How to Become a Cosmetologist in California

With the job outlook for cosmetologists expected to grow, now could be a great time to learn how you can start your future career in the beauty industry! We know that although starting a career you love is exciting, it may seem overwhelming to figure out what you should do to make this dream a reality. That’s why we’ve created this step-by-step list of everything you need to do to become a cosmetologist in California.

  • Attend a beauty school licensed by the state of California
  • Complete the required training hours
  • Pass the California state licensure exam
  • Find an area of cosmetology you love

Attend a Beauty School

You can’t begin a career as a cosmetologist without first learning how to provide a variety of beauty techniques to clients. Attending an accredited beauty school is an exciting stage in your journey where you can start forming connections with instructors and other students. While getting support from a team of licensed professionals, you would be learning the latest beauty trends and techniques that could help you succeed in today’s beauty world!

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Hair coloring techniques, basic skin and nail care, and even business strategies are all exciting lessons you could learn during your cosmetology education. Not sure what to look for in a program when deciding where to apply? Here are some things to think about when touring schools to pick the one that’s right for you!

Program Hours

According to the state of California, students must complete at least 1600 hours of training in an accredited program to start their journey of becoming a licensed cosmetologist. The last thing you want to do is realize that you’re not qualified to take the next step after graduation. That’s why our cosmetology program teaches students a variety of techniques through the required 1600 hours.

Financial Aid

Chances are that if you’re thinking about applying for beauty school, you’re also wondering how much it’s going to cost. Financial aid is on a lot of students’ minds, which is why we offer multiple options to students who qualify. Contact us or schedule a tour at our school to ask our team more about what you could qualify for.

Flexible Scheduling

Everyone has commitments outside of school they have to think about. It’s important to consider if the school has a program option that fits with your specific schedule. If you’re worried about fitting your passion into your life, check out our cosmetology program options. We have part-time and night classes to help personalize your education!

Complete the Required Hours

Now comes the fun part of your cosmetology journey! This is the time to learn all the trends and techniques you’re passionate about. Students who enroll in our program will be able to study through a combination of classroom time and providing services to actual clients under the direct supervision of licensed professionals. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your beauty school family, which is why we’re committed to creating a supportive atmosphere where you feel encouraged to explore your artistic talents!

Pass the California Licensure Exam

Once you’ve graduated from a cosmetology program, you’re now ready to sit for the cosmetology state licensing exam. This exam will include both a practical and theoretical portion to make sure that you’re qualified to help clients with all their beauty needs. After passing both sections, you’re now qualified to apply for your cosmetology license. Congratulations, this is an amazing accomplishment and can open up so much for your career!

Explore Your Career Options

Ready to have all your hard work pay off? After passing the exam and applying for your license, it’s time to discover your unique cosmetology career. With so many different options to explore, it’s all up to you to decide how you want your future in beauty to look like! Here are just some career choices you can have as a licensed cosmetologist:

  • Makeup artist
  • Hair stylist/colorist
  • Nail technician
  • Salon owner
  • Platform artist

Start Your Cosmetology Journey Today!

Now that you know everything you need to do to become a cosmetologist, you’re ready to take the first step and apply for our cosmetology program! Contact us if you have any questions about how to get started and someone on our team will be happy to help you through every step of the process. We look forward to hearing from you!

Trendy Holiday Looks for 2019

Bold eyes, lots of color, and a bit of sparkle were makeup favorites on the runway at fashion week this year and can serve as great inspiration for creating special holiday party looks. Pair the perfect makeup with one of our favorite hair trends and you can wow fellow party goers this holiday season. Here are our favorite hair and makeup trends for 2019!

White graphic eyeliner

You can find eyeliner in almost any color but a trend we’re loving right now is white eyeliner! White eyeliner can help brighten up your eyes and is a fresh twist on everyday makeup. Grab a good quality, creamy eye pencil and and line your eyes top and bottom for a pop of white. Or, try a more graphic look by starting with a bright, colored eyeshadow, then drawing graphic shapes or lines over top.

Glittery eyes

Glitter is a holiday favorite every year and can be a fun way to add a little sparkle to your look. Start by creating a smokey eye with a black eye pencil and grey toned shadows, then finish with a sweep of glitter under the eyes. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, add some larger glitter pieces to your eyelids for a more dramatic, jeweled look. Pair with a neutral face so that the focus is the eyes!

Woman with pink glittery eye

Matte red lips

Are you a woman that lives for a red lip? What better time to show this look off than the holidays. From a deep wine colored lip to a dark, almost black maroon, you can certainly make a statement with this look. Try pairing with understated makeup elsewhere, or with a winged cat eye using black eyeliner.

Glowing skin

For a fresh, radiant look, consider an all over glow. There are a couple of ways to achieve this. Start with adding a little bit of illuminator to your foundation and apply to clean, dry skin. Next, you apply highlighter to the high points of your face (cheekbones, bridge of your nose). To match the rest of your skin, try one of the body highlighters on the market.

Woman with shimmery skin

Big Hair

Don’t be afraid to tease! Big hair reminiscent of the 60s and 70s was a popular trend on the runway. There are so many options to try when playing with big hair. You can wear it down, curly, straight, or try an updo with a bouffant. Whichever direction you go, volume is key. Tips for getting an awesome big look are start with a volumizing shampoo, grab a great teasing brush with gentle bristles to reduce damage, and of course a great, long hold, hairspray. Some women opt for extensions if they have finer hair.


Braids are so versatile and easy to do so they make a great option to dress up your look. You can go for a classic braided updo using one big braid, or try several smaller braids for a totally different look. There are so many possibilities from schoolgirl braids for a fun, yet sophisticated look, boho braids to complement a more natural makeup look, or go for more glamour to match a formal look with ribbon or pearl adorned braids.

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Buns and Chignons

Messy buns are in so feel free to get messy with your look if you love that casual look. Try a half bun, double bun or chignon, the messier the better. If styled to perfection is more what you’re looking for, you can try a slicked back, low chignon for a polished hairstyle that can dress up your holiday look.

If you love to stay on top of beauty trends and enjoy making others feel like their most beautiful selves, consider learning more about cosmetology school! You’ll learn innovative techniques that can help prepare you for a career in the beauty industry so you can follow your passion.

5 Hairstyles to Welcome Spring

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for warmer temperatures and sunny afternoons. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose, we love the changing of the seasons because it brings new hairstyle trends with it. After worrying about giving your hair the proper care it needs during the dry, cold months of winter, spring can be an exciting time to let your hair down and try something new. Here are some hairstyles performed by our students that you might want to think about in the months to come!

Add a Little Color

The clouds are parting and the sun is finally starting to peek out. What better time to experiment with a little bit of color in your hair? If you’re not the type of person who’s looking to drastically change their look, then adding some well-placed highlights can help bring some added dimension. Every time the sun hits your hair and shows off your color, you’ll be reminded why this hairstyle is so popular during this time of year.

Pastel Colors

Some people only want subtle changes to their hair when it comes to getting it colored. If you are looking to change your hair color to make a statement, then you might want to consider applying a pastel shade. Maybe you never got on board with the platinum trend because the color just wasn’t for you. If one pastel look doesn’t speak to you, then there are other colors for you to try. Whichever one you choose, the bright and lively tone of it will go great against the springtime flowers!

Be Bold and Cut Your Hair

Maybe you’ve always wanted to cut off more than a trim but it’s never felt like the right time. It may feel intimidating to cut off a couple of inches, or maybe you even want to try a full bob, but spring can be a great time to show off this hairstyle. With the warmer temperatures coming up fast, this hairstyle will help keep you cooled down while also letting you try out a fun, new look. If you’re having trouble coming up with what style to frame your face, it’s never a bad idea to ask your stylist what she thinks will complement your face shape.

Put Your Hair Up

Not everyone is looking for a spring look that you can’t take back the next day. If you’re someone who’s not looking to change their hair, then tying it up can be a great way to switch up your hairstyle without having to commit to anything. Depending on your mood, you can go from super elegant braids pinned to your hair to simply putting it in a messy bun. You don’t need to dramatically change your hair to get in the springtime mood.

Release the Curls

People with naturally curly hair have been known to fight their hair into silky submission. Luckily for those individuals, owning your curls has become all the rage in the last few years. Now those with straight hair are doing all they can to add some emphasis to their hair to get a look that can speak volumes. Whether you want to have more of a soft or tight curl look, your springtime dress will look great against your hair’s added waves.

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Try Something New This Spring

If you were inspired by the new spring looks and want to style these and other seasonal trends, then look into our cosmetology program. You can learn the techniques required to perform these styles and much more. Contact us or schedule a visit to find out more about our programs and how you can start the application process. We can’t wait to see what this spring has in store for you!

Benefits of Applying to Beauty School in 2019

It’s time to ring in the new year and start making those resolutions. Having a New Year’s resolution is exciting, but it can also seem overwhelming to decide what goals you should focus on in the coming year. Maybe you’ve wanted to go to beauty school in the past, but you were nervous to make a huge commitment for yourself. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose we understand that choosing a goal as big as beauty school can feel scary, but the benefits of going can wash those fears away. Here’s why applying to beauty school in 2019 can benefit you and your future!

The Career Options are Vast

When you tell people that you’re applying for beauty school, many of your friends and family may assume that your future lies in a salon. While there are many people who love and thrive in a salon, it can be disheartening for others to think that it’s their only career option. Don’t be fooled! The beauty industry is vast with numerous career options available for those with a license in cosmetology or esthetics. With the beauty industry continually adapting to the world, 2019 will be an exciting time to see where it can take you!

Blonde stylist spraying a blonde client's hair.

Be Your Own Boss

While we’re talking about where a license in beauty school can take you, let’s discuss the possibility of you becoming your own boss. For many people, it can seem like a dream come true to manage a business of their own. Here at TSPA San Jose, we offer business and marketing skills to help you achieve the business-owning goals you may have. It’s all up to you to decide what you want to achieve in the beauty industry.

Stretch Your Creativity

Have you always wanted a career that could challenge your creativity in new ways? Applying for beauty school might be something you want to seriously consider. One of the things we love about the beauty industry is that it needs to change with the events of the world. Beauty trends are constantly going in and out of fashion, which means that a career in this industry can keep you on your toes. Contrary to what some may believe, a career in the beauty industry is not an easy one. It’s an industry that makes people push their limits on where their creativity can take them. If you’ve always wanted to work where your creative skills are valued, then applying for beauty school could be the first step.

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It’s Not a Conventional Job

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who go to their jobs every day despite not enjoying what they do. You may dread working in a conventional 9-5 job in an office setting. If that’s you, then a career in beauty could help ensure that those horror stories stay stories. Not only are you not working in a typical office, but you may be able to decide what your hours are depending on where you work. It’s always nice to know that you can change your schedule when you need to.

You Can Make People Feel and Look Their Best

Helping people feel their best can be one of the most rewarding parts of working in the beauty industry. If you love interacting with people, then beauty school could offer you the satisfaction that comes from making someone else look and feel their best. When someone is confident about the way they look, you can tell. If you love seeing someone light up when they feel good about themselves, then a career in beauty could be what you’re looking for.

Helping people feel and look their best also allows your talent in the beauty world to be spread by word of mouth. Once you’re able to prove your credibility, the possibilities for you can really start to soar.

Smiling brunette woman with a black dress and red lipstick.

Make Beauty School Your New Year’s resolution

Now that you’ve seen the benefits of having a beauty career, make the first step and apply for beauty school. We offer programs in cosmetology and esthetics so you can specialize in the area of beauty that most interests you. Just like the careers in beauty, we have flexible schedules of part time or full time for potential students to make sure that everyone who wants to is able to apply. Contact us or schedule a visit to find out more. We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish in 2019!

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Want Beautiful, Frizz-Free, Shiny Hair? Get a Brazilian Blowout!

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

A Brazilian Blowout is a smoothing treatment that, as the name suggests started in Brazil. Ingredients in a Brazilian Blowout treatment include açai berry, camu camu, and annatto seed. The treatment involves a liquid keratin formula that bonds to the hair and creates a protective layer. This reduces frizz, seals hair cuticles, and creates a shield against external damage to the hair. When you receive the treatment your hair left shiny, hydrated, less frizzy, and more resistant to heat damage.

Woman in a white shirt brushes long, dark, sleek hair.

Who Can Get a Brazilian Blowout?

People who have frizzy, damaged, or processed hair will benefit the most from a Brazilian Blowout. Whether your hair is fine, coarse, or curly, this treatment can leave it sleek, shiny, and beautiful. You can even get a Brazilian Blowout if your hair has been permed or has extensions. Got wavy hair? A blowout will make it sleeker and straighter. Curly girl? This treatment can minimize frizz while enhancing natural curls. If you’ve got colored or highlighted hair, the Brazilian Blowout will improve your hair’s health by conditioning it and sealing the cuticle. The result? Improved color, less frizz, and shine to die for!

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How Long Does This Treatment Last?

The Brazilian Blowout lasts about 10-12 weeks with proper aftercare. Using sulfate-free, treatment-friendly shampoo and conditioner is the best way to maintain the results. We also recommend getting the treatment done frequently. When you receive the treatment regularly, your hair will be healthier and the results will last longer.

What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?

People with thick, coarse, frizzy or curly hair know what a pain it can be to dry. A Brazilian Blowout can significantly minimize the time it takes you to dry your hair, creating a beautiful, sleek, easy-to-style blowout in almost half the time. It’s also a great way to help over-processed, damaged hair grow faster.

Come in For a Blowout

For smooth, shiny hair that looks and feels great, make an appointment with us for a Brazilian Blowout! Our professionally trained students can provide quality services under the supervision of industry experienced educators. Give us a call now!

Get Certified in Brazilian Blowouts!

Already have a cosmetology license and want to add this service to your repertoire? Thinking about studying cosmetology and want this certification to be part of your future skillset? You can get Brazilian Blowout-certified at TSPA San Jose! This technique is just one of many creative options that could help you become a more versatile stylist. Speak with our admissions team today to learn more about cosmetology classes at TSPA San Jose. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a tour of our school!

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

4 Reasons Cosmetology Careers Are Perfect For Moms

Being a full-time mom is a job in itself. With school, homework, dinner, and extracurricular activities to worry about, your plate is pretty full as a mom. Add a full-time job on top of that? There simply aren’t enough hours in the day. If you want a career that can be flexible with your schedule, cosmetology school could be the answer. Here are four reasons why we think cosmetology careers are a great choice for moms!

Scheduling Flexibility

For a mom, working a standard 9 to 5 schedule can be impossible depending on your situation. As a cosmetologist, you can create your own schedule. Need to be with your kids during the day? You can work late afternoons and evenings. Want to work while the kids are at school? Start earlier in the morning and finish in the afternoon. We know that family comes first. That’s what makes the flexibility of cosmetology careers perfect for working moms!

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Be a Role Model

Going to cosmetology school and creating a career from it can show your kids the benefits of hard work and dedication. It’s not easy to complete an educational program and then find a job while you’re also taking care of a family. As a working mother, you get to be an example of determination. These lessons are invaluable and could help your kids grow up to be hard workers like you.

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Beauty is a Growing Industry

According to national statistics, cosmetology careers have been predicted to grow at 13% between 2012 and 2022. With this type of growth, there are plenty of potential career opportunities. You’re making a choice to invest your time and money in cosmetology school and you probably want a career in the industry after graduation. Feel comforted by the fact that there is so much growth in the beauty industry!

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It’s Never too Late to Start

More often than not, as a maternal instinct, moms choose to put themselves last and always place their family before them. They slowly push their goals further and further behind until they seem utterly unattainable. Good news though, it doesn’t have to end there! Cosmetology is an ageless industry. There is no timeline as to when you can become a cosmetologist. To quote the famous, C.S Lewis, “You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.”

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Invest in Yourself!

We know that starting something new can be scary and overwhelming. Don’t let fear stop you from getting the career you deserve. We really admire the work that it takes to be a mother and we aim to make the transition into a cosmetology career as seamless as possible. That is why The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose offers flexible class schedules like part time, and night classes to accommodate your mom duties! If you want flexibility and love growth then check out our cosmetology program at TSPA San Jose and see if a career in beauty is the right path for you! Contact us today to get more information about enrolling.

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