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.

 

 

17 Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas Almost Anyone Can Master

Can’t think of a costume? Look in your makeup bag! Whether you want to go glamorous or ghostly, these Halloween makeup looks have got you covered.

 

Mermaid

Who knew you could create realistic mermaid fins using a fishnet stocking and a colorful eye shadow palette?

 

Zombie

Do you have a tube of red lipstick and some black eye shadow? If so, then this look is very achievable.

 

Vampire

Vamp it up with this blacked-out smoky eye and red lip. Finish the look with a temporary vampire-bite tattoo and fake blood. Throw on a simple black outfit and you’re ready to go.

 

Half Skull

All you’ll need is a palette of black and white face paint and a precision makeup brush.

 

Scarecrow

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Create a cute scarecrow look and go as the character from The Wizard of Oz.

 

Graffiti

Haven’t you always wanted to just mess around with all of your makeup? Well, for this costume, you can—say that you’re graffiti!

 

Cleopatra

If you have gold accessories and dark hair, dress up as Cleopatra this Halloween and pair it with this makeup look.

 

Lioness

Get fierce with this super simple lioness look. Master this Halloween makeup look with a golden smoky eye, a bit of highlighter and shimmery bronzer, and a crisp cat nose and lip.

 

1920’s Flapper

Take this classic last-minute costume up a notch with historically accurate makeup. The old-school smoky eye and wine-stained lips are an easy way to create this look.

 

Barbie

Got a blonde wig and a hot pink outfit? You might want to give this Halloween makeup look a try. Simply slap on a showstopping lip gloss and recreate Barbie’s iconic eyelashes.

 

Batman

Get superhero chic with this Batman look. A yellow smoky eye and a bit of face paint is all that stands between you and this simple Halloween makeup look.

 

Harley Quinn

Take a cue from Suicide Squad and head out as Harley Quinn.

 

Pop Art

This Halloween makeup idea is fun, creative, and can be paired with a colorful outfit that you already own.

 

Poison Ivy

Grab a palette of green shadows and give this look a try. Finish the costume with a red wig and a green frock and you’ll be the most well-dressed villainess at the party.

 

Giraffe

Complete your costume as your favorite safari animal with this simple and fun Halloween makeup look. Put your hair up in two elongated buns at the top of your head to represent horns.

 

Deer

Whether you want to call yourself Bambi or the Snapchat filter, this is a simple costume you can throw together at the last minute.

 

Rainbow Fish

Model your Halloween look after one of the most stunningly illustrated children’s books of all time. This look is as unique as it is recognizable.

If you need some assistance with these looks, contact us to schedule an appointment! Our student stylists and makeup artists would love to help you achieve these looks! Contact us at 920-968-0433 to schedule an appointment. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about the programs offered at The Salon Professional Academy, located at 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton, WI. visit our website here.

 

 

 

TRIM HUNGER to Support Healthier Eating in Fox Valley Schools

Over the last three years, hunger awareness in the beauty industry has helped feed hundreds of people. Hairdressers, students and clients nationwide are successfully trimming out the need for food in America.

WHO WE ARE

Trim Hunger/HuTerra is in partnership with a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and donations to address the issue of hunger both locally in the fox cities of Wisconsin and in America. Through its affiliation with the nationwide beauty school franchise The Salon Professional Academy and Elevate salon institute with the help of generous corporate sponsors, Trim Hunger is igniting the passion to help those in need in the hearts of beauty professionals all across the country. In an industry already focused on helping, giving, and transforming lives, Trim Hunger will have the limitless support of beauty schools, salons, spas, and manufacturers to provide nutritious meals for those greatest in need. 

HOW WE BEGAN

In 2014, Josif Wittnik of Appleton, WI was introduced to some frightening and saddening statistics regarding the number of people in his own community, including many children, who were going without food each day. Motivated by this daily tragedy in his hometown, Josif set out to do something about it. As the co-owner of a local The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) and Salon CTI and Day Spa, he leveraged their reach and the caring hearts of the other owners, staff, and students to sponsor fundraisers through a variety of activities under the name Cut Out Hunger; playing on the hairdresser pun. By the end of 2013, they had raised thousands of dollars to help the local food bank get meals out into the community. Knowing that more needed to be done, both locally and across the United States, Josif brought this issue to the attention of anyone who would listen. This effort reached a turning point in January of 2015 while Josif was attending the biennial Redken Symposium in Las Vegas. Upon sharing his story with fellow TSPA owners, salon professionals, and a variety of executives with Redken and L’Oreal, Josif received an overwhelming response from people wanting to get involved. Since then, the brand evolved to Trim Hunger (in keeping with the salon industry theme) and continues to receive an outpouring of support through The Salon Professional Academy franchise and corporate sponsorship from both within and far outside the beauty industry.

On Sunday, October 21st from 9a-3p, The Salon Professional Academy, located at 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton, WI., will be offering $20 haircuts to the public to raise money to help support our local youth with farm to table food, healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle. 100% of the proceeds will stay in the Fox Valley Community!
To schedule your haircut please call us at 920-968-0433. Walk-ins are also welcome!
For more information about Trim Hunger or to make a donation online, please visit http://www.trimhunger.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.

Back To School Special!

Get kids ready for the return to school with haircuts starting at just $9!

Send your children back to school in style. The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton is offering this amazing deal from August 13th-August 31st. Call to schedule your appointment today at 920-968-0433. Don’t put off making your appointment until it’s too late. Most schools start in just 4 weeks! 

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The Salon Professional Academy is conveniently located on College Ave. in Appleton, right next to Harbor Freight, Planet Fitness and FUZE. Our address is 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton, WI 54914. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

TSPA-Appleton Students & El Rostro Latino Del Fox Valley 2018

The students at The Salon Professional Academy-Appleton will be very busy with these beautiful young ladies soon!

On Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 5:30pm, El Rostro Latino Del Fox Valley will be held at the Grand Meridian, located at 2621 N. Oneida St. Appleton. The Owner of The Salon Professional Academy-Appleton, Josif Wittnik, will be one of the judges on the panel for this pageant. Trim Hunger, a foundation established by Josif Wittnik, is one of the sponsors for this event. 

TSPA-Appleton students will be doing the hair and makeup for this Latino Beauty Pageant. Come check it out and see for yourself why choosing a career in beauty is not only the most fun career, but also the most rewarding because you get to do fun events like this!

For more information about El Rostro Latino Del Fox Valley and to learn more about each contestant, check out their Facebook page here.

To learn more about programs offered and how you can enroll, please visit our website at www.tspaappleton.com or call us at 920-968-0434.

 

 

 

 

 

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!

How To Use Dry Shampoo

Whether your roots start to get shiny after a couple days (or what feels like hours!) without a shampoo, everybody’s hair eventually gets greasy. Enter dry shampoo, a miracle product that saves time and adds style. But what is dry shampoo? Redken Artist Brittany VanDyke says, “it’s simply powders in aerosol form that can absorb greasiness and give you texture.”

WHO SHOULD USE DRY SHAMPOO?

chocolate brunette haircolor with subtle highlights

Not everyone needs dry shampoo, but everyone can benefit from using it. If you’re looking to prolong the time in between shampoos, it’s definitely for you. It can also be used as a styling tool.

“Dry shampoo eliminates odor and oil, but it also helps to add body to the hair so even if it’s not oily, you can still use dry shampoo on day two or three or four of not shampooing just to revitalize the hair,” says Redken Artist Adina Doss.

Fun Fact: Sales of dry shampoo skyrocketed around 2011, but it’s actually been around since the Victorian era. Rumor has it, Marie Antoinette used perfume-laced powder in her hair to get her signature bouffant-styled up do.

HOW DO I USE DRY SHAMPOO?

Hold the dry shampoo at least six-inches from hair, about the length of the can, so the product isn’t concentrating on one spot. For more texture, blast hair with a blow dryer to move the dry shampoo around scalp, then add styling products over the dry shampoo to give hair a revamp.

Using Redken’s Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo or Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair, which is tinted, make small vertical parts in hair and spray the shampoo on each section, Doss advises.

Doss also mentions that often people don’t use dry shampoo correctly either.

“It’s so misused it’s not even funny,” she says. “People don’t use enough of it they kind of spray it around hitting only their part line that people see the most, but one of the keys to using it is that you take small sections and spraying each section to full saturation.”

The fresh scent will make hair feel freshly washed, and the matte finish will give it a nice refresh.

WHEN SHOULD I USE DRY SHAMPOO?

Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender helps to absorb oil and maintain hairstyles.

Dry shampoo can also be used proactively as well. Spritz your roots with some dry shampoo before going to bed to get ahead of any grease.

“Stop the grease before it starts,” says VanDyke. Put on dry shampoo the night after a fresh blow dry or flat iron. If I put it in at night and sleep in it, my hair absorbs the dry shampoo better.”

CAN I USE DRY SHAMPOO FOR VOLUME AND STYLING?

Absolutely! Dry shampoo can also add dimension to hair. VanDyke uses the Pillow Proof Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair when styling up-dos and creating braids to darken the sides of the scalp that are often more visible in these styles.

“Spray it on really lightly and it kind of fills in those gaps and gives you a thicker appearance,” she says.

HOW MUCH DRY SHAMPOO IS TOO MUCH DRY SHAMPOO?

Make no mistake, dry shampoo can definitely be overused. It’s easy to get spray happy, especially when you’re feeling greasier than normal. While, Pillow Proof is not going to weigh hair down, it will build up after multiple uses throughout the week, in which case adding a cleansing cream is important.

“Try the Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo once a week to clear everything off your hair and your scalp,” VanDyke says.

All in all, dry shampoo is an absolute must-have for anyone who needs a few extra minutes in the morning (so…pretty much everyone). 

Next time you visit The Salon Professional Academy-Appleton, ask your student stylist about dry-shampoo and how to use it in your hair.

Prices may vary depending on student level and products used; All services performed by students under the supervision of licensed educators. For more information on services offered please visit www.tspaappleton.com/guest-services/. Make an appointment today!

 

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!