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Top Five Hair Stylists To Follow on Instagram

Top Five Stylists To Follow on Instagram Need some inspiration? If you are just getting started in your career as a stylist, a new graduate, or even a student, and are looking to stay inspired every day, we have gathered the top five stylists to follow on Instagram Read more

Why Moms Need Beauty

Why Moms Need Beauty With Mother’s Day approaching it’s time to take a look at why moms need beauty. We don’t mean to say that moms are the only ones that need beauty, or that moms aren’t keeping themselves looking good. We mean that every mom deserves - nay, Read more

What does an Esthetician Do?

What does an Esthetician Do? An Esthetician is a skin care specialist that assess the condition of your skin and performs such treatments as facials, hair removal, and makeup application. Facial services include massaging and treating the face with lotions, creams, and oils. Estheticians not only work on the Read more

How Hair Competitions Can Help Your Career

How Hair Competitions Can Help Your Career As a beauty and barber school student, have you ever attended a competition event? If you have, you may have had a chance to see or participate in a “barber battle” or hair competition at a show. When you are in school Read more

Top Five Hair Stylists To Follow on Instagram

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Top Five Stylists To Follow on Instagram

Hair Stylist To Follow on Instagram

Need some inspiration? If you are just getting started in your career as a stylist, a new graduate, or even a student, and are looking to stay inspired every day, we have gathered the top five stylists to follow on Instagram to give you your morning kick.

Tracey Cunningham

Tracy has an incredible story. She started out as Bette Midler’s Nanny and emerged into a top celebrity stylist. BTW- Bette Midler actually paid for her to go the beauty school! Her list of celebs includes Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and many more.

Tracey is Redken’s creative consultant for color, co-owner of Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills, and currently travels around the country with her educational forums.

We love Tracey’s Instagram feed because she gives us insight into the work that she is doing and shares her color techniques. 

I l you and your #pinkhair @busyphilipps #olaplex and @jasonpaulhair for helping

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Ursula Stephen

Another amazing celebrity stylist and salon owner with clients including Mary J. Blige and Rihanna. Ursula always knew hair was her passion and has been a licensed stylist since graduating high school.

We find Ursula’s Instagram feed inspirational as we follow her travels around the world doing hair. Recently she was at the Cannes Festival in France and the Met Gala in New York. She gives us something to reach for.

Jen Atkin

Not only is Jen Atkin a celebrity stylist but the New York Times has called her “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World”. Jen has over 2 million followers just on Instagram, and we understand why. She shares advice, how-tos, inspirational quotes, and fun tidbits with her followers.

Atkin has launched her own products line, OUAI, released a range of Beauty Works hair extensions, a line of hair accessories, and started, a digital magazine that has stories, how-to videos, workshops, celebrity contributors, and that allows readers to share content from across the world.

Chris McMillan

The creator of “The Rachel”, the hairstyle from the TV show Friends that defined the 90’s, Chris McMillan is the quintessential California Stylist. His salon in Beverly Hills caters to celebrities wanting the laid back, sexy, beachy looks that Chris has created.

Following Chris on Instagram means seeing all those wonderful looks he is creating today for the red carpet and the numerous magazine covers.

@alexilubomirski @mrchrismcmillan #blackandwhitephoto #tattoo #raw #notouchup #gay #50 #documentlife #love

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Ted Gibson

Known for his editorial and runway work, Ted Gibson’s work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Allure, and many more. He has worked New York Fashion week for designer labels such as Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Lela Rose.

Ted is fun to follow.  He is an educator and an inspiration for the craft which he loves. Seeing his creations leaves us stunned.

These are our top pics for Instagram accounts to follow. Inspiration here we come!

Why Moms Need Beauty

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Why Moms Need Beauty

Moms Need Beauty

With Mother’s Day approaching it’s time to take a look at why moms need beauty. We don’t mean to say that moms are the only ones that need beauty, or that moms aren’t keeping themselves looking good. We mean that every mom deserves – nay, needs – a beauty treatment.

Getting A Time Out

Instead of being the one handing time outs, it might be time to let Mom enjoy her own time out. Receiving a beauty treatment gives moms that time out, just for her. Giving Mom the time to sit back, relax and regroup.  The beauty treatment – whether it is hair, skin or nails – is a well deserved chance to get out of the house and go someplace dedicated to taking care of other people.


Most of the time all Mom needs is a bit of an appearance refresher. Something remind her of who she uses to be. For this, a beauty treatment is perfect. A new cut and color goes a long way to refresh her look and give Mom another reason to smile. Getting a manicure and pedicure do not only offer a relaxing foot scrub that also recharges her mentally, but when she leaves with baby soft skin and beautifully designed nails, she can bank on getting unsolicited compliments when paying the grocery bill. And how about a facial to refresh her skin and make her look and feel years younger.

Show Mom She’s Appreciated by Giving the Gift of Beauty

Mom does a lot! While spending all day doing things for everyone else; making sure everyone is fed and clothed, homework is completed, everyone is driven to sports meets, dance classes and meet ups on time… Mom knows that she is loved, but does she know she is appreciated? Having children is a wonderful experience, but can be taxing, even for the most exceptional super mom. And in the bustle of caring for everybody Mom easily leaves herself for last. So we say this Mother’s Day, lets give Mom something that truly shows how much she is appreciated – a beauty treatment.

Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy has gift certificates available for purchase. Ask the front desk at either the Tampa or Lakeland location.

What does an Esthetician Do?

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What does an Esthetician Do?


An Esthetician is a skin care specialist that assess the condition of your skin and performs such treatments as facials, hair removal, and makeup application. Facial services include massaging and treating the face with lotions, creams, and oils. Estheticians not only work on the face but the body as well, including waxing, body wraps, and sugaring.

Esthetician vs. Aesthetician

We see the word Esthetician and Aesthetician used to refer to skin care specialists. So what is the difference between an esthetician and an aesthetician? The two terms are interchangeable (link”).

The word Aesthetician started, and is used, mostly in Europe, whereas Esthetician is the Americanized version of the word. You will see salons and spas use Aesthetician for branding purposes, usually to elicit a sense of “European Luxury”.

What Do You Need to Become an Esthetician?

Estheticians are required to obtain training at a qualified school. Each state has different requirements. In the state of Florida it takes about 9 – 15 weeks to complete, depending on whether you attend full-time or part-time.

Skin care education includes studying and obtaining knowledge about skin analysis, facial treatments, waxing, and makeup techniques. Esthetician students also need practical experience, that is, they need hands-on experience working on real clients.

Is A Cosmetologist An Esthetician?

A cosmetologist can perform hair, nail, and skin care services. With a cosmetology license the beautician can do everything an esthetician does. A cosmetology license encompasses skin care. A person interested in skin care could choose to become a cosmetologist to give themselves and the flexibility to change their specialization in the future.

  • Advanced Skin Care Education
  • An esthetician has many opportunities for career advancement. Besides stepping into a management position at a spa or salon, estheticians can focus on other areas of service to become specialists.
  • Advanced education or techniques include:
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser and Light Therapies, such as LED & Microcurrent for fighting wrinkles.
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Permanent Makeup
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Medical Esthetics

Is A Career As A Skin Care Specialist Right For You?

If you have been considering a career as a skin care specialist the best way to determine if it is a good fit for you is to do two things.

First, interview someone who already works in the field and ask them questions related to their daily schedules, what they like best, what they like least, and what advice would they have for someone entering the field.

Second, go in and speak with a school representative. Take a tour, ask questions directly related to what is expected of you as a student, and see if you like the environment in which the skin care education takes place.

How Hair Competitions Can Help Your Career

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How Hair Competitions Can Help Your Career

Barber Competition

As a beauty and barber school student, have you ever attended a competition event? If you have, you may have had a chance to see or participate in a “barber battle” or hair competition at a show. When you are in school learning the hair trade, it can be valuable to show off your new found skills at a hair competition. Don’t be nervous! These events can truly take your skills to the next level, have you immersed in a super creative environment, and get you used to some of the pressure that comes with being a top tier stylist or barber. Plus, you can actually win some really great prizes and gain valuable experience that you can use in the real world, when you head into your career path after school is over.

Hair Competitions Are Great For Your Career

By getting out there and signing up for a well known competition, you are putting your face and your name directly on your work for people in the industry to see and admire. You can gain exposure this way, which might even lead to the job offer of your dreams. When salons are hiring, they are going to look for students who weren’t afraid to put themselves out there to showcase their skills. Winning some of these competitions is going to look great on your resume, that’s just a given.

Hair Competitions To Consider

There are a good number of hair competitions you can enter. Our students just participated in the FACTS Barber Battle which focused on clipper design. The work done in the competition was absolutely top notch and very exciting to witness.

Here are some additional competitions you might want to consider:

FACTS Updo or Barber Battle:
Junior Style Stars:
Premiere Orlando:
Hair Battle Tour & Sneaker Battle:

Being part of a competitive event can truly sharpen your skills, so you can even perform better under pressure. If you are interested in competing next time around at any kind of hair competition, by all means… go for it. You’ll love the feeling and the experience you’ll come away with. It’s a perfect way to learn and showcase your skills as a beauty and barber student, new graduate, or even as a seasoned professional.

Love Beauty and Style? A Career As A Beauty Professional Might Be Yours.

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Love Beauty and Style? A Career As A Beauty Professional Might Be Yours.

beauty & styles

Do you love fashion, style, and beauty? If your hobbies include shopping for the latest style, trying out new makeup looks, and following beauty Youtubers and Instagram stars, why not join them by making a career move to cosmetology?

Cosmetology Career Options

Having a passion for beauty and style gives you a professional edge over others entering beauty school. When you are driven and curious about the things you love, you will naturally enjoy working in the field and keeping up to date with trends.

Cosmetology is a flexible career that allows you to work in the beauty and fashion industries and do what you love all day. Some of the career options you’ll have after graduating from beauty school include manicurist, makeup artist, hairstylist, salon stylist, esthetician, beauty magazine writer, business consultant in the beauty industry, fashion stylist, stylist for film and television, salon owner, and so much more.

You can even parlay your beauty experience into a job working as a personal stylist for a celebrity, or other influential person. If the business side of things interests you, you can open a franchise or work in PR and marketing.

Cosmetology Training

Skin, hair, makeup, and nail care are covered in a comprehensive cosmetology program. Even if you go in to beauty school knowing you want to open a nail salon, you’ll spend time learning about these other subjects in a well-rounded education.

In classroom and practice seminars, you will learn how to clean, care for, and style hair. You’ll also receive a chemistry education, since hair coloring products are all chemicals. Knowing the science behind the products will help you explain things to clients clearly. Similarly, with skin care, you’ll explore different types of facials, and different ways to remove body hair, including the science behind things.

You will have plenty of time to practice hairstyles, hair cuts, and makeup looks, as part of your education.

Before you can start work in the beauty field, you’ll need to sit for the state boards to obtain your license. Once you have your license, you can start working. Many states’ licenses are transferrable, so you can take your career with you!

Top 5 Hair Trends for 2017

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Top 5 Hair Trends for 2017

Hair Trends for 2017

Throughout 2016, there was certainly no shortage of fun and unique hair trends. From the ombre color to the return of the angled bob, there’s a good chance you tried something new with your own hair last year. Now that 2017 is here, we’re ringing in the new year with some bold new hair trend predictions!

The “Grown-Out” Look

This will be a new favorite color go-to for those of us with roots that are too laborious to maintain. The grown-out look, also known fondly as “bronde,” is a combination of blonde and brown. Hair is colored blonde at the ends and remains darker at the roots, with the colors fading gradually into each other. Think of it as a more natural and subtle version of the ombre!

Blunt Bangs Are Back

If you’ve been growing out your bangs, now might be the time to reach for the scissors once again. Blunt bangs are back, especially for those with oval or rounded face shapes, who can really pull off this dynamic look. Thinner and wispier blunt bangs will be big in 2017 and we’re excited about it!

Break Out the Straightener

Sleek and straight hair will once again make it big in 2017. Short, long, or in between—it doesn’t matter! Everybody can pull off the straight-hair look. Just make sure your hair is healthy if you choose to straighten it on a regular basis; fried ends and damaged hair are never trendy. A heat-protecting spray goes a long way in preventing damage.

Layered Cuts With Major Volume

We also anticipate that this year will be all about the layers! Fun, heavily layered looks with lots of dimension and volume will take the world by storm. This goes for cuts and styles of all lengths. Shorter layers and choppy ends will make for a fun and edgy look.

Deep Side Parts

Forget the subtle side bang. We’re talking deep side parts in 2017. Specifically, we’re beginning to see many women changing up their natural part to the opposite side to create some seriously impressive volume without the need for products.

From color to cut and style trends, these are a few of our predictions for 2017. Only the next 12 months will reveal the year’s hottest hair trends, but we think these are a pretty safe bet, given what we’re already seeing this early on.

Are You Ready for a New Career in 2017?

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Are You Ready for a New Career in 2017? 

A New Career in 2017

If you’re tired of feeling like you’re stuck in a dead-end job that you don’t feel passionate about, then it’s time to make a change. 2017 is just around the corner, and there’s never been a better time to re-evaluate your career options and set goals to get started in a career you love. After all, don’t you deserve to feel a sense of excitement and pride each day when you head into work?

Are You a Candidate for a Beauty/Barber Career?

If you’re the type of person who enjoys staying up-to-date on the latest hair and beauty trends, then perhaps a beauty/barber career is right for you. The people who work in this industry are passionate about hair and beauty, and they enjoy helping people look and feel their best. If you’re the person your friends and family already turn to for help with their hair and beauty needs, and if you’re interested in a job where you get to help others and experience something new every day, then it may be time for a career transition!

Potential Beauty/Barber Career Options

There are so many different job options to explore when it comes to a beauty/barber career. Some of the most common positions include:

  • salon/spa owner
  • hair designer/stylist
  • hair color specialist
  • barber/barber shop owner
  • cosmetologist
  • cosmetology instructor

These are just a few of the career options to consider, but the possibilities are truly endless.

How to Get Started on the Path to a New Career

Does a job in the beauty/barber career path seem like something you might excel in? If so, then you may be wondering what steps to take next. First of all, it’s important to obtain the necessary formal education and training for your desired career path. This means getting enrolled in a reputable and accredited beauty/barber school. Here, you can learn all the specific skills and techniques you’ll need to practice in the field, and you’ll get to enjoy hands-on experience as well.

Specific beauty/barber programs can vary in their required completion time based on whether you plan on enrolling part- or full-time in classes, as well as the number of hours required to complete the program. However, if you want to get started in attending classes early in 2017, it’s important to plan a visit to the beauty school of your choice as soon as possible. By setting up an appointment in December, you can register for your classes and be ready to go by January!

Pursue a more fulfilling and exciting career path in the coming year; consider a career in the beauty/barber industry, where you can make people feel great about themselves on a daily basis!

Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas in Beauty

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Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas in Beauty

Holiday Gift Ideas in Beauty

Getting ready for the holiday season and wondering what to get the beauty fans in your life? Check out the top 10 holiday gift ideas in beauty below. You’re sure to find something for every beauty fanatic on your list.

1. OPI 10-Pc. Breakfast At Tiffany’s Mini Set.

What could be more romantic and classic as Breakfast at Tiiffany’s? This collection contains everything she will need, from the classic whites and pinks, to the vibrant reds, and some unexpected blues. The collection can be purchased at Macy’s for $28.95.

2. Dermalogica Power Rescue Masque Trio.

When life gets stressful, as the holidays are sure to do, this gift will revive the skin and make the recipient feel energized and refreshed. The kit costs $59.00 and can be purchased directly from Dermalogica at

3. ipsy Subscription.

Want to keep the beauty treats coming all year long? Get her a subscription to ipsy. Every month she will receive a custom Glam Bag with five beauty products. A one year subscription goes for $110.00 and can be purchased online at Check out the November 2016 “Rockstarlet” BTS + Sneak Peek.

4. Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick.

This set of eight mini liquid lipsticks are perfect for that ever changing girl in your life. These are long lasting with high pigment colors. This set can be purchased from Sephora for $49.00.

5. The Koko Kollection by Kylie Cosmetics.

This is the hot new trend – a must have for the 2016 Holiday season. A collaborative effort by Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian. These lip products will be launched November 9th and will retail for $40.00. See kyliecosmetics’ Instagram feed for a sneak peak.

6. Gilmore Lip Balms.

Do you have a Gilmore Girls fanatic on your list? Urban Tee Farm has just the gift. Gilmore Lip Balms include Vicious Trollop, Spring Break and Java Junkie. They go for $5.25 each or you can get all three with the Gilmore Lip Kit for $12.00.

7. Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Custom Hair Masque Cocktail Kit.

Yes, we love Madam C.J. Walker’s story. This is a deep conditioner for stressed hair that will leave hair looking and feeling healthy again. Retails for $38.00 and can be purchased at SEPHORA.

8. Fizz & Bubble Limited Edition Candy Cane Milkshake Bath Fizzy.

Looking for a great stocking stuffer? This is the ultimate fun in the tub. With scents from the season, your loved one will be  pleasantly surprised with this adorable gift. The Bath Fizzy can be purchased from ULTA beauty for $15.00.

9. Birchbox for Men.

We don’t want to forget the men in our lives. Here is another subscription service that will have your man feeling and looking good. Every month he will receive a customized  box with 4 grooming samples and a full-size product. Subscriptions are $20/month.

10. Beauty Service.

nothing is better than giving a beauty service to enjoy. By giving a gift certificate for a service, you are essentially giving someone time to be selfish, to get the service they want but might not have taken the time or spent the money on for themselves. This holiday season, give them the gift of beauty, give them an Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy gift certificate.

We hope this top 10 holiday gift ideas in beauty gets you started on your shopping list!

Famous Female Barbers

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Famous Female Barbers

Tina Sapia Famous Female Barbers

Being a female barber is an unusual occupation. You would normally think of barbers as male, but not anymore. There are a variety of amazing female barbers that are taking the world of hair by storm. As a graduate of our beauty and barber school, the list of alumni is growing everyday. Some of those are achieving fame for their amazing work in the art of hair, doing barber style cuts that are anything but ordinary. Exceptional work is their specialty, and no one personifies this more than Tina Sapia. As a graduate of our school, we are proud to bring you her profile. You can even see her do live barber events on her Facebook webpage, cutting hair in a way that you’ve never seen before.

Tina Sapia grew up in the Lawrence, Massachusetts area, but now makes her home in Florida. She came to barber school a little later in her life, only finding her true passion in her 30’s. As a member of The Barber Society, Sapia is able to gain inspiration and experience from others in her field. Coming up with new artistic designs to give to her clients is part of her passion in this chosen field of work that she excels in. Her motto is “work harder and smarter!” In order to get her hair license she managed to go to work a full schedule and juggle school all at the same time. No one can ever accuse Sapia of not being a hard worker.

The artistic detail in her barber work is incredible. Her background has always been as an artist who loved to put pencil to paper, drawing amazing designs. Realizing that she could apply this to barber work is quite an accomplishment. She’s able to buzz those same intricate designs into that fine layer of hair along a person’s scalp in a manner that is nothing short of genius. Her shop “Sapia’s Barber Shop” in Clearwater, Florida, is routinely booked well in advance with happy clients going in and out all day long. You can check out some of her fine work in photos that are listed on her website, make an appointment, and even see a full list of services her shop offers. They are open five days a week, being closed on Monday and Sunday like most salon establishments.

Her online presence is also strong. More than 3000 people follow her on Facebook. Sapia also posts videos and still shots of some of her hair design work. If you see a style she’s done that you like, she can easily replicate it for you, or come up with something completely new. That’s part of the benefit of her work, endless creativity that keeps her fresh in the game of hair styling. As one of the notable few female barbers in the industry, she’s paving the way for fellow females to follow in her footsteps. You’ll feel lucky if she gets her hands and tools on your head! Her unmistakable style is unique. Those trademark black rimmed glasses, the pompadour hair, and of course her winning smile are just a few things that make Sapia one of the most sought after barbers in the industry.

Back to School: Choosing an Alternative to a Traditional Full-Time College

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Back to School: Choosing an Alternative to a Traditional Full-Time College

Back to School - Alternative Education

With summer coming to an end, many students are returning to school for the start of another academic year. However, if you haven’t made plans to enroll in a college or university program for the upcoming school year, then you may be feeling a bit left out—especially as you watch your friends move away to their dorms for the year. In reality, however, a traditional four-year degree program at a college or university isn’t for everybody, and for a number of reasons.

Traditional Colleges: Not for Everybody

First of all, there’s the inherent costs involved with attending a traditional four-year college or university. For a Bachelor’s degree alone (which typically takes 4-5 years to complete), most students these days are graduating with more than $30,000 in student loan debt. And with interest rates on student loans being at their current rates, graduating with $30,000 in debt often means paying back closer to $50,000 or more over the course of the next decade. For this reason alone, many people make the decision that a traditional degree program isn’t for them because they don’t want to graduate with so much debt—and that’s wise.

Furthermore, there’s always the possibility that what you aspire to do with your future career simply doesn’t require a Bachelor’s degree or higher. There are still many jobs and specific trades these days that don’t require more than a certification or Associate’s degree, so why spend more time in school than needed?

Alternative Higher Education Options

The good news is that if you’ve decided that a traditional four-year degree program isn’t right for your lifestyle, budget, or career goals, you still have plenty of other options worth exploring. The key is to begin by determining what type of career you see yourself in; what are your goals? What are your specific interests?

Many people find that learning a skilled trade, such as how to cut and style hair, can be extremely useful. These days, there is a high demand for barbers, beauty experts, and stylists. If you’re the type of person who enjoys staying up-to-date on hair and/or makeup trends in addition to helping others look and feel their best, why not explore a career as a stylist, makeup artist, or barber?

There are a number of educational programs in this field that you can complete in as little as a year, which means you’ll be working in your field sooner and you’ll graduate with far less student loan debt than you would with a typical four-year degree program at a larger college.

If you’re interested in a career in this field, why not explore your options with local beauty and barber schools? Many programs offer last-minute enrollment, so it’s never too late to get on the path to a successful and rewarding career.