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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 Read more

How To Become A Barber

How To 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, Read more

What's Hot This Summer In Hairstyles

What's Hot This 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 Read more

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 Read more

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.

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.

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