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Salon Success Academies is Celebrating 50 Years!

February ’10

Salon Success Academies is kicking off a year-long celebration to commemorate their 50th anniversary!

Founded in February of 1960, Salon Success Academies has been helping Inland Empire students become beauty industry professionals for fifty years. To commemorate this anniversary, the school is kicking off a year-long celebration for students, salon clients, and staff, starting with a makeover contest for current students.

The “Groovy 60s Makeover Contest” gives students a chance to re-create the hair and makeup styles that were popular when Salon Success Academies first opened its doors in 1960. After giving themselves or someone else a 60s themed makeover, students’ photos will be entered into judging for a grand prize. The photos will also be voted on by the general public, and a People’s Choice award will be given to the photo with the highest number of votes.

The celebration will continue in the student salons at all five Salon Success Academies campuses. The salons will be offering special 1960s priced services on the last Saturday of the month. The proceeds from these discounted services will be donated to local charities in the Inland Empire area. In addition, Salon Success Academies will be holding monthly drawings for “Day of Beauty” gift certificates for salon patrons. All of these services are available to the public and are performed by current students, under instructor supervision. During these monthly promotions, the salon floor will be taken back in time, with students dressed in retro styles.

“We want this to be a fun promotion for our clients and for our students. So don’t be surprised if you see your hair stylist dressed in bell bottoms and bright colors!” said Susan Turner, Vice President of Salon Success Academies. Susan is working to organize the year-long celebration. “We’ve got a lot of great things in the works, and are excited to be celebrating such a big milestone.”

Salon Success Academies is a family business, originally owned and operated by Richard Gross. Founded as Richard’s Beauty School, it began with one campus in San Bernadino, eventually moving to the Ontario area. In 1991, Robert Gross, the son of the original owner, took over as owner and president of the school. Salon Success Academies now includes five campuses across the Inland Empire area of California and offers programs in cosmetology and esthetics.

“My father founded his school on the philosophy of providing students with a school that is more like a family, and he worked hard to give students every opportunity to complete their studies in an affordable way,” said Robert Gross. “I am proud to continue that tradition today, and work hard to welcome more students into the Salon Success Academies family.”

About Salon Success Academies

Salon Success Academy offers five locations in California’s Inland Empire, in Redlands, Fontana, Upland, San Bernardino, and Corona. Our mission at SSA involves caring for every student as a member of our family, furnishing the chance to finish their educational objectives as affordably as possible. SSA incorporates first-hand, real-world practice of the principles of cosmetology, skin care, and nail artistry. The campus teams with members of the beauty industry to educate our graduates on the technical and customer service skills they need to succeed in their careers.



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Our mission is to equip our students with the tools necessary to succeed in the beauty industry by providing exceptional technical education in the classroom and servicing our local communities. The training our students receive will enable them to successfully attain employment in the beauty industry and related fields.

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