Beyond Beauty School:
Getting started in the beauty industry can be a little overwhelming. I’ve put together a short list of some of my absolute favorite educational resources to help beauty school students get started in the right direction, along with summaries about what each one has to offer.
Sam Villa’s website and Youtube are full of great education. You can find a vast array of tips on styling, cutting, and more. They are in short, easily to follow videos. The Sam Villa brand also creates tools that are made to be more useful and efficient to hairdressers. I definitely recommend a visit to their site. The following video is under 3 minutes, and is a quick introduction to the Sam Villa team and brand.
Behind the Chair is an absolute wealth of information for stylists. There are many videos, articles, and formulas available on the website. Their shop has tools, books, and they often offer webinars. Most are about $20, but from time to time they offer free ones. Behind the Chair is one of the organizers of some of the industry’s biggest events. They also have a magazine you can subscribe to.
Modern Salon also has a magazine, and hosts some industry events. You’ll find how-tos, formulas, inspiration, news, and more on their site. There is a constant stream of advice and articles for beauty professionals. You can view the digital edition of Modern Salon magazine, or subscribe on their website.
American Salon also has a wealth of information, both technical and business. You can find plenty of articles giving business advice, marketing advice, and technical tutorials/formulas to create featured looks. They also have a print or digital magazine available.
Make-Up Artist Magazine doesn’t have as much education as the cosmetology based sites, but it is a great resource for anyone who is more interested in the make-up/SFX side of cosmetology. You can subscribe to their magazine, which features industry news and articles from some of the top artists in beauty and film. Make-up Artist Magazine also puts on I.M.A.T.S. The International Make-up Artist Trade Show is the equivalent of what Premiere is to the hair industry. It features many professional brands and education. They have also just announced that they are coming to Atlanta for 2018.
Tina Alberino’s website and Facebook group are perhaps my absolute favorite business and growth resource. Her site is less about the technical side of cosmetology, and more about the business side. She covers a multitude of topics from tax law, fair labor practices, best business practices, and motivational articles to help guide both beauty school and established professionals. She also has a podcast and a book available on Amazon: The Beauty Industry Survival Guide: A Salon Professional’s Handbook.
I hope you find these resources are helpful and relevant. If you have any that I’ve missed, please contact me via our contact page.