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Tricoci University Opening Campus in Normal, IL

Posted on: January 15th, 2018

Enrollment Now Underway for New Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Normal Campus, Classes Set to Begin in March

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is excited to announce the addition of its 16th campus location in Normal, Illinois. Enrollment is underway at the new Normal Cosmetology school and Esthetics school, and classes are set to begin in March.

“We are very excited about the addition of our Normal campus, and we look forward to offering our renowned beauty education to even more future beauty professionals in Central Illinois,” says Ross Bravo, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture CEO. Tricoci University’s other Central Illinois campuses are located in Peoria, Danville, and Urbana.

Tricoci University’s new Normal campus, located at 755 W. Raab Street, will offer programs in Cosmetology and Esthetics to students seeking training for a career in the beauty industry. In June, the campus will begin offering affordable beauty services to guests from the Bloomington-Normal area, and the surrounding communities.

Awarded ‘Excellence in Education’ by Modern Salon

Posted on: November 21st, 2017

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Honored for Facilities, Marketing, School Culture and Technology IN “EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION” program

MODERN SALON Media Honors Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in multiple categories in Annual “Excellence in Education” Cosmetology Recognition Program

CHICAGO, IL – MODERN SALON Media has named the 2017 class of “Excellence in Education” honorees in its seventh annual program recognizing leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools. Tricoci University of Beauty Culture of Chicago, Illinois, was chosen to represent excellence in the following categories: Facilities, Marketing Innovation, School Culture, and Technology. MODERN SALON Publisher Steve Reiss announced the honorees during the AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools) 2017 convention in Las Vegas on October 21st.

Honorees were determined based on key criteria in each category and grouped according to the number of locations. Honorees were chosen in each category—one individual school location, and a multi-location school organization.

“We received applications from cosmetology schools across the country and look forward to celebrating all the 2017 Excellence in Education honorees and sharing their stories.  It is truly a great time to pursue a beauty education and career, and the program at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture exemplifies that fact,” MODERN SALON Editorial Director Michele Musgrove says.

“This achievement couldn’t be possible without all of our amazing associates that work so hard for our students and each other every single day,” explains Krista Smith, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. “This is another proud moment of recognition that will be celebrated throughout our organization.”

Sharing stories of innovation, inspiration, and collaboration from a diverse group of leading schools is an important part of MODERN SALON’s “Excellence in Education” mission, Musgrove explains. “We want to help spread the word about the exceptional work cosmetology schools are doing to help launch beautiful careers. We hope the professional salon industry and their communities will join us in celebrating them.”

Brittany Bottenhagen Goes to Bootcamp

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017

Brittany Bottenhagen isn’t necessarily the prime candidate for summer camp, per se, but she is an excellent candidate for James Ryder’s illustrious makeup focused Bootcamp in Los Angelos. Cosmetology and Esthetics students are handpicked from around the country to attend James Ryder’s highly coveted Makeup Labs Bootcamp, which means getting in is like a scene from Mean Girls. “I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school. I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy.”

Brittany, like the majority of the students who’ve attended, got accepted by attending his 2 part, 10-hour workshop held at the Marriott Hotel in Oak Brook, IL. “The last hour of the second half of class we could create any fantasy look we wanted, and based off if they liked your work, they’d invite you to the bootcamp. I showed his partner, Olivia, a picture of the fantasy look I wanted to do to get her opinion and I was going to do a mermaid. She then says ‘Oh, James didn’t tell you?’ And me confused, I said ‘No, didn’t tell me what?’ Then she proceeded to tell me and all the other 45 people in the class that we couldn’t do a mermaid look. I found a geometric kind of looking picture that I decided to do and I pretty much just said let’s hope for the best because I really wanted to be invited to bootcamp.”

James Ryder and his assistant Olivia are notorious for their stone-like expressionless faces during the final creation of looks. They walk around not saying anything and not giving any hint of whether what you’re doing is good or bad. Can you say stress? However during this particular workshop, while Brittany was in the middle of doing her look, their other assistant, while heavily eyeballing her work, said ‘I like it’. Wait, whaaaa?

Brittany had decided to go to cosmetology school because she had always known she wanted to do something different. Never really being into the whole “traditional schooling, go to college for 4 years thing,” she had always been interested in hair and makeup. Then after a year of being out of high school and still just working, and not being very happy with the life she was living, Brittany took the plunge and finally signed up for Tricoci University’s Cosmetology Program at the Glendale Heights campus.

So as the timer went off, they called Brittany and about 9 other people up front; she was nervous. James meticulously went through each of the final looks and let everyone know what he thought about their work. When he came to Brittany, though she was nervous that he wouldn’t like it, he invited her to the James Ryder Makeup Labs Bootcamp.

While at bootcamp, Brittany met some wonderful people and role models that she’ll “hopefully be in touch with for the rest of my life.” Brittany and the other “campers” were taught what it would be like in the worst possible scenario on a movie, TV, or magazine setting. And on the third day, they learned prosthetic work – which was incredible. Brittany had a very rough start to the week and thought that maybe she wasn’t up to par with the other students. And from the start she thought, maybe she didn’t deserve to be there. When the last day came around something had changed. She started working a little bit faster and a little bit harder. She was getting look after look done, including her very last look which was her most intricate and detailed. Once she was done and James was about to shoot the look, he was so impressed he told everyone to look at her work and what a beautiful job she had done. And on that Wednesday night, they made her group leader.

Brittany chose Tricoci University because she knew it was a reputable school and she had been to Mario Tricoci Salons & Spas before and they had always done amazing work. When she came to TUBC to get her tour, she says she was greeted with nothing but smiles. All the students she saw looked like they were actually enjoying themselves, as where when she had visited other cosmetology schools in the area, “I definitely got a very different vibe.”

“Some advice I have (for other students) is just to push through no matter what – and get your signoffs done! I hit a wall probably about a couple of months ago and I finally got through it. I’ve just been pushing myself to make sure I graduate as soon as I can. Just do all you can to keep your attendance up and always be kind to everyone you’re at school with.”

“To all my teachers and all the staff at TUBC I just want to say thank you. All my teachers have been nothing but supportive and wonderful throughout my whole career at TUBC. I feel so lucky that I started at such a great campus and I have such a good relationship with all of my teachers.”


Brittany’s ride or die YouTubers and Instagrammers are definitely Nikkitutorials, Jeffree Star, and Manny MUA. “I feel like I have a similar personality to Nikki, and just her mannerisms and she always does such BEAUTIFUL work that it’s hard not to love her. I like Jeffree and Manny because they’re honest about the products and they don’t sugar coat things. And Jeffree’s product line is AMAZING as well. I have about 25 of his lipsticks, 3 of his highlighters and his makeup palette.”


Instagram: @brittanybottenhagenmua
Facebook: @Brittany-Bottenhagen-MUA

TUBC Expands: New Janesville, WI Location

Posted on: September 6th, 2017

Tricoci University to build upon the established reputation of the Academy of Cosmetology in Janesville, Wisconsin

Tricoci University is pleased to welcome its first Wisconsin campus location to its growing family of schools. The addition allows Tricoci University to serve a new market while leaning into the established reputation of the Academy of Cosmetology in Janesville, Wis.

“We are very excited about merging with the Academy of Cosmetology,” says Ross Bravo, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture CEO. “This is more than a new market and 15th location for us; this acquisition introduces our brand and high standards into a new state.”

Tricoci University’s new Janesville campus, located at 2310 W. Court Street, will offer a Cosmetology Program to students seeking training for a career in the beauty industry. It will also continue to provide affordable beauty services to guests residing in Janesville and the surrounding communities.

About Tricoci University

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is a premier beauty education provider with 15 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Tricoci University is focused on producing salon-ready graduates that are prepared for successful careers in the beauty industry. Founded by international beauty industry leader Mario Tricoci, Tricoci University is developing a new type of beauty professional by using innovative teaching methods, an interactive learning platform, and upscale facilities. All guest services are provided by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.


New Spa Owner, Bernadette Munguia

Posted on: August 14th, 2017

Tricoci University Alumni to Owner of Heavenly Handz Day Spa

One of Tricoci University’s Highland campus graduates will soon be named owner of her own spa! Bernadette Munguia graduated from the Esthetics program in 2013 as a Massage Therapist looking to increase her revenue. She also suffered from acne and was determined to help herself and others who suffered from the same.

“My passion is making people feel better about themselves. I chose Tricoci over the others because I felt welcomed right away. I was impressed by how much was offered in the program and how they were willing to help me with anything they could so I could achieve my dream career.”

Heavenly Handz was established in Hobart, IN in 2004, but after 12 years, the previous owner was ready to retire and gave Bernadette the opportunity to keep it going. In January of 2017, Heavenly Handz Day Spa officially reopened with new ownership and new services for its clientele. Heavenly Handz offers massages, full body waxing, aromatherapy wraps, body exfoliation, paraffin dips, scalp, foot, and back treatments, in addition to facials and chemical peels, eyelash applications, eyelash extensions, makeup applications. They now also offer discounted packages called “clouds” on some of their most popular services.

“Heavenly Handz Day Spa is a spa where you walk in as a stranger and walk out as a friend, we give our all to everyone. It’s also a place where you can go and not break the bank. Many people live pay check to pay check and don’t get to “treat” themselves because if it. We say if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others and that’s why we do what we do. Honestly, I always said I wouldn’t own my own business. I didn’t want the hassle of the call offs or the stress of bills and the embarrassment of closing my doors. But I have a GREAT support system and a partner who is absolutely amazing and we back each other up every step of the way so all of those worries are no more.”

We asked Bernadette where she gets all of her inspiration from and what we found is that’s not an easy answer. “First, all of our clients that have stood behind us every step of the way and have supported our small business this far. We would be nothing with out them. Second, my business partner Meghan Cervantes. Shere assured me that we would be in this together and work side by side and we did. We did for 6 years prior to this, overcame huge obstacles that were thrown at us, and we didn’t let it break us apart. We always say ‘the best is yet to come’. And last but not least, I do all of this for my children, they are my world. As a parent, we teach our children the way of life, but if you take a step back you realize that they are actually the ones teaching us. Teaching us patience, how to love, and how to be strong. And for this, I will always be grateful. As I always tell them, I would give up my last breath to tell them I love them.”

“One piece of advice that I would give to any current student would be to NEVER give up. Even when you feel like giving up or just walking out, DON’T. Because sometimes the mountain you think your climbing is just a grain of sand.”

Contact Heavenly Handz Day Spa

710 N. Hobart Rd. Suite C
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: (219) 945-1940
Email: heavenlyhandz16@gmail.com
Facebook: HeavenlyHandzDaySpa

Advanced Airbrush Makeup

Posted on: July 19th, 2017

Futuristic Airbrush Makeup with Joe Orteza

Joe Orteza attended Tricoci University’s Peoria Campus as a full-time student and recently graduated from the Cosmetology program in 2017. During his time at Tricoci University, he’s won 1st Place in the Esthetics category in the Chicago NW Barber Battle for this airbrush makeup look, 1st Place in the Tim Burton Inspired Student Competition, 1st Place in the Peoria campuses Fourth of July Makeup Contest, 1st Place in the Peoria Campuses Finding Dori Makeup Contest, and was a finalist in Tricoci University’s “Rock The Color” Student Competition.

Products Used

Dinair Airbrush Makeup
Joico InstaTint Color
Redken Triple Take 32 Hairspray
Badger Airbrush (airbrush and compressor)
Stencils (Joe’s were cut by hand)

Special Thanks

Model: Rachel Stieghorst
Videography/Production: Erin DiGangi

The Man Behind the Airbrush, Joe Orteza

TUBC: Joe, what was your inspiration for this airbrush makeup look?

Joe: I took inspiration from Japanese anime and steampunk. Outside of that, the people that really get my blood flowing include Jaclyn Hill, Manny Mua, Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, luvekat, and mashed up_makeup to name a few.

TUBC: Why did you choose to go to cosmetology school?

Joe: I’ve been a freelance artist and fine arts teacher for a long time, and saw hair and makeup as a new medium for me to work with. Mario Tricoci is a name in himself. I’m familiar with his salons and spas. I know he is also a true artist and pioneer in the field. Also as a teacher myself, I felt that he would be able to translate his knowledge and skill into the set curriculum. Now that I’ve graduated I’ll continue to teach Fine Arts but I’ve also opened a new hair salon with my business partner Tia Callaway in Peoria called “Shear Savvy”. The salon officially opened July 3rd, 2017 and our grand opening will be held on Sept 30th. Our salon specializes in hair color trends, haircuts, and all undercut and side cut designs. We are only a 4 chair salon in order to maximize our client’s needs.

TUBC: Did you always want to open your own salon?

Joe: Yes! My older brother and mother are both cosmetologists. Also, growing up, my family owned a salon for 10 years. Perhaps it’s in the blood.

TUBC: If you could give advice to someone currently attending TUBC, what would it be?

Joe: Go to class on time, and own every day you are there! Never stop being a learner. Don’t be afraid to compete, and show off your skills in the student competitions and like I did in this airbrush makeup tutorial for Tricoci! I would also like to thank all of my teachers and administrators, as well as my friends from Tricoci University’s corporate office! I would like to thank my classroom skills teacher, Ms. Jenn, who taught me all my basic skills and a pretty mean fade! I would like to thank my floor teachers, Ms. Emily and Ms. Jess, for allowing me to be a Diva on the floor, and sharing their knowledge and guiding me. To Ms. Vanda, my makeup guru, who always gave me sound advice. And lastly, for the friends Marcy, Laura, Aaya and Jess M. who graduated before me, thank you for sharing your skills with me and assisting me on many projects.

Contact Joe Orteza

Instagram: @joeorteza
Email: orteza_jm@yahoo.com


Shear Savvy

3128 E. Washington
St. East Peoria 61611
Salon: (309) 966-0650
Joe Orteza: (815) 878-8412
Tia Callaway: (309) 415-0231
Email: shearsavvy17@gmail.com

Bridal and Editorial Makeup


Facebook: /campbridebeauty
Instagram: @campbridebeauty
Website: campbride.com

Semou Soumare, Master Educator

Posted on: July 7th, 2017

Meet Semou Soumare, Master Educator and Teacher Trainer

Ms. Semou Soumare’s love for beauty and hairstyling started at the tender age of nine. As a young girl, she loved to experiment with her own hair and created new looks often. She was eager to stretch her creative talents by styling her sister, mother, family, friends and neighbors as she grew up.

In 1994, at the age of 24, Semou followed her sister and immigrated to the United States with her own young family in tow. She immediately went to work in her sister’s braiding salon and even stepped up to manage the shop alone when her sister required a leave of absence. The experience left her hungry to learn more, expand her skills, and become a licensed professional.

After moving to a new state in 1998, Indiana, she began training for a career in a different industry and quickly realized her mistake. Semou belonged in beauty industry–it was her passion. She left the technical school and enrolled in a prestigious beauty college to perfect her haircutting techniques and advance her customer service skills (a college that would later become Tricoci University of Beauty Culture).

She went on to have a large client following at several different salons before realizing something was still missing. Ultimately, she returned to school to earn an instructor’s license so she could give back to the industry and teach the next generation of beauty professionals; something that has become an even greater passion of hers today.

In her time with Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, Semou has continued to grow and develop her talents. She has become a mentor and coach to fellow instructors and has helped many students launch successful careers in the industry. Currently, she is teaching future educators the best ways to teach others.

As a testament to Semou’s expertise in the field, “Sophisticated Black Hair Magazine” has sought out her advice regarding natural hair care topics and techniques on more than one occasion.

In her own words, Semou says, “My goal is to continue coaching tomorrow’s educators to their fullest potential, and I look forward to continuing to do that at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture.”

At this time, Semou is a Master Educator of Cosmetology and a Teacher Trainer at the Indianapolis Campus. She is fluent in three languages; French, Wolof African, and English.

Always the student, she has also decided to return to school to train for an Esthetics license.

Learn more about Semou and Tricoci University of Beauty Culture by visiting our campus. To set up an appointment, please call 317-719-9395.

Father-Son Haircut Fundraiser

Posted on: March 7th, 2017

Father-Son Haircut Fundraiser Will Help Midwest Christian Academy Build New School Gym

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Barber Students Excited to Give Back, Help Their Neighborhood

Chicago, Illinois – The gym at Midwest Christian Academy (MCA) needs serious help. The facility is unfit for student use because the roof leaks and the electrical system is faulty.

There is hope, though.

Barber students at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s Northwest Chicago campus are coming to the MCA gym’s rescue with a father-son haircut fundraiser on Wednesday, March 29.

The students will offer $10 father-son haircuts from 3:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the MCA gym, located at 3465 N. Cicero Avenue. No appointments are necessary and free parking is available on the MCA campus.

“It is such an honor and privilege to provide this experience for my barber students and for Midwestern Christian Academy,” says Amy Collazo, campus director at Tricoci University’s Chicago Northwest campus.

The fundraiser is personal for Collazo because both of her children are MCA students, and the school is just a 15-minute drive from her campus.

“Our children deserve the best facilities for their educational needs, just as our students have here at Tricoci University,” she says. “My barber students are all around the most giving and positive leaders in the industry, it will be amazing to see them mentoring the future!”

Collazo says fundraisers like this are necessary because student tuition is MCA’s only income source. “The school doesn’t get state or federal funding like other schools do,” she says. “Staff members make a lot of sacrifices to educate our children.”

The barber students are excited to do something good for their community.

“Being able to give haircuts to boys and fathers as a bonding day is really an amazing feeling,” says Jay Putman, barber student at Tricoci University. “I hope while I’m gaining experience, we are also helping create memories.”

Niko Dervishi echoed Putman’s sentiments. “It’s a great opportunity to gain experience while supporting and giving back to the community.”

To learn more about the Midwest Christian Academy gym rebuilding project, visit www.buildinghopemca.com.

Fades & Fringe Model Search

Posted on: February 10th, 2017

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Launches Model Contest for Young Men and Women

Do you know a young man or young woman who has “the look”?

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is launching a model contest called “Fades and Fringe” to find as many as six young men and women to become the new faces of its 14 Illinois and Indiana campuses.

The contest begins Tuesday, February 14. Winners will receive up to $1,000 each for participating in a photo shoot with Mario Tricoci and the Tricoci University Design Team. Each contestant will also benefit from having their hair, nails and/or makeup professionally styled by Tricoci University’s Design Team for the photo shoot.

Images from the photo shoot will be used across Tricoci University’s online and mass media campaign platforms, including website, social media, billboards, CTA ads, print ads in publications like Seventeen Magazine, and more.

“We are really excited to launch our first model search to find men and women who represent the Tricoci University brand with modern, professional, edgy, chic and on-trend looks,” says Krista Smith, VP of Marketing and Communications at Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. “Our contest and the resulting images that will be splashed across our media platforms present a great opportunity for new, unsigned models.”

The contest begins Tuesday, February 14, when prospective contestants can submit photos of themselves for online voting. Each contestant is required to submit at least two and no more than seven photos of himself or herself to the model contest mailbox at fadesandfringe@tricociuniversity.edu. Image portfolios for each contestant will be posted online at www.fadesandfringe.com by March 13. Online voting will take place March 14 through 20.

The rules of the “Fades and Fringe Model Contest” are as follows:

  • The contest is open to men and women 16 years of age and older who are not currently signed to a modeling agency. Contestants under age 16 must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian before entering the contest.
  • Email submissions must include one traditional headshot and a full body shot to be eligible for the contest, along with the contestant’s name, phone number, birth date, height, and dress size for women or pant and shirt size for men. Photos will be accepted between February 14 and March 10.
  • Contestants and the general public will be able to cast votes for their favorite models March 14 through 20. The six men and six women who receive the most online votes will be invited to the in-person final selection round, scheduled for March 27 in Chicago.
  • As many as three men and three women will be selected from the in-person round for the paid photo shoot, scheduled for May 4 and 5 in Chicago. Contestants who win both rounds also agree to have their hair cut, styled and/or colored and/or their makeup altered to meet the Tricoci University Design Team’s vision for the photo shoot.

For additional information about the contest, please visit www.fadesandfringe.com.

Facilities Award by Modern Salon

Posted on: December 1st, 2016

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Honored for Facilities by Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Program

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC), which has 14 campuses in Illinois and Indiana, took top honors in MODERN SALON Magazine’s Excellence in Education Program for its facilities. TUBC also received an honorable mention in the marketing innovation and next level (advanced education for alumni) categories.

“We are grateful to MODERN SALON for honoring us for our facilities,” says Ross Bravo, CEO of Tricoci University of Beauty Culture. “We strive to create environments at all of our campuses that prepare our students for successful careers in the salon and beauty industry.”

MODERN SALON, known as the salon industry’s head-to-toe beauty resource, collaborated with the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) to develop the Excellence in Education Program. The purpose of the program is to help the professional beauty school community gather, share and celebrate examples of great salon education experiences and beauty career development happening across the country.

Honorees were determined based on key criteria in seven categories: community involvement, facilities, marketing innovation, next level (alumni programs), job placement, school culture, and technology. Two top honorees are recognized in each category—one for an individual school location and one for a multi-location school organization—and were announced Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the AACS Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Florida.