Clipper Class with Quency!

We love bringing guest instructors into The Salon Professional Academy!  Especially those that we have known forever and admire so much!  Quency Valencia is the owner of Salon Quency on U St in NW, D.C.  He has been a stylist in the D.C. area for many years and has built quite the following in the community.  From skin fades to working with Miss Universe contestants, Quency has done it all!

Clipper cuts are always a hot topic with our students and one of the areas of cosmetology that students find hard to master.  “It can be scary trying to blend from skin to a 3 on a guest that seems picky about their hair!” shared Lavera, one of our cosmetology students.

Quency used two models to demonstrate various blending techniques and how to use different guards to create different looks that a client may ask for.  Sidney was impressed with how easy he made it look! “It really clicked with me when he showed us how to hold the client’s head different ways so we could direct the hair and be more efficient!”

After Quency was done with his demonstration, the students were able to ask him about his career and how he got where he was.  “I really loved his passion and how he kept driving home that one good guest experience can bring you so many more clients!” shared our cosmetology student Fanny.  “He reminded us anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it!”

In the world of cosmetology anything really is possible!  Thank you to Quency and Salon Quency for an amazing morning with our cosmetology students!



Get Your Side Hustle On As a Makeup Artist!

Learning how to do makeup professionally can lead to a fun and fast paced career! There are a lot of different jobs within the beauty industry. There is also a variety of programs that you can earn certifications in at a school. Some schools have associations with specific product lines and companies which allows the school to provide the students with experience using great products. At The Salon Professional Academy DC (TSPA DC), we are proud to be launching a MUD Advanced Makeup Program. The MUD makeup program at TSPA DC is designed to train our students to high, professional standards. After students complete the program, they are awarded a MUD Makeup Certification! Here are a few of the jobs you can get once you have your makeup certificate. Many of them can be done on the side, creating the perfect side-hustle to keep your beauty creativity flowing!


Brides-to-be are always looking for a good makeup artist that they know can make them glow on their special day. Weddings are also nice because there’s more than one opportunity to do makeup, such as engagement and invitation photos. Doing makeup for a bride requires attention to detail and knowledge of the best products. Having the skill and ability to complement the skin of the bride with good tones and techniques will make her feel that much better on the best day of her life! Once the bridemaids see how beautiful she looks when you’re done, they will be calling you on their wedding days, too. Weddings are one of the best side jobs!
Makeup artist side jobs


Photographers are good people to network with if you want to get some makeup side gigs. They are taking photos of people all the time whether it be high fashion, print ads, or anything inbetween. More often than not, these photographers could use a professional makeup artist to help the models look great for the camera! Find as many local photographers as you can and contact them to offer your services. If they all have your number, you’ll probably get enough calls to keep you busy.
Makeup artist side jobs


You’re bound to run into some people who want you do their costume makeup during the holidays. Halloween is a big holiday when it comes to doing crazy makeup jobs. If you post on social media and let people know you can help them create a spooky look for Halloween, you’ll probably get a few people wanting your expertise. Also, haunted houses often like to hire professional makeup artists to help prepare the ghosts and ghouls who are doing the spooking! This is a really fun side gig that will allow you to go all out and create some crazy looks that you wouldn’t normally be able to.
Makeup artist side jobs

Prom and Homecoming

High school dances are a big deal! Students go all out with dresses, hair, and makeup. This means it’s a perfect opportunity to do some side jobs! Every year the trending looks for these dances change and helping a girl find the perfect look for homecoming or prom can help make it a night to remember.

These are just a few makeup side gigs that you can do in addition to working in a salon. What other ones do you know about? To learn more about the MUD makeup program, contact us! You can also schedule a visit to see what TSPA DC has to offer you. We’re excited to see you!