Cosmetology & Spa Academy was founded more than 30 years ago and our mission is to maintain an environment that is conducive to providing excellent academic and practical experiences for our students and to share knowledge.
This summer is going so fast, I can’t believe the fall is just around the corner. Lucky for you, fall is the best time to treat hyperpigmentation spots, fine lines, and wrinkles you got while on summer vacation. Taking care of your skin is the same as your everyday diet.
How old you are is your business, how old you look is our business.
Here is the answer to your concerns: “Microdermabrasion”
What it is microdermabrasion? What does microdermabrasion do?
Microdermabrasion is a form of mechanical exfoliation that originated in Europe in 1985. It entered into U.S in 1995. Today microdermabrasion is very popular in spas and medspas across the country.
Treatments are quick, 30-minute services that can be done alone or as part of a full facial.
The technique is the same as running a vacuum machine across the face. The best part is there is no down time
All different types of microdermabrasion machines have the same basic design -exfoliate and gently remove the dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Leaves your skin, clean, smooth, rejuvenated, and brighter.
Microdermabrasions can be used to minimize following conditions
Open and closed comedones
Fine lines and wrinkles
In addition to exfoliating it helps in:
Stimulating cell metabolism which improves the skin’s elasticity and texture
Blood circulation,which increases the nutrition delivered to skin cells
Best results are seen after a series of 6-8 microdermabrasions with 2 weeks in between.
It is not recommended if you have skin condition such as: Rosacea, eczema, herpes, open sores, broken capillaries, active sunburn, lupus, pregnant , dermatitis, sensitive skin and stage 3-4 of acne (which requires medical attention)
After the service avoid sun exposure for few days and wear sunscreen at least 30 SPF
Let us take care of your skin. Great since great skin doesn’t come by chance, but by appointments. Invest in your skin. It’s your outfit.There is nothing more exciting than looking and feeling young and beautiful. Beautiful skin for life.
As a cosmetology teacher, I find that there are two basic fundamentals which go hand in hand. (1) Education insights knowledge , and (2) knowledge creates power. Educators get to facilitate to their students how to capture this power. The beauty industry is ever changing and exciting . Limits are only set by your imagination and creativity. Like the colors on a color wheel , students soon learn to paint their own pallet in hues of a direction of their choice. Whether it be a hair stylist , platform artist, editorial stylist,or sales, you get to watch and experience all of their AH HA moments as the students discover them. Here at CSA we are the fuel that fires the furnace of creativity. Come check out our programs and find out how you too can become part of passing on the torch of inspiration.
This week’s student spotlight is on one of our barber students, Sergio Andres!
When I was 16 years old I came to the states from Puerto Rico. I came to the states because I wanted to change my lifestyle– I wanted to become a better version of myself, so this was a new start for me! I learned English by reading books, playing video games, and listening to music which still inspires me to this day!
What made you choose barber school?
Barbers always used to mess up my hair cuts! They never knew how to cut my hair the way I wanted it. After getting my last messed-up hair cut, I knew this was my calling, to become a professional barber!
Who inspires you?
My dad is my true hero– he has taught me “failure leads to success” & to never give up on my dreams! And not to mention he was my first loyal client, he always let me cut his hair! Ever since I was a kid he always used to tell me barbering is the perfect fit for you. He is my number one fan, I look up to him!
What’s your goal after graduation?
Keep spreading my talents with the world through my barber skills & music! Also to show people you can be successful by doing what you love!
What you favorite thing you learned so far?
Mastering my incredible line up’s! That’s what really defines a incredible haircut– you need a great lineup to have a great haircut!
Challenges you have overcome?
In the beginning I used to have fear of doing a haircut. With time I have become more confident in my cutting skills.
Favorite thing to do?
Play music and rock out with my band! I really like doing hair cuts with Puerto Rican or hard metal music playing in the background. Best of both worlds!
Favorite client story?
My brother Eric came in one day and wanted a weird, intricate haircut. It was crazy because the way that he described it, he didn’t think that I was going to get it, but I totally saw his vision! Once I finished the cut his mouth dropped because he was so impressed! Since that day I have been his personal barber.
Requiem for a Dream, it’s a crazy powerful movie. When I was watching it, I felt so uncomfortable but it’s crazy because it makes you think outside the box and to push yourself to never be in a dark place in life. It inspired me to be better.
I love Puerto Rican music and hard metal. My favorite songs are Doy Peor by Bad Bunny, as well as Coma White by Marilyn Manson. Songs like this always remind me to always be true to myself and never follow the crowd–to “be yourself don’t try to fit in.”
Honestly, I think it’s totally cool when a guy has long hair– the true rock ‘n’ roll style! The men’s balayage style is what’s up! We can rock color just as women can.
Favorite style to wear?
I love my skinny jeans with my 80s band tank top!
Favorite products to use?
The American crew pomade cream– it’s great for styling!
In 2014, my husband and I came to America from Bulgaria. I knew that I wanted to go to cosmetology school, however, my English wasn’t that good. I knew I had to work and save the money to go to cosmetology school as well as learn English, so I started working as a waitress. I met a very talented Bulgarian stylist, she was the one who told me about this cosmetology school, so I signed up to attend CSA in 2016. Now I am working toward my dream career, and I love what I do. I know all my hard work will pay off in the long run!
What made you choose cosmetology school?
It has been my dream ever since I was a little girl to do hair! When I was little, I always used to cut all my Barbies hair, maybe that’s why I love cutting so much!
Who inspires you?
My husband has always been my number one fan, he told me to do what I love & has supported me from day one!
What’s your goal after you graduate?
I want to start working in a high-end, luxury salon focusing mostly on haircutting and updos for weddings!
What’s your favorite thing you learned so far?
Ms. Debra really inspired me, especially on my cutting technique. She showed me how to have fun but still be professional! My favorite hair cut to do is a graduated bob cut.
What challenges have you overcome?
Working with color! Ms. Lisa showed me incredible techniques to understand color better and how to mix personalized colors for clients.
Favorite thing to do?
Cutting hair and updos!
Twilight! I loved the books as well, I read them all! I watched all the movies about one hundred times.
Depends on the mood that I am in. I love Eminem– I grew up with his music. My favorite song is “lose yourself.” It makes me push myself in life. His life inspired me how he was able to change and inspire others through his music.
Beachy waves or curly hair
Favorite make-up style?
Favorite products to use?
Sephora brand foundation and Lanza hairline products.
Beauty professionals have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. It is important, especially for those who are planning to enter cosmetology school, because the job of a beauty professional is more complex and rewarding than it sounds.
Beauty professionals can change lives by taking a facial feature and improving upon that facial feature.
When a beauty professional is working on clients, they are trained to recognize certain facial features and make improvements to them. They do this by giving suggestions on how to make those features stand out by either applying certain products such as a different shade of lipstick or even offering suggestions on certain home remedies. By doing this, the beauty professional is finding ways of improving the features of the face and therefore improving the image of that person.
This can change lives because in the real world, image matters. It can stop people from getting jobs or meeting that special someone in their life for the first time. The decisions made by a beauty professional into the appearance of the facial features can have a profound effect on that person’s life.
Beauty professionals can offer suggestions on diet.
This idea can have a profound impact on a person’s life because a beauty professional is likely to know which foods can have a positive or negative impact on the skin. By looking at a person, that beauty professional will know exactly which foods that the person can try to improve the skin of that person.
The way this can change lives is very important. As the saying goes; you are what you eat. If you are eating certain foods, it will show. Beauty professionals will know which foods that you should eat and which you should not. That way the appearance of the skin improves for the person being consulted on. This will lead to an improvement in the appearance of the skin and therefore have an impact on the image of that person involved.
The job of a beauty professional is to also offer styling advice. They have the knowledge of hair styles, which hair products can help improve the hair and also good knowledge of hairstyles to suit certain occasions.
Knowing the way to help style certain clients can have a profound impact on a person’s appearance and self-confidence. So which hairstyles a beauty professional recommends to their client is incredibly important.
Therefore, overall beauty professionals can change lives by affecting the image of the clients they are consulting on. The decisions the beauty professional can make will have a profound impact on the image and the self-confidence of their clients. This is something you should be aware of when considering cosmetology school.
Are you a passionate person for beauty and want to build your career in the beauty industry? The selection of your beauty career options depends on upon which facet of beauty you enjoy the most, as there are a few ‘sub’ disciplines that can be described within the various beauty career options. You may enjoy the hairstyling aspect or the nail technician aspect, regardless of what you enjoy there are beauty career options available.
The hair stylist and the hair color specialists are exceptionally popular fields, perhaps because even when we were young we enjoyed doing our hair and that of our friends. The hairstylist works in an ever-changing field, with the latest trends and fashions dictating what’s hot and what’s not, while the hair color specialist can reach into their imagination and express their creativity with their trade.
The nail artist, technician or manicurist is a professional that touches many peoples lives, just consider how many people have their nails done, both mail and female. The relaxation of sitting back and being pampered by a manicurist helps to relieve a lot of the tension that we build up in our daily lives. This as one of the beauty career options allows you to get close to your customers and work in the beautiful surroundings of the many beauty spas, salons, and even hotels.
The esthetician, which is a skin care specialist is one of the most sought after positions both from a career aspect as well as from the customers point of view, this spa based position offers the customer the ultimate in pampering and relaxation, whilst offering the esthetician themselves the reward of expressing their caring and their trade to their clients.
There are many beauty career options that extend beyond the spa environment, and with the field of cosmetology being so big, one has limitless possibilities from teaching, training and even starting your own business. One could consider their very own private label and development their market from there. Although this may require an amount of funding and experience, if your will and determination are strong enough starting your cosmetic line will become a reality.
The joys and rewards of meeting people from all walks of life as well as contributing to their well-being is an invaluable experience that can be found within many beauty career options; you just have to decide on a suitable beauty school that will enable you to realize your dreams of becoming involved in this industry.
There are several top industry associations for beauty careers that you should be aware of if you are working in this field, whether you’re a student or a seasoned professional. It doesn’t matter if you’re a nail technician, hair stylist, esthetician, electrolysis practitioner, makeup artist or any other type of cosmetologist. It’s important for any beauty professional to be aware of these professional associations and become members of at least one association that fits with your goals and career.
Hairdressing has been a pretty lucrative profession; it explains the popularity of the career among young people. Unlike other careers hairdressing provides consistent demand and steady employment opportunities irrespective of the economic times.
Additionally, the ever evolving fashion industry demands more artistic and creative hairdressers. Hairdressing requires an eye for detail, excellent interpersonal skills and a knack for style as well as academic qualifications. Our discussion will focus on how to become a professional hair stylist.
1. Training and education
Today training programs and courses in hairdressing are available in various colleges, cosmetology and beauty schools. Prospective hair stylists only need a high school diploma or GED to enroll in a cosmetology school. The training lasts nine months to one year where students learn about hair design, coloring, hair care, applying permanent waves and shampooing. Other programs may include courses in salon management, skin care, manicuring and cosmetology. Students taking a two-year program in a community college obtain an associate degree at the end of the curriculum.
Note that a hairdresser’s professional development doesn’t stop after graduation; it’s an ongoing task that aids in staying updated with the latest technology and trends in hairstyling. Some salons require newbies to undertake a six-month or a two-year internship even after training at school.
2. Obtain a license
All states require professional hairdressers to obtain a permit, but requirements vary from state to state. Some states require a one-time examination or application to get a license while others call for periodic certifications or continuous education credits. Licenses need to be renewed after a few years; depending on the state hairdressers may need to take ongoing education courses to renew licenses.
3. Look for a job in hairstyling
Most hairdressers work in salons, but they may also find opportunities in resorts, nursing care facilities, and spas. However, studies show that approximately half of all hairdressers engage in self-employment. Newbies working in salons can work as shampooers for the first few months before dealing with a client. Employers look for certain qualities when hiring hairdressers:
· Dexterity: Hairdressers should have the ability to use their hands and fingers with precision; a minor slip may ruin a client’s haircut.
· Good social skills (be a people person): hairdressing requires exceptional customer service so as to build and retain good relationships with its customers.
· Ability to work independently: the employer may require hairdressers to make follow-up appointments and organize their schedules.
· Objectiveness: hairstylists ought to remain impartial to the client’s opinion and personal preference.
· Willingness to learn: just like any other industry hairdressing is constantly changing. Thus, hairstylists should be willing to learn the news styles and trends (practical application) from others.
4. Obtain professional certifications
A hairdressing profession requires stylists to remain relevant for the longest period and obtaining certification plays a great role in this. Hair stylists should seek certification in fields like hair extension and hair coloring so as to demonstrate their knowledge in the areas. Certifications often come from professional organizations and manufacturers of hair products.
This guide explains the four essential steps of how to become a hair stylist. However, depending on individual skills, hairdressers may specialize to become salon managers, cosmetology tutors, or sales representatives for beauty products.
The selection of your beauty career options depends on upon which facet of beauty you enjoy the most, as there are a few ‘sub’ disciplines that can be described within the various beauty career options.
The hair stylist and hair colorists are exceptionally popular fields. The hairstylist works in an ever-changing field, with the latest trends and fashions dictating what’s hot and what’s not, while the hair color specialist can reach into their imagination and express their creativity with their trade.
The nail technician or manicurist is a professional that touches many peoples lives, just consider how many people have their nails done, both male and female. The relaxation of sitting back and being pampered by a manicurist helps to relieve a lot of the tension that we build up in our daily lives. This is one of the beauty career options that allows you to get close to your customers and work in the beautiful surroundings of the many beauty spas, salons, and hotels.
The esthetician, which is a skin care specialist is one of the most sought after positions both from a career aspect as well as from the customers point of view. This spa based position offers the customer the ultimate in pampering and relaxation, whilst offering the esthetician themselves the reward of expressing their caring and skill to their clients.
There are many beauty career options that extend beyond the salon and spa environment. With the field of cosmetology being so big, one has limitless possibilities from teaching, training and even starting your own business.
The joys and rewards of meeting people from all walks of life as well as contributing to their well-being is an invaluable experience that can be found within many beauty career options. You just have to decide on a suitable beauty school that will enable you to realize your dreams of becoming involved in this industry.
Estheticians are beauty experts who are mainly trained in the beautification of the human skin. Their main goal is to enhance the look of the skin through noninvasive and non-surgical measures. Through evaluations and consultations, estheticians ascertain the needs and wants of different clients and then perform different procedures, treatments and therapies accordingly.
How to Become an Esthetician
Most states require estheticians to receive a state issued license before they can practice. And to earn licensure, candidates must complete a formal training and education program or complete apprenticeship under the guidance and supervision of a licensed esthetician. Step one: Earn a high school diploma
For you to be accepted to most Esthetic programs you will need at least a high school diploma or a GED.
Step two: Earn a Cosmetology or an Esthetician Certificate
For you to become a qualified esthetician, you must attend an approved training school that offers a cosmetology or esthetician diploma .The training can be obtained at trade or technical schools, career colleges or beauty schools. And after completing the required hours of clinical experience and courses in the subject, candidates can take their state exam which mainly consist of verbal, written and hands on segments. The hands on or the practical segments usually covers massage, facials and waxing topics. It may also cover topics such as pharmacology, nutrition and wrapping. As of May 2016 most states required esthetician apprenticeships to last at least 300 hours. The longest was 1200 hours.
Step three: Obtain an Esthetician License
All states require these professionals to be licensed. And for you to be licensed you must have a high school diploma, complete an accredited training program and pass a state examination. The exams here mainly include a writing segment and either a practical skills demonstration part or an oral portion.
What it takes
Interpersonal and communication skills are very important in this profession. Even though as an esthetician you may get some walk in clients, you must be able to build relationships with clients because having loyal clients is very important for success in this industry. Additionally, you should be able to work with your hands easily. Finger dexterity, near vision and arm hand steadiness are very important for professionals in this profession.
Career Outlook and Options
According to a recent market research study, the skincare sector is expected to reach a value of over $15 billion by 2020.The main drivers of this significant growth come from the increasing demand for organic skin care products and services. This is great news for anyone who is thinking about joining the skincare industry.
Evaluating an Esthetics School
Once you decide to become an esthetician, finding a good school is one of the most essential things you have to do. Unlike other industries where the top schools are technically the best schools for the profession, top esthetician schools are not typically the best esthetician schools. So take your time and look for a school that meets your needs. For instance if you want to work in a beauty salon, go for a school that that has the best facilities for training beauty salon estheticians. Nonetheless, for you to qualify for licensure, the school you select must have accreditation, preferably one approved by the NCCAS (National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology).
First things first, if you want to become a barber, you will need to complete one of the accredited barbering programs in this area to get the necessary training and education requirements as a foundation for your career. Barbers in-training learn how to do more than the basic men’s haircut. They must learn all of the latest techniques and more complex styles, as well as the ins and outs of beard and mustache care.
Some barbers also provide additional services such as facials and massage, which may be a part of your education. Barbering is a unique career that involves skill and training as well as an innate knack for speaking and listening that makes people feel comfortable enough in your chair to keep coming back again and again.
Steps in the Right Direction
So, if barber school is the first step, you must first find a good school before you can take any of the other steps to pursue your career. At the end of your barbering program, you will be presented with a diploma or certificate of some sort. The main goal of such a program should be to give the barbering student the necessary skills to pass the licensing exams to legally work in this field. Of course, the other goal is to produce good barbers who will be passionate about what they do.
Before making any further considerations of a particular school, it is necessary to make sure that the school
is accredited by a reputable cosmetology organization that has the authority to accredit schools. If the school
is accredited, then you can move forward. Talk to the students and see what their experience is; talk to some
of the graduates and find out where they are working. Look into the costs of the program, its length and what
you will learn in specific detail. You may also want to talk to some barbers in your area and see if there is a
certain school that they recommend, and then, see if that school is a good fit for you.
The Benefits of Barbering
There are many benefits to careers in barbering. The schedule is flexible and barbers may choose to work full
time or part time. There are many different places to find employment, and many different types of clientele
you may work with. Pay depends on many different factors, but the ability to earn tips is a definite plus.
There are many barbering programs that can get you there.
When choosing a school, you need to take a look at the schedule of classes as well as the length of the
program. If you plan to work while studying, it is best that you enroll in a school that has night classes. On the
other hand, if you like to study full-time, then you should consider the tuition fee. Make sure that you tuition
fee suits your budget.
After finishing the program, you can ask the licensing official about the requirements for having a license so
that you can be allowed to legally practice the profession. In most areas, there are some examinations that
should be passed to get a license.
As soon as you have a license to practice the profession, you can start by becoming an apprentice in local
barbershops. In this way, you can improve your understanding on the important things and skills that you
should learn to become successful.