Passion into Profit

Having passion for what you do and making a profit from that passion is everyone’s dream.

However, don’t count on passion alone. While enthusiasm is a great place to start its not enough to sustain your career for the long term.

Start by establishing your vision. You need to bring clarity to what your vision for your career is. Do your research. What schools and salons are out there? What type of culture, style and education bests suits you. What is my end game do I want to be a service provider, do I want to eventually be a business owner. Does my choice of school or salon meet my current and future needs.

Create a plan.  Speak with the teams at your school of choice or of the salon you would like to work at upon graduating and get a feel for the environment. Speak with your personal support team, the people who help guide you on a daily basis. Speak with your financial supports, if you are starting school how will you pay for the costs? What are your options. If you are looking at a salon to join will your wage cover your expenses. Your plan should consist of the steps needed to fulfil your vision.

Next put your plan into play. Whatever your passion is, whether you are starting at school or a salon always be open to suggestions and learn from mistakes have an open mind. Don’t let any chances of failing stop you from making a living from your passion. Educate yourself about your passion.

Succeed at making a profit from your passion.  Make sure you are good at what your passion is, love of something is just the beginning.  Be around people who share the same vision and have the same passion as you. Share your passion with those around you.


Self Care during Covid

The one thing that we, who are privileged enough to #stayhome to do our part, can indulge in for the sake of our mental health is SELF CARE.

Routine & Ritual

The COVID-19 outbreak can take an emotional toll on anyone, as it elicits anxiety, stress, feelings of uncertainty and grief. Take it easy on yourself. If you find your thoughts racing and heart palpitating, take a step back, stop reading the news, and breathe deeply. Take a long, warm shower, inhaling deeply as you scrub your skin . Don’t rush through your routine, Take your time with application and pay more attention to massaging your face.  Warming up the muscles, boosts blood circulation and enhances absorption of ingredients. It also allows for lymphatic drainage, and reduces puffiness and fluid retention.

If you want to take it a step further  consider adding facial massage tools, such as a jade rollers. It massages your face, which in turn also boosts drainage.

Gut & Skin

Now that you’re home and cooking more, it’s time to take control of your gut health. Good gut health builds up your body’s ability to fight infection and prevent inflammation, which also protects your lungs and other vital organs. That aside, it is also the secret to getting clear complexion. Start off by introducing probiotics into your diet with fermented foods such as tempeh, kimchi, and kefir. These introduce good bacteria — while killing off the bad ones — along with vitamins and antioxidants into your system. Avoid dairy, and other inflammatory foods. Add more Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish, chia seeds and flaxseeds, and vitamin C-rich vegetables, which can fight free radicals that break down collagen in your skin. Watch as your complexion starts to glow.

Change the way you shop

As tempting it is to step out of the house even though we’re not on a lockdown, it’s recommended to stay home to flatten the curve. If you’ve run out of skincare, shop from the many options available online. Many of our favorite skincare shops are temporarily closed, check websites to see if they give an online order option for pick up or delivery. Support local businesses as much as you can.

Treat your skin as gently as you should your soul

The benefits of short certificate courses

Career Enhancers. Short courses are a great way to fill the gaps in your knowledge and give you a competitive edge.

Few people would argue that having a higher salary is something they would dislike. Incorporating regular  short courses into professional life is a great habit to develop, and will help to acquire the key skills that could accelerate your ascent up the salary scale.

The more you equip yourself with the key skills your industry requires, the more you become a necessary component of company & personal success. Regular  certificate courses continually improve your prospects, and show employers & clients your dedication to personal improvement.

With regular certification courses there is a high degree of freedom that allows you to strategically build the skills you can apply to your current job, or qualify you for the job you aspire to have. Skills in a range of  areas can give you advanced abilities applicable across a great many  positions.

Short  courses also provide the opportunity to touch base with fellow professionals who are taking part in the same course, but may have very different backgrounds. When completing short courses , the network potential with fellow students is easy, and meeting fellow professionals could have fantastic consequences for your career.

Thanks to our diverse educators who have extensive combined professional experience, regular short courses  are constantly being developed & updated so you can be sure you always remain professionally competitive.

Vacation Hair & Humidity Tips

It’s beyond frustrating to see the hairstyle that looked smooth and sleek at home puff up into an unrecognizable mess of frizz when you arrive at your vacation destination. Many of the world’s best travel spots are prone to high humidity, so if you’re heading to a place known for swampy air, pack appropriate hair-care products. Extra effort spent taming your hair will pay off when you look back at your vacation photos and admire your cool style.


Apply a deep conditioner to your hair the day before your trip. Take another small bottle of deep conditioner so you can treat your hair every three or four days during the trip; moisturizing your hair will not only help it look healthy, but weigh it down a bit so it won’t puff up. Pack moisturizing shampoo and daily conditioner to use each day in the shower.


Embrace the natural texture of your hair. Leave heat-styling products at home and let your hair go wavy or curly, if that’s its inclination. If you can’t stand leaving home without these items, use heating products like straightening irons and blow dryers only to style your bangs or touch up the top layer of your hair. Humidity will bring out any curl in your hair, so there’s no use fighting it.


Rub humidity- or frizz-fighting mousse or gel between your hands and work it through all your hair from the roots to the ends. If your hair is straight and fine, skip the mousse and apply a smoothing serum over your hair.


Finger-comb your hair to eliminate tangles. Let your hair air-dry. To prevent frizz, keep your hands off it while it dries.


Style your hair. Letting it stay down leaves you open to frizz and poofiness. Pull it up in a ponytail or bun. If you have bangs, keep them under control by wrapping a scarf around the crown of your head, propping your sunglasses on top of your head or sweeping them to the side and securing them with bobby pins. Part your hair down the center and make two French braids, one on either side of the part, or sweep your hair back into a low bun at the nape of your neck for a low-key look that works for both day and night.

If all else fails, pull on a baseball cap or floppy sun hat!

Healthy Winter Skin Care Tips

Winter is hard on your skin. Harsh weather will take its toll unless you have a plan.

Top 10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

1. Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture

2. Lower the Thermostat to Avoid Dryness

3. Limit Shower Time and Temperature

4. Opt for Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers

5. Modify Your Facial Skin-Care Regimen for the Season

6. Moisturize Frequently, Especially Your Hands

7. Apply Sunscreen — Even on Gray Winter Days

8. Wear Appropriate, Comfortable, Nonirritating Clothing

9. Remember to Eat Right and Stay Hydrated

10. Change Out of Wet Clothes Quickly to Avoid Itchy Skin

Take your skin to the next level – book an appointment for advanced skin treatments at TSPA! 204-772-8772

How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

When the time comes for you to decide what you want to do to make a living, it’s important to remember that a career is more than just a job that pays the bills. It’s a way to express yourself and utilize your talents and skills. A career should be something you enjoy. Something that completes you. You need to learn about the responsibilities, skills, employment opportunities, and training or education requirements prior to pursuing a specific career. Follow these steps to narrow potential career options:

1. Assess yourself – Each individual has different goals, talents, interests, and values. In other words, there are certain careers each individual should not pursue and others where they’d excel and be satisfied. Determine what you would enjoy and excel at by taking career assessments, receiving career counseling, and conducting thorough self-evaluation.

2. Make a list of potential occupations – After conducting some self-assessment, it should be apparent the types of careers you should pursue. It is not possible to pursue each one, so the list should be used to determine where to begin your career search. Select 5 or 10 careers and create a new list with these choices. When making your choices, select jobs that interest you, are recommended following career assessment tests, and ones matching your skill set.

3. Explore the options – Learn about each potential career after narrowing your list. Be sure to learn about educational or training requirements, job duties, employment outlook, annual earnings, and promotion opportunities. Information can be obtained from the Internet, but try to meet with a professional in each field to obtain in-depth details about each profession. If you not know professionals in these fields, contact willing participants and schedule informational interviews. However, you will probably find that you have relatives, colleagues, and school mates currently working in fields that interest you. During an informational interview, collect details about annual salary, employment prospects, and entry-level employment requirements. It’s not recommended to request employment during these interviews, but take advantage of networking opportunities.

4. Narrow down your list – Eliminate careers that no longer interest you after thoroughly reviewing each one. Many people become dissuaded from pursuing a career after learning about education requirements, annual earnings, and declining industry growth. Once you’ve become acquainted with each career, narrow your list to 1-2 options.

5. Set goals – After your list has been narrowed, establish attainable goals. You should be informed enough to establish short and long term goals. Typically, short-term goals can be met between 1-3 years and long-term between 3-5 years. It will not be easy reaching each goal, so be prepared to work hard, make adjustments when necessary, and remain committed. Goals are typically achievable when they’re defined, flexible, realistic, and attainable within a specified time period.

6. Create a career action plan – Once you’ve established career goals, begin developing a career action plan consisting of goals and specific steps to reach them. Additionally, career action plans contain possible obstacles, steps to address them, and resources that can be utilized when assistance is needed. This plan will clearly define how you will receive required training or education, obtain employment, and develop professionally once you’ve begun your career.

7. Obtain training – Obtaining required career training will probably consume the majority of your time and efforts as you pursue a career. Depending on the profession, you may be required to earn a college degree, complete vocational training, learn new skills, or complete an apprentice or internship.

Are you creative, outgoing, love to help others feel great about themselves? These are just a few of the qualities of successful people in the beauty and wellness industry. Learn more about these amazing careers by clicking back to our programs page, or give us a call at 204-794-8772.

Protect Your Hair From Winter

10 winter hair care tips to keep your hair in great shape
—even when it’s below freezing.
  1. Wear a hat.
  2. Buy a humidifier.
  3. Get regular trims.
  4. Lower the water temperature when you shower.
  5. Avoid heat styling.
  6. Don’t leave the house with wet hair.
  7. Use an oil treatment.
  8. Deep condition once a week.
  9. Commit to a weekly mask.
  10. Avoid Frequent hair washes.

Using Colour To Your Advantage

Remember learning about the colour wheel in art class way back when? Complementary colours (opposite colours) have the ability to cancel one another out when combined. If you’re thinking this is a random fact, it isn’t. When it comes to colour correcting in makeup, knowledge of the colour wheel actually comes in handy!

We add concealer to our makeup routine because, besides brightening, there are things we’d like to conceal from the world – like that raging pimple or those deep, dark circles. Have you ever used a butt-load of concealer and then wonder why the redness from your pimple is still coming through or why your dark circles are still showing? Your concealer isn’t all to blame; colour correcting is missing from your routine! Colour correcting before laying on foundation or concealer can make a big difference. What was once knowledge only to professional makeup artists is now becoming known to everyday makeup users.

Here are tips on how to use color correction in you makeup routine.

  • Green. Green cancels out red. So whether it’s acne, rosacea or a sunburn you’re looking to hide, a green colour corrector will do the trick.
  • Purple. Purple combats dull, yellow skin.
  • Yellow. Yellow cancels out purple discolouration and brightens for those with medium to dark skin tones.
  • Pink. For paler skin tones, pink corrector is great for concealing dark circles, age/sun spots and brightening.
  • Peach. For fair to medium skin tones, a peach corrector is great for concealing dark circles, hyperpigmentation and bruises.
  • Orange. For medium to dark skin tones, an orange corrector is great for concealing dark circles, hyperpigmentation and bruises.
  • Red. For deeper skin tones, a red corrector is great for concealing dark circles. Red can also be used to cancel out green (e.g. tattoos).

The TSPA Advantage

At TSPA, we go far beyond teaching you about cosmetology, massage therapy, esthetics and nails. We also teach you how to market yourself and run a business.

Part of our business education program involves designing your own salon or spa, and branding it. We feel that “If you dream it, you can achieve it!” Our students have come up with some amazing designs and branding schemes over the years, and we are confident that some will become reality.

Our students enjoy presentation day, when everyone gets to see the creative branding and designs. That’s all great, but we also teach our students how to come up with a budget and business plan in order to make their dream a reality some day.


This is not only a fun assignment, it also teaches our students what it takes to launch and run a successful business. It also allows our students to unleash their creativity and imagination, away from the salon training area.

  This is another example of how TSPA  programs are designed to train students for much more than passing the state boards. We develop the entire salon/spa professional with great technical ability, business & marketing training, and the guest handling skills that are in high demand by top salons and spas. We are growing salon and spa leaders, one student at a time.

 Winter 2019/20 Fashion Trends

Stay warm in style.

Winter provides the perfect excuse to throw on jeans and a sweater every day from December through to March. That said, some days call for more than just denim. We constantly need the inspiration of  the street style crowd to pull ourselves out of style ruts.

It’s time to brush up on winter’s biggest trends by looking at what your favorite street style stars are wearing. We’ve narrowed down the street style trends to six digestible looks below. Give them a try, and say adios to the jean/sweater outfit (at least for six out of the seven days of the week).

Furry, Fuzzy Outerwear

Parkas and puffers are great for winter, but when you really want to feel like a million bucks, nothing beats a plush faux fur coat. And you’re never too late to hop on this trend. This season’s offerings are better than ever, with brands debuting furry coats in vibrant colors like pink and cobalt. If colorful fur isn’t your cup of tea, you can easily find a brown or black outerwear alternative. The coats are so cozy, you may even find yourself draped in one while you wait for the heat to be turned on.

Everything Fleece

It feels like all of our favorite brands are offering a fleece-something for the wintery season. Options include mixed prints and color-block designs in pullover styles or the more classic zip-ups we’ve all come to know and love. Fleece is comfortable, soft, warm—basically everything your body craves when the temperature drops. Give your denim and leather jackets a break for a cozier fleece pick, below.

Two-Tone Dresses

Can’t decide what color you want the garment to come in? The two-tone look solves that problem. Instead of having to stick with one color, you have the option to wear a half-and-half look for winter 2019. Though the color-block design is most prevalent in dresses, you can find two-toned tops as well by many brands. This small mash up of hues won’t dramatically alter your look, but it will add a little intrigue—and earn you brownie points for style.

Winter Suiting

The appeal of matching separates lies in the fact that you don’t have to overthink what to wear in the mornings—one decision and you’re ready to head out the door. It’s no surprise, then, that pantsuits have become a staple in a fashion girl’s closet, as evidenced by these street style shots. Whether you choose a check set or a plain colored pantsuit, you’ll feel like an instant boss woman in the ensemble