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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! 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

TSPA Experience – Life as a Student Event

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a cosmetology student? Are you wondering how to channel your creativity? Would you like to learn how to be successful in the beauty industry? Find answers to your questions at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) Appleton’s “TSPA Experience” event!

During this event you will get to:

  • See life through the eyes of a TSPA Student
  • Get hands-on experience in the classroom, meet the Educators, and experience a JUMP Celebration
  • Learn directly from your peers why they chose The Salon Professional Academy for their education
  • Enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win a TSPA gift basket!

Mark your calendar for August 2nd, 2018 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm.

To RSVP – Fill out the “Tell Me More” form HERE and in the comment box write: TSPA EXPERIENCE.

Deadline to RSVP is July 31st!

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

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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?

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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!

 

What Is Purple Shampoo Used For?

All blondes know that finding that perfect blonde shade takes time, money, and a commitment to keeping the color as fresh as when you left the salon. That’s where the beauty of purple shampoo comes in.

Purple shampoo is an absolute necessity for blondes to use in between hair coloring sessions as it easily helps keeps your blonde beautiful.

WHAT IS PURPLE SHAMPOO?

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Purple shampoo is just that—a shampoo with purple pigments that helps to keep undertones at bay. Think of it as your at-home toner that helps to beat brass.

The concept of purple shampoo might sound a little crazy to the blonde newbies, but ask any tried and true blonde and they’ll tell you it’s a must-have for keeping hair looking strong and bright.

WHY IS PURPLE SHAMPOO NECESSARY FOR BLONDE HAIR?

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Those of us with blonde hair need purple shampoo because of how the hair is lightened in the first place. According to Redken Artist Adina Doss “When I lift a client’s hair (colorist speak for lightening), there is an undertone that comes up, which I like to call ‘raw blonde.’ To get my clients to a richer, more quality blonde, I add a color treatment called a toner, specifically Redken’s Shades EQ, to eliminate any undesired undertones, whether that color is yellow or yellow-orange or even a reddish undertone.”

Those undertones can come out when the colorist applies a toner, but you may find they start to appear between color services as the toner fades. Insert the need for a purple shampoo to adjust tone at home!

Redken Artist Jaclyn Harwood says that these undertones can also be caused by things like sun, hard water or heat styling. For this reason, purple shampoo is not just for color-treated blondes. Natural blondes need it, too, Harwood says. In fact, those who’ve been jumping on the unicorn hair trend of purples and blue in their hair can also benefit from purple shampoo to help keep violet hues from fading.

Salon Tip: When a colorist lightens your hair, he or she should always use a toner as a step in the coloring process. Doss says this is a non-negotiable—so don’t be afraid to ask for it during your next service!

BUT, WHY IS PURPLE SHAMPOO PURPLE?

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“If you think of a color wheel, as basic as it sounds, whatever color you want to cancel out is directly across from it,” Doss says. “Directly across from yellow is purple. So, the purple helps eliminate the unwanted yellow colors from the hair.”

“It’s almost like a way to brighten the color to a cooler tone,” Harwood says. “So, if the hair has a little bit of a yellow tone, a pigmented purple shampoo is going to neutralize that warmth.”

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE PURPLE SHAMPOO?

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Keep in mind that purple shampoo does not replace your regular shampoo and should only be used once or twice a week. Doss warns that there is such a thing as too much purple.

“When you eliminate too much yellow, it visually ends up darker and a lot of people don’t want it to look darker,” she says. “So if you wash your hair twice a week, use the purple shampoo only once a week to keep the hair bright but not yellow.”

Harwood also adds that purple shampoo can be mixed with regular shampoo to add some of the violet pigment into a regular hair cleansing routine without any risk of going overboard.

Redken’s Color Extend Blondage, available in May 2018, is formulated with a Triple Acid Protein complex—amino, citric and maleic acids and wheat protein—that neutralizes unwanted undertones and helps strengthen hair’s cuticles while battling brass and keeping blondes bright

 Hot Tip: Aren’t sure which products best fit your regular haircare routine? Use the Hair Diagnostic Tool to find out! 

To schedule an appointment with one of our student stylists, please contact us at 920-968-0433. Visit our website at www.tspaappleton.com to see a menu of services.

The Salon Professional Academy is located at 3355 W. College Ave. Appleton, WI 54914

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!