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Join us for a Service day on April 3rd! Hays Academy of Hair Design, with campuses in Hays and Salina Kansas will be donating 100% of all service revenue to a great cause! Hays Academy is both honored and blessed to be able to give back in a multitude of ways. April 3rd will be another opportunity to give back to two great efforts. Please join us by booking your appointment today before we fill up! You can also book by calling 785-628-3981!

Redeem United

Redeem United operates with the primary goal being orphan prevention. Find out more about Redeem United here. If you have any desire to become a partner, please contact Len Melvin to learn more!

Casa de Ester

Casa de Ester strives to keep girls safe from abuse while having their daily needs met in a place to call home so each girl can begin to dream about their future. She is provided with Christ-centered, restorative, whole-person care – for the spirit, soul, and body. Find out more about Casa de Ester here!
Redeem United Hays Academy Fundraiser 1 - YouTube

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What’s your foundation built on? We have probably all heard about and understand the importance of a solid foundation. Our foundation is what holds us up on the daily. At Hays Academy of Hair Design, with campuses in Hays and Salina Kansas, our foundation is firmly built on the Lord. 

Scary Stuff

It’s always scary stuff when you talk about two things….religion and politics. At Hays Academy, we decided to make the bold decision that hiding our faith from work was no longer who we wanted to be. This is our foundation and we are proud of it! God has given us a wonderful platform to share the good news and we are excited to do just that! Of course, we don’t force this upon any of those who enter, but it is absolutley there for the taking!

Why You Might Ask?

Why, you might ask, do we care to take this step? The answer is quite simple for us. We get one shot at this effort here on earth. Why not make the most of it to glorify God and be obedient to what he has called us to do? We could wonder like the Isrealites for 40 years or choose to be faithful with that he has given us, we decided to choose the latter.  

It’s Not Easy

So being’s we are 100% human we have to confess, it’s not easy. It’s not easy because we are destined to make mistakes, and that eventually disappoints someone. We have come to terms with the fact that we are not perfect, but we will strive everyday to do our best. Our goal will always be to provide a work environment for our team that is encouraging and uplifting. We want to go the extra steps to provide an education for our students that goes well beyond teaching them to be a good stylists and salon service provider. It is of utmost importance to us to care for our guests that come into each of our campuses to the best of our ability. Our hope is to do all of this in a setting of love and care. 

Take a Look

Take a look at this short video here. We were honored to do this piece for Celebration Community Church in Hays Kansas for the recent Work as Worship conference. Our hope is that you might be encouraged today! May God Bless you and yours!

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Have you been thinking you want to be a stylist? Has your heart been telling you to dive in, now is the time to do your part to make the world a more attractive place? Maybe you have other hopes and dreams like platform work, education, or working at a plush resort. Good news…..Rockstars needed, apply today!!

Do Your Research

Do your research on what the beauty industry entails! From the outside looking in, we can often be confused by the facade that is created.  This industry is work, hard work, but oh so rewarding work! Understand the dynamics of the different licenses available within the industry. At Hays Academy, we feel that the Cosmetology license provides the best opportunity long term.  This license allows you to perform the work that barbers, etheticians, and nail technicians can provide.  Be mindful that some licenses limit your income potential, so get a firm understanding of each offering.  You need to decide for youself what license you want to pursue!

Don’t Overpay

Don’t overpay for the education you are getting. Ultimately, you have to put a price tag on this education. Look at the big picture, what school is going to offer the best education and not just all the bells and whistles that sound great and cost a lot. In addition these very items oftentimes have short term value. A lot of students are ah struck by fancy kits, iPads, and more. While these may be appealing on the surface, are they worth the added debt of the overall education?  At Hays Academy, our vision is to produce the most hireable, financially responsible graduates in the world.  It is important to model that vision to our students and prospecitve students at all times!

Check it Out

Do yourself a huge favor while investigating the industry and check it out. Ask your personal stylist if you can shadow him/her for a day or two. See first hand what it takes to be successful. Let’s be honest, you better be willing to gets your hands dirty and work hard. This industry requires long days and a variety of converstations with all types of personaltities. The reward is priceless however when you get paid for doing what you love all the while forming relationships that last a lifetime.  

At Hays Academy, we also offer Crash the Class day. This is an opportunity for you to check out our school and see if it’s a good fit for you. You essentially get to be a student for half a day and see if Cosmetology school is the right choice. Plus, we will feed you lunch! If you are interested in this, contact Randi Gerstner at our Hays Campus or Krista Waldman at our Salina Campus.  Of course you can call us at 785-628-3981 or fill our a contact form here!

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Hays Academy is excited to announce the addition of the newest nail trend in the industry….dipped nails or otherwise known as powdered polish!  If you have been scrolling through instagram lately I’m sure you’ve seen this newest trend hitting the nail industry.  Although this new trend is the hottest thing it has actually been around since the 1980’s!  We have had many questions about this latest trend and thought we will tell you what we know!  So here are some of the most commonly asked questions:

What are Dipped Nails

The name dip basically explains the process.  A base coat is applied and then the nail is dipped into a power that dries almost instantly.  This step is repeated several times depending on thickness desired.  The nail is then buffed for a smooth shine and finish. This procedure can be done over natural nails or can be done over tips to extend the length of the nail.  The powders for the dip procedure come in a variety of colors giving the guest plenty of options for a long lasting manicure.

How long do they last?

Dipped nails will last anywhere from 2-3 weeks.  The removal process is similar to that of a gel manicure or acrylic nail removal.

How do Dipped Nails compare?

The dip system sits between a gel manicure and an acrylic manicure.  Dip nails are a little stronger and longer lasting than gel polish however not as strong as acrylics.  Therefore they are a great alternative for someone needing something stronger than a gel polish but not quite as strong as an acrylic.  The other benefit of dip nails over acrylic is that the dip nails have no odor compared to the strong odor presented by acrylics.

What is the cost?

The cost falls in between a gel polish and an acrylic application.  At Hays Academy the price of a dip application over the natural nails is $20 and with tips is $25.  For an additional $5 you can add your favorite gel polish on the top! 

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It might sound a bit cliche, but a New Year can mean a New You! That may be hard to wrap your head around, maybe you are happy right where you are at. For others, 2019 may be the time you change things up a bit!

New Year New Career

Maybe the new year means its time for you to find a new career! So many times we find ourselves “stuck in the mud” at our existing job. Too many people have settled for this job rather than chase after their passion in life. What are you waiting for? What is preventing you from chasing after YOUR passion? For far too many of us, we have made excusses or talked ourselves out of doing what we love because of one reason or another. Make 2019 the year you chase after your passion! The saying is, you will never work a day of your life if you do what you love…..it’s time for you to do what you love!

Take the Next Step

If you have had a life long passion, maybe it’s time for you to take the next step. Investigate how you can work towards this lifelong goal. What education will you need? Do you have industry knowlede? Where is the right place for you to become prepared? If cosmetology is your passion, we would love to visit with you! You can start the process by clicking here or by contacting us. You can reach Randi Gerstner at our Hays Campus or Krista Waldman at our Salina Campus, or feel free to call us at 785-628-3981! These two ladies are very helpful and accommodating in addition to having a deep desire to help you!

New Year New YOU

For some, the new year may just spark a desire for a new you. Maybe you’re currently in the career field of your dreams but you are ready for a new hair color, a scultped haircut, or looking for some texture. Suppose its a manicure or pedicure or a relaxing facial. You may have even heard about our new Hairtalk tape in extensions. At Hays Academy, our full service student salon is eager to help you! All services are performed by supervised students that would love to make you LOOK and FEEL better! You can book your services online or call us at 785-628-6624.

Make 2019 Great!

Regardless of your situation, make 2019 great! We are looking forward to another amazing year of great guests, amazing students, and being a part of two communities that mean a lot to us! May 2019 be all you want and more…..God Bless!

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With Christmas and New Years around the corner, it is important for us to communicate our holiday hours. One of Hays Academy’s Core Values is Family. Because of this, both campuses will be closed a few weeks so our students and staff can spend valuable time with their families as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Chirst!

Hours of Operation

Here is a breakdown of our hours of operation in the coming weeks:

December 18-22 we will have normal business hours. Beginning December 23th – January 7th we will be closed for the holidays. We will reopen with normal business hours on January 8th at both campuses!

Book Now!

There is still time to get in before the holiday break but you need to book now! You can do so HERE or by calling us at 785-628-3981. Our books are filling up very fast as our loyal guests try to get in for their last appointment of 2018!

Thank You

As 2018 comes to a close, we want to say thank you to all of our guests, students and staff for an amazing year. Hays Academy has been blessed beyond our deserving to be associated with so many great people on a recurring basis. We have continued to form new relationships that we are sure will last a lifetime. May you all experience great blessings in 2019 and well beyond. May all the Glory be to God for all things. God Bless you all!

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Can you relate to this? Maybe you are searching within for a piece of your life that has been missing. Maybe your passion, that has been buried beneath life’s stresses and obligations, needs to have it’s turn. We want to say thank you to Kay Perkins, an instructor at our Hays Campus for contributing this blog. Her willingness to share this is so helpful to many. Enjoy!

Who am I?

Who am I? I’ve not always been punctual, reliable, and driven. Always within me, a vague sense of ambition in my heart– but what I really lacked was self discipline. I was gentle with myself and let myself “off the hook” a lot. I mean A LOT. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I realized that my life was going to pass me by unless I changed SOMETHING. I decided to change myself. It wasn’t easy, but I decided and I did. No excuses. When I wasn’t sure how to do it, I looked up inspiration or advice, I asked around, I found people who would hold me accountable. I cared about myself enough to not let myself off the hook anymore. I chose to be the person I wanted, I want to continue, to be.

You can too!

You can too! Every decision you make is truly a fork in the road. Choose the road that benefits you, that feeds you, that takes you to the next level. Now, as a cosmetology instructor, I see students struggle with these frequent decisions that make up all of our lives.
In the spirit of self improvement and empowerment, I’ve written an affirmation to those who are currently struggling, and those who could use a reminder.

Break Up With Her

Break Up With Her

The girl who hits snooze.
Three times.
The girl who tells herself she can’t.
Can’t win, can’t graduate, can’t succeed.
The girl who believes every bad thing about herself.

She’s wrong. You’re more than what you THINK you are.

Break Up With Her

Break up with her.

We each have a little voice inside our heads that feeds us self doubt. This voice is meant to protect us. It’s afraid for us, that we’ll fail, that we won’t cross the finish line, that no one will love us or care. It’s easier to “accept the fact” that life is rigged against us and that we don’t even have a fighting chance. We know what to expect then– no surprises.

What Happens?

What happens when we start to see past the wall that our little voice has built? We get nervous! Maybe something scary happens or something surprises us! Oh no! Back behind the wall we go!
But what IF… we meet someone new? Someone who believes in us?
What IF…. we learn something that helps us build a healthy habit?
What IF… we succeed?
But what if I FALL?”
“Oh darling, what if you FLY?”

Take A Deep Breath

Take a deep breath and take the leap.
Decide what YOU want your life to be.
And don’t let yourself talk you out of it.
Break up with the girl you don’t have to be.

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Hays Academy has plenty of holiday gift ideas if you are needing help. With campuses in Hays and Salina Kansas, Hays Academy of Hair Design has gift options for men, women, and even children!

Gift Cards

Gift cards are a gift you can never go wrong with. Maybe you have a loved one who just isn’t good about taking time for themselves. At Hays Academy, we offer gift cards for services only OR for services and retail if you choose. Come in and see us and we will help you get the card that best fits your needs.

Professional Products

Professional salon products just work better. Of course the major retailers will offer a what seems like a less expensive product that appears adequate for your hair. Our challenge would be for you to do your own research about the value of professional salon products. There are far too many benefits to list here. At Hays Academy, we can get about ANY salon product you desire and oftentimes we can match or beat the price you pay elsewhere. We primarily carry Wella Professional products in store but will be more than happy to order ANY product you are looking for!

Parties and Groups

Holidays means family and that means large groups or parties! We LOVE to have groups and parties in to Hays Academy. We can custom fit your group or party ideas or you can choose from our existing options here. There is classroom space available too if you would like to bring food or desert!

Contact Us!

Contact us today if we can help you with any of your holiday plans! You can reach us by calling 785-628-3981 and selecting the campus you need. We want to say thank you to all of your loyal guests for your continued support. Our students couldn’t grow without you! Merry Christmas to all and God Bless!

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It’s that time again for Hays Academy’s half price gift cards! This is the most popular event of the year and a way we say “thank you” to our most loyal clients or appeal to those curious about giving us a shot!

November 16th

November 16th is the day to get in on this great deal. Hays Academy of Hair Design, with campuses in Hays and Salina Kansas, will be offering this event at both locations. You can purchase your entire year of hair care all in one day. There is no limit to how much you can put on a card and they don’t expire! One hundred dollars spent will get you two hundred on a card. All gift cards are good for services only.

Other Specials

There will be other specials available on November 16th as well. Our Wella and Sebastian liters of shampoo and conditioner will be marked down to $20! This is a 50% discount on the regular price. If you have never tried professional shampoo and conditioner, now is the time! In addition, we will be having several other in store specials.

Don’t Miss Out

Don’t miss out on this once a year event! Both locations will be open until 6:00 p.m. Cash or card only, no checks please. Unfortunately we can not take payments over the phone. We hope to see you on Friday November 16th!

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Scholarships are one of the BEST ways to help fund your education. There are more scholarships available than one might think, however there may be some work involved. If you are willing to put in the work, you may qualify for money that you wont have to pay back. Thats a good thing!

Beauty Changes Lives

Beauty Changes Lives is an organization that fully supports beauty education. Because of that, there are a number of scholarship opportunities they offer. Take the time to investigate the many different ones available through their organization. You may find benefit in partnering with a videographer or someone who can help you in creative writing. Regardless, these are well worth applying for!

Other Scholarships

There are several other scholarships available in addition to the ones mentioned in this blog. Beings there are far too many to mention, we hope you will find the ones mentioned here to be helpful. Most of the time, these will require a certain amount of effort from you, however the reward is well work the work!

Is There More?

We always get asked….is there more than what we have listed? The answer is an emphatic yes! Many communities offer scholarships to their local graduates. Large corporations also offer scholarships as well! Our best advice is to research everything available and shoot for the stars. Any money you don’t have to pay out of pocket is less debt! Hays Academy has worked with numerous scholarship organizations and we will continue to welcome new ones! Good luck and get to work!

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