Consider Accreditation When Choosing a Beauty School

Not all beauty schools are equal, and you may feel overwhelmed when you search for the right beauty school for you. One confusing term you might run across is “accreditation.” 

Accreditation is the approval a school gets from the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). The AACS reviews beauty schools to make sure all of their programs meet the highest standards of beauty education. 

This means that the courses you take in cosmetology, hair care, nail care, and other subjects at an accredited school give you the most for your tuition money. It is important to know that students who apply to non-accredited schools are not always eligible for financial aid, as those schools are not required to accept the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). The Salon Professional Academy Whitehouse is in the process of being able to offer financial aid. 

Choosing an accredited school means:

  • You may be eligible for financial assistance
  • You may have an advantage in the job market because employers know that  applicants from accredited cosmetology schools are salon professionals with the quality training
  • You may have more earning potential because you are eligible to work at more places and may get paid more

In short, a degree or certificate from an accredited beauty or cosmetology school is the gold standard in beauty education. Contact our admission director to learn more about our standard of education and to learn more about tuition costs. 

Climb Is Your Financial Assistance Friend!

Are you thinking about going to beauty school but are worried about the cost? Fear not: You may qualify for many state, local or federal grants, loans, and other forms of financial assistance! You can begin learning more by filling out and filing the Free Application for Financial Student Assistance. That’s right: all you have to do is fill out one application to find out what kinds of financial assistance may be available to help you manage your education costs, including tuition and other education-related expenses.

Many people think that financial assistance is only available for students at traditional four-year colleges and universities, but that’s not true. Students at career schools are just as eligible for financial assistance. 

To be eligible for federal student aid, applicants must meet a few basic qualifications. You must: 

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (such as a permanent resident or refugee)
  • have a Social Security number
  • prove that you have a financial need for aid
  • be registered with the Selective Service if you are a male student
  • be enrolled or accepted at a qualifying college or career school
  • maintain what is called “satisfactory academic progress”

There may be other qualifications depending upon your personal circumstances. Most beauty schools have financial assistance specialists that can help you apply for options So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to start your education! Contact our admissions office as soon as possible to learn what’s available to you. 

Hair Extension Futures In-demand

Did you ever wonder how celebrities manage to look different every time they appear at a new event? They hire skilled hairstylists who know how to install hair extensions. Hair extensions can add volume, length, and even a new color, making them one of the easiest ways to help a client make a dramatic transformation into a new look. 

Hair extensions are in-demand, too: today hair extensions alone make up $6 billion dollars of the $532 billion beauty industry, and that figure grows every day. 

That’s why it could be a good idea to add hair extension classes to your education at some point in your career. In your hair extension classes, you will learn how to:

  • install the extensions 
  • create different styles with extensions
  • care for and use textured hair extensions
  • add chemical-free color and non-committal color to the extensions

There are classes you can take in hair extension installation at hair schools that can help you build your portfolio for guest services. That makes you a more attractive job candidate. Salons are more likely to hire a newly licensed beauty school graduate who can demonstrate a wide variety of innovative skills and abilities. 

Best Classes To Take Before Attending Cosmetology School

Working in the beauty industry goes well beyond hair styling trends and color forecasting—there is a massive education component involved.

 Which classes will help me get into cosmetology school?

It is important to love what you do and to set yourself up for success, no doubt. While most high schools do not teach hairstyling courses they do offer classes that can and will help prepare you for an easier transition into beauty education. Here is our academy’s line up that has benefited all of our graduates.

The Arts:

Your inner artist is in constant motion. Deepening your true sense of creativity is vital. Classes such as art, sculpture, fashion or theater; these classes will help your inner artist evolve — keep your creativity flowing.

The Sciences:

Chemical properties of products and how hair behaves is part of the hair stylists world. Don’t let this lingo make you slip into your very own nightmare version of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’. We know artists often feel like they can’t relate to nerdy scientists but guess what? What do you think you’re practicing when you’re calculating color formulas, prescribing products, timing thermal applications, understanding product labels and understanding a chemical application series process?! Science classes will help you understand why all of the fun pretty things you are playing with….are behaving the way they do!

The Communication:

First impressions are everything when building your business. You’ll be asked to speak about what you do, articulate best practices when it comes to the products you prescribe,negotiate with supply reps, when market yourself and more. It doesn’t matter if you choose to become a trendsetting stylist, beauty editor, trichologist, beauty boss, beauty marketer, or a YouTube beauty sensation….first impressions are everything. Writing, grammar, public speaking courses will help you easily share, market, or discuss your brand to guests, groups or to your community. Confidence is everything. You want to become a beauty boss don’t you?

Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter whether you’re searching for the best classes to take to get into cosmetology school, tuition costs, or seeking what the requirements are for beauty school in general; quality education is key to gaining access to this $532 billion industry.

If you’re curious about receiving more information about our academy’s programs or cosmetology requirements or if you can enroll into cosmetology school as a high school student, please reach out to our Admissions Director to have an easy conversation about what you think is best for you.

Are You A Beauty Influencer?

Use Your Cosmetology or Estheticians Training to Be an Influencer

Media has a significant influence on fashion and beauty. Social media is a popular tool for advertising a home business. Create a name for yourself with your new cosmetology training using online tools to show your beauty business authority. Popular beauty influencers who gain people’s attention with their eye-catching beauty treatments include:

  • Huda Kattan: The creator of Huda Beauty, is a major American influencer showing off her cosmetology knowledge by providing beauty advice.
  • Michelle Phan: After gaining a large following, she began the famous Ipsy line.
  • Cristine Raquel Rotenberg: A nail artist by trade, she showcases her love of nail art by giving tutorials with a touch of humor.
  • Nikkie de Jager: Nikkie is a YouTube sensation, gaining 12.2 million subscribers.

Looking back, can you think of movies that inspire you to be a cosmetologist?

Celebrities shine in part because of the cosmetologists & estheticians who work with them. Celebrities that have had a significant impact on beauty trends include: Billy Eilish, Janelle Monae, Lucy Boynton, and Ava Duvernay.

Many people seeking beauty treatments desire treatments to look like their favorite movie stars and musicians. Fun movies with the best makeup and hair include: Marie Antoinette, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pretty Woman, and Mean Girls.

Types of Beauty Careers

The great thing about cosmetology training is that you can choose from numerous careers, including: Beauty influencer, Cosmetics and beauty tips blogger, Hairstylist, Manicurist, Makeup artist, Product entrepreneur, Personal stylist, and Fashion stylist.

Our Students Get Hired

Contact The Salon Professional Academy for more information about switching jobs and learn using brand name products like Redken, Dermalogica, and MUD Make-up.  Admissions would be happy to share more about our state-of-the-art campus and the famous brand names you’ll become an expert with.

It’s a Beauty Revolution!

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

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

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

Busting 5 Big Myths of Online Education

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

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

  • Employers don’t respect online degrees. Fake news. Now that even Ivy League universities offer courses and even whole degrees online, employers can no longer deny that online education can be just as good as traditional degrees. Most employers now don’t care where you earned your education. They just want you to have the skills needed for the job. In many cases, your degree or certificate won’t even indicate whether you earned your degree online or not. 
  • You have to be a genius to manage the technology. Completely false. New technology makes online learning very user-friendly. Often, you can even participate in online classes right on your cell phone! Schools offer training guides and other resources to make your learning process as easy as possible, no matter what Learning Management System (LMS) the school uses. 
  • Online courses are easier. Another total myth. Schools have reputations to uphold. This means their online courses have the same course goals, the same curriculum, and often the same instructors as traditional courses. In fact, some people find online education can be more challenging because a student might need more self-motivation, but the flexibility of online education makes up for that. 
  • Students in online classes don’t get enough attention from faculty. Untrue. From emails and telephone calls to private Zoom meetings, online education offers more ways for students to interact directly with instructors than traditional classes. Education expert Dr. Lisa Collins explains this, “When you teach in a traditional classroom, you need to worry about every student in that class during that specific time period when you have all of them together. In the online environment…You can dedicate your attention to a specific student.”

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

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

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DEMAND GROWS FOR TRADE SCHOOL GRADS: Is Cosmetology a Good Career Choice?

A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!

Why?

The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologists, barbers, hairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable, and available in all areas of cosmetology.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to work in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program! Start School From Your Home – Online learning has begun. Book your virtual tour with Angela Admissions (903) 871-5700 Adm. TEXT ONLY (903) 952-7395

Covid-19 Info

Dearest TSPA Whitehouse Students, Parents, Guests, and Staff,

As we’ve monitored the rapidly-changing nature of COVID-19, we have kept the safety and well being of our students, guests, and staff at the forefront of our minds and hearts. We will be following Governor Greg Abbott’s order for a ban on the mass gathering of 10 people or more.  Effective Thursday, March 19th, 2020 we will be temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  Please visit our website, Facebook page or Instagram for updates as we will be updating them frequently when we have information. However, we will still be giving tours and the admissions department is still operating. For more information on our programs please contact Angela Spillman at (903) 871-7575 Ext. 103

Respectfully,

Melinda & Jeff Meler

Owners

FIVE THINGS TO SOLVE YOUR WINTER HAIR PROBLEMS

Winter is the time to LOVE your hair the most. We often link summer’s dry heat with hair damage, but winter can take a huge toll on our beautiful strands too. Chilly days outside and central heating indoors can dry your hair out until it loses shine, volume and feels limp and brittle. And, taking care of our hair in the winter is uncharted territory especially for us Texas folks!! 

If you have been dealing with any of these plus the frizzes, you are not alone. Redken says, “As the temperature drops, a new crop of hair issues starts to arise. Our roots begin to frizz and our ends rapidly dry out.” So, what is the answer to this you ask? Keep reading for 5 things Redken suggests for restoring moisture to your precious locks. 

  1.  Lock in Moisture 

It’s no secret that winter weather can be super drying on our strands. Be proactive this winter season by using products that will help to hydrate your strands and protect your hair from damage or breakage. By reaching for products that help to lock in moisture, you can better protect your ends and save yourself from heading to the salon.  

Redken’s All Soft Mega Hydramelt Leave-In Treatment is an amazing option for keeping hair nourished and moisturized in the wintertime. The innovative formula is lightweight and can be used on all hair types to hydrate while increasing softness and shine. 

  1.  Fight Flakes 

As the temperature starts to plummet, so does the condition of our scalp. Between the chilly outdoor temperatures and the warm indoor heat, our scalps can become very dry and flaky. To help ward off the flakes and to keep your favorite black sweater looking spotless, switch to a shampoo that contains salicylic acid. This powerful ingredient works wonders at exfoliating the scalp, removing dead skin cells and breaking down any built-up product on the scalp. Use this exfoliating shampoo as needed to keep your hair free from flakes. 

  1. Add Shine 

In the winter, your hair color can start to look dull or faded due to the dryness in the strands. Replenish your hair’s natural sheen by using a shine spray throughout your ends. Adding shine back to your strands can help to revitalize your hair color and make your strands look more vibrant. 

  1.  Use A Heat Protectant 

Get a heat protectant with dual benefits—protect your hair from heat damage as well as smooth your ends. It’s a one-two punch for keeping your hair looking fabulous when styling your hair this winter.  

  1.  Pump Up the Volume 

Besides frizz, flattened roots are another annoying hair issue that comes with winter hat hair. In order to keep your roots looking full and voluminous, reach for a dry shampoo to help boost your strands. Simply spray throughout your roots and comb through with a metal brush to help liven up your hair. 

With a little extra effort, you can keep your hair hydrated and looking great this winter. But if you want quick results or have any questions about Redken products, we suggest you call, (903) 871-7575, and talk with a TSPA expert. 

 

All services are performed by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.