Want Beautiful, Frizz-Free, Shiny Hair? Get a Brazilian Blowout!

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

A Brazilian Blowout is a smoothing treatment that, as the name suggests started in Brazil. Ingredients in a Brazilian Blowout treatment include açai berry, camu camu, and annatto seed. The treatment involves a liquid keratin formula that bonds to the hair and creates a protective layer. This reduces frizz, seals hair cuticles, and creates a shield against external damage to the hair. When you receive the treatment your hair left shiny, hydrated, less frizzy, and more resistant to heat damage.

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Who Can Get a Brazilian Blowout?

People who have frizzy, damaged, or processed hair will benefit the most from a Brazilian Blowout. Whether your hair is fine, coarse, or curly, this treatment can leave it sleek, shiny, and beautiful. You can even get a Brazilian Blowout if your hair has been permed or has extensions. Got wavy hair? A blowout will make it sleeker and straighter. Curly girl? This treatment can minimize frizz while enhancing natural curls. If you’ve got colored or highlighted hair, the Brazilian Blowout will improve your hair’s health by conditioning it and sealing the cuticle. The result? Improved color, less frizz, and shine to die for!

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How Long Does This Treatment Last?

The Brazilian Blowout lasts about 10-12 weeks with proper aftercare. Using sulfate-free, treatment-friendly shampoo and conditioner is the best way to maintain the results. We also recommend getting the treatment done frequently. When you receive the treatment regularly, your hair will be healthier and the results will last longer.

What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?

People with thick, coarse, frizzy or curly hair know what a pain it can be to dry. A Brazilian Blowout can significantly minimize the time it takes you to dry your hair, creating a beautiful, sleek, easy-to-style blowout in almost half the time. It’s also a great way to help over-processed, damaged hair grow faster.

Come in For a Blowout

For smooth, shiny hair that looks and feels great, make an appointment with us for a Brazilian Blowout! Our professionally trained students can provide quality services under the supervision of industry experienced educators. Give us a call now!

Get Certified in Brazilian Blowouts!

Already have a cosmetology license and want to add this service to your repertoire? Thinking about studying cosmetology and want this certification to be part of your future skillset? You can get Brazilian Blowout-certified at TSPA San Jose! This technique is just one of many creative options that could help you become a more versatile stylist. Speak with our admissions team today to learn more about cosmetology classes at TSPA San Jose. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a tour of our school!

Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspasanjose.com

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

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:
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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.
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Backstage

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!
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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!

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

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.”

Hair News: Drink your way to perfect hair!

 

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skin care school in San Jose, loves to learn all the newest Kardashion klan beauty tips, and Kourtney has a new one for us. Check out the article below by Deena Campbell of Allure magazine.com

BY DEENA CAMPBELL

Aside from my morning tea, one thing that gets me going in the morning is avocado toast. Who doesn’t love avocados drizzled with olive oil and sesame seeds? Enter the Kourtney Kardashian avocado hair smoothie, a concoction her hairstylist, Andrew Fitzsimons, who has also styled Ashley Graham, Joan Smalls, and Hailey Baldwin, discovered when caring for her hair. The smoothie isn’t your typical sweet, fruit-based blend; it’s a mixture of honey, lemon juice, and avocados that you don’t drink but simply apply to your scalp and hair.

“I was intrigued by the smoothies that she was drinking, and I created a hair smoothie, an avocado hair smoothie,” says Fitzsimons on kourtneykardashian.com. “It’s a natural detangler.”

We all know that avocados are superfoods that keep our skin glowing, but who knew that mixing them with lemon (which is a great remedy for dandruff, by the way), olive oil, and honey would combat dull hair?

Fascinated? It’s easy. Here’s the recipe for the Kourtney Kardashian avocado hair smoothie: Just mix 1 1/2 avocados with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons of manuka honey, and the juice of ½ a lemon. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Finally, comb the mixture through your hair and let it sit for 45 minutes covered.

We can’t promise instant results or that you’ll look exactly like Kourtney Kardashian, but using the concoction over time should add moisture and the shine to your hair that you’ve been dying for. Watch the entire video on Kourtney’s website and then head to your nearest blender.


 

Makeup News: A Gold Mask For You and The Angles!

 

BY SARAH KINONEN

Today’s the day: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show officially tapes tonight (though it doesn’t air until next week). But before the Angels hit the runway in Paris, they’ve got all kinds of prepping to do. Which explains the Victoria’s Secret models’ gold face masks you’ve been seeing all over your social feeds.

In the days leading up to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Angels including Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sara Sampaio, and Irina Shayk, to name a few, traveled to skin-care guru Mimi Luzon’s headquarters for some skin R&R in the form of some seriously superluxe 24-karat-gold face masks.

 

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The mask in question, Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Treatment, which is made with gold leaf, is said to “improve skin’s elasticity, texture, and tone,” according to the product’s description on Luzon’s website, and will set you back a whopping $220 for three masks. Pricey? Totally. But considering the benefits of adding gold to your skin-care regimen, the splurge-worthy treatment just might be worth it. (We said “might”!)

The precious metal is known to reduce skin inflammation and may help slow premature aging and wrinkling, Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City, previously told Allure. And according to Zeichner, gold has also been shown to brighten complexions over time. (Insert glitter emojis here.)

Besides the good-for-you takeaways of using the luxe elixir, along with supermodel-like skin, you’ll also take home a couple of Instagram-worthy selfies. (Need proof? Peek at the photos below.) But before you start slathering on the ultrarich treatment, be warned, especially if you have allergies, advises Zeichner. “I have many patients who cannot even tolerate their gold jewelry,” he says. “In the event of a red rash, either from your jewelry or from a skin cream spiked with gold, wash it off immediately and visit your dermatologist for evaluation.”

Makeup News: The Barbie-Inspired Eye Color

 

 

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, esthetics and makeup school in San Jose, is a lover of Instagram makeup style. Who doesn’t love, those bold brows,  pouty lips and fleek eye shadow looks. We came across a new trend all over our favorite beauty instagramers, and it is all about The Barbie-Inspired Eye Color. Check out the article below by: 

 

 

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Scroll through your Instagram feed (if you follow a lot of beauty bloggers!), and one thing should be apparent: pink eye is rampant! The Barbie-inspired eye color may seem unexpected for Fall (when dark colors usually reign supreme), but it’s definitely a spreading movement. Think of it as a nod to October sunsets, Autumn leaves, and the flush you get from being in the cold air too long. We love it for holiday party makeup, a wedding look, or workwear.

“A playful and pretty pop of pink shadow can work to instantly brighten your look,” Kelli J. Bartlett, Director of Makeup Artistry at Glamsquad, told POPSUGAR. “This trend has a youthful and energetic quality that can look dreamy or dramatic, depending on the shade and application you choose.”

So let’s talk about how to find the right pink so you look sick not sickly. In general, Bartlett believes all skin tones can rock a pink shadow, and the best way to find yours is trial and error. “When finding the right type of pink (cool or warm), you should consider your overall coloring (hair color, complexion, and eye color) as this will inform the type of pink that complements you best,” she said. “Rich raspberries look amazing on deeper tones, while light blush can look gorgeous on fair skin.”

She also has a hack if you’re not ready to buy a pink palette, but still looking to experiment. “For those who aren’t ready for hot pinky pink, pop your favorite blush color on your eye,” she advised. “You can also test the trend by dabbing some of your favorite pink/peach lipstick (not the liquid matte kind though!) on your finger, and swiping it back and forth on your eyelid. Use your finger to buff the color into the brow bone. Try swatching on the back of your hand first to test its stain potential.”

Now that you’ve found the right hue, make sure to wear it in a modern way. “This trend looks best when paired with minimal makeup and a lush lash,” she said. “Complete your look by wearing a similar pink hue on your cheeks and lips. This is just the right amount of color-coordinating without appearing too matchy-matchy.” Also: She suggests using a fluffy brush to dust a little shadow on your brow bone to give warmth to the look.

There is one place pink shadow should not go. “To avoid possibly looking sickly, focus on the upper eyelid only and steer clear of the lower waterline,” she explained. “Applying on the lower lash line can make your eyelids look irritated.”

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It’s all about the rainbow braids!

 

Check out this article by Amina Mucciolo. Amina is known for her tassel business, but she is also taking the world by storm with her stylish rainbow yarn braids. Read on the learn more and checkout the video to learn her techquie for rainbow yarn braids!

She styles them herself with yarn she buys from the craft store. To finish her entire head takes upward of 30 hours. But as she tells us, color is such a motivating factor in her life that it’s “absolutely” worth it.

The designer, stylist, and YouTuber, 33, has long been obsessed with bold, splashy hues. In 2011, she started her own paper decor company, Studio Mucci, thus earning her the nickname “The Tassel Fairy.” When she’s not spreading magic through her crafts, she uses her YouTube channel to inspire other women to be confident and, of course, “to live colorfully.”

It’s about to get messy!

Tonight is the night, at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose we are welcoming awarding SFX Artist Elizabeth Fox. Elizabeth will be teaching our students about the history of SFX makeup artistry, and creating some nasty wounds and zombies. So while we wait for her arrival, we came across this recent article about her work by  for Metiza.com. Check it out, and we will see all our TSPA students tonight.
Halloween isn’t the only time of year for mad zombie makeup skills.

Elizabeth Fox has been a working  Special FX Makeup Artist for fifteen years. Since 2001, she has studio credit on over 25 feature films, primarily horror and indie. When she’s not throwing fake blood around on set, she’s making people beautiful for commercials, television and for their big day down the aisle. This doesn’t begin to count the hours of work, hundreds of trial-runs and years of training Elizabeth has been involved in to establish her reputation in the field.

This time of the year especially, many people are interested in Special FX makeup, perhaps to match with a certain costume or party theme, but to her it’s a way of life. Elizabeth is here to share the behind-the -scenes reality of this artistic passion.

Elizabeth, you have a crazy cool job as an FX makeup artist. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

EF: I am from Northern California and recently moved back into the house I grew up in in the Bay Area after having lived in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. I loved living in all three cities and love the different makeup work in each place. I have a super amazing kid I named Ramona for three reasons: the children books by Beverly Cleary, a song my grandfather used to sing to my grandmother, and my deep love for the band the Ramones.

I consider myself a Special FX Makeup Artist, although now that I’m back in the Bay Area, I primarily do commercial, beauty, and bridal makeup as well as teach. Every few months I’ll take on an FX job that may not pay the bills the way commercial work does, but it feeds my soul.

Is this career something you always dreamed of doing, or did you happen upon it later on? What was the path of training/education?

EF: I never thought I’d be a makeup artist: It seemed to go against everything I believed in as a young feminist. I didn’t read fashion magazines; I didn’t give in to society’s beliefs that women need to adorn themselves; I don’t support companies that prey on insecurities while objectifying their customers. I like wearing makeup, but I don’t need makeup. I completely misunderstood the industry and what makeup has the power to do.

I always assumed I’d be an actress, doing serious and powerful work. I choose makeup artistry after having graduated from college with a theater degree and running a barely surviving theater company for ten years. I found myself loving the ways makeup could transform someone and create character. I thought it would be a good way to continue to work collaboratively, to be creative, and still be surrounded by creative people. Because I understood what actors go through, I felt I could be a good partner in their character building.

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Are there any misconceptions about your work that you hear from other people? Set the record straight.

The successful, working MUAs I know are some of the smartest, intuitive, and kind people I know.

EF: There are many misconceptions about the beauty industry. I think being a makeup or hair artist or someone “in the industry” has been thought of as an easy path that doesn’t require a strong skill set and is often viewed as a backup plan for people who aren’t succeeding in traditional workplaces. That saddens me because it couldn’t be further from the truth. It takes a huge amount of hard work and drive to be successful.

We are artists, confidantes, therapists, bookkeepers, schedulers. We have to be social-media savvy, networkers, and marketing and financial managers. And being a freelance makeup artist (rather than working for a cosmetics line, for example) requires courage and strength of character. The successful, working MUAs I know are some of the smartest, intuitive, and kind people I know.

What is the hardest part of the job, and what is the most enjoyable part of it?

EF: The hardest part of the job is translating what people want into what is actually possible, whether it’s a director trying to explain how they want blood to splatter on a wall, or a bridesmaid asking for natural makeup. Different things have different meanings to people. Blood splatter is very different for Quentin Tarantino than it is for Jane Campion (full disclosure, I have not worked with either director).

The most enjoyable part of the job is difficult to pin down. I love so many things about what I do. With Beauty makeup, I love helping someone feel beautiful and confident. There is nothing to match what it feels like to watch when someone looks into a mirror and loves what they see. With Special FX makeup, the creation of the monster or wound or what it is you’re doing is amazingly rewarding on so many levels. But watching the character come to life, seeing how an actor is transformed because of what you did-that’s my favorite part.

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 Makeup can be such a fun way of expressing yourself, and feeling confident. What or who was your inspiration to do this as a career?

The key to beauty makeup is it’s fun and can make you feel wonderful  by bringing out who you are, not by concealing.

EF: Once I chose makeup artistry, I sought out the innovators and those who pushed the boundaries of both beauty and Special FX Makeup. The people I consider my FX heroes are Dick Smith, Ve Neill, and Tom Savini. Beauty wise, I’m always looking for the subtlety of a creative mind. Alex Box and Roshar are two incredibly talented and creative artists I admire. But I am inspired by genuineness; people and things that are uniquely their own.

Do you have any advice for young women who are interested in makeup, specifically FX as a career?

EF: My advice is to assist as many different makeup artists as you can. Classes and workshops are a great way to meet other artists and learn some basics, but you need to see how different artists work, what their kits are filled with, how they interact on set—it’s all invaluable. Send emails to artists you follow on IG or whose work inspires you and offer your assistance.

Don’t expect to make a lot of money when you first start out. It’s a tough road to get your name out there and you have to be professional and take it and yourself seriously.

Often the message of inner vs. outer beauty ever comes up between artists and clients. Do you find that happening?

EF: The issue of inner beauty versus outer beauty comes up all the time, though not as much with actors and models as when I work with private clients such as female CEOs. I love discussing the role of makeup within the professional world for women. It’s so loaded when you talk about the need for makeup in order to be taken seriously.

I’m lucky in that I get to work with some brilliant women who are interested in the discussion, know who they are and don’t need makeup, but like what it can do. That’s the key to beauty makeup, in my opinion: it’s fun and can make you feel wonderful about yourself by bringing out who you are, not by concealing yourself.

Elizabeth Fox Special FX Makeup Artist