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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Helping Our Students During Difficult Times

Helping Our Students During Difficult Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people in many ways. When businesses and schools began closing to slow the spread, we began planning ways to help our students not only to continue learning, but also to provide as many necessities as possible.

Many of our students rely on part-time jobs in the restaurant industry and other industries forced to close during the pandemic. As we all know, loss of income can be very scary. We all appreciate government programs put in place to help those financially affected by COVID-19, but we also know the waiting period was compounded by the large number of unemployment applications and CARES applications. CARES is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to help fund public education.

We knew many of our students would be fine during the waiting period since they were able to move in with parents or relatives, but there were a number who did not have that option. We decided to have several food drives to help students in need. Our staff and owners donated food and every student that needed help was taken care of.

TSPA Fargo Wins REDKEN Diamond Award

TSPA Fargo Wins REDKEN Diamond Award

The REDKEN Diamond Prestige Award is the highest honor an academy can receive. The award is based on scoring in 39 categories related to quality of education, facility, staff and several other factors that are key to providing  high quality education in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology.

We couldn’t achieve this level without our amazing students, staff, guests and community! We are blessed to serve a community that values education and career training. Our goal is to provide the highest level of education and experience to each student that puts their faith in us to guide them to a rewarding career in the beauty and wellness industry.

We are so proud of our graduates and their amazing career accomplishments! Their dedication to help guests look and feel their best is truly heart warming.

Only 4 of nearly 2,000 academies have won the Diamond Award, and we are beyond thrilled to be one of them!

Hair Stylist: Job Duties, Career Outlook, and Education Prerequisites

Hair Stylist: Job Duties, Career Outlook, and Education Prerequisites

 

What Is a Hair Stylist?

As a professional hair stylist, you may work in barbershops, beauty salons or spas. Hairstylists, also referred to as hairdressers, provide a range of hair care treatments for both men and women, and they also give advice to clients for home hair care. Those that have their own business may take on clerical duties as well.

An overview of career details, including licensure and education, is highlighted in the table below.

Training Required State-approved cosmetology program
Key Skills Physical stamina, time management, attention to detail, creativity
Licensure State licensure is required to work as a hair stylist
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 10% for all hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Job Duties Might I Have as a Hair Stylist?

Your main responsibilities as a hair stylist will be trimming, shampooing, conditioning and styling hair for male or female clients. Some other services you may perform include scalp massage, facial shaving and hairpiece styling. As a licensed hair stylist, you’ll be able to give permanent waves, relaxers and bleaching or coloring treatments. Should your customers have questions regarding at-home hair care, they’ll turn to you for advice. If you become the sole proprietor of your own salon, you’ll also be in charge of managerial duties such as hiring workers, advertising, maintaining salon inventory and keeping business records.

What Is the Projected Career Outlook?

It was predicted that job openings for hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists would expand between 2014 to 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment would increase by 10% during this period. The increasing population and their desire for hair treatments and coloring services was expected to contribute to the employment growth. The BLS also indicated that a number of workers will leave the field, making job prospects favorable for newcomers. However, it was believed that employment at limited higher-paying establishments would have increased competition for employment.

What Education Prerequisites Should I Fulfill?

Hair stylists must complete a state-licensed program in a professional cosmetology or barbering school. Public vocational schools and community colleges also have cosmetology programs that can prepare you for a career as a hair stylist. Your certificate or diploma program can last nine months or longer and it could be applicable towards a 2-year associate’s degree. Cosmetology programs include topics such as hair coloring, communications, cosmetology concepts and hair cutting techniques.

Every state requires hair stylists to obtain licenses in order to practice. Individual states may have different licensing requirements, but generally you’ll need to be at least 16 years old with a high school diploma, along with a certificate, diploma or associate’s degree from a state-licensed and approved cosmetology program. If you have met those requirements, you can take the state licensing examination. The test should include written and oral sections as well as a practical portion allowing you to demonstrate your hair styling skills.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

People interested in hairstyling could also consider becoming barbers or cosmetologists, the former focused more on men’s hair care, and the latter focused on all-around beauty treatments and makeup. A skincare specialist and a manicurist/pedicurist are two other career options. All of these jobs require postsecondary education.

Thinking about beauty or massage therapy school? Take a tour!

Are you thinking about a career in beauty or massage therapy?

                            

No matter if you have known this is your future for a while, or if it is a newer idea that has taken hold, one of the first things you will need to do when pursuing a career in beauty or massage therapy is find a school. A good school will do more than just give you the knowledge you need to pass the state boards. A school should empower you to reach your dreams and arm you with the skills to accomplish them. The right school may even feel like a home surrounded by staff and students that will quickly become family.

Finding all of that from websites and social media can sometimes feel impossible, which is one of the reasons we suggest all potential beauty/massage therapy students take a tour of their top schools.

At The Salon Professional Academy, Fargo we want every future beauty/massage professional to find the school that is right for them, which is why we have put together tips to help future students on their tour.

schedule a visit.. at TSPA Fargo today, and make sure to check out the tips below.

finding the right school for you

The next six to seventeen months of your life will be spent behind the doors of whatever facility you choose. While that time table can shift and change depending on program and scheduling, the staff and students will become like a second family to you. That is why finding the right fit for you is important.

Everything from the school’s culture, branding, and Financial Aid can impact this. It’s important to know your desires in order to find the perfect school for you.

  • culture

    The traditions, values, and attitudes of students and staff all impact the culture of a school. While on your tour you should be able to get a feel for the atmosphere and mood of a school. In addition, there are a few things you can watch out for while you are there.

    How do the educators interact with the students? Do staff and students seem comfortable in their surroundings? Are there things that the school does that sets them apart from other schools in the area?

    If while you are there you feel excited and eager to return, chances are high that the school’s culture will fit well with your personal goals.

    Here are some questions to ask to help define a school’s culture.

    1. Tell me about a typical day as a student here.
    2. Do you hold any fundraisers or activities for the community?
    3. Do you hold any student competitions or activities?
    4. What expectations does the school have for its students?
  • schedule

    Are you going to be working while you go to school? Do you have kids or other family members that rely on you? No matter what your answers to these questions, you are going to want to make sure that you understand the schedules that each school offers to know that it works with your needs.

    Before you head in for your tour, take a moment and write out your current schedule and responsibilities. Doing this will help you to know what type of schedule will work best for you.

    At TSPA Fargo we offer both full-time and part-time classes in many of our programs, giving you the opportunity to make a career in beauty possible.

    Here are a few questions that you can ask about schedules.

    1. Do you have part-time or full-time classes available?
    2. What school hours are required for those schedules?
    3. What days are required for those schedules?
    4. What are the hours like in the Student Salon/Spa Training Area?
  • background

    The background of the school means more than just the history of the facility. It’s the education of the owners and staff as well as the accomplishments they have acheived through their careers.

    To fully understand the background of the school, don’t forget to get the answers to these questions.

    1. When was your school founded?
    2. Where did some of your educators go to school?
    3. What salon/spa experience do the educators have?
    4. What makes you the most proud of your school?
  • financial options

    Paying for school out-of-pocket isn’t always an option. In fact, over 66% of students utilize some form of financial aid to help pay for their schooling. While many financial aid opportunities are only available when certain qualifications are met, that shouldn’t deter you from applying.

    At TSPA fargo we offer federal aid to those that qualify. In addition, the are Scholarships Available! giving you even more opportunities to finance your amazing future.

    When on your tour make sure to get the answers to the following questions to help you understand all of the financial aid options.

    1. Do you offer federal financial aid?
    2. What scholarships do you have available?
    3. Who is available to answer questions about the application process?
    4. Do you have any payment plans if I am paying out of pocket?

working toward the future you want

When pursuing a career in beauty or massage therapy, you may already have some idea on where you want your future to lead. From movie makeup to resort spas, to working in a high-end salon or spa, the possibilities are endless!

It’s important to find a school that will include an education that will help you build the skill needed for your future career, but that has the focus and support to see you get there. Take a moment to visualize what you want for yourself, write down your goals and keep those in mind when you journey into each school on your list.

an education in business

When pursuing a career in beauty it is important to develop an understanding of business management. Even if you have no plans to own your own salon in the future, understanding budgeting, pricing, money management and sales are cornerstones to creating a foundation for a successful future.

Be sure to ask about the business education offered at each school and make sure that the lessons offered align with your goals for your future.

  1. Do you use an additional business based curriculum in your programs?
  2. What focuses does your business education have?
  • Discover how a school supports student goals and current trends with some of these questions.
  1. Do you offer additional courses in trending styles?
  2. Do your educators stay up to date with styles and trends?
  3. Are students able to practice skills on trending a popular styles?
  • branding and affiliations

    In addition to curriculum and extra practices many schools also align themselves with brands and affiliates to help the provide a higher standard of education. These associations can bring greater product knowledge to the student as well as greater requirements for facilities and instructor training.

    At TSPA Fargo we are proud to be part of the nationwide TSPA family. Being part of TSPA means that we are the only cosmetology schools in the United States to be recognized for excellence by REDKEN. We are also one of less than 20 schools nationwide to receive the REDKEN DIAMOND ACADEMY AWARD.

  • This relationship gives our school and our students first hand access to the REDKEN professional line and the training offered through this amazing brand.

dig deeper

So you have taken some tours and are surrounded by notes and answers to questions. Through all of these tours, one school might have floated to the top of all the rest, you may even feel ready to make your decision. Don’t be hasty! It is important to dig a little deeper to get the full picture of a school, their history, and their reputation.

To help you build the full picture of each school you visit we have created a list of some things you can do to help you fully understand each facility and make your decision.

read below to discover how to dig deeper and find info others may have overlooked.

  • speak to salon owners

    Local salon owners are the ground zero for understanding a salon’s viability. Not only do they work with the schools, but they interview and even hire the students that graduate from their facilities.

    Speaking with salon owners can give you insight into the education that students graduate with, the preparedness of those students and many other factors. Schedule a time to sit down with a few salon owners in your area and ask the hard questions.

    As an added bonus, scheduling these meetings can help you to begin building relationships with local salons, something that can help you when it’s your turn to graduate.

  • get a service

    Taking a tour is great, but often potential students find themselves in want of more. Making your own visit to the student salon & spa training area can be a good way to do that. Book a massage, manicure or a facial and take the time to watch the students and educators in action, witness their skills and speak to them about their experience at the school.

    This type of interaction can really help you to see a school from the inside out, and give you further input for making a decision.

  • read reviews

    Former students, current students, salon clients, they all leave reviews, and those reviews can help you to build a picture of what the school is like. How are their reviews? Do people seem happy? Do students seem skilled? These are all important questions, but even important is the professionalism of the school.

    Every school gets bad reviews, but those bad reviews don’t reflect the full makeup of the school. How the school handles those bad reviews can really give you an insight into the professionalism and decorum of a school.

No matter which school stands out to you, at TSPA Fargo we hope you will choose the one that will help you reach your dreams.

Are you ready to schedule a visit with us? At TSPA Fargo we would love to welcome you to our school and show you how our curriculum, and the rich tradition that fuels us can help you reach your goals.

Your future is bright, and we want to help bring your dreams to reality at TSPA Fargo!

Hands-on experience at Camp TSPA Beauty Camp

Do what you LOVE, LOVE what you do!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to become a licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, or Nail Technician? Camp TSPA will give you a hands-on, quick, 4 day tour of what you will learn here at The Salon Professional Academy, and what the beauty & wellness industry is all about.

         

Experience the salon world and learn how a TSPA education can catapult you into a great career. Camp runs Monday—Thursday from 9am—12pm two times during the summer. $99 includes all the supplies needed at camp plus a T-shirt & mannequin to take home!

Your hands-on time at camp will include:

  • Styling and updo trends
  • Skin care and makeup techniques & tips
  • Manicuring and nail care
  • Q & A with TSPA Alumni