Supporting the Beauty Industry in Houston

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.

Salon Feature: Rolfs Salon

The Studio Academy of Beauty is a proud supporter of our local community. We often host career fairs and presentations featuring the salons in the area. We like to see our students thriving in their hometowns. This month, we wanted to feature an amazing salon in the valley: Rolfs Salon! We had the chance to interview the president of Rolfs about their history, employment requirements, and their stance on education.


Here is what President Francis Tesmer had to say about the salon’s history:

“We are the number one brand in Arizona. We have been here for about 30 years. We have four locations and one distribution center. We are known for our top education, certification, and glamour! We are in the top five salons in the valley.”

We asked her about Rolfs’ take on education in the beauty industry, and the importance they think getting an education holds.

“Rolfs is known for their education. Education and knowledge drives us. Without a good education, you won’t go anywhere, especially in this industry! Going to a great school and getting a licence is the first step to a career.”

“You have to graduate advanced classes in order to be successful in a salon. Here are the steps you should take: have passion, learn the craft, specialize in the craft, train, and continue to learn. Take this seriously.”

Francis went on to tell us about the right way to become a great hairdresser, makeup artist, or any other beauty professional.

“Hairdressing is not a job, it’s a career. You should get into this business if you have the passion, and the drive to do anything it takes to be great at what you do. Salons are a team atmosphere. You all work on the betterment of yourselves so you can better the salon so you can better the industry. You have to push to be good at learning, branding, and customer service. Here at Rolfs, our hairdressers believe that their customers come first. They are always learning the newest styles and techniques in order to be ahead of their clients, not behind.”

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Next, we asked Francis to talk about the requirements needed to work at Rolfs.

“During the interview process, we look at them as a person. How committed are you to having a long-time career? Do you love the industry? Are you a caring and empowering person? Are you a people person? Are you hardworking and ready to continue learning? Are you loyal? How long are you going to stay here? Those are the qualities we look for. Someone who is ready to dedicate their time and life to being amazing.”

“When we bring in new salon employees, we train them depending on their skills in advanced classes. These classes are made up of technique classes, but also business, customer service, consultation, and everything else they need to be great here. When they are out on the floor, they will come in once a month for more training. That is how dedicated to education we are. That is how much we value it. We spend massive amounts of time and money on bettering our employees.”

“As a salon, we don’t only encourage working on technical skills, but we also foster personal development. We look at each employee holistically. We teach health skills, finance skills, business skills, and techniques. We want them to be totally successful. If they are happy and healthy, our salon will be happy and healthy. In this industry, you have to want to better yourself so you can better the entirety of beauty.”

We admire Rolfs’ heavy focus on education and betterment in their salons. We asked Francis to share the ultimate goal that Rofls is heading toward.

“Our wish is this: when a girl or boy goes to their parents and says, “I want to be a hairdresser. I want to take my love for beauty and turn it into a successful career.” That their parents respond with: “You are going to be so successful! You are going to travel and make money and better the lives of people around you! We are so excited.” We want everyone in this industry to work toward the same goal.”

“One of the most rewarding things to hear from our employees is the success stories that defy what most people think about hairdressing. I had an employee come to me and say, “I have been here for three years, and look what I have done.” She had bought herself a brand new car. She can afford it. That brought tears to my eyes. If someone has the passion, skills, and the right attitude for customer service, they can do anything.”

We want to thank Rolfs Salon for taking them time to interview with us, but also thank them for the time they have spent here doing presentations. We have enjoyed getting to know them. If you’re interested in getting a cosmetology education in preparation for a great career like one at Rolfs, contact us or check out our program page for more information.

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