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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

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

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.


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.


4 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Nail Artist

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4 Reasons to Consider a Career as a Nail Artist  

Nail Artist Nail Art

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

You Get to Express Your Creativity

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

Enjoy a Flexible Schedule

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

You Get to Form Relationships With People

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

Nail Technician Programs Are Affordable

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

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


Top Five Hair Stylists To Follow on Instagram

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Top Five Stylists To Follow on Instagram

Hair Stylist To Follow on Instagram

Need some inspiration? If you are just getting started in your career as a stylist, a new graduate, or even a student, and are looking to stay inspired every day, we have gathered the top five stylists to follow on Instagram to give you your morning kick.

Tracey Cunningham

Tracy has an incredible story. She started out as Bette Midler’s Nanny and emerged into a top celebrity stylist. BTW- Bette Midler actually paid for her to go the beauty school! Her list of celebs includes Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and many more.

Tracey is Redken’s creative consultant for color, co-owner of Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills, and currently travels around the country with her educational forums.

We love Tracey’s Instagram feed because she gives us insight into the work that she is doing and shares her color techniques. 

I l you and your #pinkhair @busyphilipps #olaplex and @jasonpaulhair for helping

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Ursula Stephen

Another amazing celebrity stylist and salon owner with clients including Mary J. Blige and Rihanna. Ursula always knew hair was her passion and has been a licensed stylist since graduating high school.

We find Ursula’s Instagram feed inspirational as we follow her travels around the world doing hair. Recently she was at the Cannes Festival in France and the Met Gala in New York. She gives us something to reach for.

Jen Atkin

Not only is Jen Atkin a celebrity stylist but the New York Times has called her “The Most Influential Hairstylist in the World”. Jen has over 2 million followers just on Instagram, and we understand why. She shares advice, how-tos, inspirational quotes, and fun tidbits with her followers.

Atkin has launched her own products line, OUAI, released a range of Beauty Works hair extensions, a line of hair accessories, and started maneaddicts.com, a digital magazine that has stories, how-to videos, workshops, celebrity contributors, and that allows readers to share content from across the world.

Chris McMillan

The creator of “The Rachel”, the hairstyle from the TV show Friends that defined the 90’s, Chris McMillan is the quintessential California Stylist. His salon in Beverly Hills caters to celebrities wanting the laid back, sexy, beachy looks that Chris has created.

Following Chris on Instagram means seeing all those wonderful looks he is creating today for the red carpet and the numerous magazine covers.

@alexilubomirski @mrchrismcmillan #blackandwhitephoto #tattoo #raw #notouchup #gay #50 #documentlife #love

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Ted Gibson

Known for his editorial and runway work, Ted Gibson’s work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Allure, and many more. He has worked New York Fashion week for designer labels such as Pamella Roland, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Lela Rose.

Ted is fun to follow.  He is an educator and an inspiration for the craft which he loves. Seeing his creations leaves us stunned.

These are our top pics for Instagram accounts to follow. Inspiration here we come!


What does an Esthetician Do?

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What does an Esthetician Do?

Esthetician

An Esthetician is a skin care specialist that assess the condition of your skin and performs such treatments as facials, hair removal, and makeup application. Facial services include massaging and treating the face with lotions, creams, and oils. Estheticians not only work on the face but the body as well, including waxing, body wraps, and sugaring.

Esthetician vs. Aesthetician

We see the word Esthetician and Aesthetician used to refer to skin care specialists. So what is the difference between an esthetician and an aesthetician? The two terms are interchangeable (link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmetology#Esthetician”).

The word Aesthetician started, and is used, mostly in Europe, whereas Esthetician is the Americanized version of the word. You will see salons and spas use Aesthetician for branding purposes, usually to elicit a sense of “European Luxury”.

What Do You Need to Become an Esthetician?

Estheticians are required to obtain training at a qualified school. Each state has different requirements. In the state of Florida it takes about 9 – 15 weeks to complete, depending on whether you attend full-time or part-time.

Skin care education includes studying and obtaining knowledge about skin analysis, facial treatments, waxing, and makeup techniques. Esthetician students also need practical experience, that is, they need hands-on experience working on real clients.

Is A Cosmetologist An Esthetician?

A cosmetologist can perform hair, nail, and skin care services. With a cosmetology license the beautician can do everything an esthetician does. A cosmetology license encompasses skin care. A person interested in skin care could choose to become a cosmetologist to give themselves and the flexibility to change their specialization in the future.

  • Advanced Skin Care Education
  • An esthetician has many opportunities for career advancement. Besides stepping into a management position at a spa or salon, estheticians can focus on other areas of service to become specialists.
  • Advanced education or techniques include:
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Laser and Light Therapies, such as LED & Microcurrent for fighting wrinkles.
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Permanent Makeup
  • Eyelash Extensions
  • Medical Esthetics

Is A Career As A Skin Care Specialist Right For You?

If you have been considering a career as a skin care specialist the best way to determine if it is a good fit for you is to do two things.

First, interview someone who already works in the field and ask them questions related to their daily schedules, what they like best, what they like least, and what advice would they have for someone entering the field.

Second, go in and speak with a school representative. Take a tour, ask questions directly related to what is expected of you as a student, and see if you like the environment in which the skin care education takes place.


How Hair Competitions Can Help Your Career

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How Hair Competitions Can Help Your Career

Barber Competition

As a beauty and barber school student, have you ever attended a competition event? If you have, you may have had a chance to see or participate in a “barber battle” or hair competition at a show. When you are in school learning the hair trade, it can be valuable to show off your new found skills at a hair competition. Don’t be nervous! These events can truly take your skills to the next level, have you immersed in a super creative environment, and get you used to some of the pressure that comes with being a top tier stylist or barber. Plus, you can actually win some really great prizes and gain valuable experience that you can use in the real world, when you head into your career path after school is over.

Hair Competitions Are Great For Your Career

By getting out there and signing up for a well known competition, you are putting your face and your name directly on your work for people in the industry to see and admire. You can gain exposure this way, which might even lead to the job offer of your dreams. When salons are hiring, they are going to look for students who weren’t afraid to put themselves out there to showcase their skills. Winning some of these competitions is going to look great on your resume, that’s just a given.

Hair Competitions To Consider

There are a good number of hair competitions you can enter. Our students just participated in the FACTS Barber Battle which focused on clipper design. The work done in the competition was absolutely top notch and very exciting to witness.

Here are some additional competitions you might want to consider:

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

Being part of a competitive event can truly sharpen your skills, so you can even perform better under pressure. If you are interested in competing next time around at any kind of hair competition, by all means… go for it. You’ll love the feeling and the experience you’ll come away with. It’s a perfect way to learn and showcase your skills as a beauty and barber student, new graduate, or even as a seasoned professional.


Love Beauty and Style? A Career As A Beauty Professional Might Be Yours.

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Love Beauty and Style? A Career As A Beauty Professional Might Be Yours.

beauty & styles

Do you love fashion, style, and beauty? If your hobbies include shopping for the latest style, trying out new makeup looks, and following beauty Youtubers and Instagram stars, why not join them by making a career move to cosmetology?

Cosmetology Career Options

Having a passion for beauty and style gives you a professional edge over others entering beauty school. When you are driven and curious about the things you love, you will naturally enjoy working in the field and keeping up to date with trends.

Cosmetology is a flexible career that allows you to work in the beauty and fashion industries and do what you love all day. Some of the career options you’ll have after graduating from beauty school include manicurist, makeup artist, hairstylist, salon stylist, esthetician, beauty magazine writer, business consultant in the beauty industry, fashion stylist, stylist for film and television, salon owner, and so much more.

You can even parlay your beauty experience into a job working as a personal stylist for a celebrity, or other influential person. If the business side of things interests you, you can open a franchise or work in PR and marketing.

Cosmetology Training

Skin, hair, makeup, and nail care are covered in a comprehensive cosmetology program. Even if you go in to beauty school knowing you want to open a nail salon, you’ll spend time learning about these other subjects in a well-rounded education.

In classroom and practice seminars, you will learn how to clean, care for, and style hair. You’ll also receive a chemistry education, since hair coloring products are all chemicals. Knowing the science behind the products will help you explain things to clients clearly. Similarly, with skin care, you’ll explore different types of facials, and different ways to remove body hair, including the science behind things.

You will have plenty of time to practice hairstyles, hair cuts, and makeup looks, as part of your education.

Before you can start work in the beauty field, you’ll need to sit for the state boards to obtain your license. Once you have your license, you can start working. Many states’ licenses are transferrable, so you can take your career with you!


Are You Ready for a New Career in 2017?

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Are You Ready for a New Career in 2017? 

A New Career in 2017

If you’re tired of feeling like you’re stuck in a dead-end job that you don’t feel passionate about, then it’s time to make a change. 2017 is just around the corner, and there’s never been a better time to re-evaluate your career options and set goals to get started in a career you love. After all, don’t you deserve to feel a sense of excitement and pride each day when you head into work?

Are You a Candidate for a Beauty/Barber Career?

If you’re the type of person who enjoys staying up-to-date on the latest hair and beauty trends, then perhaps a beauty/barber career is right for you. The people who work in this industry are passionate about hair and beauty, and they enjoy helping people look and feel their best. If you’re the person your friends and family already turn to for help with their hair and beauty needs, and if you’re interested in a job where you get to help others and experience something new every day, then it may be time for a career transition!

Potential Beauty/Barber Career Options

There are so many different job options to explore when it comes to a beauty/barber career. Some of the most common positions include:

  • salon/spa owner
  • hair designer/stylist
  • hair color specialist
  • barber/barber shop owner
  • cosmetologist
  • cosmetology instructor

These are just a few of the career options to consider, but the possibilities are truly endless.

How to Get Started on the Path to a New Career

Does a job in the beauty/barber career path seem like something you might excel in? If so, then you may be wondering what steps to take next. First of all, it’s important to obtain the necessary formal education and training for your desired career path. This means getting enrolled in a reputable and accredited beauty/barber school. Here, you can learn all the specific skills and techniques you’ll need to practice in the field, and you’ll get to enjoy hands-on experience as well.

Specific beauty/barber programs can vary in their required completion time based on whether you plan on enrolling part- or full-time in classes, as well as the number of hours required to complete the program. However, if you want to get started in attending classes early in 2017, it’s important to plan a visit to the beauty school of your choice as soon as possible. By setting up an appointment in December, you can register for your classes and be ready to go by January!

Pursue a more fulfilling and exciting career path in the coming year; consider a career in the beauty/barber industry, where you can make people feel great about themselves on a daily basis!


Why Social Media Matters So Much For Stylists, Barbers, and Skin & Nail Care Specialists

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Why Social Media Matters So Much For Stylists, Barbers, and Skin & Nail Care Specialists

Hair Stylists Social Media Matters

We live in the age of social media, and it now impacts virtually all aspects of life — including one of the most essential, your career. As a stylist, barber, skin care specialist, or nail care specialist, social media holds particular importance. A very high percentage of your clients will originally find you on some type of social platform. After that, the majority of your potential clients will take a few minutes to do some online research about you before they become customers.

Online Reviews and How They Affect You

There is no shortage of online review sites on the Internet today. Sites like Yelp, Facebook, and Google Local allow people to enter ratings and write reviews for providers like stylists — and these reviews can mean everything to your business. One bad review can have a big impact because of the way that social media spreads like wildfire. An unhappy customer is often the loudest, and the most likely to share bad reviews on their own social medial accounts. Just a few bad reviews can have a serious impact on your bookings and on your financial bottom line.

By the same token, a good review can be the start of something amazing. Good reviews and positive feedback tend to beget more positive social media reviews for your services. Think of how Facebook reviews work, for example. A happy client will go on an otherwise sparsely populated Facebook page for a salon and leave a glowing review. That customer may even share the review on their own Facebook timeline, on a Twitter link, or on another social media platform. The amount of exposure that you can get from that single review can be huge thanks to the wide reach of social media. Even if the review is never shared, it serves a vital purpose: It is the first thing that people will see when they look the salon up on Facebook.

Building Client Relationships With Social Media

One of the very best things about using social media as a beauty industry services provider is that it allows you to have a very visual way to communicate with clients and potential clients. It’s a great place to show off new client haircuts, new manicures, and even pictures of your place of business. Photos always draw people in, and social media is a free way to leverage that to your advantage.

By maintaining an active social media presence, you can really connect with people, too. Having a special or offering a new service? Social media accounts are the very first place you should broadcast it. In today’s world, it’s far more effective than print advertising can be at times.

While using social media for your business can have both ups and downs, most beauty industry workers find that it is by far the best way to emphasize how talented and passionate you really are about your work — and to draw in new clients as you do so!


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.


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