7 In-Demand Skills You Learn in Beauty School

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • January 25th, 2016

Makeup brushes and tools laid out.
At Florida Academy, we offer a beauty program that provides a curriculum rich in the most in-demand trends and skills in the beauty industry. Our beauty school trains students in the latest trends in haircutting, coloring and styling.

Our goal is for every student to master hair texture concepts that will leave each of their clients with rave reviews. And because we want our students to be well-rounded and highly skilled, we also offer extensive training in specialized skin care, nail care, including manicures and pedicures, and make-up application. What sets Florida Academy apart from other cosmetology schools is our ability to train future cosmetologists in our world class, brand new 2,500 square foot skin care lab so skin care can complement a student’s future career rather than just be an afterthought.

Haircut & Styling

Many people identify themselves based on their hairstyle. The right hairstyle gives a client a sense of self and confidence, but the wrong hairstyle can destroy that confidence. That is why our beauty program goes the extra mile to ensure that our students understand the complete science behind beauty and how it impacts people’s lives.
Our stylist program concentrates on the chemistry and physics of haircare. Our students have a concrete foundation in the science behind skin and hair types, and what types of genetics are prone to specific hair conditions. They understand how different textures of hair respond to different types of shears, how to restore dry and damaged hair, and what types of cuts work best with individual physical features.

Colorist

Working with color is an advanced skill. A colorist must understand what bases and tones go best together on certain hair types to achieve the desired color. Also understanding what types of products are already present on your client’s hair is crucial to ensuring their safety before beginning a color treatment.

Our colorists are trained to not only give amazing all-over color or the perfect shimmering highlights, but to also perform color corrections and color balancing. Our goal is for each of our students to be a highly skilled colorist by the time they graduate.

Manicure/Pedicurist

Florida Academy has a dedicated nail technician program. Our students are trained in basic manicures and pedicures, hand and foot massage, paraffin wax treatments, shellac painting, nail art, 3D in-lay, hand painting, and acrylics. We encourage your inner artist to express itself!

Waxing & Threading

Hair removal can be complicated. Our students are trained on the anatomy of the hair follicle and the effectiveness of techniques. We also encourage our students to be client educators and help them to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various types of hair removal.

Ultimately, the technique chosen should be dependent upon the technician and client’s comfort levels, the coarseness of the hair to be removed, the area of the body where the hair is located, the length of the hair, and the client’s pain tolerance. Our curriculum includes training in waxing, sugaring, threading, and tweezing.

Facials

Our cosmetologists are trained to be advocates for their client’s skin. This means educating their clients on making healthy choices for their skin like avoiding excessive sun exposure, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water.
In addition to supporting healthy skin, our beauty school teaches our students how to restore and heal previously damaged skin. Our students are trained in chemical peels, masks, and skin toning and balancing.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is extremely popular amongst older populations who are fighting the aging process. This is a skill that must be mastered to prevent harm to the patient. When performed correctly, it is a great method to remove old, aged skin and reveal healthy, fresher-looking skin.

Make-Up Application

Make-up application is much more complicated than many people think. It is truly an art. This skill includes regular make-up and permanent make-up application. The artist needs a foundational understanding of skin types, how colors reflect light, the available products on the market, and most importantly, what the client is looking to achieve.
An artist doing make-up for runway shows will likely make different product and color choices than for a client who is getting married. The right make-up can make a big impact in all of the right ways, but the wrong make-up can ruin everything. This is why our beauty program ensures that our artists understand the importance of their craft, and master it.

Put Yourself In Demand

Get ready to launch your beauty career with certification in all of the latest and greatest in-demand beauty skills. Contact Florida Academy and put yourself in demand.

5 Best Types of Facials that Skin Care Specialists Give

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • January 7th, 2016

Different face masks for a skin care specialist to use.

Skin care specialists have many different tasks to perform. One major task is giving the perfect facial. But how does one know the difference between facials, and which is best for their client? Choosing the right skin care school is essential in this process, as your training should give you the experience you need to make educated decisions for your clients.
The only way to know which type of facial will be best for each client that walks in the door is to have a broad knowledge of the different techniques available. Currently, there are five exceptionally popular types of facials that skin care specialists are performing daily. They include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, clay masks, acne treatments, and organic masks. What’s the difference? Well, quite a bit, actually. Each type of product is made up of its own specific ingredients and performs individual functions on the skin. Below is a brief description of how each process works.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of the oldest known techniques for maintaining younger looking skin. This treatment is used to help remove the top layer of “old” skin and reveal healthy, younger-looking skin that is hiding under the surface. Microdermabrasion can be achieved with a brush, a specialized sponge that is used to create gentle friction against the skin, or with gritty/coarse textured creams that help to pull the dead skin cells away from the skin. Once the treatment is complete it is especially important to rinse the skin thoroughly with clean water to ensure that all dead skin cells have been rinsed away and only healthy skin remains. Microdermabrasion is usually followed up with a soothing moisturizing cream to reinforce hydration and radiance.

Chemical Peel

Ready for chemistry class? Chemical peels can be tricky and need to be handled with care. Each client will have a different level of tolerance for the peel and should be closely monitored while the peel is applied. The benefit of the peel is that it gives an even finish. The skin may appear slightly red immediately following the treatment, but the final product will reveal healthy, younger looking skin.

Clay Mask

Like microdermabrasion, even the ancient cultures commonly utilized the earth’s natural clay to restore the health of their skin. Clay masks are often revered for their skin-tightening properties. Not only do they tighten the skin, but they also help to even the skin tone. Clay masks are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that support skin health. They can heal, moisturize and soften the skin, and balance the pH levels of the face and neck. Certain types of clay masks can also help with fighting blemishes.

Acne Treatment

This can include a variety of methods to help remove existing acne and prevent further blemishes from forming. Generally these treatments include the use of salicylic acid, which, when applied to the pores, helps to penetrate dirt and oil and remove them from the skin. These treatments also include toning the skin and correcting the pH balance. Students are also trained on specialized equipment, which aids in the manual removal of blemishes like blackheads. Acne treatments can be similar in technique to chemical peels, depending on how aggressively the acne needs to be addressed.

Organic Masks

All the rave right now, many clients are asking for all-natural, chemical-free options for their facials. There are countless recipes for organic masks available which can be used for various purposes, from acne, anti-aging, oil removal, tightening, and color balancing. Organic masks are made of all-natural products, including, but not limited to: fruits, vegetables, wild flowers, oats and grains, honey, eggs, milk, and yogurt. These treatments are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins to nourish the skin, but without any potentially harmful chemicals. Special consideration should be taken with organic masks to evaluate each client for food allergies before beginning a treatment to limit the risk of a reaction.

Face the Music

Skin care is forever changing, and evolving with trends. A great skin care specialist will change and grow with the times. If you think you have what it takes, call Florida Academy and let us help you face your bright future in skin care head on!

Top 4 Techniques That Massage Therapists Learn in School

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • December 17th, 2015

Massage Therapist giving a scalp massage.
When starting a new career as a massage therapist, it is important to understand and master the most popular techniques, as this is what your clients will be looking for in a therapist. There are four major techniques that Florida Academy has all students master in the massage therapy program, to help set you up for success as you start your career. These techniques include basic massage, Swedish massage, chair massage, and trigger point massage. Below is a brief description of each technique.

Basic Massage

The first thing that every student must master is “the basics.” The four basic massage strokes are effleurage-(light or deep stroking), petrisage-(kneading), tapotement-(gentle slapping), and friction. Effleurage is meant for relaxation and the release of tension. This is how you begin and end every massage to ensure that your patient has maximum relaxation. Petrisage, or kneeding, is actually a practice of pulling the muscle away from the bone which aids in relieving muscle spasms. Generally, if anything hurts in a massage session this is it, but this movement is not meant to be painful. The therapist must communicate with the client to ensure maximum comfort. The action of tapotement is much like the name sounds. It is a gentle tapping or cupping of the skin with the hand to create a percussion-like effect. This motion is most preferred by healthy clients with exceptional muscle mass, but is not recommended for patients with ailments. Lastly, friction is the concentration of pressure to a specific point. Using very small, focused, circular motions, friction helps to release tension in specific spots.

Swedish

Swedish massage was actually developed in the 1800s by a physiology professor at the University of Stockholm, by the name of Per Henrik Ling. This technique is focused specifically on anatomy and physiology and how the body’s systems work together. Today Swedish massage is the most popular type of massage in the Western World. The nice thing about Swedish massage is that it is very versatile and can be light or hard pressure, gentle or vigorous, which all depends on the preference of the client. The key to a Swedish massage is to relax the muscle groups systematically and help the body’s systems work together to find full body satisfaction and relaxation.

Chair

Chair Massage is becoming a popular trend across corporate America. Employers are starting to recognize the benefits of massage in the workplace, and the increase in productivity of their employees following a little Zen time. A chair massage takes place seated in a specially designed cushioned chair to provide support to the client and relieve stress on the joints. Typically this type of massage ranges from 10 minutes to 20 minutes, as it is meant to be a quick “pick me up” sort of technique. The goal of a chair massage is to release tension, improve blood flow, and return the client to a positive state of mind. Clients are generally re-energized following a session.

Trigger Point Massage

Okay, a quick anatomy lesson. Myofascia is the soft tissue that covers the muscles, almost like a cushion or padding. Sometimes this tissue will tear either from overuse of the muscle or trauma. When the tissue tears, it will adhere to the next closest tissue while it attempts to heal itself. As a result, you feel pain and pressure and tension where the myofascia has adhered. Many people say they feel like they have a “knot”. Trigger Point Massage focuses on those “knots” to help promote healing of the tissue and relieve any residual pain associated with it. Not only does this technique help to increase the blood flow to the area to promote faster healing but it also attempts to relax the surrounding muscle group and avoid any impingement on near-by nerves.

Master Your Craft

Any well-trained, experienced massage therapist will tell you to master your craft. Understanding the basic concepts and techniques of massage gives you the solid base you need to expand and grow as a professional. Give your career the best start possible by training with our elite team of massage therapy instructors at Florida Academy.

3 Tips for Starting a Career as a Nail Technician

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • November 23rd, 2015

Nail technician giving a manicure.
If you are creative, detail-oriented, a fast worker, and enjoy meeting new people, you will love starting a career as a nail technician. Nail salons can see over 100 clients per day and the great thing about nails is that they will always need to be redone in a couple of weeks. This means that you have entered an industry that has a continuous need to be replenished. As the economy continues to grow and the population continues to rise, more and more potential clients will become available. But how do you begin?

Salons want to hire licensed nail technicians because this formal education reinforces the quality of work that they are offering their clients. Questions you are asking yourself may include: How do I find a nail technician school? What kind of opportunities will be available after I graduate? How do I get a job? In truth there are three specific topics you should focus on when starting your new career as a nail technician: education and training, networking, and creativity.

Education and Training

The first step in starting your new career as a nail technician is to find the right school. You want to get into a program that offers training in various popular types of nail care techniques. Currently, the Florida Academy offers training in Nail Art, 3D inlay, hand painting, shellac, electric and manual filing, and acrylic, among other specialties. This is in addition to teaching students the basic anatomy of the hands and feet and how to properly identify the existence of diseased or infected tissue. Our program is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) which is a national-level accreditation. Both of these organizations only accredit schools that are meeting their high standards of individualized private education in technical occupations. In other words, these are the seals of approval you want on your education to know that you are getting set up for success.

Networking

Like most industries these days, the beauty industry is all about networking. Who you know, what you know, what they know about you—it all matters! When starting your career, it is best to first start with your school’s affiliations. Former graduates of your school who have established themselves within a company, or started their own business, are more prone to recruit fellow alumni. Also, many salons will align themselves with a program which allows them to recruit straight from the school. It is also strongly recommended that you create a portfolio of your work. That means take pictures; document your techniques; show the world what you can do! Having this running record of your artwork makes it easier to self yourself to potential employers and also for professors or clients to refer you out to their friends and connections.

Keep an Open Mind

Doing nails is more than just, well, doing nails. It is an art form and you are the aspiring artist. The difference between your art and the pieces hanging up in galleries is that you have a very small pallet, you have a time limit, and you cannot stick to only one type of theme. There are several different mediums of nail art, and each technique has its own specifications. The key to being successful as a nail technician is to learn and master each of these techniques and to continue to learn new trends as they emerge. Do not limit yourself to one style or you will not make it very far. Every client has their own tastes and desires. The more versatile you can be, the more clients you can serve.

Get Started

You can have a profitable career as a nail technician, but you have to be willing to work for it. Hard work, dedication, and good organizational skills are important to succeed in this business. Just like any artist has to get their name out to the world and display their talent for everyone to see, you must be willing to do the same. But do not fret! You already have what it takes! Call Florida Academy and let us help you start the career you have been waiting for!

Cosmetologists Have One of the Most In-Demand Careers

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • November 9th, 2015

Beauty Salon Interior Shot.
Cosmetology covers a vast array of specialties which is why it is such an in-demand career field. Depending on the state and program you choose, your cosmetology training may include instruction in hair cutting, shampooing and conditioning treatments, hair restoration, coloring, permanents and styling. Training also includes nail care and design, skin care to include various facial techniques, make-up application, and body waxing.

Some programs also include training in hand, arm, foot, facial, and scalp massage. This wide range of skills makes licensed cosmetologists very desirable for spas, salons, resorts, telecommunication companies (TV networks), the fashion industry, nursing homes or residential care communities, corrections facilities, military communities, and beauty product-line sales.

Crunching Numbers

The cosmetology industry is projected to grow by more than 13% by the year 2022. Considering that the combined annual revenue of cosmetologists and barbers is currently hovering at $20 billion, 13% will literally add over a billion dollars in growth within the next seven years. Currently, there are over 87,000 existing salons and barber shops in the US. That number is growing every year, as more stylists choose to open their own spas and salons. It is also important to note that product sales count for a lot as well. An average of 10% of a salon’s revenue comes from the sale of products to their customers. This reinforces the importance of knowing your products and understanding your client’s needs. Not only can selling your client the right products boost revenues, it also reinforces a relationship with that client—especially if they end up absolutely loving the product! Securing clients is what it’s all about!

Personality Counts

Cosmetology is a fairly recession-proof career, but it is not people-proof. In truth, most successful cosmetologists are social butterflies. Why is that? Because cosmetology and going to a salon are about more than beauty to the consumer.

Clients expect friendship, a confidant, a therapist, a fashion advisor, and a beauty genius. They expect you to know what is best for them when they don’t, and even when they think they do. They expect you to guide them through their beauty process and help them express their inner beauty to the outside world.
And many clients will share their most intimate feelings and experiences with you, which is why customer service is a number one priority. Your customers need to feel safe and secure when working with you, and trust needs to be established. It is a big responsibility. And that’s just the human connection—the haircut matters too!

Attention to detail is extremely important, with consideration for the person’s health, physical features, and even sometimes their career. For example, if a military member comes to you for a regulation-compliant haircut and you give them something that does not meet military standards, they may be reprimanded. In small communities like this, word of mouth counts for a lot, so it is important to know your audience and cater to their needs. Your state of mind also counts for a lot! Maintaining a positive attitude towards your clients and your work, not allowing your stress to show in your performance, and being flexible in your schedule can help your career flourish.

Always In Demand

People love having their hair “done.” Going to the barber or to a salon is an experience that connects with people on a spiritual level. Sitting back and relaxing as you get your hair washed and conditioned is comparable to getting a massage for many people. The sensation of feeling the hair fall away is a form of stress relief as if your shears are clipping away the client’s worries. No matter the state of the economy people will always want to get their hair cut and enjoy their 30 minutes to an hour of salon serenity.

Receiving training from a cosmetology program that understands this psychology and teaches our students to understand and appreciate it is what sets Florida Academy apart from so many other programs. Cosmetology is a career with exponential opportunity that will continue to grow and expand. Start your career in cosmetology today with Florida Academy, and break in to one of the most in-demand careers in America.

4 Specialties You Learn in Skin Care School

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • October 26th, 2015

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No matter what profession you aspire to, finding the program that fits your needs is essential. Finding the right skin care school is no exception. When picking what school is best for you, it is important to consider the different types of skin care that you can specialize in and determine if you would like to dabble in all areas or pick a specific specialty. At Florida Academy, skin care specialties include: facials, waxing, body wrapping, make-up application, eyelash extensions, permanent make up, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, ultrasonic facials, LED light therapies, and Endermologie.

Facials: Many people turn to skin care specialists when they are in need of expert advice and assistance to manage their skin. This is especially true for people who deal with face-to-face interaction in business, anyone aspiring for a performance career, people who have been plagued by acne in their adult lives, and women who have a desire to slow down the aging clock on their faces and necks.

Specialized training is available for skin care specialists to learn to identify skin care needs and how to educate their clients on these needs. Continuing education professionals can learn the best treatments for blackheads, large pores, restoring balance of moisture and oil, and how to tame acne-prone skin. They can also seek specialized training in non-invasive collagen treatments, tricks for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, treatments to reduce dark circles around the eyes, skin brightening/lightening, and balancing/evening complexions, all of which aid in making the skin appear younger and firmer.

Waxing: A popular and preferred method of hair removal, when performed correctly, waxing takes precision and attention to detail. FA students are trained in the many different styles of body waxing and the most effective ways to tackle stubborn hair.

Our program teaches students how to use hard and soft wax, and which method works best for certain hair types. Some people prefer other types of hair removal over waxing, and that is no problem because a FA trained skin-care specialist strives to master several types of hair removal methods to make themselves more marketable to potential clients. Other types of hair removal include sugaring, threading, and tweezing.

Body Wrapping: This is a popular trend to assist in weight loss, detox, and skin nourishment. Various materials can be used in body wrapping, depending on the client’s desired results. FA students are taught the proper wrapping techniques and what mediums (clay, algae, lotions, etc.) will be most beneficial to their individual clients.

Body wrapping is often accompanied by heat treatments which help the body to sweat out impurities and boost the metabolism. Students are trained in safety considerations associated with utilizing heat treatments. Florida Academy’s new skincare lab even has a dedicated body wrapping station complete with Vichy showerhead and scrubber.

Make-Up: A skin care specialist is not a person who merely paints faces for a living. A skin care specialist reinvents each face that they work on. They have the ability to influence how the light reflects off of the skin, which features to accent or contour, how to make the skin appear smoother and more youthful, which areas of the face to lighten and/or darken to achieve the desired finish, and how to add dimension to otherwise muted features.

Skin care specialists have a huge impact on the performing arts, in the fashion industry, and working in the media with news casters and political icons. It is important to also remember that a skin care specialist can have a huge impact on an individual’s biggest life moments. More and more women are hiring skin care specialists for their wedding days to ensure that they look flawless all day (and night). This trend is also becoming more common for proms and homecoming events, and graduation photos for high school students across the country.

A career in skin care can open up the world in new ways. It can take your career in many directions and lead to many exciting adventures that you would never have known existed. A skin care specialist has the unique ability to cross cultural barriers and unite humanity in a beautiful way.

At Florida Academy, we make sure our students understand the special impact they are having on their client’s lives in a way that welcomes creativity and brings happiness and comfort to millions of people every year. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our programs and training. Remember that you are making the world beautiful, one person at a time.

3 Most Important Factors in Picking a Massage Therapy School

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • October 12th, 2015

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Taking the step towards higher education can be intimidating, but finding the right massage therapy school can make all of the difference in your success. Being a massage therapist is an exciting and rewarding career that gives you purpose. You get to help people relax, heal, and improve their well-being. You get mental and spiritual job satisfaction as you see the difference you are making in your clients lives.

You also have the option of taking your massage business on the road and traveling the world, or staying local and establishing a regular clientele—all while receiving a great salary and making your own schedule. If you are an extrovert, you will love getting to meet new people, and if you are an introvert, you will relish in the peaceful serenity of the massage sessions. It’s the best of both worlds!

So now that you have decided to face your fears and take that next step, how do you know which massage therapy school to choose? Key features separate one school’s program from another and can make a huge impact in your ability to develop your career and licensures. These considerations include accreditations of the program, what types of specialties that program offers for your advancement, and the overall quality of the program’s curriculum, meaning how prepared you will be to work on your own once you graduate.

Accreditation Matters

When an organization accredits a massage therapy program, or an entire school, they are essentially giving their seal of approval that this school’s curriculum meets their high standards of excellence. Accreditations are a big deal because if a program is not accredited it can result in the state refusing to allow you to test for your massage therapist license, and thousands of wasted dollars on your part, as you will be forced to start your education all over again. Here is a list of Florida Academy’s accrediting organizations and what these entities represent.

• Council on Occupational Education (COE): Originally founded in 1971, the Council has 44 years (and counting) of experience which began as the accrediting agency of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1995, the Council expanded and became a national accrediting organization of colleges and private programs that sought to offer specialized technical degrees and certifications.

• Florida Department of Education – The Commission for Independent Education (CIE): The Commission monitors private programs that function separately from public education to ensure that the State’s mandatory high standards of education are met. Among the oversight of the CIE are the following areas: consumer protection, program improvement, institutional policies and administration, data management, and the licensure of independent schools, colleges and universities.

• Florida Department of Health: The motto of the Department is “The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.” This is completely true of their continuous oversight of programs as they ensure that public health remains the utmost importance to all health professionals and contributors.

Specialties & Versatility

When it is time for your job hunt, you need to think about how marketable you are. Not only do hiring managers want to see that you went to an accredited program, but they also want to see that you have a wide variety of experiences and techniques to offer. This is why Florida Academy has built our massage therapy program to incorporate instruction in basic, Swedish, chair, trigger point, and myofascial release massage. You do not want to be a one-trick pony—versatility counts! In our Therapeutic Massage/Allied Modalities program, we go beyond traditional specialties to focus on medical massage practices utilizing ultrasound, E-stim, TENS, near IR light therapy, and postural analysis.

Quality in the Curriculum

Throughout our massage therapy program, Florida Academy emphasizes assessment, palpation, and postural analysis. Why? Because these are important health factors that need to be considered before, during, and after each massage, and as health advocates we need to help educate our clients on the importance of self-awareness.
Our program offers 900 hours of hands-on training which means that by the time they graduate, our students have thoroughly learned all aspects of the curriculum and integrated these concepts into their sessions.

Choose Wisely

Take that next step towards your career and choose the school that will set you up on the path to success. Contact Florida Academy today and start your future now.

8 Techniques That Nail Technicians Use

  • by Florida Academy Web Team
  • September 21st, 2015

Hands after a manicure.

Countless bottles of nail polish are gone through every day. Little girls at slumber parties may have a bottle of every color in the rainbow with finger and toenails to match. Teenagers may use nail polish to express their emotional state to the world. Adventurous women are sporting the latest gels and designs on their fingertips. The sophisticated lady may opt for a paraffin treatment and French manicure. And more than ever before, men are catching on to the therapeutic release that encompasses getting your nails done (with or without polish).

What types of nail techniques are Florida Academy’s graduates skilled in?

Our nail technician program goes above and beyond basic manicure and pedicure treatments. Our curriculum supports an understanding of the anatomy of the nail. Our students are trained to recognize diseases of the finger and toe nails, the proper technique of cutting and filing to avoid in-grown nails, and how to restore health in fragile, worn nail beds. Florida Academy students have a variety of hand & foot therapies and nail techniques that they can choose from. Here is an overview of the eight specialized techniques that FA students will master during their training.

Paraffin Wax – A natural emollient with a low melting pointing, this wax is cool enough to immerse the hands and feet in without fear of burning the skin. Paraffin softens the skin and helps to smooth away rough patches and dead cells leaving skin soft and radiant. FA students are trained in the best practices for handling this material to ensure all benefits are fully experienced with each treatment.

Massage – While massaging the hands and feet may not impact the finish on your nails, our instructors understand the importance of relaxation and satisfaction with each nail service experience and we reinforce this quality in our curriculum. Students are taught techniques to release stress and tension in the hands and feet.

Nail Art – The delicate art of creating intricate, flawless designs on the nail takes much focus and concentration. It is truly a form of art and brings out the inner artist in our students.

3D Inlay – This refers to the layering of products on the nail so that they appear to stand up off of the nail. This raised appearance is what gives the technique its name.

Hand Painted – A fragile and patient task of creating nail art with polish alone.

Shellac (with or without glitter) – Students learn how to achieve the perfect amount of shine.

Electric Filing – Using an electric filer and buffer can make nail care quick and efficient, but done without proper technique can severely damage the nail. Our students are trained in the proper way to handle these tools and preserve the nail’s health.

Acrylic & Sculpting – The application of acrylic nails must be performed with precision. In addition to standard acrylic nails, our cosmetologists are trained in sculpting which creates extended, unique, and intricate designs to nail tips.

Why does a person choose a professional nail technician over doing their own nails?

Nail Technicians are trained, highly skilled professionals. They are trained in the various techniques of nail care and design. The best nail technicians are versatile and open-minded. They are truly artists, and put a great deal of focus and attention to detail into each step of the nail care process to ensure their clients comfort, health, and beauty. They have spent many hours mastering their craft and continue to refine their skills through continuing education courses and advanced certifications. Nail technicians understand the latest trends while also preserving the classical treatments. Florida Academy graduates understand and appreciate the timeless tradition of nail treatments and artwork and are ready to help their clients choose what types of services will leave them fulfilled.

Being a Nail Technician is more than a job; it is an art all its own. Contact Florida Academy today to find out how you can join our team and bring out your inner artist.

Our Top Three Products for Color-Treated Hair

  • by Florida Academy
  • March 12th, 2015

Coloring your hair is a great way to achieve a vibrant and beautiful color, or even experiment with something new. However, it’s a well-known fact that color treatment doesn’t come without consequences. It can leave your hair dry, brittle and damaged. This is because color treatment can actually change the inner structure of the hair, causing a lackluster look and dryness. This is even more common if you frequently color your hair to hide roots or gray hair.
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Luckily, there are amazing products to combat these negative side effects, and we’re listing our favorites below.  Stop by Florida Academy to purchase these products designed to lock in color and keep your hair looking and feeling healthy.

  1. Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo
    This color-protecting shampoo is sulfate-free, lightweight, gentle, conditioning and cleansing.  It uses Redken’s IPN technology and amino-ions to leave your color-treated hair three times more fortified.
  1. Redken Color Extend Magnetics Conditioner
    This color-protecting conditioner provides targeted repair to not only detangle your hair, but also leave it feeling smoother, softer and more conditioned. Additionally, color treated hair is three times more fortified because of Redken’s IPN technology and amino-ions.
  2. Redken Color Extend Magnetics Deep Attraction Mask
    The sulfate-free hair mask for color-treated hair uses zinc gluconate and IPN technology to extend the life of your hair color. It strengthens the hair fiber and strands with intense replenishment to leave your hair feeling softer, smoother and more fortified.

Massage Therapy: A New Form of Healthcare

  • by Florida Academy
  • March 12th, 2015

If you think massages are solely for luxury spas and relaxation, think again. Massage therapy is becoming an increasingly more important part of healthcare as more people are finding it a critical aspect to alleviate pain, injury and depression, as well as lower blood pressure, increase circulation and reduce stress.
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Therapeutic massage, for example, can help people deal with pain, depression and other maladies. Some insurance companies will even cover these massages if a primary health care physician proves that it is a medically necessary procedure. Other forms of medical massage include neuromuscular massage, which involves applying pressure to a specific body part to release tension, Trigger pint massage, which targets spasms that reduce blood flow into other parts of the muscle and Myofascial release, which is used to stretch and release tension in the myofascia.

With more and more people associating massage with healthcare, the need for massage therapists is becoming even greater. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts jobs in the health care sector will continue to grow for the foreseeable future, especially with the Baby Boomer generation aging.

At Florida Academy, we give you all the training you need to launch a successful career in massage therapy. In our 900-hour program, you will use medical devices such as e-stim machines, near infrared light therapy and ultrasound, and also learn various medical massage techniques such as sports massage, neuromuscular massage, trigger point massage, reflexology, hydrotherapy and more. Plus, you will receive hands-on, real-world experience with real clients. Don’t hesitate to get started in this exploding industry!