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.

Beauty Podcasts That Aim To Help The Stylist Succeed

Let’s be honest. Most people don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read articles to stay on top of new trends.

 

But what if you could learn new information and stay on top of those trends while you got ready in the morning, drove to and from work, worked out, or even got all those dreaded chores done at home?

 

Better yet, imagine getting to hear the ultimate hub for breaking trends, shiny new brands/ products with insightful education and a boat-load of laughs to get you to the next level.

 

Here’s the thing the world of beauty podcasts are HUGE. There are thousands of beauty podcasts that are taking the world by storm and that brings new and exciting things to the table. If you’re looking for a way to thrive and grow yourself and your business this year, we suggest you check out the list down below. We were able to pull together a few of our top favorite beauty podcasts that aim to help the stylist succeed.

 

In no particular order dive into these beauties and start listening ASAP, we promise you won’t regret it!

 

 

#1 Podcast for Stylist Success

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Salon Owner, Hairstylist, Success Coach, and Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Jared Jackson Dean, brings to you a podcast that is meant to inspire, motivate and educate those that want to go from mediocre to thriving.  #1 Podcast for Stylist Success is meant to help grow individuals and show them how to be an everyday entrepreneur.

 

 

 

 

 OVERNIGHT SUCCESS

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“Take the first steps even if it’s a small one…” Maria Hatzistefanis (aka @MrsRodial) is the host of Overnight Success where she dives into helping you find your motivation to excel. Through tips & trends, Maria brings you guests that are a part of the beauty industry and will help motivate you in life, work and fashion.

 

 

 

The Independent Stylist

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Are you a hairstylist or a Cosmetology student looking to avoid burning out? Profitable business owner and Hairstylist, Jennifer Kenny, coaches the stylist to work smarter and not harder but in the meantime make sure you are staying true to your values and your skills. Listen to this great podcast for better ideas on how to promote your business on Social Media, start a business from scratch and how to fill those open slots. Jennifer Kenny won’t disappoint.

 

 

The In-Demand Hairstylist

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Grab your coffee and head on over to Spotify or iTunes to listen to Kristin Varoli share her stories of working behind the chair and owning her own business for 16 years. Kristin takes the lessons learned over the years to help others become inspired, motivated and to help create a beautiful life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Characteristic Traits That Lead To Salon Success

A successful career in Cosmetology is only half of the battle when it comes to achieving and maintaining salon success.  TSPA Appleton’s beauty school 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. However, while all those traits are super important let’s dive into 5 Character Traits that can lead salon professionals to great success.

  1. Determination– Determination is the force or drive one has when they want to achieve their goals and dreams. With long hours, rotating schedule, competitive market, product sales, building and maintaining a steady clientele, cosmetology is not for the faint of heart. It’s extremely important to make sure that focus and determination are key elements in helping you achieve your short term goals and eventually long term goals.
  2. Listening– Being a successful hairstylist means listening to your clients in more ways than one. Active listening is extremely important but so is being aware of your client’s body language. Noticing visual cues can help you know what your clients’ needs and expectations are.
  3. Creativity– Cosmetology is a creative field where clients are able to rely on their stylist’s options to help them make important decisions when it comes to their looks. Being someone who is creative you are able to find beauty in almost everything and in turn, this allows you to create beauty every single day by working with new innovative techniques.
  4. Confidence– A key ingredient in having your own happiness and success depends largely on how confident you are. Self-confidence is all about believing that you have the power within yourself to be and do whatever you set your mind too. As you enter the beauty industry, remember that a successful beauty artist is a journey, not a sprint. All you need is experience and willingness to grow. “The key to your own success and happiness lies within.” – Jon Gonzales
  5. Passion– As a beauty artist, hair and body becomes your canvas. Your love for creating beautiful work comes from the tools that are taught and combined with numerous influences that create a masterpiece. You cannot put a price on the joy that one feels after you create a lasting change that helps them feel beautiful inside and out. Without passion, there is no purpose and no life in the masterpiece that was created.

Fall into a Career Made Just for You

As the dreamy relaxing days of summer quickly come to an end, you might be stuck between wanting a few more blissful days of summer yet also feeling refreshed and ready to start something new. Fall is all about getting a jump start on fun adventures, starting new things and setting goals.

Our Accredited Cosmetology program can help you get a jump start to launching the career that you have always dreamt about.

Classes start September 16th 2019! Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Our Cosmetology classes offer you the most professional career skills: Hair Cutting, Styling, Hair Coloring, MUD Makeup Artistry, ELAN Lash Extensions, Nails, Hair Extensions and so much more!

Call Michaela the Admissions Director at  920-944-2758 or text 920-931-0090 to schedule a career planning session and learn more about the program.

{{Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid Are Available For Those Who Qualify. For gainful employment information please visit www.tspaappleton.com}}

 

Student Spotlight: Meet the Aesthetician’s

There is something about self-care that is so satisfying. One important form of self-care is proper skincare, however, taking time out of your busy schedule to really focus on the important things like yourself and your skin care routine can be challenging. Your skin deserves to become part of your routine and your habits that make up your day- to-day lives and our Aesthetic students can help you with just that!!

 

What does an Aesthetic student do?

Aesthetic student is considered an Aesthetician. Aestheticians are specialists in the cleansing, beautification and preservation of the health of skin on the entire body including the face and neck. Our Aesthetics program teaches the latest techniques to purifying, balancing and renewing the skin as well as the artistry of make-up application. Because TSPA is proud to be a Bioelements Partner School we also offer a curriculum that is infused with the latest technical training from the industry leader in skincare.

 

What Types of Treatments do Student Aestheticians Perform?

Our Student Aestheticians spend 19 weeks being intensely trained on a number of specialized techniques for skin analysis to make sure that they are able to help their clients with a wide range of needs. Before any treatment is performed on a guest the student sits down with their guest and does a consultation. The consultation is to ensure that the student is getting to know the guest and their skin type so the right products are used for the end goal.

Some services that are our Aesthetic students preform but are not limited to:

* Facials

* Back Facials

* Chemical Peels

* Body Waxing

* Eye Lash Extensions

* Make-up Applications

 

Meet Our Aesthetic Students:

Libby- “Hi! I’m Libby. I’m a dog and cat mom who has always had a love for skin. One day, I was doing a mask and thought, “Hey! Why don’t I do this for a living?” I have a customer service background and can’t wait to add those skills to the ones that I have acquired here at TSPA! I think after graduation I can definitely see myself in a spa setting in the area. Hope to meet you soon!”

 

Maria-My love for being an aesthetician began in 8th grade when I had terrible acne problems and I wanted to do something about it, that’s when I really got into skin care products! You can say I’m definitely a skin care junkie! I’m here at The Salon Professional Academy of Appleton to improve my knowledge more and grow more with the other aesthetician students. It is a very emotionally rewarding profession making people feel good, and in turn it makes me feel good! It really is happiness for all!!  I love what I do and it shows!”

 

Stephanie-Hi, I am Stephanie, yooper born and raised. I have always loved makeup but since great makeup starts with great skin, I developed a passion for both and I wanted to make this a career path that I could excel in. I want to help everyone look and feel their best because when you look good, you feel good and that happiness is contagious.”

 

Erica-My name is Erica and helping others to feel beautiful has always been a passion of mine. I grew up in San Paulo, Brazil before moving to the United States. Prior to pursuing my dreams of becoming an aesthetician, I stayed home to raise my two beautiful children. My favorite part of becoming an aesthetician is to help others feel confident with their skin, but hope to touch their soul as well! 

 

 

 

 

How can you become an Aesthetic Student?

Thinking about becoming a licensed aesthetician? Fill out our ‘Tell Me More’ page to learn more about how you can achieve your dreams today!  Questions? Contact Admissions at 920-968-0434 or email admissions@tspaappleton.com. Our Admissions Director will schedule a career planning session and get all of your questions answered! Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

For more information about booking a salon service or to schedule a tour of the Academy or just want to learn more about our programs offered, please visit our website at www.tspaappleton.com or call 920-968-0433.

 

 

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.