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Men's Hair and Beard Styles

Men's Hair and Beard Styles March Madness is here and we are ready to focus on the latest men’s hairstyles and beards on and off the court. Expect to see more natural hairstyles and beards as the weather warms up. Although looks will remain polished, gone are the days Read more

Top 5 Habits of a Successful Stylist

Top 5 Habits of a Successful Stylist Successful stylists make it look easy, but rest assured, they are working hard to make it in the beauty industry. To not only succeed as a stylist, but also to remain successful, you’ll have to dedicate yourself to your craft. Follow these Read more

The Top 5 Benefits of Seeing A Massage Therapist

The Top 5 Benefits of Seeing A Massage Therapist For many people, an appointment with a massage therapist is considered a luxury, and is oftentimes a gift. However, it really should be part of any preventative health care routine, as there are many benefits to regularly seeing a massage Read more

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

Men’s Hair and Beard Styles

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Men’s Hair and Beard Styles

Men's Hair

March Madness is here and we are ready to focus on the latest men’s hairstyles and beards on and off the court. Expect to see more natural hairstyles and beards as the weather warms up. Although looks will remain polished, gone are the days of over stylized hair.

Medium Length Hair

For years, men’s hair length seemed to fall into one of two categories: short or long. With medium-length spring styles, the cuts are meant to complement the man’s natural hairline while showcasing texture. Razor cuts made on a 45-degree angle and doing some notching will create movement and texture for men.

Edgy Crop

Crop cuts are making a comeback for March Madness, but expect plenty of unique flair added to the style. Crops will have fine line details that are playfully called “cat scratches.” Fades will be slightly higher as a way to make the top of the crop look longer. Adding a Technicolor shade like neon green or orange to cropped hair will also be hot this season.

Longer Side Part

For those men who are looking for a more classic style, they will like a cut with medium hair growth that has a longer length side part. To keep the longer hair from appearing unkempt, clean tapering will be done around the sideburns, nape and close to the hairline.

Long Full Beard

Men will have to take a few months to fully grow out their beards and the final look will depend on how the beard fills in. A full beard still needs regular maintenance. This involves trimming the sides while letting the chin hairs grow longer. The mustache hairs will also need regular trimming to avoid covering the lips. Men will need to apply a beard lotion daily to stop any itching. A product like beard balm is also essential to keep any stray hairs in place.

Reverse Fade

Not all men can grow a full, burly beard. For a fun take on a shorter beard style, you can do a reverse faded beard. With this type of beard, the fade faces the opposite direction of the sideburns. To achieve this, you will trim a blunt line between the sideburns and start of the beard and then trim about 1 cm off of the longer facial hair so it goes at a steady pace from short to long.

Interested in mastering the art of men’s cuts and styles? The Artistic Nails & Beauty offer educational programs for individuals looking to break into the beauty and barber industry.

Top 5 Habits of a Successful Stylist

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Top 5 Habits of a Successful Stylist

Successful Stylist

Successful stylists make it look easy, but rest assured, they are working hard to make it in the beauty industry. To not only succeed as a stylist, but also to remain successful, you’ll have to dedicate yourself to your craft. Follow these five tips to start thriving as a stylist.

Be a Style Icon

If you are a stylist, then you must look the part. Nothing is more off-putting than booking an appointment with a stylist who has no style. Keep hair on trend and dress professionally. Market yourself in person as well as on social media. Keep an active Instagram and Facebook page to showcase not only your personal style, but also share amazing looks you created in your salon chair.

Improve Customer Service

We all have bad days, but when you’re a stylist, you need to remain approachable 24/7. To succeed, your clients have to feel comfortable with you, not only as a stylist, but also as a person. If you project a winning personality, you will attract new clientele. Treating people with respect and not getting upset over constructive criticism will also get you ahead.

Keep Learning

The beauty industry is constantly evolving. Even seasoned professionals need to learn about the latest trends and techniques to stay competitive. Advanced education classes are a must throughout the duration of your career. These types of classes are also helpful if you’re looking for a niche. For instance, you could find courses to learn how to style wedding hair.

Give Back

Successful stylists know the importance of volunteering their services for charitable causes. Not only is it good to give back, but you’re also building up a positive reputation and getting your name out there. You could volunteer to do hair at a charity fashion show or host a cut-a-thon at your salon.

Educate Customers

Don’t simply cut a client’s hair and send them on their merry way. Suggest a hair regimen for them to follow between visits. Recommend they book their next appointment before they leave the salon. Nurture client relationships to encourage them to come back to you on a regular basis.

Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy offers comprehensive programs for aspiring stylists. With convenient campuses located in Tampa and Lakeland, students are able to complete courses on a part-time or full-time basis. Call the admissions department at (813) 654-4529 to learn more.

The Top 5 Benefits of Seeing A Massage Therapist

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The Top 5 Benefits of Seeing A Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist

For many people, an appointment with a massage therapist is considered a luxury, and is oftentimes a gift. However, it really should be part of any preventative health care routine, as there are many benefits to regularly seeing a massage therapist.

These are the top 5 reasons to see your massage therapist on a consistent basis:

1. Regular massage can help minimize the effects of anxiety and depression. As massage releases tension throughout the body, the body produces natural hormones that can help reduce anxiety and depression in affected individuals. Many people who receive regular massages report that they have better control over their symptoms, and that they experience fewer bouts of anxiety and depression.

2. Massages performed by a licensed therapist can improve physical health. There are many physical conditions that are improved through massage. Some conditions that benefit from massage include injury, osteoporosis, cardiovascular conditions, fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, dementia, and carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition, many cancer patients report that massage can help minimize the effects of chemotherapy and other treatments.

3. Massage can help improve sleep patterns. People who receive massages regularly, rather than intermittently, find that they fall asleep easier at night, stay asleep longer, and enjoy better quality sleep on a consistent basis. In turn, the improvements in their sleep patterns continue to help improve their physical and mental health.

4. People who receive massages regularly report feeling more relaxed. The techniques that are used during massage therapy sessions are designed to release muscle tension and release natural hormones within the body. Not only do people feel more relaxed immediately after their massage appointments, but they are able to remain relaxed throughout other stressful situations.

5. Massage can enhance any regular exercise routine, improving muscle and joint health, which make it easier for people to complete beneficial exercise sessions. Generally, they get better results from combining their routine massage therapy appointments with regular exercise. It can be easier to lose weight, tone muscles and stay fit.

In order to enjoy the full benefits of any massage, it’s critical that individuals make their appointments with licensed massage therapists. Licensed massage therapists have completed an extensive educational program that teaches them proper massage techniques, and they also have completed practice hours to finish their training. For more information on the benefits of massage from a licensed massage therapist, contact Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy today.

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.

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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.


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.


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.


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, 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!