TSPA Ft Myers: New Owners “Enthusiastic and Excited”

We would like to use this platform to introduce ourselves, the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. I am Richie Wermuth and my “partner in crime” is my mom, Min Wermuth.
Min is originally from South Korea, but we would say home to us is Cocoa Beach, Florida. We certainly consider ourselves “water people,” so making the transition to Ft. Myers was quite a breeze. We are also servants to humanity. A belief that we live by is: that to make a dollar in this world you either have to be serving someone or tricking someone; and we don’t ever want to make a single dollar without serving someone, some way.

My mom’s history runs deep in the beauty/cosmetology industry. With a very traditional and Korean upbringing, it was very important to her parents that she go to college and get a degree. So, to afford and put herself through college, my mom did hair on campus, ultimately paying for her full tuition. She majored in fashion and merchandising at FSU. After graduating, she went to work as a stylist for Moss Brothers and joined the “corporate world.” It didn’t take long for her to realize she could make way more money behind the chair as a hairstylist, while having more free time and a flexible schedule. She also saw an opportunity to be a small business owner; thus Tops Hair Salon was opened in Rockledge, FL in 1985. Min opened her own business and went to work as an owner and a stylist, which she did until the purchasing of The Salon Professional Academy – Ft. Myers. Tops Hair Salon today in 2018 is a well-oiled machine of a salon, which she continues to own while managing TSPA Ft. Myers. I will write more about her salon’s stages of evolution soon, as well as what that growth has looked like.

My history in the industry doesn’t run quite as deep as my mother’s, but it is very vast. Before cosmetology school, I was a student at UCF, community colleges, and even Bible College which brought me to live in Hawaii for a time. That whole journey is another post down the road because it sure was perspective altering. So, after Hawaii I knew that I wanted to become a hair stylist and follow mom’s footsteps into the beauty industry. I attended a sister TSPA in Melbourne, FL. It was an amazing learning experience. I was already working in our salon at the time, but upon graduation I immediately became my mom’s associate. With my TSPA training, I went through the associate program at an accelerated rate, and then became a level 1 stylist. It didn’t take long to become a level 3 stylist following the proper systems and metrics. I also realized my talent was in haircolor, so I continued my education and became Redken Haircolor Certified. After a couple years behind the chair it was time for me to make the step towards working to be an artist for a major brand. I was of course drawn to Redken, the leader in professional hair education. As I was going through the audition and training process to become a Redken Artist, L’Oréal USA (who owns Redken) offered me a corporate position and I accepted. My first title was “Redken Artistic Educator” for the state of Florida. In the Artistic Educator role I traveled four days a week to teach in multiple salons and then had one day a week to work behind the chair in my home salon. The Artistic Educator will work very closely with the Salon Sales Consultants and their District Managers to grow a territory from a sales projection perspective. I give all this info not to boast, but to just begin to paint how vast this industry is when you really dig into it. Just as above, I plan to dive deeper in future blog posts into all the avenues this industry offers and how they work.

Now to present day being the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. We are so excited, grateful and humbled for this opportunity. Like I said, we see ourselves as servants to others and it was always a dream of my mom and I to own a school; but we never really thought it was possible until SPEC (our franchisor) showed us the light. Aside from our passion to teach the craft of hairdressing and the science behind hair coloring, what runs even deeper into our heart is that we truly see this school as a “sanctuary,” if you will; a sanctuary for women (mostly) who are at pivotal moments in their lives (men too, I am one of them gents but we are the minority here). People who need a true career or a fresh start can come to a place where they become part of a team that shares a common belief system and vision. A place where you feel trusted, encouraged, empowered, stretched, and always creative. Not forced into a box created by a system from past generations. A place where they can become professionals in their craft, but also lights amongst the world that will shine so bright for others to see. Signing off for now, if you are considering cosmetology school and this resonated with you, please come in and chat, or schedule a tour. Either way, we would love to see you.

Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

1st Photo: Mother’s Day 2015

2nd Photo: Redken Symposium 2013 with Ty Isobe

Sweating, Sun-Tanning, and Swimming: How To Keep Your Summer Skin Glowing

Summer is everyone’s favorite time of year. You’re staying out late, lounging at the pool, and going on countless adventures! School’s out which means fun is in, but don’t let that distract you from taking care of your body; and taking care of your face and skin is part of that. Summer is a great time for tons of fun, but a lot of those things can be damaging to your skin, which is why we’ve compiled a few tricks for you to help keep your skin bright and glowing all summer long!

Drink Plenty of Water

couple drinking waterDrinking water helps to flush toxins out of your body and skin. Getting rid of toxins will help keep acne away, and will freshen your skin! Plus with all the sweating and sports that you’re filling your summer with, it is always smart to avoid dehydration.

Your Skin Needs Hydration Too

There’s no other season except summer that is so adept at drying out your skin. This can cause cracking, peeling, and just a general lackluster look. To battle this (in addition to drinking water), we suggest hydrating your skin directly with a facial or a face mask. Try Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating masque to keep your skin quenched! Or come in to get one of our purifying facials.

Additionally, try using a hydrating foundation. These will keep your face hydrated all day, and protect you from the sun! Check out InStyle’s Top 10 Favorites.

Make Your Peace with Sunscreen

facial sun screenLather on that sunscreen! Though we all appreciate a pretty golden tan, it can be severely damaging to your skin. You might not see it now, but years down the road you will thank your younger self for keeping your skin healthy. Make sure you apply sunscreen with a high SPF, and do it multiple times if you are going to be spending more than a few hours outside.

We know sunscreen isn’t for everyone, so we suggest using almond or coconut oil to help you tan. This will keep your skin hydrated, and not provide such a burning tan. Don’t go overboard on tanning, and learn exactly how much sunshine you should be getting to keep your skin healthy. Check out Wanderlust’s article on the topic.

Protect Your Skin From Chlorine

Chlorine is one of the worst things for your skin because chlorine dries things out. If you spend a lot of time in the pool you need to be aware of what chlorine might be doing to your skin. As your skin dries out, it tries to make up the difference by producing extra oil, which then clogs your pores and can cause more acne! To battle this, make sure you are rinsing off after every pool visit, and showering if possible. Use moisturizer afterward to prevent cracking from dry skin.

Fight Sweat with a Gentle Facial Scrub

woman putting on facial scrub Whether you’re heavy into sports and outdoor activities, or just hanging out this summer, you’re probably sweating a lot. As you sweat out toxins in your body (good job drinking all that water!), they don’t have anywhere to go so they just hang out on your face and body. These toxins attract germs, which is why after even just a few minutes of sweating you begin to smell. Obviously, daily showers are needed to counteract this, but your face is a little different.

To protect your face from gathering germs in your pores, try using a gentle facial scrub. These will help you get out those extra germs and toxins, as well as keep your skin looking fresh and clean. Make sure you purchase a face scrub that uses biodegradable rounded beads. Scrubs that don’t have microbeads can cause tiny tears in your skin which is just another way for germs and bacteria to get inside, which can cause more acne.

We want you to get the most out of your summer, so make sure that you are taking some of these tips to heart. Your back-to-school skin will thank you!

To learn more about skincare and how to administer it, check out our cosmetology programYou can also call us to schedule a tour or just to find out more information at 239-208-3958.

The Differences Between Cosmetology and Other Beauty Licenses in Florida

Unlike many other states, there are many differences in the types of beauty occupation certificates in Florida. The cosmetology based licenses in the state have been broken down into several minor licenses such as hair braider, facial specialist, and body wrapper. While these breakdowns enable many different types of positions within the cosmetology industry, it can be a murky field to navigate.
In fact, many of these licenses have been wrapped into larger licenses, that can make it even more confusing. For example, the nail and facial specialists feed into the Full Specialist’s Certificate, which then feeds into the cosmetology license, making that the all-encompassing certificate. The breakdown of each license is below to help you understand the benefits of each and make a choice that will be most beneficial to your future.
If you have further questions as to the benefits of a full Cosmetology license in comparison to the other Florida licenses, please reach out to our admissions office, we would be glad to assist you.

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A simple breakdown of what each license includes according to the Florida board of Cosmetology:

Cosmetology License

  • Hair Shampooing
  • Hair Coloring
  • Permanent Waving
  • Hair Relaxing
  • Hair Removing
  • Pedicuring
  • Manicuring
  • Among Others…

Full Specialist

  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Facials
  • Shampooing Only

Facial Specialist

  • Facials Only

Nail Specialist

  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring

Hair Braider

  • Weaving
  • Braiding
  • Does NOT include Extensions

Hair Wrapper

  • Hair Wrapping

Body Wrapper

  • Herbal Body Wrapping

If you have further questions or are interested in beginning your journey toward a Cosmetology License in Florida reach out to our admissions office in TSPA Ft. Myers.

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Where Could I Work as a Cosmetologist?

Ask yourself, have you ever. . .

  • Wished you had a career that is different every day?
  • Longed for a job that has you creating and innovating daily?
  • Found yourself looking for an education that allows you to work in and outside of a classroom?
  • Wondered what it would be like have a job doing something that you LOVE?

You should consider a career in cosmetology! A beauty career could mean flexible schedules, setting trends, and learning in a student salon. So where exactly could you be working as a cosmetologist? Here are 4 awesome workplaces cosmetologists could potentially work in.

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1. High-End Salon

Modern, sleek, innovative, shiny, and a place to call home! High-end salons are common places for cosmetologists to work. You could be performing services like haircuts and colors as well as facials and nail services. Typically, fancier salons can ask more for their services than usual, and if you rent your booth, you can set your own schedule.

2. Editorial

As a cosmetologist, you can potentially work in print or digital advertising. Wherever models are used, a cosmetologist is probably there, too. Hairstylists and makeup artists work alongside fashion designers to create the perfect look for magazines, commercials, or a variety of other media. Cosmetologists may have the chance to see their work on the pages of a magazine!

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3. Personal Stylist

You can go freelance as a cosmetologist! That means you’re your own boss, and you can pick your clients. You can also have a greater control over your schedule. Some people become personal stylists for big days like weddings, and others opt to pursue a Hollywood dream as a stylist to the stars. This job takes a lot of drive and talent, so get to work!

4. Salon Owner

Cosmetologists who also want to be entrepreneurs can run their own salon. Owners control employees, products, PR, and other business aspects. They can also work behind the chair if they choose. This is a great path for those who are equally as intrigued with business as they are beauty. It’s a career option that can provide the best of both worlds!

Which of these jobs is your dream job? Tell us in the comments below! If you’re interested in what services a cosmetologist performs or in more potential career opportunities, check out this blog. If you’re ready to jump into this amazing industry, check out our cosmetology program!

What Does a Cosmetologist Do?

Are you interested in pursuing a career in beauty? There are so many routes you can take to achieve your dream, but you might not be aware of them all. Here is what you should know about cosmetology if you think that is right path for you!

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What Does a Cosmetologist Do?

Depending on where they work, cosmetologists may perform services like:

  • Hair Coloring
  • Haircutting
  • Hair Design
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Brow Shaping
  • And more!

Where Can a Cosmetologist Work?

Well-qualified, licensed cosmetologists can work in a variety of places, but to name a few:

  • Spas
  • Salons
  • Freelance
  • Personal Styling
  • Makeup Artist
  • Cruise Ship
  • Resort
  • Sales
  • Retail
  • Platform Styling
  • And more!

The potential in the beauty industry is vast. Remember: your success depends completely on you and your drive. You have to put in the hard work and dedication to get where you want to go!

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Who Should Be a Cosmetologist?

The beauty industry is for anyone who loves it. Here are some common traits of great cosmetologists:

  • Empathetic
  • Good Listeners
  • Artistic
  • Fluid
  • Committed
  • Personable
  • Likeable
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Colorful
  • Design-Driven

If you would describe yourself using any of these words, you should consider pursuing cosmetology. Contact us! Our staff is here to answer any questions about starting school with us.

Where Can I Learn Cosmetology?

Right here at The Salon Professional Academy Ft. Myers! We offer a cosmetology course in both part-time and full-time schedules. Our program is infused with Redken styling, cutting, and coloring techniques, and can offer you the opportunity to learn business and marketing skills in addition to practical skills.

Call us directly at 239-208-3958 to find out more information on how to get started.