What to Expect When Going to Beauty School

Salon Success AcademySeveral of my readers out there are considering going to beauty school. It’s such a big, tough and expensive decision to make. Trust me, I know. I had to make the same decision myself over four years ago. To this day, I’m so happy I went to beauty school. I now have a career I’m proud of and a job I love. It’s true when they say if you love your job, you’ll never work a single day in your life.

I recently asked Salon Success Academy to share with my blog readers their insight on what to expect when going to beauty school. What types of programs are available? What will you learn and how will you learn it? Who will you meet? What’s State Board and how do you prepare for it? Here’s what they had to say:

Do you have a passion for beauty? Have you always wanted a career helping others look and feel beautiful? You can, with an exciting career in the beauty industry!

You might be wondering how you can get there. A beauty school can provide you with the in-depth knowledge and hands-on training you’ll need to kick start a successful career. Here’s what to expect when going to beauty school:

Programs Vary
There are all sorts of programs that can cater to your passions. Do you love makeup? Have you always had an interest in proper skincare? Or, do you see yourself working in a barbershop? Beauty schools offer a wide variety of programs from cosmetology and esthetics to barbering. Choose a program that suits you and your goals. For example, a cosmetology program includes curriculum about hair cutting, coloring, and styling, facials, manicuring, and makeup application. An esthetics program, on the other hand, concentrates primarily on skincare. You’ll learn all about skin anatomy, physiology, and sanitation that’ll enable you to perform facials, body treatments, hair removal, and much more! You might even decide to become a medical esthetician which means you could work in a medical setting and perform treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser hair removal.

Learn by Doing
Beauty school and the learning process should take place both inside and outside the classroom. At the beginning, you’ll primarily practice on a mannequin, but you’ll also get valuable hands-on instruction. You’ll even be able to perfect your technique on real clients! Beauty schools often have its own salon that offers services to the local community. You’ll work under the direct supervision and guidance of your instructors, but you’ll get to practice your techniques, customer service skills, and business etiquette. The client consultation is an important part of providing quality customer service and the best way to boost your confidence and polish your skills is to learn by doing.

You’ll Meet All Sorts of People
All sorts of people decide to attend beauty school for different reasons and at different stages of their lives. One classroom could have a mixture of working moms and recent high school graduates. This diversity presents the perfect opportunity to build your professional network. Utilize social media, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to say in touch, even after you graduate.

State Board Preparation
To work in the beauty industry, you must first pass the State Board exam. An accredited beauty school will help you prepare for both the written and practical portions. Enlist the help of staff and instructors for their advice. Requirements vary by state, so check yours for more information.

Schools Vary
There are beauty schools all over the country! Find a school that’s accredited, meaning you can have peace of mind knowing your education will be held to a high standard. The one you choose shouldn’t just have a convenient location to where you live, but it should also be a place you look forward to going to every day. Many beauty schools offer flexible class schedules and full time or part time enrollment options. Before you enroll, speak to an admissions specialists and take a tour. Make a list of your goals and expectations. Also, be sure to openly discuss any concerns you have. Find the school that’s right for you!

Salon Success Academy is a beauty school with five convenient locations across the Inland Empire in California. They offer programs with hands-on training and preparation for the State Board exam. To learn more, visit their website or check out their Beauty Buzz Blog.


What is True U Education?

TrueU_Education_LogoOne question I get asked a lot by blog readers who have already graduated from beauty school, passed the state exam, have their esthetician license and are now working in the industry is, “What about advanced education?” How does an esthetician keep learning in this industry? Where does an esthetician go to keep learning after graduating from beauty school?

In the state of California, you’re considered a licensed esthetician after you’ve completed 600-hours of lecture and hands-on training and have passed both the written and practical state exam. In some states like Washington, you’re now considered a licensed esthetician after you’ve completed 750-hours of lecture and hands-on training and have passed both the written and practical state exam. With all of the different types of treatments estheticians can offer under their license, it often seems like 600 or even 750 hours just isn’t enough time to cover everything a person might need to know in order to be a successful esthetician.

That’s where schools like True U Education come in. True U is where beauty school ends and advanced training for a licensed esthetician begins. Located in Chicago, Illinois, True U offers a number of esthetics, laser, skin care and business building classes to licensed estheticians and skincare professionals. Developed by Steven H. Dayan M.D. FACS and Terri A. Wojak with over 20 years of combined experience working in the aesthetics industry, they created an advanced esthetic education center that provides aesthetic professionals with the knowledge they need to succeed in the medical industry while working within their scope of practice.

In February 2015, True U Education released their online training programs, making advanced skincare specialization accessible to aesthetic professionals with a Wi-Fi or Internet connection. The first online course to be made available is also one of True U’s most popular courses, Aesthetic Laser & Light Therapies: Physics & Safety. This comprehensive 12-hour online laser course is designed to cover topics such as the study of aesthetic lasers, physics and safety, ultimately providing students with the knowledge needed to succeed as a laser professional.

True U Laser is open to anyone working in the aesthetic industry that is looking to gain knowledge of laser and light therapy treatments. Even those that do not perform lasers can benefit from the knowledge on differing technologies to educate clients. Skincare professionals may assist medical providers by offering pre- and post-treatment skin care. Knowing what each laser is actually doing to the skin, including healing times, will help an esthetician best recommend treatments and products to their clients for optimal results and answer questions clients may have about these services and the science behind them.

True U was kind enough to ask me to check out the new Aesthetic Laser & Light Therapies: Physics & Safety online course and let them know what I think. The course covers six chapters with topics such as:

How Lasers Work
Treatment Indications
Cosmetic Lasers
Consultation and Treatment Considerations
Laser Classifications
Laser Safety

There’s a quiz after each chapter, two review tests and one final exam. The online course also includes 19 laser treatment videos, a comprehensive aesthetic terms glossary practice case studies, a 41-page workbook to take notes in during the course and a downloadable version of Part 5 – Laser and Light Therapy from Terri Wojak’s book, Aesthetics Exposed.

Students are encouraged to go through the entire 12-hour online course at their own pace. It’s important to go through each section of the program slow enough to absorb all of the information. Trust me, there’s a lot of good information stuffed into this course! If needed, students can watch each of the videos as many times as they like.

This is my first weekend of diving into the True U Lasers online course and I’ve already completed chapter one through three. I’ve taken all three of the chapter quizzes – passing with a 90% and passed the first comprehensive test, passing with an 80%. Upon completion of the course, I’ll not only have received a wealth of knowledge about laser and light therapy treatments, but I’ll be issued a Laser Physics Certificate from True U Education and be able to complete my full review of the course here on my blog.

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Should I Become a Master Esthetician in the State of Washington?

Should I Become a Master EstheticianI’ve been asking myself this question for the last six months. Currently I’m a licensed esthetician in the state of California. My California esthetician license states that I have 600 hours of instruction and have passed both the written and practical exam. The issue is that in the state of Washington, there’s now a master esthetician license, but it’s 1,200 hours. This license covers everything from facials, face/body waxing and spray tanning to medium depth chemical peels, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, micro-needling and IPL treatments. Super fun stuff and certainly well beyond the scope of training I received in California. Since I wasn’t grandfathered into the Washington system before December 2014, I’d have to complete the full 1,200 hours in order to get the master esthetician license. My 600 hours that I’ve already earned and paid for in California won’t count towards this license at all. I’d basically have to start over from scratch in hours and tuition. Ugh.

I’m in the process of getting a Washington esthetician license, with the help of my current California esthetician license. To do this, I first needed to have my California license verified and certified by the Washington State Department of Licensing. To complete this step, I had to make sure my current California license was currently in good standing (which it is), visit the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology’s website and submit a Certification Request. This meant completing the Request for Certification of a California License form, printing it out, signing and sending it in with a $10 check.

Then I had to contact the Washington State Department of Licensing to complete an application form – the Barber, Cosmetologist, Esthetician or Manicurist License Renewal, Reinstatement, Out-of-State, or Reciprocity Application and check the “reciprocity” box on the form. I then printed out the form, signed it and sent it in with a $50 check. Now I have to play the waiting game while California and Washington talk to each other and verify my esthetician license. The cool thing is once this process is done, I’ll have both a California and Washington esthetician license. Applying for a Washington license won’t affect your license in another state.

Once I have a valid esthetician license in the state of Washington, I’ll then need to decide if getting the master esthetician license will be worth the time and money for me and my career goals. Currently in my professional position, I don’t need an esthetician license because I don’t touch skin for a living. I work in marketing, managing social media, email campaigns, the website and blog for a medical spa. Even though having an esthetician license isn’t necessary in my current position, it has proved to be invaluable with all of the research and writing I do about the services and treatments we offer in all of our clinics.

The only reason why I’d like to get a master esthetician license is to further advance myself as a professional within the skincare industry. I don’t currently have any interest in working in a treatment room performing facials, facial/body waxing, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, micro-needling or spray tanning. I do have an interest in learning everything I can about this industry because I enjoy it and would love to eventually expand my blog to market myself as a marketing and social media expert for other, fellow estheticians out there. Who knows, maybe after I start school, my interests might change and I’ll want to work in a medical setting as a licensed esthetician. That’s originally what I wanted to do when I first went to beauty school in California.

What would you do if you were me? Do you think it’s worth investing the time and money to further advance myself as an expert within this industry? I’m stumped and would love to hear what you think.




What is the Master Esthetician License?

Skin Inc MagazineDid you know that as of January 1, 2015, Washington state rolled out a new licensing law for estheticians? The current esthetician training went from 600 hours to 750 hours from a licensed school, in addition to taking and passing a written and practical exam administered by the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL), to allow for new technology and additional practice and theory for students while their in school. This license will no longer allow the use of laser or medium-depth chemical peels.

As of the beginning of this year, there’s also a brand, new 1,200-hour master esthetician license in Washington state. A master esthetician will now be licensed to operate lasers and perform medium-depth chemical peels. This is great news for estheticians in the state of Washington who want to work in a medical setting with doctors, medical spas and clinics.

Check out this great article from Skin Inc Magazine, where they talk more in detail about what exactly these new laws mean for estheticians in Washington and how educators fought hard to get them voted into place:

Washington State’s New Licensing Law for Estheticians




5 Steps On How To Survive The Face & Body Conference & Expo

Face_And_Body_ExpoIt’s almost that time of year again. Face & Body Conference & Expo is now less than a month away. This year, the show takes place on Saturday, October 6th through Monday, October 8th in San Jose, California at the newly remodeled McEnery Convention Center. Are you ready?

Face & Body Conference & Expo in an annual conference and expo held exclusively for skin care professionals in San Jose, California. Industry professionals come from all over Northern California to take advantage of the advanced education courses taught by skincare experts, check out new products and treatment techniques in the Expo Hall, attend numerous supplier classes and network with other industry professionals.

Skincare facility owners, directors and managers, dermatologists and other medical esthetics professionals, estheticians, medical practitioners, massage therapists and plastic surgeons all gather together at the McEnery Convention Center for three days, completely submerging themselves in learning new business solutions, treatment techniques and skin science.

This year will mark my third year of attending Face & Body. After having such a successful experience last year at the show, I consider myself to have the Face & Body experience down to a science. With a few trials and tribulations over the last couple of years, I’m now well-versed in how to get the most out of the Face & Body experience. Whether this is your first year attending or you attend the show each and every year, I’ve compiled a Face & Body Survival Guide in five easy steps, for anyone attending the show.

1. The Early Bird Gets The Worm
In my world, “early” is on time and “on time” is late.  If you’re “late” to register, it could cost you almost double than what you would have paid if you registered two months before the show. Don’t wait until the day of the show to buy your tickets. The show’s registration is considered a la carte, which means you can pick and choose just how much or how little Face & Body you want over the weekend. Registration is super easy online.

Not only will you want to register early, but you’ll also want to show up for the Advanced Education or Supplier Classes early as well. Show up for class early and score a seat near the front of the room. People who sit in the front of the room are less likely to be distracted by late comers. Depending on the popularity of the class, early birds are almost always guaranteed a seat. They’re also more likely to catch the eye of the educator which makes it an easy transition to a quick networking opportunity at the end of class. Educators appreciate it when students sit in the front row, pay attention and take notes.

2. Location, Location, Location
If you don’t live near the San Jose area, consider renting a hotel near the convention center. There are four, really nice hotels within a block of the show. Having a hotel means that you can relax all weekend long. You don’t have to worry about traffic or parking because you’ll be able to walk to the show instead. Staying in a hotel so close to the show means that you can sleep in a little longer than if you were commuting in. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy breakfast before the show starts each day. You’ll also have a safe place to stash all of your class notes, freebies and items you purchase in the Expo Hall throughout the show.

If you decide to reserve a hotel, make sure to take care of your travel accommodations early. The four hotels in the area (Hyatt Place San Jose, Sainte Claire, Hilton San Jose and San Jose Marriott) set aside a limited number of rooms for special show pricing. To take advantage of the cheap room rates, book your hotel early. Just like with the show’s registration, the longer you wait, the more expensive your room will be.

3. Do Your Homework
Study the Show Program ahead of time. Circle all of the Advanced Education and Supplier Classes that you want to take. Do you want to attend the Networking Luncheon? How about participate in the Evening Out on Saturday night? The more you are able to come up with a game plan for the weekend, the more likely you are to do and see everything you want to experience at the show. There are 16 Advanced Education classes, over 40 Supplier Classes and well over 100 suppliers in the Expo Hall this year. If you plan carefully, you’ll be able to maximize your time, allowing you to attend all of the classes you want to take while giving you plenty of time to network in-between

4. Be Prepared
Dress professional and wear comfortable shoes. You’ll always want to keep plenty of business cards with you throughout the weekend. You never know who you’ll meet. Be sure to bring a pen and notebook with you. With all of the information coming at you in both the Advanced Education and Supplier Classes, you’ll want something to write notes with and write your notes on.

Also, make sure all of your batteries are charged. Eat a well-balanced breakfast in the morning so that you’ll be fueled up until lunch. Don’t forget to check the battery life on your camera and smartphone. There’s nothing worse than finally having that perfect photo op with Dr. Mark Lees signing your book, only to find that the battery in your camera is dead.

5. Shop Around
This year, there are over 100 suppliers in the Expo Hall. Give yourself a reasonable allowance to spend at the show. Keep in mind that a lot of suppliers are more likely to give discounts on the last day of the show because it means less equipment and supplies for them to pack up. Waiting to shop until the last day of the show also means that you risk suppliers running out of product. A lot of suppliers will offer a special show price for the equipment, supplies or books that they sell.  For the busier booths, I’d recommend getting to them early on in the show, at the beginning of the day. The Éminence booth tends to be a high traffic booth because its A-right in front of the Expo Hall entrance and B-they have incredible show pricing specials on most of their products. Apply that Early Bird mentality to your shopping experience in the Expo Hall and be sure to shop wisely.


Postgraduate Education for Skincare Professionals at IDI

International Dermal InstituteIn order to become a licensed esthetician in the state of California, one has to complete a 600-hour esthetics program and pass the state board exam. What does one do after fulfilling the state’s requirements for becoming a licensed esthetician? Most newly licensed estheticians begin the search of finding a job in the skin care industry. Newly licensed estheticians that want to gain a competitive edge in the industry will also continue their ongoing, postgraduate education.

What’s the difference between a licensed esthetician and a professional skin therapist? According to the International Dermal Institute, the difference is the postgraduate training offered at IDI. IDI (which is headquartered in Los Angeles, California) is not only the skin care industry leader in postgraduate education, but it also responsible for the ingredient research and product development for the entire Dermalogica skin care line. IDI has been offering advanced education to skin care professionals for over 25 years. Each year, IDI trains over 75,000 professional skin therapists in 38 training centers worldwide-19 in the United States alone.

IDI isn’t just for licensed estheticians. Students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate skin care program are invited to participate in IDI’s Undergraduate School Days. Here, students are introduced to the professional skin care industry through various IDI foundation skin classes.

IDI offers continuing education for newly licensed estheticians with a variety of hands-on, specialized and personal success classes such as speed waxing techniques and galvanic and high frequency treatments.

Students can earn a Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement from IDI with a completion of 100 hours. Students obtaining 300 hours of education at IDI will receive an Honors Certificate of Achievement.

Want to earn up to $1600 in free education from IDI? Students waiting to take their state board exam and licensed skin therapists who have received their estheticians license within the last year are encouraged to enter IDI’s Lisa White Spiering Legacy Scholarship for a chance to win 100 hours of free IDI education. Winners of the scholarship are based off of creativity, not financial need. The scholarship is awarded three times a year.

IDI San Francisco is located at 110 Sutter Street on the 9th floor. Find the class schedule and book classes for this location at www.dermalinstitute.com


Change Careers With Training at SFIEC

SFIECHave you been thinking about changing up your career? Have you always wanted to work in the beauty industry doing hair, make-up or working with skin care? Are you considering becoming a hair stylist or an esthetician? The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology offers full-time day and night programs in both Cosmetology and Esthetics.

SFIEC isn’t your typical beauty school. In addition to teaching the theory and practical classes required by the State of California, SFIEC provides its students lots of opportunities that other beauty schools don’t. SFIEC students are given ample networking opportunities with seasoned working professionals in the industry, extracurricular activities that provide practical and creative application of hair and make-up that goes beyond the classroom, extensive make-up training which is covered in both Cosmetology and Esthetic programs and a salon and clinic floor where students get to work on actual clients in clean and professional facilities.

“Cosmo” students learn the basic fundamentals of hair cutting, color and styling in this 1600-hour program that meets and exceeds minimums set by the State of California with both practical and technical training. Students apply what they learn in the classroom, on the salon floor by working on actual clients. Cosmo students also learn skin care basics, make-up application, nail technology and advanced hair techniques. Upon graduation, Cosmo students receive the opportunity to showcase their acquired skills and creativity in a Debut show performed for industry professionals, community members, classmates, family members and friends. Class size is limited to 16 students.

The 600-hour program of practical and technical training covers all aspects of the skin care industry. “Estie” students learn a combination of theory and practical training with Learning Leaders and classmates. In addition, students perform a variety of facials, body treatments and waxing services on actual clients on the clinic floor. Estie students also complete an additional 25-hours of advanced skin care training at IDI (thanks to the school’s partnership with Dermalogica) and have the opportunity to receive a five-star facial at a local spa upon graduation. Class size is limited to 14 students.

Both Cosmo and Estie students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities during and after school hours such as Design Team and Student Council. These groups enable students extra opportunities to practice and develop their newly acquired skills by performing hair and make-up services for community events, fashion/hair shows, photo shoots, wedding parties, school promotions and charitable functions.

Job placement isn’t a guarantee upon graduation, but SFIEC students are exposed to numerous networking abilities from the school’s Guest Speaker Program. The program introduces students to industry professionals throughout their time at SFIEC, exposing students to a number of brands, product lines and industry professionals such as salon and spa owners, stylists, product line representatives, medical professionals and platform artists.

In addition to the technical and practical coursework, SFIEC students also take a variety of career development classes in resume writing, interviewing skills and business management. Students even participate in a fine dining skills class that teaches students how to finesse the art of networking at any business meal.

The Paul Mitchell partner school is located in the heart of the SOMA district in San Francisco. Daytime classes begin every 6 weeks for both programs. Evening classes begin every 24 weeks for both programs. Financial aid is available.

Visit the SFIEC website for more information on curriculum details, upcoming Open House event dates and program start dates.