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!

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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 independence, 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.

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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 visit www.tspasanjose.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!

Have you always wanted to pursue a future career in the beauty industry? Applying for an education at an accredited beauty school is an important step in your journey! Although it’s exciting to start doing what you love, it can feel overwhelming trying to figure out the best way to get started. That’s why scheduling a tour can be a great idea! Read our guide to find out some questions you may want to ask on your tour!

1. Does your school offer financial aid?

Yes, we offer financial aid to those who qualify! Since we are an accredited beauty school, students enrolled in our programs have the opportunity to apply for federal financial aid. All you have to do is complete a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form and enter our school code found on our website.

In addition to FAFSA, we also have scholarship options that may be available to students. During your tour would be a great time to ask about your specific financial situation to recieve help from the right people to help you get started.

2. Do you offer multiple scheduling options?

We want anyone who has a passion for beauty to have the chance to pursue an education they love! That’s why we offer multiple both part-time and full-time classes so you can study what you’re passionate about when it’s most convenient. Ask us any more questions you may have about which schedule would work best for you while visiting our school.

3. What is a Redken Diamond Academy?

As a school in The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) network, we have partnered with Redken to create a curriculum for students that goes beyond just teaching what’s on the state licensing exam. This means that in addition to learning the latest hairstyles, we also include lessons in business, marketing, and guest handling to help prepare you for what comes after graduation. Come see for yourself what a Redken Diamond education would look like.

4. What will I be learning?

In our Cosmetology and Esthetics programs, you can learn all about the latest trends in the industry and practice what you’ve learned on real clients under the direct supervision of licensed professionals. Our team would be happy to talk further with what you can expect in our programs.

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5. What are the teachers and students like?

If you want to know more about what our atmosphere is like, there’s no better way to find out than by scheduling a tour of our school! During your tour, you can see for yourself how teachers and students interact and learn more about our culture.

6. Is this the career for me?

Do you love all things beauty and want to use your creative abilities in a career? A future in the beauty industry could be a great option for you! If you have any more questions about your personal beauty journey and if it’s right for you, someone on our team will be happy to talk more with you during your tour!

7. What are the job opportunities after I graduate?

One of the best parts about pursuing a career in the beauty industry is that it’s constantly growing. With new trends and techniques being developed, there are multiple career opportunities that have only become possible in recent years. We want to help our students feel prepared for whatever area of the beauty area they’re most passionate about. That’s why our programs not only teach about the latest beauty techniques but also include lessons on how you can market your beauty skills in today’s world.

Talk more with our team during your tour to learn more about the job opportunities in this industry and how our programs can help prepare you for them!

Ready to Schedule a Tour?

There’s only so much you can find out from our website. The next step is to schedule a tour so you can ask all these questions and more in-person to get a detailed answer specific to your personal beauty journey! Contact us to learn more and find out how you can get started!

Myth Busted: A Career In Cosmetology Can Be Lucrative & Rewarding!

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Thinking about becoming a hairstylist, but keep hearing your friends and family’s outdated opinion on the beauty industry! We know there is a lot of myths when it comes to working in the beauty industry, and  The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, a Redken Diamond Academy is here to show you the light to a stylish career. We have educators from different aspects of the beauty industry, from runway makeup and hair, film, print media and working for top corporate companies. They will show you that you can be successful, but you need to ask yourself, how hard are you willing to work?  Take Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist and brand ambassador. He began his career with humble beginnings, and now he holds the world in his hands! Check out the top 4 beauty myths busted by Ted Gibson Below.

Top 4 Beauty Myths Busted By Ted Gibson

What about Earnings? My parents worried that I wouldn’t earn a nice living in the beauty business, but I’ve found there is no earnings cap. Like many careers, success as a hairstylist is based on desire and work ethic. You can use your beauty school license to work in a salon, start a small business or work in a corporate environment.

What’s the demand? As long as hair and fingernails continue to grow, there will be a need for beauty professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists will increase by about 10 percent through 2024: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/barbers-hairdressers-and-cosmetologists.htm

Who hires beauty school graduates?Beauty careers are available in my hometown of Killeen, Texas, my adopted town of New York City and everywhere in between! Beauty careers can’t be sent offshore. You simply can’t get a facial on the Internet or a haircut from a call center. And salons are just one place where beauty professionals work. You’ll also find us in day spas, resorts, backstage at fashion and entertainment events, in product development labs and in publishing!

Making a Difference. What I love most about beauty is its transformative nature. I can change someone’s outlook with a great shampoo and massage. In my salon, I see beauty professionals changing people’s lives every day, and of course on TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” I work with other beauty professionals to help people reinvent their appearance and change their life every week.

Become a Hairstylist!

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TSPA Beauty School GIVES AWAY 50,000.00 IN SCHOLARSHIPS!

 

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The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, a cosmetologist and skincare school understands the challenges students can face when it comes to financing your career investment. To assist with the cost of education, TSPA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and grant(s) for those who qualify. Every year The Salon Professional Academy gives away $50,000 dollars in scholarships to our students! How awesome is that! As a cosmetology student you can receive up to $3,800 in scholarships, and a esthetician student can receive up to $2,000 dollars. The Salon Professional Academy has five different scholarships to apply to. The TSPA Referral Scholarship, TSPA Tuition Scholarship, Ulta Beauty Scholarship, TSPA Redken Scholarship and the most popular the TSPA Diamond Academy Scholarship.

We are hear to help, support and grow your dream career as a cosmetologist or skincare expert. If you would like to learn more about all the scholarships that TSPA offers please join us here, and when you are ready to take a tour of The Salon Professional Academy please give us a ring at 408-784-4463 or send us a message. We looking forward to seeing you at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose!

Is a career in makeup artistry for you!

The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, skin care and makeup school in San Jose loves to find new career paths for our students. And we found the perfect one for our makeup artist students! With the rise of live steaming services like, Netflix, Hulu and many others. And the demand for niche shows on these platforms, this has created jobs for makeup artist to specialize in film and television.  You maybe asking yourself what exactly does a film and t.v makeup artist do? Well I can tell you there is a lot of work behind the scenes. Every single actor that is seen on t.v is wearing some amount of makeup. It maybe a more natural look that can be seen on a news anchor or, creating a zombie for the newest episode of the walking dead. In any film and t.v makeup application the makeup artist needs to understand, skin tone, shapes, textures and how to apply makeup for an HD camrea.

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If you are ready to start your career as a makeup artist be sure to set up your tour today. Please call us at (408) 579-9111 or email us. The Salon Professional Academy looks forward to helping you start a stylish career.

 

 

Hair News: Thinking about going platinum ? What you need to know!

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology school in San Jose is known for creating Instagram worthy blondes, but do you know what it fully entails going blonde? Check out the article below from Popsugar.com and some awesome quotes by our very own Miss. Natalie on the subject.

The night before my first appointment at Sally Hershberger Downtown, I examined my dark mane closer than I ever have in all my years as an Asian (that’s a lot of years). The way the small lamp on my nightstand bounced off my crown, creating a half-circle glow that starkly contrasted with my black hair, like a halo above my visage, almost moved me to tears. Was I getting cold feet? Maybe. Was I being dramatic? If you say so. But what was certain was that I was going to miss my natural hair color. We’d never been apart from each other before (aside from a failed at-home bleaching attempt at age 13), not even for a Clairol Summer fling.

 

“Will your hair stay attached during the process.”

-Miss Natalie cosmetology teacher at The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose.

 

Luckily, the trepidatious moment was fleeting and I quickly remembered my mission. I was going to become a completely different person the next day. Tomorrow, I would start my two-session transformation from a regular ol’ Asian to a platinum blond one, which, barring cosmetic surgery, is probably the most dramatic change an Asian girl can make. Sure, only my hair was being overhauled, but it does make up about 40 percent of me.

Since childhood, I’ve marveled at the likes of Debbie Harry, then Courtney Love, followed by perennial platinum Gwen Stefani, and most recently Sky Ferreira. I’ve been coveting their punk-inspired, white-blond manes as something I could only ever dream about, but never have. But as hair technology continued to advance, something miraculous happened: Asian women, who for the most part had only been able to go orange, started to go platinum successfully.

 

“Some type of treatment is a must for hair levels 1 – 5.”

-Miss Natalie cosmetology teacher at The Salon Professional Academy, San Jose

Models Soo Joo Park, Ai Tominaga, and Daul Kim (RIP) set a new bar in the fashion industry by going platinum. Fashion host Amy Pham helped introduce the look to a more mainstream audience, and now throngs of regular Asian girls who had similar dreams of experiencing the yin to their hair yang are following suit. And I was next in line. As quickly as it came, my apprehension evaporated and once again I was eager to finally fulfill a lifelong dream. Only one more night of sleep stood in my way.

Having said all that, going from black to platinum is no joke. It is a serious process. When I met with my brilliant, sweet, devastatingly handsome colorist, Daniel Sanchez (who has worked on Karlie Kloss’s mane) at Sally Hershberger for our consultation, he immediately assessed that making my hair platinum would take two sessions and at least eight hours.

After experiencing what ended up being 15 hours total in the salon chair, I can say with confidence that the longer the process, the better the results. Unless you want your hair to go into shock and become straw or, even worse, fall out in clumps, you’ll want your colorist to take his or her time and go as gently as possible on your strands. So, armed with my cell phone charger and a pantry of snacks (crackers, pretzels, hummus, beef jerky, and Kind bars), I ventured to Sally Hershberger the next day poised and ready to go platinum.

If you, too, are considering stepping into the light, but are still trepidatious of the process, keep reading to discover exactly what to expect during a black-to-platinum hair color transformation.

Skincare News: Packed With “Processed” Stuff

 

 

The Salon Professional Academy located in San Jose, Ca. A Diamond Redken cosmetology and skincare school, loves keeping updated on the latest skincare and of course ingredients that benefit us, and other’s that do not. Check out the article by 

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Tata Harper’s farm in Vermont, and it blew my mind. It should not have been so shocking. I’ve been a fan of her natural-ingredient, eco-friendly skin care and makeup line for years. It’s ideal for my sensitive skin, and everything smells deliciously botanical with milky, silky textures. But actually seeing the farm-to-vanity process of these products made me realize: they are the real deal.

These are not products that claim to have organic ingredients but are still packed with “processed” stuff. In fact, most Tata Harper formulas have the shelf life of just a few months. She pointed out: why would you want to put something on your face with enough preservatives to make it last for years? Gross. (I immediately went home after the trip and threw away a ton of expired formulas.)

“I started Tata Harper Skincare after my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer,” she told me via email. “Through all of the doctor’s appointments I learned so much about lifestyle and how little decisions affect health and wellbeing. That’s when I started really researching ingredients, and discovered that a lot of the ingredients with the most potential health risks aren’t even there to give results; they’re just fillers like preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners designed to keep the formula stable and give the product its texture. I only use natural ingredients because I believe that no woman should have to compromise her health for her beauty, especially if those ingredients aren’t even making her beautiful!”

The more I learned about natural ingredients, the more I only wanted to use them. Every time I wash my face with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, I envision the apricot seed powder exfoliating my skin and the French pink clay detoxifying it. Or when I nourish my face with the Rejuvenating Serum, I know rosehip seed oil is rejuvenating my under-eye area, while Spanish lavender extract is relaxing fine lines.

If you are eager to get informed about the harmful ingredients in your skin care products, as well as natural ones to look for instead, keep reading. Tata Harper herself breaks down what to ditch, what to use, and why.


Parabens vs. Leuconostoc Radish Root Ferment

The chemical ingredient: Parabens

Explanation: “Most people are familiar with Parabens. All kinds of products from skin care to hand soap to household cleansers list ‘paraben free’ on their labels, but not many people know what they actually do. Parabens are used to preserve formulas and prevent mold, and can keep products stable for anywhere from two to five years.”

The natural option: Leuconostoc radish root ferment

Why it works: “The same bacteria that keeps fermented foods safe to eat makes this an excellent, completely natural preservative. It guarantees a shelf life of at least 12 months, and has none of the potential health risks like endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity that parabens have.”


Phenoxyethanol vs. Anise Berry

The chemical ingredient: Phenoxyethanol

Explanation: “Phenoxyethanol is less well-known than parabens, but it has the same preservative qualities. So often products listed as paraben-free will have just replaced it with phenoxyethanol. It’s restricted in the E.U., and potential health concerns include allergies and nervous system effects.”

The natural option: Anise berry

Why it works: “Anise berry preserves the organic compounds in products and maintains the integrity and the efficacy of formulas. It’s best used in oil-based products rather than emulsions.”


Hydroquinone vs. Sea Fern Extract

The chemical ingredient: Hydroquinone

Explanation: “Many brightening products contain this harsh bleaching ingredient, which weakens skin. It can potentially lead to cancer, organ-system toxicity, and respiratory tract irritation. It is banned for use in personal care products in the E.U. and restricted in the U.S. and Canada.”

The natural option: Sea fern extract

Why it works: “Sea fern is naturally detoxifying, and reduces the appearance of dark spots. It stimulates the skin’s natural process of eliminating melanin, rather than just bleaching it.”