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.


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.

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.

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!

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.