It’s hard to believe, but summer is coming to a close. As we head into this fall season, we can’t wait to see what new opportunities are waiting. From starting a new school year to trying out all the new fall trends, there’s a lot to be excited about. One thing you may not be looking forward to is switching up your hair care routine. Transitioning into something new is often overwhelming and that’s no exception for your locks. We’re here to help ease your hair’s transition into Utah’s fall weather with some tips on how to keep your hair healthy and glowing even in the cold!

Lower the Shower Temperature

We know that this is likely the last thing you want to think about when the temperature starts to get cooler, but it’s all for the sake of your hair’s health. Taking a hot shower can strip your hair of its natural oils that keep it protected and moisturized. To prevent dry hair, try to keep the water at a warm or lukewarm temperature while you wash your hair. The cooler water is not only good for your hair, but your skin as well. Just make sure you don’t go outside with your hair wet. The cold, dry air could cause breakage and split ends.

Moisturize Your Hair

If you’ve just washed your hair with cooler water and you’re wondering what else you can do to protect your hair, look no further than moisturizer. We can’t stress enough how important is to keep your hair moisturized in our dry climate!If you’re wondering which moisturizer would work best for your hair type, then getting advice during an appointment at a salon could be a great idea. Everyone’s hair is different and what works for your friends may not be the solution you need. Getting professional help on your specific hair care routine could be your start for a new season of healthy hair!

Drink Plenty of Water

You should always be drinking enough water throughout the year, but sometimes it can be hard to remember during fall and winter when you don’t feel as hot. Your body still needs the benefits that drinking enough water can give you. Those benefits include helping with your hair by hydrating your scalp and preventing split ends! Drinking water plays a big part in moisturizing your hair and with Utah’s dry weather, it’s definitely going to need it.

Invest in a Humidifier

You may think that once you’re inside, you don’t have to worry about protecting your hair anymore. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. As the hot summer months end, it’s time to turn on the heater! While that may feel great, the hot air could cause your hair to dry out and irritate your scalp. Your hair deserves a break, which is why investing in a humidifier could be a great solution. This way you can relax with the temperature set to what you want and know that your hair is getting the treatment it needs!

Trim Your Hair Regularly

Like our other suggestions, this tip is something that could help your hair no matter the time of year, but is especially useful during cooler months. The cold, dry air can be bad news for your hair by causing your ends to become brittle and break. With the cooler temperatures, we recommend getting trims more often than you would in the summer. This can help your hair grow faster and look healthier!

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Want to Learn More About Hair Care?

Do you love learning about hair care? Are you interested in learning more about it and other exciting techniques in the beauty industry? Students in our cosmetology program learn all about the latest beauty trends, proper hair care, and more! Contact us to get more information and how you can start the application process.

Collectiv Academy Brush Cleaning Tips

Maybe you don’t like thinking about cleaning your brushes because deep down inside, you know it’s been over a month since they got a good scrub. Or are you the type of person who has a weekly brush cleaning ritual marked on the calendar? Whether you’re team clean brushes or team pretend-they’re-clean brushes, these brush cleaning facts could improve the quality of your life.

Getting Liquid Foundation Out of Bristles

If you wear liquid foundation, then you know that your foundation brush is the hardest to clean. They’re also the type of brushes most likely to hold onto bacteria that can cause acne or worse. Foundation brushes often have dense bristles, and many types of liquid foundations are oil-based. What type of soap is formulated to fight oil? Dish soap!

Your DIY Brush-Cleaning Solution

  • A small bowl of lukewarm water
  • 2 drops of dish soap

Don’t leave your brushes to soak, but swirling in this solution and massaging the suds on your palm can work wonders. Just make sure you’re only using this trick with synthetic-hair brushes: dish soap is unnecessary and too strong for natural-hair brushes.

Cleaning Delicate Brushes

Do you have a brush so fluffy you’re afraid to get it wet? Babying your soft, natural-hair brushes is a good idea, but they do still need to get cleaned. Try these 3 methods for a perfect gentle cleaning:

  1. Swirl your brush on a dry mesh sponge to get rid of excess powder or eyeshadow. You can buy one or make your own! (After each use)
  2. Spray a liquid brush cleaner onto a paper towel and swirl your brush in it. This method both removes excess product and kills germs. (Once a week)
  3. Use baby shampoo and lukewarm water to hand wash each brush. Gently shape the bristles and lie flat to dry. (Once a month)

When to Wash Each Brush?

If you are planning to clean an entire collection with 15+ brushes all at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and put it off. Also, you’re probably over-washing some brushes and going too long without washing others. Set aside a few minutes once a week to turn on your fav YouTube beauty guru and clean those brushes! Your skin will thank you.

Every Week: Brushes used with liquid, oil-based products

Remember our dish soap trick? Those foundation and concealer brushes will need to be washed the most often. If you use a cream blush, bronzer, or highlight, toss those brushes in too. If they’re not dirty enough for dish soap, use a regular shampoo.

Every Other Week: Other face brushes

This includes setting powder, powder foundation, contour and highlight, and any other face brush you don’t use with an oil-based product. It’s important to keep these clean because they absorb excess oil from your foundation and your skin. As the oils build up in the brush you won’t get as smooth of a powder application and your skin may become irritated.

Every Month: Powder eyeshadow brushes

Even if you’re using a mesh sponge and a brush cleaner, your delicate eye brushes still need to be shampooed every so often. If you don’t use a germ-killing brush cleaner between washings, shampoo your eye brushes twice a month. Washing is the most thorough way to clean brushes, and you don’t want to take any risks with dirty brushes around the delicate eye area.

Helpful Brush Cleaning Supplies

You don’t need to go out and buy a ton of supplies to get your brushes cleaned. Many of these are household items! The others can be found at beauty stores or online.

  • Baby shampoo: Borrow it from a baby or find it in the baby section of most stores.
  • Brush shampoo: You can buy shampoo specifically for brushes, or use any gentle shampoo on your brushes. If it’s good enough for your hair, it’s good enough for your bristles.
  • Dish soap: Hopefully you already have some of this in your kitchen!
  • A mesh sponge: You can find one in the kitchen department or buy one made specifically for makeup brushes.
  • Brush cleaner: This is an alcohol-based liquid you can find at most beauty stores.

Anatomy of the Brush

Bristles – the fluffy part
Ferrule – the metal ring
Handle – usually made of wood or plastic

Each part of the brush has an important role to play, but you might be less familiar with the ferrule: no, that little metal part is not just for decoration. It connects the bristles to the handle. If water, especially hot water, gets inside the ferrule, the glue will loosen and bristles start to shed. That’s why you don’t want to submerge brushes or leave them to soak in water.

Drying Your Brushes

To keep water out of your brushes’ ferrules, don’t let them dry upright. Instead, shape the bristles into place and lie them flat on a towel to dry overnight. It’s a good idea to wait until your brushes are completely dry before using them as they are more prone to shedding while wet. And no, speeding up the process with a blow dryer is not a great idea. The heat will damage the brush. The bristles will be more likely to shed, rougher to the touch, and not shaped correctly.

Makeup Brush Storage

If you only have a small collection of brushes you use every day, organizing them is pretty simple. You can sort them by eye and face into jars on your countertop or vanity. If you’re someone with tons of brushes, don’t try and cram them all into a few jars as this can damage the brushes. Instead, store the brushes you use less frequently in a drawer. They will be protected from dust and out of the way.

If a brush happens to get dusty, you can use an alcohol-based brush cleaner on a paper towel to disinfect and remove dust.

Learn Sanitation Like a Pro

Licensed cosmetologists learn all about proper sanitation in their beauty school courses. If you can’t get enough of beauty and want to learn more, you should think about beauty school! We’d love to get in touch and answer your beauty school questions.

Have you always wanted to apply for an education in beauty? Was money holding you back from that dream? At Collectiv Academy, we believe that anyone who has a passion for learning cosmetology skills should have the opportunity to pursue their goals in beauty! That’s why we offer financial aid to students who qualify. If money is keeping you from going after your passions, then read below for information on our financial aid. We’ll go over all our options and explain which ones could be available to you.

Who Can Qualify for Financial Aid?

Our students’ ability to receive financial aid won’t be affected by their age, race, or choice of study. Income level is a contributing factor when taking into account a student’s eligibility, but it will not automatically prevent them from qualifying. Even if you don’t think you’ll qualify, we encourage all our students to apply for financial aid. You never know how it could benefit you!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Before you can find out which options you qualify for, you first have to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) form. The information listed on your FAFSA form combined with your tax return information determines which financial aid options could be available to you. This is an important step in the financial aid process and one you should do early when looking into cosmetology school. After you fill out this form, there are a variety of financial aid options to research.

Stafford Loans

A student loan is money for your education that you’re expected to pay back after graduation. A Stafford Loan, or Direct Subsidized Loan, is available to students based on their financial need. The information you fill out on your FAFSA application will determine if you qualify for this type of loan and how much money you’re allowed to borrow.

The government pays the interest on this loan type during your education. After completion of our program, students who took out this loan will be expected to pay the amount borrowed. Students can wait six months after their program ends before paying back the amount owed.

Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students based on their financial need. Unlike loans, students don’t have to pay back the money that’s awarded to them. The information on your FAFSA application determines whether you qualify for a Federal Pell Grant and how much money should be awarded to pay for your education.

money and calculator on desk

How Do I Apply for Federal Financial Aid?

As an accredited school, Collectiv Academy is able to help students with their education costs through federal financial aid. Students who go to fill out the FAFSA form will need our school code, which is listed on our financial aid page on our website. Once you submit a form with our school code, your information will be sent to us. Shortly after, we’ll get in contact with you to discuss which options are available for your education. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Our financial aid coordinator would be happy to help you through the process!

GI Bill™

At Collectiv Academy, we want to help our veterans finance their education. That’s why we offer U.S. Veterans Affairs educational benefit programs, including the GI Bill™. Although this bill can help finance your education here, Collectiv Academy is not responsible for determining students’ eligibility. Get in contact with your local Veterans Affairs (VA) office to find out what benefits could be available to you.

Ability to Benefit Program

Students without a high school diploma have the opportunity to qualify for the Ability to Benefit Program. Created in 2015, this new program can help students pay for their post-secondary education without needing to graduate from high school.

Other Financial Aid Options

As a student in the state of Utah, there are other financial options that could be available to you. Private financial aid is great for students who don’t qualify for federal aid. At Collectiv Academy, we recommend looking into Mountain America Credit Union. This local Salt Lake City Credit Union offers a variety of options including grants and loans. Contact us if you have any questions about private financial aid and how it can help finance your education.

Learn More About Your Options

Our team at Collectiv Academy is ready to help get started with an education in beauty! Contact us and we’ll help you find out which options could be available to you for our programs. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you start the application process!

What’s Next For Your Future?

Are you getting ready to graduate from high school? Wondering what your next step is? If you’re passionate about beauty and helping others feel great, then cosmetology school could be a great path for you after getting your high school diploma. Maybe this sounds like an exciting experience, but you’re still unsure whether an education in beauty is right for you. If this sounds like you, then take our quiz to find out if cosmetology school should be your next step!

No matter where you are in your cosmetology journey, we’re here to help you make beauty school your next step! Our cosmetology program teaches a variety of modern techniques that can help you get an edge in the beauty industry. Contact us to find out how you can get started!

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.

cosmetologist working on person's hair

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.

set of beauty tools

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.

Finishing

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.

Combinations

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.