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Quiz: College or Cosmo?

If you have been asking yourself whether you should go to a traditional four year college or cosmetology school, you’re not alone. Many cosmetology students wrestled with this question before they decided to join the ranks of the beauty industry. If you want to know whether cosmetology school or a traditional four year college is right for you, take our quiz!

If cosmo school is for you, check out our cosmetology program . We can help you get started on your future as a beauty professional today. Contact us, and we can answer any questions you may have. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Infographic: Employment Statistics for Cosmetologists

If you’re thinking about going to cosmetology school, you have almost certainly wondered what the job market looks like. After all, you don’t want to spend the time and money on an education if you can’t get a job when it’s all said and done. Check out our infographic to see what the possibilities are like!

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It’s Time to Pursue a Career in Beauty

You’ve dreamed of a career in beauty for years, and now’s your time to pursue it. After years of putting yourself second, it’s time to put yourself first. Here are 3 reasons why you should enroll in our next start date.

  1. The Beauty Industry is for Everyone

  2. It is never too late to pursue your passion for hair, makeup, or skincare. The beauty industry stands with arms wide open. There is not a single person that shouldn’t try to pursue their dreams to become a hairstylist, makeup artist, or esthetician. In fact, as of 2015’s Census report, the average age of female hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists was 39, and the average age of a male was 43.

  3. The Schedule is Flexible

  4. Day and evening classes are offered for your convenience. We know that you won’t be able to drop everything to enroll in beauty school, so we’ve made it easier. We’ve also created monthly start dates for our Cosmetology Program. If you can’t start this month, next month, or the month after that, there will be a start date in the future. However, classes fill ahead of time, so call us now to find out how to get your spot!

    Tolleson: 623-900-4501
    Chandler: 623-900-7610
    Phoenix: 623-900-7122

    Our Esthetics Program starts every 4-6 weeks, so if you’re passionate about skincare, contact your nearest campus to find out how to get started in our program!

  5. The Job Possibilities Can Be Endless

  6. Want to own your own business and work 4 days a week? Interested in renting out a booth at a salon and setting your own schedule? Looking to work freelance and take on jobs as you’d like? These can all be options for talented, licensed cosmetologists and estheticians! Typically, a career in hairstyling or skincare is a bit more flexible than your typical 9-5 desk job.

    A career in beauty can take you to places you’ve never been before. Whether you want to work a New York fashion runway or in the day spa on a cruise ship to exotic places, these amazing jobs could be available to you! It takes hard work, dedication, and passion, but it is possible!

Are You Ready to Get Started?

It’s your time to shine. It’s time to pursue a career in beauty! See yourself at The Studio Academy of Beauty! Click here to get started on the road to your future!

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact us for more information.

Makeup Looks for Every Girl Boss

You’ve got a career you’re passionate about, a loving family, a beautiful home, and a bright future. Every day you want to show off just how confident you are with professional, classy, and sleek makeup, and we’ve got just the looks for you. Check out these looks for everyday girl bosses.

The Everyday Smokey Eye

Smokey eyes are classic. An easy smokey eye can take your overall look from a 10 to a 15.

The Eye Opener

Use this simple makeup trick to make your eyes appear bigger. This is perfect for those mornings you’re running late or when you stayed up all night crushing your next big project.

Natural Eye Makeup

This nude color complements any eye color, blouse color, and skin tone.

Everyday Shimmer

If you’re a gal who loves to glimmer, use a shimmery shadow palette to create this easy, natural look.

Warm Tones

Cozy up with this warm look and complement your pant suit. This eye look is perfect for blue eyes.

BONUS: A Girl Boss’s Guide to Work Outfits

Struggling to pick out the perfect outfit for work? We’ve got your inspiration.

Color Pop and Prints

Don’t be shy! A hot trend right now is mixing patterns and pops of colors.

Colored Jeans

Colored jeans can spruce up any dark colored blazer.

Accent Pants

Try different material pants and never go back to slacks again.

Black Pencil Skirt

Show Us Your Office Looks

Share your office outfits and makeup looks with us on Facebook! You go girl.

Makeup Hacks for Globetrotters

Do you suffer from a tough case of wanderlusting? We understand you, and we know that globetrotters such as yourself have to pack their belongings in a strategic way. We’ve compiled a list of ways you can hack your makeup for your summer adventures.

Packing Your Makeup

  1. On the Plane

  2. Jessica Braun gives us the important info to use when you’re flying with makeup and other face products. There are strict guidelines on flying with liquids, so make sure you know what you need to do before you arrive at the airport.

  3. Organization

  4. Sona Gasparian goes through her travel bag and shows us how easy it is to organize your skincare and makeup when traveling. Clear organizers can make your packing much easier!

  5. When You’re Just Taking a Carry-on

  6. If you’re taking a small trip, you’ll want these tips from Jen. Carry-on bags are small, so you need to use all the space you can, and you’ll want to limit the amount of makeup you bring. You can check out more of Jen on her YouTube channel From Head To Toe.

  7. Miscellaneous Hacks

  8. Candice knows how to pack! These hacks and tips will help you take the right amount of product and save you space.

Your Checklist

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What Do You Bring?

What’s in your beauty bag when you hit the open road? Make sure to share with us on social media!

Are you using one of these hacks? Show us on Facebook!

7 Easy Makeup Tutorials for Teens

See Yourself. . . Together

Moms and daughters (and sons!) all around the world share a special bond over makeup. A common rite of passage for teens is learning how to apply makeup with their mother. If you’re looking for a few styles to create together, check out these 7 easy how-to compilations.

  1. Simple Gold Shadow & A Soft Flick

  2. The muted gold tones complement any eye color, and this flick is easy for beginners and seasoned pros alike.

  3. Pink Party Shadow

  4. Summer parties are coming up, and this is the perfect subtle makeup look.

  5. Cherry & Chocolate Shadow

  6. Pink and brown are the perfect duo for brown-eyed beauties, and this look is totally easy to complete in just a few minutes.

  7. Natural Makeup

  8. If you’re looking to create a natural makeup look, this easy tutorial is sure to hit the spot.

  9. Shimmery Shadow for Blue Eyes

  10. Blue eyes are sure to pop with this shimmery, diverse look. Wear it to school or to a party on the beach!

  11. Ombre for Green Eyes

  12. A gold to brown ombre widens and brightens green eyes, and it’s simple to do!

  13. The Perfect Wing

  14. Every makeup lover must know how to accomplish a perfectly on point wing, and this tutorial has got you covered.

Which Look is Your Favorite?

Moms, daughters, and sons alike, which look is your favorite? Make sure to share what you’ve created together on our Facebook page!

Summer Skincare Tips for Ages 30+

See Yourself. . . With Glowing Skin!

Summer is one of our favorite seasons. The warm weather, fun activities, and beautiful scenery makes this the most enjoyable time of year. However, all that sunshine can take a toll on your skin, especially now that it’s not as young as it used to be! Here are 5 skincare tips every 30+ can use this summer.

  1. Sunscreen

  2. woman applying sunscreen
    Protect your skin! Use a UVB/UVA sunscreen whenever you’re outside. While it may be overcast at some point during the day, the sun’s powerful rays still peek through the clouds. Some foundations have SPF included, so check the label of your favorite makeup.

  3. Moisturize

  4. The dry heat will suck the moisture out of your skin, so make sure you’re taking in enough water. Another way to keep your skin feeling soft and supple is a good moisturizer. Use your favorite lotion or cream before your put on your makeup and let it set before you apply foundation. Avoid taking hot showers, as they can also take the moisture of your body.

  5. Cleanse

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    Don’t change your routine with the seasons! Continue cleansing your face twice a day with a gentle product. Avoid the use of harsh ingredients including acids.

  7. Exfoliate

  8. Aid your skin in getting rid of dead cells. Use an exfoliator before bed a few times a week. Products with natural ingredients can help refresh your skin in the process.

  9. Eat Well

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    Add foods rich in antioxidants to your diet. Foods like blueberries and fish can help your body flush out all the gunk. Delicious and nutritious for your skin! These foods are also refreshing for your body after a winter of heavy soups and breads.

What Are Your Favorite Summer Skin Tips?

Is your favorite tip on our list? If not, share yours in the comments below!

5 Redken Looks That Have Us Hyped for Summer

There’s a reason why we love the Redken brand so much, and it’s not just because we utilize them in our student salon*. We love the creative, free spirited designs that Redken features on their IG account, and we can’t help but swoon over these 5 summer styles.

Knotty Half-Up

This chic style will pull your hair up and away from your face, so you can maintain that sunkissed glow.

Shoulder Skimming Waves

These light waves are perfect for a day at the beach or a trip to the mall. Can we also just admire this perfect blend?

Topsy Turvy Fishtail Braid

This punk-rock look is an easy way to pull back second day hair without compromising style.

Detailed Side Pony

A a bit of oomph to your side body with a fun wrap-around twist.


Natural curls are all the rage. Don’t worry about styling your hair when you can let yours be free. Embrace your twirly hair!


Don’t let heavy hair weigh you down this summer, add an undercut to lighten up your style!

What are your favorite summer styles? Make sure to share with us on Facebook!

Instagram Tips for the Modern Beauty Guru

Are you an aspiring or professional beauty guru? Whether you specialize in hair, makeup, lashes, or skincare, Instagram should be your go-to place for self-promotion. IG offers you the chance to put your work out there instantly, literally placing your work into the hands of your potential clients. If you want to tap into this social media craze, here are 5 tips to take your IG to the next level.

Consistency is Key

One of the most used study techniques in schools across the globe are flash cards. Students write them out and go over them again and again. A similar idea should be used in social media marketing. Be consistent. Repeat your info over and over again. Use your business name in your handle, make sure your name is in your bio. If you work at a salon or are at a school, use that name in there, too!

Ensure that your profile picture is recognizable and high quality. Pick a color palette to use in all of your posts. Are you all about creating neon unicorn hair? Post all of those! Are you more of a pastel color stylist? Post those instead! The more alike your posts look, the more recognizable you are across IG. Not only does this make your information easily seen and accessed, but it also makes you easier to find.

TSAOB IG profile

Interact With Your Audience

Got comments? Make sure to answer them. Respond to praise in the comments section with just a simple, “thank you!”, and answer any questions asked about your work/schedule/etc. You should also be hyper-aware of your direct messages. Potential clients may be contacting you for an appointment or for a question. The more responsive you are, the better your reputation.

interaction with IG comments

Follow Your Peers and Idols

See what everyone else is doing. This industry is competitive, but you should be encouraging those around you. We’re all in this together. Not only can you support fellow stylists, makeup artists, or estheticians, but you can also see what they’re doing. Maybe you’ve never thought of trying a new technique, and someone inspires you through their posts.

Interact with those around you! Networking is another huge element of becoming successful. The more people you know, the broader your audience and reach. You never know who’s going to become a referral!

On that note. . .

Share Your Goals

Repost hair/makeup/style goals. Repost your favorite looks from others. Ask questions, experiment, and learn. As a beauty pro, you have to be on the cutting edge, and this is a great way to keep up with the industry! Following and sharing work from fellow beauty mavens is a great way to create relationships and set personal goals.

Use Calls to Action

A call to action is a phrase used in your post to encourage your viewers to do something. Try phrases like, “Tag a friend who’d love this look!”, “Book your appointment for a new color now!”, “Like to see more of this style!”. These type of posts encourage people to interact with you if they like what you’re doing. Be aware: not every post has to have a sales pitch like “book now!”. A post can simply ask for tags or likes!

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What Are Your Favorite IG Hacks and Tips?

Make sure to share your tips and tricks with us on IG! We’re always looking for new ways to improve our social media game, so give us your best.

5 Easy Ways to Save on Prom

Prom is one of the most memorable times of your high school career. You should go all out! You should do your best to make this night one for the books, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. We’ve got 5 easy ways to save on prom!

1. Rent a Dress

Rent your dress instead of buying it. Look at dress rental stores in Arizona like Rent the Runway and The Cinderella Affair. Cinderella provides seniors and juniors in the Chandler area with free formal wear for prom. Other ways to save include: wearing shoes you already have, picking up discount costume jewelry or borrowing from friends, and using the clutch you bought for last years big dance.

2. Use Coupons

Coupons sound cheesy, but if you want to go out and do a fun day activity, you can plan and pay ahead of time with coupons. Use sites like Groupon to find entertainment for you and your date. They have discounts on activities like bowling, museum visits, an archery lessons. You can even find deals on restaurants!

3. Go In With Friends

Consider going with a group of friends. The more the merrier, and the more you save! If you can all pitch in on dinner or your activity, it might make the night a bit cheaper for all of you.

4. Cook for Yourself

This tip can easily cover your dinner plans and day activity. Pick a recipe on Pinterest, and have fun with your date while you try to make your dinner. Cooking might not be for everyone, but it is a romantic activity that a lot of people would be surprised to learn that they enjoy!

5. Get Your Hair and Makeup Done at a School*

At The Studio Academy of Beauty, we offer several services that are offered at other salons without the salon price! Going to a school is considerably cheaper than going to a salon. Makeup application, blowouts, and hairstyles; you can get them all done here. Getting your hair, makeup, and nails at a school can not only save you some cash, but you’ll be happy to know that you’re helping a student learn their craft!

Drop in or call and ask us about any specials we are running, and set your appointment. Prom is a special night, so let us help you make the most of it!

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

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