Ladies aren’t the only clients in a given salon – guys come in as well, and at Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology school programs will keep you fully prepared for both genders. One big item that’s often unique to men? Beard care.

A beard is a growing style element for men these days, and an increasing number are willing to seek help with theirs at the salon. Here are a few tips you can give clients on growing, shaping and maintaining a beard.

First Month

The first month of growing a beard is vital, and it will take some discipline. Most good beard stylists do not recommend any heavy-duty shaving, shaping or trimming for the first month or so – obtaining a solid beard takes about this long. This gap helps clients understand how their hair naturally grows on the face, and gives an idea of what kinds of shapes will work well. It also gives a long enough period for a foundation to grow in.

Skin Type

Especially for men who have never grown a major beard before, determining skin type before getting started can go a long way. Dry skin, oily skin and sensitive skin may all have different requirements for growing a proper beard, and a stylist trained at Collectiv Academy will have all the expertise to advise clients in these areas.


Many stylists recommend moisturizing a beard daily, and using the proper materials. Coconut oil is a popular product that smells good and washes out easily, plus adds nutrients – once again, this is an area where you’ll be able to give numerous recommendations based on specifics once you’ve been through our programs. Moisturizing helps keep the entire face, not just the beard itself, healthy.


Clients should know that as they go down the bearded road, the skin may protest at times. Itching is one of these primary methods, but that doesn’t mean folks should take the first major itching episode as a reason to grab the razor and give up. For clients who can’t manage the itch, it will be up to you to recommend new products or strategies to keep things more comfortable.

It may not be the fad it once was, but the popularity of beards isn’t likely to go away any time soon. That’s why we made mustache and beard trimming part of our program. If you’re ready to begin your journey toward being a beauty professional, apply today.

Hair coloring is a big part of the salon experience for many people, and at Collectiv Academy, our program will give you all the expertise and knowledge you need to serve customers in this area for your entire career. We’ll take you through everything from the basics to the complex details, making you a hair coloring expert in no time.

Hair highlighting has been popular for many years and remains so, one of the largest individual areas within hair coloring. Clients with highlighted hair are often very particular about caring for it and maintaining its precise looks – here are a few tips you can give to such clients about detailed highlight care.

Deep Condition

Highlighted hair can become highly porous and lose moisture easily, making a deep conditioning once a week or so an absolute must. Advise clients to apply roughly once a week after shampooing, and then leave on for about 10 to 15 minutes, either with or without heat. This will help return moisture to the hair, and add shine and bounce that may have been naturally lost more quickly. With this and any other products used, be sure to check that they’re PH balanced to be gentle on colored hair.


Especially in a dry or sunny area, pre-soaking hair and using conditioners can go a long way, especially before days when a client will be outside for long periods. Advise them on tactics to prevent hair dehydration.

Baby Trims

If highlighted hair gets too dry, the ends can begin to fray as they become more fragile. To avoid these kinds of split ends, advise customers to return every eight to 10 weeks for a baby hair trim. This will keep the hair healthy, and also keep their style fresh.


Keeping highlighted hair protected from excessive temperatures is very important for keeping it healthy. If clients are using any heated tools, such as a hair straightener, apply a thermal protector first to protect the structure of the hair. If possible, advise clients to reduce blow-dry time, and allow highlighted hair to air dry as often as they can.

Highighting hair is a timeless style, but it’s just one of the color services you’ll learn while attending our cosmetolgy program. To find out more, request an info pack today!