did we mention prizes? Lots and lots of prizes!