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!

The goal of our cosmetology program at Collectiv Academy is to prepare you for the real-life demands of a salon, and a big part of that is client interaction. Your performance at important tasks is vital, of course, but clients can find several options for stylists who can handle their requests – how you separate yourself socially and verbally can make a big difference.

In particular, there will be times in the salon where you’ll face client complaints. Some will be legitimate, and others will be ridiculous and completely unfounded. In both cases, you have to respond professionally and with class. Here’s an itemized list for handling client complaints.

Acknowledge Disappointment

Do your best to read the face and body language of a client when you sense disappointment, and do your best to get to the root of it quickly. Give clients opportunities to provide feedback, even before they say anything – ask them about their look and how they enjoy it. In a case where there’s disappointment present, do your best to note it and relate to it.

Repeat Their Complaint

For consistency and to be sure you heard everything correctly, repeat the complaint back to the client. They’ll appreciate you clarifying, and even more so if you add on a couple suggestions to help fix the problem.

Show Appreciation

Acknowledge them as a valued client, whether they’re a regular or this is their first time in. Express your apology at their disappointment, and explain that you understand it. If you create a safety net, you allow them to respond with a second opportunity to correct the issue.

Keep Your Promise

If you’re given this second chance, make the most of it. If you go in a different direction and offer separate compensation for their complaint such as a gift card, make sure it’s honored. Clients need to see that you’ll follow through on what you say.

Open Communication

Ask probing questions and be a conscious listener. Clients appreciate both these traits, which cultivate a trusting and faithful environment.

Despite your best efforts, sometimes a client will not be satisfied with how their hair has turned out. That’s what makes learning strong customer service skills so important. These tips are great start, but we find the best lessons are learned by experience, which is why providing salon services to real customers is an integral part of our program. If you’d like to learn more abut the advantages of our hands-on approach, read the blog we wrote about it or check out the program description.

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!