7 Spring Hairstyles to Try in 2021

Spring is almost here and we are so ready for it! We know last year had its ups and downs, but a fresh start is just around the corner. Since spring is all about new beginnings, now could be the perfect time to reinvent yourself. So go ahead, recommit to your goals, make some new ones, and try something new!

Need a little inspiration? Here’s 7 of our favorite trending hairstyles to try this spring!

Soft Waves

woman with long curly brown hair

Will these Hollywood glam curls ever go out of style? We don’t think so. If you want a soft, romantic, or luxurious look, these big waves are for you. Curl your hair with your favorite barrel size (we like one inch or one and a half inch), allow your curls to cool, then brush through with a wide tooth comb.

This gorgeous look was done by our student @hair.era. We love it!

Natural Curls

woman with naturally curly hair

Speaking of curls, natural could be the way to go! If you have natural curls that you’ve been straightening, braiding, or fighting, there’s an easier way. A little oil or moose can help shape your curls, fight frizz, and give you a beautiful air-dried style. If your curls still look a little undone, that’s okay! Texture is in, so embrace the tousled look.

Still need some help caring for your natural curls? We’ve got you covered! Check out our blog on caring for your curly hair. This cut was done by our student @snippedbysydney. We love how much life and bounce it gave her client’s curls!

Curtain Bangs

mannequin with curtain bang style

These curtain bangs by our student @alxcncp are right on trend! This 70s look is coming back, and bangs are an easy way to completely transform your look. Plus, the longer length means you have the freedom to tuck them behind your ears if you want to! Who doesn’t love that kind of versatility? If you’re ready to get some bangs, give this curtain style a try.

Effortless Blonde

woman with blonde ribbons through hair

We love an icy blonde as much as the next, but if quarantine taught us anything, it’s that roots are real! This color by our student @hairbyrosie124 is the perfect effortless blonde. Keeping your blonde a natural shade with brightness towards the ends and a natural root will help your color grow out beautifully. If you are dreaming of a low-maintenance blonde this year, babylights and a root smudge could be the way to go!


woman with a brown balayage

The balayage trend is here to stay, and with good reason. Hand-painting mimics the look of naturally-sunkissed hair, which makes this a very wearable style. Balayage is also a great low-maintenance look. Keeping your natural color at the roots means you will have no line of demarcation as your hair grows out. Adding in a little brightness this spring doesn’t have to be hard! If you’re looking for an easy to maintain color, balayage could be perfect for you.

How gorgeous does this color by our student @t00beauty look? We give it high marks across the board!

Pixie Cut

client with a pixie cut

Winter is coming to an end, so don’t be afraid to go for a big chop! Get your hair off your neck and feel the California sun on your skin. We love this pixie cut by our student @hairme_mahlani. The shaved sides give this look the perfect edge. You can also keep the sides a little longer to create a softer effect. Let your own personal style inform your cut, and if you need any recommendations on what could look best for you, stop by our student salon! We are always happy to offer pointers and tips!


mannequin with bright blue hair

Need a little color in your life? Vivid hair colors are great for those who want to make a statement or have some fun with their look! If you aren’t ready to commit to an all over blue or purple, you can always try a peekaboo. This look was done by our alumni @hairbymadisonbowen when she was a student at our school. We think it looks great!

Reinvent Your Future With an Education in Beauty

Want to reinvent more than just your hairstyle? Get started toward a career you can love with an education in beauty. The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose offers programs in both cosmetology and esthetics. If you’re looking for a rewarding career that allows you to use your creativity, beauty could be perfect for you! Contact us to learn more and see if our school could be your perfect fit. We have scholarships and financial aid available to those who qualify. We can’t wait to meet you!

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.

woman doing her skincare

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!

How to Give Back for the Holidays

With all that’s happened in the past few months, there’s no denying that this year has been overwhelming. Now with the holiday season coming up and people still feeling stressed about the future, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about giving back to the community!

Not sure what you can do to make a difference this time of year while also staying safe in 2020? Whether you want to do something small or spend a big part of your holiday season helping others, there are plenty of things you can do to give back. Check out our list for some inspiration!

Toys for Tots

This popular charity run by the U.S Marine Corps is committed to helping children receive gifts that they wouldn’t be able to have otherwise. The growth of this organization means that people can easily donate toys from wherever they are in the country like right here in California! Because of everything that’s happening in 2020, Toys for Tots has made it even easier to donate this year. All you have to do to help is go on their website and click on a toy you would like to donate and they’ll be able to give a child whatever you choose. Now you can make a difference virtually and avoid any unnecessary crowds!

children toys in a basket

Donate for Disaster Relief

Unfortunately, this year has had a lot of events that have affected families across the world. From the wildfires here in California to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of families who are still struggling with everything that’s happened. An easy way to give back this holiday season would be to donate to an organization that’s dedicated to helping those people get back on their feet. The Red Cross is a great example of where you can donate and know that your money is going toward helping those who most need it.

Help Your Local Food Bank

Because of COVID-19, it’s even more important to think about what you can do to help out our local food bank. Many families are struggling because of the pandemic and food banks need more help than ever. Of course, you should only do what you feel comfortable doing and keep your health in mind. Food banks are still accepting volunteers for people who want to sort food, help at pantries, or deliver food to families in quarantine. If you don’t want to risk being around too many people, you can always help your local food bank by donating food or money.

food box for donation

Donate More Than Food

It’s great to donate food to your local food bank, homeless shelter, or women’s shelters. But there are other things you can help out with, especially with all the shortages that have happened in 2020. Toilet paper, sanitary items, hand sanitizer, and soap are some examples of items you can donate. Find out what you can spare and make a plan for where you’re going to donate each item so you can help out as many people as possible.

Start a Fundraiser

Is there an issue that you feel particularly passionate about? You can start your own fundraiser to help raise money for a cause you want to give back to this holiday season. Share what organization you’re going to donate to so people can find out more about it before helping you reach your goal. It’s the perfect way to raise money for your favorite cause while also raising awareness for it!

How You Can Give Back

These are a great starting point for giving back this holiday season and there are even more ways you can safely help others in 2020. If you have any more questions about how you can help out the community, make sure to reach out to your local organizations. We can’t wait to see the impact you all make this time of year!