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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!

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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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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.

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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

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    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.

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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.

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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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