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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Employment Opportunities: Careers In The Beauty Industry

Employment Opportunities: Careers In The Beauty Industry

Beyond the Salon: The Wide World of Beauty Careers

If you want to have as much fun as Queen Latifah in “Beauty Shop”, then a job in a salon is a great option. But did you know that there are countless opportunities in many fields for those with in-demand cosmetology skills?

What can you do with a cosmetology degree?

  • Entertain: We love J.Lo, but let’s face it: J.Lo would not be J.Lo without her team helping her maintain her 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 suite or booth. You can set your own hours, prices, etc…
  • And the obvious – you can go to work at the salon of your choice, and make the world beautiful.

A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today!  Take a virtual tour , request more information, or give us a call at 701-478-1772.

DEMAND GROWS FOR TRADE SCHOOL GRADS: IS COSMETOLOGY A GOOD CAREER CHOICE

DEMAND GROWS FOR TRADE SCHOOL GRADS: IS COSMETOLOGY A GOOD CAREER CHOICE FOR YOU?

A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!

Why?

The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologistshairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to a fun career in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program!

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trade schools desire graduates immediately

Beauty & Massage School On-Line Classes

Beauty & Massage School On-Line Classes

At The Salon Professional Academy, all students from our Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology programs receive an iPad on their first day of class. We use iPads for classroom lessons, career specific aps, and in times of emergency we use them for distance learning.

Schools across the world have closed their doors either voluntarily or by mandate. We all agree this was a must, to ensure the safety and health of our students and their families. For those who were prepared, teaching and learning did not end.

We have very extensive distance curriculum in place for times like the global pandemic we are all currently dealing with. Rather than have our students put their education on hold, we feel it is extremely important to continue teaching and learning.

When searching for the Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy or Nail Technology academy that best fits your needs, remember to find out which schools offer distance learning during times of emergency.

 

We hope you are all safe, healthy and doing your part to slow the spread!

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

 

Demand For Cosmetologists Continues to Grow

Demand For Cosmetologists Continues to Grow

Overview: the Beauty Salons Industry

Fast growing and prolific, the beauty salon industry is focusing on developing talent to grow a loyal customer base willing to spend on expanded products and services.

The industry felt declines during the economic downturn, but still remained one of the strongest performing within personal care. The industry is now even one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. and Canada. Barriers to entry to the industry are minimal, creating intense competition for the consumer spending dollars available.

The main draw for beauty salons is the cosmetologists they employ

As the beauty Salon Industry continues to grow, salon owners wan’t to hire the best trained cosmetologists in order to help grow their customer base. The need for cosmetologists continues to grow along with the market size. As shown in the graphs below, the industry is predicted to see much growth in coming years

This report shows the total market size for the Beauty Salons industry, comprised of total revenues of both public and private companies over the last six years (2013-2018), current year estimates, and outlook to 2024.

Beauty Salons market size 2019Beauty Salons market forecast 2019-2024

Interested in becoming a cosmetologist? In just 13 months this could be you! We look forward to meeting you!

Selling Retail as a Cosmetologist Has Many Benefits

Why Selling Retail
in Your Salon is Important



Selling retail in your salon usually makes professional hairstylists gnash their teeth!  “Urgh……I don’t want to have to sell product, I’m an artist not a used car salesman.”

I get it, believe me I do.  It can be very intimidating, especially to new professionals.  I believe that cosmetology schools make an effort at addressing it but honestly how much practice do you really get with clientele there?  The reason folks go to beauty schools for services is because of cost.

The Impact of Selling Retail in Your Salon ……..to the SALON.

The 3 R’s of Why:

  1. Revenue
  2. Reputation
  3. Retention
The Benefit of a Shampoo Upsell: relax, precicion cut, moisture, feels good.

REVENUE! When stylists sell retail products it literally helps pay the light bill, rent, insurance, supplies, stylists, etc.

But there is another very important reason.  REPUTATION!  When a client walks out with product it increases their loyalty to the salon through a perceived professionalism.

Which leads to CLIENT RETENTION!  Every product sold to a client increases the likelihood they will return by 30% which makes a sustainable salon.

So you can clearly see that selling retail in your salon is important to keep the business growing.  Plus it is a much more economical way to increase business than additional marketing.  It is an organic way to build the salon.

Selling retail product for your salon is also a great way to make you a valuable asset to the team and keep your position secure.

Remember that as a professional hairstylist you are always either adding value to the salon or taking value away.

The Impact of Selling Retail in Your Salon……to YOUR CAREER.

It is the same for YOU, but even more so, because without YOU, the salon doesn’t get their 3 R’s.

Allow me to explain.

Let’s say that in a particular salon the stylists didn’t sell product, the receptionist did it.  The salon would not be perceived by the client the same way.  YOU are the one servicing the client and recommending retail for their specific concerns.  It is part of the service that makes you stand out as a professional.

And selling retail in the salon will go a long way in building a very loyal client base for one great reason.  Product makes you look like a genius!  Sure, you can tease their hair and give them some needed volume for a day, but what about tomorrow? They get the needed volume from PRODUCT.  When you are the one that sold it to them and showed them how to use it then YOU become the genius, not the manufacturer.

You recommending product and them purchasing it achieves your 3 R’s:

  1. It increases YOUR REVENUE!
  2. It gives much credibility to YOUR REPUTATION!
  3. It give you valuable client RETENTION that makes a sustainable career for YOU!

The Endless Career Options of a Cosmetologist

In the beginning, there was Sharpie brows.

My love for the beauty industry started long before I even considered going to “hair school”. All of my barbies had the BEST haircuts (or so I thought at the time) and my dolls were always sporting the trendiest makeup. The looks were usually achieved using unconventional tools. Blush was colored on perfectly using lipstick, brows with black sharpie and nail polish graced their lips and lids (talk about long lasting color). My mom didn’t appreciate that I’d used her beauty products to create the perfect look for my dolls, but she always shared my enthusiasm of how beautiful they turned out. Thanks for always being a good sport mom =)

As I got older, I not only realized that I loved makeup and everything beauty, I loved people, too. Helping people look and feel beautiful inside and out became my passion. The love for beautification and people has a name – Cosmetology!
The neat thing about Cosmetology is that it’s not just cutting hair. There are endless opportunities when it comes to Cosmetology professions – your cosmetology license can open so many doors if you dare to dream big!
So what else can you do besides “just cutting hair”?
1. Cosmetology Educator/Instructor
2. Salon Owner or Manager
3. Salon Consultant / Brand Consultant
4. Professional Film & Theater Stylist/Makeup Artist
5. Celebrity Stylists (the Kardashians don’t get all beautified on their own)
6. Platform Artists
7. Editorial/ Advertising Stylists
8. Esthetics & Skincare
9. Nail Technology
10. Fashion Show Stylists
Being in the beauty industry for 10+ years has taught me that there are no limits to what you can become. If you can dream it, you can do it. As for me? I get to share my passion with all of the students who come through the Fargo TSPA doors everyday!
-Katie Janssen TSPA Graduate

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Business Education at TSPA

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.