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Director Brings Advanced Training & New Passion to Esthetics Program

November ’12

Mr. AlanizNick Alaniz, the Director of Esthetics at Salon Success Academy, is taking the esthetics program to the next level at the beauty school. In November, he organized an esthetics symposium for students, which took months of preparation. The event brought together esthetician students from each campus with a group of guest educators for a day filled of advanced training and demonstrations. It was all part of Mr. Alaniz’s goal to bring more advanced education to the esthetician students of Salon Success Academy and give them new passion for working in the beauty industry.

Esthetics SymposiumMr. Alaniz has been a professional in the beauty industry for over 30 years. He worked as a licensed esthetician and professional makeup artist in Beverly Hills for years, before becoming an educator for Bioelements, a popular skin care line. He continues to be an educator for Bioelements and also works in a nearby medical office preforming chemical peels a few days a week. He’s extremely busy, but Mr. Alaniz knows his additional work is beneficial to his students, who are constantly learning the latest and greatest techniques in skin care being used out in the field.

When Mr. Alaniz was hired as the Director of Esthetics seven years ago, his first task was to breathe new life into the esthetics program. This meant a new curriculum, new exams, and new student kits. He worked hard to create a customized esthetician kit that included everything students would want and everything licensed estheticians would be using out in the field. The kits now include a LightStim, an anti-aging LED light therapy system, a Galvanic Spa system, and a Clarisonic PROSonic Cleansing System, just to name a few things.

Salon Success Academy Esthetician Kit

As the Director of Esthetics, Mr. Alaniz travels around to the different campuses to check in on the esthetician students and give them advanced training sessions. Recently, he brought a LightStim from the doctor’s office into the classroom, to show students how it differed from the one included in their kit. He also trained the students to perform pumpkin facials, a popular salon special at the beauty school this fall.

Esthetics Symposium“I love this industry! I wouldn’t be working so many hours if I didn’t absolutely love it. That’s something I want to share with my students. I hope it inspires them,” Mr. Alaniz said.

On Saturday, November 17, Mr. Alaniz coordinated a day-long esthetics symposium at the Salon Success Academy Upland campus. Before the symposium, he polled students to find out what they wanted to learn about. He spent months coordinating the event and scheduling guest educators to come in that would please the students. Here are some of the highlights from the symposium:

  • Advanced Chemical Peel class from PCA
  • Brazilian waxing demonstration from Satin Smooth
  • A class on the benefits of aromatherapy
  • Continental breakfast for students
  • Product giveaways & door prizes

Chemical Peel ClassMr. Alaniz hopes to hold a symposium for esthetics students every three months and to vary the location among the different campuses. He’s also coordinating a separate Advanced Chemical Peel certification class for senior students and alumni students in February.

If you would like to learn more about the esthetician program at Salon Success Academy and how it can prepare you for successful career in the beauty industry, fill out the form or call 1-877-987-HAIR (4247).

Congratulations to the Halloween Photo Contest Winners

Halloween Makeup Contest WinnersThe Halloween Makeup Contest on the Salon Success Academy Page on Facebook was a huge success in October! We received 39 photo submissions from students at our five Salon Success Academy campuses and over 1,600 votes from our Facebook fans.

All of the photo submissions were impressive and showcased our students’ amazing creativity and outstanding technical skills! These two winning photos stood out above the rest:

Grand Prize Winner:
Ashley, Upland

“Car Accident Colette”

People’s Choice Winner:
Jaime, Upland

“Walking Dead Zombie”


Ashley and Jaime were both awarded $75 gift cards to Target. Thank you to all of the students who participated in the Halloween Makeup Contest!

New Corona School Opens Its Doors

New Corona School Opens Its DoorsSalon Success Academy & Spa opened its new location in Corona in November after months of construction and remodeling! The new beauty school boasts flexible classes, new equipment, and a high-end salon and spa where students can gain experience working with high-end clientele.

The school was the vision of Bob Gross, President of Salon Success Academy. He was involved in nearly every aspect of the school’s construction. You can watch the new school come to life in this new video.




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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