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Holiday Beauty Gifts - Must Haves This Holiday Season


Holiday Beauty Gifts - Must Haves This Holiday Season Giving the gift of beauty this holiday season will be a surefire success. Many men and women don’t take the time out to pamper themselves. Another great thing about beauty gifts is that they can be tailored to work with Read more

A Career as a Massage Therapist


A Career as a Massage Therapist There is no better time to become a licensed massage therapist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of massage therapy will experience 24 percent growth over the next decade. One of the biggest draws of massage therapy is the Read more

Halloween: When Hairstyles Becomes Your Costume


Halloween: When Hairstyles Becomes Your Costume Halloween. Time to let your inner desires materialize in costume form. We pay so much attention, however, to the costumes and makeup that we often neglect hair. That’s too bad, because hairstyles can make or break a costume. In fact, hairstyles can be your costume! Read more

3 Tips to Becoming a Successful Barber Student


3 Tips to Becoming a Successful Barber Student Whether you're interested in enrolling in barber school or are already in the midst of your program, one thing remains: This is an exciting and fast-paced industry. Fortunately, there are steps you can take while you're in barber school to set Read more

Holiday Beauty Gifts – Must Haves This Holiday Season

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Holiday Beauty Gifts – Must Haves This Holiday Season

Holiday Beauty Gifts

Giving the gift of beauty this holiday season will be a surefire success. Many men and women don’t take the time out to pamper themselves. Another great thing about beauty gifts is that they can be tailored to work with any budget.

Beauty Mask Set

Do you know someone on your gift list who is obsessed with facial masks? Then, the five-piece set Mask-A-Holic by Peter Thomas Roth is a surefire holiday hit. The masks are appropriate for any skin type and addresses any skin issues you may have. The 24K Gold Mask Pure Luxury Lift & Firm is the showstopper of the set and is guaranteed to leave your skin looking more radiant while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retail price of the gift set is $244, but the gift set can be purchased for just $75.

Self-Tanning Set

One of the most awful things about the winter is the effect of being indoors has on our skin. Most of our complexions become pale and pasty during the colder seasons. A self-tanning kit is definitely a beauty gift any recipient will love to receive. Tan-Luxe produces a trio gift set for under $60 that promises a healthy glow without any streaking.

Lipstick Sets

Are you trying to decide on a gift for a recipient who is infatuated with lipsticks? Lipsticks are a gift that will never go out of style. Lipstick gifts are also great to give since the recipients can try out new shades without shelling out their own cash. The Tom Ford Girls & Boys Trio features three full-sized lipsticks from the beauty maven’s brand new collection. The $108 price tag is well worth it for this luxurious holiday present.

Brush Kit

A good makeup brush set at an affordable price can be hard to come by. Fortunately, during the holidays, many top makeup brands release limited edition brush sets. For instance, the MAC Snowball Mini Brush Set features three mini versions of the brand’s top-selling brushes.

Travel Case

If you’re unsure of the brands and products your gift recipient already has in her collection, a makeup travel case is a safe bet. Choose a durable metallic case with plenty of compartments to hold a variety of products. Newer versions like the one from Slaycase, even come with a lighted mirror to help her get ready on the go.

Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy has two convenient locations in the Tampa area. Our programs of study include cosmetology, massage therapy, spa therapy, nail technician, and many more. 


A Career as a Massage Therapist

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A Career as a Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist Career

There is no better time to become a licensed massage therapist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of massage therapy will experience 24 percent growth over the next decade. One of the biggest draws of massage therapy is the flexibility found within the career. You can devote yourself as a full-time massage therapist or choose to only work part-time to earn extra income.

Getting Started

Each state will have different licensing requirements to practice as a massage therapist. On average, a comprehensive massage therapist program will require you to complete 600 hours of training. The program may last upwards of six months and can be typically scheduled around your other commitments. Besides learning massage therapy techniques to provide pain relief, improve circulation, and promote reduced stress levels, you’ll also learn about client communication, hygiene issues, and client needs analysis during your schooling.

Massage Therapy Job Settings

Massage therapists can be hired on a contractual or permanent basis depending on the job location. Potential settings for massage therapists to work include spas, hospitals, health clubs, hotels, cruise ships, chiropractic offices, and much more. A substantial percentage of massage therapists work as sole proprietors and manage their own practices. They may be in charge of their own scheduling, billing, and marketing.

All job settings have their pros and cons. For instance, working on a cruise ship may ensure a steady flow of clients, but you’re not likely to develop a long-term client base. An independent practice allows you to control the profits, but if you’re new in the field, you may struggle not working for a branded salon.

Getting Equipped

If you do decide to launch your own business after establishing a client base, massage therapy can be a lucrative career choice. You can work out of an office space or choose to keep operations mobile. Some massage therapists set up at a client’s home with a portable table. You would also need your own selections of oils, towels, and stones to use during sessions. Most importantly, you should look into professional liability insurance to keep your assets protected as your business grows.

The Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy has a massage therapy school program that can launch your brand new career. The academy has two convenient locations in Lakeland and Tampa and offers part-time and full-time course schedules. Contact Artistic Nails & Beauty today to get more information about massage therapy careers.


Halloween: When Hairstyles Becomes Your Costume

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Halloween: When Hairstyles Becomes Your Costume

Halloween Hairstyles

Halloween. Time to let your inner desires materialize in costume form. We pay so much attention, however, to the costumes and makeup that we often neglect hair. That’s too bad, because hairstyles can make or break a costume. In fact, hairstyles can be your costume! It can make you prettier or, indeed, scarier.

Sleek and Pretty: Hairstyles for the Princess

If you intend to be a princess, or even certain superheroes, then you may want pretty hair. For the superhero in you, you may want the lush free flowing hair. Smooth, big waves with a deep side part will work well. For the princess, you’ll want braids and more braids. Wrap braids around in a bun, or let a fishtail braid run down your back. For an added twist, clip on a spider for extra Halloween effect.

But maybe you’re the unicorn or Pegasus, a pet for the princess, if so, you can start with temporary rainbow hair dye and then create a horn in the front center of your head, or ears off to the side of your head, but starting with small buns and wrapping your hair around them, using small sections at a time. To top any hairstyle off, you can sprinkle on rainbow glitter to sparkle your way from house to house trick or treating.

Super Fun Scary: Hairstyles for the Ghoul

So, you don’t have to be a ghoul. You could be a zombie, a skeleton, even Maleficent to chase the princesses running around with their sweet smiles and beautiful hair. Whatever you are, hairstyle matters. What you’ll need are accessories, temporary hair color dye and a lot of mousse or other hair product to create “effects.”

Every Halloween store you visit has an abundance of hair accessories and temporary hair dye in spray or gel form. Whether your hair is braided, free flowing, or suspended in air, accessories can enhance the fun: from headbands (horn headbands to wrap hair around for Maleficent horns), to creepy crawly clips (spiders spinning a web), to accessories not specifically for hair (think: plastic snakes slipping in and out of braids for a Medusa look). For the monster in you, you’ll want to turn your hair color into something metallic, silvery or a steely blue. The sprays are good but the gel allows you to style your hair while dyeing it.

Whatever you do this Halloween, your hairstyle will set you apart from the rest. Take a few minutes to plan – even practice – and then on the night of All Hallows’ Eve, prepare yourself.

Additional Resources for Halloween Hairstyles:

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3 Tips to Becoming a Successful Barber Student

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3 Tips to Becoming a Successful Barber Student

Successful Barber

Whether you’re interested in enrolling in barber school or are already in the midst of your program, one thing remains: This is an exciting and fast-paced industry. Fortunately, there are steps you can take while you’re in barber school to set yourself up for success, not only to complete your program, but to thrive in the industry afterwards as well.

Have a Plan and Stick With It

First of all, take some time to become familiar with your barber program requirements and how you’ll complete the program on the specified timeline that is required. For example, if you’re working a full-time or part-time job while attending school, you’ll want to plan your study time accordingly. Build in time that is solely dedicated to studying and preparing for your barber courses.

Get Your Foot in the Door

It’s never too early to get involved in the industry. Even if you can’t start working as a barber right now, you can seek out a position at a barber shop as an assistant. Another opportunity is to get involved with student barber and hair competitions. This is a great way to meet others and become known in the industry.

Further great options are career fairs. Your barber school probably has yearly or semi-annual career fairs where barber shops will come to recruit. Bring your resume, along with your passion and portfolio, and you just might find your next dream job.

Show Off Your Talent

You can begin making a name for yourself while you’re still in barber school. As you learn new techniques and develop your talents, why not set up social media accounts on which to show off your work? Posting your work on YouTube, Instagram, or even having your own professional blog, can be great ways to develop a following while you’re still in school. From there, you’ll have an opportunity to connect and get clients once you finish your program.

Completing barber school and setting yourself up for success takes discipline and planning, but by following these tips, you’ll be in great shape.

For more information on barber programs near you, check out Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy today.


Fall 2017 Beauty Trends You Need To Know

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Fall 2017 Beauty Trends You Need To Know

Fall 2017 Beauty Trends

Although we’re sad to see summer go, fall is practically around the corner. With cooling temperatures, beauty trends will inevitably change. Expect to see lots of neutral shades in hair, nails, and makeup styles. Another trend to watch out for this fall: classic designs with a modern twist.

Hair

One of the biggest surprises you’ll see this fall when it comes to hair is the reemergence of the bow. Don’t think over the top patterned bows pinned to the top of the hair, but a subtler look like a low ponytail tied loosely with a simple bow. Black shiny bows are particularly in style this season and were seen all over the runway when designers premiered their Fall 2017 collections.

Retro waves are expected to make a big comeback with women wearing curls, long and loose. For girls with a natural curl, bangs are an option to consider. Even if you have tighter curls, you could leave a few wispy bangs to hang out front.

Deep side parts will also be another trend to watch this coming fall. After the part, hair can be pulled to the back tightly for an easy, polished look. Pin the hair loosely for a more casual style.

Nails

Fall nail color will be much darker and more dramatic than summertime manicures. The best place for color inspiration can be found through OPI’s new Fall 2017 line titled Iceland. Standout colors in the collection include icy blues, deep purples, and sparkling browns.

Metallic designs will be popular this fall—especially gold and silver accents on top of deep reds and browns. Trendsetters will also be looking for new ways to add more texture to nails including 3D accents, fringe, and chrome topcoats. Abstract designs will be more popular on nails—allowing nail technicians to stretch their creative muscles. Split nails and half moon manicures are also expected to become trendy this fall.

Makeup

Lips will be the focal point when it comes to autumn makeup looks. Bold colors, such as deep plum and ruby red, will be wildly popular. Lip liner in a shade darker will make lipstick standout even more.

Smoky eyes are always in style, but the new twist will include an unexpected splash of color, such as yellow or orange eye shadow. Metallic shadows, especially gold shades, will make a major comeback this season. With the boldness of the eyes and lips, little to no makeup will be used on the cheekbones.

Do you have a passion for following beauty trends? Learn what career opportunities are awaiting you by visiting our Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy website.


4 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Nail Artist

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4 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Nail Artist  

Nail Artist Nail Art

Do you love doing your nails? Maybe you even spend a ridiculous amount of time following nail art pages on Instagram each day. Either way, if nail art is something you love, then you may want to consider a career as a nail artist. It can be an extremely fun and rewarding career for a number of reasons, but we’ll cover just a few of the best benefits.

You Get to Express Your Creativity

Working as a nail artist means you get to show off your creative side every single day. Whether it means trying out a new nail trend on one of your clients, or showing off your skills with an elaborate manicure for a special event, no two work days will ever be the same. Imagine your clients’ nails as a blank canvas and have fun with it!

Enjoy a Flexible Schedule

Nail salons are typically quite flexible when it comes to scheduling, so you can find a position that works with your busy life. Whether you’re looking for something part-time, full-time, or weekends-only, you’re likely to find a great salon that will work with you. And of course, should you ever decide to open your own nail salon or work as a freelancer, you’ll have the ultimate flexibility!

You Get to Form Relationships With People

If you’re the type of person who loves connecting with others and helping them feel better about themselves, then a career as a nail technician is a great opportunity for you. Each day, you’ll work with different clients and give them the confidence boost they need to take on their day. And who knows? Some of your best clients could even become your closest friends.

Nail Technician Programs Are Affordable

Some nail technician programs can be completed in as little as 9–15 weeks, so you can save on the time, hassle, and cost of completing a four-year (or more!) degree program while still enjoying a rewarding career.

Want to find out more about nail technician programs and opportunities? Contact Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy today to get answers to your questions, or even set up a school tour. We’d be happy to help guide you on the path to your new career!


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 maneaddicts.com, 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.

Refresher

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?

Esthetician

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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmetology#Esthetician”).

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: facts-edu.org/events.html
Junior Style Stars: juniorstylestars.com
Beacon: probeauty.org/beacon
NAHA:  probeauty.org/naha/
Premiere Orlando: www.premiereorlandoshow.biz/
Hair Battle Tour & Sneaker Battle: hairbattletour.com/miami-fl-sunday-june-11th/

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.