3 Specialties That Will Make Your Beauty Career Boom

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You’re on your way to a beauty education. But once you break into the industry, you’ll want to grow your business and stay competitive by specializing in a variety of services.

Here are three popular ones to consider to set you apart from the beauty pro pack…Read More

What You Need to Know About Medical Cosmetology

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Medical cosmetology helps people comfort skin-related issues such as acne, wrinkles, and dark spots — stat!

Working in medical cosmetology offers a way for you to break out in a good way — into a new career. From performing popular treatments and cosmetic injections, such as Botox, to facial peels to removing unwanted hair permanently, a medical cosmetology careers focuses on helping people look their best and feel better about their outward appearance as they age.Read More

Beauty Schools on YouTube

When it comes to learning more about beauty and wellness, a quick search on YouTube does not disappoint. Today’s adventure: a journey through some of the most informative and engaging beauty school videos around. Grab some popcorn and come along for the ride…

Massage Therapy School

Experience relaxation just by watching this video from Angela Lind, a mobile massage therapist in South Florida. Enjoy soothing music and images while you learn about the benefits of therapeutic massage and neuromuscular therapy and the importance of posture. You’ll also gain insight into what massage can accomplish that chiropractics cannot. And don’t be surprised if you get turned on to in-home massage – an appealing concept for therapists and clients alike!

Beauty School

This news segment explores how the beauty industry has been affected by the changing economy, with reports of sky-high beauty school enrollment. Watch interviews with laid-off workers getting a “career makeover” as cosmetology students at Empire Beauty School in Indianapolis. It’s truly a recession-proof industry – everyone needs a haircut, right? The video also highlights the trend of customers frequenting beauty schools for haircuts, facials, and waxing services.

Hair Design

Tune into Fox 35 News in Orlando for some fabulous makeovers done by celebrity stylist Ted Gibson of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” fame. Check out the before and after shots of the two cosmetology students as well as Ted’s tips on making hair shiny, sexy, and smooth. You can also learn a bit about Beauty Changes Lives, a nonprofit initiative designed to raise awareness of how careers in the hair, beauty, and wellness industry transform lives.

Esthetics / Skin Care

If you have any inclination toward a career in esthetics, watch this interview with Tara Sissel, an aesthetics and laser expert and instructor at National Laser Institute. She talks about how she got into the field, and how her income almost quadrupled when she began offering laser services like photofacials to her clients. She also discusses the importance of solid esthetics training to become truly confident and competent in a skin care career.

Holistic Health

Given all the people now looking outside the mainstream for help with their medical problems – reportedly, nearly half of all Americans are using some form of alternative medicine – this PBS Nightly Business Report highlights the booming field of complementary and alternative medicine. The boom is drawing the attention of federal researchers, which, in turn, is bringing more mainstream acceptance to the field. If ever there was a time to explore a career in holistic medicine, this is it.

Cosmetology School

This video, presented by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, offers a quick look at the many opportunities available in the beauty industry, from esthetics to makeup to hair design. Listen to current students talk about their experiences in cosmetology school and their career aspirations, and get inspired to go to beauty school and pursue your passion.

-Robyn Tellefsen

Beauty News You Can Use

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There’s always something to report in beauty news. Here are a few beauty school stories that piqued my interest within the past week.

From Hair Stylist to Actor
I bet you didn’t know that Danny DeVito was at one time a hairdresser! And he wasn’t just any ordinary hair stylist that you or I could go to randomly any day of the week. No, he was actually a hair stylist for female corpses. DeVito recently appeared on Lopez Tonight with George Lopez and said that he began work at his sister’s salon and even took classes at the Wilfred Academy in New Jersey. He joked that these clients could never tell him they didn’t like his work. Of course, DeVito went on to have a wildly successful acting career and currently stars in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Beauty Schools Losing Financial Aid
Since the economy has taken a downturn, many people have looked to beauty school as a way to get their feet in the door of a new career — especially those who lost their jobs as a result of the poor economy. However, the economy has not only created a surge in beauty school enrollments. It has also had an effect on the ability to pay back loans. As a result, some schools are losing their federal loan endorsements, according to The State Journal. Two of these schools include The Charleston School of Beauty Culture and Stanley Technical Institute. If a school has a 25 percent default rate for three consecutive years, the federal government will take away the school’s financial aid privileges. And it’s understandable — it’s great to follow your dreams and go back to school, but tuition and financial aid are certainly important factors to consider before enrolling.

Losing Beauty
A Paul Mitchell School in Spokane Valley, Washington, recently fell victim to a crime. And Kayla Baker was the victim. According to KHQ News, Baker lost $2,000 worth of beauty supplies she uses daily in her beauty school routine as an aspiring hair stylist. Without her toolbox of combs, scissors, brushes, and more, it’s pretty tough for Baker to actually do her job, which entails a student salon filled with customers, nightly. It is a beauty school student’s worst nightmare.

Have you been thinking of going back to school or pursuing your dreams? Research a beauty school or spa school program today to get started on your beauty career.

-Amanda Fornecker

Honoring the Beauty Industry

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The Bellus Academy of Beauty & Spa recently hosted an evening in San Diego to honor those who have been working hard to further the beauty industry. By providing mentoring and externship programs, these businesses and campaigns work tirelessly to give the community a further knowledge of beauty careers and the beauty industry. And they have even pledged scholarship money to help those looking to get into a beauty career.

“These beauty industry leaders have inspired so many others with their knowledge and generosity by taking students under their wing and serving as mentors,” said Lynelle Lynch, President of Bellus Academy. “By nurturing the future of the beauty industry and sharing their passion for their jobs with the community, it has helped us take another step further in changing the perception of beauty as a fallback career. Beauty industry professionals are just that – professional, while also being creative, business-minded and in love with what they do.”

Businesses and campaigns were given the special award at a ceremony on June 9, 2010. Some of these honorees included the Hard Rock Hotel, the Travis Parker Salon in La Jolla, The Loft in Escondido, The Doves in Santa Monica, and Salon Radius in Del Mar. Through campaigns, such as We Love Our Jobs, those in the beauty industry have been able to give more than $1 million in scholarships to deserving and aspiring beauty students. This just shows us that there are lots of opportunities in fields that we love. And the beauty industry is just one more.

-Amanda Fornecker