Have you always been interested in keeping up with the latest hair trends and trying out new styles on you and your friends? If beauty is something you’re passionate about, then receiving an education in cosmetology could be a great option for your future! Maybe this is a path you’ve thought about before, but you had doubts about if it’s something you should pursue. If you’re second-guessing a career in the beauty industry, read our blog to see how an education in cosmetology could benefit your future!

Career Opportunities

Many assume that after receiving a license in cosmetology, the next step will be to work as a hairstylist in a salon. That is not true. There are a lot of cosmetologists who love the atmosphere of a salon, but we know that it’s not for everyone. If you’re someone who prefers another working environment, then you’ll be happy to hear that there are so many options available for cosmetologists. One of the great things about the beauty industry is that it’s always adapting, which means that there are career paths you can take that wouldn’t have been possible twenty years ago. With the introduction of the internet, a beauty blogger is just one new possibility for you to pursue. Other career options are:

  • Film and theater hairstylist
  • Salon manager
  • Fashion show stylist
  • Nail technician
  • Hair color specialist

These are just some of the careers you can have after receiving a license in cosmetology. With so many different areas of beauty available, it all depends on you and what interests you the most.

Job Outlook

With all these career opportunities in the beauty world, it’s no wonder that employment for cosmetologists is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job outlook for barbers, hair stylists, and cosmetologists is expected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026. Finding a job is a common worry for people after they finish their education, and that’s why it can feel reassuring to pursue a career that has the numbers to back it up!

An Industry That Rewards Creativity

As we said, the beauty industry is one that is always changing. That means it needs people who are willing to push their creative limits and think outside the box. Communicating with clients and putting your creative spin on their ideas is a fun challenge and what could make you a successful cosmetologist. If you’ve always wanted a career that could push your creativity, then receiving an education in cosmetology could help you realize that goal. With beauty trends always shifting, it’s important that someone in this profession is able to stay up to date while also adding in their own personal style.

If you dread working in a conventional 9-5 office job, a career in cosmetology could be a great fit for you. Not only will this career present you with different creative challenges every day, but you may also be in charge of what your schedule looks like. For many cosmetologists, they can decide when to style and cut their clients’ hair.

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Maybe you even want to be your own boss so you can be in complete control of your day’s schedule. At Collectiv Academy, we not only teach students practical skills for beauty techniques, but we also explore the business side. If you’ve always dreamed of using your marketing and business knowledge to own your own business, then the beauty industry can help fulfill that dream.

Save Time and Money

Receiving an education is a big commitment. It can take a lot of time and money to learn about something that you’re passionate about. That’s one reason why going to cosmetology school could be a better path for instead of attending a traditional college. At Collectiv Academy, you could complete our cosmetology program in as little as 1600 hours. Here, you can finish your education and have the chance to enter the working world sooner.

It’s no secret that your education is a huge financial investment. That’s why we want to help students finance their education so they can pursue their passion. At Collectiv Academy, we offer financial aid to those who qualify. Contact us to learn more about our financial aid and if your qualify.

Is a Career in Cosmetology in Your Future?

Now that you’ve heard some of the ways an education in cosmetology can benefit your future, it’s time to apply! At Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology program covers a variety of skills and cosmetology techniques you could use in your career. Here you can learn about hair coloring, manicuring and pedicuring, business management, facials, and so much more! Contact us if you have any questions about our programs and how you can start the application process. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Have you always wanted to be a cosmetologist but you were never sure what steps you should take to make that dream a reality? It can seem a little intimidating when you’re not sure where to start. Don’t worry because we’ve got your guide on everything you need to do to become a licensed cosmetologist in Utah! Read more to find out how you can start your journey in beauty

Apply for Beauty School

Before you can become a cosmetologist, you need to learn the techniques and styles that can make you successful in your beauty career. In Utah you’re expected to complete the necessary requirements of your chosen program at an accredited beauty school. Depending on which area of beauty you want to focus on, you will have to spend a certain number of hours completing the program that best fits you.

Make Sure the Beauty School is Right for You

Since you’ll be spending some time at beauty school, it’s important that you do some research before you make a commitment. In addition to making sure the beauty school has the program you’re looking for, you should also make sure the school itself will be a good fit for you personally. Look up the owners of the school, so you hear their story and how they can help you on your goals. You should also take the time to tour the school, so you can meet the team who will help you on your way to becoming a licensed cosmetologist. Understanding the school’s culture is just another important step you should take when you’re deciding which beauty school to attend.

Once you feel confident that a school is able to provide what you’re looking for, it’s time to apply! If you have any questions about the application process, it’s always a good idea to get in contact with the school so they can help put you on the right path. Don’t forget to look into the school’s financial aid to find out what options may be available to you.

Pass the Test

After you complete a program at an accredited beauty school, you’re ready to take the next step towards getting your cosmetology license. At this point, you’ll be required to pass the licensing exam issued by the Utah Division of Professional Licensing. The exam includes both a theory and a practical section to make sure that you’re able to apply what you’ve learned to your future clients.

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When you have completed the necessary hours of a program at an accredited beauty school and passed the licensing exam, you’re ready to apply for your license.

Keep Up Your Hard Work

You’re not finished working just because you’re a licensed cosmetologist. In the state of Utah, you’re required to renew your cosmetology license every two years. The renewal fee is $52 so you can continue practicing what you worked so hard for. While Utah doesn’t require that you continue your beauty education to retain your license, it’s never a bad idea. The beauty industry is always changing, and continually learning about new trends and styles can help take you further in your career.

Start Your Licensing Process Here

Now that you know the process of getting a cosmetology license in Utah, it’s time to get started! As we said the first step is enrolling at an accredited beauty school like Collectiv Academy. Our programs offer an extensive look in different areas of beauty that will help you for the licensing exam and beyond. Contact us to ask any questions you may have about the licensing process and we’ll be happy to help you.

Sunscreen isn’t only a summer thing, even if it’s more common during the summer months. Many people find benefits from sunscreen throughout the year, but for folks who want to do this while also maintaining makeup, this can be a challenge.

In Collectiv Academy’s cosmetology program, this is one of the many kinds of skills we’ll teach you to pass on to your clients. Here are some basic steps for applying sunscreen without interfering with proper makeup looks.

Step 1

The first step when combining sunscreen and makeup is to apply the sunscreen itself – before foundation is even applied. Use a sunscreen with an SPF over 30, and rub a quarter-sized amount on the skin after moisturizing. Make sure clients cover the entire face and neck.

Wait until sunscreen is absorbed fully into the skin before foundation application begins. Many people find success with a lightweight lotion sunscreen that doesn’t give this combination too thick of a look.

Step 2

Once the face is dry and makeup is ready to be applied, suggest that clients use a foundation with both moisturizer and SPF in it. This will require switching all powder products to liquid-based alternatives – you want to be layering creams over creams, as putting a cream over a powder will cause dragging.


Once makeup is applied, there are tips to give clients to make it last all day. Find a setting spray with SPF in it, and that has a smooth spray pattern to spread evenly over the skin. This can be re-applied throughout the day as if it was sunscreen to protect both makeup and skin.

Maintaining the Look

If clients want to re-apply sunscreen through the day, it’s better to use a physical block rather than a chemical one. For those who aren’t fans of solid products, a specialized spray-on face sunscreen is recommended – this will require more frequent re-application, however.

Want to learn more about combining sunscreen and makeup, or interested in any of our other programs or stylist certification classes? Speak to the pros at Collectiv Academy today.

At Collectiv Academy cosmetology school, we’re about giving you more than just a few rigid techniques and areas of expertise. We want graduates from our cosmetology program to grow into stylists who customers trust with their entire beauty profile, from basic hair and styling to more advanced and creative areas.

One area that’s important to many people within their beauty regiment is the eyes. How one styles the colors and tones around the eyes when applying makeup can define the entire facial look. Here are some tips you can offer clients with various eye colors.

Blue Eyes

In general, those with blue eyes should go with warm colors to contrast the coolness of the blue shades. Warm browns and rosy metallic tones can combine these elements to bring some color and help the eyes stand out.

For those looking to get creative, consider purples or dark blues. Blue can create a harsh contrast in some cases, but darker shades can actually accentuate the natural brightness.

Green Eyes

For both seafoam green or slightly hazel eyes, there are many eyeshadows that can bring out color. Purples of any kind are generally best, especially for people with pure green eyes. For those with more of a hazel with brown mixed in, shades that work for brown eyes (listed below) might work as well.

Gray Eyes

Some shades of blue can be considered gray when the eyes are so light that there’s very little color. Different colors of eyeshadow can bring out the colors of gray eyes – to accentuate light blues, look for metallic shades, oranges or yellows. For greener-gray eyes, look for deep purple or warm copper.

Brown Eyes

Brown eyes offer the ability for people to wear a variety of colors. Purples and warm yellows or oranges are great for dark brown, and cool colors are generally preferable for those with a bit of hazel mixed in. Shades of silver can really make the eyes pop if a client wants to get creative.


Not all eyes fit directly within a single color classification, and many people have a combination of colors in the eyes. If this is the case, this just means there are more potential options available depending on what clients want to accentuate.

This focus on client-tailored advice, where each guest is given the unique consideration needed to understand how to help them look their best, is just part of what makes our cosmetology program special. If you want to learn more about our program, visit the program page or contact us today!

For the stylish among us in terms of hair, curling is one of the most popular techniques out there. In Collectiv Academy’s cosmetology program, we’ll show you every little detail and trick to help clients with all hair curling needs.

In particular, a common question you’ll hear from clients is how they can go about getting curls that will stay sharp and voluminous for the entire day. Some find that curls wear off as the day wears on, or are too susceptible to the elements. Here are some tips to give clients on maintaining that perfect curl.

Before Curl

If clients know the day of their curl in advance, advise them to go a day or two without a wash before that day. Some have found success using a dry shampoo between washes to create extra texture for the hair. If clients do wash their hair before a curl, tell them to skip the conditioner – the smoothing properties will make hair less likely to hold the curl.

Just before a curling, advise clients to use a small amount of curling cream or mousse to help the curls last. Don’t use too much, however, as this will make hair less likely to hold.

During Curl

If clients are using a curling iron or wand, make sure they use a heat protectant. Also advise a spray or a cream that will keep the hair protected from the heat.

After Curl and Product Use

After curls, clients should be spritzing on a light hairspray – don’t use too much, or the hair may feel crunchy. In addition, advise clients to pay close attention to the products they’re using after a curl. If hair is regularly showing up frizzy or drab, tell them to try using shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated to restore damaged hair.

Bobby Pins

A common curling mistake is allowing hair to fall before it curls, which will not do the hair any favors for retaining the curl later. One tactic to avoid this is using bobby pins to pin your curls up to your head until the hair has cooled. Then spray it briefly with hairspray before releasing, and watch those curls stay defined and in place for a much longer stretch.

Good cosmetologists know that educating clients is a crucial part of the job. At COLLECTIV Academy, we want our students to become great cosmetologists, which is why a complete understanding of hairstyle theory is an integral part of our Cosmetology / Barbering program. If you’re ready to begin your cosmetology journey, apply today.


For those who wear makeup every day or most days, one of the first big choices to make revolves around foundation. There are many different types of foundation out there, and which is right for a given person will depend on a number of factors.

At Collectiv Academy, this is just one of many areas covered in our cosmetology school programs. We’ll show you how to examine client skin and make makeup recommendations, including foundation. One big question many clients have is whether to use powder or liquid foundation – here’s a brief primer on a few basic tips you can give them.

Powder Foundation

In general, powder foundation is for people with younger, oilier skin. Powder is less likely to stay on any cover acne in general, but it’s easily brushed over concealer for a great matte finish. It won’t be absorbed in the same ways as a liquid will, which is part of why it’s so great for people with oily skin or who sweat often. It’s also commonly recommended for people with sensitive skin or want a quick application product.

On the flip side, powder foundation is known for being a bit tougher to apply evenly and smoothly. It can become patchy and appear caked on in some situations. For people who prioritize a smooth, glowing finish above all else, powder sometimes isn’t the way to go.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid foundation is perfect for covering acne and blemishes, and comes in many different formulas that work for different skin types. It lasts a long time without requiring touch-ups, and is often used by people with older or dryer skin. It’s also perfect for those who have wrinkles or might be sensitive to the sun.

Liquid foundation does take more time to apply than powder, and it takes some work to blend it evenly between the face and neck. It can be tougher to match to skin tone, and mistakes here can make the product look unnatural more easily than powder.

Can Both Be Used?

Absolutely! Many people choose both liquid and powder foundation to combine the matte and glow together. It’s important here to not over-apply, and to be sure to put the liquid foundation on first – applying the powder first will cause the liquid to just wipe off, since the powder doesn’t stick to the face.

While some cosmetology programs stop at the eyebrows, we believe that having a solid understanding of make-up basics is required to be competitive in today’s beauty market. That’s why introductory make-up is a standard part of our cosmetology program. For more information about the program, including start dates and costs, click here.

Many areas of cosmetology require more physical demands than you might think. Much of the industry spends plenty of time on their feet, frequently moving around and performing physical tasks that may not be intense, but are still repetitive.

At Collectiv Academy, part of our mission is to prepare you for this. Our beauty school program will imitate the rigors of the salon on a daily basis. For folks who may commonly have foot problems, though, additional steps may need to be taken – here are a few tips for managing foot pain as a stylist.


Shoes are by far the most important factor here. Proper support for your feet will affect movement all over your body, while improper support will lead to issues you may not connect to the feet at all when they happen.

Some hair stylists feel pressure to wear heels or other fashionable shoes, but in the end, your clients care more about getting the proper services – and if they want to keep you as their stylist and not see you retire early, they won’t mind if you choose a more comfortable shoe option.


The skeletal system isn’t just a bunch of random bones – it’s a network of connected components, and bad posture can affect areas all over. If you hunch your back, for instance, your hip rises up to compensate – putting pressure on your right knee and foot, which must beat a disproportionate amount of weight. Even if your pain is only in the lower body, look at how posture everywhere might be affecting it.

Stools and Footstools

Many stylists use ergonomic stools, which are designed to support the back with rolling wheels and an adjustable seat. Many others also use a footstool at the hair washing station – just a six-inch stool can allow a major reduction in pressure on the lower back and hips as you lean over to shampoo a client, and less back pain will lead to less pain in the knees and feet.

Anti-Fatigue Mats

These are mats that go on the floor and help absorb shock during regular movements. They also force a slight movement of the feet that keeps blood circulation constant rather than stagnant – it will almost force you to stay away from singular postures that might be causing pain.

Want to learn more about preventing foot pain in the salon, or interested in any of our other cosmetology school programs? Speak to the experts at Collectiv Academy today.

Hair care is different for everyone, and as such, you’ll learn a variety of techniques and practices in Collectiv Academy’s Cosmetology / Barbering program. One such practice is a deep conditioning treatment, one of the most common services offered in a given salon.

Deep conditioning is designed to support the health, hydration, strength and overall appearance of hair for clients, and it should be a regular part of most people’s hair care routine. Here are some of the benefits you can pass on to your clients to show them how necessary these services really are.

Prevents Damage

Deep hair conditioning can help prevent damage to the hair through moisture, texture and penetration of the hair shaft. It helps prevent breakages and split ends, and even for hair that isn’t specifically damaged in the first place, it will help maintain overall health.

Increases Moisture

Proper moisture quantity is an absolute must for healthy hair, and deep conditioning goes a long way here. These services will contain ingredients like protein, essential oils and water, all of which will help keep the hair moist and comfortable. Without the proper moisture, hair becomes dry and brittle, and the chances of breakage go way up.

Promotes Elasticity

Dry, brittle hair is much more prone to snapping and breaking under tension, and that’s never a desirable outcome. Hair needs to be nourished and strengthened to prevent this, and that’s exactly what happens during deep conditioning treatments.

Adds Shine

In many cases, hair that appears to have “lost its luster” is really just hair that needs more of the kinds of nutrients a deep conditioning treatment supplies. Daily wear and tear plus product usage can rob your hair of moisture and its signature shine over time, but a deep conditioning treatment will smooth the shaft and get rid of that dryness.

These are just some of the benefits of a deep conditioning treatment, and that is just one of the treatments that students learn in our program. If you want to experience it for yourself, call or stop by today to book an appointment for one of our salon services!

Many areas of cosmetology are relatively demanding physically, and at Collectiv Academy, our beauty school program includes preparation for this reality. Especially for future hair stylists or anyone working in the salon, you’ll spend plenty of time walking, bending, standing and moving in a variety of ranges of motion.

During our programs, you’ll learn tactics to combat any wear and tear that results from this physical burden. Here are a few basic tips.

Repetitive Strain Prevention

Cosmetologists will spend a ton of time with their shoulders, arms and hands in positions that require strain. This can lead to repetitive strain and resulting injury from doing the same unnatural motions over and over, but with the right tactics, this can be avoided.

Early on, most hair stylists learn to keep the wrists straight while cutting hair – you may not notice it at first, but soon enough you’ll find the strain that can come with regularly curling your wrist. Many salons will also require stylists to wear clothes that aren’t great for physical support, such as high heels or tight skirts, and if this is the case, you may want to look into some stretching and other tactics to prevent ankle strains, leg cramps and lower back pain.

The Right Shoes

As long as you aren’t required to wear heels or other specific shoes, your choice here can go a long way. Heels under 2 inches are recommended, and wider shoes are best since they allow the toes to move around and stretch. The feet handle the brunt of the shock of your activity during the day, so focus on the shoes that can help absorb some of this.

Strengthening the Body

Whenever possible, look for strategies to strengthen the body. Some people use weight-lifting workouts or aerobics for endurance, while others utilize massage or chiropractic adjustments. However you can find enjoyment and physical support through exercise, plan to do so.

In our decades of experience, we’ve learned that sometimes it’s the overlooked details that make the biggest difference. That informs every part of our unique program, from styling to first aid. To find out more about what makes our cosmetology program unique, contact us today!