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Why Should I Study Cosmetology?

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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

Loving What You Do Is The First Step In a Long Successful Career

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Loving What You Do Is The First Step In a Long Successful Career

Long Successful Career

Your life is going to hopefully be very long. You know what makes your world a better place to live in? Having the right career where you can pursue something you are happy and passionate doing. Getting up everyday to doing something you dislike is going to make for a long, but unfulfilling life.

There is a choice in careers that has brought many people financial and personal success. That career is through a beauty and barber school. As a graduate you be on a path to the career of your dreams. You could even open up your own salon or shop to be your own boss one day, once you have the training and experience you need to master the craft of hair in all its glory.

Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy will teach you all the techniques in cutting, color, styling, and barbery that will give you the skills you need in this industry. Take a closer look at this video by famed stylist Tabatha Coffey on American Salon Magazine, which explains exactly why someone would choose to enter this exciting industry. Ask yourself these few questions in order to determine if this career discovery is exactly right for you.

Have You Always Loved Doing Hair?

This is an easy one to answer. Do you love doing your own hair? Or maybe you have always enjoyed doing your friends’ and family’s hair? If you are fascinated with the subject of hair, and all it entails through styles, tips on doing it, and products galore, then you might just be the right fit for a career doing hair. The science of hair styling is an amazing craft with many facets to learn. Be able to cut and color to the height of any new trend that comes along when you have a solid core foundation of education.

Do You Eagerly Look Over The Latest Hair Trends?

If you routinely scour the fashion magazines for the hottest in hair fashions straight off the runways of New York City, Paris, and Milan, then you know that this is an aspect of the industry you are highly interested in. Do you look at the celebrity styles on their red carpet appearances. Hair is such a varied and unique way to showcase personal style. It doesn’t get any more fun than changing up a style’s cut or color. It’s an art form like no other.

Were You a Child Who Loved Doing Doll Hair?

Tabatha Coffey talks about how when she was a little girl she was “mesmerized” by hair. She’d play endlessly with her dolls’ hair, friends’, and anyone’s hair she could get her hands on. Remember those old school Barbie head dolls? That gave her a clue that a career as a hairstylist might be right for her. The transformative part of hair styling was what appealed greatly to her. The ability that a hair stylist had to change a person’s outlook through their hair was something to aspire to. Have you ever felt that you could touch people in this way? Once you have the skills you need, because you know your desire is right on target, you will be on your way to a rewarding career in the hair and salon industry.

Moms in the Beauty Industry: A Flexible and Fun Career For Moms

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Moms in the Beauty Industry: A Flexible and Fun Career For Moms

Moms in the Beauty Industry

As a busy mom, your dream career is probably one that is both lucrative and highly flexible. However, it may seem difficult to find jobs like this. You may know that the traditional 9 to 5 job isn’t right for you already, but fortunately there are plenty of other choices today. One of the most flexible – and most fun – industries for busy moms today is the beauty industry. Here are three ways that you can have a career in the beauty industry that will still leave plenty of time for family life.

Beauty Blogger

Beauty bloggers have endless flexibility – they can write from anywhere. Many women who have a history of working in the beauty industry find beauty blogging a great way to make some extra money from home. If you want to really get your name out there as a beauty writer, you can even submit articles to big beauty magazines. If writing on beauty topics for a blog or other website is your goal, consider signing up for a few cosmetology courses. This gives you current info on the industry and allows you to share your fresh knowledge with your readers.


A cosmetology career can be the perfect fit for any busy mom who wants a flexible schedule. Many cosmetologists work mainly with hair, from haircuts to hair coloring and beyond. However, you can also learn how to do makeup professionally. Many cosmetologists also learn skin care as well. This career field allows you to work with a beauty salon, resort, or spa to provide services to clients at times that are convenient for you.

Salon Owner

Starting a small business – in this case, a beauty salon – is a great way for moms to be involved in the beauty industry. Naturally, having at least some basic skills in the beauty industry via cosmetology school can be the best background for owning a business like this. As a salon owner, you’ll have the freedom to come and go as you please, and you can hire people who are highly skilled in cosmetology to represent your business. You’ll get to set the days and hours of operation, tailoring them to your schedule.

Any of the above ways to be involved in the beauty industry as a mom can be extremely successful. This is a great field with quite a bit of growth potential. When you combine that with the incredibly flexibility, it adds up to the ideal industry for a mom today!

Top 10 Success Tips for Balancing Full-Time Work and Part-Time School

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Top 10 Success Tips for Balancing Full-Time Work and Part-Time School

Part Time Hair School

Many people dream of pursuing a creative career but lack the educational requirements. Add to that being tied down with many obligations, those with high goals for the future feel they just can’t attain their dream because there are things in their way, such as working full-time or even having to raise kids. However, there are many ways to enroll in programs like cosmetology while working full-time or having other retraining obligations. Here are ten tips on how to balance full-time work with part-time school.

1. Find a School That Fits with Your Work Schedule

Cosmetology schools offer part-time programs for folks who hold down full-time jobs. If you’re on a 9-5, Monday through Friday schedule, look for schools that offer courses at night during the week. If you work at night, find a school that offers courses during the day. If you work a really long schedule during the week, you can find schools that offer a part-time program on the weekends. Some schools may even offer part-time online classes. The key here is to find a school program that best fits with your current work schedule.

2. Use Imagery

You know what you want your future to look like. To keep yourself motivated find an image that represents your future. It could be a photo of a famous stylist, a location such as a salon or a city or a photo of your kids. Choose an image that you can look at everyday and know why it is important to you to keep pushing forward and succeeding.

3. Get Others to Help Out

Don’t be afraid to ask friends or family members to help out. Speak with them before even signing up for a class. Ask them to help you with watching the kids, cooking dinner or cleaning. You can even reward them with something like a free facial for their services if money is tight.

4. Develop a Plan

Develop a plan, write it down and stick with it. Once you have an established plan, it’ll be set in stone and you’ll have your path to putting your passion into action. Without a plan, you’ll be grasping at straws. With a plan, you’ll have a road map to success.

5. Have a Positive Mindset

While it may seem overwhelming, keep thinking positive. You can do it. A little confidence goes a long way.

6. Stay Flexible

Even if you have a plan in place, things may change, and you may have to shift gears a bit. Stay flexible and rearrange your plan if need be.

7. Stay on Course

Keep the course. Likely, you’ll be busy with both working and learning, but stay the course. Keep a daily schedule of what you need to accomplish and go for it.

8. Reward Yourself Along the Way

Don’t forget to take time to give yourself some kudos for meeting the challenges of working full-time and taking part-time classes. Treat yourself to a sundae or enjoy a stroll in the park.

9. Share Your Journey with Others

Let others know what you’re doing and how you’re doing it. It’ll reinforce that can-do attitude while letting others know that they can do it too.

10. Put Your Knowledge to Work

Lastly, once you’ve got the education you need, it’s time to pursue your passion. Go for it. Find your dream job and reap the benefits of all your hard work.

Tampa and Lakeland Summers – Protect Your Skin This Season

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Tampa and Lakeland Summers  – Protect Your Skin This Season

ampa Lakeland Summer - Protect Your Skin This Season

With the sun-kissed skies always beaming in Tampa and Lakeland, it’s time to implement strategies to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Here are some tips to put in your arsenal to prevent premature aging, skin cancer, sun spots and leathered looking skin.

While there’s no such thing as complete protection from UV rays to prevent skin cancer, using a sunscreen with SPF 15+ that provides both UVA and UVB protection will reduce the risk of skin cancer. Apply it liberally and let it dry for about 30 minutes before going out in the sun, even when you’re just driving to work. If you’re swimming at the pool or beach, reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. Clothing can also help block the sun from getting to the skin. Dark, woven clothing is best or clothing with UV protection is another choice. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using the laundry additive SunGuard, as it gives clothes an ultraviolet protection factor of 30.

Take extra care from sun’s rays by sitting under an umbrella while at the beach and pool or lounging on your patio. Don yourself in a wide-brim hat and sunglasses that block both UVB and UVA rays. And don’t forget to wear a protective lip balm.

Cosmetics can go a long way in protecting your face from UV damage. Keep in mind that these products must have the right ingredients and be applied properly. Look for moisturizes that are labeled “broad-spectrum SPF 15+.” The moisturizer should contain avobenzone, and zinc oxide. Use an eye cream that has an SPF of 15. The next line of defense is in your foundation. Choose a foundation with an SPF rating between 8 and 15. Then, top it off with a powder. Face powder has tiny pigmented talc particles that deliver more sun protection and will help your sunblock and moisturizer stay on longer. Don’t forget your lips either. Opaque lipsticks provide better protection than high-gloss lipsticks. Choose one with an SPF rating of 15 or higher.

Living in the Sunshine State comes with a lot of perks – white powdery beaches, sunny skies and outdoor adventures all year long. Just be sure to take steps to protect your skin from the sun.

Does Having a Career You Love Help You Live Longer?

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Does Having a Career You Love Help You Live Longer?

Barber Living Longer

You don’t need to ask a social scientist to know that having a meaningful career makes people happy. Doing good in the world, helping others and contributing to society are all basic human desires, and a major way we find these outlets is through work. So sure, a great career definitely helps you feel more fulfilled.

But can it even help you live longer? Lately we’ve seen a barrage of news items about hairdressers and barbers outliving their peers and enjoying unusually lengthy careers. So we asked ourselves why. Could it be possible that loving your career has anything to do with living longer?

Well, Anthony Mancinelli may be proof that loving your job can keep you alive a good long while. This New York barber has been on this Earth almost 105 years, and shows no signs of quitting the cutting business anytime soon. He got his start when he was 12 years old, Chicago’s WGN TV reports, and has been at it for more than 90 years. That’s staying power. The secret, he says, is he never gets tired of it.

Possibly working at something you love is what does the trick, or maybe it’s the joy of giving people something they need. Clay Tankersley, a resident of the Lexington, Kentucky area, is an example of a do-gooder. In addition to running his own barbershop, he cuts hair at nursing homes in the area. While some residents pay him, he never worries too much about the money. It’s giving a good haircut that matters to him.

And then there’s that whole being part of a community thing. You know, the thing that matters to all humans unless they’re total hermits? Joe “Uncle Joe” Montalbano knows all about that thing, and showed his appreciation for his customers and friends when they bought him a new barber pole to celebrate his 67 years in business providing awesome ‘dos.

There’s something to be said for starting fresh, too. Instead of retiring at age 65 and enjoying the sunset years as most do, Rose Dow chose another career instead. She went to cosmetology school and spent a further two decades cutting hair. She’s now a hundred years old, and attributes at least part of that longevity to an energetic approach to life. As PressConnects reports, “For Dow, the secret to a long life is simple: ‘Don’t lie down.’” Cutting hair, in Dow’s case, was a way to celebrate life and career much longer.

So you never know; finding a job you love could be the secret to long life. It doesn’t have to be cutting hair… but if that is what you love, don’t give it up. Those scissors and combs, sprays and hair dryers may just keep you young. When it comes right down to it, we don’t have all the facts. We can say with assurance, though, that loving your career – loving what you do everyday – sure doesn’t hurt.

Hottest Hair Trends 2016

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Hottest Hair Trends 2016

Hottest Hair Trends 2016

Beauty buffs are always looking for ways to ring in the year with early adoption of up and coming style trends. Today, we’ve gathered up some of the hottest looks in hair styles and color that are forecast to be huge in 2016. If you want to try out these styles on yourself, or practice them now to offer the latest cuts and color with confidence, have a look at our hair trends 2016 forecast.

Hair Color Trends 2016

  • Pale pink and blue accents – Color gurus Pantone just anointed not one but two colors of the year – Serenity and Rose Quartz, playful blue and pink hues that are anything but babyish. It’s time for mermaid hair to move over and make way for light, whimsical hues like these. Gigi Hadid and Miranda Lambert are among the celeb adoptees of this look.
  • Babylights – This highlights style goes super micro for max impact. For multidimensional color and highlights that look like you were born with them, ask for babylights.
  • Ronze – shorthand for copper red plus bronze brown – is the hottest red hue of 2016. Women with cool complexions or dark skin can try blue-based ronzes, while those with fairer complexions should pick a pink or yellowish ronze hue. All-over color works best for ronze styles.


Hair Style Trends 2016

  • Texturized lob – In 2016, expect to see the lob or long bob embrace texture. Short, shoulder-length ‘dos with a little bit of chop and shag, texturized lobs are low maintenance and major fun for all textures of hair.
  • Modern pixie – Asymmetry is out for 2016, with the new short hair trend being a modern pixie cut that keeps hair framing the face an even length. Varying lengths around the nape of the neck, ears, and top allow you to personalize this short cut while showing serious It Girl glam.
  • Angled curls – It’s all about geometry for curly hair. A wedge cut or stacked lob keeps it short in the back and playfully long up front, showing off your curls. A trapezoid shape has more weight on the top and tapers toward the bottom, giving you lots of length to play with if you like to shake up your look. Take celeb inspiration from Solange Knowles.
  • Long fringe – Bangs are still front and center for 2016, although fashion-forward ladies tend to wear their bangs long and parted. Think of them more like face framing layers than eyebrow-skimming heavyweights. A stylist can help you transition from fringe-heavy to long fringe looks, avoiding that awkward grown out period.


What other styles are on your radar for 2016?

What Does It Take to Become a Successful Cosmetologist?

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What Does It Take to Become a Successful Cosmetologist?

Become a Successful Cosmetologist

So you’ve loved playing with hair your whole life. Your sisters, friends and colleagues consistently compliment your hairstyle and want you to do theirs. You just can’t get enough of beauty magazines and the ideas within them.

Luckily, there’s a job for that. Whether you’re just considering a career in cosmetology, or you’re a newly minted graduate of a beauty school program and are wondering about next steps, it never hurts to familiarize yourself with the requirements for a successful career in beauty. Here they are.

Complete a Qualifying Program

This is the first step to becoming a cosmetologist, because without qualifying hours you’ll never be able to get your license or get hired. Florida requires you to attend an accredited cosmetology school, and while you may be able to complete some components online, you will have to go to classes at a physical location to get in all of your required hours – 1200 total.

Once you get a job, you’ll need to complete 16 continuing education hours during every renewal cycle, which stretches over two years. You can worry about that after you become a successful cosmetologist, though.

Get Your License

Once you’ve completed your training hours, it’s time to get your license. To do this, you’ll need to pass the cosmetology exam provided by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Board of Cosmetology. If you completed your training hours in another state, you may still be able to take the exam in this state, but you’ll have to communicate with an official from the board.

Build a Portfolio

This is crucial, because a good portfolio will help you get hired. Include lots of pictures of work you’ve done: makeovers, haircuts and styles, and anything else at which you excel, and a salon might potentially be interested. An especially good trick is to include sets of before-and-after photos, because then an employer has something to rate your work against. You can practice on friends and family to build your portfolio if you don’t yet have paying clients.

Land a Job

Once you’ve gotten your portfolio up to snuff, it’s time to apply for jobs. If you get one (and you will, with enough work), congratulations! Now provide excellent service, and the clients will begin to flock to you.

If you live in Florida and are thinking about a career in cosmetology, or are looking for a job, these tips will help you find the one that best suits you and your desires. And remember: Although it might seem like a cliché phrase, there’s no time like the present to get started. Lots of people desire similar careers, so get started today on ways to make yourself stand out and you’ll end up with a better career than you could have dreamed of.

The Hot Trends in Hair and Nails This Holiday Season

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Hot Trends in Hair and Nails This Holiday Season

The Hot Trends in Hair and Nails This Holiday Season

It is that time of year to see which of those fashion trends we saw in Europe came over here during New York Fashion Week. These tend to be the trends that will stick with us during the holidays, perhaps all the way through spring. Regardless of whether the apparel choices from the runway ever catch on, the hair, makeup and nails almost certainly will. This year the looks are often associated with “natural”, no matter how hard we have to work to achieve that natural appearance.

One thing that fashion shows in Europe showed, and continued in America, is a focus on ‘come as you are’ looks for hair. Whether you have longer hair or shorter hair, the current looks are trending towards the appearance of slightly unkempt tresses, or for those of us who are brave enough to get a cut, shorter hair that is easier to manage and requiring less effort. But of course often it can take more effort to make our hair seem to have less effort put into it than it actually did.

Perhaps because shorter hair stands out as a common thread in this winter’s hairstyles, the beehive is back, and if you have finer hair, it can look wonderful. The beehive seems to be popular because it creates a sense of natural or muss to the hair as it drapes across the brow. But it is also a versatile enough style in that it also allows those of us who would like to maintain their hair longer to not have to take the bold step to get it cut, just to match the runway models’ looks focused on shorter, somewhat messy hair.

Another look is to have your hair pulled back on one side and to allow it to hang naturally on the other. The trick here is to keep your hair from looking exactly perfect. While the longer side naturally looks messy, you can create a natural looking messiness in the pulled back side by carefully pulling a few strands loose. This style combines a look of sex appeal with a look of being busy and on the go. No matter what your hair may say about you, the rest of you can be as relaxed as you need to be.

Another technique to create a short haired appearance, without ever cutting it – as used by Miranda Kerr and others – is to put a knot your hair on the very top of your head. This look is especially popular and attractive for those with longer, thinner necks, as this style draws the eyes up from the lines of the neck to focus on your beautiful face and smile.

When nails are considered heading into the holiday season there are two main styles trending this fall and winter. Nails either have a paint splattered look, with multiple colors, often with no discernible geometric shapes, or nails have a mostly nude look with simple eye catching designs, made all the more interesting because the background is painted with more natural tones.

No matter what your face structure, neck structure or hands look like, there is a style that will look good on you this holiday season. Give one a try and soak in the compliments.

A Creative Career for Creative Personalities

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The Importance of Having a Creative Career for Creative Personalities

Creative Career for Creative Personalities Hairdressing

Creativity is not a word that often comes up when thinking about careers…yet, if you have a creative personality, it is critically important to select a creative career. Learn how creativity and career influence one another and the importance of selecting a career that matches your personality type.

Why creative people need creative work

If you think, act, and dress creatively, fitting into a 9 to 5 corporate job can be a struggle. From having to tame down your style of dress or your hair color to fit corporate norms to being reprimanded for taking too long at lunch or coming in late, corporate norms can be chafing to the creative person.

If you are creative, you may already know you don’t want a boring office job where you’re stuck in a cubicle. Yet, you may not know what you do want. There are so many ways to be creative that picking a direction can feel overwhelming.

The good news is, there are many fun, creative, and lucrative ways to make a living that you do not have to settle for a conventional office job. If you are creative, you deserve to find a job that celebrates and makes use of that creativity.

Creativity in the workplace

There are many career fields that accommodate and reward creative personality types. If you excel at drawing or painting, you could become an artist or an art teacher. Or you could tap into your artistic talent by working in interior design, theater, costuming, architecture, or even landscape design. All of these jobs tap into that creative outlet and drawing skill.

Some creative talents are more abstract. If you grew up always playing dress up, doing your dolls’ hair and makeup, and brainstorming the craziest Halloween costumes, then you have a creative mind and flair for fashion. Choosing a career that rewards your unique skills allows you to celebrate who you are and what you love all day long – and help other people look their best. The beauty and barber industry welcomes creative people with an eye for trends, fashion, and flair.

By working with hair or nails, you can capture the same joy that you knew when playing as a kid, while also working with people and bringing your creative talents to every cut, color, or manicure. Every day and every client is different, preventing boredom at work.

Demand for stylists, beauty technicians, and hairdressers is high as many individuals leave the industry for families, change locations, or transition into other work. By entering the beauty industry now, you can find your niche, gain on the job experience, and set yourself up for a lifetime of creative and rewarding work.

Would you like to learn more about career opportunities in the beauty industry? If so, then we invite you to contact us directly for more information or attend an open house to learn more about creative careers in beauty and barber school.

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Career

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Fall is Back-to-School Time: Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Career

Choosing a Career

With the start of the school season quickly approaching, thinking about your future vocational path is more important than ever. Here are the top five things that you should consider when choosing a career:

1. Your Happiness

It may sound cliché, but the number one thing that you should consider when choosing a career is your own happiness. Don’t be pressured into becoming an accountant if you hate numbers just because you think it’s the right thing to do; instead, pursue something you’re truly interested in.

2. Marketability

Of course, while happiness should be prioritized, you also want to focus on a realistic and viable career option. By pursuing a skill that’s marketable, and that you’re good at, you’ll ensure that you have an opportunity to work (for money) in the future. Non-marketable pursuits should be reserved as hobbies.

3. Social Environment

If you’re a people person then you’ll want to consider the social environment in which you’ll work. While introverts may be comfortable at a desk job, extroverts often require more stimulation. Choose a career that fits your social needs.

4. Your Work Style

Each individual has his or her own unique work style. Some enjoy deadlines and structure, while others thrive with little guidance or management. Make sure the career path that you choose is conducive with the environment in which you do best.

5. Your Priorities

As you think about your future career you should make a list of your top priorities. How will you achieve a work-life balance? What’s most important to you – having kids? Enjoying home cooked meals? Or are you more driven by the idea of career success and industry? Before pursuing a career path, figure out what your priorities are – it could save you a lot of time and money in the future!

To learn more about the career options offered by Artistic Nails & Beauty Academy, and whether you’d make a great fit, reach out to us today.

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