A big part of the salon world involves clients on the go who need quick services, and as a student in our cosmetology program, you’ll learn how to properly manage these clients within your schedule. One of the most common areas of need here is generally makeup – many clients may just need a quick touch-up or alteration before a big meeting or an important date.

We’ll give you the tools to handle all these sorts of requests at Collectiv Academy, but here’s a free taster: Some tips on quick makeup tricks for clients (or yourself) on the go.


For anyone trying to look less tired in a hurry, mascara should be the first outlet. A quick process around the eyes can do the trick in mere moments: First curl the lashes, then pull them inward and then back outward an equal number of times.

Then comes the major trick, where you paint each individual lash with the vertical want tip – this seems like it would be time-consuming, but in reality it should only take about 10 seconds per eye. Finally, wiggle the wand across the bottom lashes to pop them out as well, and you’ll have a wide-eyed, awake look.

Skip Lipstick

Lipstick can be a bit more of a time-waster than it might seem on the surface, and more importantly, you often don’t need it to create a great look. You can use a basic lip balm and a tiny amount of tone crayon or lip balm to blend your skin tone into the rest of your makeup – with the right gloss application, this will make your lips seem fuller and better-toned without the hassle and potential mess of lipstick.

Conceal the Right Areas

Knowing the right areas to conceal can save you boatloads of time for a quick touchup. You don’t necessarily need to cover the whole face to get rid of the little signs of tiredness or wear on the face. Instead, focus on these areas: Above and below the eyebrows, directly below the eyes following the cheekbone, at the bottom corners of the nose, and just between the lips and the chin. These are areas that are prominent on the face, and a quick touchup can give the look of a full-on makeup job.

Looking for more make-up tips and tricks? Read about how to combine make-up and sunscreen or the differences between powder and liquid foundation.

You’ve heard friends or family members bragging about how their life’s work was their “true calling,” and we all know that just as often as not, this is a nice story that probably isn’t entirely true. Many of us stumble into our careers for one reason or another, and there’s nothing wrong with this!

Many others truly do know their calling early in life, though, and at Collectiv Academy, we’d like to think our cosmetology school students are a big part of this group. Cosmetology is just one of those things where you often know from an early age that it’ll be what you do your whole life. What are some of the early signs that you might be just right for a career in cosmetology?

First Resource

Have you suddenly started to notice that you have a growing list of friends and family who consistently come to you first for everything from makeup advice to a little hair alteration? Are you actively in charge of the beauty profile for a half-dozen other people besides yourself? Looks like the answer is right there in front of you: A career doing exactly that could be right up your alley if you love seeing those phone calls.

Socially Outgoing

The social element is a huge part of the salon experience. If you’re a creative person who often expresses that creativity outwardly and can get along with anyone, you’ll be right at home.

Early Trials

In many cases, you’ll know well before you even reach high school age that you’re fit for a career in beauty. Maybe you insisted on doing your own hair as a young child, or developed a reputation in middle school as the school’s best makeup artist. These are tea leaves begging to be read.

Different Timetable

Best of all for many people, the world of cosmetology offers the sort of scheduling freedom that many of us crave. This isn’t a boring desk job with a cubicle, and the hours won’t look anything like one of those. Your workload depends entirely on you, and this is perfect for motivated people who want the freedom to manage their time in their own way.

Ready to get started? Apply today!

Hair is one of the main ways we express ourselves outwardly to other people, and hair color is the primary medium. Dyeing hair and maintaining color is one of the core principles taught at Collectiv Academy’s premier cosmetology program, where we impress upon our students just how vital every little step of the process is for their clients.

That process doesn’t stop when the client leaves the salon, however. Proper maintenance and upkeep becomes even more important for dyed hair than normal hair, and you haven’t fully done your job as a stylist if your customers are unsure of how to care for their hair once they leave your chair. Here are a few tips for basic dyed hair maintenance.

High Quality Dye

Okay, so at least one bit of dyed hair upkeep actually begins in the salon.

Low quality dye is likely to wash out more quickly or leave streaks and undesirable marks, and it’s almost certain to lose you some repeat business. Would you go back to a salon that charged you a normal fee for a product that didn’t work or only worked briefly? No way. Not only will low quality dyes often lack the vibrancy you’re looking for, they can also potentially damage or weaken the hair.

Keep Hair Healthy

Hair is more likely to cooperate with dye and other products if it’s generally healthy. For people looking to change to a particularly bright or unusual color, this might mean patience in the process – it may take more than one dyeing for the color to truly stick, but bunching these up too closely together can damage hair long term.

For all people using dye, try to be as gentle as possible on hair. Hair masks and repair products are easy to find, and clients should be sure to take special care during sleep hours.


You should be recommending only cold water to your clients while they wash their hair in the immediate aftermath of getting it dyed. Warm water opens up hair cuticles, which can cause the dye to fall off the cuticles and leave the hair. You don’t need to take your entire shower in freezing cold water, but turn it down any time you’re actively rising your hair.

At Collectiv Academy beauty school, you’ll also be taught to recommend limited sun exposure. UV rays aren’t good for artificial hair dyes, so be sure to cover up. Also, hair dryers and styling items like straighteners which use heat should be minimized, and protectants need to be used if they’re absolutely necessary.


There are certain dos and don’ts when talking products for styling hair with color. Shampoos and conditioners with sulfates or alcohol are items to avoid – both can increase fading in hair color. In fact, it’s often recommended that shampoo usage itself be limited altogether during the first couple weeks after dyeing hair.

On the “do” side are gentler hair products which won’t rough up your cuticles. For some people, you can also recommend adding a little bit of hair dye into conditioner to help supplement dye levels throughout the weeks following your salon process.

Want to become a hair coloring expert? Start off right by attending our cosmetology program and learning from our skilled instructors. Apply today!

At Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology school can give you all the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed in the industry. Our expert staff will give you decades of combined experience in all areas of the business, and leave you ready to become a successful professional in the beauty field.

Before we can do any of that, though, you have to be sure that a career in this field is what you want. The world of cosmetology and hair styling holds many benefits, and you should know why you’re angling to become a part of it before you go down that road. So what’s so great about becoming a hair stylist, anyway?

Passion and Creativity

Most people gravitate to this industry because of the way it helps them express themselves and their creativity. Being able to come into work knowing that every day will pose new creative and artistic challenges is what gets plenty of people out of bed in the morning, and every day in the hair styling field is like that.

Not only is this a chance to hone your creative processes and maybe even learn something about yourself in the process, it’s a chance to impart that creativity onto others. That gift of spreading art is another primary draw of the industry.

Social Outlet

For loquacious people who enjoy the social elements of life, hair styling is the perfect job. You spend the entire day meeting new people and interacting with co-workers and clients alike, and there’s never a dull moment in the salon.

Time Management

Scheduling in most salons tends to accommodate the various schedules of the employees, and this is perfect for many people who prefer that kind of lifestyle. Your hours will generally be flexible, and you can often determine when you do or don’t work. You’ll almost never have strict deadlines or rushed, stress-filled moments.


Down these same lines, a career as a hair stylist offers you some of the most control over your daily life of any options out there. Scheduling and time concerns are one big thing, and control over your career trajectory is another. As your portfolio grows and you develop a dedicated customer case, you might move up more quickly than you had imagined. With the right hard work and success, you can even open your own salon at some point and take your work to the next level.

Ready to get to work on a career that will offer you the creativity and independence you’ve always craved? Our hair school has helped hundreds of people just like you find their true calling. Speak with an admissions specialist today.

Are you passionate about creative hair styling, but unsure how you might be able to turn your passion into a career? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. There are plenty of people with a heartfelt interest in joining this exciting, fast-paced industry, but who lack the tools or motivation to take the plunge.

Among other major elements, this break-in foundation is one of the pillars of Collectiv Academy’s renowned cosmetology program. We’ll show you everything you need to establish yourself as a top notch stylist, plus how to progress in the industry. As a small taste, here are a few general tips for what makes a great cosmetologist.

Foundational Skills

Establishing your basic skills sets your baseline as a cosmetologist. This starts with your work in the salon, from the simple stuff to more technical processes that might take some practice.

It’s not just about your ability to cut hair and make it look nice, though – foundational skills also include the business side of the industry. Networking is vital, as is the ability to present yourself in a professional and upstanding way. The ability to spot an industry trend early might get you a leg up on your competition.


Once you’ve firmed up your basic skill set, get to work adding your own personal flair. This might include a signature color scheme or a special design – whatever sets you apart.

At the same time, be ready to adapt your style based on your clients’ preferences. No one wants a rigid stylist unwilling to think outside their box. At Collectiv Academy beauty school, part of our goal is enabling you to maximize your creativity, both for yourself and your clients.

Expect Mistakes

Things won’t always go perfectly! You’ll make mistakes along the way, maybe even a few serious ones. Just remember to view these as learning experiences above all else, and try to never make the same mistake twice.

Present Yourself

To advance in the cosmetology industry, you have to be visible. We talked about networking earlier, and it deserves a second mention – put yourself out there wherever possible. A few simple ways to help market yourself:

  • Business cards
  • Social media
  • Trade shows
  • Word of mouth – satisfied customers spread the word quickly!

Continue Learning

Cosmetology is an ever-evolving industry, and you need to have the same mindset to succeed. Whether you’re a pup still in barber school or a 10-year veteran with an established clientele, you can still find learning experiences in the right places. If you keep an open mind, there’s no telling what might fill it.

Ready to learn more? Collectiv Academy is ready to give you the tools you need to succeed in the hairdressing industry.

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of cosmetology, but safety in the barbershop is a very important consideration. You’re working with equipment that’s sharp or heats up to what can be dangerous temperatures, after all, and these items are usually used on or around the heads of your customers.

At Collectiv Academy, safety in the workplace is a standard part of our cosmetology school experience. Here are a few general tips we’d offer for keeping your shop safe and fun.


The items in your salon are tools at your disposal, but they can be dangerous if used or maintained incorrectly. A few basics to stay on top of:

  • Keep lists of equipment, including regular maintenance tracking
  • Be conscious of cords and electronics, especially near customers
  • Keep track of sharp items
  • Check water temperatures regularly – should never be above 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Bi-annual checks on all equipment

These are just general tips, and many individual situations will simply come down to common sense. Don’t let children near sharp or hot equipment, for instance, and don’t try to fix or fuss with equipment you may not know how to use. Part of our hair school experience at Collectiv Academy includes proper use and maintenance of all salon equipment.


If they’re handled and stored correctly, the various chemicals in your barbershop will stay safe and useful as hair products and not accidents waiting to happen. Some ways to stay diligent here:

  • Store chemicals according to instructions
  • Label all chemicals clearly
  • Read directions before use
  • Follow allergy-check recommendations from product manufacturers


Keeping your salon clutter-free and organized is the easiest way to avoid any potential chaos. A few things to keep an eye on:

  • Wipe up spills on floors immediately, and sweep up hair regularly
  • Provide non-slip footwear to customers if slipping is an issue
  • Wash and wax floors regularly
  • Check fixtures like mirrors, tables and sinks on a regular basis
  • Designate specific areas for employee workstations to avoid confusion
  • Keep a first-aid supply kit handy

If you’re ready to learn more and join an exciting and progressive beauty school, contact Collectiv Academy today. Our passionate team is ready to meet you and start your journey toward creating a successful career.

It’s that time of year again; everyone is headed back to school. While every season offers change, when you think of September you think back to school. Are you ready for a fresh start? If you have always fantasized about going to beauty school, now is the time to get started and sign up for some classes.

Once you enroll you will want to make sure that you are successful. Here are some tips on how to succeed in beauty school classes.

Be on Time

If you are making the financial commitment to beauty school it is important you make the time commitment too. Being late can delay your learning and could even result in a suspension. If you miss too many hours at beauty school it can set back your education and even your graduation date. Making time for your classes is one of the most important ways to be successful.

Be Open Minded

Always be willing to learn and take constructive criticism. You shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes or get out of your comfort zone. Be open to new ideas even if you think you know how to do something already.

Don’t Procrastinate

Stay busy in class by reading your textbook, working with guests, and styling mannequin heads. If you procrastinate you can easily fall behind on your school work.

Ask Questions

Don’t be shy ask questions, students are expected to ask questions in class that’s what your instructor is there for. It is better to understand how to create a style with help rather than struggle with it on your own. Teachers and veteran students are great resources for your questions.

When you begin the clinic parts of your class do not be afraid to ask your guest questions either. Successful students have good communication skills and will ask for clarity if they are not sure what a guest is wanting. Take the extra few minutes to really know your client; this will be much easier than dealing with an angry guest.

The most successful students put their all into their classes. They understand that this year in beauty school is the stage for the rest of their life, if you want to get the most out of your education all you have to do is put forth the effort!

With everything rising in costs finding affordable salon services is an easy way to stay stylish without breaking the bank. A crucial part to finding affordable services is knowing where to look.

Luckily, many beauty colleges and cosmetology schools offer salons that are operated by the students. This gives the students the practice and experience they need, with the supervision of a trained instructor.

Types of Salon Services Offered

Students at beauty colleges study a vast array of salon services, in most student salons you should expect to find the types of services you would find in any professional beauty salon. The following services are offered by most beauty or cosmetology schools:

  • Haircuts
  • Waxing
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Hair coloring or foiling
  • Perms
  • Chemical relaxers
  • Hair Styling
  • Facials

Services are usually very affordable and are supervised by the student’s’ instructors to ensure quality results. Keep in mind that these are students who have had their training, but are working on gaining expertise in their practical skills.

Why Beauty Schools Offer Discounts

Beauty schools are a learning environment that is why most of them offer a discount to the public for services. Students need to gain experience before entering the work force, and working under the supervision of an instructor offers a valuable learning setting, along with work experiences.

You may be reluctant to choose a beauty school for your salon services, especially if you have heard horror stories of haircuts or colorings that have gone horribly wrong. Those experiences are not always tied to cosmetology students, but salons that did not listen to their clients requests or had poor training.

Beauty School Advantages

When choosing to go to a beauty school for any salon service you can be sure that the student will be supervised by a trained instructor with a valid cosmetology license. If you have any doubt you can always what the school’s policy is regarding students and their services offered.

A student may not be as fast as a licensed professional with years of experience, but you should still be able to expect quality results. If you can invest a little extra time and don’t mind if the student needs to consult with their instructor from time to time, you can save yourself a significant amount of money on your next haircut or other salon service.

If you’re thinking about beginning a career in cosmetology, it’s important to get high-quality training in order to prepare yourself for a successful path. For many aspiring hairstylists and barbers, they may be wondering how they will be able to pay for all of the classes and services they need in order to get licensed. The good news is that there are plenty of funding opportunities for you if this is your career goal.

  1. Pell Grants

The first thing to try to qualify for is a grant. A grant, unlike a loan, is money that you don’t have to pay back. For those who are below a certain annual income, they may be eligible for a Pell Grant. You could receive up to $7,400 in funds for your program.

  1. Stafford Loans

If you don’t qualify for a grant, the next source to consider is a federal loan, like a Stafford Loan. These loans are administered through the Department of Education within the federal government. Interest rates are competitive for students, and repayment starts once you graduate.

  1. Private Bank Loans

If you’re still having trouble reaching your funding goals, next you can try applying for a personal loan through your community bank. You may find the best interest rates from your local credit union.

  1. Friends and Family

Finally, when all other options have been looked at, the last sources to check are your friends and family. Whether it’s asking your parents for help in the form of a parent loan or borrowing money from a relative or friend, you can explain how the classes and services work with your cosmetology program, so the person loaning you the money understands the benefit to you.

Don’t let money get between you and your dreams of becoming a cosmetologist. If you want to learn more about what financial aid is available to students in our program, visit our financial aid page or contact us.