What Is Purple Shampoo Used For?

All blondes know that finding that perfect blonde shade takes time, money, and a commitment to keeping the color as fresh as when you left the salon. That’s where the beauty of purple shampoo comes in.

Purple shampoo is an absolute necessity for blondes to use in between hair coloring sessions as it easily helps keeps your blonde beautiful.

WHAT IS PURPLE SHAMPOO?

RK 18_Blondage_Pinned Posts22.jpg

Purple shampoo is just that—a shampoo with purple pigments that helps to keep undertones at bay. Think of it as your at-home toner that helps to beat brass.

The concept of purple shampoo might sound a little crazy to the blonde newbies, but ask any tried and true blonde and they’ll tell you it’s a must-have for keeping hair looking strong and bright.

WHY IS PURPLE SHAMPOO NECESSARY FOR BLONDE HAIR?

RK 18_Blondage_Pinned Posts3.jpg

Those of us with blonde hair need purple shampoo because of how the hair is lightened in the first place. According to Redken Artist Adina Doss “When I lift a client’s hair (colorist speak for lightening), there is an undertone that comes up, which I like to call ‘raw blonde.’ To get my clients to a richer, more quality blonde, I add a color treatment called a toner, specifically Redken’s Shades EQ, to eliminate any undesired undertones, whether that color is yellow or yellow-orange or even a reddish undertone.”

Those undertones can come out when the colorist applies a toner, but you may find they start to appear between color services as the toner fades. Insert the need for a purple shampoo to adjust tone at home!

Redken Artist Jaclyn Harwood says that these undertones can also be caused by things like sun, hard water or heat styling. For this reason, purple shampoo is not just for color-treated blondes. Natural blondes need it, too, Harwood says. In fact, those who’ve been jumping on the unicorn hair trend of purples and blue in their hair can also benefit from purple shampoo to help keep violet hues from fading.

Salon Tip: When a colorist lightens your hair, he or she should always use a toner as a step in the coloring process. Doss says this is a non-negotiable—so don’t be afraid to ask for it during your next service!

BUT, WHY IS PURPLE SHAMPOO PURPLE?

RK 18_Blondage_Pinned Posts20.jpg

“If you think of a color wheel, as basic as it sounds, whatever color you want to cancel out is directly across from it,” Doss says. “Directly across from yellow is purple. So, the purple helps eliminate the unwanted yellow colors from the hair.”

“It’s almost like a way to brighten the color to a cooler tone,” Harwood says. “So, if the hair has a little bit of a yellow tone, a pigmented purple shampoo is going to neutralize that warmth.”

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE PURPLE SHAMPOO?

RK 18_Blondage_Pinned Posts29.jpg

Keep in mind that purple shampoo does not replace your regular shampoo and should only be used once or twice a week. Doss warns that there is such a thing as too much purple.

“When you eliminate too much yellow, it visually ends up darker and a lot of people don’t want it to look darker,” she says. “So if you wash your hair twice a week, use the purple shampoo only once a week to keep the hair bright but not yellow.”

Harwood also adds that purple shampoo can be mixed with regular shampoo to add some of the violet pigment into a regular hair cleansing routine without any risk of going overboard.

Redken’s Color Extend Blondage, available in May 2018, is formulated with a Triple Acid Protein complex—amino, citric and maleic acids and wheat protein—that neutralizes unwanted undertones and helps strengthen hair’s cuticles while battling brass and keeping blondes bright

 Hot Tip: Aren’t sure which products best fit your regular haircare routine? Use the Hair Diagnostic Tool to find out! 

To schedule an appointment with one of our student stylists, please contact us at 920-968-0433. Visit our website at www.tspaappleton.com to see a menu of services.

The Salon Professional Academy is located at 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton, WI 54914

The Importance of Job Shadowing

First Step In Becoming A Cosmetologist Or An Esthetician – Job Shadowing

Whether you’re a high school student or in your first years of college, you may be tossing around ideas of what you’d like to do with your future.  What career would you like to pursue? What type of lifestyle would you like to live?  Where would you want to settle down geographically and call home?  If you’re someone who is wavering on what type of career to choose or even someone who is pretty certain that you have it all figured out, you may want to set up some job shadowing experiences to make sure that you’re aware of what your “dream job” entails.

Job shadowing is the opportunity to observe others performing their daily routine in their environment.  It allows you to explore specific careers and to get a realistic picture of the tasks performed for that job.  This will allow you to make an informed decision about your career of choice!

The benefits and importance of job shadowing at The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton:

  • The ability to ask questions like these: What made you choose The Salon Professional Academy? What made you choose this career?  If you could go back, would you change anything?  What is your favorite and least favorite thing about this career?  Do you have advice that may help to make my experience go more smoothly?
  • Hands-on experience:  When job shadowing at TSPA-Appleton, not only are you able to observe how tasks are completed on the salon area and experience what classroom learning is like, but you will also get some hands-on experience yourself.  This is certainly beneficial to inspire or deter you from pursuing this career path further.
  • Scholarship possibilities: There are foundations out there, for example, the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation,  that offer scholarships for students seeking Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Makeup and Nail Artistry fields.  They offer scholarships to help offset the cost of your tuition.  Persons applying for these scholarships must go through the application process and if selected as a finalist, and will need to be enrolled in the program for that scholarship.  Job shadowing in that particular field can help show scholarship providers that you are serious about a career in that field.
  • Networking: Job shadowing is a great way to meet people in the profession that you are seeking.  In the future, you may be able to use those people to answer questions for you or have them write letters of recommendation on your behalf. While shadowing, you will also meet other students that can answer questions for you.

Job shadowing can be done through out the entire year, however summer is a great time to set up job shadowing opportunities. Enlist the help of your parents to make arrangements, suggestions, or to contact us on your behalf.  Set up job shadowing well in advance and, if possible, observe someone  for more than one day to get a better grasp of their day-to-day tasks.

Job shadowing is an invaluable experience that will help you narrow down your career choice and link your classroom experiences with work requirements.

If you are interested in setting up a job shadow here at The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton, please CALL Admissions at 920-944-2758, TEXT 920-931-0090 or EMAIL admissions@tspaappleton.com. We look forward to connecting with you!

 

 

Prom Doesn’t Have to Break The Bank

How to Enjoy Prom on a Budget

Prom can be such a fun part of high school. Finding a date, finding the perfect dress or suit, getting ready with your friends, and most importantly…the dance! Making the night memorable shouldn’t be too difficult. However, doing it all on a budget can be. That’s were we, The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Appleton, have put together a guide on how to enjoy prom without breaking the bank!

Getting Ready

The preparation before prom can be the most expensive part. Do not fret, we have tips and tricks on how to experience prom from the very beginning without spending too much.

Hair and Makeup

woman getting makeup done for prom There are a couple of ways you can look like a million bucks without spending it. Go to a local cosmetology school for your hair, makeup, and nails! Book with TSPA Appleton today so we can help you look amazing for your amazing night!

In fact, if you schedule your appointment in our student salon training area you can take advantage of our amazing prices. A special occasion hairstyle service starts at just $27 and makeup starts at just $10! We can help you create the perfect updo for prom, with braids, curls and so much romance your heart might burst. Add in our beautifully applied makeup and this is sure to be a night you won’t forget!

Schedule your appointment today and get ready to wow them all!

Finding a Dress or Tuxedo

women in prom dresses

Looking your best is a very important part of prom. You can look your best and still stay on your budget!

  • Borrow a dress or a suit from a friend or a relative. Chances are you’re not the first person to attend a prom.
  • Rent a dress or suit. No need to buy an expensive dress that you most likely will only wear once. But if you insist, we recommend Edith’s Bridal in the Fox River Mall!
  • Buy a vintage dress. Visit your local thrift store or check out consignment shops! You might find the perfect dress that is unique and even better, cheap! We love Tiffany’s Bridal and Consignment!
  • Make your own dress or suit. Wearing something that you made will not only save you money but will be so satisfying when everyone is gushing over your look. Take a risk, you may just love it!

Transportation

Couple taking selfie in front of car

Renting a limo can be too expensive. It doesn’t matter what gets you to the party, the only thing that matters is that you get there.

  • Have a family member or a friend be your chauffeur! Make it fun and have them dress up as well.
  • Ride with friends with whatever car you can take! When you’re with your friends, any situation can be fun and special.
  • Look around your community. See if your local activity center has a bus you can borrow. Dress it up and arrive in style.

Enjoy Yourself!

No matter how much money you do or don’t spend, the most important thing to do is to have fun! Prom can be a very special part of high school. Make it a positive experience for you and your friends! We love being able to be apart of the excitement of prom. Book an appointment with us today! From all of us here at The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton, we hope you have a magical prom!

All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Why You Should Start in June (or before)

Could You Qualify For Added Funds For Cosmetology School?

June Start Dates Are The Best Start Dates  – Why You Should Start Cosmetology In June (or before)

June is an amazing month! The sun is shining, summer is beginning, and those mysterious vacations are getting ever closer. But June also holds another little secret, one that if you have been thinking about starting cosmetology school could result in added funds for school in the form of grants and federal aid. That probably seems like a mouthful. And that’s to be expected. Financial aid can be a confusing and sometimes daunting process. To help ease any confusion, here are a few basics, as well as details as to how starting in summer can result in added financial benefits.

Beauty School Financial Aid

The FAFSA

The Salon Professional Academy Appleton is proud to offer financial aid to those who qualify. To apply for financial aid students will be asked to fill out the FAFSA. This is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It will compile all of your information and determine your award amount. The award amount that you receive is based off of many things, including income and schooling.

Loan Types

There are two different types of loans that you can get through the federal loan system: subsidized and unsubsidized. The interest on subsidized loans is paid by the federal government while you are in school or your loans are deferred. Unsubsidized loans on the other hand, accrue interest while you are in school. This is important to remember as the money you borrow will have to be paid back, and the type of loan it is, will determine the interest and even the monthly payment amount.

Federal Pell Grant

When applying for federal aid through the FAFSA you are also applying for the Pell Grant. This is a federal grant that is distributed based on need. Pell grants are only available for undergrad students, or students receiving certain degrees. You can qualify for the federal Pell Grant as a student at TSPA Appleton. Unlike federal loans, Pell Grants do not need to be repaid, and can make a considerable dent in your education financing.

Summer Aid Benefit

As mentioned at the beginning, starting school in June can create an added benefit towards financial aid. This is because the FAFSA stretches from July 1st to June 30th in a year span, meaning that if you begin school prior to the June 30th cut off you will be receiving funds, and possibly even a Pell Grant, from the previous year and then again in July when the cycle resets itself. Utilizing the FAFSA scheduling in such a way can help to eliminate any funding gap you may have, as well as take full advantage of any pell grant you may receive, ultimately decreasing the amount you will have to pay back. If financials have been keeping you from pursuing your dreams, don’t let this June pass you by. Contact our Admissions Team and get your application process started before time runs out! The start date for June is the 25th!

*Financial aid, scholarships and payment plans are available to those who qualify. The Salon Professional Academy Appleton is located at 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton, WI 54914. Feel free to call us at 920-968-0434 for more information or go to www.tspaappleton.com

 

 

Career Fair-Making Connections

Career Fairs at The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton provide students with the easiest possible way to make connections with Salons and Spas who may end up hiring them one day.  (Networking!)  Picture this: Anywhere from 10-25 Salon & Spa representatives from all over Wisconsin waiting to talk to YOU, the student!  Some of them are looking for full-time and others for part-time right out of school. How easy it is for you, the student, to initiate a conversation with an employer, hand over your resume, ask some intelligent questions, and end up making a great impression!  Maybe the Salon or Spa will decide that you are the perfect fit and you will be invited to interview!

Here are some pictures from our most recent Career Fair that was hosted on Monday, March 12th from 12:30-1:30 at TSPA-Appleton. Thank you to all of the Salons that attended this fair: Studio R, The Barbershop, Smartstyle, Newstyle Salon, Ulta Salon, Sparkle Darling, Regis Salon, Heads of Time, Cost Cutters and Sport Clips. If you are interested in adding talent to your team and would like to attend our next Career Fair on Monday, June 18, 2018,  email admissions@tspaappleton.com or call 920-968-0434 for more information.

 

 

 

Holy Ombre!

If you are anything like we are, you get sick of the same old color. Ombre’s are great, but maybe the thought of doing the same thing as someone else just isn’t for you. Well, we found this great blog with some great images and ideas on Redken.com, check it out here.

There are so many ways of personalizing this ombre technique so you don’t feel like you are just like everyone else. You were born to stand out! Let’s make it happen!

Contact The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton, to book your next appointment at 920-968-0433. Feel free to check out all of our services here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Self-Promotion & Marketing Class

TSPA-Appleton is so excited to offer this amazing opportunity to help other professionals (or soon-to-be professionals) learn more about self-promotion, updates on the hottest marketing trends & how to reignite the passion for the industry, FREE, Tuesday, March 6th from 9a-noon.
Michele is coming to us from Future Media Solutions, to share with all of us the latest and trendiest marketing out there!  She will, with certainty, ignite your creative mojo & passion for getting the clients you desire and deserve! You will also learn best practices on social media tactics.
If you feel lost a little in your professional role, she will help you kick-start it again and help you build a new flame for you personal growth and success. She is incredible at helping people and businesses get out of their own way, quiet saboteurs and teach you how to put them to rest while effortlessly invigorating you to take the steps to success.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to this FREE class by texting Admissions at 920-931-0090 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

10 Signs You Should Be A Hairstylist

10 Signs Your Were Meant To Become A Hairstylist

 

There are some of us who don’t take forward steps in our life’s journeys until we get the SIGN. Well, if you are on our website, you are definitely curios about knowing if the beauty industry is the right path for you. We are all in the beauty industry here at TSPA and we know the signs you should be looking for. Enjoy – we can’t wait to meet you!

1. You Live Fearlesslysigns to become a hairstylist

 Most people would rather play it safe, as entrepreneurs, hairstylists are the ones who see potential where there is risk. You are the ultimate optimist of the world because you always have that belief that no matter how risky something looks, your passions and creativity will turn into huge long term profits. While others might see the grass as greener on the other side, you’re the one with your green spray paint, painting the town in the drought. (yes, people have actually done this.)

Aside from that evil little voice that is doubt, that ruminates in all of us from time to time, we all have one almost intangible fear in common- the fear of finding out what would happen if we didn’t take the risk.

2. You Know That In Order To Play Hard Later, You’re Going To Have To Work Harder Now

Most people give up if they don’t do something right the first or even second time, for our breed- we fall down and pick ourselves back up until we get it right. The drive and passion of a creative stylist are what keeps them going long after the others give up. You know that in order to get the long-term payoff you have to put the time into the foundation first.

“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. You See Potential, Where Others See A Dead-End

 As a boss-lady, you are always looking for ways to make the world more beautiful, confident, and unique. What many outside the industry don’t understand is that you don’t see the worst in the world, rather you see the world for what it could be! The most profitable businesses are created not just from good ideas, but from finding potential where others see something simply as broken.

5. You’re Passionate (To The Fullest Extent Of The Meaning)

Passion seems to run in the bloodstream of stylists around the world. Whether it’s a business or a personal endeavor we will do just about anything possible to turn our vision into a reality, all with the hopes of leaving this world a better and more beautiful place. We have a firm belief that changing the world starts with one person at a time, why not start the landslide?

6. You’re Independent

Most of the time, the hairstylists start their empires solo. They are ambitious and driven problem solvers. If they can’t find the answer, formula or fix to their problem, they don’t stop trying to find it. But the best stylists know when to ask for help. A friendly reminder, just because you can do it all on your own, doesn’t mean you have to. I have enjoyed my business success far more when I was in the company of the people I built it with. Find your people, rely on them, build with them and support one another!

7. You Feel A Deep Desire To Help People

The desire to help people enhance their lives can keep you up at night or it can keep you going during the highs and lows of building your mane empire. It’s usually a big reason that you chose this profession in the first place because you saw the opportunity to impact others and heard it as your call. The most honest and effective business come from a genuine desire to make a difference in people’s lives, this is where long term, successful stylists and the “get-rich-quick” insta-famous stylists find the fork in the road.

8. You Want To Make A Name For Yourself

I’m not talking about becoming the next Kardashian, if that’s what you’re into- right on- they’ve made quite the business from being famous for being famous, but I’m talking about the real game-changers. Some of the most successful stylists in the business realized that they wanted something more from life.  If you feel that way, too, and have the willingness to do it, you’ll never know how high you can go until you try.

9. You Possess An Incredible Work Ethic

This is your most invaluable tool. You know when you have to push hard. You know that a few months or years of putting the pedal to the metal will pay off and you wake up ready to do what it takes. This is not something that can truly be taught, it comes ingrained in a select few who know that their only limits are the ones they place on themselves.

10. You Know That Creativity Is Not A Hobby But A Business Tactic

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you are constantly thinking of new ways to create something new for your clients. You are constantly working on growing yourself and your brand as a company. And you know first hand that the best way to grow is to see normal things with a creative and new perspective. You live outside the box you’re so creative and your clients are the ones who sing the praises of your constant search for growth

Bonus: You’re The Ultimate Multitasker

These are the women and men who redefine multitasking. You are the ones who can handle the kids, the spouse, the chores, and you still have a desire for more! You want something of your own, something that keeps your fire burning. Of all of the entrepreneurs that I have had the privilege of working with, stylists- with too much on their plate are the ones that I will put my money on, 90% of the time. They work hard to play harder and they gain their autonomy and self-satisfaction from the energy that they put into everything that they do. For most of you, failure is simply not an option.

Does this sound like you? For the love of all things beauty, let us help you launch your career! Contact Admissions at 920-944-2758 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com.

February 20, 2018 Open House

Explore Your Potential

Whether You Are Beginning To Explore Beauty School Campuses, Or Have Realized Your Current School Just Isn’t For You; The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton Cordially Invites You And Friends To Attend Our Open House from 1pm to 3pm and 5pm-7pm on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018.

Graduates of the one-year program graduate salon ready as Redken Salon Professionals and become licensed, Cosmetologists or Hairstylists. Our expert faculty are beauty industry professionals who had once been in the same shoes as you so please, feel free to ask the questions you need answers to. Most of our students also leave with additional skills in MUD Makeup Artistry and Waxing. Salon owners are also welcomed to come experience our higher level of education and engage with current students and educators.  Be sure to ask about our Redken scholarships for cosmetology students. Come learn if being part of the world’s largest creative community is right for you!

Come ask all of your questions, get a great tour of the campus, meet with Admissions and Financial Aid and enjoy all that TSPA has to offer! If you can’t wait, please reach out to our incredible admissions team and get what you need today! Call or text 920-944-2758 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com

A Special Gift For Your Valentine

Make Her Valentine’s Day EXTRA Great!

Does she really want flowers and chocolates again this year? Give the gift of pampering this Valentine’s Day at The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton. Purchase this special manicure/pedicure package for just $37 and receive an OPI polish to take home with you! This special package price runs 2/1/18-2/17/18.

Not sure what to get her? Don’t fret! Receive a free $10 promo card with the purchase of a $50 gift card! Let her choose how she would like to be pampered! Promo card expires 3/31/18.

Hurry, Valentine’s Day only comes once a year! Questions? Call us at 920-968-0433.

If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about a rewarding career in Cosmetology or Aesthetics, please contact our Admissions team by calling 920-944-2758 or text 920-931-0090. If you prefer email, send to admissions@tspaappleton.com. Scholarships and Financial Aid are also available for those who qualify.