Beauty Career Possibilities are Endless

In the beginning, there was Sharpie brows.

My love for the beauty industry started long before I even considered going to “hair school”. All of my barbies had the BEST haircuts (or so I thought at the time) and my dolls were always sporting the trendiest makeup. The looks were usually achieved using unconventional tools. Blush was colored on perfectly using lipstick, brows with black sharpie and nail polish graced their lips and lids (talk about long lasting color). My mom didn’t appreciate that I’d used her beauty products to create the perfect look for my dolls, but she always shared my enthusiasm of how beautiful they turned out. Thanks for always being a good sport mom =)

As I got older, I not only realized that I loved makeup, hair and everything beauty, I loved people, too. Helping people look and feel beautiful inside and out became my passion.
The neat thing about Hairstyling is that it’s not just cutting hair. There are endless opportunities when it comes to beauty professions – your hairstyling license can open so many doors if you dare to dream big!
So what else can you do besides “just cutting hair”?
1. Hairstyling Educator/Instructor
2. Salon Owner or Manager
3. Salon Consultant / Brand Consultant
4. Professional Film & Theater Stylist/Makeup Artist
5. Celebrity Stylist (the Kardashians don’t get all beautified on their own)
6. Platform Artists
7. Editorial/ Advertising Stylist
8. Fashion Show Stylist
Being in the beauty industry for 10+ years has taught me that there are no limits to what you can become. If you can dream it, you can do it.
-Katie Janssen TSPA Graduate

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Finding the Right Beauty School For You

Are you thinking about a career in beauty?

No matter if you have known this is your future for a while, or if it is a newer idea that has taken hold, one of the first things you will need to do when pursuing a career in beauty or massage therapy is find a school. A good school will do more than just give you the knowledge you need to pass the state boards. A school should empower you to reach your dreams and arm you with the skills to accomplish them. The right school may even feel like a home surrounded by staff and students that will quickly become family.

Finding all of that from websites and social media can sometimes feel impossible, which is one of the reasons we suggest all potential beauty students take a tour of their top schools.

At The Salon Professional Academy, Winnipeg we want every future beauty professional to find the school that is right for them.

 schedule a visit at TSPA Winnipeg today, and make sure to check out the tips below.

finding the right school for you

The next six to seventeen months of your life will be spent behind the doors of whatever facility you choose. While that time table can shift and change depending on program and scheduling, the staff and students will become like a second family to you. That is why finding the right fit for you is important.

Everything from the school’s culture, branding, and Financial Assistance can impact this. It’s important to know your desires in order to find the perfect school for you.

  • culture

    The traditions, values, and attitudes of students and staff all impact the culture of a school. While on your tour you should be able to get a feel for the atmosphere and mood of a school. In addition, there are a few things you can watch out for while you are there.

    How do the educators interact with the students? Do staff and students seem comfortable in their surroundings? Are there things that the school does that sets them apart from other schools in the area?

    If while you are there you feel excited and eager to return, chances are high that the school’s culture will fit well with your personal goals.

    Here are some questions to ask to help define a school’s culture.

    1. Tell me about a typical day as a student here.
    2. Do you hold any fundraisers or activities for the community?
    3. Do you hold any student competitions or activities?
    4. What expectations does the school have for its students?
  • schedule

    Are you going to be working while you go to school? Do you have kids or other family members that rely on you? No matter what your answers to these questions, you are going to want to make sure that you understand the schedules that each school offers to know that it works with your needs.

    Before you head in for your tour, take a moment and write out your current schedule and responsibilities. Doing this will help you to know what type of schedule will work best for you.

    At TSPA Winnipeg we offer both full-time and part-time classes in many of our programs, giving you the opportunity to make a career in beauty possible.

    Here are a few questions that you can ask about schedules.

    1. Do you have part-time or full-time classes available?
    2. What school hours are required for those schedules?
    3. What days are required for those schedules?
    4. What are the hours like in the Student Salon Training Area?
  • background

    The background of the school means more than just the history of the facility. It’s the education of the owners and staff as well as the accomplishments they have acheived through their careers.

    To fully understand the background of the school, don’t forget to get the answers to these questions.

    1. When was your school founded?
    2. Where did some of your educators go to school?
    3. What salon/spa experience do the educators have?
    4. What makes you the most proud of your school?
  • financial options

    Paying for school out-of-pocket isn’t always an option. In fact, over 66% of students utilize some form of financial aid to help pay for their schooling. While many financial aid opportunities are only available when certain qualifications are met, that shouldn’t deter you from applying.

    At TSPA Winnipeg financial assistance is available to those that qualify. In addition, there are scholarships giving you even more opportunities to finance your amazing future.

    When on your tour make sure to get the answers to the following questions to help you understand all of the financial aid options.

    1. Do you offer financial aid?
    2. What scholarships do you have available?
    3. Who is available to answer questions about the application process?
    4. Do you have any payment plans if I am paying out of pocket?

working toward the future you want

When pursuing a career in beauty, you may already have some idea on where you want your future to lead. From movie makeup to photography, to working in a high-end salon, the possibilities are endless!

It’s important to find a school that will include an education that will help you build the skill needed for your future career, but that has the focus and support to see you get there. Take a moment to visualize what you want for yourself, write down your goals and keep those in mind when you journey into each school on your list.

an education in business

When pursuing a career in beauty it is important to develop an understanding of business management. Even if you have no plans to own your own salon in the future, understanding budgeting, pricing, money management and sales are cornerstones to creating a foundation for a successful future.

Be sure to ask about the business education offered at each school and make sure that the lessons offered align with your goals for your future.

  1. Do you use an additional business based curriculum in your programs?
  2. What focuses does your business education have?
  • Discover how a school supports student goals and current trends with some of these questions.
  1. Do you offer additional courses in trending styles?
  2. Do your educators stay up to date with styles and trends?
  3. Are students able to practice skills on trending popular styles?
  • branding and affiliations

    In addition to curriculum and extra practices many schools also align themselves with brands and affiliates to help the provide a higher standard of education. These associations can bring greater product knowledge to the student as well as greater requirements for facilities and instructor training.

    At TSPA Winnepeg we are proud to be part of the nationwide TSPA family. Being part of TSPA means that we are the only beauty schools to be recognized for excellence in education by REDKEN.

  • This relationship gives our school and our students first hand access to the REDKEN professional line and the training offered through this amazing brand.

dig deeper

So you have taken some tours and are surrounded by notes and answers to questions. Through all of these tours, one school might have floated to the top of all the rest, you may even feel ready to make your decision. Don’t be hasty! It is important to dig a little deeper to get the full picture of a school, their history, and their reputation.

To help you build the full picture of each school you visit we have created a list of some things you can do to help you fully understand each facility and make your decision.

read below to discover how to dig deeper and find info others may have overlooked.

  • speak to salon owners

    Local salon owners are the ground zero for understanding a salon’s viability. Not only do they work with the schools, but they interview and even hire the students that graduate from their facilities.

    Speaking with salon owners can give you insight into the education that students graduate with, the preparedness of those students and many other factors. Schedule a time to sit down with a few salon owners in your area and ask the hard questions.

    As an added bonus, scheduling these meetings can help you to begin building relationships with local salons, something that can help you when it’s your turn to graduate.

  • get a service

    Taking a tour is great, but often potential students find themselves in want of more. Making your own visit to the student salon training area can be a good way to do that. Book haircut, manicure or a facial and take the time to watch the students and educators in action, witness their skills and speak to them about their experience at the school.

    This type of interaction can really help you to see a school from the inside out, and give you further input for making a decision.

  • read reviews

    Former students, current students, salon clients, they all leave reviews, and those reviews can help you to build a picture of what the school is like. How are their reviews? Do people seem happy? Do students seem skilled? These are all important questions, but even important is the professionalism of the school.

    Every school gets bad reviews, but those bad reviews don’t reflect the full makeup of the school. How the school handles those bad reviews can really give you an insight into the professionalism and decorum of a school.

No matter which school stands out to you, at TSPA Winnipeg we hope you will choose the one that will help you reach your dreams.

Are you ready to schedule a visit with us? At TSPA Winnipeg we would love to welcome you to our school and show you how our curriculum, and the rich tradition that fuels us can help you reach your goals.

Your future is bright, and we want to help bring your dreams to reality at TSPA Winnipeg!