Elena: The Face of TSPA DC Admissions

If you have come into our school lately, You probably remember Elena, one of The Salon Professional Academy, (TSPA) DC’s cherished owners! This talented guru doubles as the company partner and head of admissions. Having a passion for beauty, people, and exploring the new, Elena handles communication and recruiting talent into TSPA DC. With twenty years of experience under her belt, Elena loves helping others reach goals and training up the new generation of stylists.

TSPA DC student salon training area

In With the New

Whether prospective students are nervous or just indecisive, Elena creates a welcoming environment. Elena loves offering advice, and introducing them to TSPA DC. Elena’s outgoing and fun-loving personality can make any future student feel welcomed before enjoying a comfortable transition. Elena believes getting to know someone on a personal basis, beyond a phone screen. “I can talk to anybody. I am very open!”, she says.

Their First Steps: A Tour of TSPA DC

Elena understands that she is the first thing potential students see and is their first impression of the school, and she seeks to make it a great one! With the help of Shewit, the front desk coordinator, Elena gives newcomers an inside look at their potential future.

Shewit schedules tours and Elena spends a majority of her day showing people around the school, getting to know future students, and ensuring their comfort. The feedback she receives is that students love the beautiful campus in the middle of the city near the train station. “If they were nervous, usually by the end they are fine!”.

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Eliminating Obstacles

Elena is more than an advisor and a people-person. She is also a coach! She is naturally motivated to help students and future students enter TSPA DC and find success. Despite potential obstacles like financing your education or scheduling classes, Elena works with each student and is “always trying to find ways to get students through the door”, promoting TSPA DC’s relationship with Redken and a curriculum that covers business and marketing skills.

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Elena isn’t in it for money. She truly loves helping others accomplish exactly what they set out to do. “It’s more than getting your license. They come in for a tour and leave here a different person. It’s so beautiful to see who they are when they leave here and succeed in the industry”. Elena even enjoys these relationships with alumni beyond graduation. Become a part of this close community at TSPA DC and apply today!

Ready to learn more? Take a “virtual tour” of a day in the life at TSPA DC here!

{Financial assistance or scholarships may be available to those who qualify. For our privacy policy and other information, visit http://www.tspadc.com/privacy-policy.}

Meet Johanne Vorsteg: Our Jack of All Trades

Meet our tough cookie, Johanne Vorsteg. She’s just as sweet and a giver of both inspiration and tough love! With over ten years of professional experience in the industry, Johanne has been in every seat from student, to stylist, to educator, to investor, and finally, advisor. We’d say Johanne’s best role is mentoring and inspiring others all the way from breakdowns to breakthroughs.

Johanne Vorsteg

Johanne B.C. (Before Cosmetology)

Our East Coast Sweetheart has been with us at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC since day one, but like many others, she didn’t always have a clear vision of her future and professional purpose. Over ten years ago, Johanne looked for her niche. She never found a place that felt like hers and didn’t want that to mean she belonged at a university. Instead, she worked. After giving up on waiting tables, Johanne moved on to sweeping salon floors, having no idea she was about to find her passion.

Elena, Patrick, and Johanna: Three Peas

After graduating from cosmetology school, Johanne worked a salon, fostered her talent, built her book, and developed relationships. These relationships included her mentors and inspirers, Elena and Patrick, founders of TSPA DC. They pushed her to want more and Johanna did. “I knew I could stay and just do hair forever”, Johanne said. “That’s easy. I wanted to inspire. I wanted to pass the torch onto young industry professionals”. When Elena and Patrick invited her to invest in and work at their new school, TSPA DC, Johanne was eager to see how the bacon is made. “I was lucky enough to see it all come together!”


Johanne’s Role at TSPA

Whether you attend TSPA DC or you’re a visitor, Johanne won’t be far! Interacting with students and staff often, she mentors, guides, and sympathizes, reassuring everyone that her door is always open. Johanne overseas education and builds TSPA DC as a business. More than that, Johanne pushes students beyond their own expectations. “If a student sets goals for themselves, I want to push them. If they are discouraged, I want to push them to what THEY said they wanted to be.” She recognizes that everyone’s journey isn’t easy and sees it as an opportunity for self-improvement and learning. Practicing and refining weaknesses pays off. Johanne says, “Your flaws become such a focus that they eventually become your strengths”.

Curated Culture

Johanne sees beauty school as a place for a student to grow, learn, and become. She is passionate about getting dreamers there, no matter the roadblocks. It is a type of education and success that doesn’t require a four year degree, major debt, or second-guesses. If you think you’ve hit a wall, you just may have found a door, and beauty school could be a place for you.

What’s In It For Her?

Johanne loves watching people succeed. It brings her joy and fulfillment to know that people were able to accomplish what they thought they couldn’t. Our school is where students can feel comfortable enough to feel vulnerable. It’s a place to make mistakes so that we can all learn from each other. In a school that is eager to learn, Johanne says that, “We might look like a salon but we are humble enough to know that this is part of the learning process.”

It’s an ambitious and persevering presence like Johanne that can totally make an educational experience. She is a constant reminder that your dreams don’t have to be just that. Like hers, they can be goals. Johanne can be your inspiration, mentor, and cheerleader along your own journey as she continues hers. Get the most out of an education alongside those who want to get the most out of you.

Interested in joining our school? Work alongside Johanne and other awesome educators and friends. Take a look into a day in the life of a student here!

{Financial assistance or scholarships may be available to those who qualify. For our privacy policy and other information, visit http://www.tspadc.com/privacy-policy.}

How to Attend Beauty School: Overcoming Schedule Conflicts

Beauty student and teacher cutting hair

Beauty school; It’s a place that is filled with energy, wonder, ambition, and creativity. It’s a place where many successful people have started their fulfilling careers. It’s a place where anything can happen. Your passion is obviously beauty, but it might be less obvious that your first step toward a career you love is beauty school. That’s right! A beauty school education could be your perfect starting point!

In our “How to Attend Beauty School” series we are going to be covering any potential roadblocks, answering your questions, and showing you just how special beauty school really is. Today’s subject? Overcoming scheduling conflicts. Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC, we believe that there is always time to work toward your dreams no matter how hectic life can get. We are here to show you how!

Sit Down & Plan

It’s always important to make a plan before making a commitment. We understand that life can be busy and unexpected. However, it’s never a bad idea to invest in yourself and your goals. Before making any decisions, sit down and make a plan! Write down what your everyday schedule looks like.

When you do this you can see what your time is going toward and what is taking priority in your life. What are some things that your energy is going to? What are some things that you can give up for something that can be bigger and better? Once you have a better idea of what your day-to-day looks like, you can decide which schedule works best for you!

Part-Time Students

TSPA DC is a school that believes in success. Success comes in an environment that works for everyone! We offer part-time classes to those that have schedules that are little more tight. We have seen so many students of all types of schedules thrive at our school. Some of them include:

  • Single parents
  • Full-time workers
  • Students whose spouse works
  • The “non traditional” students

Students that have obligations to their families, their jobs, or for those that work better spending half their day toward education and the rest of their day working toward personal goals, all can find success at TSPA DC. We can work with you so that you can have the time to do it all! Part-time classes can give you the skills and experience you need in order to pursue your dream while giving you the time you need and want for yourself!

Full-Time Students

For those that are used to going to school full-time, this schedule can be an easy one to ease into. Many newly graduated high school students or college students who have decided to take a different route in education tend to work well with a full-time schedule. Other students that work well with full-time can be:

  • Students that work at night
  • Students who want to work quickly toward a future
  • The traditional student

We work around all types of schedules! Some of our students work nights, while others love a full-time schedule and are eager to graduate as soon as possible. Full-time classes are formed in a way that can teach you everything you might need to find your success without burning you out!

Success Comes From Support

Beauty school is built on a foundation of helping the world become a more beautiful place with the idea of supporting each other. With creative cosmetologists creating beautiful looks to estheticians educating those about skincare, beauty school is an environment filled with encouragement and support.

At TSPA DC, we have dedicated instructors who can work one-on-one with you to help you perfect your skills and build your confidence in beauty. We also offer *financial assistance and a variety of scholarships to those who qualify. With this strong of a support system, we don’t see why you can’t go far!

Begin Today!

Enough thinking of all the reasons why you shouldn’t chase your dreams. Your dreams deserved to be pursued. You are worth investing yourself in! Contact us to learn more about our full-time and part-time programs. From when our next class begins, to how many hours each program is, and everything in between! Come in for a tour and have all of your questions answered. Your future begins today!

Don’t forget to check out some of our blogs to get a little taste of what TSPA DC is all about!

“The Life of a Beauty Student at TSPA DC”

“Become a Makeup Master at TSPA DC”

*{Financial assistance or scholarships may be available to those who qualify. For our privacy policy and other information, visit http://www.tspadc.com/privacy-policy.}

Five Skin Care Hacks to Get You Clean for Spring!

Warmer weather is coming and with it is the urge to clean out everything and chase those winter dust bunnies away! While you are chasing the bunnies out, why not add something to your usual spring cleaning regimen?

Your Skin.

Keeping your skin and hair clean should be very high up on your list of “Self Care”. After a season of bitter cold and drying winds, it’s the perfect time to give your skin some healing care and start the season off right, complete with that inner glow that you may have lost behind all those hats and scarves.

If you are looking to start your season with a fresh feel, check out our five hacks for fresh, clean skin.

Hands Off!

Keeping your hands clean is a staple in helping your skin look its best. Not only just to help prevent the spread of germs and diseases but to help keep grease and dirt off your face. While you ideally shouldn’t be touching your face at all, that isn’t always possible. So in addition to limiting hand-to-face contact, you should keep your hands clean to help decrease dirt and oil build-up.

Lemons and Steam

Lemons are great for your skin! Plus, they can be used in multiple ways! You can put them in hot water before bed, or create a lemon infused steam for your shower can both help open and clean your pores, allowing build up to be cleaned away gently. Plus, with so much vitamin C you will find a new fresh glow sooner than you thought!


If you want to prompt that deep glow to emerge from its winter cave, hydrating your skin is a sure way to do that. The best way to hydrate is to invest in a good moisturizer. Find an oil-free product with an SPF to help guard against sun damage. You are one step closer to keeping your skin healthy, happy, and glowing.

Get a Silicone Sponge

Regular makeup sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Although it is suggested that you regularly wash sponges and brushes that often, we understand that life gets hectic and things slip through the cracks. Investing in a silicone sponge is a great option to help reduce makeup waste, bacteria growth, and is a time saver!

Wear a Mask

A face mask, a cool mask, a night mask. There are many different types of skin care masks and each one can help solve and repair different skin problems. Use a cooling mask for redness and swelling, and a night mask for blackheads and clogged pores. Finding the right mask for you is important and is definitely something you should add to your usual beauty routine.

Jumpstart Your Spring Cleaning?

Head in to our student salon training area today for a cleansing facial. This service can help to clear away the unwanted dirt and oil that has accumulated on your skin, giving you a fresh slate, and a glowing start. Contact us to schedule your service today!

Want to take your skin care obsession to the next level? Discover how our cosmetology program can help you build an education in beauty that could lead to a new future and a fresh start.

All services performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed professionals.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspadc.com

What to Expect in Cosmetology School

You may know someone who went to cosmetology school. You may have even walked into a cosmetology school and received a treatment from them. But when it comes to enrolling in school, you may feel a little lost.

Don’t worry! You are not alone when it comes to deciding on where or why you should go to cosmetology school. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), DC, many of our students had the same concerns and questions that you do. We decided to make a blog that answers the most commonly asked question about starting cosmetology school.

Here are our top five questions and answers we had when deciding on cosmetology school.

    1. Is Cosmetology Hard?

      This is a great question! Cosmetology school isn’t easy, and it does require hard work and dedication. Working hard for something you love is very rewarding and cosmetology is no different. If you enjoy doing hair, cutting hair, and applying makeup there is a good possibility that you will love cosmetology school. Students find that they each have different strengths and weaknesses throughout their cosmetology school. Each student is given the opportunity to improve their skills and techniques while allowing their strengths to shine.

    2. What Skills Do I Need to Be a Cosmetologist?

      Another great question. Many people think of that there are only practical skills involved in cosmetology, but they’re wrong! Here are a few skills they should posses in addition to their hands-on skills:

      • Communication Skills
      • Organizational Skills
      • Interpersonal Skills
    3. What to Look for in a Cosmetology School

      There are many options for cosmetology school and choosing just one can feel overwhelming. There isn’t one school that is right for everyone but there are specific aspects that set certain schools apart. We suggest taking a tour of the school to get a feel for the building and find out what kind of culture they foster! If you feel like you don’t fit in there, it probably isn’t the best option for you. You want a school that you can feel comfortable and thrive in. We suggest that you choose a school that offers a variety of courses and opportunities for you to try out!

    4. What Opportunities Can I Expect at Cosmetology School?

      We can’t speak for other schools, but at TSPA DC you can expect to learn in a beautiful facility. Not only will you be practicing your skills in a great facility, you will also be using professional products from Redken. With one-on-one training, students can feel confident when they start giving treatments to clients. At TSPA, DC we strive to give our students opportunities to try popular treatments found in salons such as our Keratin treatments. We offer advanced courses where you can learn the necessary skills for the makeup industry with our courses from the Make-up Designory (MUD).

    5. Is Cosmetology School Worth It?

      Our answer is a resounding yes! Cosmetology school is a great place to enhance your hair and makeup skills. Not only are you learning amazing skills, you also have the opportunity to meet amazing people! You could make life long relationships with people or find your next business partner at cosmetology school. You can challenge yourself by adding skills to your skill set and learning new cutting techniques. While it does take time and energy, the people you meet and the experiences you have in cosmetology school truly make it a priceless experience.

At TSPA, DC we enjoy answering questions about cosmetology school and what kind of experiences we have had as cosmetology students. Cosmetology school is a wonderful place for people who are passionate about hair and makeup.

Still have more questions? We have your back! Give us a call at (202) 216-9700 to ask about our programs and set up a time to tour our campus!

Create a New Look in our Student Salon Training Area!

Are you ready to reinvent yourself this year?

Have you been eyeing a bold new look, or are you desperate to update the cut and color that you have? If creating a new look is at the top of your to-do list, we have just the place for that. The student salon training area at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), DC is ready to help you conquer that list and create a whole new you. Whether it be for a new year, a new job, or just a fresh new start, our trained students can help you find the look that will fit your needs, and your dreams.

If you have found yourself steering clear of a cosmetology school salon for fear of a pink hair disaster, we are here to help eliminate those worries! Getting a service at your local cosmetology school shouldn’t be scary! It does so much more than you know.

Here are five reasons why you should head in today!

If you still have questions make sure to give us a call, we would be glad to help answer any concerns you might have and help you book your service appointment right over the phone.

A Skill Worth Sharing

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When a student enters cosmetology school there are a few requirements they need to meet. One of these is the number of hours that they practice their skills on guests in the student salon training area. While the hours are required for graduation, this does not mean that students begin their time in the student salon training area right away.

Before the students at TSPA DC are allowed to step foot into our training area they must meet certain hour and skill requirements. This includes hours practicing their craft on false heads, sitting in theory classes such as sanitation, and anatomy, as well as passing certain knowledge milestones.

Once these requirements are met, the students still aren’t allowed to begin their time in the student salon training area without help. Surrounded by the educators that have supported them through their journey, the students that complete your service will be fully supervised. A licensed educator is always at hand, ready to answer questions and oversee any skill that may need a little bit of support.

By getting a service done at your local cosmetology school you are helping your future stylist gain the skill they need to become the accomplished professional of tomorrow.

Trends That Sparkle

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We are cosmetology students. We have a passion for beauty, and that means we follow everything. From the crazy trends that pop up on social media, to the amazing new looks that everyone will want. We see it all, and we begin to practice and master the skill it takes to create the look often before anyone else.

No matter what look you have fallen in love with, chances are we have already begun to practice and master the look and are ready to deliver.

A Cost That Won’t Break the Bank

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It’s no secret that getting a service done at your local cosmetology school will help you save a buck. In fact, with prices nearly half of what you can see at a traditional salon, you may find yourself requesting that additional deep-conditioning treatment.

With talented students and dedicated educators you may wonder how you got such a good deal. It’s a question that will leave you smiling as you and your new look send heads spinning.

A Facility That Will Drop Your Jaw


One of the things that we strive for at TSPA DC is creating a facility that reflects the beauty of an upscale salon. We feel we have accomplished this in our student salon training area. With beautiful new furnishings and professional-grade equipment we are comfortable knowing that our students are receiving an education in an area that reflects the careers they will build. This not only gives them a great start, but creates an experience that may just make you forget you are in a school.

A Little Bit of your Time

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Doing something just for you is an essential part of self care. As essential as it is, many men and women forget to take the time to do something that not only pampers, but helps them recharge.

From a service in our beautiful facility, to a relaxing customer experience, you will find the time to breathe. Plus, you may even find the future salon professional that will become your new go-to.

Are you ready to support the next generation of beauty professionals?

At The Salon Professional Academy, DC we are ready to assist you in finding the look that not only fits you, but will leave you feeling ready to conquer the world.

Schedule your appointment in our student salon training area today and get ready for a new look, and a new you this year.

*All services are performed by students in training under the direct supervision of trained professionals.


Ready for a New Look? Head Into TSPA DC!

Do not fear the student salon training area.

It’s a fairly simple statement, but one that many people don’t believe. With decades of movies depicting botched dye jobs and horrifying outcomes in cosmetology school training areas it’s easy to expect the worst. It doesn’t have to be that way!

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), DC, and at TSPAs across the country, we diligently develop students who are ready for the world, with skills that will help them stand out.

If you have ever thought about finding a new look at your local cosmetology school but stayed away for fear of the student salon training area, it’s time to cast that fear aside.

Here are five reasons to head to your local cosmetology school’s training area today!

Ready to Create

Girl in cosmetology school working on a mannequin head

Each student who showcases their skill in the student salon training area has earned their place there. Students don’t begin practicing their skill in the student salon training area until they have shown competency in many different theory classes such as sanitation, safety, and anatomy.

In addition, our students also spend hundreds of clock hours practicing on models and false heads before they can begin perfecting their skills on clients. These hours are done to help our students learn the skills of coloring, styling, cutting, and more. Before they even step foot into the student salon training area, they complete training in our classrooms that help them build the skills they need to deliver new styles and looks. All of this is done with a quality far above the pink-haired beauty school dropout you’ve come to expect.

Support With Experience

Even after all the requirements the students must meet before beginning in the student salon training area, they still aren’t alone.

With years of experience, accolades, and even successful salons under their belt, the educators at The Salon Professional Academy, DC are passionate about all things beauty. They are ready to use that experience to support each of their students and help them overcome any obstacle.

With these same educators supervising the students as they practice their skills on their clients, you can rest assured that they will be able to create an amazing look and leave you feeling taken care of.

A Modern Edge

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The type of education a cosmetology student receives can greatly impact the future career they build. At TSPA DC we want our students to reach the future they have envisioned for themselves. That means that we strive to create a comprehensive curriculum that goes beyond the traditional skill and style and dives into new trends.

Our students are always pushing themselves to stay up on the newest looks. With so much passion you can rest assured that the perfect pastel unicorn look isn’t that far out of reach.

A Step Toward the Future

More than leaving with an amazing new look, your visit helps each and every one of the students at our school get that much closer to their dreams. Because a certain number of cutting and styling hours are required before our students can graduate, the more clients that visit our salon, the more hours our students gain – putting them closer to reaching their dreams.

Supporting these students in their education does more than just help create stability in their futures, it helps bolster the local economy by creating jobs and businesses that are in demand.

Cost Less. Pamper More.

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One of the things that services at cosmetology schools are known for is the more affordable cost. While it is true that getting a service at TSPA DC will cost a fraction of the cost as compared to a traditional salon, that doesn’t come as a detriment.

In addition to receiving a quality service, you will also be pampered with a beautiful facility and comforting addons that will make you feel like you are at a spa.

With so much training, dedication, and a passion you didn’t expect, you shouldn’t let getting a service at TSPA DC scare you..

Are you ready to change your look? Schedule a service in our student salon training area and see how our students can create a “wow” you won’t soon forget.

Don’t do These 5 Things to Your Hair!

Do you struggle to take care of your hair and keep it looking its best?

If so, you are not alone! Many people strive to know how to take care of their hair the right way, or even know what they might be doing to cause the frizz and damage that plagues so many.

If you find yourself amongst these masses, we can help!

Here are five things your should avoid to help your hair look its best!

    1. Washing Daily

      Washing your hair daily may seem like a good idea, it keeps your hair clean, after all, but it can actually cause some of that frizz you hate so much. When you wash frequently you strip away some of the healthy oils that your hair needs to look its best.

      By limiting washing and using tools like a boar bristle brush you will not only keep it healthy, but pull those oils through your hair helping to keep it shiny and strong.

      Pro Tip!– If your hair gets greasy, consider using a dry shampoo instead of increasing washes.

    2. Using Hot Tools

      using hot tools

      Heat is an enemy of hair. Not only does it dry it out and increase breakage, but it can damage the cuticle and create a damaged look and feel to those precious stands.

      Going heat free may take some getting used to, but the look and feel of your hair will improve over time.

      Pro Tip!– If using hot tools is important to you use a heat barrier product to help limit damage.

    3. Brushing Your Hair When Wet

      Wet hair is some of the most delicate hair there is. Because hair gains elasticity when wet, it loses a lot of the strength that it has normally. To help this, loosely clip the hair up, or allow to air dry a bit before introducing it to a brush and moving to style.

      ProTip!– If you must brush, use a wide tooth comb with flexible teeth to help limit breakage.

    4. Using Box Hair Dye

      box hair dye

      While convenient, any stylist will tell you that box dye can cause damage to your hair. Because they use harsher chemicals, and a lot more salt, than the dye that is blended in a salon the chemicals move right to the cuticle, causing a harsh charge that permanently damages and weakens the strands.

      Spending the extra time to have your hair dyed professionally can be well worth the effort. With custom mixes and a formula that works on the surface of the hair, you could be saving yourself from intense damage.

      Pro Tip!– Make sure to schedule a consultation before your service. This will help you to get to know your stylist, and get exactly what you want.

    5. Saturating Chemicals

      Chlorine and salt can really hurt you hair. Because of this, if you go swimming consistently it is always suggested to wear a swim cap. If you are more of an occasional swimmer, using a protective product, and washing your hair immediately after could be enough to help protect your hair from the damaging chemicals.

      Pro Tip!– Because hair acts like a sponge, rinsing your hair in fresh water before entering the pool can help add extra protection by letting it absorb fresh water first.

Taking care of hair and keeping it healthy and strong can be work, but the result is worth it!

If you would like more tips, or would like to know more about how to care for you hair correctly, and keep it looking the best it can be, schedule a visit to our Student Salon Training Area. Our trained and supervised students* would love to sit with you, help you understand your hair better, and give you a brand new cut to help it look its best.

Give us a call today!

*All services performed by trained student under the supervision of trained and licensed instructors.

Where Can I Work as a Cosmetologist?

If you are interested in becoming a cosmetologist you have probably given a good bit of thought as to what awaits you after you have completed school. After all, once you completed your cosmetology course, sit for the state board, and receive your license – that’s when the real fun begins!

The careers that await you after your licensing date aren’t all salons, either. There is a wide variety of careers available to cosmetology professionals, no matter if you want to work in a salon, or somewhere more exotic, here are a few of the possibilities.

    Haunted Houses

    Theatre Jobs as a Cosmetologist

    With Halloween so close we had to mention this one first. There are so many opportunities for cosmetologists this time of year! Haunted houses are almost always in need of people with skills in hair to make all of their performers look their best!

    Everything from complicated updos and spiral wound Medusa-type snakes will be needed here. If you want to bend and twist your skill in new and unique ways, this is a great opportunity to do that!

    Plus, if you have knowledge of makeup that added skill could really come in handy here. Luckily, we offer MUD Makeup classes, to help give students the skills they need to create perfect monsters.

    Movie Magic

    Speaking of monsters, nobody makes them better than the movie industry. But that’s not all that they need cosmetologists for.Getting a character’s hair right is a skill that can be mastered with enough determination. If you want to push yourself to reach consistent perfection consider this career option. It’s perfect for the perfectionist inside of all of us.

    Print Work

    print Jobs as a Cosmetologist

    Do you love seeing your work being used for another creative project? Great! A job working in the frenzied world of print photography could be right up your alley. Not only can some of the work really stretch your creativity, but seeing your art on film, in magazines, and on billboards can give you quite a rush!

    The particular industry can take some work to break into, but the rewards can fly as high as the hairstyles you will certainly create. With hard work, passion, and determination, we think there won’t be anything stopping you!

    Salon Owner

    So far, we have listed careers that work alongside or underneath someone else’s creative lens. But what if you have your own creativity bursting to escape? What if you have an independent streak that strives to be in charge? If that is the case, then owning your own salon might just be for you. It’s hard work, but having the freedom to create your own brand and image could be exactly what you are looking for to give yourself, and your skill, room to soar.

    Lover of Hair

    Jobs as a Cosmetologist

    All of these things sound great, and maybe they are even something that you could enjoy. However, truly and honestly, your passion is just in hair.

    You worked for your license to do hair, you dream of working in a salon, your passion is in working in a salon. You dream of the creativity and the life-changing impact you can have on people. You love making people feel their best, and you know that is your calling.
    You know what your passion is and you are ready for it.

    Follow Your Passion!

    No matter which path your cosmetology journey takes you on, we know that you will accomplish great things. If you are interested in pursuing an education in cosmetology, our programs could help you get there. Contact us today to set up a tour and see what we can offer you. No matter where you are, or where you end up, the future is bright in this amazing industry.

How to Sanitize Makeup

Makeup may not seem like something that needs to go through regular rounds of cleaning, how dirty can it get, after all? But the answer to that question might surprise you.

Not only can makeup get dirty, but the dirt and grime that can build up on your makeup and brushes can actually lead to breakouts, illnesses and in some cases skin infections.

No matter if you have been regularly cleaning your makeup and tools, or if you have never thought about it before, here at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), DC we have some tried and true tips and tricks that could help to keep your makeup clean, and your skin fresh and healthy.

Brushes and Sponges

One of the biggest culprits of spreading germs and bacteria is brushes and sponges. Many people don’t know this, but you should actually clean your brushes once a week – if not more often.

Cleaning your brushes is actually quite easy, so if you are already dreading the extra time – don’t be!

  • Brushes

    makeup brushes

    Those beautiful bristle brushes are so soft when you first purchase them, but after months of makeup buildup they might start feeling a little prickly. Once a week, before you head out the door to work or school, mix a little bit of olive oil and baby soap in a dish with water. Give it a gentle swirl to clean and then run some water over it to rinse.

    How to clean makeup brushes

    Before you head out the door set them flat on a towel to dry and by the time you get home from work, your brushes will not only be clean but just as soft as the day you bought them.

    Pro Tip! Major makeup artists suggest cleaning your brushes every day if you are doing heavy makeup or makeup on others. This will help keep bacteria from growing, and keep them extra free from build up.

  • Sponges

    makeup sponges

    No matter if you use the old school latex wedges or a beautifully colored blender, you need to clean them! Because sponges inevitably absorb anything that they touch, it is especially important to wash them once a week with a good soap.

    To clean them, simply pop a bit of liquid soap on the surface, or run them against bar soap briefly. Rub in the soap and and work out the suds under running water until no residue remains. You will be left with a beautifully clean sponge.

    how to clean makeup sponges

    Pro Tip! Many makeup artists swear by a good antibacterial soap to clean their blenders and sponges. Although the soap may seem harsh, it is actually is the best for getting the residue out of sponges and disinfecting them.

Powders, Tubs, and Gels

There is more to sanitizing makeup than just the brushes. Pretty much everything can be cleaned, from eyeshadows to lipstick.

  • Pressed Powders

    pressed makeups

    All pressed powders, such a foundation and eyeshadow, can be cleaned with something as simple as a tissue. By simply wiping off the top layer you can eliminate some of the bacterial build up.

    If you are looking for something more, you can easily sanitize the powder by spraying the surface with a mixture of alcohol and water after skimming the surface.

    Pro Tip! Because alcohol is used in the binding process for pressed powders it will not damage your makeup. Just make sure you aren’t saturating it! A light spritz will do the trick.

  • Creams and Liquids

    lipstick and mascara

    While you can’t directly sanitize these products, there are things you can do to keep them at the top of their game and “germ free.”

    • Pot Creams– If you have been putting your fingers into these products – know there is a better way! By using a plastic makeup spatula you can get the product out easier and keep the pot free of germs.
    • Mascara– You have probably heard that you should throw you mascara out monthly. No matter what reason you originally heard for this one, it is one you should adhere to. Not only is mascara the best at transporting eye based infections – it dries out pretty quickly!
    • Lipstick– Yes! You can sanitize your lipstick! If you have had a cold lately or haven’t done this is a while – get to it!
      You can do this in two ways, many people swear by the overnight freezing method, while other chose to dip their lipstick in alcohol and water for a few seconds. Whatever you choose, put this on your list.

No matter how you choose to sanitize your makeup, this important step is one that should not be overlooked

We hope that these tips help to keep your makeup clean, your skin healthy, and your life fresh and clean. For more tips on makeup, or to learn more about perfecting the art – check out the MUD Makeup courses at The Salon Professional Academy, DC.