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Why Should I Study Cosmetology?

Our cosmetology program could help you turn your passion for beauty into a career! Click here to read Read more

Dream Big - Achieve Success

Dream Big - Achieve Success   When you decide to pursue a career within the beauty industry, don’t be afraid to dream big. Like you, the top stylists and makeup artists in the world started out as newbie beauty school students. Before they conquered the industry, they all had Read more

Halloween Inspiration and A Beauty Career Choice

Halloween Inspiration and A Beauty Career Choice   Do you wait all year to flip your calendar to October so that you can begin planning your Halloween costume? If you are the type of person who goes all-out for Halloween, including a homemade costume, expert makeup and perfect hair, Read more

Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare

Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare   To be successful in the beauty industry, you need to consistently stay on top of trends. When new clients call to request the latest and greatest skincare craze, you want to have the know-how to put them on the books. Here are Read more

Why Should I Study Cosmetology?

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Is beauty your passion? Have people told you that you’ve got a real talent for hair, nails, and makeup? You could turn that passion and talent into a career! It all starts with getting your cosmetology license at Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy. If you’ve never considered cosmetology in the past, here are a few reasons why it could be a great choice for the future!

Express Creativity

Whether art was your favorite subject in school or you just enjoy playing with makeup, cosmetology can be a great option for creatives. Our cosmetology program at Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy can teach you innovative hair coloring, cutting, and styling techniques and professional makeup application. These are valuable skills for a career in the beauty industry, but there’s also so much room to experiment! When it comes to hair and makeup, there really are no rules. Beauty is all about ingenuity, from playing with colors and textures to trying out new techniques and products. If you’re looking for a career where creativity is crucial and uniqueness is valued, cosmetology could be the one for you!

Stylist using a tool on a blonde client's hair.

Learn With Others Who Love Beauty

One of the best parts about school is learning with other people. In cosmetology school, you have the chance to learn about beauty with people who are just as passionate as you are. Learning with peers who share your interests is a great opportunity to share ideas, ask for advice, and brainstorm. It’s always beneficial to have a network of support around you, especially as you’re preparing for a future career. Our program is a safe space where you can be yourself and make friends while pursuing your goals.

Exciting Career Opportunities

With a cosmetology license, a wide variety of exciting beauty careers could be possible in your future. A few of those creative careers are:

  • Hair stylist
  • Hair colorist
  • Makeup artist
  • Theatrical hair stylist and/or makeup artist
  • Editorial hair stylist and/or makeup artist
  • Beauty advisor
  • Freelance makeup artist
  • Beauty educator
  • Beauty blogger
  • Platform artist

Get Prepared for a Career

Our cosmetology program at Artistic is 1200 hours and takes roughly 10-14 months to complete. The program covers the following beauty techniques and service skills:

  • Hair styling, shaping, and coloring
  • Hair texturing
  • Scalp and hair conditioning
  • Skin care and makeup application
  • Manicures, pedicures, and nail extensions
  • How to determine the best makeup, hairstyle, and hair color for a client
  • Theory application
  • Developing good working relationships
  • Stylist communication skills
  • Proper stylist protocol
Makeup artist applies lipliner to a blonde client with smoky eye makeup.

Apply to Our Program!

Do something you’re passionate about. Apply to our cosmetology program and you could turn your talent and love for beauty into a fulfilling career! Contact Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy today to get more information.

Dream Big – Achieve Success

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Dream Big – Achieve Success  

Dream Big - Beauty Industry

When you decide to pursue a career within the beauty industry, don’t be afraid to dream big. Like you, the top stylists and makeup artists in the world started out as newbie beauty school students. Before they conquered the industry, they all had the same question: How badly do I want to achieve my dreams?

Goal Setting

Goal setting isn’t just about daydreaming of your ideal career. Goal setting helps you develop a path to achieve your dream job. Each beauty school graduate may have a different picture of his or her future. For instance, you may dream of one day owning your own salon or barbershop. Another dream could be of opening a spa that uses only all natural and organic products. Stylists may have goals to attract celebrity clientele and work on movie and television sets. Maybe you see yourself traveling the world as a platform artist. Once you know what your goal is, you can make a step-by-step plan on how to get where you want to be.

Achieving the “Impossible”

Many students don’t set goals early on because they are fearful over their futures. However, research has proven that prospective employees with clearly defined goals are 10 times more likely to succeed. Start off by researching your dream career and find out how individuals who are currently working in the field were able to break into the profession. Talk to career specialists as well at your beauty school to get advice on what you need to do to achieve your dream job. Career specialists can advise on job placements and also help you build your network.

Throughout the process, write down goals and even print out images to help you visualize the end result. For instance, if you have a dream of being the go-to hair stylist for brides, spend time cutting out images of inspired bridal hair designs and write down mantras like “I am the best bridal hair stylist in all of Florida.”

Dreams may change as your journey as a stylist continues on. Although you may have started out dreaming of owning your own salon, a new opportunity may open up that turns out to be a better fit. The future is yours—take it.

Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy has locations throughout Florida and offers the training you need to achieve your dreams within the beauty industry. Contact us today for more information.

Halloween Inspiration and A Beauty Career Choice

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Halloween Inspiration and A Beauty Career Choice  

Beauty Career Choice

Do you wait all year to flip your calendar to October so that you can begin planning your Halloween costume? If you are the type of person who goes all-out for Halloween, including a homemade costume, expert makeup and perfect hair, then a career in beauty may be the best choice for you.

Why Should You Consider a Beauty Career Choice?

  • You will get to make people look and feel their best. For many people, Halloween is an opportunity to pretend to be someone that they are not — and maybe to pretend to be someone they would like to be. When you begin a career in cosmetology, you can allow people to feel great about who they are each day.
  • You get to help your clients define themselves and their look. Rather than trying to become someone else or fit in with the latest trends, you can use your cosmetology skills to help define your clients and give them confidence. Together, you can create a look that uniquely suits them.
  • You get to play dress up every day. Halloween only comes once a year, but when you work as a cosmetologist you can concoct unique and creative styles along with your clients on a daily basis.

Hair and Makeup Tips for Halloween

  • Use a primer on your face before applying any makeup. Not only will this help set the makeup in place, but it will protect your skin from the extra makeup that is applied for Halloween night.
  • Have fun with your Halloween hair. There’s plenty of paint and glitter available to perfect the look that will complement your costume. Apply generously, but know that it should be taken out as quickly as possible after your celebrations are complete. Rinsing with shampoo and using a significant amount of conditioner can help remove extra product from your hair.
  • Know that the creepiest Halloween looks need to be applied in layers. There should be a makeup base, a layer for outlining and a layer for details.


Whether you prefer to create ghoulish costumes for each Halloween, or you like to pretend you are as glamorous as a Hollywood A-lister, you will likely love a career in beauty. Working as a makeup artist or hair stylist will allow you to transform your clients every day of the year. For more information, contact Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy today.

Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare

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Top 5 Beauty Trends In Skincare  

Trends In Skincare

To be successful in the beauty industry, you need to consistently stay on top of trends. When new clients call to request the latest and greatest skincare craze, you want to have the know-how to put them on the books. Here are the top five trends you need to have on your radar.

Custom Skincare

The one size fits all model for skincare is no longer acceptable. Skincare products are being custom tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. Beauty brands such as Curology, Bioclarity, and Blend and Boost are using analysis tools to match each person with the exact product they need to address skincare issues. All-over skincare is becoming popular too with clients looking to have beautiful and healthy skin, not only on their faces but from head to toe.

Microbiome Products

For years and years, the majority of skincare products have focused on moisture restoration to fix issues like dry and flaky skin. However, the latest products take things a step further by helping the microbiome on the skin’s surface stay balanced. The microbiome on the skin is made up of microorganisms that work together to keep the skin healthy but can be adversely affected by environmental factors. Working to re-balance the microbiome can reverse common skin problems.

Crystal Skincare

Crystals such as ruby, citrine, and amethyst are popping up in more and more formulations of skincare products. The crystals are being used to create skincare products that have anti-aging and revitalization benefits. Crystal facials are also becoming a highly requested service with applications having a detoxing and purifying effect.

Earth-Friendly Treatments

The popularity of products and treatments that don’t contain harmful ingredients has increased substantially. Natural skincare is very trendy right now and involves the avoidance of ingredients such as parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, silicone, and artificial fragrances. Clients want to use products with labels that state they are non-toxic, all natural, and organic. Popular skincare product brands with natural skincare products include Farmacy, Eminence, and Acure.

Rubber Face Mask

Rubber face masks are a beauty trend that has been popular in Korea for some time but has only recently become more well known stateside. The masks may start out in powder form and then once water is added, they take on a rubber texture. The texture allows for the mask’s ingredients to penetrate the skin’s surface deeper.

Artistic Nails and Beauty Academy offers challenging and exciting beauty programs that will teach you all about the newest skin trends to keep your eye on. Programs of study include focuses on skincarespa therapist, and full specialist. Reach out today for more information.

The Power of Giving Back  

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The Power of Giving Back

The Power of Giving Back

Working in the beauty industry, you play an important role in the community. Not only do you provide your clients with the services that they want, but you also give them an opportunity to connect with someone and communicate with them. Many times, you are not just a hairstylist or a barber. You also are a friend, a confidant, a trusted advisor. You provide the community with an essential service, and it’s always a good idea to give back to the community when you have a chance.

Recently, the hairstylists and barbers from Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy gave haircuts at a local homeless shelter. In addition, they collected food, blankets, and personal care items to donate to the shelter. This event is just one way that Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy routinely gives back to the community that it serves. Here are a few reasons why we feel it’s important to give back:

Community Services Promote a Team Environment

When individuals who are part of an organization work together for the greater good, they feel more like a united team, rather than a bunch of separate people striving to meet personal goals. This sense of camaraderie and dedication extends beyond the immediate circumstances and stays with the group long after they have completed their community service project.

Giving Back Shows Your Dedication to Your Community

Professionals who want to succeed in a given neighborhood or city need to prove to their clientele that they aren’t just in it for the money. They need to showcase their commitment to the area around them and give back to the people who make the community what it is.

Donating Goods and Services Helps Individuals Feel More Connected with the People They Serve

Community service projects help get people out of their place of employment or their educational facility, and into the community they serve. It gives them a chance to meet new people, to learn their stories and to understand their unique perspective. It allows them to develop a personal connection that will stand the test of time.

Power of Giving Back Students

At Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy, we strive to train the next generation of hair stylists, barbers, skin care professionals, nail technicians and massage therapists. Our goal is not only to create highly-qualified professionals but also entrepreneurs who understand the value and importance of community. For more information on our school and our programs, contact us today.

How To Become A Barber

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How To Become A Barber  

Become A Barber

When a woman needs a fresh hair style or an updated color, she heads to the salon where she enjoys a luxurious experience with her favorite hairstylist. A man, however, is more likely to go to the local barber for a hair cut, a beard trim and a great conversation with the guys.

The barber shop is more than just a place where men go for a quick cut and style. It’s a gathering place where the barber himself is often the center of the community. Have you ever thought that you might like to be a part of this camaraderie and community? Here’s how to become a barber in Florida.

The Job Description of a Barber

A barber is often defined as an individual who cuts hair for men. A barber often also provides clients with beard trimming or shaving services, if they so choose. A barber also may be responsible for:

  • Shaping hair into a desired style.
  • Providing facial treatments in order to properly maintain facial hair.
  • Sterilize and maintain equipment needed to perform job responsibilities, such as razors, scissors and clippers.
  • Maintain the barber shop facility by sweeping and cleaning.
  • Massage the head, neck, shoulders and scalp to complete the experience.
  • Conduct financial transactions and manage the books for the shop.

How to Become a Barber

Those who are aspiring to become a barber must first begin with learning more about the field. A hands-on educational program is necessary to develop the skills needed to perfectly execute the cuts, styles and shave services that clients expect from their barbers. The barber program at Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy is 1,200 clock hours. The average student completes the program within 10 to 14 months, and is prepared to pass their licensing exam at that time.

Florida Requirements for Barbers

In Florida, a barber must be at least 16 years old and have completed 1,200 educational hours at a barber school in the state in order to take the licensing exam. In addition, all applicants must complete a 2-hour HIV/AIDS course for barbers. The course must be completed within two years of taking the exam.

Begin Your Career Today

Kickstart your career by enrolling at Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy. We offer a program for aspiring barbers that will allow them to develop the technical, business and social skills necessary to be a licensed barber in the state of Florida. For more information, contact us today.

What’s Hot This Summer In Hairstyles

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What’s Hot This Summer In Hairstyles

Summer In Hairstyles

The top hairstyle trends for the summer of 2018 are designed to showcase your fun side. Hair is meant to not only look beach-ready, but also be styled to hold up during hot and humid weather. Here are the top looks you’ll want to try out.

Elevated Pony

High ponies are perfect for the summer—they are easy to create and also keep you cool during the hottest of days. Give your ponies a little something extra by adding accessories like twisting a bedazzled ribbon through it. Low ponies can also be styled by wrapping the entire length with a silk scarf. A lot of 1990s-inspired styles are also in this season, with scrunchies used to secure ponies.

Dramatic Bobs

Blunt, very angular bobs are expected to be seen everywhere this coming summer. Longer bobs are popular since they give the option to be styled both up and down. Ends for straight bobs can give off a lot of high drama by being cut with a razor instead of scissors. Curly shorter bobs are another summer look to experiment with.

Bangs Are Back

Bangs seem to go in and out of style about as frequently as the seasons change. Bangs are a hit again with micro fringe bangs having a moment. These shorter bangs are cut well above the brow line. If very short bangs aren’t your thing, try out longer whispy bangs for the summer. Choppy side-swept bangs are a low-risk style to test out if you’re looking for a simple and low-maintenance hair makeover.

Micro Braiding

Braids instantly make you feel as if you’re on an island getaway. For this year, smaller braids are in style. Look for twists like leaving the bottom half of longer hair loose while the top half has very tight braids. Longer and looser braids can be used for side ponies or even pinned on top of the crown to create a braided headband.

Sleek and Styled

Damp hair is having a moment right now. Many hairstyles can look as if you just jumped out of the ocean and still have perfect hair. Sleek low ponytails are one option available with damp hair tight against the scalp. Another option is a messy updo with a few wet strands left loose out front. Messy updos are being created by a lot of teasing until a wind blown look is achieved.

Always stay on top of style trends by attending courses through Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy located in Tampa & Lakeland, Florida. Find out more about the different beauty programs by contacting them today at (863) 682-4247.

How to Become a Massage Therapist in Florida

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How to Become a Massage Therapist in Florida

How to Become a Massage Therapist in Florida

A career in massage therapy is both personally and professionally rewarding. As a licensed massage therapist in Florida, you will have the opportunity to work with your clients to relieve their stress and muscle tension. You will help them to feel refreshed and renewed, and you will give them a new outlook on life.

The massage therapy field is constantly expanding and developing, which means that you will find plenty of new opportunities that will allow you to grow within your career.

How to Become a Massage Therapist in Florida

In order to become a licensed massage therapist in Florida, you must be at least 18 years old. You need to have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Some schools, such as Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy, do offer a career pathways program where you don’t have to have your high school diploma (inquire directly with the school).

In addition, you must:

  • Complete 500 hours of coursework at a state-approved school, such as Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy. Our program requires you to complete 600 hours of coursework, which prepares you better for a career in this field. Generally, students complete this program in 6-7 months. Our curriculum focuses on teaching you value-driven massage skills, as well as develops the analytical skills you will need to provide each client with personalized service that addresses their unique circumstances.
  • Pass a state licensing exam that allows you to practice in Florida. There are four exams available to choose from: the National Exam for State Licensure, Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination, National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage.
  • Complete a 10-hour continuing education course on Florida Laws and Rules.


Benefits of Pursuing a Career in Massage Therapy

Some of the benefits of becoming a licensed massage therapist in Florida include:

  • You will be able to work in a variety of different settings, including a spa, a massage clinic, a resort, a doctor’s office or at a fitness center.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet new people each and every day, and develop lasting professional relationships with your clients.
  • You will be able to earn the income you need to enjoy the quality of life you deserve.
  • You will have the chance to treat clients for pain relief, stress relief and general wellness.


For more information on our massage therapy program and its curriculum, contact Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy today. We would be happy to help you take the first important step toward your new career.

Career Change To Beauty or Barbering

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Career Change To Beauty or Barbering  

Career Change

Never feel like you must stick with your current job for the long haul. If you feel as though you’re stuck in a rut, it’s probably high time for a career change. One of the most rewarding switches you can make is launching a new career in the beauty industry.

Reasons for a Career Switch

Each individual who abandons his or her current career path has personal reasons for doing so. Here are a few common signs that you may want to leave your job and start a career as a stylist or barber:

  • Low wages
  • High-stress workplace
  • Lack of career advancement opportunities
  • Low job satisfaction
  • Tired of 9 to 5 schedule
  • Long commute


It’s never too late to change careers—even if you’ve been at your job for more than 10 years. In fact, a prolonged tenure may give you the motivation to leave for a job in the beauty industry. If you’ve been in the same position for a decade and you’re not feeling challenged or rewarded, it’s time to move on. Your long-term goals may no longer sync with your current job.

Why Make the Switch to Beauty

A job as a stylist or barber offers many benefits that your current career may be lacking. A few key reasons include:

  • Stylists and barbers have more flexibility when it comes to scheduling. You can work part-time, full-time, weekends and evenings depending on your availability. Since stylists are in high demand, you can reduce your commute too since you’re likely to find plenty of local salons.
  • Get the respect and admiration you deserve. Clients will appreciate your hard work and reward you with referrals and monetary tips. As you build your network, you can earn a very good income.
  • Careers in the beauty industry leave plenty of room for growth. You may start out as a part-time stylist and move up to salon owner. You could also find opportunities to be a stylist for fashion shoots, movie sets or runway shows.
  • Finally, you can feel good about your job. Career satisfaction is a given within the beauty industry. Each client is different which allows for new challenges daily. You’ll feel good knowing you are using your talents to make someone beautiful.


Artistic Nails & Beauty can help you seamlessly switch gears and break into the beauty industry. Programs are available at our Lakeland and Tampa locations. Make an appointment with one of our admissions representatives for more information on our many offerings.

Men’s Hair and Beard Styles

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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 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.

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