Considering Cosmetology? Check Out These Career Options!

When you think of getting a cosmetology education, you might quickly assume you’ll end up in a salon. While this is an option to explore, there are many other choices! To help you out with your research, we’ve created a list of five possible careers options that could be yours with a cosmetology license. Here they are!

Salon or Spa Owner

Have you always wanted to own a business and be the boss? With a license in cosmetology and an entrepreneurial mindset, you could eventually own your own salon or spa! As the owner, you’d have all the responsibilities of a business owner. Finding clients, coming up with branding and marketing strategies, and handling financial concerns are just a few things you might be in charge of. A cosmetology license and time behind the chair could be the first step to a rewarding future in business!

Salon owner leaning on a a counter.

Theatrical Stylist

This a career for creative people who appreciate the arts! Theatrical stylists can work backstage in a traditional theater or behind-the-scenes of a film or TV show. Think of how important the costumes, hair, and makeup are for characters in films, plays, and TV shows. What would Khaleesi from “Game of Thrones” be without her signature platinum hair and dark eyebrows? You could be the one creating these looks as a theatrical stylist!

Theatrical skeleton makeup on a female makeup artist.

Fashion Show Stylist

Got a love for fashion, style, and keeping up to date on all the trends? Working as a fashion show stylist could be a dream come true for you. This behind-the-scenes job would require you to collaborate with fashion designers, stylists, and models to create runway-ready looks. The whole world looks to runway shows for trends and inspiration with hair and makeup. As a fashion show stylist, you could be responsible for helping create those looks!

Makeup artist applies lipstick to model backstage.

Celebrity Stylist or Personal Stylist

Working as someone’s personal stylist sounds glamorous, especially if that someone is a celebrity! While this can be an exciting, high-profile job, it’s also very demanding. As a personal stylist, you would be responsible for getting that individual ready for big events. Whether someone is doing a talk show interview, performing on stage, or preparing to walk the red carpet, this is a job where you need to be quick, creative, flexible, and patient all at the same time.

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Beauty Blogger or Beauty Vlogger

It’s no secret that beauty blogs, vlogs, and tutorials have been wildly popular for the last five years. Why not join the game? With a cosmetology education, you’ll have the training and education to speak about beauty topics with authority. Viewers look to blogs and videos for advice, tips, and tricks about beauty. As someone with beauty education, you could be of genuine help to an audience! Hair and makeup tutorials, product hauls, lookbooks, and “get ready with me” videos are just a few of the popular content ideas to explore as a beauty blogger. With the right equipment and enough drive and positivity, you too could join the exciting world of beauty blogging!

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Make These Career Options a Possibility!

Ready to make one of these exciting career possibilities yours? Contact The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Maplewood to learn about our cosmetology program. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour or request more information!

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6 Things You Should Know About Lash Extensions

5 Tips for Beating the Morning Struggle

Is Beauty School Right For You?

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6 Things You Should Know About Lash Extensions

woman with natural lashes and lash extensions

Summer is here! That means hot days at the pool, playing sports outside, staying out late and waking up later, and fitting in as much excitement as you can before the summer is over. With all of that fun, you’re bound to be low on time, and maintenance on your appearance will most likely be low on your list of priorities. So many people have turned to eyelash extensions to reduce the time spent in front of the mirror and still feel great! For those of you who have not yet taken the dive into the lash life, here are a few things to consider and even ask your lash artist!

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are individual strands of synthetic fibers that replicate real lashes. With a careful hand, each strand is placed between each eyelash, creating a fuller, longer, and more beautiful set of lashes. With the correct application, eyelash extensions can feel and look completely natural.

You can get different types of eyelash extensions depending on what look you are going for. If you are looking for a softer more fluffy lash, opt for mink lashes. If you are looking for a more dramatic effect we suggest requesting for synthetic or silk lashes. Whichever you choose, make sure you talk to your licensed lash artist to find the perfect lash for you.

Another common question is who can do lash extensions Joe Schmoe in her basement? Is there a specific license/training I should be aware of as a consumer?

How Long Do Eyelash Extensions Last?

This is one of the most asked questions because when you pay for something you want it to last as long as possible. The lifespan of eyelash extensions solely depends on an individual’s eye shape, how fast their natural eyelashes grow, and how they care for their extensions.

Eyelash extensions are expected to last the length of the natural growth cycle of your own eyelashes. For most people that is about 2-4 weeks before needing a touchup, AKA a fill.

Can I Get My Eyelash Extensions Wet?

Eyelash extensions are sealed with a specific cosmetic adhesive glue. The glue takes time to fully dry and set your lashes in place. It is highly recommended to avoid water around your lashes for the first 48 hours after getting them. By then, the glue will have set and you will be good to swim, shower, and wash your face! We do, however, advise you to stay away from steam rooms and saunas because steam can loosen the bond.

Can I Wear Mascara and Eyeliner With Eyelash Extensions?

Maybe people choose not to wear too much eye makeup with their eyelash extensions. With extensions, it gives the illusion that you are wearing eyeliner and mascara. However, if you choose to wear some, we recommend staying clear of products that have oil in them. The oil can loosen the bond and make your extensions fall out. Another thing to consider is adding mascara on your false lashes can risk creating clumpy and messy lashes.

How Do I Care For My Extensions?

How you care for your extensions will be the determining factor in how good they look and how long they last. There are a few ways to care for your lashes. We recommended following these guidelines.

  • After cleaning your lashes, brush them up with a clean eyelash wand and allow them to air dry.
  • Avoid water for the first 48 hours after getting your service done.
  • Avoid sleeping on your face. This can bend your lashes and make them fall out. Look to buy an eye mask you can wear at night to protect your lashes!
  • Do not curl your lashes
  • Use water-based eye makeup and eye makeup remover.
  • Gently brush your lashes daily with a eyelash wand.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes. Being able to rub my eyes again was the only best part of having them off besides not spending a ridiculous amount on them every 3 weeks.

    How Do I Remove My Eyelash Extensions?

    Because eyelash extensions are sealed with a specific cosmetic glue adhesive, a specific gel must be used to remove them. Many have found out the hard way that when you pull out your eyelash extensions you are left with damaged eyelashes and sore eyes. We recommend making an appointment to safely remove your extensions.

    Simplify Your Beauty Routine!

    I think we can all agree that if we could cut our beauty routine time in half than we would. Eyelash extensions can definitely do that for you. We love them! Fuller lashes can brighten your eyes and make you look more awake and alive! Make an appointment with The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Maplewood to get your lashes done! We look forward to seeing you.

5 Tips for Beating the Morning Struggle

Mornings can be difficult for some people. Getting up early for school and rushing to get ready can be stressful. We’ve created a list of simple tips you can follow to streamline your morning routine. It’s a good way to be prepared and start the day off in a positive, productive way. Here are our tips!

1. Prepare the Night Before

When you have to wake up early to get to school on time, there’s nothing worse than scrambling to get things done. Do yourself a favor and prepare the night before. Choose what you want to wear and lay it out. Prepare breakfast, lunch, and snacks so you’ll have something ready to eat in the morning and food to take to school. To avoid forgetting any homework or books, make sure your backpack is packed before you go to bed. These simple steps can make the morning less stressful!

An outfit, shoes, and accessories laid out for preparation.

2. Give Yourself a Full Hour

Even if you don’t need a whole hour, it’s a good idea to give yourself a buffer. Setting one an hour ahead of when you need to leave for school is a good way to make sure you’re not late. Sometimes it’s hard to wake up and start getting ready. With a full hour of time, you can spare five minutes hitting the snooze button. Sometimes last minute homework or chores need to be done in the morning. Having more time before leaving is a good way to make sure those tasks get done and you get to school on time.

Alarm clock with a stretching, waking up woman behind it.

3. Establish a Hygiene and Skin Care Routine

If you want to start the morning off right, you need to be fresh and clean. Brush your teeth, take a shower, and wash your face. This is a great way to feel refreshed, awake, and ready to start the day. After that, it’s up to you. Maybe you just want to brush your hair, put on lip balm, and call it good. Maybe you’re someone who likes to style your hair and wear makeup every day. Do whatever makes you feel great and ready for the day.

Brunette girl brushing her teeth.

4. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

When you’re busy or in a rush, it’s easy to skip breakfast, but if you want to fuel yourself for the day, breakfast is necessary. No one wants to be starving at 9 a.m. with three hours left until lunchtime. It’s also difficult to focus on school work, lectures, and tests when you’re hungry. You can make your breakfast the night before, or quickly make something healthy and simple in the morning like oatmeal, eggs, or toast. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, but it needs to fuel your body and your brain!

Woman eating a bowl of healthy cereal.

5. Make Your Bed

When you make your bed first thing in the morning, you’re starting the day with productivity. After accomplishing the first task of your day, you can move ahead and get everything else done. Making your bed can also motivate you to keep the rest of your bedroom tidy and clean. A made bed looks crisp and clean, why not make the rest of your space match it? Another good reason to make your bed is that it will prevent you from wanting to dive back into it and waste time. Once the sheets are smoothed and the pillows are plumped, you’ll be less tempted to climb back in and hit snooze a few more times.

Made bed in an attractive bedroom.

Make Beauty School a Part of Your Future Routine

Have you thought about what your morning routine might be like after high school? Why not make cosmetology a part of it? At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Maplewood, our cosmetology curriculum can teach you innovative techniques in hair care and hairstyling, basics of skin and nail care, and knowledge of business strategies and guest services. Call us to learn more or request a tour of our school!

Why You Should Learn Lashes at TSPA Maplewood!

Do you want to learn how to give people beautiful, voluminous eyelashes? Want to add a new skill to your existing beauty knowledge or make a career out of eyelash extensions? The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) Maplewood is now offering an eyelash course to anyone who is interested, including currently licensed cosmetologists and estheticians!

Why Learn Lashes?

Tap Into the Popularity

Eyelash extensions are becoming more and more popular with clients who don’t want to bother with mascara or applying false lashes. Learning how to do eyelash extensions can be beneficial to you, as it gives you the chance to offer your clients a popular service!

Be Booked Out!

Want to break up a day of haircuts and hair coloring? Adding eyelash extensions to your menu of services is a great way to mix things up. You’ll have more appointments in your day and get to provide a variety of services. If you don’t have a previous certification but you’re interested in the course, you can spend full days in a salon just doing lash extensions!

Open Up Opportunities

Offering lash extensions can open up many doors. It could give you the chance to participate in partnerships or do promotions like a group with giveaway with a makeup artist and photographer.

Details About the Courses

  • A 38-hour class ( 5 Days ) for anyone interested. Once the class is completed, you can take your certificate to the state to become a certified lash technician.

With the popularity of lashes, the 38-hour course can allow you to create a full-time career for a small cost and a small time commitment. The two-day class is a great way to add a highly in-demand service to your existing service menu.

Contact Us to Learn More

If you’re interested in either eyelash course, call TSPA Maplewood to learn more. This can be a great way to expand your beauty skills and learn a new, popular treatment!

Is Beauty School Right For You?

When choosing an eduction, there are so many great options! One of them being beauty school. Beauty school is a place where your creativity can run free. An atmosphere where you can meet friends, learn new skills, and be challenged! Take our quiz to see how ready you are for beauty school!

Begin your journey today! Contact us to learn more.

How Long Does Cosmetology School Take in Minnesota?

Choosing to attend cosmetology school at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Maplewood can be a great investment in yourself. You may wonder how cosmetology school is different from other trade schools, community colleges, or four-year universities. Choosing a school, working out financial aid, and fitting classes into your schedule are universal details when it comes to post-high school education. But a big difference between cosmetology school and other educational programs is the time it takes to complete.

Cosmetology Hour Requirements

  • At The Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood, our cosmetology program takes 1550 hours, which means the program can be completed in as little as 48 weeks. This means you could potentially have a cosmetology license in less than a year! There is also a possibility for the program to take longer, depending on your schedule’s flexibility.

Redheaded student does makeup on blonde client.

Cosmetology School Requirements in Minnesota

According to the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology, a student must do the following to receive a cosmetology license:

  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Have proof of high school graduation, GED completion, or a recognized equivalent.
  • Apply for a license and pay the application fee.
  • Pass the Minnesota State Laws and Exam, General Theory Exam, and Written Practical Exam.

How Often Do Classes Start?

Are you ready to start school right away, or do you want to wait for a few months? At TSPA Maplewood, we have classes starting nearly every month. This means you could be on your way to a career opportunity in the industry in a year. We’ll also be offering half-time programs later this year, so stay tuned to learn more.

Brunette cosmetology student practice shaving hair on a mannequin head.

Start Your Beautiful Future

If you’re interested in our cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood, contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our program.

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Accreditation. Get The Facts.

When you are pursuing a career in beauty, the school you go to matters.

Everything from the curriculum that is taught, to the experience of the educators can impact the education that you receive, as well as the career you may find yourself in. It’s one of the major reasons that finding a school that fits with your dreams, and is ready to help you reach them, is so important.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Maplewood we know that understanding what goes into beauty school quality can be confusing! Everything from products, to curriculum, to accreditation and accolades can take a role in the quality of a school.

Are you ready to break it down?

We are ready to help! With our dedication to our students and to their futures being a huge part of our culture, we want you to feel confident in your school choice, and in the path you have found yourself on. Your future is what you make it, it’s our job to help make the journey beautiful.

If you have further questions, make sure to reach out to our admissions coordinator and schedule your tour today, we would love to help you find a choice that you are confident in.

Brand Affiliation

Redken Diamond Academy - TSPA

Having a school that is aligned with a national product brand is actually very common. After all, schools want to give their students access to the very best brands as they prepare them for a new career.

Sometimes it is more than just product, however. Often those brand affiliations come with additional support and product knowledge that can further impact the education of future professionals. Our relationship with Redken does just that for our school and for our students. With access to additional training opportunities, a Redken based cutting system, and amazing products that have influenced cosmetology students for generations, we are proud to be recognized for Excellence in Education by Redken.

National Accreditation

There are a few national accrediting bodies that are recognized by the department of education for monitoring trade school standards and regulations. These standards stretch across graduation rates, facility standards, teacher experience and more. At its core accreditation affiliation is required for a school to be able to accept federal student funding.

It is often thought of as a “golden banner” when a school is accepted into an accrediting family. However, because these applications and approvals can often take multiple years for both application and approval, it is definitely not a definitive seal of approval.

Often, schools are meeting (and even exceeding) the requirements to be recognized by an accrediting body long before their accreditation is official.

If you have any questions about accreditations, or would like to discover how the standards of your school align with those required, we suggest you schedule a time to sit down with your admissions coordinator. We would love to answer any questions you may have.

Franchise Association


National accreditation bodies are not the only thing that can positively affect a schools standards. As part of a franchise like TSPA we are required to meet certain education, facility, and graduation rate requirements not only to uphold the standards of our brand, but deliver a quality education to our students.

At TSPA Maplewood we are proud to be a part of The Salon Professional Academy family. Not only because we believe in the mission and goals of the school, but because we want to positively impact cosmetologist for generations to come.

Program Focuses

Often schools will have different programs or focuses that could impact the education and future of the students. If you want to go into bridal hair and makeup for example you may want to make sure that the school you are going to has makeup either included in their cosmetology program or as an additional course.

Talk to your admissions coordinator to see what is offered at your school. They will help you know how additional focuses and options can positively affect you and help to make your future exactly what you would like it to be.

Are you ready to create your own beautiful future?

At The Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood, we want each of our students to feel supported as they reach for their dreams. It’s why we strive to create a program that helps them do just that.

If you have more questions about how we have done that, or what goes into our schools quality, please don’t hesitate to ask! Come in for a tour, and chat with our educators and students and discover for yourself what makes TSPA the school for you.

Are you ready to begin your journey, let’s take the first step together.

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Cosmetology Vs. Esthetics. What’s the Difference?

The beauty industry is vast and varied with careers ranging from barber to spa technician to the gold standard cosmetologist. Plus, all of these careers can come with specialities that vary greatly, too.

What a cosmetologist learns in Alabama could be vastly different from what they will learn in Minnesota.

With so many variations, attaining a career in beauty can feel slightly overwhelming!

Do not worry; it is simpler than you think. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Maplewood we are ready to help you cut through the confusion and find the career path that will help lead you to your own beautiful future.

Discover the difference between a career in cosmetology and esthetics and find out which one is right for you!


noun cos·me·tol·o·gy \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē \

The professional skill or practice of beautifying the face, hair, and skin.

woman  doing another womans hair

Have you always been obsessed with hair? Are you the friend everyone goes to for help before their big date? If you have dreamed of a future in cosmetology since you were a child, or if its a new love, gaining an education that will go beyond the basics is important for your future.

At The Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood we are committed to your future and to helping you develop the skill and knowledge you need to reach your dreams. Read more about our cosmetology program here.

Education Requirements

  • 1,550 hours of education and practical training. Broken up into 1,130 hours of practical skills and 420 hours of theory these hours are required to be completed by a students seeking a career in cosmetology.
  • Practical Skills Requirements Cosmetology is a skills based career, and because of this it is important to make sure that all future cosmetologists understand and are able to competently execute certain tasks.
    • Shampoo and Conditioning
    • Hair Design
    • Hair Shaping
    • Styling and Cutting
    • Chemical relaxing and waving
    • Makeup application
    • Waxing and non-electric hair removal
    • Care or skin and nails
    • Manicures and Pedicures
    • Facials
  • Theory Education Requirement Each cosmetology student must obtain a knowledge of certain topics as per the licensing division in Minnesota. Some of the topics that are required to be covered include:
    • Anatomy
    • Chemistry
    • Dermatology
    • Infection Control
    • Safety and Sanitation

Cosmetology is often regarded as an all-inclusive beauty education. And while that may not be completely true, in Minnesota an education in cosmetology goes beyond hair, delving into esthetics and nail technology. This inclusive education can help broaden your skills, and your career potential.

If you are more interested in focusing just on makeup, as well as the care of skin, then an education in esthetics might be for you.


noun aes·thet·ic \ ēs-ˈthe-tik , is-\

The branch of cosmetology that studies the principles of beauty, focused on physical appearance and care of the skin.

woman getting a facemask at a spa

Do you love helping your friends get fresh, beautiful skin? Are you often regarded as the one with all the secrets to skin problems and makeup? While an education in esthetics goes beyond the essentials in skin, it can help you develop the skills you need for a future full of fresh faces.

Education Requirements

  • 600 hours of education and practical training. These hours, to be split between practical and theory based training, are required to be completed by a students seeking a career in esthetics.
  • Practical Skills Requirements A career in esthetics focuses mainly on the skills that are required of the student in the workplace. Because of the hands on nature of this beauty based career, the student must learn and show ability in the following areas:
    • Skin Analysis
    • Temporary Hair Removal
    • Brow and Lash Tinting
    • Care and Health of Skin and Nails
    • Facials
    • Waxing and non-electric hair removal
  • Theory Education RequirementThe foundation to any beauty career is based on the knowledge of health, safety, and care of the body. These skills must be mastered, and will be tested as per the state licensing board in Minnesota.
    • Anatomy
    • Cosmetic Ingredients
    • Dermatology
    • Infection Control
    • Safety and Sanitation

If you are passionate about skin and are looking for an education that will get you working faster than a career in esthetics could be your perfect fit.

Which of these beautiful careers sound right for you?

woman getting her makeup done

If you are ready to explore where each of these beautiful career paths can take you we invite you to come in for a tour. Our admissions coordinator and friendly staff are ready to introduce you to our beautiful facility, and help you discover what future could await you.

Schedule your tour today.

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