What is Master Esthetics?

Esthetics or master esthetics? Are they the same? What will an education in master esthetics give you that an education in regular esthetics won’t? As an aspiring skin care professional, how do you choose between the two?

All good questions! Here at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose we offer a master and regular esthetics programs! While we can explain the difference between the two courses, we suggest contacting us to find out more info about the programs and talk to one of our admissions coordinators to find out which program is your best fit!

First, Let’s Talk Esthetics

So you’re interested in a career in skin care. Welcome to the world of esthetics! This area of the beauty industry is focused on the beautification of the skin in a variety of ways. From facials to peels to makeup artistry, estheticians help their guests glow on the outside as brightly as they do on the inside!

Now Let’s Talk About Becoming an Esthetician

During our regular esthetics program, students can learn to purify and beautify skin. Facials, waxing, and makeup artistry are some of the treatments you can learn. In addition, you can learn skills that you might not have known you need like safety, sanitation, and identifying skin conditions. On top of it all, at TSPA San Jose, we also teach business and marketing skills, both things future skin care experts will need to build a career.

Here, we focus our curriculum on makeup artistry and medical esthetics. We know the demand of the market and are eager to teach students a curriculum that matches the industry growth patterns.

Schedules

The esthetics program we offer requires 600 hours to complete. If you enroll in our full time program, you could complete the program in as little as 4.5 months. If you choose to enroll in our part-time program, you can complete the program in as little as 9.5 months. Both schedules offer their pros and cons! Whether you’re a parent, a full-time worker, or someone who has a few too many commitments on their hands, we are confident one of our schedules could fit an education into your life!

If you’d like to learn more about our schedules, contact us today!

Potential Places of Work

Esthetics are commonly found working in relaxing and rejuvenating places like:

  • Spas
  • Salons
  • Cruise Ships
  • Resorts
  • As Freelancers
  • As Makeup Artists

Let’s Talk Master Esthetics

Our master esthetics program is designed to prepare students to massage and treat the face, neck, and body using advance chemical and cosmetic preparations and esthetic medical treatments.

With an education in master esthetics, you can be well-versed in advance protocols and medical treatments that can prepare you for a career in a medical esthetics career. In addition to what esthetic students learn, you can learn the following in our master esthetics program:

  • Advanced treatments
  • Advanced PCA training
  • Hydra facials
  • Advanced makeup
  • Advanced clinical treatments
  • Medical spa operations
  • Extensive product knowledge
  • Airbrush spray tanning
  • Lash extensions

The master esthetics program goes deeper into right into medical terminology, advanced mechanical exfoliation treatments, cellulite treatments, advanced spa treatments, importance of pre-conditioning, and chemical peels.

Schedules

At this time the master esthetics program is offered in a full-time schedule only. Contact us to learn more about enrolling in this program.

Potential Places of Work

With an education in master esthetics, the career opportunities open up even further.

  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Cruise Ships
  • Resorts
  • Freelancing
  • Makeup Artistry
  • Dermatologists’ Offices
  • Med Spas
  • Plastic Surgeons’ Offices
  • And many more!

How Do You Choose?

Interested in skin care but unsure of how to choose a program? Here are a few things to consider:

  • How much time do you want to spend in school? Master esthetics is a bit longer in terms of a time commitment.
  • Are you interested in the medical side of esthetics? Master esthetics offer a deeper education in that realm.
  • Do you want to start with esthetics and then come back for more? Many people fall in love with esthetics, get educated, and then pursue a career in skin care as the put themselves through a master esthetics education.

You don’t have to weigh your options alone! One of our friendly and helpful admissions coordinators is more than happy to help you find the program that fits your life and goals! Contact us today or schedule a tour to learn more about both of our programs!

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspasanjose.com

Checklist for Enrolling at TSPA San Jose

Female hairstylist cutting female hair

When beginning your journey toward a career in beauty it can be a very exciting but also undoubtedly intimidating. We want to take any pressure off your shoulders and reassure you that you got this. Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose, our students are our priority. Future and current. That’s why we strive to prepare our students with all the info they’ll need to get started.

Take a Look at Our Enrollment Process

Here is a simple step-by-step of what our enrollment process looks like.

  • Fill out our application form on our website.
  • An admissions coordinator will contact you to schedule a interview.
  • Come visit the school for your interview and a tour.
  • Complete the enrollment paperwork.
  • Apply for financial aid or scholarships if applicable.

Enrollment Checklist

Before you can become a student at TSPA San Jose there are a few things that must be done. We don’t want you to get overwhelmed so we have made you a checklist. Follow this list and soon enough you could be ready to begin your beauty education!

  • Receive your high school diploma or your General Enrollment Development (GED)! Before you can enroll into TSPA San Jose you must have graduated high school or have received your GED. Contact your high school admissions board to figure out your options!
  • Take our tour! When you come and visit us we will show you around! You will see all the action on the Student Salon Training Area and get a feel for what your future could look like as a student at TSPA San Jose. Come well prepared with any questions that you might have. Don’t forget a pen and paper! Here are some questions you should consider asking during the tour.
    • Do you offer the program I am interested in?
    • What does the program cover?
    • How long will it take until I graduate?
    • What are some of my options once I graduate?
    • How much is the tuition? Do I need to make a down payment?
    • How do I qualify for financial aid?
    • What is the structure of the curriculum?
    • What does the school do to prepare me for the state board exam?
    • What comes in my kit?
    • Does TSPA San Jose help me find a job after I graduate?
  • See if you qualify for financial aid or a scholarship! Meet with our financial aid administrators to see what can do to qualify. We want to see our students succeed without anything holding them back.
  • Be confident! You took the first step to follow your passions and dreams. Don’t back out now! This is an exciting time in your life, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it all.

A Look Into The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose

female hair stylist posing in salon

What makes our school different from any others? There are so many things to take into account when choosing a beauty school to attend. At TSPA San Jose we work with Redken products and our curriculum is infused with Redken techniques, which means you will be working with products that are salon quality and instructors who have learned from an industry leader! In addition to our Redken-infused education, we give you the opportunity to not only work on perfecting your beauty skills but can teach you how to build a business in beauty and how to market yourself.

Here at TSPA San Jose, we offer an extensive training in both cosmetology and esthetics. We also offer advanced training in Morphe Makeup. Our programs offer hands-on training to our students with innovative and advanced Redken practices. You can be confident in knowing that you could be learning from wonderful instructors that care about your success story. Your success is TSPA San Jose’s success.

A Career in Beauty

With an education in beauty that could mean the possibility of many doors being open to you. The world of beauty has many different titles and locations of careers that could be yours. Such as:

  • Owning or managing a salon
  • Working on a cruise ship
  • Working in film/TV
  • Working in the fashion industry

This is only a small glimpse of the world of beauty. With hard work, passion and drive, you could be working fulfilling career that you just might love!

Begin Now

Don’t waste another day waiting for your passion to become an opportunity to create a fulfilling career. Contact us to begin the first steps to your future. It’s never too late to take the leap!

Why Makeup Artistry Isn’t Just for Women Anymore: Top 5 Male Makeup Artists

From ancient Egypt to 16th century Europe, makeup has been used for centuries by both men and women. So why is it that today we typically only associate makeup with women? At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose, we believe that anyone should feel free to express their passion for beauty. Here are five game-changing male makeup artists you should check out ASAP!

1. Manny MUA

Manny Gutierrez (AKA Manny MUA) creates simple, easy-to-follow makeup tutorials. He uses new, hot products and shows his audience how to work with them. In his tutorials, Manny offers guidance for popular makeup looks like contouring and highlighting to his millions of followers. He also does product reviews and “get ready with me” videos. Manny was the first male makeup ambassador for the cosmetics brand Maybelline.

Manny MUA.

2. Wayne Goss

British makeup artist Wayne Goss is one of the most famous male makeup artists on the scene. He has millions of followers and his own collection of makeup brushes. One of Goss’s most famous videos was a demonstration of the contouring technique made popular by reality star Kim Kardashian. While this was a hot topic for many beauty vloggers and bloggers, Goss’s stood out because he was a man practicing the technique on his own face. His straightforward and down-to-earth tutorials make him a great makeup artist to watch if you want to learn new skills.

Wayne Goss.

3. James Charles

James Charles became an overnight sensation at age 17 after posting a photo of himself in makeup on Instagram. Since then, he has gained over four million Instagram followers and over three million YouTube subscribers. He is the first-ever male beauty ambassador for CoverGirl. Charles’s upbeat attitude, makeup challenges, beauty routine videos, and tutorials have made him one of the most popular beauty gurus on the internet. From smoky eye looks to full-on Halloween makeup, he’s proven to be a truly talented makeup artist.

James Charles.

4. Arabia Felix

Want to learn more about drag queen makeup or cosplay? Arabia Felix is the makeup artist for you. Detailed, transformative makeup tutorials lead Arabia Felix to amass 91k subscribers on YouTube and 24.5k followers on Instagram. He teaches viewers how to conceal natural brows, tape their face, and even how to add curls to a synthetic wig. If you’re interested in learning how to do detailed character makeup, Felix has video tutorials that will make your jaw drop. For those who want to learn how makeup, wigs, and costuming can transform people, check out Arabia Felix’s channel.

Felix Arabia.

5. Patrick Starrr

Patrick Starrr is an experienced makeup artist. His videos offer audiences expertise and skills in a simple, relatable format. Starrr has a “one size fits all” philosophy when it comes to makeup, so his tutorials can be enjoyed by viewers from all walks of life. Starrr’s channel offers a little bit of everything. Product reviews, chatty tutorials, makeovers, and collaborations make up a large part of his channel. In his more detailed and elaborate videos, he uses makeup to transform himself into characters like the Wicked Witch of the West or celebrities like Beyonce. With 3.6 million YouTube subscribers, 4.1 million Instagram followers, and a collaboration with MAC Cosmetics, Starrr has successfully proven that anyone can apply and enjoy makeup if they’re passionate about it.

Patrick Starrr

Become a Makeup Artist

Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you want to learn makeup artistry, we can help you! Contact TSPA San Jose to learn more about our cosmetology and esthetics programs. We’d love to help you get started on pursuing your passion!

How to Enjoy Prom on a Budget

Prom can be such a fun part of high school. Finding a date, finding the perfect dress or suit, getting ready with your friends, and most importantly…the dance! Making the night memorable shouldn’t be too difficult. However, doing it all on a budget can be. That’s we, The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose, have put together a guide on how to enjoy prom without breaking the bank!

Getting Ready

The preparation before prom can be the most expensive part. Do not fret, we have tips and tricks on how to experience prom from the very beginning without spending too much.

Hair and Makeup

woman getting makeup done for prom There are a couple of ways you can look like a million bucks without spending it. Go to a local cosmetology school for your hair, makeup, and nails! Book with TSPA San Jose today so we can help you look amazing for your amazing night!

In fact, if you schedule your appointment in our student salon training area you can take advantage of our amazing prom special. For a limited time we are offering a hairstyle service and makeup for only $67! This includes the perfect updo for prom, with braids, curls and so much romance your heart might burst. Add in our beautifully applied makeup and this is sure to be a night you won’t forget!

Schedule your appointment today and get ready to wow them all!

Finding a Dress or Tuxedo

women in prom dresses

Looking your best is a very important part of prom. You can look your best and still stay on your budget!

  • Borrow a dress or a suit from a friend or a relative. Chances are you’re not the first person to attend a prom.
  • Rent a dress or suit. No need to buy an expensive dress that you most likely will only wear once.
  • Buy a vintage dress. Visit your local thrift store! You might find the perfect dress that is unique and even better, cheap!
  • Make your own dress or suit. Wearing something that you made will not only save you money but will be so satisfying when everyone is gushing over your look.

Transportation

Couple taking selfie in front of car

Renting a limo can be too expensive. It doesn’t matter what gets you to the party, the only thing that matters is that you get there.

  • Have a family member or a friend be your chauffeur! Make it fun and have them dress up as well.
  • Ride with friends with whatever car you can take! When you’re with your friends, any situation can be fun and special.
  • Look around your community. See if your local activity center has a bus you can borrow. Dress it up and arrive in style.

Enjoy Yourself!

No matter how much money you do or don’t spend, the most important thing to do is to have fun! Prom can be a very special part of high school. Make it a positive experience for you and your friends! We love being able to be apart of the excitement of prom. Book an appointment with us today! From all of us here at The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose, we hope you have a magical prom!

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

Find the Perfect Gift in San Jose

Presents are being wrapped, stockings are hung, and ornament laden trees are in every window. Music of the season is blasting from speakers and taking over radio stations right and left.

Whether you are ready or not, the holiday season is upon us. With it’s arrival comes the sometimes panic-inducing need of gift giving. If you feel lost on what to get, or if you have a friend or family member that is especially hard to buy for – do not fear!

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose we have compiled a list of some of the best shops and boutiques in our beautiful city. Ready to help you find just the right gift for everyone on your list, shopping at these stores does something even better. By shopping locally, and supporting small business, you are helping our local economy, and helping our beautiful city to thrive.

Ready to get shopping? Here are our favorite local stores and boutiques, just in time for the holiday.

Magpie Gifts

magpie boutique products

This shabby-chic store features a wide array of gifts for everyone on your list, plus hand-made decor for that home decorator that always leaves you scratching your head. You could spend hours in this beautiful apportioned boutique, so plan ahead.

IBISS Boutique

IBISS Boutique

”The moderns girls dream closet” and it’s all for sale! This shop features clothing and looks that are designed to stand out and stay on trend. Have a fashionista on your list? Check these guys out!

Vintage and Modern

Thrift City Furniture

If you are looking for consignment furniture and decor, or that perfectly preserved chair from the 1940s, then look no further than this eclectic furniture shop that is sure to have just the right item for the special someone.

Schurra’s Fine Confections

Schurra's Fine Confections

Creating chocolate and candy magic since 1912 this shop is a staple for many locals. If anyone you love has a sweet tooth, make this your first stop.

Kogura Company

Kogura company

Located in the heart of Japantown in San Jose this local import store has gifts from around the world. With everything from household items to books, candy, and gifts you will find it here, and get lost for hours.

Williams Cutlery & Gifts

Williams Cutlery and Gifts

The foodie on your list should not be forgotten, and this store will help you find the perfect gift. With professional quality supplies and tools that you never knew you needed your kitchen will never look so good!

The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose

The Salon Professional Academy San Jose students

We couldn’t leave ourselves off of this list! As we train the next generation of beauty professionals we strive to make each guest’s experience the best it could be. With gift certificates available in any dollar amount, you can give the gift of beauty and relaxation to that special someone in need of a little “me time”.

We are sure you will find that unique gift that will help make this holiday season jolly and bright.

From everyone here at The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose we hope you have an amazing holiday season, full of magic and memories to last a lifetime!

Happy Holidays!

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

What’s your Halloween Mood? Our Pumpkin Prophet can see into Your Halloween Future.

Halloween is a glorious season full of haunting makeup, intricate costumes, and of course – the best candy! But even with all of that amazing stuff, not everyone loves this holiday.

Our all-seeing Halloween pumpkin can gauge your Halloween mood in just five questions. Do you dare see if he is correct?

Halloween Mood? Pumpkin Prophet Quiz

Are you ready to embrace your love of Halloween? Discover the cosmetology and makeup programs at The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose, and see how you can make every Halloween amazing.

Looking for a Change? We Can Help You Take the Leap.

Life is an adventure

You have heard this a million times before, we are sure, but that’s probably because it’s true! Our lives surely take us on some amazing adventures and while some of them can be amazing – others can take us away from some of our dreams.

Just because our path may have been a bit different than expected – that does not mean that those dreams are out of reach!

If you have ever dreamed of career in beauty, it’s not too late to make your dream a reality!

Career change to beauty

Making a Change

There are many reasons that people aren’t able to pursue their dreams, whether it be peer pressure, fear of failure, or barriers in your personal life. No matter what the reason was that held you back, everyone here at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Jose, is ready to help you break down the walls that have restrained you and cheer you on as you seek that dream.

Are you ready to sit down and discover the possibilities? Schedule a tour today! We would love to be your partner in this beautiful dream.

Battling the Naysayers

  • You’ll Never Make Enough– This is a common misconception of the beauty industry, but it is one that couldn’t be further than the truth. Many cosmetologists find themselves not only easily supporting themselves and their families, but even owning their own salons!While the amount you earn can vary greatly depending on if you are going into cosmetology or esthetics, or even where you chose to work, there is a possibility for anything in this creative field.
  • It’s Not a Real Career– Any cosmetologist has lost track of the amount of times they have heard this. Just because people are saying it, doesn’t make it true.In fact, an education in beauty includes more than just a good trim and face mask. It includes classes in client and business management, something that comes in handy as many beauty professionals open up their own salons or spas.Not only does an education in beauty create opportunities for a passion-filled future, it could lead to business ownership and financial independance, something not often found in other career opportunities.
  • I Just Don’t Have Time– It is true that there are factors in life that can make it difficult to pursue your dreams. Maybe you work weird hours to try to make ends meet, maybe you are a single mom with a limited schedule. Whatever it is, you can still change your future and pursue your dreams.With several schedule options, including part time opportunities, the cosmetology and esthetics programs at The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose can help you in the pursuit that may seem impossible.

Career change to beauty

Get the Facts

Before you make any large change in your life, it’s important that you understand as much as you can about the future you are about to pursue.

We suggest that you come in and sit down with our Enrollment Specialists to get all of your questions answer, so make sure to schedule your meeting as soon as possible. While you are waiting, here are five quick facts about pursuing a beauty career.

  • Make Your Own Hours– In an industry with as many opportunities as this one, it should come as no surprise that your job really does become what you make it. With possibilities such as owning your own business available, that flexibility is everywhere.
  • It’s a Career that Travels– You could work in a spa on a cruise ship, or find yourself working in hollywood. If you are looking for a change, this could be the ticket that you are looking for.
  • Upward Climb– Jobs can be hard to come by, and although the employment growth rate is steadily increasing, nowhere is that more apparent than in beauty where the growth rate is 20% above the national average.
  • Ever Changing– Just like the trends and styles change, so does the skills needed in this industry. If you love to learn and absorb new skills this will give you the opportunity to do just that.

It is never too late to change your career and pursue a dream

 

No matter how long these dreams have been coursing through your bloodstream it’s time to stop ignoring them, and start making that creative passion your life. At TSPA San Jose we welcome you to pursue what fuels you. Let’s change your dreams to a reality – together.

Contact us today and discover the beautiful future that awaits you.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information vist www.tspacity.com

What Kind of Student Are You? Get Ready For Back to School With Our Quiz!

It’s that time of year again. School supplies have started making their appearance in stores, and the styles and trends that will follow us into fall are starting to make an impact.
No matter where you go to school, or what you are learning, the type of student you are can make a huge impact in your educational experience.
Are you ready to find out what type of student you are?

What kind of student quiz link

No matter what kind of student you are, you can find a home at The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose. With classes that could easily fit your style and your life, you can find a home – and a new career – with us!

Contact us today!

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.

7 Questions To Ask On Your School Tour @ TSPA!

Redken Diamond Academy - TSPA

 

You made the decision to invest in your future. You found the perfect cosmetology school #TSPA. You booked your school tour, now what…….. Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), we realize starting a new career can be scary when you have a lot of questions.
That’s why Victoria Martin, our fabulous Admissions Advisor, is here to help you with questions like:

1. How do I pay for school?
2. What is the schedule like?
3. What is a Redken Diamond Academy?
4. What will I be learning?
5. What are the teachers and students like?
6. Is this the career for me?
7. What are the job opportunities after I graduate?

 

Victoria Martin gets these questions from potential students all the time. She is not just here to answer them, but also here to help you determine if this is the right career for you!

To schedule a one on one tour with Victoria, and get the above questions answered in less than 30 minutes.  Just Text or Call the word “TOUR” to (408) 784-4463.