Big Names In Beauty Education

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Attending a cosmetology or beauty school offers a way to learn from the experts and to position yourself for a successful career in the beauty industry.

Some of the big names in the beauty business are instantly recognizable to those seeking a beauty career and individuals who have seen products on store shelves or in salons. Some schools are more than 100 years old, although their beauty hasn’t faded.

Here’s a look at five big names in beauty education.

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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

End-of-Summer Facial with an Esthetician

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At some point this summer, I’m sure you were exposed to some of the sun’s fabulous (yet damaging) rays. If there’s one thing you can do to go out with a bang this summer, it might be to get an end-of-summer facial, especially before all the back-to-school madness! And who better to do your facial than a licensed esthetician?

A facial consists of a few different techniques in order to give you a glowing and healthy-looking complexion. Through the use of steam, exfoliation, and extraction, estheticians really can help you feel and look your best by taking out those unwanted blackheads and creating an outlet for your pores to breathe naturally. At a facial, you can also get some advice and tips from your esthetician regarding your daily regimen and treatment options.

An esthetician is a great go-to person to see even if you’ve never experienced skin problems. Estheticians are experts in skin care, cleansing the skin of impurities. Additionally, estheticians are able to give head and neck massages and even complete makeup applications.

An esthetician program can be found at many cosmetology schools. It is through an esthetician program that a person can become properly licensed to work with individuals in places like spas, doctor’s offices, and other beauty salons. Programs vary in length and price, but it is always important to consider your own needs and desires. An esthetician career is a great one to have, especially according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, who estimates that the field of esthetics will grow by 38 percent due to an increase in demand for people who want to better their skin. This is much faster than the average growth for other occupations.

Summer may be over, but don’t despair. You can go get an end-of-summer facial or perhaps begin a career as an esthetician to be able to give those fabulous treatments to those who seek them.

-Amanda Fornecker

Empty Promises from a Cosmetology School

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Fila Academy promised what most cosmetology schools do: the chance to enhance your education and become a successful professional cosmetologist. But the story doesn’t end happily ever after with graduation and a great beauty job. Instead, this is just another lesson on why you should make sure your potential beauty or spa school is accredited…

According to Courthouse News, this Glen Burnie, MD, cosmetology school was recently sued in a class action suit by students who were tricked into the potential of obtaining a beauty school eduction. Students say that they were actually given the answers to exams before they even took them – giving them no chance to actually prove any of their ability. Additionally, Fila Academy forced students to sign up for loans and grants in order to get the more than $16,000 in tuition per student, the article says. And what’s even worse? Students say they were forced to clean toilets along the way.

Fila’s website claims that they accept students who can pass a test in compliance with the NACCAS Ability to Benefit Policy. However, it never stated that they were actually accredited by NACCAS. This is a vital piece of information and why it’s important to do your research. A simple Google search for NACCAS will bring you to the website, where you can search by the name of the school and see if they are actually accredited by this important cosmetology school-accrediting body.

Don’t let something like this happen to you. Do your research and ask questions before you hand over your life savings to someone who may be giving you false hope and empty promises. This shouldn’t scare you into not going to beauty school – it should merely educate you. Start searching now and protect yourself.

-Amanda Fornecker