It’s a Beauty Revolution!

Savvy beauty industry pros know that cosmetology doesn’t have to be an in-person only job at a salon. Beauty influencers have used online technology to build beauty empires and more. Here are just a few examples:

  • Huda Kattan is worth approximately $610 million according to Forbes magazine. Her beauty studies led her to a job at Revlon before she launched her own beauty blog in 2010. Within three years she was selling her own beauty, Huda Beauty through Sephora.
  • Makeupshayla, whose real name is Shayla Mitchell, built her personal brand through expert selfies on Instagram and make-up tutorials on her own YouTube channel. She now has contracts with both Colourpop and Maybelline.
  • Kandee Johnson graduated from beauty school and worked as a make-up artist on television shows and for magazines. But she soon moved in front of the camera, starting her own YouTube channel in 2009 and providing the voice of “Mandy Sparkledust” in the Dreamworks animated film Trolls.

These successful artists all have one thing in common: They embraced technology to take their cosmetology training to new heights! With the right training in cosmetology, aesthetics, and hair care, maybe you can be the next big beauty influencer!

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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

Busting 5 Big Myths of Online Education

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has turned education upside down. Every day more schools move some or all of their classes online. Whether it’s called “remote learning,” “distance learning” or “eLearning,” they’re all basically the same thing –  education that takes place via the Internet. Online education can include K-12 education, career education, and college degree programs. But there is a lot of misinformation out there about online education. These are some of the biggest myths about online learning and why they’re wrong:

 Online classes aren’t as good as traditional in-class learning. Studies show that online students perform better on standardized tests. (https://potomac.edu/learning/online-learning-vs-traditional-learning/) Online students often have more time to complete assignments, which means that online education programs are often more effective than traditional learning.

  • You have to be a genius to manage the technology. Completely false. New technology makes online learning very user-friendly. Often, you can even participate in online classes right on your cell phone! Schools offer training guides and other resources to make your learning process as easy as possible, no matter what Learning Management System (LMS) the school uses. 
  • Online courses are easier. Another total myth. Schools have reputations to uphold. This means their online courses have the same course goals, the same curriculum, and often the same instructors as traditional courses. In fact, some people find online education can be more challenging because a student might need more self-motivation, but the flexibility of online education makes up for that. 
  • Students in online classes don’t get enough attention from faculty. Untrue. From emails and telephone calls to private Zoom meetings, online education offers more ways for students to interact directly with instructors than traditional classes. Education expert Dr. Lisa Collins explains this, “When you teach in a traditional classroom, you need to worry about every student in that class during that specific time period when you have all of them together. In the online environment…You can dedicate your attention to a specific student.” https://www.gettingsmart.com/2014/03/online-learning-enables-personalized-learning-interview-dr-lisa-collins/

 In short, it seems that nearly everything people believe about online education is wrong!

 So, if you want to start a new career, or learn a new trade, don’t let misinformation hold you back from starting your new online education today!

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Why Not Try Beauty School During Your Gap Year?

Turn Your Gap Year Into An Experiential Education

Many people had never heard of a gap year when Malia Obama, eldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, took one after high school to travel, volunteer, and complete an internship. A “gap year” is a break between high school and other forms of education, and it’s increasingly popular as today’s students make more careful choices about their futures.

This is even more true now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made many students reconsider moving into a dormitory at a traditional college. Alternative plans such as beauty school have emerged as practical and productive options for education after high school or when changing careers.

Why is beauty school a popular gap year choice?

  • Save money: College costs have increased more than 25% in the past decade. Beauty schools are far less expensive.  Students may qualify for financial aid, the education takes less time than college, and students finish with skills that can lead to employment!
  • Freedom of Choice: Beauty school certificates come in many fields: you can earn one in barbering, cosmetology, aesthetics, manicuring, and more!
  • Build Your Resume: Beauty school helps you gain the professional experience that employers want in your trade and in customer service through required practice hours.

A gap year spent learning a trade at beauty school can be both productive and profitable!

Financial Aid 101 with Jessica Churchill

Financial Aid 101 with Jessica Churchill

 

Just because education doesn’t come with an inexpensive price tag, doesn’t mean that your educational goals should suffer. We met with The Salon Professional Academy Financial Aid Director, Jess Churchill, to help break down the process and make going to school seem less overwhelming.

 

  1. What does FAFSA mean?
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  2. Who is eligible to apply for Financial Aid?
    • Everyone! Not all qualify
  3. How many different financial aid award years does a student need to fill out FAFSA’s for?
    • Generally, two, however, it all depends it on how close you are starting to July 1 (New Award Year). That determines which FAFSA”s” need to be completed.
  4. How far in advance should a student fill out their FAFSA?
    • As soon as possible. You are able to apply for FAFSA two years prior to starting a program. But it is preferred to be submitted no later than 6 weeks before a start date.
  5. How does a student know if they are considered an independent or a dependent applicant?
    • Depending on their age, if they are married or have dependents will determine the results of a dependent or independent student
  6. Can a student be eligible for FAFSA if they have attended a prior school?
    • A student can be eligible for FAFSA depending on their current situation
  7. Are there any programs that aren’t eligible for FAFSA?
    • All the programs at The Academy are eligible for FAFSA
  8. What is available to students who are not eligible for Federal Student Aid?
    • The student would then have the option of using Scholarships, in house payment plans and/or consumer loans
  9. How does someone start the FAFSA?
    • They start by going to ed.gov and creating a FSA ID
  10. After the FASFA is submitted, how does a student know what they qualify for and what to do next?
    • It takes anywhere from 1 to 3 days for me to receive the FAFSA. Once I do, I will reach out to the student to set up a time to meet and discuss the students results and to let them know if there is anything else needed to support the FAFSA entries.
  11. What happens once I am enrolled and am ready to borrow financial aid?
    • We will meet and the student will fill out documents pertaining to the money they want to borrow, complete entrance counseling and sign a master promissory note.

 

For more information on using FAFSA at The Salon Professional Academy contact Jessica at 920.968.0434 ext 122 or our Website. 

((scholarships, grants & financial aid are avail to those who qualify))

 

Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist

What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of Wisconsin requires our students to be 18 years of age. It’s the diploma’s or G.E.D.’s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on haircutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact Michaela in admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!

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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

Employment Opportunities: Jobs 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 career?

  • 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 Revlon, L’Oréal, and Redken 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!

 A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today!

Book your virtual tour with Michaela: 920-944-2758 Admissions Text: 920-931-0090

Alumni Spotlight: Delaney W.

Alumni Spotlight: Delaney W. 

Meet Delaney W. she is a TSPA Appleton Alumni that graduated on September 27, 2018. Delaney started her journey in our 2017 September Cosmetology class where she joined 11 other talented student stylists. At TSPA, we know that a career in cosmetology is not just about a haircut or passing the state board exam; it’s about innovation in hair color and techniques, basic skin and nail care, knowledge of business strategies, and training in guest services. Our Redken-infused cosmetology program will not only prepare you for the state board exam but more importantly, for a long-term career in the industry. The year-long Cosmetology program is designed to train students for much more than passing the state boards. We develop the entire salon professional with great technical ability, business & marketing training, and the guest handling skills that are in high demand by top salons and spas.

After a journey that has brought her to many places, Delaney finally landed in a place that she calls home, Sankalpa Salon. Working alongside some fantastic and inspirational stylists Delaney gets an opportunity to learn one-on-one with Redken trained artists to help her grow, learn and succeed in her craft.

1. Why are you passionate about this industry?

I’m passionate about this industry because I want to make people look and feel their best. It’s very rewarding to see people embrace new trends and styles.

2. Where did life take you after The Salon Professional Academy and what has your journey been like since?

I would say my journey has consisted of a few ups and downs. I landed in a salon that didn’t feel like home. Another opportunity opened up and I was able to train as an associate under an amazing Redken Artist who eventually opened up her own salon and I was asked to join her team and I took the opportunity.

3. Tell me something that you learned about yourself or the industry (or both) from attending school at The Salon Professional Academy?

The reason that I am the stylist today is because of the educators that work at the TSPA. They are extremely knowledgeable about Redken, a brand that grew to love. After I graduated, I could still reach out to the educators for guidance. They truly helped me see my true potential when I sometimes couldn’t see it for myself.


4. What is something amazing you have gotten to do because of being a stylist and tell me about the experience?

One of the coolest experiences that I got to be part of was going to The Redken Exchange in New York City in August of 2019. Being surrounded by Redken Artists and other stylists for hands-on learning was really rewarding. I was also able to meet a Redken Global Artist and a few other Redken Artists.


5. What are some of your professional goals?

My current goal right now is to become a level 3 stylist.


6. What advice would you give someone contemplating going to cosmetology school?

Try it! You might like it! Don’t be swayed by others opinions that you have to go to a 4-year college. I’ve met some of the most amazing people in the industry. You never know where your creativity might lead you.

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Michaela in admissions is just a call (920-944-2758), email or text(920-931-0090) away from your future.

Tips For Taking Online Beauty School Classes

Wish we could be on campus with our ARTIST’s but instead, we’re bringing campus to you! 🏫➡️💻.

The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) just launched temporary distance-learning or temporary online learning for our cosmetology and esthetics programs. Just like it is for you, it is new to us as well. We are all a little stressed and adapting to our new world as quickly as possible. To make your transition into the beauty world smooth, here are our top 3 tips to help you launch your online classes –

Tips For Online Learning:

  1.  Manage your time. Set up a view of your daily & weekly schedule by first mapping out a calendar of all of the assignment and activity due dates along with work and family commitments. It’s okay to be selfish, block off time each week to get classwork done. Online classes tend to have a weekly flow and include discussion boards that require student participation. Plan to be a part of the conversation.
  2. Be a good participant. Good discussions are thoughtful, your best resources to help you bring good discussion starters can be from peer conversations, headlines, lecture and course materials. Great responses go beyond agreeing with your peers. Build on the discussion with your own ideas and experiences. 
  3. Build your social community. Share contact information with your peers to connect on homework assignments and for social support. Be a part of  TSPA’s Facebook pages for enrolled students to get the best information fast and easy access to peer conversations on campus and homework topics. Your campus is here to support you every step of the way. Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Be kind to yourself. We are all in uncharted territory right now but we all have each other’s support even if it’s temporarily from a distance right now. 

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Michaela in admissions is just a call (920-944-2758), email or text(920-931-0090) away from your future.