Style & Beauty
The Ritz Academy There’s a New Beauty School in Town
11/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
Ritz Academy

A new beauty school will open its doors early 2020. Melinda Tilley, owner of The Ritz Salon on Lake St., recently announced that The Ritz Academy, located at 5000 Common Street, is currently under construction. 


"If you have ever lived with me, are related to me, worked with me or visited the salon, you know that I love my job,” Tilley says. "I have been fortunate enough to have attended advanced education classes, worked alongside amazingly talented women, win salon awards, and serve on the cosmetology board. And, I have the best clients ever. "


In 2017, Tilley realized it was time to give back to both the industry and the community that has given her so much. The dream of a cosmetology academy was born. 


"The last two years have been spent creating partnerships and researching the best brands and curriculums available,” she explains. "We are beyond happy to say that in January 2020, The Ritz Academy, an Aveda Concept/Sassoon Partnered Cosmetology and Esthetics school, will open.” 


The school will offer two courses: esthetics and cosmetology.  Tilley wants to keep the classes smaller to spend quality time with each student. "We will have a maximum of ten esthetics students and 15 cosmetology students per class.” 


There are other beauty schools in the area, but Tilley feels that several factors will set The Ritz Academy apart from the others.


"The first is our instructors’ resumes,” she says. "They have spent many years behind the chair building a clientele, have traveled across the United States for continuing education, and have perfected their craft. Amanda Katchur has been at The Ritz for 19 years and Amber Frazer has been in the industry nine years – five of those at The Ritz. And I’ve been here since 1987!”


Tilley says she also wants local talent to share their knowledge with her students. "We want to bring our local cosmetologists and estheticians together to support each other and to learn and grow together through advanced training classes.”


After much research, Tilley is confident that she has partnered with best brand and curriculum. "Aveda continues to support their salons and schools through education using the most up-to-date techniques. They also offer business classes for every aspect of this industry to ensure success beyond cosmetology school. Sassoon cutting and coloring techniques are used by almost every platform artist in this industry. We believe that giving our students these techniques as their foundation will give them an advantage starting their careers.” The 1,500-hour cosmetology course includes hairstyling, skincare, manicure/pedicure, and non-permanent hair removal. 


Tilley says the public is welcome to come in for discounted services in a school atmosphere that feels like a high-end salon. Services include styling, braiding, cutting, botanical conditioning treatments, color, all highlighting techniques, permanent waves, relaxers, keratin smoothing treatments, VoMor extensions, make-up application, and facial waxing. 


Esthiology is a 750-hour course that includes training in skin care, make-up application, non-permanent hair removal, and body treatments. Services to the public include facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, waxing for face, underarms, legs, back, chest and bikini; lash and brow tints, lash extensions, and make-up applications. 


If you’re interested in a career in beauty, Tilley and her staff are ready to meet with you. "We currently schedule appointments on Sunday afternoons at The Ritz salon to meet prospective students. We want to answer any questions they may have and let them put down a deposit to secure their spot in the class of their choice.”


For more information, call the Ritz Salon, 4303 Lake St., Lake Charles, (337) 474-4606.

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