Benefits of Applying to Beauty School in 2019

It’s time to ring in the new year and start making those resolutions. Having a New Year’s resolution is exciting, but it can also seem overwhelming to decide what goals you should focus on in the coming year. Maybe you’ve wanted to go to beauty school in the past, but you were nervous to make a huge commitment for yourself. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose we understand that choosing a goal as big as beauty school can feel scary, but the benefits of going can wash those fears away. Here’s why applying to beauty school in 2019 can benefit you and your future!

The Career Options are Vast

When you tell people that you’re applying for beauty school, many of your friends and family may assume that your future lies in a salon. While there are many people who love and thrive in a salon, it can be disheartening for others to think that it’s their only career option. Don’t be fooled! The beauty industry is vast with numerous career options available for those with a license in cosmetology or esthetics. With the beauty industry continually adapting to the world, 2019 will be an exciting time to see where it can take you!

Blonde stylist spraying a blonde client's hair.

Be Your Own Boss

While we’re talking about where a license in beauty school can take you, let’s discuss the possibility of you becoming your own boss. For many people, it can seem like a dream come true to manage a business of their own. Here at TSPA San Jose, we offer business and marketing skills to help you achieve the business-owning goals you may have. It’s all up to you to decide what you want to achieve in the beauty industry.

Stretch Your Creativity

Have you always wanted a career that could challenge your creativity in new ways? Applying for beauty school might be something you want to seriously consider. One of the things we love about the beauty industry is that it needs to change with the events of the world. Beauty trends are constantly going in and out of fashion, which means that a career in this industry can keep you on your toes. Contrary to what some may believe, a career in the beauty industry is not an easy one. It’s an industry that makes people push their limits on where their creativity can take them. If you’ve always wanted to work where your creative skills are valued, then applying for beauty school could be the first step.

Makeup artist applying makeup to a Latina model.

It’s Not a Conventional Job

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who go to their jobs every day despite not enjoying what they do. You may dread working in a conventional 9-5 job in an office setting. If that’s you, then a career in beauty could help ensure that those horror stories stay stories. Not only are you not working in a typical office, but you may be able to decide what your hours are depending on where you work. It’s always nice to know that you can change your schedule when you need to.

You Can Make People Feel and Look Their Best

Helping people feel their best can be one of the most rewarding parts of working in the beauty industry. If you love interacting with people, then beauty school could offer you the satisfaction that comes from making someone else look and feel their best. When someone is confident about the way they look, you can tell. If you love seeing someone light up when they feel good about themselves, then a career in beauty could be what you’re looking for.

Helping people feel and look their best also allows your talent in the beauty world to be spread by word of mouth. Once you’re able to prove your credibility, the possibilities for you can really start to soar.

Smiling brunette woman with a black dress and red lipstick.

Make Beauty School Your New Year’s resolution

Now that you’ve seen the benefits of having a beauty career, make the first step and apply for beauty school. We offer programs in cosmetology and esthetics so you can specialize in the area of beauty that most interests you. Just like the careers in beauty, we have flexible schedules of part time or full time for potential students to make sure that everyone who wants to is able to apply. Contact us or schedule a visit to find out more. We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish in 2019!

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You Can Afford Beauty School With Scholarships

If you’re considering enrolling in beauty school, financial issues might be a concern for you. Don’t worry! Paying for school is a common worry amongst many students. However, we want to make sure that financial concerns don’t get in the way of your goals. The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose offers a variety of scholarships to students, as well as advice on other funding options to those who qualify.

Graduation cap on top of a stack of money.

Our Scholarships

AT TSPA San Jose, we proudly offer two specific scholarships:

TSPA DREAM Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to new students in esthetics in cosmetology and esthetics. The award amount for esthetics is $2,500 and the amount for cosmetology is $5,000. Awards are available to those who qualify.

TSPA Redken Scholarship

As part of our exclusive relationship with Redken, we can offer students the TSPA Redken Scholarship, an award created specifically for the TSPA franchise. Redken offers several scholarship opportunities of $600-$800 to qualifying students.

Do Some Online Research

Outside of the scholarships we offer at TSPA San Jose, there are various scholarship opportunities available online to current and prospective beauty students. A simple Google search for “cosmetology scholarships” or “esthetics scholarships” can send you on the right path. The information about scholarships is out there, you just need to be proactive and seek it! Beauty Changes Lives is a nonprofit that offers multiple scholarships to cosmetology students every year. Scholarships through the organization have been awarded to hundreds of students at various amounts. You can check it out for yourself here! If you need help getting started on your search, feel free to call our financial aid advisor and ask for guidance.

Contact Us to Learn More

For questions about TSPA scholarships or other scholarship opportunities, contact TSPA San Jose today. If beauty school is your goal, we want to help you pursue it. We’re here to answer your questions and help you figure out a financial plan that works for you!

Hot Places to Work for Cosmetologists

If you have been thinking about starting a career in the beauty industry, but you’re letting the fear of not being able to find good employment opportunities hold you back, fear no more. Cosmetology is an exciting career with a wide variety of places to find jobs as well as opportunities to build your own business. Here are a few of the coolest places for a cosmetologist to work:
working in a salon


While a salon may be the most typical place for a cosmetologist to work, that doesn’t mean that it is boring. If you can find a salon with the people, atmosphere, and location that fit perfectly with your personality it can be a dream job! When you find the right fit, going to work can feel more like going to a party every day. Salons are also a great place to start your career right out of school. In a salon, you can get practical work experience, strengthen your skills, and meet people in the industry. Once you have worked at a salon for a while, it could also help you discover other avenues in the beauty industry that you want to pursue. Whether working in a salon is the long term plan or just a launch pad for your career, it is usually the quickest way to get your foot in the door and to start gaining valuable experience in the beauty industry.
cosmetology student


Movie stars, runway models, news anchors, and many many more people who are in the public eye need to have a stylist who can help them with hair and makeup. This is one of the more glamorous and fast paced work environments for cosmetology school graduates. Working back stage can be a blast and gives you the opportunity to be the one creating the newest trends and styles. In order to find jobs in this sector of the beauty industry, you will need to have extensive knowledge and experience of best practices and products. This knowledge and experience can come from time spent working in a salon or other places in the industry. Getting this type of job is an awesome goal to set for yourself and work towards!
hairstylist doing hair

Company Representative

If you want to work in the beauty industry but still be in the corporate business atmosphere, there are even jobs that allow you to do that. Many of the manufacturers and distributors of beauty products need representatives who know the products and how to showcase them. TSPA San Jose is recognized and partnered with Redken and as part of this, we get visits from Redken ambassadors who give clinics and lessons on the latest practices and products. This is a good example of a company rep job that you could get with cosmetology experience. While this type of job may not be what you imagined doing after graduating from cosmetology school, it can be exciting and rewarding! It’s not for everyone, but it’s a good way to get into a business style job after cosmetology school.

Be Your Own Boss

One of the coolest aspects of becoming a cosmetologist is that it can be a very flexible occupation. There are many cosmetology school graduates that end up starting their own businesses. Some open up their own full blown salons while others may build up a good clientele and run a small hair styling business out of their homes or anything in between. This flexibility is a neat feature of cosmetology and allows you to make it work with your lifestyle. If you are busy with other things or have a family, you can work when time permits. If you’re a go-getter who wants to conquer the world, you can start your own salon and work to expand your empire! Whatever your situation may be, you will likely be able to find a work environment that can work well for you.

These are only a few of the options that you can pursue after cosmetology school. There are a lot of employment options out there for graduates! So, what are you waiting for? You can start your journey to the career of your dreams! Learn more about our cosmetology program and contact us to get started today! We can’t wait to hear from you!

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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.

An Open Letter to New Year’s Resolution Fanatics

Dear resolution-makers,

Congrats on making it through 2016! Maybe this year has been great for you, or maybe you’re already sharing memes about making it through what’s left. Either way, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

We can’t blame you; to some extent, everyone feels like they get to hit the reset button when the clock strikes midnight and we pop the champagne. January is as good a time as any, after all, to look ahead on your goals for the upcoming year. But we’ve got bad news for you:

Statistically speaking, only 8% of those handy, dandy New Year’s resolutions are going to be fulfilled.

That’s right, you heard that correctly. According to Forbes and Statistic Brain, less than 1 in 10 goals set at the beginning of the new year are accomplished. No matter how well intended and sincere these resolutions may be, the vast majority of resolution fanatics can’t or don’t follow through on them.

There’s plenty of speculation on why this phenomenon occurs time and time again. Regardless of why, we’re challenging you to make one simple adjustment this year when you write down your resolutions in that dusty old journal:
Set your goals for the right reasons.

Do It for Your Future

As a trade school, The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose knows firsthand that getting an education and career started or back on track is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds.

If you are passionate about pursuing a career in a thriving industry, or you’ve been wanting to get back into post-secondary education, the best time is always now. December isn’t too soon, and February isn’t too late; do it because you want to invest in your future and your success.

Goal setting is all about keeping your eyes on the endgame, and there are a myriad of career paths and opportunities that our graduates can take advantage of. Don’t forget, your career doesn’t wait for the next new year to come.

Do It Because It Makes You Happy

It’s awesome that you’re feeling like you get a fresh start in 2017, but your life goes on exactly the way it was, even after that next page of the calendar turns.

The beauty industry is great because of the types of people it attracts. In our salons and spas, you’ll often find some of the most creative, business-minded, and passionate students you could ask for. Cosmetology and esthetics alike offer motivated, enthusiastic individuals the chance to exercise and foster these traits. When you love what you do, you never work another day in your life, and we’re willing to bet it makes accomplishing your goals a lot easier too.

Do It Because You See the Big Picture

In the grand scheme of things, most people don’t look back on a single, identifiable year that changed their life. Success is comprised of many choices and actions in our day-to-day that lead us down the path we choose. It’s easy to idealize our yearly goals but in reality, accomplishment in your career or education goes much further and deeper than that.

If your goals include getting involved in trade education, or pursuing the career you’ve always been passionate about, look beyond 2017. Where do you see yourself in 2 years, 5 years, even 10 years? Every day is a chance for a fresh start, and doing the things that get you closer to your long-term objectives is the only thing that matters, not the “new year, new me” mantra.

If your goals include exercising your creative prowess, expanding your education, or pursuing your passion for beauty, TSPA San Jose could be the right choice for you. For more information on our programs, you can visit our programs page, or you can contact us for information on how to get started with your career in cosmo or esthetics!