How to Make the Most of Your Studying in Cosmetology School in 2020

We all know that this year hasn’t turned out like we expected. But that doesn’t mean you should hold off on starting a career in something you’re excited about! Whether you’re learning from home or at school, you can still make 2020 the beginning of your beauty future. With all the changes this year has brought, many students might have a harder time deciding what best study habits they should have. Don’t worry, we’ll go over our studying tips so you can make the most of your beauty education!

Stay Organized

It’s always been good to have some level of organization but with so many things changing this year, this tip is more important than ever. Especially if you’re studying from home or even doing a hybrid schedule of going into the school some days and staying home on others.

This is a lot of students’ first time studying from home so it can be an adjusting period to learn how to make sure you keep making the most of your time. Clearing a space for you to study, writing down everything you need to do, and planning out how to finish your tasks are all great ways to stay organized!

Take Regular Breaks

We all know it’s exciting to learn more about the world of beauty. With so many trends and techniques to study, it may feel like you don’t have enough time to take breaks throughout the day. Trust us, you have enough time! Taking breaks not only gives you some much-needed relaxation time, but it also helps you focus more when you’re studying. It’s hard to give something your all when you’re pushing yourself too hard, even when it’s something you feel passionate about. Be kind to yourself and take some breaks by going on a walk, eating a good lunch, or anything else that helps you decompress.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

As we said, many people are still trying to get used to their new schedules this year. Students studying from home or even at school have never learnt the way that’s required to keep everyone safe in 2020. Not only that, but they’re also learning techniques that might be completely new to them. That’s what instructors are here for!

Chances are that the beauty school team you’re studying at has come up with a plan on how to make sure their students feel supported and are learning what they love in a positive environment. If you have any questions, you should never hesitate to reach out to the people who are committed to seeing you succeed!

Reach Out to Your Fellow Beauty Enthusiasts

With this year forcing us to stay cooped up in our houses and maintaining social distancing rules, it’s been hard not to feel lonely in 2020. Especially for us beauty mavens who thrive on helping people feel beautiful with a new style.

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One of the things we love about our programs is that it brings people together who share your same passion for cosmetology or esthetics. Although it may feel a little different, you can still talk with and create relationships with your instructors and fellow beauty students. If you are studying online, you can still connect with them through Facebook, Instagram, or even during your lessons online! You may even want to start a study group with them to talk with someone about the lessons and develop your skills even further!

Want to Get Started?

Excited to use this studying tips for an education you love? If you love helping people build up their confidence and using your creativity, one of our beauty programs could be the perfect path for you! We would love to talk more with you about our school’s culture, everything you need to know about starting school, and anything else you want to know!

What Curly Hair Type Are You And How To Care For It?

Did you know that there are ten different types of hair textures? By knowing what kind of texture you have can help you to:

  • Know how to care for your hair
  • Choose the right products to use
  • Experiment with different styles and cuts

In the 90s, Andre Walker, the hairstylist of Oprah Winfrey, came up with system to identify the different hair types. There were originally only four hair types: straight, wavy, curly, and coily. However, as time has gone on, subcategories to each type have been added in order to best categorize more characteristics of hair.

Own your natural texture! It’s a part of what makes you, you! When it comes to natural hair, there are two categories and six subcategories. While many individuals may relate to more than one category, it’s important to take in all information so that you can learn how to best care for your hair type. Let’s look at each category along with their subcategories a little closer. You’re one read a way from understanding and loving your hair more!

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Type 3 – Curly Hair


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This hair type is characterized by the shape of the letter s. The shape of the curl can be tight like a lowercase s or a little looser like an uppercase s but there is definitely a pattern. It can have a lot of body but can also lose it as the day goes on. If you live in a humid environment, this hair type can definitely get frizzy when exposed to humidity, so a humidity-blocker is a great choice to use on these curls. The goal for this hair type is to create springy and defined curls that last the whole day.


woman of color with 3b curly hair type

Unlike 3a curls, 3b curls tend to keep their curls coiled no matter if you play with them. The downside is that they can be prone to frizz and dryness. It’s important to keep these curls moisturized and humidity-blocked. Use a leave-in conditioner, curl milk, detangler brush, and lightweight oil for best results!

Very Curly – 3c


woman of color with 3c curly hair type

3c curls are definitely tighter curls than 3a and 3b. They also have a finer texture which means they can be prone to more damage like breakage and dryness. For 3c ladies, moisturizing creams and conditioners as well as oils are perfect for keeping your hair shining and defined.

Kinky Coily Hair – 4a, 4b, 4c


woman of color with 4a hair type

4a curls are often referred to as tight coiled curls. When it comes to all the 4 types of hair, these curls tend to retain their moisture and shrink less than the other subcategories. To keep them hydrated and healthy, as well as maximizing their corkscrew shape, a curl cream is the best option. To define your shape, use a gel and finger-coil your hair in sections until you’ve completed your whole head. After that’s complete, we suggest letting your hair air dry. The less heat, the healthier your hair!


woman of color with 4b hair type

4b curls are also known as coiled curls. There’s no uniform texture – while some may be more coarse, others may be more fine. To properly define 4b curls, the coils usually have a circumference of a ballpoint pen. This hair type has issues with moisture-loss, shrinkage, and breakage. To best combat these issues, use the LOC Method! Products that help with defining and stretching the curls such as leave-in conditioners and gels are the best options.


woman of color with 4c type

4c curls are even tighter than 4b curls and often referred to as kinky curls. This is simply based on the shape. There is no clear pattern to these curls making many different kinks and angles. This texture is the most delicate of all curl types meaning it’s very prone to breakage, dryness and shrinkage. You can help these curls out with lots and lots of moisture! We suggest slighting picking-out your hair, following it up with the LOC method, and then follow with two-strand twisting until done throughout your hair.

First, we want to repeat: always own your texture! The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose strives to help women of all hair types have a little more self-love and self-confidence getting out of our chair than when they walked in. If you need help with styling or curling your hair, we would be happy to assist you. If you’re already a pro at caring for different types of curly hair and want to make a difference in the beauty world, cosmetology school could be for you! Contact us today for more information on our program and get started on the process of reaching your San Jose cosmetologist dream.