Cosmetology: Much More Than Make-Up!

Bring Your Art To Life in the Cosmetology World

Most people have the wrong idea about cosmetology. Even the dictionary is wrong! The dictionary says that cosmetology is “the art or profession of applying cosmetics.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth! The reality is that cosmetology involves so many different skills that each individual artist can define what it means for them. 

Cosmetology involves much more than make-up application. For example, in addition to cosmetic application skills, students in cosmetology school can specialize in many different skill areas including:

  • Hair Care: Learn how to cut, color, style, and weave hair; care for and design wigs; massage and treat the scalp.
  • Nail Care: Learn how to conduct spa treatments on hands and feet; trim and shape nails; design and apply nail art.
  • Skin Care: In addition to make-up application, students learn everything from facials to hair removal (including electrolysis) to become masters of skin care, ensuring that each client gets personalized skin care treatments.

Cosmetology schools also teach students the business of running a salon, including safety and sanitation; so many beauty school graduates take their courses in cosmetology and build specialty businesses that focus on one or more aspects of cosmetology. Some graduates open salons specializing in hair only, while others may become make-up artists in the entertainment industry.

The field of cosmetology is only limited by your own imagination! 

Cosmetology: DEfining Cosmetology

Covid-19 Info

Updated June 1st, 2020:

ITS TIME! WE ARE OPEN.

TSPA Appleton is taking extra steps and precautions to provide a safe environment for all guests, staff, and students. We are sanitizing stations with alcohol-based sanitizer and equipment before, during, and after each client.  We ask that everyone, guests/students and staff always wear a mask to and during their appointment. Upon arrival, we ask that you please wait in your car call 920.968.0433 ext 124 to let the guest services staff know you are here for your appointment. At the doors of The Academy, we will take your temperature, have you fill out a disclosure, and properly sanitize your hands before your stylist brings you to your clean station.

We ask at this time that you come alone and refrain from bringing extra personal possessions into The Academy. We know that while this might be different, we are currently choosing to not use our waiting area in the hopes of being able to eliminate as many germs and contact with other people as we possibly can. All appointment times have been adjusted to allow the students time to properly clean and sanitize between clients.

Please call The Academy if you have been in contact or live with anyone that has any of the following symptoms that are representative of COVID-19: Fever, Shortness of Breath, Dry Cough, Runny Nose, Sore Throat, and Loss of Smell or Taste. We would LOVE to reschedule your appointment. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.

 

UPDATED MAY 15, 2020:

AN UPDATE ON OUR REOPENING PLAN.

While The Salon Professional Academy Appleton has been closed and remains closed at this time, we’ve been working to bring you a brand new TSPA experience, powered by technology and designed with the health and safety of our guests, students and team members in mind.

We look forward to providing you with updates about The Academy and Student Salon Training Area’s reopening plans for the upcoming weeks.  We want to share how we can reopen better, safer, and stronger than ever before.

Our New Experience will encourage social distancing and minimize contact, and we’ll continue to closely follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials. As soon as we determine when we can safely welcome you back, we’ll send you an update with details to follow and the next steps.

Thank you so much for your continued patience as we navigate uncharted waters. We look forward to having you all back in the building with us very soon.

Stay safe,

TSPA APPLETON TEAM

 

 

UPDATED April 14, 2020:

Attention Guests- TSPA Appleton has been closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. In an attempt to keep our students and clients safe as well as abide by the Safe At Home order, our Studnet Salon Training Area will remain closed until further notice. Please visit our website, Facebook page or Instagram for updates as we will be updating them frequently when we have information.

 

Dearest TSPA Appleton Students, Parents, Guests, and Staff,

As we’ve monitored the rapidly-changing nature of COVID-19, we have kept the safety and well being of our students, guests, and staff at the forefront of our minds and hearts. We will be following Governor Tony Evers’s order for a ban on the mass gathering of 10 people or more.  Effective Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 we will be temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please visit our website, Facebook page or Instagram for updates as we will be updating them frequently when we have information.

Respectfully,

Fred, Josif and Margaret

Owners

Hairstyles We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

 

There’s plenty of things we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving! Having a good hair day is one of them. Take a look at which hairstyles we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Top Knot

Hairstyles we're thankful for

The top knot is our ultimate hairstyle we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving. It is our savior ‘do when we simply require a zero effort hairstyle that doesn’t need a multitude of hair care products and styling tools to perfect, just a small hair elastic and a couple of bobby pins to secure the messy bun in place.

Bed Hair

Hairstyles we're thankful for

We’re thankful for bed hair being labelled as one of the coolest hair trends of the year as now we finally have a reason to shake up to work with hair that looks a little disheveled and pass it off with a ‘honestly, it’s meant to look like this’ face. Not only does it mean that we can spend less time on our hair in the mornings, waking up on the wrong side of the bed has never looked so good!

Braids

Hairstyles we're thankful for

We’re forever thankful for the Brady Bunch. As you may know, here at The Salon Professional Academy we love our braids, and with so many different braids to choose from, we’re never bored of what we can do with three strands of hair. Whether it’s a bog-standard three-stranded braid, a halo/crown plait or a waterfall braid, there’s always a braid we can turn to when we’re in need of an intricate hairstyle-pronto!

The Ponytail

Hairstyles we're thankful for

Lastly, we’re giving a thanks to the ponytail for being our best friend in times when a glamorous blow dry or complicated up-do just won’t do. We sometimes forget just how versatile a good old fashioned ponytail actually is; from 90’s high pony’s, to sleek ponytails gathered at the nape, it’s fair to say that the ponytail has been somewhat revolutionized since its hay day of being a ‘get hair out of the face’ kind of hairstyle. That’s why we’re thankful that the traditional ponytail is back in full swing.

We definitely have a guilty pleasure for all of these hairstyles! Which hairstyles are you thankful for?

 

For more information about booking a salon service or to schedule a tour of the Academy to learn more about our programs offered, please visit our website at www.tspaappleton.com or call 920-968-0433. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Questions? Contact Admissions at 920-968-0434 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com.

 

 

2018 Redken Scholarship WINNER Announced!

As part of our ongoing relationship with REDKEN 5th Ave NYC,  we are very excited to announce that we have winner of the 2018 REDKEN SCHOLARSHIP at The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton!  This scholarship was created exclusively for The Salon Professional Academy franchise schools in the US and Canada!  For the students who meet eligibility requirements, REDKEN has made $35,000 available for scholarships – payable as $1,000 to (35) winning students toward tuition, fees, and books necessary for completing their education.  At The Salon Professional Academy, we are so grateful to REDKEN for continuing to partner with us and invest in the education and futures of our students!

Congratulations to McKenna W. She has won this $1,000 Redken Scholarship! This is what McKenna has to say about winning!

“Like most people, I didn’t think I would win a scholarship but decided to try anyway. I am so glad I did!! I think one of the most important things when submitting an essay is to always answer honestly and be unique. Let your passion show through your essay. That’s what I did. I think anyone and everyone should apply for the Redken scholarship because it provides an opportunity to help fund your education and owe less out of pocket! Thank you Redken and The Salon Professional Academy for this amazing opportunity!” ~McKenna

For more information about this scholarship or other scholarship opportunities for TSPA-Appleton, please click here.

The Salon Professional Academy is located at 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton. To schedule a tour and learn more about our programs, please call Admissions at 920-968-0434 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com.

Learn Better, Earn Better, Live Better.

Is It Time To Make A Career Change?

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Sadly, this old cliché only serves to hold many people back from following their dreams. After all, it doesn’t matter how old a person is. Being alive means that we are constantly changing and growing, and it’s the pursuit of new goals that keeps us thriving. And excited about getting out of bed in the morning.

If you’ve dreamed of studying cosmetology because you love working with hair, skin and nails, or maybe an aesthetician because you love beauty, makeup and skincare, what’s stopping you from going to beauty school? If you think that age is a problem, you have another thing coming. Cosmetology is a field where people of all ages can excel. All that matters is that you’re a people person who loves helping others feel good about themselves through hair styling, makeup, nails, skin care or related areas.

Here are a handful of reasons why when you are older, you can and should still attend beauty school:

Life Experience

It’s no secret that hair stylists and estheticians have to be able to talk to people. They need to know how to read and adapt to the personalities of their clients. And the older a person is, the more experience they have with this. Just like a bartender, a cosmetologist can become a therapist of sorts, and the more they can relate to others and maybe even offer sage advice, the better. This creates rapport and client loyalty.

Greater Discipline and Drive

Older students understand how important it is to commit to their selected course of study. Especially if they’ve experienced any dissatisfaction in earlier jobs. And let’s face it, if a person is considering starting a career in cosmetology at this stage of their life, it’s not because they’re happy in their current employment. So an older student is more likely to be successful, both in school and in their career.

More Settled in Life

Often, young people start going to school but then “life happens.” They get married, or drop out to get a full-time job because they need more money right away, or they have a baby and their priorities shift. But older students are more likely to be settled down. They’re well enough established in their lives to dedicate the time and energy to a new career endeavor.

Age is Just a Number!

Fact is, except for a very few examples, there’s no such thing as “too old.” More people every day are changing their lives and fulfilling their dreams. We all owe ourselves the favor of going for whatever it is that will enrich our lives, no matter what our age.

Does the idea of a career in cosmetology sound good to you? Why not check out our Courses to learn more about our incredible programs, which are sure to get you started on a life-changing and rewarding career?

The Salon Professional Academy is located at 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton, WI 54914. For questions regarding enrollment or to see how you can apply for FAFSA, please contact Admissions at 920-944-2758 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com.

Go Ahead, Take Those Steps Towards Your Dream Career!

When beginning your journey toward a career in beauty it can be a very exciting but also undoubtedly intimidating. We want to take any pressure off your shoulders and reassure you that you got this. Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Appleton, our students are our priority. Future and current. That’s why we strive to prepare our students with all the info they’ll need to get started.

Take a Look at Our Enrollment Process

Here is a simple step-by-step of what our enrollment process looks like.

  • Fill out our application form on our website.
  • Our Admissions Adviser will contact you to discuss your goals and invite you in for a tour.
  • Apply for financial aid or scholarships if applicable.
  • Take a tour of The Salon Professional Academy, meet current students, educators and learn about all the exciting details.
  • Complete the enrollment paperwork.

Enrollment Checklist

Before you can become a student at TSPA Appleton there are a few things that must be done. We don’t want you to get overwhelmed so we have made you a checklist. Follow this list and soon enough you could be ready to begin your beauty education!

  • Receive your high school diploma or your General Enrollment Development (GED)! Before you can begin class at TSPA-Appleton, you must have graduated high school or have received your GED/HSED.
  • Take our tour! When you come and visit us we will show you around! You will see all the action on the Student Salon Training Area and get a feel for what your future could look like as a student at TSPA . Come well prepared with any questions that you might have. Don’t forget a pen and paper! Here are some questions you should consider asking during the tour.
    • Do you offer the program I am interested in?
    • What does the program cover?
    • How long will it take until I graduate?
    • What are some of my options once I graduate?
    • How much is the tuition? Do I need to make a down payment?
    • How do I qualify for financial aid?
    • What is the structure of the curriculum?
    • What does the school do to prepare me for the state board exam?
    • What comes in my kit?
    • Does TSPA  help me find a job after I graduate?
  • See if you qualify for financial aid or a scholarship! Meet with our financial aid adviser to see what can do to qualify. We want to see our students succeed without anything holding them back.
  • Be confident! You took the first step to follow your passions and dreams. Don’t back out now! This is an exciting time in your life, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it all.

A Look Into The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton

female hair stylist posing in salon

What makes our school different from any others? There are so many things to take into account when choosing a beauty school to attend. At TSPA Appleton, we work with Redken products and our curriculum is infused with Redken techniques, which means you will be working with products that are salon quality and educators who have learned from industry leaders! In addition to our Redken-infused education, we give you the opportunity to not only work on perfecting your beauty skills but can teach you how to build a business in beauty and how to market yourself.

Here at TSPA Appleton, we offer an extensive training in both Cosmetology and Aesthetics. We also offer advanced training in MUD Makeup, UltraTress Hair Extensions and E’lan Lash Extensions. Our programs offer hands-on training to our students with innovative and advanced Redken practices. You can be confident in knowing that you could be learning from wonderful instructors that care about your success story. Your success is TSPA Appleton’s success.

A Career in Beauty

With an education in beauty that could mean the possibility of many doors being open to you. The world of beauty has many different titles and locations of careers that could be yours. Such as:

  • Owning or managing a salon
  • Working on a cruise ship
  • Working in film/TV
  • Working in the fashion industry
  • Becoming a cosmetology/aesthetics educator

This is only a small glimpse of the world of beauty. With hard work, passion and drive, you could be working fulfilling career that you just might love!

Begin Now

Don’t waste another day waiting for your passion to become an opportunity to create a fulfilling career. Contact us to begin the first steps to your future. It’s never too late to take the leap!

2018 National Student Competition

The 2018 National Student Competition has arrived!

TSPA Appleton has been participating in this Competition since 2011 and has had multiple winners and finalists!

The categories this year are:

HAIR COLOR

CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC

MEN’S

FINISHING

NAILS

EDUCATOR

MAKEUP-BEAUTY

MAKEUP-FANTASY

 

The winners from these categories will win some absolutely amazing prizes and kits! In addition to the great prizes, kits and recognition, the opportunity to participate in competitions like this one are invaluable; providing experience and education that can elevate one’s skills and foster an even greater passion for this industry.

Good luck to all our TSPA-Appleton students competing this year!

Past winners: 2016 & 2017

Winter-Educator

 Jake-Contemporary Classic

 Trentyn-Men’s

  Tehya-Contemporary Classic

   Dia-Makeup

Theresa-Texture

For more information about our Cosmetology or Aesthetics programs, or to schedule a tour, call 920-944-2758 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com.

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!

 

 

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

 

 

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.