How to Give Back to Your Hair

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2020? Was one of them taking better care of your beauty needs? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about how you can make sure your hair is getting the love and attention it deserves. Our hair does a lot for us but we’ve all had those frustrating moments of dry hair or split ends. All these worries could be prevented by taking the time now to create a hair care routine to give it that healthy sheen we all want! Not sure how to how to get started? Here are our easy tips on how you can give back to your hair.

Use the Right Products

First things first, you can’t make your amazing hair regimen without the right products! What you apply on your hair is the foundation for repairing damage and preventing any further problems. At the Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, we are so proud that our cosmetology program uses the professional beauty brand, Redken. Redken offers a variety of products that are specific for each hair type or issue so you can find exactly what you’re looking for to help your personal hair needs. Even if you’re doing everything else on our list, your hair routine can only give you the results you want with the proper products!

woman running her hands through her hair

Wash Your Hair Less Often

We know this may come as a shock for those who feel like they need to wash their hair every day to avoid greasy locks. Trust us when we say that this can do more harm than good! Washing your hair is great but doing it too often can strip away the natural oils that prevent it from getting dry or brittle. Once you commit to washing it at least every other day, you could see a noticeable difference in your hair’s texture. Your hair will gradually get used to this new routine and won’t get greasy when you skip a day. Until your hair gets used to not being washed every day, don’t be afraid to apply some dry shampoo whenever you need it.

Avoid the Heat

Just because we live in California doesn’t mean we don’t get our fair share of cold weather. Especially during this time of year, we understand the temptation of taking a long, hot shower. Unfortunately, along with washing your hair, turning up the water temperature will take away those important oils that keep your hair moisturized. Don’t worry! This doesn’t mean you have to go the opposite way and suffer through a cold shower. Warm or lukewarm temperature will be enough to give your hair a much-needed break from the heat.

While you’re turning down your shower temperature, be sure to also avoid heating your hair through curling irons, hair dyers, or other heat styling tools. These are great to use sparingly but your hair needs time to recover so you can go into spring with healthy hair that’s ready to try all the newest trends! Just remember to use a good heat protector for your hair when you do decide to use heat.

Brush Carefully

How many times have you brushed your hair only to finish with a brush full of your strands? It may seem tedious but it’s important to take the time to carefully brush out the tangles starting from the tips and slowly work your way to your roots. It’s even more important to remember this when your hair is wet and more likely to break. When your hair is wet, you may even want to switch from a brush to a comb to make sure you’re not being too rough. Pat down your hair with a towel instead of wrapping it and your hair is sure to feel the benefits!

woman brushing hair

Condition, Condition, Condition

Whenever your hair needs some extra care, conditioner is your best friend. No matter what your hair type is, your hair could always benefit from this simple step and you might be amazed at what a difference it makes for your hair’s texture. Whatever steps you include in your personal hair care routine, conditioner is a must if you want healthy and shiny hair. You may even want to take this a step further and take the time to deep condition your hair at least once a week.

Want to Learn More About Hair Care?

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for your hair with a professional beauty brand? In our cosmetology program, students become familiar with how to use these products by practicing what they’ve learned on real clients under the direct supervision of licensed professionals! Contact us and we’d love to talk with you about your career goals and how you can get started on the application process. We can’t wait to meet you!

Which Eye Shadow Palette Matches Your Personality?

Bold and bright, or shimmery and soft? Does your makeup match who you are inside? Your cosmetic style can say a lot about you, especially when it comes to eyeshadow.

From pops of color to glittery highlights, eyeshadow can showcase your best features. It can make your eyes appear bigger, accentuate their color, and even change their shape. Take our quiz to find out what kinds of eyeshadow best fit your personality type!

Eyeshadow pallet quiz

Now that you know what palette fits the true you, it’s time to learn the best ways to apply them. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, we are as excited as you are to improve our knowledge in all things beauty! We’re here to share some secrets for getting the best eyeshadow look for your next night out.

How To Wear Neutrals

Neutral palettes will likely contain a lot of nude shades as well as colors like gold, reds, browns, and pinks. Far from being boring, neutral tones can provide you with a few dramatic looks.

Start with the right primer for your lids. This could even be your foundation that you apply to the rest of your face. A good primer will help eyeshadows stay on your lid longer and will prevent it from getting stuck in the creases.

Next, choose your eyeshadow color base and dust your lids from corner to crease. If you are doing a smokey eye, use a darker tone like brown. Want something lighter? You can do that with neutral looks too! If you have a lighter pink, a second and darker shade of pink can add depth and dimension to your eyes. Once you’ve applied the darker color, don’t forget to blend!

After your shadows are applied and blended, you can use an eyeliner pencil to draw a thin line on the upper lash line and out to the corners to highlight your lashes.

How To Wear Glitter

With glitter, you have a few different styles to work with. For a soft, subtle shine you can use palettes that include glitter in the product. Apply it to your lower lash line for a sweet sparkle. You can also add just a shimmery nude shade to the entire lid for a classic look that matches everything.

If you’re looking for something bolder, use an adhesive to stick colorful, heavy glitter right onto your lid line. A pop of glitter in one long line can bring the attention right where you want it. Go all out and glue glitter across the entire lid for a heavy-metal and totally dramatic style.

How To Wear Neons

Creativity and individuality are key when it comes to curating a neon eye. You really can’t go wrong when applying your colors. Lately, inner-eye highlights have been a popular trend. Use two different neon tones in the corner and around the edge to show off your eye’s definition.

You can also use a cut crease to add a little flair. Trace a thin line across the crease to the outer corner using your favorite shadow. Read our wedding makeup guide to learn how you can apply your own cut-crease look.

Go all-in by substituting a neon shade in a regular smokey-eyeshadow look. Pinks look great on almost anyone, and turquoise shades work great if you have brown or hazel eyes.

How To Wear Jewel Tones

From amethyst to emeralds, jewel-toned palettes can cover a wide range of colors and moods. Apply your favorite toned liner to your upper lash line and end it with a slight wing at the outer corner. Dust a matching shadow along the top and bottom lids and add neutral highlighter under your brow bone.

Use two different tones for a mismatch of gems on the top and bottom lids. A bold sapphire blue on top with smudged amethyst along the bottom lash line can make a clash that looks daring and deliberate. You can also do multiple shades on the top lid with minimal blending. Use a dark color in the middle and lighter edges for a glowing effect that looks like a real gemstone.

Give Us Your Best Eye Look!

Break out your eyeshadow pallets and try one or all of these looks. We can’t wait to see how they turn out! Share them with us on Instagram @tspa_beauty_school.

At TSPA San Jose, our esthetics program teaches students about the latest in makeup artistry and skincare. If you want to expand your makeup knowledge and learn new techniques, contact our admissions office today! We’ve even expanded our makeup education with a make-up designory course that introduces techniques modern makeup artists need to know.