From Barber to Cosmetologist to a Bright Future

Joseph Thaddeus Alcedo said he made a very good decision when he specifically chose Salon Success Academy for his Barbering education. He did his research, considered all his options, and hasn’t looked back.

“From my very first time going to the school, I noticed it was very professional,” said Thaddeus “and they strive to maintain the professionalism.”

Thaddeus was one of the first students to graduate from the Barbering program at Salon Success in Upland and he learned so much from Miss Liz that he knew he had to go back to her for Cosmetology instruction.  She introduced him to the Sassoon proprietary methods of cutting. A Sassoon-trained cosmetologist and instructor, Miss Liz is a passionate educator and hair artist and Thaddeus feels lucky to have her as a teacher.

“She has taught me a little taste of what she knows in barbering and I wanted to learn more,” said Thaddeus. “I wanted to be a better hair cutter and one part of my many reasons was because of her, because she has taught me the technical side but more especially the business side.”

According to Thaddeus, Salon Success is also one of the reasons he has such a growing number of clients. And although he’s super thankful for all he has learned and is still learning, he feels like this is all just a very important first step to his career goals. Miss Liz and the school “paved the way and gave me my first inspiration to ‘go for it,’” said Thaddeus.

When speaking about what motivates him to work in the beauty industry, Thaddeus said it’s definitely not about money.

“It should be and has to be the people because we touch people’s lives and they touch our lives,” said Thaddeus. “We give people a present by each and every cut or color that we service them with. We give them inspiration and, most importantly, courage because when you look good and feel good, the possibilities are endless to move mountains.”

Thaddeus is pretty passionate about what he does. What about you? If you’d like to learn from and beside people of passion, contact Salon Success Academy today. Fill out the form and we’ll tell you how to get started on a rewarding career helping others look and feel their beautiful best. What are you waiting for?






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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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