If you’re interested in attending a beauty school like Collectiv Academy, it’s because you have a passion for a career in the salon. You want to help people look and feel their best, in an atmosphere where you control your work hours and can spread your social wings.

One of the biggest elements of this job once you graduate from our cosmetology school and move into the field? Salon etiquette. Everything you do around the salon, even some of the little things, will impact the way your clients consider you, and could have an effect on your bottom line. With that in mind, here are a few etiquette items to consider, and some to avoid, within the salon.

Speaking Volume

You want to be social, but not so loud that the entire salon can hear you – this is still a business, and you don’t want to interfere with other conversations taking place. Speak at a normal level as long as there are other clients in the salon. Also avoid profanity, even if you think your individual client is okay with it – others might not be.

Jewelry

It’s great to wear tasteful jewelry to match your outfit and present yourself as a beauty expert, but consider the needs of the client as well. If you’re wearing loud bangle bracelets on your arms that will be right next to a client’s ears for 45 minutes, these will probably annoy them pretty quickly. Make practical decisions about jewelry and other accessories.

Gossip and Touchy Subjects

Never gossip about your co-workers. Drama can be a major impediment to a well-run salon, and you don’t need to be the one fueling it. In addition, whether with clients or co-workers, stay away from touchy subjects like religion, politics or sex – these are industry taboos, as they take the focus away from clients and can also cause drama.

Cell Phone

Keep that cell phone far away from the salon floor. It’s unprofessional, and make sure you aren’t tempted by it. Feel free to check messages during your breaks.

Hygiene

Always keep yourself personally clean – both looking and smelling nice. You’re setting an example for beauty, after all. This includes cigarette smoke, if you’re a smoker.

Keep it Clean

Keeping your area – and the entire salon – clean will go a long way with clients. Clean up your area immediately after each client, and look to help the group and clean communal areas when you have time.

Tips

Never openly discuss tips in front of clients, whether it’s their own or someone else’s. It’s very unprofessional, and puts undue pressure on them. Don’t keep tips visible on your station, either.

While it may sound simple, proper etiquette is one of the quickest ways to set yourself apart in the beauty industry and create strong relationships with your clients. That’s why learning this skill is a fundamental part of our program. If you’d like to see it in action and learn if a career in cosmetology may be right for you, schedule a tour!

You’ll meet many kinds of people in your career as a cosmetologist, and one group of clients you’ll become familiar with is those who are overly cautious about health concerns in the salon. It’s true that there are a few chemicals and ingredients in common hair and beauty products that aren’t entirely healthy in large doses, and some people are particularly concerned with staying far away from any of these.

At Collectiv Academy, our beauty school instructors will teach you exactly how to handle these clients respectfully and with care. Here are a few basic tips you can give to clients who are overly cautious about products and chemicals.

More than Ingredients

Though chemicals will be listed on a given product’s ingredient deck, it’s possible that not everything included in them will be listed. Especially in the case of items like fragrances, these can contain unknown chemicals. These products tend to come with Safety Data Sheets, which you can refer the client to, or you can recommend that they contact a manufacturer specifically if they’re concerned a product has ingredients that aren’t listed.

Aromas and Ventilation

The aroma of a given product or area of the salon can tell a lot in some cases. Highly chemical smells can indicate ventilation issues – if you notice these, check how you can improve the ventilation in the salon.

Hair Health

The healthier hair is, the longer color can be preserved – meaning the less frequently clients will need to use dyeing products containing chemicals. Babying the hair includes investing in color-saving products, which can support hair health and make color last longer. Also advise clients to protect from the sun, and go without a wash for slightly longer periods when possible.

Natural and Herbal Solutions

For people who want to fully avoid many chemicals, you can advise a natural route. There are many natural or herbal hair products out there, for everything from hair coloring to treatment. Many people find success adding vitamin E, wheat germ oil or avocado oil to help condition hair.

At the end of the day, every situation will be different, so there is no answer that will work every time. Experience helps you know how to approach each situation. Our cosmetology program helps students gain knowledge beyond their years, by teaching them the tips and tricks we’ve learned through decades of experience. To learn more about our unique program, request an info pack.

For any barber, shears and scissors are like an artist’s brush. They’re your foundational tools, an element of your business that’s absolutely vital. At Collectiv Academy, one of the first things you’ll be introduced to upon beginning your barber school program is our Professional Pack, featuring scissors, shears and numerous other important salon items.

Once these are in your possession, maintaining them is vital – and this remains the case throughout your career in cosmetology. We’ll give you more details in the program, but here are a few basic tips for cleaning and maintaining shears.

Daily Cleans

In all honesty, shears should ideally be cleaned after every individual cut. Many salons take shortcuts here, and simply drop the shears briefly into Barbicide after cuts – you can do better. This often leaves extra hair caught in the shears, meaning that while they’ve been sanitized, they haven’t actually been cleaned. Barbicide can also damage shears if it’s used too often.

Instead, clean your shears with warm, soapy water after sanitization. Wipe the blade moving away from the cutting edge, and be sure to check connector areas where hair is most likely to get caught. Make sure the shears are completely dry before storage, to help prevent rust – but don’t use a hair dryer, which can warp the blades.

Weekly Cleans

You need to lubricate sheers at least once a week – a good way to remember is to lubricate them every week on the final day before your day off. This allows plenty of time for the lubricant to do its work before you need to sanitize the shears again for the net cut. A few drops of basic shear lubricant around the pivot screw of the shears will do, after which you simply open and close the blades gently a few times to let the gel reach everywhere in the screw. Wipe the extra gel off, and store the blades in a case or pouch.

Sharpening

Sharpening doesn’t need to necessarily happen at a set interval, but rather whenever you notice shears having issues with pulling or pushing hair, rather than simply cutting it. Standard shears should last for between 600 and 700 customers between sharpenings, but this may vary. If you frequently cut thick, coarse or dirty hair, it may be fewer.

Keeping your shears well-maintained is a must, but it’s only one part of being a great barber. The good news is our program teaches you what you need to know to be a great barber and gives you the chance to develop industry-ready skills! To find out what else we teach in our program, request an info pack.

The salon is for men just as much as it’s for women, and for many men, one of the primary reasons they visit is for beard services. At Collectiv Academy, our barber school program includes all the knowledge you need to shave, trim and style the various beards you may see in the field.

What are some of the chief considerations you have to take into account when working with a variety of beards as a barber? Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors in styling a beard.

Style Options

Everyone’s hair grows differently, and as a stylist, you’ll be expected to give tips and advice on the sorts of styles that might match up with a person’s hair. Maybe a client is in love with the idea of a thick, logger-style beard…but their facial hair is spotty and relatively thin.

It’s your job to find the right ways to lead them in a different direction, and one of the best ways to do this is to have a better alternative at the ready. We’ll give you all the little tricks to spot good style options based on your clients’ hair growth.

Professionalism

All employers will view beards differently, and some of your male clients may ask you for your recommendation on keeping it “professional” within the workplace. These customs can vary slightly depending on local culture, so as a barber, be up to date on these sorts of trends. In addition, being as knowledgeable as possible on acceptable standards will help you give the right advice.

Products

There are dozens of great shaving products on the market depending on the individual need, and a big part of your job is pointing clients in the right direction. We’ll give you detailed training on the full range of products, and how to spot which might be right for a particular beard style.

Combing

Different parts of a given beard, especially a big one, will grow in different directions. For the man who desires a well-combed beard, some “training” of the beard will be required – this involves repeated combing in a certain direction to define its growth and shape. You’ll need to know the proper techniques here, plus how to accomplish them without causing any pain or discomfort.

With classes starting every month, you could be cutting beards like a pro sooner than you think. If you want to learn more, schedule a tour. If you can already see yourself behind the chair, apply today!

At Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology school is backed not only by our unmatched level of expertise and passion for educating new students, but also by the proper licensing and training. The cosmetology industry requires a strict set of standards be upheld to bring new members into its ranks, and our status here helps count us among the most reputable educators out there.

Many people don’t really know much about this area – even those looking to enter our program. Here’s some basic information on beauty licenses, how they vary between states and what the average requirements are.

Approved School

The first step for acquiring licensing for beauty areas involves education. As of 2015, nearly every state requires hands-on training from an approved school, then sitting for the required state board exams to receive licensing. A few states may require apprenticeships, either in lieu of school or in addition.

In Utah, tests are taken through the Utah Division of Professional Licensing. Utah does allow apprenticeships for training hours for some licenses, but not all – barbers and electrologists, for instance, cannot use apprenticeships.

Minimum Hour Requirements

Within each state, there are specific minimum hour requirements for training within individual fields for licensing. The national average for a cosmetologist or barber’s license is between 1,500 and 2,100 hours – nail technicians are generally much lower, and other areas can vary wildly. Guidelines for Utah as of 2015 can be found here.

Renewals and Transfers

Once you’ve received licensing in a particular area, different states have different requirements for how often they need to be renewed, and how this happens. Utah requires a renewal every two years for a cosmetology license, with a fee of $52 per renewal. Some states require what’s called “continuing education” hours to renew licenses, but Utah is not one of them – however, these are always recommended for success in the cosmetology industry, and we’re happy to provide them at Collectiv Academy.

Transferring a license between states is another process that will vary depending on the state involved. Utah does not allow license reciprocity, but they do allow licensure by endorsement with the right qualifications. This involves your prior licensing agency submitting proof of your licensure and education hours.

Want to learn more about basic licensing requirements, or any of our other beauty school services? Speak to the educators at Collectiv Academy today.

At a cosmetology school like Collectiv Academy, you’ll get all the tools it takes to succeed over a long career in the salon. You’ll learn everything from techniques to safety concerns, and we’ll teach you not only how to be a good stylist, but how to market and present yourself professionally to clients.

Entering one of our programs is no small life step, and you need to come into it ready for one of the most unique experiences in your life. Here are a few complimentary tips for success in our program or any beauty school situation.

Learning Never Stops

You’ll only spend a set period of time with us at Collectiv Academy, but your learning in this industry will never truly stop. The cosmetology field offers constant chances for improvement, from your first licensing exam to new techniques you may pick up 20 years into a successful career. Even within your individual program, expect to deal with an ever-varying coursework load and the sort of variety of challenges you can expect once you enter the full-time work force.

Welcome Opportunity

Even if you’re only planning to go into a very specialized area of cosmetology, keep yourself open to all avenues of learning. This includes skills, but it also includes tangential areas that are vital in the field – social elements, time management, professionalism and cleanliness.

Think about what you’d want in a stylist. Do you want someone who does the job, but is tough to communicate with and not well-organized? Or do you want someone with the skills you need, but also who you connect with? At Collectiv, we’ll give you the best of both worlds.

Varying Groups

Another thing you’ll need to be ready for with life in the salon is interaction with a widely varying group of people. Cosmetology school is the perfect place to hone this – you’ll meet people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Look to branch out as much as possible, and learn things about people from different backgrounds than yourself. Interpersonal skills are a huge deal in the salon, and the best place to fine-tune them within a similar environment is during school.

There is a lot to learn at beauty school and it can be hard to know how to take it all in. Remembering these three tips will go a long way toward helping you make the most of your time as a student. Another great way to prepare is to ask current students, so be sure to schedule a tour if you are thinking of attending beauty school.

A big part of a career in the salon involves giving advice. Your clients come to you for your skills and techniques, but also for a professional opinion on many different elements of beauty.

At Collectiv Academy cosmetology school, we’ll mold you into a stylist who not only provides the right services, but provides the proper advice and tips. In particular, skin care is very important to many people, and you’ll get lots of questions in this area. Let’s look at a few very general tips you can give clients for keeping their skin healthy at home.

Wash/Clean/Moisturize

This is the basis for all skin health programs. These three elements go hand in hand, and will help keep your skin looking fresher and younger.

Fist, use warm (not hot) water to wash off the face, and a non-soap cleanser to soothe the skin. This should be one of your clients’ first practices every morning From here, promptly apply the correct moisturizer – doing so soon after washing will help more moisture to be held in the skin.

Avoid potentially irritating additives, especially if you have sensitive skin, and limit long showers and baths to 15 minutes or so. Make sure clients are removing makeup every night before they go to sleep, as excess makeup can damage the skin.

Diet and Habits

Many people are unaware of how vital diet and other habits are to healthy skin. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins your body needs to promote healthy skin, plus important antioxidants. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids also contain a number of beneficial nutrients.

Down similar lines, avoiding smoking and excess alcohol can go a long way. Smoking narrows blood vessels in skin and causes earlier aging, plus depletes it of vital vitamin C. Alcohol also damages blood vessels, and can dehydrate the skin. Where possible, advise your clients down these lines.

Sleep

Poor sleep quality will make the skin look older and more droopy, and can help form bags under the eyes. Getting the right amounts of sleep can help naturally avoid this.

The Sun

Skin aging can be heavily accelerated by long term exposure to the sun, especially during high-intensity hours. Clients should be reminded that sunscreen is vital at least 20 minutes before venturing into the sun for a longer period, and long sleeves are recommended whenever possible.

As you can see, there are lots of factors that can impact skin health, and lots of ways to improve it. You’ll learn all this and more while attending our cosmetology program. To find out more, request an info pack.

At Collectiv Academy, our hair school is designed to give you all the knowledge and techniques you need for a successful career in the field. Our program prepares you not only for the technical requirements of the job, but also the marketing and client-related considerations you’ll need to be on top of.

Some of these latter items can become some of the most important factors in moving your career forward once you leave our barber school. Here are a few broad tips for success in hair styling after cosmetology school.

Find Your Niche

There are plenty of hair stylists out there, and you want to set yourself apart wherever you can. Maybe you do very well with bigger hair styles, or maybe you specialize in bright colors – there’s no need to restrict yourself entirely to these areas, but emphasizing them to clients can help build your niche. You can gain a reputation in a single area, which is typically much easier to cultivate than a broader reputation where you have so much more competition in the field.

Customer Service Skills

You could be the most skilled hair stylist on the planet, and it wouldn’t matter much if you had no people skills. From the moment you begin a consultation until a client walks out of your salon, you’re providing them a professional service – and you need to act like it. Smiles and laughs are one thing, but truly understanding their needs and connecting with them is another. People really notice the latter.

Marketing Yourself

Your salon may give you some assistance in certain areas, but in the end, it’s up to you to market yourself. Social media and the internet are great options – keeping your own updated website is never a bad thing, even if you’re part of a larger salon. Just like above, you could be the best hair stylist ever and it wouldn’t matter much if you couldn’t put your services in front of people.

Products

Your services aren’t all you should be selling, either. Emphasizing products helps you in more than one way: Not only does it add to your potential revenue sources, it gives your clients a more professional feel when you recommend the right products for their situation. When they’ve seen your suggestions pay off a couple times, you’ll start to build that loyalty that every good stylist has from their top customers.

These are some of the ways that you can stand out from the crowd as a beauty professional. To find out even more ways to be successful, contact us to speak with one of our expert instructors.

Most people naturally think of hair and makeup when they hear the word “salon,” but as we frequently remind our students at Collectiv Academy, there’s another important area to consider: Nails.

Many people come to the salon solely for care and design on their nails, and this is a big part of our cosmetology school program. Becoming a trusted source of nail design and health is a great way to help build your customer base and get new referrals. As a primer, let’s look at a few basic nail tips you can give clients.

Trims

Regularly trimming nails is one of the most important things clients can do to maintain their health and overall appearance. It’s recommended that they’re trimmed at least once every two weeks, and more often in some cases. There are allowances to be made if a client is going for a specific style, but these are general guidelines.

Cleaning

Trimming often helps with this, but there are a few extra bits of cleanliness to pay attention to. Keep the nails free of dirt and debris – this can be especially tough for painted nails where seeing the dirt is tougher. If basic methods of cleaning aren’t working, try a soft toothbrush and some warm water to help reach the tough areas.

Health Means More Than Length

Long nails can often be a great look, but they shouldn’t be prioritized over health. People who have had issues with nails breaking or snagging in the past may look to other styles, like a shorter trim with a round edge. Symmetry is just as important as length in many cases. If a client has any pain or other issues with the nail, attempting to grow them too long could be the root cause.

Products

Using the right products is vital, and this starts with the base coat when you’re painting nails. The base coat protects the nails from stains and any minor damage, plus helps make paint colors pop and shine.

On the flip side, overuse of products or using the wrong products can be very damaging. Make sure clients know which products they’re using, and any potential health effects they may have. Avoid acrylic or gel treatments, as these can damage long term nail health. Be sure to use a top coat for sealing color, and try to moisturize every time new paint is applied.

Want to know more about the nail care classes included in our cosmetology program? Click here to speak with the experts at COLLECTIV Academy.

The goal of our cosmetology program at Collectiv Academy is to help mold you into an innovative and respected member of the cosmetology community, and we wouldn’t be able to accomplish that without hands-on learning approaches. You aren’t just sitting in a classroom, taking notes and waiting for the bell to ring – you’re actively applying your learning in a professional setting.

Whether it’s through the use of mannequins, live models or simply practicing on or with fellow students, we want you on your feet and learning via experience. Here are a few of the key benefits our students commonly find through this form of active learning.

Technique

You can read everything there is to read on a particular technique, but there’s a good chance you’ll never be able to master it without repetition. Learning which approaches work and which should be avoided in the future is a process that takes lots of trial and error, plus critiques from instructors who have seen all these issues before.

You’ll make mistakes during this process, don’t you worry, but these are expected and even welcomed. They’re often the only way to learn how to do it right.

Confidence

Down the same lines, hands-on techniques are by far the best ways to build confidence. Would you be confident entering your first paid salon job, then doing the first hands-on haircut of your life on your very first customer? Of course not. You’d be terrified, and would likely make big mistakes even if you had every bit of book learning on the subject memorized by heart. Getting that experience hundreds of times over before you enter the professional setting will allow you to project the confident, experienced stylist your clients want to see.

Problem Solving

Practicing techniques and methods in person may also alert you to any limitations or issues you have with these techniques. Maybe you really struggle with a certain type of cut, but it’s because you’re using the wrong technique and just need a quick alteration. You’ll never find these things out if you don’t give them the chance to present themselves.

Mastering techniques, building confidence, and developing problem-solving skills are just a few of the benefits of our hands-on method. To learn about more of the benefits, check out our cosmetology program, or come in for a tour to experience it for yourself!