Beauty Essentials and Tips for Your Summer Travels!

It’s the middle of summer, which means it’s time for vacations! It doesn’t matter if you’re hitting the beach, going camping, or taking a city break– you’re going to need some beauty products. We know that packing can be a pain. That’s why we’ve created this list of beauty essentials to make it easier for you!

A Sleek, Multipurpose Palette

Owning multiple palettes for eyeshadow, contour, highlighter, and blush is great, but carting them around while you travel? Not so much. Find a palette that combines all of these functions. All-in-one-palettes are compact and give you everything you need to create the look you want. Whether you want neutrals, smoky eye colors, or vibrant shades, there are more than enough palettes to choose from!

An all-in-one palette.

Travel-Sized Mascara

Regular-sized tubes of mascara take up space in your makeup bag. It’s also way more product than you’ll need on a vacation. Switch out your standard tubes for some adorable travel-sized versions. If you’re headed to the beach or a humid climate, most brands offer minis in waterproof formulas.

Travel-size mascara.

Mini Hair Tools and Products

Want to save space in your suitcase? Don’t pack hefty blow-dryers or curling irons. You can buy travel-size versions of all your favorite hair tools. If mini versions won’t cut it when it comes to curling or flat irons, there are some sleek full-sized options available. For washing and styling your hair, opt for travel-size shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, and dry shampoo. You can also buy small, empty plastic bottles and decant your full-sized shampoo and conditioner into them.

Mini product bottles in a blue pouch.

Sunscreen and Products with SPF

No matter where you’re headed this summer, sunscreen is a must-have to keep your skin protected. Mini bottles of sunscreen and spray-on sunscreen are your best bet for easy, mess-free travel. You should also make sure your foundation, BB cream, or tinted moisturizer has SPF included for extra sun protection.

Sunglasses and sunscreen in the sand.

Face Wipes

For a quick and easy refresh that removes makeup, dirt, and grime, get yourself some face wipes! Keep in mind that face wipes alone won’t thoroughly cleanse your face, but they’re great to have around for airplane rides and car trips. Heading to the beach this summer? Wipe that sand and salt off with a face wipe. Going up in the mountains for a camping trip without running water? Face wipes are instant way to feel fresh.

Woman with dark hair using a face wipe.

Got Post-Summer Vacation Plans?

After you’ve relaxed and enjoyed some time away, why not start on your education? Learn more about enrolling in our barber styling program at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls! Get in touch with us to learn about enrollment and find out when classes start.

Barber Styling: How It’s Different Than Cosmetology

At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls, we offer a program called barber styling. This program is designed to teach students the skills and techniques taught in cosmetology school with a few twists. You may not know what the difference between cosmetology and barber styling is, but in reality, these two programs are actually much more similar than you might expect!

What Can I Learn in a Barber Styling Program?

In our innovative barber styling program at TSPA Cedar Falls, students are taught theory and foundation classes like:

  • The History of Beauty
  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Law, Ethics, and Service
  • Anatomy and Chemistry
  • The Science of Hair Structure

As with a cosmetology program, in a barber styling program you can also learn to master practical skills in addition to receiving a foundational knowledge of beauty. These skills include:

  • Haircutting
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair texture services
  • Nail care
  • Makeup application
  • Guest services
  • Marketing skills and growing a personal brand
  • Business management skills
  • Product knowledge
  • Beard trimming and shaving techniques

What Can I Learn in a Cosmetology Program?

We don’t offer cosmetology at TSPA Cedar Falls but a typical cosmetology program will usually cover the following concepts:

  • Hair cutting
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair texture services
  • Nail care
  • Pedicuring
  • Makeup application
  • Guest services
  • Marketing skills and growing a personal brand
  • Business management skills
  • Product knowledge

Master Specific Skills

You probably noticed that we don’t offer pedicuring like cosmetology programs usually do. However, we do provide education in men’s shaving techniques. Many men still love receiving a good old-fashioned straight razor shave. With a barber styling education, you can learn how to become a master of this specialized skill. It’s a great skill to add to your service menu and your male clients will thank you for the extra-close shave!

Find Your Future in Barber Styling

Now that you’ve learned the ins and outs of barber styling, get more information about our program! Call TSPA Cedar Falls today to speak with an admissions representative. We’d love to answer any of your questions and help you set up a tour. Let us help you on the way to a career in the exciting world of beauty!

What Does Your High School Schedule Say About Your Future? Take Our Quiz!

Graduation is almost here! Are you still deciding what is best for your future? Did you know that your high school schedule can indicate what path you should take? Let us use your high school class schedule to read your future!

Feeling excited about what is to come this year? We are, too! Contact The Salon Professional Academy, Cedar Falls to learn more about our barber styling program, and get ready to make this your year!

Read More About Barber Styling

“Reasons to Study Barber Styling”
“Five Great Jobs in Beauty That Could Be Yours”
“Explore the Art of Barber Styling at TSPA Cedar Falls”

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Why Choose an Education in Beauty After High School?

It can be overwhelming to think about what you want to do after high school. Between universities, community colleges, and trade schools, there are a lot of options to sift through. If you’re interested in a creative future and want to enter the workforce sooner, you should consider an education in beauty. Here are a few reasons why!

Start When You Want

When you attend a four-year university or community college, it’s normal to feel pressure to start right after high school ends so your credits are still fresh. For some people, jumping right from high school to a secondary education works, but for others, it doesn’t. If you’d rather get a job and discover what your true passion is before jumping into education, beauty school could be a great option. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls, we have courses starting every single month, so there’s no rush for you to start right after graduation.

Student on a laptop with yellow chairs in the classroom.

Use Your Creativity

Want something different than a desk job? Our barber styling program can prepare you for a future that is creative and exciting. When you work in a salon or spa, you get the chance to use your creativity as you fine-tune your skills. Working in the beauty industry is a great option for people who want to express creativity. You can learn innovative techniques in cutting and coloring in our program. With this knowledge and your own creativity, you can give your clients the stunning looks they want.

Girl in pink hat and blue sweater with pastel purple and pink curly hair.

Get on With Your Future

Choosing a beauty education can equip you with the skills you need to start a future. If you’re ready to get started on your career, choosing our barber styling program could be a great option. Traditional universities can put off your entrance into full-time work for four years or more. Our barber styling program takes only 2100 hours, or 62 weeks, to complete. This program can be a great way to kickstart your future so you can enter the workforce at a faster pace!

Brunette stylist straightens a blonde client's hair.

Become an Entrepreneur

Have you always wanted to own a business and be in control of your own work schedule? With a barber styling license, you can set off on your own path. Whether you choose to rent space at a salon, work as an employee, or want to start your own business, getting a good education is the first step you should take. Our program can teach you more than just cutting hair. We can provide you with the necessary marketing and business skills you need to grow your personal brand.

Bearded male stylist in a plaid shirt stands in front of salon chair.

Call Us to Learn More

Ready to hit the ground running after graduating high school? Our staff is here to help! Call TSPA Cedar Falls to learn more about our barber styling program. We’re here to answer any questions and help you schedule a tour. A beautiful future could be just around the corner!

Curious to learn more about a future in barber styling? Check out these blogs!

Read: “Reasons to Study Barber Styling”

Read:“Five Great Jobs in Beauty That Could Be Yours!”
Read: “Explore the Art of Barber Styling at TSPA Cedar Falls”

Reasons to Study Barber Styling

If you’re looking for a future that is creative and exciting, you should consider the barber styling program at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls. From creating unique hairstyles to learning innovative techniques in skin and nail care, this could be a great educational opportunity for you. Keep reading to learn more about why barber styling can be a great future.

A Chance for Creativity

Was art your favorite class? Do you love creating things with your hands? A future in barber styling allows you to take that creativity and put it to good use. In our program, you can learn about innovation in hair coloring and styling, nail care, and skin care. With an artistic nature and the skillset to match, just imagine the amazing hair colors and hairstyles you could create! Each client will want something different done with their hair or nails, whether it’s simple or detailed, you’ll get to use your creativity to achieve the result they want.

Girl with stylish, long silver hair.

An Opportunity to Make Friends and Connections

Social butterflies, rejoice! As a barber stylist, you get the chance to meet new people nearly every day. Whether you’re talking to a client, another guest at the salon, or a coworker, this job is a great opportunity for extroverts who thrive in a social work environment. When you work with different people every single day, you’ll have the great opportunity to listen to stories, make new friends, and even form important business connections.

Woman gets hair and makeup done in salon.

Various Workplace Opportunities

With a license in barber styling, you can choose from a variety of options when it comes to where you work. You can work as an employee for an established salon, rent a chair in a high-end space, work as a freelance stylist, or take your education to the next level and start your own business. Choose this program if you want to have options for your workplace!

White salon space.

Help Boost Others’ Self-Confidence

Sometimes, all it takes to make someone feel better is a new haircut or style. A career in barber styling can be a great opportunity to help others feel great about their appearance. When you’re helping others, you’re also building up your own confidence and honing your skills. If you’ve got a client who has an event coming up, like a wedding or job interview, you can help them feel 100% before the big day. It’s a great way to show off your skills while spreading some positive vibes.

Smiling, handsome guy with trendy haircut.

Keep in the Loop

If you crave a dynamic environment that keeps you on your toes artistically, our barber stylist program can prepare you for that. We can teach you innovative, on-trend techniques in cutting, coloring, and styling and how to thrive in a high-end salon environment. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls, we use modern technology for both coursework and guest relations, so you’ll also be up-to-date on modern software.

Stylish woman with trendy haircut and outfit.

Call Us to Learn More

Craving a creative career? Ready to get started on your future? Don’t hesitate! Give TSPA Cedar Falls a call. You can ask us questions, request additional information, or schedule a tour. We’d love to hear from you!

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Five Great Jobs in Beauty That Could Be Yours!

Is a future in the beauty industry calling your name? What are you waiting for?

There are many reasons that people shy away from pursuing their dreams, one of those is the unknown of what comes after you have completed your education. To some, it may seem that a career in beauty only has one possibility, that of working in a salon.

That couldn’t be further from the truth!

With the Barber Styling program we offer at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Cedar Falls we help train our students in a wide range of beauty skills and techniques, giving them a knowledge in beauty that can help open the door to the career that is the perfect fit for them. More than men’s hair care and styling, your future extends nearly as far as you can dream.

Fall in love with your future potential with these five great possibilities.

    1. Stylist to the Stars

      Personal Stylist

      Do you love putting together the perfect look? Do you find yourself seeing how people are dressed, how their hair and makeup are done and developing a new look? If you do, a career as a personal stylist could be for you. With clients from local and national celebrities, to business men and women wanting to look their best, you can make your fashion and beauty skills shine in this enjoyable career.

    2. Send Your Style Down The Catwalk

      Styles walking down a catwalk

      Becoming a brand representative is a career that is often not thought of by aspiring beauty professionals, but it is one that could become a career full of education, passion and creativity. Working for brands such as Redken, brand representatives travel to beauty schools, salons, and even fashion shows to help educate and demonstrate the products of the brands they represent. If you dream of helping others reach their dreams and sharing your knowledge, this is definitely an option you should be considering.

    3. Make Special Occasions Shine

      Traveling stylists creating a bridal look

      Prom. Weddings. That family picture that took four years to get everyone in the same place. There are dozens of reasons that everyday people need a traveling stylist to help them get their hair and makeup just right. From the blowout they have been dreaming of, to the perfect beard trim for the big day, helping people look their best is the name of the job.

      If you like the idea of helping people look great, but don’t want to be tied down to just one client, consider offering your services for special occasions and spreading your creative talent far and wide.

    4. Lights. Camera. Style.

      Stylist working on film set

      If you aspire for more than just your everyday looks, a future behind the scenes might be just the ticket to help your creative prowess shine. Print work, stage productions, local media, and more are looking for skilled hair and makeup artists to create the looks that makes their productions look their very best!

    5. More Than a Day Job.

      Happy woman owning a salon

      While most people assume that working in a salon is all you can do with an education in beauty, it is often the dream of many aspiring beauty professionals! Not only could it provide them a career with flexibility and the ability to support your family, but many creative souls go even further and pursue their dreams of opening their own business!

      With an education in barber styling offered at TSPA Cedar Falls, a future as a salon owner could be your perfect fit!

A career in beauty is waiting for you!

Are you ready to answer the call? Take a chance and carve out your own future! If any of these careers are speaking to you, now is the time to take a leap.

Discover how our Barber Stylist program can help you build a career based on professionalism, fused with beauty and powered by creativity. Contact us today for more information.

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Explore the Art of Barber Styling at TSPA Cedar Falls

In Iowa we are lucky enough to have a beauty license that has some unique focuses that you might not expect. While nearly identical to the Cosmetology Program, the Barber Styling Program offered at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Cedar Falls includes many of the skills and techniques of a traditional cosmetologist and electrifies them with an education that will leave all your clients fresh-face, pampered, and glowing with beauty inside and out.

Let’s break down what this program includes and discover how you can go beyond a traditional education in beauty and build a successful future in hair design at TSPA Cedar Falls.

What is Barbering Styling?

Welcome to Hair Design Electrified.

Woman cutting a mans hair

This innovative program offered at TSPA Cedar Falls takes many of the usual techniques and skills that are mastered by cosmetologists and energizes them with a specialty focus that could give students a competitive edge that many employers are looking for.

From hair coloring, styling and cutting to makeup, spa treatments, and even straight razor shaving, you can develop your talent and your love of beauty at TSPA Cedar Falls.

If helping people feel good inside and out is a passion of yours, than an education in beauty could be the investment in your future you are looking for.

Quick facts!

  • Our full-time Barber Styling Program starts every 5 weeks but fills fast! Don’t wait to reserve your spot!
  • The average time to complete the course is 62 weeks.
  • The state of Iowa requires 2100 towards licensure.

Become a Master

trendy woman cutting another woman hair

The first 380 hours of your education covers many foundational and theory classes that are developed to help you practice your skills in an environment that will not only keep you and your guests safe, but prepare you to help your clients to look their very best.

The Theory and Foundation Classes in Our Program Include:

  • The History of Beauty
  • Sanitation and Safety
  • Law, Ethics, and Service
  • Anatomy and Chemistry
  • The Science of Hair Structure

In addition to the foundational knowledge that we expect our students to attain, we put a high focus on the skills themselves.

The Skills and Techniques We Help Our Student to Master Include:

  • Facials, massage, and waxing
  • Perming and relaxing of the hair
  • Haircutting and styling
  • Advanced hair coloring techniques
  • Manicuring and Shellac nails
  • Hair treatments and masques
  • Beard trimming and shaving technique
  • Makeup application

This condensed list gives you an idea of all the many skills you can learn in our program. We are dedicated to helping our students master their passion and build a career that will impact them for decades to come. That is why, in addition to including the training you need to master these skills, we also help you develop business management skills through lessons that will help you understand many of the skills that could help you find success.

Are you ready to embrace your love of beauty?

If a future career in beauty sounds like just the right opportunity for you, don’t wait! You can begin your application process today. Contact the admissions coordinator at The Salon Professional Academy, Cedar Falls today and discover just how many places an education in beauty can take you.

Ready to get started? Schedule your tour today!