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.

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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!

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went To Beauty School

The decision to go to beauty school is an exciting one! Many of our students at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose are happy they chose to start their beauty education. There are a lot of program options that could change the future of your career path. You may feel overwhelmed by all the things you need to consider.

From picking the right school to figuring out how you’re going to pay for it, researching beauty schools can be time-consuming! Before you jump into your education, let us tell you some common things students wish they knew before starting beauty school.

1. There Are So Many Options

Most schools have a variety of programs to choose from. Each program comes with its own unique set of opportunities and challenges. Think about what you’re passionate about. Are you passionate about hair or skincare? Your passion is important in shaping your future.

We offer the following programs and courses at The Salon Professional Academy:

2. You Can Work With Great People!

Whether it’s your instructors or your classmates, attending beauty school allows you to meet some amazing people.

Your instructors have been in the same situation, so they want you to succeed. They’ve jumped over these hurdles and understand your struggles. Your instructors want to help shape your future through education. Trust in their knowledge. They could be some of your most valuable resources and connections in the beauty industry.

Your classmates can be a support system and community. You can help each other feel beautiful as you learn to make others feel beautiful. Bonding as you learn together, you might just make some lifelong friends!

three women taking a group photo

3. Instagram Doesn’t Show the Hard Work

Most everyone has been amazed by the work of a stylist on Instagram. And their work is amazing! However, it’s important to keep in mind that those are just the “greatest hits”. You don’t see the prep work, the failures, or the stress behind every style. Don’t let the successes posted on social media discourage you. Each of those successful stylists has felt the same way.

a woman posing with a full face of makeup

4. Don’t Be Afraid of Commitment!

When looking for beauty schools online, 1600 hours may not seem like a lot. However, you are constantly learning beauty industry skills during that time. That takes a lot of energy and dedication! Whether you’re in class or on the salon floor, you’ll always be taking in new information. Beauty school is rewarding, but it is a commitment.

5. Prepare to Make Genuine Connections with Clients

If you’ve ever been to a hair salon, you know clients tell their stylists almost everything. Talking helps pass the time and it’s no fun to talk about small things like the weather. As you work with clients, you will hear a lot of stories and secrets about them.

Having a back-and-forth conversation with your client is a good sign. It means you’re building a bond. Just prepare yourself for topics that may be heavier than others. For the most part, it’s wonderful to bond with your clients. Who knows? A fun conversation could turn a nervous client into a regular client!

Check out these ideas to help get the conversation started!

6. It’s An Investment

There is one big factor that can stop people from attending beauty school: cost! Every student’s out-of-pocket expense differ due to their financial aid* eligibility and chosen program. To help ease the burden, scholarships are available.

Reach out to our financial aid team to get a sense of what resources would be best for you. We want to make your transition to a beauty school as smooth (and affordable) as possible.

7. Skills and Techniques You Can Learn!

We mentioned the different programs you can study. Now let’s talk about what those programs have to offer!

Before picking a program, it’s important to know what skills the curriculum covers.. The skills you learn at beauty school are an important part of developing your career. At TSPA San Jose, we offer cosmetology and esthetics programs.

Here is a list of some of the skills you could learn in each program:

Cosmetology Skills and Techniques

  • Redken-infused styling
  • Haircutting
  • Highlighting
  • Balayage
  • Color Correction
  • Root Touch-Up
  • Ombre
  • Mermaid Colors
  • And More!

Esthetics Skills and Techniques

  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical Peels
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Eyebrow Beautification
  • And More!

We also want to help you build your business skills! These skills could help make you a more well-rounded beauty professional. We offer workshops in:

  • Sales
  • Social Media
  • Resume Building

8. It Could Be The Best Choice You’ll Ever Make!

When all is said and done, going to beauty school may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for! You can beautify your future as you study to help others feel beautiful. Beauty professionals are (and always will be) an important part of any community.

You could help boost people’s confidence and help them see their beauty. And unlike other professions, a career in the beauty industry allows you to tap into your creativity. Going to beauty school can help you turn your creativity into a future career.

Create some smiles. Share some laughs. Grow your skills to make the world a beautiful place!

woman puts on lipstick

Start Your Journey Today

The next step in your beauty journey is applying to our school! Our admissions representatives would love to get to know you and answer your questions. You can also schedule a tour to visit The Salon Professional Academy and see if we’re a good fit for you.

Contact us to learn more and see if we are the right school for your beautiful future!

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

7 Skincare Tips To Prevent “Maskne”

As the name suggests, “maskne” is acne that is caused by wearing a mask. Not a lot of people, besides professionals that wear masks for long periods of time, knew this was an actual thing. However, with the current global pandemic of 2020, we’re all beginning to understand and see the struggle that can come from this unwanted side effect. Because of this, we have seven skincare tips that you can implement in your routine to help prevent “maskne”.

1. Cleanse

Having a clean and fresh face before you go to bed and before you put on your makeup is an essential part of any skincare routine. 2020 has caused an extra importance on this skincare step because of face masks. While it’s necessary to wear a mask in order to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, your face is going through a lot. Applying makeup, breathing into your face mask, as well as touching are three habits that can irritate your skin. This is why cleansing your face is even more essential to prevent unnecessary breakouts and blemishes.

We recommend washing your face two times a day. Once before you go to bed to remove all of the makeup and impurities that your face has collected throughout the day and once before you apply your makeup. These face washes can ensure that your skin gets clean and feels refreshed before a new day!

2. Moisturize

Dry skin can be a common symptom depending on a person’s type of skin as well as the season and living location. Adding a mask on top of these issues can cause some serious dryness from rubbing. A good moisturizer can give an extra boost of moisture and provide a light barrier between your skin and your mask. If this isn’t part of your routine, we highlighly recommend investing in a moisturizer to help keep your skin moisturized while wearing a mask.

woman moisturizing her face

3. Hydrate

Water is a huge part of our overall health but did you know it can also be beneficial for your skin? Your skin is a major organ made up of water and without enough it won’t function properly. Wearing a mask that covers your mouth can prevent you from making sure you’re consuming the proper intake of water each day.

When you’re at an appropriate place that allows you to remove your mask to drink, do so! You can also take advantage of your eating times throughout the day to make sure you’re getting some fluids in your system. It’s recommended that you intake eight glasses of water a day. If you haven’t been drinking that much, simply start out small and work your way up to the proper amount.

4. Skip Makeup

At times, the mixture of your makeup and face mask can create unwanted acne even if you’ve been drinking water as well as washing and moisturizing your face. When this happens and you feel like you’re still getting unwanted acne, we suggest giving your skin a break and skipping the makeup application entirely! Sometimes our faces need a little break from everything that’s on it and a day without anything can do works to get your skin feeling rejuvenated again.

If you know you’re having a chill day and nothing important is going on where you would want to wear makeup, give yourself and your skin a break. This can allow your skin some time to heal and bounce back.

5. Easy on the Foundation

If you’re a makeup lover and find it hard to give it up completely, simply focus your application on the upper-half of your face. Wearing a mask can be the perfect opportunity to focus your attention and experiment with eyeshadow, eyeliner, and eyebrows. If you want to use foundation, we suggest a lightweight, tinted moisturizer to keep that moisturized barrier we previously talked about.

foundation dripping on makeup sponge

6. Try Not To Touch

Another huge component that can cause “maskne” is constant touching with or without a mask on. While this seems like an obvious tip especially during a global pandemic, it’s important to remember when it comes to your skin. We’re all guilty of fidgeting and adjusting our mask but we should strive to only touch our faces and masks when it’s absolutely necessary and as minimal as possible!

7. Wash Your Mask

Just like you want fresh skin, your skin wants a fresh mask! Masks that haven’t been washed can have leftover makeup as well as other not so great smells and such. Putting them back on your skin can also cause unnecessary acne and blemishes.

Invest in some cloth masks that you can rotate out and wash! The CDC echoes this by saying that washing your mask after each use should be a part of your skincare routine. You can wash them by hand or in the washer and dry them in the dryer or leave them out to dry. It’s your preference on how to wash but wash nonetheless to prevent any that unwanted “maskne”.

Visit TSPA San Jose For Some TLC

It’s been a long time without some extra self-care from future professionals! As the Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose is gearing up to reopen, we recommend you taking a look at our esthetics services so you can prepare to book your quality service at an affordable price ASAP!

Do you love skin and have you already implemented these tips into your daily routine, consider learning more about what an education in esthetics can do for you and your future! Learn more by checking out these two blogs:

5 Things To Do Before Your First Day of Beauty School

The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose is striving to do everything possible to keep a safe environment for all students and educators so that you can get the education you’ve been dreaming of! Our Student Salon Training Area is navigating reopening safety precautions taken with COVID in September, so we’ve adjusted and could not be more excited to help our students pursue their passions whether it’s cosmetology or esthetics.

Your first day of beauty school is going to be full of excitement and new information. We want you to set yourself up for success and start off right by giving you five things you should do before your first day of school. That way you can stay safe while soaking up all the new information, meeting new people, and focusing on your beauty school goals! Let’s get started.

1. Learn the New Sanitation and Safety Guidelines

hairstylist cutting hair with covid-19 safety precautions

Safety and sanitization is an important part to becoming a great beauty professional, especially during this time of COVID-19! Make sure to read up on the guidelines you will need to take to ensure the safety of yourself, classmates, and educators. At TSPA San Jose, we strive to keep a safe and secure environment for everyone in the building. To learn more about safety guidelines now and as we prepare to reopen our Student Salon Training Area, head to this blog that discusses everything to do with our Hygiene Guidelines for Hairdressers as We Prepare To Reopen.

2. Pick Out Some Outfits

trendy woman in a black outfit

Feeling confident and beautiful even with a mask as an accessory can make all the difference when going to school. Even with everything going on, it’s still back-to-school season! A few outfits (and maybe some masks to match) should definitely be on your list of things to do before school. If you want to look the part, invest in some outfits!

Did you know that most beauty schools require their students to dress in all black outfits? Here are some reasons why:

  • You can better see the color.
  • It keeps the attention on the client’s hair or makeup.
  • Stains are easier to hide.

Being comfortable on your first day is also a must. When it comes to shoes, look for some that are comfy for long periods of time on your feet, close-toed for your safety, and non-slip so you don’t take a fall.

3. Pack Your Beauty Bag

trendy young woman with backpack over shoulder

Having all the back-to-school essentials in your beauty bag can make for a more relaxed and fun day of learning! Some important things you may want to have in your backpack are:

  • Hand Sanitizer to keep hands clean.
  • Extra masks and gloves for safety.
  • Planner to know what’s going on.
  • Notebook to write in.
  • Pen/pencil for writing purposes.
  • Gum to have fresh breath.
  • Chapstick/lip gloss to have soft lips.
  • Water bottle to drink and rejuvenate.
  • Phone charger to charge your phone.
  • Deodorant/Perfume to stay smelling good.

4. Create A Beauty Instagram Profile

girl texting on her phone

One of the best ways to get your name and your beauty skills out into the world is through marketing, especially when word of mouth is a little tricky these days. Of all the ways to market yourself, the hottest for the beauty industry is Instagram! This social media tool can allow friends, acquaintances, clients, and family members to see your journey and follow along.

Before school starts, you’ll definitely want to make your own profile. It’s a great way to document, see, and share your progress with the social media world! By doing so, you can feel confident, create a name for yourself, and get a head- start on your future career. To learn more about why an Instagram profile is so important and some killer tips on how to create one, visit our blog: 5 Tips To Create an Amazing Beauty Portfolio on Instagram!

5. Network With Other Beauty Professionals

diverse friends hugging and laughing

Knowing some familiar faces on your first day of school can make for a fun start to your beauty education! Follow TSPA San Jose on Facebook and Instagram to connect with previously enrolled, currently enrolled, and even future enrolled students. Connect, follow, befriend, and make plans to have a great time in your program!

Get Excited for Your First Day!

Have you prepared to have your own first day of beauty school? If you haven’t, find out what TSPA San Jose can do for you! If you’re interested in cosmetology or esthetics, check out more of our blog to explore these two programs, or give us a call so we can answer any questions you have and give you the resources you need to move forward confidently!


As we maneuver these unchartered waters to reopen our Beauty School, The Salon Professional Academy, there is no doubt that we need to be prepared, educated, and follow extreme measures of sanitation as we prepare to reopen for Salon & Spa services. Not only do we have to educate our Students & Staff as we prepare to reopen our Cosmetology School, but our clientele as well. Here are a few things to expect!

The purpose of this document to provide a Hygiene Guideline for Hairdressers in order to help with the resumption of activity, in the Covid-19 context: which should be guided by the principle of minimizing risks.

In those establishments, open to the public, measures must be implemented to minimize contact between people (like staff, customers/clients…), and to increase the Hygiene Habits in place.

TO VIEW THE FULL ARTICLE CHECK IT OUT HERE https://www.redkensalon.com/the-break-room/education/salon-safety-guidelines.

5 Things to Know About Being an Esthetician

With various career options and plenty of room for growth, it’s no wonder that studying esthetics is becoming a more and more popular choice for beauty education. If you’re passionate about skin care, makeup, and helping others feel beautiful, it’s possible that our esthetics program at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose could be a great choice for your future.

You Can Learn the Science of Skin Care

In our esthetics program, you can learn how to perform a skin analysis, determine clients’ skin type, treat skin issues, and become knowledgeable on the overall science behind skin care. As an esthetician, you can make recommendations for clients and help develop a skin care regimen that works for them.The common skin concerns treated by estheticians include:

  • Acne and oily skin
  • Sensitive skin
  • Sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Whiteheads and blackheads
  • Dry skin

There Are a Variety of Services You Can Offer

Skin care consultations are a big part of an esthetician’s job, but that’s not all! There are various other services you can perform.


A licensed esthetician can perform a variety of facial treatments to help a client relax while also beautifying their skin. Treatments usually include cleansing and toning, exfoliation, using warm/cool compresses, facial massages, steaming, facial masks, extractions, and the application of serums, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Makeup Application

Performing professional makeup application is another key part of being a licensed esthetician. In our program you can learn about modern makeup techniques and trends, sanitization requirements, and how to assemble a professional toolkit. Makeup techniques you might learn are highlighting and contouring, applying false lashes, color-matching foundation, blending products, and creating looks that range from a classic smokey eye to something more colorful and avant-garde.

Body Treatments

Esthetics is focused on overall wellness and beauty. The skin of the body should also be prioritized and cared for. As a licensed esthetician, you can learn how to perform body treatments like masks, scrubs, wraps, and aromatherapy.

Hair Removal

To create smooth, silky skin all over, estheticians are often taught a variety of hair removal methods. Common techniques are waxing, threading, tweezing, and eyebrow shaping.

Esthetician grooms a blonde woman's eyebrows.

Esthetics is Different Than Cosmetology

At TSPA San Jose, we offer both cosmetology and esthetics programs. It’s not uncommon for people to confuse these programs with each other, though there are some distinct differences between the two. Cosmetology has a primary focus on hair and esthetics’ main concentration is skin care. Both programs can lead to an exciting future in the beauty industry, but if skin care and makeup are your passions then esthetics could be the right choice for you!

Esthetics Opens Several Career Possibilities

When you become a licensed esthetician, a variety of career options are available to you! Here’s a list of exciting careers you could have as a licensed esthetician:

  • Makeup Artist
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Beauty Blogger
  • Brand Representative
  • Facialist
  • Waxing Technician
  • Spa Owner

Makeup artist applies eyeshadow to a brunette client.

Learn the Latest Techniques in Esthetics

At TSPA San Jose, we have a relationship with the brand Dermalogica. This means that our esthetics program can teach you the latest techniques to purify, balance, and renew skin, along with modern skills in makeup artistry. If you choose esthetics at TSPA San jose, you can learn to perform services like facials, waxing, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, makeup artistry, and eyebrow grooming. Our curriculum allows you to train in a high-end spa environment so you can be prepared for a future as an esthetician. We also provide marketing and business training so you can learn how to build a personal brand, create a resume, and find a long-term career in the industry.

Become a Part of Our Esthetics Program!

Want to get started on your esthetics education and join the excitement of the beauty industry? Contact TSPA San Jose today! We’re here to answer your questions and help you schedule a tour of campus.

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