Esthetics Graduate Finds Success Through Salon Success

June ’12

Jessica McKeever has been busy building a name for herself in the skin care industry since she graduated from Salon Success Academy in 2009. She’s worked as a medical esthetician, as a waxing educator, and now runs her own business. All of these experiences have taught Jessica a thing or two about the beauty industry. She has great advice for those interested in pursuing a career as an esthetician.

Jessica was working in a marketing position at the Chamber of Commerce, but wasn’t enjoying herself. She knew the beauty industry was growing despite the economic recession, so she decided to follow her heart and pursue a career in skin care. She researched her options online before coming in for a tour of the Salon Success Academy Upland Campus. She fell in love with what she saw.

“I got very advanced training at Salon Success. I was learning things that I was actually using once I started working in the field, like performing chemical peels and using professional products. I knew I was getting what I paid for,” Jessica said.

Jessica made sure to take advantage of any and every opportunity that came her way while she was still enrolled at Salon Success Academy. She started an externship at Visage Medical Spa, working at the reception desk two days a week.

“I wanted to get my foot in the door while I was still a student. It was great because I was learning about the medical aspect of the industry and bettering my chances on getting hired after graduation,” she said.

Her hard work paid off! Jessica was hired as a full-time medical esthetician at the spa once she graduated and passed the State Board exam.  After one year, Jessica felt ready to branch out on her own as an independent contractor. She rented a room at a salon in Upland and started marketing her services and building her clientele. She now works out of a room in her home and has a steady stream of clients.

Another opportunity presented itself to Jessica when she enrolled in an advanced Brazilian waxing class. The class was taught by a Satin Smooth educator, a product line she was familiar with because she had used their products in the esthetician room at Salon Success.

“I was just as educated as the instructor because of the great training I got at Salon Success. I knew I was qualified to be an educator, so I applied online and was hired right away,” she said.

Jessica now travels around the west coast teaching advanced waxing classes for Satin Smooth. Recently Jessica worked at the Las Vegas International Beauty Show, where she was giving live demonstrations on the Satin Smooth products.


If you’re interested in pursuing a new career in the skin care industry, Salon Success Academy can give you the training and skills you need to start a career as a licensed esthetician. Fill out the form or call 1-877-987-HAIR (4247) to schedule a school tour or talk with a Financial Aid specialist.

Congratulations to Our New Student Ambassadors!

Student Ambassadors are an important part of the Salon Success Academies family. They’re a group of our most outstanding students, who are leaders in their school and their local community. They help with school tours, new student orientations, and charity events, among other things.

New students had to audition to be Student Ambassadors on June 18. Congratulations to the 10 new students who have been accepted into the program:

Miriam Marquez
Morgan Young
Jessica Hunter
Garrett Freeman
Ashley Scaggs

Andrew Contreras
Mayra Yanez
Sandy Paschal
Baily Welch
Claudia Cabral

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.

For more information go to www.gotobeautyschool.com or call 1-877-987-HAIR (4247).

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