It’s a Beauty Revolution!

Savvy beauty industry pros know that cosmetology doesn’t have to be an in-person only job at a salon. Beauty influencers have used online technology to build beauty empires and more. Here are just a few examples:

  • Huda Kattan is worth approximately $610 million according to Forbes magazine. Her beauty studies led her to a job at Revlon before she launched her own beauty blog in 2010. Within three years she was selling her own beauty, Huda Beauty through Sephora. 
  • Makeupshayla, whose real name is Shayla Mitchell, built her personal brand through expert selfies on Instagram and make-up tutorials on her own YouTube channel. She now has contracts with both Colourpop and Maybelline. 
  • Kandee Johnson graduated from beauty school and worked as a make-up artist on television shows and for magazines. But she soon moved in front of the camera, starting her own YouTube channel in 2009 and providing the voice of “Mandy Sparkledust” in the Dreamworks animated film Trolls.  

These successful artists all have one thing in common: They embraced technology to take their cosmetology training to new heights! With the right training in cosmetology, esthetics, and hair care, maybe you can be the next big beauty influencer!


It's a Beauty Revolution

Ready for Autumn? Here Are Some Top Trends to Try This Fall!

Fall is upon us. That means it’s time for cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and of course, fall beauty trends! With all the beautiful styles and colors to choose from, autumn trends are always some of the year’s most beautiful looks. To give you a hand in the decision-making process, we’ve chosen five of our favorite trends for you to try out this fall!

Bold Cheeks and Lips

No matter what year it is, fall is always the season for bold red and purple tones. While a dark, autumnal lip looks great with understated makeup, pairing it with a strong cheek is a fun way to play with color. It’s all about matching your lipstick with a blush in the same color family. The trick is to not go so heavy on the blush that your lips need to compete with your cheeks. If you’re wearing a dark wine-colored lipstick, choose a blush that looks like a watered down version of that color. Going for a classic red? Choose a rosy-toned blush to create the perfect balance!

Brunette girl wears striking blush and lipstick that coordinate with each other.

Strong Brows

With so many eyebrow trends and brow products on the market, bold brows have been a staple trend of the last few years. For strong brows that are still natural, try out an at-home brow staining or tinting product. These products come with a delicate spoolie brush that is designed to fit between each brow hair and create darker, fuller eyebrows without over-shaping them. The strokes you create with these products look like natural hair, rather than filled in or tattooed on eyebrows.

Pale girl with blue eyes and bold, natural-looking eyebrows.

Smudged Eyeliner

For a sultry, night-out look, try the smudged eyeliner trend. Using a pencil or crayon eyeliner, apply it as you normally would on the top and bottom lashline. After this, use a cotton swab or small sponge to soften and smudge the harsh lines. If the smudging is too messy, take another cotton swab, dip it in makeup remover of your choice, and clean up any excess product. The result of this is an edgy, undone look that is perfect for a crisp autumn night on the town.

Beautiful model in a lace dress wears smudged eyeliner and a natural lip.

Sleek Ponytail

This is an easy and oh-so-stylish hairstyle that you can easy create in about two minutes. So if you like to hit the snooze button, or you’re just into a no-fuss routine, a sleek ponytail is a great choice. It looks stunning on straight, smooth hair, but it also works for voluminous curls. Keep the top part smooth by using a comb and smoothing product and gather it all into a ponytail. Whether you like your ponytails low or want to pull it up high, this sleek look is a winner!

Woman wears red lipstick and has her long, curly hair in a sleek ponytail.


Remember the stretchy headbands of your youth? It’s time to bring them back in a modern way! Embellished headbands, velvet headbands, and turban-style headbands are just a few of the options you can choose from. There are also various ways to actually wear a headband. You can use them to keep a hairstyle in place, wear one near the front of your head as an intentional accessory, or use a skinny ribbon headband to accent a ponytail or bun. A headband is a chic way to style your hair if you haven’t washed it for a few days, or you just want to add some extra pizazz.

Blonde woman with a red velvet headband.

Let Us Help You Get Autumn-Ready!

At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls, we’re offering a few specials this autumn to keep you looking fresh and on-trend. From October 2nd to October 13th, we’re offering $2 off any add-on service with a ticket price of $8 or more. Make this add-on service an eyebrow tweezing or shaping, and you’ll have brows to die for this season! If you want to keep your hair color rich and luminous as we head into autumn, we’re also offering a buy two get one free special on Redken products from October 25th to November 1st!

Learn to Create Autumn Looks

You can learn how to create autumn hair colors, makeup looks, and more in our barber styling program at TSPA Cedar Falls. Contact us today to learn about scheduling a tour and enrolling in the program!

Back-to-School Beauty Essentials

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in August! We love this time of year because it kicks off back-to-school season. It doesn’t matter if you’re in high school or college, there are a few products you need to have on-hand to stay cool, calm, and collected throughout the day. Here’s our list of back-to-school beauty essentials you should pack along with your pens, pencils, and notebooks!

Facial Mist

For an easy cool-down during the day, nothing quite hits the spot like a facial mist. Pack it in your purse or your backpack for an afternoon pick-me-up. Facial mists come in a variety of uplifting and invigorating scents, like citrus, peppermint, cucumber, aloe, and coconut. Do you find yourself suffering from the post-lunchtime slump? A facial mist is a perfect way to rehydrate your skin and wake yourself up with something that is both cooling and smells great.

Young woman with facial mist.

Lip Balm

If you’re prone to dry lips, few things are more uncomfortable than being stuck at school without a lip balm. Luckily there are literally hundreds of lip balms to choose from so you’ll never be without one. Want something with shimmer? That’s out there. Looking for a medicated balm with SPF? That’s available too. Just want something that smells like strawberries? You can buy that. There’s truly a lip balm for everyone, so head down to the drugstore and buy a few!

Girl with large pink scarf applies lip balm.

Hand Sanitizer

It doesn’t matter if you’re in elementary school or college, other people are germy. Keeping hand sanitizer with you at all times is a great way to keep bacteria at bay. Use it after the bathroom, before a meal, and throughout the day to keep your hands clean. Hand sanitizers come in all sorts of scents and you can even buy keychains to attach them to your bag. Staying hygienic has never been easier!

Woman applies hand sanitizer.

Moisturizer With SPF

Even in the wintertime, sun protection is important if you want to keep your skin healthy. Buying a moisturizer or tinted moisturizer with added SPF is an easy way to make sure you get that coverage on your face. Dozens of brands make lightweight, non-sticky formulations that are comfortable to wear underneath makeup or on their own. If you choose a tinted moisturizer with SPF, you can use that for coverage and just skip foundation altogether.

Woman putting moisturizing cream on her hand.

Face and Body Wipes

Sometimes during the day things get sweaty. If you’re wearing makeup all day, sweat can lead to oil buildup, which can eventually lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Keep face wipes on hand so you can wipe foundation, powder, and other makeup off your face and let your skin breathe. Body wipes are a great way to keep the rest of body clean and refreshed when you don’t have the opportunity to jump in the shower.

Woman wipes off makeup with facial wipe.

Dry Shampoo

When it comes to keeping your hair looking fresh and volumized, there’s no better fail-safe product than good old dry shampoo. It comes it all different sizes and scents, with options for dark hair, blonde hair, curly hair, colored hair, and just about any other type of hair you can think of. Dry shampoo is the perfect way to deal with oily hair while also giving it a quick boost of volume and texture. Stash a bottle in your purse, locker, backpack, car, or wherever is most handy so you can slay all day long.

Girl sprays dry shampoo on her long hair.

Make Us Part of Back-to-School Season

Want to go back to school for an education in beauty? The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls offers a barber styling program that could prepare you for a future in the beauty industry! Contact us today to learn more about scheduling a tour or enrolling in the program.

Check out the links below to read more about beauty!

Beauty Essentials and Tips for Your Summer Travels!

Barber Styling: How It’s Different Than Cosmetology

Five Great Jobs in Beauty That Could Be Yours!
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

Steps to Enroll in Beauty School at TSPA Cedar Falls

Choosing to attend beauty school could be a great way to open doors for the future. The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Cedar Falls offers an innovative program that can prepare you for an exciting career in the beauty industry. Not sure how to enroll in beauty school? We’ve got your back. Follow these steps to get started!

Do Research and Ask Questions

At TSPA Cedar Falls, we offer a full-time barber styling program. This is similar to cosmetology with a few twists. Of course, you can do research on your own by reading some of our blog posts and checking out the program page, but we’re here to help you out! If you’re interested in our barber styling program at TSPA Cedar Falls, give us a call or fill out our online contact form to speak with an admissions representative. We want to answer your questions about attending beauty school, class schedules, financial aid*, and scheduling a tour. Getting in touch with us is a great way to get more information and speak with a real person at our school.

Girl on laptop with mug next to it.

Schedule a Tour

A tour is a crucial step in your beauty school enrollment journey. On a tour, you’ll get the chance to actually see our facility. Walking around the space can help you get a feel for what it’d be like to attend TSPA Cedar Falls. You’ll get the chance to meet key people like admission representatives, financial aid advisors, educators, and maybe even some other students! While we can answer questions over the phone or email, a face-to-face conversation is still the best way to give you the important information you need for enrollment.

Apply to the Barber Styling Program

When you’ve done your research and toured our campus, it’s time to apply to the program. Contact us for the current enrollment application, get your transcripts and documents sent to the admissions department, and fill out the online form. Once you do this, someone will contact you to assist with the application process.

Person uses calculator and looks at financial aid sheet.

Get Your Finances Covered

If finances are a concern for you, we offer several scholarship options to help students achieve their goals. We also offer Pell Grants and federal financial aid to those who qualify. Contact the financial aid office, and we’ll walk you through the whole scholarship process. You can learn more about federal financial aid on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)website. TSPA Cedar Falls is approved by the Department of Education to offer financial aid to students who qualify.

Contact Us for More Information

For answers on enrollment, financial aid, schedules, and more, contact TSPA Cedar Falls. We’re here to help you get started on your future!

Read more about beauty school below!

The TSPA Experience-Life as a Student Event

Why Choose an Education in Beauty After High School?

Five Great Jobs in Beauty That Could Be Yours!

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

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.

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”