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Let’s Talk About Esthetics: 900 hours vs 600 Hours June 3, 2024

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Embarking on a journey into the field of esthetics can be an exciting and transformative experience. Choosing the right training program is a crucial decision that can significantly impact your future career. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, students are presented with two options: a 600-hour esthetics program and an upcoming 900-hour esthetics program. In this blog post, we will break down the differences between these programs, providing you with valuable insights to help you make an informed decision about your esthetics education.

What Is Esthetics?

Before we delve into the specifics of the 600-hour and 900-hour esthetics programs, let’s establish a foundation by understanding the core principles of esthetics. Esthetics encompasses a wide range of skills and services, including skincare, makeup application, hair removal techniques, and spa services. Both programs at TSPA San Jose are meticulously crafted to equip students with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to thrive in the dynamic world of esthetics.

The 600-Hour Esthetics Program:

TSPA San Jose’s 600-hour esthetics program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in esthetic principles, preparing them for entry-level positions in the industry. Let’s explore the key components of this program:

Core Curriculum

  • Skincare Fundamentals: Students delve into the basics of skincare, including anatomy, physiology, and skin analysis.
  • Makeup Application: Instruction in essential makeup techniques for various occasions, building a foundation for artistry skills.
  • Hair Removal: Introduction to waxing and threading techniques, ensuring proficiency in basic hair removal services.
  • Spa Services: Exposure to fundamental spa services such as facials and body treatments.

Hands-On Experience

The 600-hour program emphasizes hands-on training, allowing students to practice and refine their skills in a simulated salon environment. Practical experience is a cornerstone of the program, providing students with the confidence to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios.

Time Commitment

Designed to be completed in a relatively short timeframe, the 600-hour program accommodates students who are eager to enter the workforce promptly.

The 900-Hour Esthetics Program

TSPA San Jose is set to introduce a 900-hour esthetics program, taking the education to the next level with additional hours and advanced training. Here’s an exclusive look at what this program entails:

Expanded Curriculum

  • Brow Lamination & Brow Tinting: Offering students the opportunity to specialize in eyebrow treatments, enhancing their skills in brow transformations.
  • Hydrafacial Training: An in-depth course on hydrafacial techniques, providing students with expertise in this popular and results-driven skincare treatment.
  • Airbrushed Spray Tanning: Comprehensive training in airbrushed spray tanning, a sought-after service for clients seeking a sun-kissed glow.
  • Additional Training and Advanced Topics will be covered

Extended Hands-On Training

The 900-hour program allows for more extensive hands-on training, enabling students to refine their skills and gain confidence in delivering advanced esthetic services. Students will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies used in the esthetics industry.

Flexibility for Future Additions

While not finalized, the 900-hour program leaves room for additional advanced treatments. The curriculum is designed to be adaptable, ensuring that students receive cutting-edge education aligned with industry trends.

Choosing the Right Program for You

As you weigh the options between the 600-hour and 900-hour esthetics programs at TSPA San Jose, consider the following factors:

Career Goals

The 600-hour program is an excellent choice for those seeking entry-level positions in esthetics, while the 900-hour program is geared towards individuals aspiring to become estheticians with advanced skills.

Time Commitment 

Evaluate your schedule and consider how much time you can dedicate to your esthetics education. The 600-hour program offers a quicker entry into the workforce, while the 900-hour program requires a more extended time commitment.


Assess your budget and financial considerations. The 600-hour program may be more cost-effective for some students, while others may see the additional investment in the 900-hour program as a strategic career move.

Passion for Specialization

If you have a specific interest in advanced skincare, specialized makeup, or advanced treatments like brow lamination and spray tanning, the 900-hour program provides a platform for specialization.

Ready To Get Started?

The choice between TSPA San Jose’s 600-hour and upcoming 900-hour esthetics programs represents a pivotal step toward realizing your dream career in the dynamic world of esthetics. Whether you’re aiming for a swift entry into the industry or seeking a comprehensive, advanced education with specialized training, TSPA San Jose has tailored programs to meet your unique aspirations. 

We invite you to take the next step in your esthetics journey by reaching out to our admissions team. Discover the transformative education, hands-on experience, and industry expertise that await you at TSPA San Jose. Your path to becoming a skilled and sought-after esthetician begins here – contact us today and embark on a journey of creativity, expertise, and endless possibilities. Your future in esthetics awaits!

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