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!

What’s Your Skin Type?

Do you know what your skin type is? There’s normal, dry, oily, and combination! If you’re not sure, or you think you might fall somewhere in-between types, don’t worry! Our quiz can help you determine what your skin type is and some tips on caring for your skin.

quiz for skincare type

Everyone’s skin is different, and there are many factors that can play into your skin type. Did you know that your skin can be influenced by:

  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Medications
  • Season
  • Region
  • & More?

For example, someone who has oily skin may find that their skin is much more normal when living in a desert climate, just as someone with dry skin might flourish in humidity. Be sure to take these factors into consideration when creating a routine based on your skin type.

Building a Skincare Routine

woman moisturizing her face

Have no fear, not everyone needs one of those 11-step skincare routines we’ve all been hearing about! We always recommend speaking with an esthetician to get the best product recommendations for your face, but in general, here’s the order you’ll want to follow:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Serum
  • Spot Treatments
  • Moisturizer
  • SPF

Depending on your skin type, you may want to look for products with or without specific ingredients. For those with more oil-prone skin, you’ll want to look for cleansers that are “oil-free” or labeled as “noncomedogenic.” If you struggle with dryness, you might want to consider a heavier moisturizer to help you seal in as much moisture as possible during the day and night. At our student salon, we can help recommend products to you based on your skin type! Find out more about the services we offer and contact us to schedule your appointment.

Learn More About Skincare

Are you passionate about skincare and helping others find solutions? A future as an esthetician might be perfect for you! Find out more about our esthetician program and see if The Salon Spa Academy San Jose is the right choice for you. Contact us today to schedule your school tour!

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:

Tips for Your Beauty Self-Care Routine

Let’s face it, the beginning of this year has been hard. With all the uncertainties that have come from the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us have been feeling more stressed these last few months than we normally would. It’s no secret that when you start to feel overwhelmed by everything happening without giving yourself a chance to stop and reflect, you can really cause yourself to burnout. That’s why creating a self-care routine is so important during this time. To help you give the love and attention you deserve, we’ve laid out some tips for your beauty self-care regimen!

Create Your Own Face Mask

Who says you can’t have your own spa day at home? This tip is especially relevant for those of us who are getting bored of having the same routine while being cooped up in the house. Making your own mask is a great way to break up your day and give yourself the break you deserve! And the best part is that it’s super easy to do! There are many DIY face masks recipes that only require food ingredients you’d find around the house. Even doing this small thing to help your skin can make a huge difference in your day!

Clean Out Your Beauty Supplies

Cleaning may be the last thing you’re motivated to do right now but it really can help you feel more accomplished. In fact, many people are using this time to clean and organize things they never thought they would have time for. For us beauty mavens, this probably means our makeup and hair supplies! While we should be cleaning them out regularly, time often gets away from us and we tend to skip a month or two. Well, now is your chance to give your beauty supplies that deep cleaning you’ve always wanted to do! Not only will this benefit your supplies and beauty care, but also just makes you feel so much better to know you’re doing something productive.

bag full of makeup

If you’re not sure how to properly clean out your beauty space, check out our blog for a detailed look at what you need to do!

Give Yourself a Manicure or Pedicure

Although you may not be a professional when it comes to manicures and pedicures, cutting and painting your nails is something simple you can do to give yourself a well-deserved break. After all, your nails still need to get properly taken care of and doing it yourself can give you a good excuse to pause any tasks you’re completing and take a moment to reflect. Plus, it feels good to see your beautiful nails and admire the work you’ve done. After experimenting with multiple different nail designs, you may even find out that you love trying out new styles and have a real talent for it!

Go the Extra Mile for Your Hair

If you’re feeling stuck at home, why not take this situation and use it to your advantage by stepping up your hair care routine? There are so many things you can be doing to help your hair that you may normally not think about when you’re going out every day. Have you never even considered skipping washing your hair a day or two even though this can strip your hair of essential oils? Now that you’re at home, you don’t have to worry about greasy hair and can take a break from the constant washings. This can even train your hair to know it doesn’t have to be washed every day so you can continue this routine.

Other ways you can protect your hair during this time are avoiding heat-styling tools and making time to deep condition your hair!

Make Time for What You Love

Don’t let this stressful time make you feel like you can’t make time for things that bring you joy. Whether you showed your passion for beauty by perfecting your skin care routine or looking up makeup tutorials online, it’s important that you continue to let yourself still enjoy those moments. We know this time is especially hard because there’s so much we can’t control. But that’s why doing something you genuinely love can make a world of difference in helping you feel more grounded.

woman applying moisturizer on skin

Give Yourself a Chance to Relax

This isn’t necessarily a beauty self-care tip but we think it’s important enough to mention. With all these stressful changes, remember to stop and take a moment to let yourself unwind. Whether that comes by meditating, taking a walk, practicing yoga poses, or just doing some breathing exercises. Give yourself time to move your body and do something you find relaxing, It really can make all the difference in your day!

What’s Your Next Step?

Are you interested in taking your love for beauty to the next level and apply for beauty school? Our team at the Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose would love to talk more with you about our programs, our school’s culture, and how you can get started. Contact us today and we’d be happy to walk you through your entire application process. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Have a different beauty self-care tip you use? We’d love to see it! Take a picture of how you’ve relaxed through beauty and tag us on our Instagram page.

From Ancient Egypt to LA – The Evolution of SPA

Spas have seen amazing growth in popularity over the last few decades; with the idea of spas moving beyond something that is only for the very wealthy, to something that is accessible to a large majority of the population. It’s a growth that’s fueled in part by a generation of people who have an increased interest in self-care and alternative relaxation methods. But where did this all start? And how has their growth continued over the many centuries they have been in existence?

Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy
Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy

The health benefits of spas have been well known since before the pyramids were erected. Although the idea of gaining health from water wasn’t new, with Greek philosophers Thales to Hippocrates promoting bath for joint and overall health, the first public bath appeared in Rome during the reign of Caesar Augustus. Although primarily used by soldiers, there were more than 150 of them, making the sprawling city a mecca for spas. In fact, the oldest Roman spa still stands today, the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, Italy.

Although the Romans were the first to discover the healing property of the mineral waters in what is now Bath, England, these waters have been used consistently since then. Since the Romans, the idea of a spa has mutated to include common esthetics and massage, with facials and scrubs becoming more mainstream. Bath was popular through the Elizabethan era through current day with this destination spa even being prominently featured in several of Jane Austen’s novels.

Chalybeate Springs at The Royal Turnbridge Wells
Chalybeate Springs at The Royal Turnbridge Wells

Although the Romans built up much of the ancient spa culture, they weren’t the only ones to do so. In about 1326 an ironmaster in Belgium discovered the Chalybeate Springs and The Royal Turnbridge Wells were built around them. The sprawling destination city is still alive today, and although it has been greatly updated since then, the original stone baths still stand.

The idea and use of spas exploded around the world, from Japanese Ryoken to Turkish Hammam to Saunas in Finland. By the 17th century the medical field began subscribing the use of spas for many common ailments and health issues, with many skin treatments and massage being used alongside. By the 18th century, rolling bath machines were common, with peddlers selling the healing benefits of spas on wheeled carts.

Saratoga Springs Mineral Baths
Saratoga Springs Mineral Baths

Spas continued to boom around the world, driven in large part by the health benefits in a society where medicine was still in its infancy. During and after the American Revolution, spas continued to gain in popularity with the Saratoga Springs Mineral Baths becoming a popular and sought after destination by the elite. It was here that the use of mud on skin began to take popularity in modern spa culture.

In 1910 the first day spa opened in the united states, Manhattan’s Red Door, opened. This groundbreaking project by Elizabeth Arden set a standard that has been met and passed, with spas becoming a staple around the world.

Now, with this rich and diverse history you may be wondering where the spa culture has to go. The answer is up!

The number of spas in the United States has increased at a rate of 21% a year in the past five years, according to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers survey. In a three year span, spa visits have increased 84% with revenues surging 152%.

Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden
Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden

If you are looking for a career with a rich history and a vibrant future, the spa industry may be for you and an education in esthetics can help you get there. Check out our Esthetics programs to find out how you can be part of this rich, diverse, and historical culture.

The Must Have Peel for Spring 2017

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Are you looking to make your skin Instagram ready for spring! The Sensi Peel by PCA is a must have in your skincare routine.

The skincare department at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, has just started offering the life changing Sensi Peel.

The PCA Sensi peel is a very mild chemical peel formulated for all skin types, even the sensitive. Hence the name Sensi (sensitive).

The Sensi peel is will help to diminish sun spots, fine lines, and acne scars. The service is less the 45 minutes and requires no down time. The best part is you will receive a complementary post

peel kit to take home. Our aesthetic students will educate you on how to care for your skin with your new products from the post peel kit, and also what to expect to see during the next two to three

weeks after your peel. Remember the key to flawless skin is to peel and peel often! The PCA Sensi Peel is the key to beautiful skin.

To book your Sensi Peel please give us a ring at (408) 579-9111 and let the receptionist know you want a Sensi Peel.

See ya in the Spa!

Skin Care News: Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves

You already know what the star uses on her lips, who she calls up for last-minute color touch-ups, and now you’ve got Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves. You know, for those times when the wind gets out of control and the snow starts piling up (just maybe not in Calabasas).

Recently, the 19-year-old spilled some of the ultra-hydrating, can’t-live-without products she loves to slather on once temps start to drop. And because Jenner has yet to lead us astray with her recommendations (two words: Lip Kit), we thought we’d share the wealth because—who knows?—maybe you and the megamillionaire share the same skin-care routine?

“Even though I love winter, I hate what the colder temps do to my face! I can’t stand dry, dull skin, so I’m all about any products that keep my skin feeling hydrated and soft,” Jenner wrote.

So without further ado, here are the moisturizing picks the Kylie Cosmetics founder uses on the daily when baby it’s cold outside.



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Skin News:Your Skin Doesn’t Have to Peel With a Peel.

While earlier versions of acid-based exfoliating treatments could make skin visibly slough away, the latest formulas leave skin glowing, not flaking. Many include several alpha and beta hydroxy acids, rather than just one at a higher concentration. “When you combine acids at lower strengths, they’re potentially less irritating,” says New York City dermatologist Dennis Gross. And you don’t have to see peeling to see results. “As the acid dissolves the cement between skin cells, you may have thousands of them coming off at the same time—but the shedding is still invisible to the naked eye,” says Neal Schultz, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

An acid product is only as potent as the free-acid compounds floating around inside it. Too many acid bits and your skin stings and gets red; too few and nothing happens (we mean nada—no exfoliation, no glow). So chemists play with the pH, which adjusts the amount of free acids. The ideal pH is between 3 and 4, but it’s almost never listed on packaging. So how do you pick a winner? Some experts say your skin should tingle for a few seconds when you apply the product. “If the acid is penetrating, you’re going to feel something,” says Eric ­Bernstein, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. And expect some instant gratification. “An effective product should leave your skin looking immediately refreshed,” says Gross. (Discover our six favorites.)

“Acids don’t work like retinoids, which repair skin by kick-starting inflammation,” says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. “They dissolve the upper layer of cells to trigger repair.” Plus, unlike with scrubs, the skin is not damaged by abrasives. So if you’re sensitive, acids are actually a wise choice. Look for formulas that combine them with an amino acid, like arginine, which slows their penetration into skin. (We like Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night.) And don’t rush in. “Irritation can take a while to show up,” says Hirsch. “You may get to day four, then all of a sudden your skin reacts.” Take a month to ramp up to daily use.

Magnanimous girlfriends and pug owners insist that size doesn’t matter, but cosmetic chemists disagree. The smaller a molecule, the more easily it gets into the skin. Because glycolic is the smallest of all the acids, it yields the most dramatic results. “There’s a reason glycolic is the acid used the most in anti-aging products and doctor’s-office peels,” says Hirsch. “It does the job.” Almost as well as a prescription retinoid, says Schultz. (Try Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel.) Some dermatologists believe that no one talks about how glycolic acid changes the structure of the skin because then the FDA will call it a drug, regulate it, and suddenly we’ll need to see a doctor to get it. But the truth is that it regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis and dermis, and evens skin tone. (Shhhh.)

Now for the reality check: Over-the-counter acid products—even most doctor’s-office peels—cannot smooth deep lines. “Only fillers and laser procedures can do that,” says Wilma Bergfeld, a senior dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “These compounds can minimize fine lines and fade blotches, but they have limitations.” According to Hirsch, your skin gets the most from acids in your 20s and 30s: “After that, I have patients treat serious damage with a prescription retinoid and refresh their skin with regular peels at home or in my office.”

To treat a blotchy chest, extend your AHA face cream a few inches south. Clear up bacne (or, worse, buttne) with a salicylic acid body wash: Apply it to dry skin, wait 15 minutes, then get in the shower and rinse. When the backs of your arms feel like a plucked goose, don’t try to scrub the bumps away—they’ll just get inflamed. Instead, apply a lotion with AHAs or BHAs to unclog the pores and dissolve the dry skin.

Yummy DIY Skincare You Can Eat

Sometimes our skin can have a mind of its own. One day it decides to be beautiful and glowing, but within a day it can easily change its mind and create a stressful situation for you! If you find yourself in one of these situations without time to head to the beauty store, it’s okay because we’ve got you covered! We’ve targeted some of the main reasons that your skin could be acting out and some DIY masks to conquer the issues! The best part? These remedies are edible and can be made with ingredients right from your pantry. You heard us, you won’t know whether to spread it your face or to spread it on a cracker. What’s better than skincare that is good for your insides and your outsides? Nothing. Nothing beats edible skincare products.

The Weather

One of the first and most obvious reason that your skin can change is going to be the weather; you’re the only one that has to adjust to the temperature change! When you are headed into those chillier months and you feel your skin getting a little dry and flakey, this is the mask for you!
Dry Skin Mask


Not only does stress complicate things in your life, it also complicates your skin! According to Dermalogica, heightened and continued stress levels can throw your adrenal glands into overdrive causing all of those annoying episodes that your skin keeps having. You clearly have enough stress, so stop stressing about your skin and try this mask!
Stressed Skin Mask


Although the connection between diet and the condition of our skin has not been proven, WebMD has talked to some dermatologists that beg to differ and have said that poor nutrition can lead to poor skin. That’s the plus side to the ingredients of this mask, they’re not only good for your skin but they’re also good for your diet!

Change in Products

Your skin is a creature of habit. Most people think that just because it’s not going on their face that it won’t affect their skin, but that is not the case! Things like laundry detergent, perfume, and shampoo/conditioner can definitely affect your skin. It’s okay though, pumpkin can solve all your problems. From pumpkin spice lattes to this pumpkin mask, you simply can’t go wrong with pumpkin.


We know that this is something you don’t want to admit but, unfortunately, skin is one of the many things that can change with age. It’s okay though we can keep this one our little secret, just use this mask and keep telling everyone that you’re not a day over 20.

What are some of your DIY skincare secrets? Tell us in the comments!
Do you love doing at-home facials for you and your friends? Maybe it’s time to turn your hobby into a career! Check out our Esthetics Program and see if a career in esthetics is right for you!