Take Our Quiz: Which Beauty Path Could Be Right for You?

Are you considering turning your passion for beauty into a career path? Whether your interest lies in cutting, color, or skincare, The Salon Professional Academy has a program for you! Take our quiz and see what program could be your perfect fit.

What are your results? Share them with us on social! Tag us @tspa_beauty_school.

Choosing a career where you can feel fulfilled and happy is so important. Take a closer look at our programs to see what leaves you feeling excited!


Our 1600 hour cosmetology program can be completed in as little as a year! This program focuses on hair design, but also includes basic skincare and nail care. You can learn

  • Haircutting
  • Highlighting
  • Balayage
  • Color Correction
  • Basic Facials
  • Filling and Polishing Nails
  • Business and marketing skills to grow your clientele

If you love playing with the latest hairstyles and trying new products, our cosmetology program could be perfect for you! Learn more on our program page, or contact us to schedule a tour!


Ready to master the art of glowing skin? Our esthetics program is 600 hours and can be completed in as little as four and a half months! As a student in our program, you can gain deep knowledge in skincare, including

  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Eyebrow Beautification
  • Business and marketing skills to grow your clientele

If you are someone who always makes time for a skincare routine each morning and night, our esthetics program may be your perfect fit! Take your passion to the next level. Learn more on our program page, or contact us to schedule your tour!

What’s the Difference Between Cosmetology and Esthetics?

The main difference between cosmetology and esthetics is what each program focuses on. In cosmetology, you will focus on hair care and hairstyling. In esthetics, you will focus on skincare and the science of healthy skin. Wondering what other differences there are? Here are some of the most common differences!


Cosmetology Esthetics
How long is the program? 1600 hours 600 hours
What can I learn? Hair care, hair cutting, hair styling, basic skincare, and basic nail care. Skincare, facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, makeup artistry, waxing.
Can I learn business and marketing skills to help grow my clientele? Yes! Yes!
What careers could I have? Hairstylist, salon owner, brand ambassador, color specialist, cutting specialist, cosmetology instructor, and more. Esthetician, waxing specialist, brow specialist, lash artist, spa owner, brand ambassador, esthetics instructor, and more.
What’s the environment typically like? Social, high-energy, creative Relaxing; one-on-one, closed-door interactions with clients; quiet

Discover Your Passion

Have you figured out where your passion lies? Whether you have your career path nailed down or still need time to think, we want to be there for you! Come meet us at The Salon Professional Academy for your one-on-one tour. During your tour, we can go over program specifics, available career paths, financial aid, and more. We can’t wait to help you take your passion to the next level!

What Scholarship Opportunities Are Available For Beauty?

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Going to beauty school can be a great way to start a career you love and enjoy a happy future. However, like most schools, beauty schools have tuition, fees, and other costs that can’t always be paid out of pocket. We understand that the cost of tuition may stop you from pursuing your dream. Fortunately, with financial aid* and scholarships, investing in your future can become simpler.

At The Salon Professional Academy San Jose, we don’t want finances to get in your way. That is why we have created this list of scholarships that can help you fund your beauty school journey. Take a look at each one and find out what you can do to qualify.

  • The Salon Professional Academy Redken Scholarship
  • Beauty Changes Lives
  • Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program
  • The Great Scholarship Program
  • Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship
  • The Salon Professional Academy San Jose Cosmetology Scholarship

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The Salon Professional Academy Redken Scholarship

If you are a current and prospective cosmetology student at any of The Salon Professional Academy locations, our Redken scholarship could be perfect for you. For those who qualify, Redken will give scholarships between $600-$800.

For more information, visit our Redken Scholarship page.

Beauty Changes Lives

Since 2013, Beauty Changes Lives has been awarding beauty school scholarships to up-and-coming beauty professionals. They have given scholarships to students in:

  • Cosmetology
  • Barbering
  • Esthetics
  • Nail Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Makeup Artistry

To enter this scholarship opportunity, you must create a video showcasing your love of beauty and your talents in hair, nails, makeup, or massage! Be sure to dress professionally and talk about how beauty has positively impacted your life.

For more tips and information about this scholarship, click here!

Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program

Would you like $12,000 to help you kickstart your future in the beauty industry? The Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program could be a great scholarship for you to apply for!

This scholarship is designed to help future cosmetologists, estheticians, and barbers fund their education. All student applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a cosmetology, barber, or esthetics program in the US or Canada that will result in licensure (already licensed professionals do not qualify).
  • Have a Letter of Recommendation from an instructor or employer.
  • Submit a resume highlighting your skills, experience, and what makes you unique.
  • Share two of your best pics that show off your beauty skills.

As part of their dedication to diversity and inclusivity, the Rosy Rewards Scholarship Program is awarding half of all scholarships to minority students across North America. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, visit their website to learn more.

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The Great Scholarship Program

Wouldn’t it be great to get a scholarship from a recognized brand? This scholarship opportunity is presented by Great Clips, Inc. A total of twenty-two $5,000 scholarships is given annually to students throughout the United States and Canada.

The application for this scholarship is open year-round. If you apply between January 15th and September 1st, you are eligible for that current year’s scholarship. You will be considered for the following year’s scholarship if you apply after September 1st.

Click here to learn more about the scholarship.

Beauty & Wellness Professionals Scholarship

Beauty Schools Directory offers a $2,500 scholarship for students and professionals changing others’ lives through wellness and beauty.

This scholarship:

  • Is open to all students, including part-time students
  • May be used for all educational expenses
  • Awarded twice per year

This scholarship is awarded to students and professionals in cosmetology, esthetics, massage therapy, barbering, and more. To learn more, visit their scholarship page.

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The Salon Professional Academy San Jose Cosmetology Scholarship

The Salon Professional Academy San Jose is offering an in-house scholarship of $2000 for cosmetology students. If you are interested in studying cosmetology at The Salon Professional Academy and would like to learn more about this scholarship opportunity, please reach out to us!

Let Us Help You!

At The Salon Professional Academy San Jose, we strive to help you reach your full potential as a beauty professional. We accept many scholarships and offer financial aid, such as Pell Grants and Federal Financial Aid, to those who qualify to help with tuition and living expenses.

You can complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To learn more about financial aid at The Salon Professional Academy San Jose, feel free to explore our financial aid page.

If you want to know more about us and our programs, feel free to reach out to us! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and get to know you better.

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Over 10 Years of Excellence in Beauty School

We all know the power an amazing hairstylist can have, especially now.

A hairstylist, cosmetologist, or esthetician can help you love the way you look, whether it’s by creating a new hairstyle that frames your face perfectly or helping you keep your skin moisturized and smooth.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA) San Jose, we’ve been helping future beauty professionals for over 10 years, and we wanted to look back at some reasons we’re excited to achieve #10yearsofexcellence.

We hope you’ll share your own story with us on Instagram, too! And, if you aren’t sure where you want to see yourself, here’s our recommendations on some goals for your 5 or 10 year goals.

The History of The Salon Professional Academy San Jose

Ms. V partnered with The Salon Professional Academy that is a Redken and Dermalogica Partner leading-edge franchise. Ms. V. was a professional working as a hairdresser and owner of several salons, but what she noticed is that potential hires just weren’t up to her standard.

They didn’t have the training they needed to be a successful stylist in her salons, so she often had to train those new hires herself. After decades of experience, she decided to take matters into her own hands and create a beauty school that helped students actually learn what they needed to be successful, with a huge focus on developing a curriculum that works, using salon-quality Redken products, and much more!

And, once she started this school, she didn’t take a step back.

Now, you can find Ms. V and her team of excellent educators and faculty actively supporting and helping students as the Creative Educational Director. She works with students, offers support on the clinic floor, and has a big hand in the current curriculum, because she knows how important it is to make sure students have more advanced training, so students can be prepared to keep up with the trends and create more and more complex looks.

And, we think we’ve made these past 10 years a big success! We love being able to provide our unique education and services that our students and community love, and we now have over 200 students all preparing to become licensed beauty professionals!

What Makes Our Beauty School Education Different?

With the guidance of Ms. V and her team of excellent educators and faculty, we created a school that has seen huge success over the last 10 years! A huge part has been our goal to create an environment that fosters learning and provides students with both the hard and soft skills they need to become a successful hair or beauty professional.

You simply won’t be able to get an education like what we offer elsewhere. As a student, you can:

Become a Big Part of the Community

Something unique about our school is that we are with you every step of the way. We don’t leave you on your own after admissions or even say goodbye after graduation. You can join our big network of students and alumni to help you feel confident in your skills and find your dream career!

We love keeping in touch with our alumni to see where their careers take them.

Alumni of The Salon Professional Academy San Jose

Gain the Business Skills You Need

We want our students to be prepared to be successful professionals, which is why we focus on business and marketing skills, which not every beauty school offers. Students at our school learn how to run a successful business and pay attention to the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that they can use to run a successful salon or spa.

They can get a better idea of how many clients they need each month or even each year to achieve their goals, whether they choose to work in a salon or start their own business. We want our students to feel confident and prepared to handle the business side of beauty.

Focus on a Positive Attitude and Mindfulness

As part of the service industry, it can be daunting and difficult to keep up a positive attitude each and every day! That’s why we start many of our days with yoga, mindfulness exercises, and more to ground yourself with a positive attitude and passion for doing what you love and make even the harder days a little easier.

Receive an Adaptable Education

We focused on caring for our students during an unprecedented time. We were able to implement digital and hybrid learning as necessary to keep students safe, but when we were ready to open our doors, we couldn’t believe the support we received from our regulars!

You can feel confident in your beauty school education because we did not compromise the quality of our education, even as things changed around us.

See the Success of Our Students!

You don’t have to just take our word for it, you can see where previous students from The Salon Professional Academy are now! Even after a few years, we love keeping up to see what they’ve been up to. Here are a few students from The Salon Professional Academy who have taken their skills to the next level and even opened up their own hair and beauty businesses!

Katlyn Leal

Katlyn now owns two salons, named Evolve Salon at just the age of 27, with 7 years of experience in the industry. She’s since obtained certifications in certain color and hair extensions, her salon is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for stunning blonde hair, hair extensions, and bridal looks!

Previous The Salon Professional Academy student Katlyn Leal

We love seeing where her life has taken her (and some stunning looks on her salon’s Instagram account @evolvesaloncarmel).

Annette and Morgan Curtis

This mother/daughter team now are owner/stylist and stylist at Morgan James Salon. Annette as the owner specializes in hair extensions, blonde, and color.

IG post of AnnetteWhile Morgan works as a stylist who also offers a variety of services ranging from vibrant hair color and hair extensions to airbrush tanning!

Instagram post of Morgan

We love looking at their Instagram feed @morganjamessalon and all the amazing looks they and their other stylists create. Plus, they love giving great advice on how to best take care of your hair.


Louis Cabrera

Louis focuses solely on men’s cuts, and his philosophy is “Be ready to be empowered, and to look and feel your best! If you look great, feel great, you’ll do great!” You can go to his page @loustyles to get examples of the looks he creates. Schedule an appointment with him to see what his services are all about!

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BriAnna Castro

BriAnna Castro is the owner of Nine Two Five Salon, with three (soon to be four) locations! We love seeing their salon page @ninetwofivesalon full of stunning balayes and fun hair colors. BriAnna herself still styles hair, and she specializes in color and extensions. Definitely a must-visit if you’re in need of a new look!

Instagram post of Nine Two Five salon.

Become Part of Something Bigger!

If you have a passion for beauty, get your education from an amazing school in the Bay area! See for yourself what an education at The Salon Professional Academy can do for you! You can choose to learn hairstyling, skin, and nails as part of our cosmetology program or skincare in esthetics.

Schedule your tour to learn how to get started! We can’t wait to help you achieve your dreams and goals in the beauty industry.

Building Your 5-Year and 10-Year Plan for Your Beauty Career

When planning your future, it’s important to set short-term and long-term goals. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What about after 10 years? While it can be hard to look ahead, especially when times are uncertain, it’s a great time to start thinking about what you want to do with your life and career.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose we want to help you set yourself up for success! Here’s a general timeline on what to expect the first 5 years of pursuing an education in beauty and 10 years later.

Your 5-Year Goals

1. Start Getting Ready for Beauty School Now!

Beauty school can take anywhere from a few months to potentially up to two years, depending on the program and class schedule you choose. For example, the cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy can be completed in as little as 11 months for the full time program, but the part-time program can take at minimum 21 months.

If skincare is your passion, you can start doing what you love sooner, as our esthetics program can be completed in as little as 4.5 months for our full-time schedule or 9.5 months for our part-time schedule.

Beauty school is a big time and money investment in yourself. This means if you haven’t started considering how to fit beauty school into your budget, start taking those steps now, so you can finish school and become a licensed professional within the next five years.

As a first step, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to see what type of financial aid you may qualify for. Make sure to send this info to our school code: 042371. This can help us work with you to determine if there may be ways to make school more affordable, like Pell Grants or federal loans.

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You can also start looking at class schedules and talking with your family or significant other on how you can balance beauty school and your current responsibilities, whether it’s handling childcare or working a part-time or full-time job.

2. Find Your Starting Career

Once you’ve finished beauty school, it’s important to get a job in the industry as soon as possible! Chances are, you won’t be able to do your dream career JUST yet.

Like any profession, it’s important to take the leap and get some experience first. Even if it’s not the perfect fit, that first career can be exciting! You can apply what you learned in school and build your own clientele at a salon or spa. Then, when it’s time to move to a different location, you can already have clients ready to meet you at your new place!

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3. Build Your Portfolio

While you’re just starting out, make sure to take as many photos and videos you can of the work you create! When finding your lifelong career, you want to show employers that you’re worth it! You can (and should) be building your portfolio while you’re in beauty school, but it’s a new experience when working without the help of licensed instructors helping you perfect each look.

Some tips:

  • Build your business Instagram profile. Instagram is a great way to gain a loyal following and ultimately attract new clients to your salon or spa. Showcase exactly what someone can expect when sitting in your chair and advertise any specials or your favorite products to encourage people to come to you.
  • Ask for reviews from each of your guests. These can make or break your reputation! And, all you have to do is ask. If people loved their appointment, they won’t have a problem leaving you with some kind words. Got some feedback from a less-than-happy guest? It’s a great way to learn and grow!
  • Update your resume. As you get more and more experience, make sure to showcase some of your favorite looks and skills. If possible, find opportunities to get certified in certain specialties, like make-up!

Then, when you’ve decided you’ve gotten enough experience, it’s time to work toward your 10 year goals. Where do you see yourself? Do you like working in a salon or spa or would you rather become your own boss?

Your 10-Year Goals

Once you have a few years of experience cutting hair, applying facials, or creating stunning nail art, it’s time to start looking for the career you love! While it’s becoming more and more common to try working at different salons to find the right fit, it’s also great to find a place that you can call home in the workplace.

Find a career where you have a team that actively supports you, achieve a proper work/life balance, and pays you what you’re worth. But, some other things you should consider within 10 years are:

1. Build Your Professional Network

If you can, try to create a professional beauty network, whether it’s from peers at your time during beauty school or your coworkers at your current workplace. While many conferences, trainings, continuing education opportunities may continue to be online, you should connect with those you went to school with or your team at your salon or spa.

These connections can be a valuable asset when looking for your new workplace.

2. Become Your Own Boss

The beauty industry is full of opportunities for you to take control of your career. If you’ve been dreaming about opening up your salon, set your 10-year goal to do it! Use the hard-earned money from your starting career to save up for your own space. You might start with renting a booth at an established salon and working your way to opening your own location, but whatever you do, make sure you love what you’re doing!

3. Continue Your Education

Once you’re confident in what you’re doing, it’s time to think about going back to school or continuing your education in some way. You can potentially become certified in other services. For example, if you’re a cosmetologist, you could consider getting an esthetics license to provide more skincare related services.

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To be a successful beauty professional, you should find ways to encourage your clients to keep coming back. You can do this by expanding the list of services you offer, or specializing in certain services that your guests won’t be able to get elsewhere.

Are You Ready To Start Doing What You Love

If beauty school is on your five-year plans, it’s time to start getting ready now! Schedule your tour at The Salon Professional Academy to start working toward your goals now. Through our programs in cosmetology and esthetics, you can pursue what you love! Financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus we offer full-time or part-time schedules to make it possible to fit beauty school into your life and budget.

We can’t wait to help you achieve your dreams!

Instagram Reels Tips for Beauty Pros

Ready to grow your following, increase engagement, and have fun doing it? Make Instagram Reels a part of your content strategy! On the @creators account, Instagram described Reels as a “place to watch short, fun videos, and helps your Reels get discovered by new audiences on a bigger, global stage.”

Instagram loves to reward accounts who use its features, especially newer features. In some cases, Reels has been shown to perform better in the algorithm than IGTV. So how can you take advantage of Reels to grow your account? Keep reading for some of our best tips!

What Are Instagram Reels?

First things first, what are Instagram Reels? Similar to TikTok, IG Reels are short, entertaining videos that are meant to be casual and fun. Reels can be 15-30 seconds long, can have audio, and can be shared directly or through remixing. Reels have been shown to have a longer shelf life than feed posts, sometimes being promoted in the explore feed for weeks or even a month after being originally posted.

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Reels that do well tend to be funny, educational, entertaining, or relatable. This means they can be very sharable content, which is great to help your account grow! Users can share your reels through their stories, save them, or send them to their friends via direct message. Making content your users relate to and want to share is a great way to get your account noticed!

How can you create shareable content? Here are some of our best tips!

Tip 1: Add Audio

Adding audio to your Reels is an easy way to make them more dynamic and relatable. Try and use music you think your target audience will like. Is your audience trendy and young? Maybe popular music or top hits will resonate with them. Or is your audience more eclectic? Indie may be the way to go. If users land on your Reels and hear a song they love, this is an easy way to grab their attention and start attracting your tribe!

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Not all accounts may have access to audio in the Reels editor on Instagram. If this is you, don’t worry! You can work around this by editing your Reels in a different app, like InShot or iMovie. Once you are done editing your video, save it to your phone. You can then directly upload your finished video to Reels!

Tip 2: Use Text

Not everyone always has their audio turned on when they are scrolling through Instagram, though, and that’s why we also recommend using text in your Reels. Text makes sure that users can engage with your content even without sound. Making your Reels as accessible as possible is always good practice.

Get creative with how you use text! Remember, Reels are all about having fun. One trend we see over and over is pointing to text bubbles, like in the Reel below. Make sure to use consistent branding by sticking to the same fonts and colors!

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Tip 3: Create Cover Photos

Creating cover photos is another great way to make your Reels as easily accessible as possible. If someone is viewing your Reels on your Instagram feed, cover photos can show them what your Reels are about before clicking on them. This makes it easier for users to find the content they would find helpful or valuable.

Making the user experience as easy as possible shows your customers that you create content with them in mind! It can help your feed be a place where users want to come back and see more. You can create your cover photos in a photo editing app of your choice beforehand and upload it directly to your Reels when you go to post!

Tip 4: Make Use of Content Buckets

Are you ready to hear the good news? Not all of your content has to be specific to beauty. We know it can get tiring trying to continually come up with new ideas and new content to post! Making use of content buckets that relate to your field is a great way to come up with new content faster.

For example, you may have a few categories your content revolves around:

  • Skincare
  • About You
  • Motivational
  • Product Features

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Even though this Reel is about self love, it can still fit well into your overall beauty content strategy! You could also include wellness tips, facts about you, or even your favorite local shops to eat at. It all just depends on your audience and what would be interesting to them!

Tip 5: Watch Reels To Get Ideas

Still at a loss for inspiration? Watch Reels to get some ideas of what is performing well for others or what content is trending! Our tip is to watch both Reels that are within and outside of your industry. The idea is not to copy other users’ content, but to get ideas. Sometimes it can be easier to create original content by watching what is trending outside your industry and thinking of ways to make it work in the beauty niche.

Wondering what trends we are seeing in beauty? Keep reading to see just a few trends we have noticed in our feeds.


Tutorials and how-tos are almost always popular content pieces. In this day and age, it’s all about providing information quickly, at the tap of a button, and how-tos are a great way to do this. You can showcase easy hairstyles for your followers to replicate, how to properly wash your face, or a tutorial for fun nail art!

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Satisfying Videos

Satisfying videos are one reason ASMR has surged in popularity. This trend is all about creating content your users just can’t look away from. It may be super shiny hair, extensions that create a sense of awe, or brushing through tight curls to create loose waves. Peeling off a face mask, showcasing a dip manicure, or pulling foils out of hair can also be great satisfying videos!
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Educational Tips and Tricks

Dos and don’ts or other educational tips and tricks also tend to perform well. Your followers want you to be an authority in your field, so be sure to teach them what you know! This kind of content is extremely helpful to your users, and if they find that your tips work, it also builds trust. If you want the kind of clients who sit down in your chair and say, “Do whatever you think is best,” start building your status as an authority by putting out educational content!
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Pursue Your Beauty Career

Are you thinking of turning your passion for beauty into a career? Get started with The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose! We have programs in cosmetology and esthetics, and offer financial aid to those who qualify. Contact us online to learn more about our school or schedule your tour today. Your dream career could be just around the corner!

Don’t forget to check out our other past blogs. These can be great resources to help you on your journey into beauty:

Is Beauty School Right for You? Take Our Quiz!
5 Tips To Create an Amazing Beauty Portfolio on Instagram
How to Become a Cosmetologist in California

5 Ways to Practice Self Love and Self Care This Year

Are you thinking about making a big change for yourself this year? Whether you’re ready to change your career or start a new education, it’s important that you’re giving yourself time to practice self-care. Setting up a routine for your needs will help you stay motivated to go after your goals in 2021! And if you’re a beauty lover like us, chances are that your self-care practices revolve around the industry. That’s why we’ve listed out our five favorite ways you can practice self-love through beauty!

Dedicate Time for Your Interests

You deserve to set aside a portion of your day and do something that excites you. That could be anything from looking up makeup tutorials to researching career opportunities in the cosmetology world. Whatever it is, make sure that you give yourself these breaks so you don’t feel burned out by the end of each day. It will give you something to look forward to and allow you to work on skills that you feel passionate about!

Move Your Body

Even before 2020, moving your body could be hard to do with so many people having an office job. Now that so many are working from home, this tip is even more important to do. The last thing you want to do is to stay at home and not get enough exercise in your routine. It’s not good for you physically or emotionally. That’s why you should break up your day by going out for a short walk or even doing something as simple as getting a coffee. Whatever you need to get you up and moving and out of the house.
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Focus on Your Skin

Skin care problems got a little more complicated in 2020 as everyone started to wear masks. We had to adjust our makeup by not applying as much in that area and going the extra mile to protect our skin from clogging up. These problems aren’t going away in 2021 which is why incorporating a skincare routine to practice self-love is still a great tip for this year. After all, having glowing and healthy skin can do amazing things for our self-confidence so it should always be a priority!

Give Yourself a Manicure or Pedicure

Need something to brighten your day? What better way to do that than by treating yourself to a spa day! Our favorite spa day treatment to do at home is a manicure or pedicure. Not only does it feel amazing to take care of your nails but it also gives you the opportunity to show off your creative side. Try out different designs and see which ones match the best. You might even find out that you like working with nails more than you thought!

Go to the Salon

Looking to get out of the house but not sure where to go? The beauty salon can be just the place you’re looking for. Getting a beauty service done is great because it lifts up your confidence with a new look and you get to talk with someone new which we’re all craving in 2021.
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At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, our team is working hard to make our student salon a safe place for clients to come in for the latest styles. Contact us to find out more and we would love to talk with you about when you can expect to come in for a visit.

Start Something You Love

The best way to practice self-love is to go after a future you love. If you’re passionate about the beauty world, our cosmetology program could be the perfect place for you to get started. Reach out to us to learn more about what you could be learning, how we’ve incorporated distance learning into our education, and more exciting info. We can’t wait to talk with you!

What Does Distance Education Look Like?

We know that the past year has caused a lot of changes in our lives. As we’ve all had to adjust to keep safe, our team at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose has been working hard to make sure our students get the same high-quality education. A big part of that is incorporating distance education into our curriculum. Read more to learn what this looks like at our beauty school and our plans for the future with distance learning.

What is Hybrid Learning?

Are you wondering how hybrid learning is possible at a beauty school? It’s a valid question and one we’ve been able to answer through the dedication of our team. Each of our instructors have gone through multiple trainings on how to best teach students online to make sure that they can offer their students the best support.

What hybrid learning means is that students learn the theoretical beauty lessons online through Zoom. After studying the techniques, students then come into our student salon to perform the services they learned. Right now to make sure our students stay safe while learning what they love, all our stations are six feet apart and everyone is required to wear a mask. We are also sanitizing our working stations just like we’ve always done.

What Do Online Lessons Look Like?

During their education, all our students will use the online learning platform, MindTap. This system from Milady allows students to learn beauty techniques virtually through a variety of lesson plan formats. Activities, videos, theory workbook, and guides are just some of the ways students will learn all about their program.

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And of course, our instructors will be teaching students their lessons over Zoom and be there every step of the way just like when students were completing these lessons at our school. Once students master their lessons, they’ll be able to take their quizzes and tests online through this platform.

While at home, students in our cosmetology program will be given everything they need to learn and practice all the skills they’re learning. This means that they’ll be given an iPad or tablet, a mannequin, tripod, and other tools.

What are the Advantages to Distance Learning?

As we said, our instructors spent a lot of time preparing themselves for the transition to online learning. Now after doing this for months, we’ve been able to build out a system of how to best help each student. Part of our lessons allows time for our students to complete their lessons with instructors regularly checking on their progress and answering questions or offering advice. If a student does need extra help or wants to talk about their future career, our instructors can set up a breakout room to give some one-on-one assistance.

Another exciting benefit that’s come from learning online is the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from all over the United States. So far our students have been able to learn from professionals from Redken about a variety of important things to know about the beauty world. As we continue to teach online, we can’t wait to see who else is able to talk with our students and what other opportunities we can offer that otherwise wouldn’t have been available!

What’s in Store for Our Future?

So, how long will this distance education last at our school? Now that our instructors are trained for online learning and we’ve created a system for helping students, our plan is to keep this hybrid learning format. Our instructors are even starting to incorporate our lesson plans and formats into Canva to help us make this permanent.

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We’ve always wanted everyone with a passion for beauty to study with us and now that we’ve mastered online learning, we believe this is the best way to give students a convenient education! With this comes a shorter commute time and allows students a chance to have more time for their job, kids, or any other commitments they have.

How to Get Started?

Right now to make sure everyone is staying safe, we’re only offering virtual tours. During this, our team will show you around the school and talk about the application process. If you have any questions that are specific to you like financial aid, we’ll set you up in a private breakout room where you can find out what you need to take the next step.

Contact us today to learn more about our distance education for our programs and find out how to get started. We can’t wait to meet you and help you start your beauty journey!

2020 Student Work Recap

While 2020 didn’t go how we all expected, one thing remained the same: we had some incredible beauty students! Like every other year, they never cease to amaze us with their artistic talents and dedication to learning as much as they can about the beauty industry. That’s why we wanted to take some time to shout out the amazing work they’re doing! To celebrate 2020 ending, check out our list of some of the styles our students were able to create this past year.

Color Correction

Would you look at the shine in this hair pic? We are obsessed with this deep brown color that our student, Michelle gave to her client! It’s even more impressive when you see the before and after pictures. You’re definitely going to want to follow Michelle on her Instagram page @hair.era to see the process of getting her client to this beautiful shade. If anyone is wondering if it’s possible to fix their hair color, all they have to do is look at this amazing color correction and they’ll have all the proof they need.

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Bright Hair Dye

Who doesn’t love a dramatic hair color change every now and then? And that’s exactly what our student, Gabby was able to give her client. This color was done right before the holiday season and we can’t think of a better shade to end out 2020 and start the new year with! We love seeing students try out bright colors like this and Gabby has been doing lots of fun colors recently for us to admire. Go check out her Instagram page @_beauty.by.gabby to see what other colors and styles she’s been able to bring to life!

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New Hair Color

We are obsessed with this fall color done by our student, Sidney. The dimensions on this are unreal and the pops of red complement perfectly with this client’s hair color. Our students are always excited to learn coloring techniques and we have to say that they’re all killing it! We can’t stop looking at pictures like this and can’t wait to see what else they’re able to accomplish. Check out @coloredbysid to see some of the other amazing color transformations. She has a beautiful Instagram feed that perfectly shows off her creative talents!

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We couldn’t have a recap of our student’s work without including a balayage, especially one as beautiful as this! This was done by Auriyana and we have to say that we couldn’t be more impressed with the final result. It’s even more amazing when seeing the before picture and how much of a difference this hair service was able to make! Auriyana is now a licensed cosmetologist so follow her @beautybyauriyana to see all the stunning looks she’s creating.

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Everything about this style is gorgeous to look at. From the highlights and foliage to the bouncy curls, this student work done by Paola couldn’t look better! With everything that happened in 2020, we’re so grateful that our students were able to continue learning what they love while staying safe. If you want to see more of Paola’s hairstyle, make sure to check them out on her Instagram account @hair.bypao.

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Create Your Own Style

Has seeing these student work pieces got you thinking about creating your own beauty styles? At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, we help students learn multiple cosmetology skills like styling and coloring so they can feel confident upon graduation. Contact our team to learn more about our program and how you can start the application process!

A Year in Beauty: Our 2020 Recap

We all know that 2020 didn’t turn out how any of us expected. With everything that happened, we wanted to end this year on a high note by taking a look at some of the important things we learned about the beauty industry. Read our year in review to refresh your memories on some of the blogs we wrote throughout 2020!

How to Become a Cosmetologist in California

Beauty school may be the first step to becoming a licensed cosmetologist in California but that’s not the only thing you need to do to pursue a career in this industry. There’s a lot to know about how to prepare for beauty school and what happens after graduation. We know it can seem like a lot, which is why we broke down all the steps in our blog so you can feel confident when getting started.

How to Keep Your Beauty Space Clean

It’s always important to make sure you’re staying clean and healthy but 2020 took that to a whole new level. That’s why we thought it was important to create a beauty sanitation guide so you can feel comfortable knowing that your eye makeup and other beauty supplies are safe to use. Read our blog to find out all you need to know about cleaning everything from your eye makeup to your beauty station as a licensed cosmetologist.

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How to Create a Killer Beauty Resume

Are you just graduating from beauty school or getting close to finishing your program? There’s nothing more exciting than researching all the career options that could be available to you as a graduate. Before you can take this next step and apply for your dream job, however, it’s likely that you’ll need to write a beauty resume before. Not sure how to format your resume and what to include in it? Don’t worry, we lay all that out for you and more in our blog!

5 Things to Do Before Your First Day of Beauty School

There’s nothing more exciting than starting an education that you feel passionate about. But we understand that it can still feel overwhelming to know how to prepare for this next step. Beauty school isn’t like high school or traditional college, which is why we made this list of ways you can get ready for your first day. Picking out a killer outfit is just the beginning! Learn what other four things you can do in our blog.

7 Skincare Tips to Prevent Maskne

We’ve always known the importance of taking care of your skin but we never imagined that we’d have to take face masks into account. It’s just been another adjustment we’ve had to make in 2020. You don’t have to figure out this one by yourself though! Our blog covers all the essential tips you need to avoid any “maskne” and keep your skin looking smooth and healthy.

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Learn More About Beauty With Us

Now that you know more about the beauty industry through our year in review, we think you’re ready to take the next step and apply for one of our programs! We have a team of industry professionals who can’t wait to meet you and help you succeed in the world you love. Contact us today to learn more about us and how you can get started.

How to Crush Your Goals in 2021

We think it’s safe to say that we’re all feeling a little worn out from everything that’s happened in 2020. Over the last few months, a lot of people have struggled to feel motivated to go after their goals. But as we start to head into the new year, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to get recharged and ready to look toward starting an education you feel passionate about!

So how can you stay motivated after the year we just had? We’ve got you covered with our list of ways to crush your beauty goals in 2021!

Spread Out Your Goals

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with one big goal that isn’t clear to you where to start. Especially after the year we’ve had, it’s important that you be kind to yourself and break up your big goal into multiple smaller ones. That means instead of saying you want to graduate from beauty school, start with a goal of spending time learning more about which program you want to apply for. Once you complete that goal, keep making them until you slowly work your way toward becoming a beauty school graduate! These are some great examples of goals to help you get started:

  • Learn more about the beauty industry and decide which program is right for you.
  • Research the financial aid process and which options you qualify for.
  • Schedule a tour at a beauty school to see what student life is like there.
  • Meet the admissions team and ask them any questions specific to you.
  • Start the application process.

Take Regular Breaks

The last thing you want to do is get burnout while you’re working toward your goal of starting beauty school. That’s why it’s so important to take breaks as you began your research to make sure you don’t start to feel fatigued. This last year has given us enough stress! Giving yourself a manicure or pedicure, looking up recent beauty trends, and focusing on a skincare routine are some of our favorite ways to take a break.

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Reward Yourself

Along with taking breaks, don’t forget to also reward yourself when you’ve accomplished one of the goals you set. This will help encourage you to keep moving forward and also give you an opportunity to do something fun in the beauty world. If you’re really looking forward to making the next step in your beauty education, you can even reward yourself by coming in for a visit at our student salon. We would love to pamper you and answer any questions you have about what it’s like to be a student at our school!

Reach Out to Professionals

We know that starting a new career path can feel overwhelming, even if it’s in an industry that you feel passionate about. There’s a lot to learn, which is why we think it’s a great idea to reach out to beauty professionals in your life. That could mean the admissions team at a beauty school, a friend who’s also starting their beauty education, or the stylist cutting your hair.

At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, our team is always happy to help you wherever you’re at in your beauty journey. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions about our programs, financial aid to those who qualify, and other exciting information.

Start Your 2021 With Us!

Are you ready to start off this new year right? Contact us today to learn more about the application process and how you can get started at one of our programs. We can’t wait to see where you go in the beauty world in 2021!