How to Interview a Beauty School: 7 Questions You Should Ask

Your Future is Worth A Great Tour!

Interviews are a two-way street! It’s an important fact to remember when you’re looking at potential beauty schools and thinking about taking campus tours.

Pursuing your dream of applying to beauty school is an amazing journey. It’s an exciting time, and you should enjoy the ride. 

However, you mustn’t get caught up in the wave. We know a lot is riding on your beauty school interviews and beauty school tours, but don’t lose sight of the fact that these schools have to be a fit for you, too. It’s not just about whether or not you’re a fit for them.

In this article, we’re going to cover seven questions you should be asking when interviewing a beauty school.

Asking these questions will help you to determine if the school is the right fit for you, and it may even help you increase the acceptance rate of your applications.

Read on to learn an arsenal of tips for applying to beauty school.

1. Can You Tell Me More?

This is the first, and most obvious question. It’s easy to get silent and nervous when you’re sitting in an important beauty school interview.

Don’t just go through the motions, answer their questions, and then leave. Your interview should be a dialogue, not an interrogation.

Asking this question is one of the easiest ways to get your interviewer talking. Ask them to tell you more about the school. Ask how many teachers they have on staff. Ask the size of the total student body. 

What is the average class size? It’s also important to know the ratio of students to teachers, but asking the class size will get you this information.

Also, you’ll want to research if there have been any complaints filed against the school with the State Cosmetology Board or local trade organizations.

You’ll also want to ask about the school’s safety. If you’re attending classes at night, this is especially important. Student parking, housing (if you’re attending school out-of-state), and other logistical questions are important to ask as well.

2. Are You Accredited?

Making sure a school is accredited, and researching when they last updated their accreditation requirements is important for a few reasons.

First, you don’t want to be attending some second-rate beauty school that ends up being a scam. You’ll end up wasting a lot of money, and be no further along toward your dream career.

Secondly, you want to make sure their accreditation is up-to-date. Most people think schools become accredited once and that’s it.

This isn’t the case at all. A school with a good reputation should be taking the steps to keep its accreditation current. A school should be re-evaluated every six years to keep its standards current. So, ask when the school was last evaluated.

3. What Is Your Placement Rate?

This is probably the most important statistic a school can give you. 

Why does anyone go to college or get a certification? To get the job they want, right?

Well, that’s exactly what the placement rate will tell you. It’s the representation of how many students are getting placed into jobs in their chosen field upon graduation.

We can’t stress this stat enough. It may be the biggest contributing factor in ensuring you a successful future, and yet, so many aspiring beauty school students aren’t asking about it.

Placement rate. Don’t forget about it!

4. Hands-on Experience?

One of the things you don’t learn in high school, that you’ll find out in the real world, is you want to learn from people that have already done what you’d like to do. This is no different in the beauty school world.

If you want to go into a certain niche of cosmetology or esthetics or specialize in a certain treatment, why would you learn from someone who has no idea how to do it?

You wouldn’t. So make sure the school you go to has teachers with hands-on experience in the area you want to specialize in.

There’s no teacher like real-world experience.

5. What Does Your School Cost?

The cost of attending a cosmetology program depends on which school you attend. However, the average cost is anywhere from $8,000 to $18,000. That cost is to complete a full program that can be 10-18 months long.

Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer to explain the cost of attendance to you. Especially if it is higher or lower than most of the other schools you’re researching.

Also, it’s important to note that cheaper isn’t always better. “You get what you pay for” is a life rule that’s true more often than not. Sure, you may pay more up-front, but your results will be better in the long run.

There are also scholarships and financial aid available for cosmetology programs throughout the country. The amount of aid varies, and the program you attend has to be accredited, but there is help available.

This means your dream cosmetology program may be more accessible than you think.

6. Will I Get to Work With Real Clients?

Just like there’s no substitute for hands-on experience when it comes to your teachers, there’s also no substitute for it when it comes to sharpening your own skills.

Many beauty programs will offer mannequins to practice on when you’re first starting. While they are a great practice ground for learning the basics, eventually you are going to want to hone your skills on real, live, in-the-flesh clients.

7. Can You Tell Me About the Curriculum?

You’re going to be spending the majority of your time, over the next ten to eighteen months, learning the curriculum this school has for you. You have every right to ask the person interviewing you to explain what you are going to be learning, and how it’s going to be taught.

Most cosmetology programs with good reputations do a great job of this. In fact, they will have something available for you to read outlining their curriculum and your path through the program from Day 1 up until graduation.

Even if they do provide you with something like that, it’s still in your best interest to ask deeper questions about what’s going to be covered and how it’s going to be taught.

How Far Do You Go?

One of the first things you’ll want to ask is “how does your curriculum go beyond the State requirements?” Yes, there are minimum requirements needed to practice in every State. But you want a program that is going to prepare you beyond that.

The program you choose should be keeping up with the latest trends and developments in the beauty industry. Our staff at TSPA does a great job of that.

You will not only learn what’s necessary to pass your State exam, but you will learn the newest techniques and trends to put you lightyears ahead of other graduates in your field.

What Is the Structure?

The other important question you’ll want to ask is “how is the curriculum structured?” Cosmetology programs are typically structured one of two ways. The curriculum is either modular or foundational.

With a modular curriculum, there is no exact “starting point” or “beginning”. Whenever you enroll, you start to learn with whatever is being taught that week.

In this type of structure, students are also constantly moving in and out of the classroom. New students are enrolling and older students are moving out of the classroom environment.

The foundational method allows all students to start with the same information and build from there. Instructors teach basic skills until students master them and establish a solid foundation.

At that point, students start to build more complex skills on top of the base of fundamentals that is already there. With a foundational curriculum, students learn the necessary steps of a procedure from start to finish and they also develop a sense of community.

They go from class to class, skill to skill, with the same group of students. This helps students build lasting friendships, and connections within the industry when they graduate.

Bonus Question for Your Campus Tours

We feel like we gave you seven solid questions to get to the bottom of how each beauty school measures up. But, we’re feeling generous so we have a bonus question for you.

What’s the Word on the Street?

Accreditation, outlining the curriculum, and telling you the scope of hands-on experience you can expect are all well and good, but what are people saying?

You want to see what other salons and spas are saying about the performance of school alumni. Can graduates from this school hang in the real world?

Do they have all the necessary skills? Do they know all the necessary treatment procedures? Are there things this school’s graduates are lacking?

You may not be able to get a straight answer to this question directly from your interviewer. That’s fine. Call around to local spas and salons on your own and see what’s what. 

Word of mouth will quickly tell you the full story.

Out-riddle the Riddler

Now you have some real firepower to use during your beauty school interviews or campus tours. Remember, they need to work for you as much as you need to work for them. Don’t get intimidated, and don’t be afraid to ask them to show their worth.

We know what we’ve got at TSPA, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. We welcome you to put us to the test!

If you have any more questions about our programs or want help getting started with the enrollment process, give us a call or visit us online today.

Wondering What To Ask At Your TSPA Delray Beach Beauty School Tour? We have 7 Questions You Should Be Asking That Will Put You In The Driver's Seat During Your Next School Interview!

5 Best Tips For Becoming a Hairstylists

Tips On How To Stand Out In The Hairstyling World

As of 2019, there were more than 558,000 hairdressers, cosmetologists, and hairstylists in America.

If you’re looking to set yourself apart from others that work in the hairstyling industry or want to join them, you need to check out the professional hairstyle tips we’re about to share with you.

Along with these tips, you’ll find strategies on how to become a successful hairstylist and cosmetologist.

1. Have Your Business Card Ready

The only way to gain business as a hairstylist is to attract the right clients and advertise your services. For this reason, the first tip we have to offer you is to always have a business card on hand.

No matter where you are, you’ll have a card with your contact information ready to give to potential clients. You should also take advantage of social media and create accounts to advertise the work you’ve done in the past.

On social media, your work will speak for itself and help you to attract more clients.

2. Solid Marketing Plan

Above we mentioned having a business card ready at all times, but that’s not the only tool you should have in your marketing strategy. We recommend that you take some time to decide what type of clients you want to attract to your business.

Once you’ve got a better understanding of your ideal client, you can take the time to ensure that all forms of marketing you’re using are geared towards them. Ensure that your branding speaks volumes about who you are as a hairstylist and what you’re able to provide to clients.

3. Continue to Educate Yourself

Even after you’ve graduated from cosmetology school, there’s always something you can do to become a better hairstylist. We recommend that whenever the opportunity presents itself, you should always take the chance to gain more knowledge and get more training.

The hairstylist industry is changing every day, which means you need to stay updated on the newest trends and perform them correctly. The more time you spend learning, the more confident you’ll be when performing these services.

4. Detail Your Process

When clients know what you’re going to be doing during their appointment, it helps them place more trust in you. This is one of the best hair tips we have because there are many times in history when a hairstylist began the process of doing a client’s hair, and the client had no idea what was going on.

Not only is this a bad practice, in the end, but your client could also potentially be upset with the results of the process. By communicating from the beginning, you clarify what will occur, and the client can change their services if they need to.

5. Be Professional 

It’s easy to become relaxed in the salon atmosphere and give in to the temptation of gossiping and talking loudly. You might be having fun, but this doesn’t say that you’re professional.

When you’re at work, always ensure that you act professionally by doing things like:

  • Getting to work earlier
  • Keeping your workspace clean
  • Help other stylists when possible
  • Dress appropriately
  • Handle clients with care

These things speak volumes about who you are as a stylist. It’ll also help you retain and gain more clients.

Hairstyling 101: Tips You Need to Know

Several tips can help you get better at hairstyling, like always have a business card with you. And don’t forget to jump at any chance to get more training and continue getting better at your craft.

If you’re looking for a place that offers advanced training, contact The Salon Professional Academy. We’ll teach you a whole range of hairstyling techniques guaranteed to make you a better hairstylist.

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Self-Promotion: 5 Tips on Marketing for Hairstylists

Separate & Differentiate Yourself: Stand Out in Your Industry

Marketing your business the right way can help you grow your client base and continue to build a name for yourself as a hairstylist. Yet it can be tough to know exactly what type of posts are best and how to build a professional social presence.

We’ve put together the best tips to help you learn marketing for stylists. New students can learn and grow from these concepts, and alumni can also use these techniques for continued success in their businesses.

Let’s get started!

1. Know Your Audience

While marketing businesses online is a tricky task, knowing what audience you’re speaking to can help you build your posts.

Who is your ideal customer? What do they like? What motivates them?

Once you know for sure who you’re marketing to and trying to attract, then you can tailor your posts to fit. Frame your ideas based on who you’re talking to, and your posts will work better.

One more bonus: when you find those clients who are good for you, it’s exhilarating for you as a stylist. You look forward to helping them with their hair goals, and it gives you the passion to continue learning and growing your skills.

2. Set Goals: Marketing for Stylists

Why do you want a social account? Staying relevant is important, but get specific with your goals.

Are you trying to market different hairstyling products? Are you hoping to bring in new clients? Would you like to book your appointments full every day?

With your specific objective in mind, you can tailor your posts to fit. Before you post something, consider how well it aligns with your goals, and edit accordingly.

3. Switch to Business Profiles

While you may work for a local hairstyling company, you shouldn’t always post under the salon’s accounts. Set your own hairstyling social media accounts, and make sure they are business accounts. It’s important to grow your own name as a hairstylist separate from the salon.

Keep in mind, your accounts and your posts should all be public when you have a business account. You’ll have a bigger reach that way, and you won’t exclude any potential customers.

4. Streamline Your Aesthetic

As you create more social media marketing posts, you’re building your brand. The accumulation of posts adds to your public image, which you can curate and grow.

Take some time to envision what you want your brand to look like. Keep this overall aesthetic in mind as you choose photos to post and build your reputation.

5. Add Human Interest

Whether you’re building a business website design or social media personality, you want to make sure you’re not posting only hair pictures. Add some human interest so that your clients get to know who you are as a stylist.

Talk about what interests you about hair, what colors you love, and your favorite parts of the day. Add some posts that tell about who you are as a person, too, from your pets at home to your favorite Starbucks drink and other quirks. Your clients will love feeling like they know you, and they’ll keep coming back.

Growing Your Business

Social media marketing for stylists can be tricky to master. Whether you’re still a student or you’re an alumnus of TSPA, the tips above can help you build your personal brand and market to the ideal customer.

For more on graduating salon ready, check out our other blog posts or enroll today to get started in a beautiful career!

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Hair Goals: Importance of a Hair Consult

One of the first things you need to learn as a hairstylist is how to conduct a great hair consultation.

When a client comes for a cosmetology salon visit, the first fifteen minutes are for getting to know them and understanding as much as possible about their hair and their goals.

Below we’ve outlined several types of questions to ask to get to know your client. You’ll be able to build rapport and encourage them along the way with these helpful questions!

The Importance of Getting to Know Your Client

When you have a beauty consult with a new client, you can learn their hair expectations. You’ll find out what the client likes about their hair and what they don’t like. Frame it in the form of a casual question, like this:

  • What’s your favorite thing about your hair?
  • What are your hair goals?
  • If you could change one thing about your hair, what would it be?

Through no-pressure questions like these, you’ll learn vital information about your client and their needs. Being friendly and approachable is the best way to ensure a good consult.

Without an informative beauty consultation, you won’t be able to prescribe the right products or effectively cut, color, and style their hair. If you want satisfied clients, you have to get to know them first. It’s the only way you’ll be successful.

What Does Beauty Consultant Mean?

As a beauty consultant, you’re on a mission. You need to put your clients at ease and encourage them when they feel vulnerable in their hair journey. You’re like a coach, helping them achieve their goals.

During your beauty consultation, you’ll ask questions like:

  • How do you like to wear your hair?
  • How do you part it?
  • What products do you like to use?
  • Do you spend a lot of time in chlorine or in the sun?

Keep in mind you can meet with your clients online via Zoom if they’re more comfortable. Virtual consultations aren’t just for Covid times.

They usually only take about 15 minutes. Because it’s so short, a virtual consultation is a great way to set up for an in-person appointment. You can meet with your clients at home before they make the trip to the salon.

Questions to Ask at a Hair Consultation

Asking the questions above can help you get started with your consultation. Here are some more hair consultation questions to ask:

  • When was the last time you got your hair colored?
  • How often and what type of products do you use?
  • Do you use heat on your hair?
  • Do you have any skin sensitivities?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you can prescribe products that can help your client. Remember you’re not a salesperson. You’re actually holding the answer to a lot of their hair woes, and you’re giving them the opportunity to solve them.

Taking the Time

Having an effective consultation means taking the time to understand your client and encourage them. You’ll conduct your hair consultation and then be able to provide for their needs and prescribe the right products.

If you haven’t already joined our program and it sounds right for you, apply today to get started!

Book of Business 101

Your Guide to Getting More Clients

As with any business, clients are essential to keeping your business afloat. This rings even more true in the beauty industry.

Whether you’re a hairstylist, esthetician, or barber, your business relies on nurturing client relationships. You chose a line of work that provides the most personal artistic growth for you while serving clients you love.

Your business thrives when your clients return.

That’s why your beauty business should keep a book of business. If you’re wondering what that is or how to be successful in the beauty industry, this article is for you.

Building Your Beauty Brand

The first thing you must do is shift your mindset. Yes, you may be running a successful salon. You might be building a successful spa. 

You are a business, but you are also more than that. You own a beauty brand. This is one of the biggest beauty industry success secrets that will help you go from good to great.

So, what distinguishes a beauty business from a beauty brand?

A beauty brand has a mission statement for why it exists. A brand has certain values that it stands for.

To help you define your mission statement and values, try to answer the following questions:

  • What’s the story behind your business? Why did it start?
  • Why did you get into the beauty industry?
  • What are things that you hope to achieve through your service or your brand?
  • What kind of clients do you want to work with?
  • How do you want every person that sits in your chair or lays on your spa table to feel?
  • What are things that don’t resonate with you, your service, and your brand?

The answers to these questions will help you to elevate your business and better define your beauty brand. Feel free to take a moment to gather your thoughts.

Work With Exclusive Clientele

One of the great things about being a beauty service provider is that you can build a loyal clientele.

As you move from being a business to building a beauty brand, your clients will follow you everywhere you go. When you’re developing beauty lines or products, they’re first to vouch for you.

That’s the impact of branding. You are one of a kind.

To help your brand grow, keep a book of business containing your most important clients.

These are the people whom you wake up in the morning and look forward to serving. They inspire you to be your best—to grow as an artist. You do what you love by serving them the best you can.

Keep them close. They remind you of your why and keep you on the right path.

Tips On How To Be Successful In The Beauty Industry

Running a successful salon and building a successful spa depends a lot on how you nurture client relationships.

You want to relate to your clients and you want to engage with them. But there are certain topics that don’t fare well on the chair or table.

Avoid talking about personal life conflicts, politics, religion, sex, and other taboo topics.

Instead, opt for topics that excite your clients. Ask about their hobbies or where they would like to travel. Ask about TV shows, music, and concerts they enjoy.

You want your clients leaving your chair or table feeling more positive than before they came to you. Keep that in mind when you engage with your clients.

Chase Your Prosperous Beauty Career

Are you ready to pursue a career that is both financially and artistically rewarding? Does the thought of waking up every day and doing what you love excite you?

Come join us at The Salon Professional Academy Delray Beach to learn the skills needed on how to be successful in the beauty industry.

We offer scholarship opportunities and grants to help jumpstart your beauty career. Come check us out in person!

What are you waiting for?

Your dream career is waiting for you.

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