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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! 

{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 and to see a price menu, please click here.}

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!

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.

Redken Announces $35,000 in Scholarships for Prospective and Current TSPA Students!

35 Applicants Will Be Awarded $1000!

The Salon Professional Academy-Appleton is please to announce the 2018 Redken Scholarship is NOW AVAILABLE for current and prospective cosmetology students. Don’t miss this opportunity. Deadline is July 1, 2018.

For more information including scholarship guidelines and to download the application, please visit www.redkenscholarship.com.

If you have any questions, please call Tara in Admissions at 920-968-0434, text 920-931-0090 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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