“Training Trends” by Joanne Berry published in International Spa Magazine

July 27th, 2011 by Amy Masini

Joanne Berry, the Director of Spa and Wellness Education at Bellus Academy, was published in the June edition of an international spa magazine called “Spa Opportunities”.  In her article on “Training Trends”, Joanne Berry shares her insight into what is currently trending within the spa training sector.  Click on the following link to access the digital edition of Joanne’s entire article, going to page 10-11 using the page selector at the top:  Spa Opportunities 17 June – 30 June

Goal Setting: Finding Your Path and Sticking to It

July 20th, 2011 by Amy Masini

Guest Blogger Courtney Donadio, Director of Career Services

Congratulations on setting a goal! As a future professional in the beauty and wellness industry, you have chosen wisely to embark on a career that has unlimited potential. So, what’s next?

•    Define your goal: While the end result is important, it’s even more important to define your goal in the “big picture” sense. What are the steps you should take to reach your goal?

Have you:

  1. Defined your personal style and what that means to you in terms of where you see yourself?
  2. Researched potential employers?
  3. Visited the community you envision your dream job in?
  4. Defined your budget and an income that will sustain you during the first year of employment?

•    Break your goal down into smaller, more achievable immediate goals.

  1. Write down your goals
  2. Arrange them in order of importance. What works better for you-knocking out the small goals or tackling the difficult ones?
  3. Perfect each piece of your goals as you go along to mark your progression.

•    Be a solution-based person. While it is a huge attribute to be able to recognize problems, it’s even more important to be a part of the solution. An employee who has suggestions for how to make reasonable changes that benefit a company on the whole is a very valuable employee.

•    Anticipate challenges.

  1. What will you do if you are presented with a challenge?
  2. Do you have a backup plan?
  3. Who can you call for sound advice and emotional support? Select people who support your goals.

•    Celebrate your success! Try to celebrate something you have done to reach your goals EVERY DAY. Being a success isn’t always about the end result. The journey is equally as important. If you choose to celebrate some measure of success every day, you will feel a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment along the way.

“It’s important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear.”
— Randy Pausch

The Evolution (and Revolution) of the Beauty Education Industry

July 14th, 2011 by Amy Masini

Guest Blogger Kelly Straeter, Academy Director Poway  Campus

Innovation is the new BUZZ word in the Beauty Education Industry. While fashion has always been forever changing, the Beauty Education Industry has remained mostly stagnant in its approach to teaching and in the way it is perceived as a professional culture. That is…until Bellus Academy.

With more people and businesses realizing the importance of creating a lifestyle and business culture of health and wellness, Bellus Academy President, Lynelle Lynch had the brilliant idea to bring beauty, health and wellness together into one institution. Bellus Academy has evolved from a simple beauty educational facility to a full service institution that teaches every facet of the profession.  From beauty and wellness classes to Best In Business, a program built by world renowned spa expert Joanne Berry, on how to build your brand and run your business, each student leaves Bellus Academy with a structured set of tools and skills to help them rapidly advance their new career.

Recognizing the importance of learning from the best, Bellus Academy has developed a powerful mastermind of world class directors, instructors and educators.  Artistic Director Diego Raviglione is a Wella Top Stylist and travels throughout the world doing hair shows and collections. His work has been featured in countless magazines including Elle, Oprah, In-Style, Cosmopolitan as well as popular trade publications such as American Salon, Launchpad, Behind the Chair and Modern Salon.

Master Educator Nick Berardi brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the Bellus Educational Team. His past teaching experience includes: Former Senior Creative director of Vidal Sassoon’s New York City Salons, former `U.S. Creative Director for KMS and current international Top Stylist with Wella’s Education. In 2010, Nick partnered with Bellus Academy and Diego Raviglione to develop the S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting System.

The S.T.A.R System enables students to grow technically and creatively by allowing students access to Nick’s professional education site. Smart phone technology allows student to learn at home and on-the-go through a variety of mobile devices. Most importantly, the lifetime support program ensures that students will have access to lifetime learning.

There are many more innovations in learning that Bellus Academy brings to the beauty industry. The best way to find out all the valuable details is to call or visit the Academy nearest to you.

Financial Aid FAQ

June 30th, 2011 by Amy Masini

Guest Blogger, Alex Alchimio – Financial Aid Officer Poway Campus

Here are the three important websites in becoming a student borrower, achieving your borrowing needs, and monitoring your loan history.


Completing your FAFSA is even more user friendly than ever!

Simply create an account and get instant results on what you qualify for in federal funding. You can even link the IRS to import your tax information.


This website is your student portal to complete Entrance Counseling Requirements and Master Promissory Notes. You can also update your personal information and view and print disclosure information.


The National Student Loan Data System is your portal to view and print all federal loan and grant history. You can check for remaining lifetime eligibility and you can check to see if you are in repayment versus deferment or forbearance. All contact information for lenders are accessible on this website.

**Please keep in mind you will need to know your PIN number to access these sites.

To Peel or Not To Peel

June 21st, 2011 by Amy Masini

Guest Blogger Olga Filatova, Internationally Certified Master Aesthetics Educator at Bellus Academy

Chemical peeling is used to improve the skin’s appearance by applying a chemical solution to the skin, causing the top layers of skin to separate and peel off. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, more even in color, peels can also be used to improve acne. Chemical peels can be performed at different depths, depending on the layer of correction desired. Deeper peels will cause the skin to peel for a longer period of time and provide more improvements in the skin. There are also a variety of acids and peeling agents that can be used alone or together, depending on skin conditions to be treated.

Chemical exfoliation and peels involve using destructive chemical agents to create a controlled wound.
 All peels (whether they are chemical or laser) create a mild burn. They improve skin by the wound healing process, new tissue is created and damaged tissue is quickly replaced. Chemical peels stimulate the fibroblasts wound healing activity, the proliferation of fibroblast activity increases collagen and elastin. The depth of the wound determines the amount and intensity of healing. The body’s response to the burn is what yields the results, a deeper peel will result in more correction.

The terms exfoliation and chemical peel are often used interchangeably, however superficial peels are technically exfoliation not a true peel. True chemical peels penetrate into the papillary dermis.

Chemical exfoliation and peels are a way to speed up the natural migration process of skin cells. When the bonds between cells are dissolved and epidermal cells begin to shed more rapidly. The shedding skin cells send signals for more cell division, which in turn forces keratinocytes to the top of the stratum corneum. This process helps treat acne, fade skin discoloration and leave the skin with a fresh new layer of skin on the surface.

With chemical peels, the depth is determined by the agent used, concentration of agent, and time applied.

Acids and Chemical Peeling Agents
Chemical peels use several types of acid solutions to improve and smooth the texture of skin. Acids come in different strengths and can be used individually, combined or layered. A variety of acid compounds can be used. There are many branded peels, however an experienced esthetician can also create custom peels.

Glycolic acid

AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), AHA’s are water soluable. Glycolic acid is formulated from sugar cane, and has the smallest AHA molecule, giving it great penetration ability and softening ability. Glycolic acid works by loosening up the horny layer and exfoliating the superficial top layer, also stimulates collagen growth.

Lactic Acid

AHA, derived from sour milk and bilberries, mild action, often used in conjunction with other acids.

Malic Acid

AHA, derived from apples, mildly invasive peel. It can open up the pores, allow the pores to expel their sebum and reduce acne.

Tartaric Acid

AHA, derived from grapes, mildly invasive, similar benefits to other AHA’s

Salicylic acid

BHA (beta hydroxy acid)  differs from AHA’s, because it is oil soluble and penetrates the lipid plug in a congested follicle. Salicylic acid is also less irritating than glycolic acid and doesn’t alter skin barrier properties. Has antimicrobial properties.

Retinoic Acid

Derived from retinoids; which is denatured vitamin A. It is chemically similar to Retin-A and is used to remove scars as well as wrinkles and pigmentation problems. It is usually performed in conjunction with other acids to a cause peeling at a deeper level.


A dihydroxy phenol produced from resins. Used externally resorcinol is an antiseptic and disinfectant, and is used in ointments in the treatment of chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis, and eczema. Resorcinol has been used as a peeling agent as far back as 1800 in strengths up to 30%, the problem with high concentrations of resorcinol is it’s corrosive ability and tenancy to depigment. Currently it is used at low concentrations in chemical peel compounds such as Jessner’s Peels.

TCA (Trichloroacetic acid)

TCA is a chemical cauterant, an agent that coagulates skin proteins. TCA can be used in different strengths and has the ability to penetrate past the papillary dermis and should be used with caution. TCA in concentrations less than 25% can be used in superficial peels. Medium depth peels are achieved with 30-40% TCA, and 50% TCA should only be used by a physician to achieve a deep peel and has greater chance for complication. TCA is used in the Obagi Blu Peels.


Phenol is a very strong and toxic chemical, phenol peels require general anesthetic and heart monitoring. Lasers and TCA have largely replaced deep phenol peels, however low concentrations are often added to superficial and medium depth peels.

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