5 Reasons to Be a Cosmetologist

Do you want a future where you can be creative and help others feel great? Are you looking for the potential to be independent? If you’ve answered yes, then being a cosmetologist could be a rewarding option for you. Maybe you’ve already considered an education in cosmetology at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Rochester, or maybe it’s a new idea for you. Whatever the case, here are five reasons why a future as a cosmetologist could be right for you.


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1. A Chance for Creative Expression

Many people choose a future in cosmetology because they are creative and have a passion for beauty. As a cosmetologist, you may get the chance to try out new trends, techniques, and products on a daily basis. You have to listen to your clients’ wishes, but you still have the chance to use creativity to help them transform their look. Cosmetology can be a great opportunity to use your passion and technical skills to create something beautiful.

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2. You Can Help Others Feel Great

Working as a cosmetologist can be a great option for social butterflies. If you’re a people person, this job could allow you to not only help others look great but to feel great as well. For many people, looking nice or feeling beautiful can boost confidence. Got a client who’s feeling low? Providing a listening ear while giving them a fresh, new haircut, color, or style could make their day. When you work as a cosmetologist, you’ll have the chance to meet different people every day and even form connections with them. Every person who sits in your chair will have a different personality, background, and personal style.

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3. Opportunity For an Independent Future

If you have always dreamed of owning your own salon, cosmetology education from TSPA Rochester is a great first step. With a cosmetology license, you can start by working in a salon that hires cosmetologists to gain experience and clientele, and then work your way up to renting a booth in an upscale salon. These are valuable experiences if you want to become a salon owner one day. You’ll need technical skills, tactical knowledge, business savvy, and a client-base to achieve career growth.

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4. Working in a Dynamic Environment

Cosmetology is a great option for those who don’t want to be stuck in an office all day. As a cosmetologist, it’s likely that you’ll be on your feet most of the day as you’re styling hair or applying makeup. The hustle and bustle of a salon can keep you moving constantly and keeps the atmosphere lively and fun. From talking with coworkers to engaging with clients, there’s always a conversation going when you’re a cosmetologist. Every client you work with is unique and a salon is typically full of diverse personalities, so every day as a cosmetologist can be different and full of exciting challenges.

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5. Doing What You’re Passionate About

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been passionate about beauty forever or just started following trends in the last few years. If you’re choosing an education in cosmetology, it’s likely that you’re passionate about all things beauty. A future in cosmetology is a great way to express what you love on a daily basis. You can use your practical skills and tactical knowledge, but you can also put your enthusiasm for trends and current styles to use. Other people can tell when someone loves what they’re doing. Take your passion and use it to create something beautiful that also makes someone else feel great.

Learn More About Our Cosmetology Program

Ready to create a future in cosmetology? Learn more about our cosmetology program at TSPA Rochester. We know that cosmetology is about more than just cutting hair. It’s about innovative techniques and an overall knowledge of business and marketing strategies. Call us today to schedule a tour or ask any questions.

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Spring 2018 Student Spotlight

We are excited to announce 4 student spotlights. We will be showcasing 2 cosmetology students and 2 massage therapy students for this season!

Our first cosmetology student spotlight is Sierra! Sierra began her journey here at TSPA Rochester in August 2017. Her favorite thing about coming to The Salon Professional Academy is all of her returning clients. She gets to see them on a regular basis and share life experiences and ambitions. Outside of TSPA Sierra shared many fun things with us such as how much she loves her family and how adventurous they are. She enjoys playing softball, outdoor activities, eating pizza and eating eggrolls. A fun fact about Sierra is that she can throw 55 mph and won a contest at the MN State Fair! When asked where she see’s herself after graduating she said she would like to keep doing hair in a salon and then maybe go back to school to become a police officer. Her favorite Redken product that she uses is the One United spray because it does wonders and gets snarls out of everything. Sierra’s favorite technique that she has learned is curling hair with both curling irons and a flat iron. Sierra’s educators have shared, “Sierra is really great with her clients and they sure enjoy her. Her clients feel taken care of and love to come back and see her. We know that where ever she goes in her career she will bring her talent for color and her smile.”


Our first massage therapy student spotlight is Sap. He started our massage therapy program in December of 2017. One of his favorite things about The Salon Professional Academy is his educators. Sap said that after graduating TSPA one of his goals is to be one of the best massage therapists out there. He has loved all of the techniques and skills that his educators have taught him so far and can’t pick just one. Sap’s educators have shared, “Sap is a very sympathetic person-which can be seen in his massage- listening to his clients and making sure their session covers the work that they are receiving. Sap wants to learn more about his culture’s massage therapy techniques and holistic treatments (Chinese and Cambodian).”


Our final cosmetology student spotlight is Mariah. Mariah started the cosmetology program here at The Salon Professional Academy in August 2017. She shared with us that her favorite thing about TSPA is the instructors and the professional atmosphere. Some fun facts about Mariah outside of the Academy is that she works at David’s Bridal as a dress consultant. She was born in New Mexico and moved to Minnesota when she was 3. She has a mom, bother, two dogs, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She enjoys dancing, shopping, and going to Disney. After graduating her goal is to work at Disney doing hair and makeup for Disney characters as well as work at Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. When asked what her favorite Redken product is she said that she loves the Full frame 07 because it gives curls more definition and volume. Mariah’s favorite techniques she has been working on is styling. She absolutely loves to do vintage hair styles working with curls, updos, and even round brushing. You can follow her Instagram page at Mariah’s Makeover Magic. The staff and educators shared, “Mariah is a very enthusiastic individual and always has something to chat about. She enjoys conversing with her guests and taking the time to get to know them.


Our final massage therapy student spotlight is Dave! Dave joined the massage therapy program during our December 2017 start. His favorite thing about TSPA is that it is a relaxed, friendly (almost family like) atmosphere. He also said he enjoys that the massage and cosmetology students as well as educators and owners are all very friendly and easy to get along with. He shared with us, “I have been a server/bartender for over 10 years and worked most recently at the Half Barrel and HuHot Mongolian Grill. I love to perform onstage in theatrical productions and am looking forward to number 16 in May where I will be in Jesus Christ Superstar. Otherwise I am hiking, biking, playing sand volleyball, bowling, shooting pool, or spending time with loved ones.” He shared with us that after graduating from The Salon Professional Academy he will stay in Rochester for now and take clients at the new location of Optimal Movement located on 19th street. At this time his favorite skill is learning the Swedish massage and thinks that we could all use a nice Swedish massage regularly.  Dave’s educators shared, “Dave is the epitome of the phrase ‘Gentle Giant’- a tall man with long hair and a strong voice, but with the compassion and understanding. He loves being an active member of his community and is excited to have a career that allows him to use those skills with his new tremendous skills as a massage therapist. Dave has picked up on massage therapy like a fish to water, and only continues to get better and better.”