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Next Gen Barber & Beauty Battle

Posted on: October 20th, 2016

Exclusive Event for Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Students!

Sunday, November 6, 2016 I 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture – Chicago NW
5321 North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656

Join us for our first ever live Barber and Beauty Battle. This live student competition is brought to you by Major League Barbers (MLB), and is open to ALL Tricoci University of Beauty Culture students enrolled in Barbering, Cosmetology, or Esthetics at ANY of our campuses.

I am excited beyond words for our University to be involved with developing the Next Generation of Barber professionals. Barbering is a discipline that is close to my heart.  Having fun childhood memories of sitting on a barber chair waiting for my turn to get a haircut. Good luck to all participants.” – Ross Bravo, CEO of Tricoci University

“My teachers and students inspire me to be the best that I can be everyday.  I am surrounded by the most talented and creative people in the industry, and I am so excited to bring all that talent under one roof. It’s time for our students to show up and take it all the way. Be strong, be confident, but most of all, be YOURSELF! Good luck to all the competitors!” – Amy Collazo, Campus Director of the Chicago Northwest & Northeast Campuses

“I’m super excited not only for Tricoci University and our students but for the barbering industry as a whole. This competition is going to mix barbering tradition with cosmetology professionalism, and the result is going to be the most progressive battle Chicago has ever seen. I can’t wait.” – Deana Boozer, Barber Teacher at the Chicago NW Campus

Clock hours will be awarded for all student attendees whether you come to watch or participate (drive time is not included). MLB will present awards and prizes for the winners of each category. Due to limited space, tickets are required for entry.

To register, visit:

Free Haircuts on July 1st

Posted on: June 13th, 2016

Tricoci University Barber Program at the Chicago NW Campus Offers Free Haircuts for Military, Veterans, and Service Members Friday, July 1

Armed services and emergency services personnel make sacrifices daily to ensure the safety and security of our nation at home and abroad. In honor of their sacrifice, Tricoci University of Beauty Culture’s Chicago Northwest Campus will offer free haircuts for male and female veterans, active military, police, fire, EMTs, and the like, from noon to 8pm on Friday, July 1.

“We can never do enough to say thank you to the brave men and women who protect and defend us. This is a way we can honor their sacrifice,” says Amy Collazo, Campus Director of Tricoci University’s Chicago Northwest Campus. “We hope our students are busy all day! What better way to begin the Fourth of July weekend!”


Male and female veterans, active military personnel, police, fire, EMTs, etc.


Free haircuts provided by Tricoci University students.


Friday, July 1, from noon to 8 p.m.


Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, Chicago Northwest Campus, 5321 North Harlem Avenue (Norwood Park)


To thank veterans, military personnel and emergency personnel for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe and secure at home and abroad.


Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are not required, but can be made by calling 773-467-1900.

In addition to free haircuts, the celebratory event will include a DJ, tasty baked goods, additional services for purchase and a one-day discount off men’s grooming products, including Baxter of California and Redken for Men.

Tricoci University’s Chicago Northwest campus is one of fourteen campus locations; and one of six that offers the Barber Program. The program provides the most current, technically precise and versatile education available in the barber training field today. All services are provided by students under the supervision of a licensed instructor.

Free Services for Cancer Survivors

Posted on: May 26th, 2016

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture Students Offer Complimentary Services on Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day

Students at all 14 Tricoci University of Beauty Culture campuses in Illinois and Indiana will support the 14th Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day (CSBSD), a national effort to pamper cancer survivors and patients with complimentary hair, makeup or spa services.

This year’s Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day is Tuesday, June 7. Cancer survivors and patients can call 888.286.0096 to make a complimentary appointment.

CSBSD is a day when those in the beauty and related industries in all 50 states volunteer to offer complimentary services to all men, women and children cancer survivors, regardless of cancer type or date of diagnosis. The event was started by Barbara Paget of Highland Park in 2003 after learning about a salon in California that offered complimentary salon services to cancer survivors and patients.

“We are proud to invite all cancer survivors to participate in our Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day activities,” said Ross Bravo, CEO of Tricoci University. “This is a great way for us to give something back to the cancer survivors in our communities who experienced so much fighting their respective illnesses. CSBSD gives our students the opportunity to provide a little personal kindness and pampering.”

Each Tricoci University of Beauty Culture campus will offer different services to cancer patients. To learn about the services offered at the Tricoci University campus nearest you, and to make a complimentary appointment, call 877.286.0096.

Turning the Page to Support Families

Posted on: March 2nd, 2016

Tricoci University has partnered with Turning the Page, a Chicago non-profit whose efforts support families in Chicago’s North Lawndale area, for a book drive at some of our Chicagoland campuses. The organization connects parents to home learning resources and activities, create a space for parents to build relationships with other parents and teachers and created leadership and advocacy opportunities that improve schools and communities.

At TUBC, we feel this is an incredible cause to support and are including our Chicago Northeast, Chicago Northwest, Bridgeview, Glendale Heights, Libertyville, and Campus Resource Center to participate in a book, CD, and DVD drive being held from February 29th through March 21st.

What is “Turning the Page?”

Turning the Page is a local nonprofit committed to engaging families for student success. We connect parents to home learning resources and activities, create a space for parents to build relationships with other parents and teachers, and build a bridge to further leadership and advocacy opportunities that improve schools and communities. Donated items (books, CDs, and DVDs) are resold by Turning the Page to raise funds for our programs in Chicago public schools. This year Turning the Page is partnered with four schools in the North Lawndale area, helping hundreds of parents from these communities become more active, effective participants in their children’s education. Our book collecting/selling fundraiser allows us to turn donated used books into funds that allow Turning the Page to best support the families in our programs, as well as buy thousands of high-quality new children’s books to build families’ home libraries, improving home learning environments.

This year Turning the Page is partnered with four schools in the North Lawndale area, helping hundreds of parents from these communities become more active, effective participants in their children’s education. Our book collecting/selling fundraiser allows us to turn donated used books into funds that allow Turning the Page to best support the families in our programs, as well as buy thousands of high-quality new children’s books to build families’ home libraries, improving home learning environments.


Turning the Page accepts GENTLY used books, CD’s and DVD’s of all genres and for any age kids or adults. They DO NOT accept: Magazines, Periodicals, VHS Tapes or large book sets like encyclopedias.

To donate one of these items, visit either our Chicago Northeast, Chicago Northwest, Bridgeview, Glendale Heights, Libertyville, or Campus Resource Center which all have designated donation boxes for your books, CDs, DVDs. Donations are scheduled to be picked up on the week of March 21, however for the specific date of your campuses pickup, please contact your nearest campus directly.

Bridgeview Campus

7350 West 87th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455

Chicago NE Campus

6458 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60626

Chicago NW Campus

5321 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656

Glendale Heights Campus

530 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Libertyville Campus

751 East Park Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048

Corporate Resource Center

2000 Spring Road, Suite 202
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Connect with Turning the Page

phone: 773.362.8598
facebook: TurningthePage
twitter: @TTPChicago
instagram: @TTPChicago

Tricoci Receives Cosmetologists Chicago’s Student of the Month

Posted on: January 22nd, 2016

By Andrew Dalton, cosmetology student at Tricoci University’s Chicago NE campus

Congrats Tiffany Palmer!

This morning I had the profound pleasure of witnessing the well-deserved recognition of a fellow students’ hard work; Ms. Tiffany Palmer, of the Northeastern campus of the Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, was recognized as Cosmetologists Chicago’s Student of the Month.

Having personally observed the amount of time, effort, and raw talent that Tiffany gives to her clients and fellow students on a daily basis, I can say with total honesty that there is no person more deserving of this distinction.

I will admit, there was a certain amount of serendipity to the entire situation. You don’t go to class one morning expecting to witness one of your classmates being honored by an organization like Cosmetologists Chicago. While we tell each other all the time how well we think our peers are doing, Oohing and Aahing over a well-executed cut or color or style, that’s from within our family. We, as a campus and as cosmetologists, are SUPPOSED to uplift each other. You don’t expect someone outside of your family to come in and tell you that one of “Your” best, is also one of “Their” best. It is a surprising, humbling, and altogether wonderful feeling of accomplishment. It is an affirmation that we, as a family, and Tiffany Palmer, in particular, are doing something right.

Congratulations Tiffany on becoming Cosmetologists Chicago’s Student of the Month, you deserve it!!!

Cosmetology Chicago's student of the month

Dear Paper Eyelashes

Posted on: January 11th, 2016

Dear Paper Eyelashes, I’ve never been in love before – but I’m sure this is it.

Seriously though, we cannot get over how much we love this cutting-edge paper eyelashes look, can you? It’s clean, cute, funny, creative – everything we could ever want in a 2016 makeup trend. These Paperself lashes have patented designs (smart!) and have been worn by Rihanna and Anne Hathaway, and even by Hunger Games character Effie Trinket. If you haven’t picked up a pair or watched the how-to video you can check it out here.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite paper eyelashes below from Paperself, Pinterest, and other random Google searches.

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paperself_lashes_-_reg._peacock_900About Paperself

Paperself is a the world first and leading brand for paper eyelashes.
2015 we extended the concept into the temporary Tattoo.
The platform for the innovative exploration of paper for contemporary product design.

Launched in 2009 by London based designer Chunwei Liao, Paperself unites artists, designers and manufacturers from East to West.

Paperself is fast gaining recognition for its inventive adaptations, having exhibited at numerous trade fairs and design forums across the globe, as well as being featured in some of the top international publications and online media. Continuing to expand and evolve, Paperself looks to the future, seeking out new talent, transcending traditions and promoting the perception of paper through new eyes.

This is the beginning of a paper revolution.

Images provided by Paperself.

Why We Love Tricoci University

Posted on: December 16th, 2015

By Larry Silvestri, SVP/COO Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas

As the Chief Operating Officer of Mario Tricoci, I’m often asked for recommendations regarding how to break into the business, which is the ‘best’ school, is this a good career, what does one need to know, etc. There are many good schools in Chicago and we recruit from all of them with success. However, I always recommend Tricoci University of Beauty Culture when asked because I know our belief and value systems are the same, and their grads are more “salon-ready” than most other grads from other schools. In addition, both of our companies are run with the highest integrity and the importance of taking responsibility; and acting with integrity is also taught to TUBC students.

A lot of people don’t realize that our salons & day spas are a separate company from TUBC since both were created by our mutual founder and beauty innovator, Mario Tricoci. With Mario as the mentor and visionary for both businesses, I find we share many of the same beliefs and values. At our core, we are focused on launching successful careers in the beauty industry and are fully committed to our technicians. It is clear to me that Tricoci University is similarly committed to their students by preparing them for more than a license. They are being mentored and equipped for a sustainable career. Look at what former TUBC graduates who are top performers at Mario Tricoci are saying.

“I am Mario… because I have been able to turn a hobby into a career that gives me so many opportunities and that I enjoy every moment of!” – Joe, Stylist at Hawthorn, @JoeVStylistMT at #MarioTricociHawthorn


We find that students from TUBC ramp up faster than most new technicians we bring onto our team. Their foundational learning, interpersonal skills and other attributes of a top performer, such as consultation before a service, caring about the guest, knowing how to greet a new guest and build relationships, puts them far ahead of the curve when they join the salon environment.

Mario has designed the schools to look and feel much like a cutting edge salon and spa from the way the treatment rooms are equipped to the high-quality products the students use throughout their training. He takes it to the next level by providing his students with the newest products that have the most active ingredients and keeping up on the latest technology so that it can be taught even as it is just emerging in the industry.

“I am Mario… because I am happy to work for a company that gives me so many opportunities in the hair industry to continue learning and growing as an artist.” – Zoe, Colorist at #MarioTricociSchaumburg


Once we hire a new style or color assistant, we put them through a rigorous 9 month training program of our own before they are awarded a station.  History has proven that students from Tricoci University more often than not qualify for our Excel Program, enabling them to complete our training in as little as 6 months. John Gialliuisi, our Creative Director states that, “We are lucky to have TUBC [as a partner]. Our programs marry each other, so when we hire a TUBC student they speak the same language and progress quickly through our program.”

“I am Mario… because I get to have fun while working. The company is full of hard working, talented and outgoing people.” – Sean, Color Assistant at #MarioTricociLibertyville


We are seriously looking into adopting one of the innovative educational delivery systems TUBC developed called PRO, an online learning environment. This would fit perfectly with our training needs and has the added advantage of being accessible on any device from a computer to a tablet to a mobile device. It couldn’t be more convenient for our technicians who already work in a sharing and helping environment.

“I am Mario… because every day I am rewarded with the satisfaction of guest’s feeling and looking amazing.” – Adriana, Colorist at #MarioTricociGeneva


Our Color Department Manager, Nelida D’Allessandro also highly recommends TUBC and says, “It is a progressive and state of the art Institution that develops students that are ambitious and passionate for what they do.”

In short, TUBC provides education for talented professionals to get the foundation needed to be a top performer at Mario Tricoci.

Follow Mario Tricoci @tricocicareers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at our culture, education, career growth and what it’s like to work with us on our careers blog, Life@Tricoci by clicking

“NO MORE” Video Contest

Posted on: August 4th, 2015

A few months ago, the founder of Tricoci University, Mario Tricoci, and the CEO, Ross Bravo, attended the “Chicago Says No More” event and were moved. An internal committee was formed for the sole purpose of learning about the types of abuse that The No More Project brings awareness to. We were moved to take action and wanted to be a voice for our students on these serious, epidemic issues. We felt it was our responsibility to make our students, who are primarily female, and some in at-risk life situations, know it was OK to say, “No More.”

The harsh reality is domestic abuse, sexual assault, and emotional abuse can happen to anyone – all genders, ages, races, and income levels. Even if it doesn’t affect you personally, the odds are that it has affected someone you know. 1 in 3 women experience violence from their partners at some point in their life and we felt we needed to make a commitment to our students to be there for them and to help keep them safe.

To get the ball rolling, the TUBC staff decided to create it’s own PSA video, introducing it’s students and staff to the cause and the difference a single video can make. Once the video was rolled out, we started to think – why stop there? Our video was only one take on what “NO MORE” meant and we wanted to hear from our students.

In an effort to raise awareness to the cause and engage it’s students to become more involved in these issues, Tricoci University has challenged all 11 of it’s campuses to create their own NO MORE videos – showing us what saying “no more” means to them.


  1. 1 PSA per campus
  2. Length should be under 90 seconds
  3. Must use “TUBC says ‘NO MORE'” at the end of the video

Contests run weekly starting July 31 and ending August 31st. The campus with the most votes each Friday by 9am CST will become that week’s winner. To view all of the campuses PSAs and vote for your favorite, visit our contest page by clicking here.

Join us, and take the pledge against domestic violence and sexual assault.

How To Be Successful in “Essentials”

Posted on: April 15th, 2015

by Adeeba Khan

Here’s a few tips on how to be successful when you’re just starting out in cosmetology or beauty school. We like to think of it as the essentials of “Essentials”.


Every haircut, updo or full foil, take a picture and keep it in your files. There are many benefits for this. Firstly, you can see the progress you have made throughout the program. Secondly, you can add these to your resume so people get a visual of your talent and skill. Lastly, you can post them on social media which includes Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with relevant hashtags, you never know who can see your photos!


Every Saturday you are tested on the all the practicals you learned that week and every Tuesday you take a written test and turn in the three things: smart notes, lookbook and note cards. It always good to spread out these assignments through out the week so it’s not over whelming. I always suggest doing the note cards (which is summarizing in your own words the steps to a haircut or color application) on Friday so you can review the steps before the test. As far as your test, I would finish the smart notes by Saturday. Then look over my study guide provided by the teacher and review Theory. I have done this routine every week and never failed a test.


Be nice to everyone! There are so many reasons why this is important because you never know if your classmate might be your boss one day. Also, there is a lot you can learn from other people. You can learn tricks and tips on how to give the best air form or the cleanest manicure. This industry is always evolving and you want to master every technique so you can offer your client the very best.


Getting your name out there early. Two months into the program, I started applying for a receptionist positions or even a spa assistant, anything to get my foot in the door. I also wanted to show people that I have initiative and that I’m hungry for work. That even 40 hours a week working with hair is not enough to quench my thirst. Plus, it’s a bonus to have salon experience on your resume.


Energy is so important. School prepares you to work Saturday so our schedule is Tuesday-Saturday 9-5. And it’s up to you to take advantage of acting like you are getting ready for a job, looking professional with your image and your energy. You want to be able to look the part. I always make sure I have some makeup on, my hair is polished and my nails are clean. But life happens. Throughout school, you are able to practice putting your life to the side. You are practicing how to get through an 8 hour shift with full energy from beginning to end. Some tips is to have full a breakfast and bring a well packed lunch.


Invest in some comfortable all black shoes. If you are going to be committed in this industry you also have to accept the down sides: being on your feet all day!


If there is every down time, do sign-offs! The more sign offs you do in the classroom, the less you have to do when you are on the salon floor.

Think we missed something? Tweet your tip with the hashtag #tricociuniversity!

About Adeeba Khan

Adeeba Khan is a current Cosmetology student at Tricoci University’s Chicago NW campus and her passion is hair, makeup and nails. It runs through her veins. It can either be giving a manicure or creating an updo, that is when she feels the most alive. She loves making people feel like their most beautiful self. She hopes to one day open her own salon or teach classes around the world because she wants people to come to a salon to escape from the world and make the cosmetology profession more dignified.

To see more of Adeeba’s work, check her out on Instagram at

“Just Jump In and Do It” from James Ryder

Posted on: April 6th, 2015

By Ariel Pierson

I started out with the mindset that this demonstration was to be just about makeup and about the James Ryder Makeup Labs. Not really expecting much more than a demo about makeup application and Ryder telling us about how great his makeup labs are and how much we needed to take them as students and future professionals. Instead, it became so much more than that. Ryder effortlessly and eagerly gives students amazing advice and even welcomes and encourages feedback and questions. He had a smooth and easy manner that you would not expect from some with his professional experience and of his caliber. It was as if Ryder was speaking to me personally instead of a group of sixty, and at one point I got so caught up in his little side stories that I completely forgot to take notes!

Ryder confesses, “I didn’t want to become a makeup artist.”

I was a little taken back by that emission, but thoroughly amused by the story that followed. Ryder first started doing makeup when he was sixteen. It seemed that his girlfriend at the time, who was a model for the JC Penny catalogue, had convinced him to go to an editorial makeup workshop. The man that was giving the workshop told Ryder that he had to take the class or leave, meaning that he had to pay and participate or leave. Ryder’s reply was that he was a drummer and started to leave. He started chuckling as he recalled the incident and what the man said next, “Shut up and take the class.” Ryder stayed and took the class and realized he had a natural talent for makeup artistry. After that his girlfriend and all of her friends started asking him to do their makeup. It escalated from there and he started receiving calls from photographers asking him to do their making for their photoshoots.

“My first photoshoot for Vogue was when I was seventeen.” I about died.

The more he talked, the wider my eyes became. Ideas and possibilities that he inspired started forming and taking shape inside my mind. I started to get a little giddy at the possibilities that came to mind. I could do anything I wanted! But his advice didn’t end there.

Do the social media networking, 15-20 minutes every day, using your real name on your professional page, which should be open to everyone. People will want to find you when you get recommendations and when you apply for work regardless of where it is. Save the drunken nights and inappropriate posts for your private page that is not accessible from the public. We are developing a product and we have to dedicate our free time to working on this brand. We are that product and that brand. In order to be the best that we can be, we need to make makeup artistry our lives.

In a small demonstration Ryder challenges Hayley Beck of Tricoci’s Rockford campus, to a one minute eye makeup application. Both Ryder and Hayley had one minute to apply makeup to a student Ryder pick from our crowd. There were six to seven brushes each of them would use, preloaded with the correct makeup. Ryder explained to Hayley the sequence and techniques to applying each brush to the eye. Taking the time and make sure she understood what was expected. One minute each. All six to seven brushes already in hand. He said that his goal of this demo was to finish first within the one minute and have the best application. He looked to the crowd with this joke and laughed sheepishly.

Ryder completed his eye application first. Speeding through it with 11 seconds left on the clock. The crowd was stunned. He created this smoky eye that was both seductive and alluring. Next it was Hayley’s turn. She was hesitate and nervous, but that didn’t diminish her talent nor his preparation. Hayley finished her eye with 18 seconds left on the clock! Talk about unexpected! The only difference between the eyes were Ryder application was a little heavier.

This one minute demo was a reflection of a makeup application in a professional settling, whether in a photoshoot or fashion show. Ryder explained as professionals in our field, we need to be prepared for any opportunities that come our way. That’s what defines us as professionals. The key to doing this? Have two brushes of each kind preloaded with makeup. Set these brushes up in exactly the same way every time, so that when you need the brushes your muscle memory will automatically grab the correct next brush! Ryder goes on to explain highlighting and shading are also the most important part of makeup. Brilliant. This was an “ah-ha!” moment for me. Such simple tips and trick that can help us students shoot to the top of our game and become rock stars!

“You can pick the salon you want to work at with a rock star portfolio…Your portfolio is your power. It’s fun.” – Ryder

Ryder advises that students need to be working on photography shoots on our days off or during any free time that we can take advantage of. We can work with young designers, photographers, wardrobe stylish and real models from local schools. Once you do one shoot, they will continue to use you. If you can complete three or four photoshoots, your next step is fashion week. Your ultimate goal should be to get published in magazines.

Model Mayhem is a free social networking website that will allow us to connect to thousands of people in the Rockford/Chicago area for photoshoots. Ryder tells us, “Go after them. Say, ‘Nice work, lets shoot.’ Don’t be passive, saying, ‘I hope we can work in the future’.”

An amazing portfolio will allow you to work anywhere you want to work, regardless if it’s fashion, in a salon, or the movie industry. The first picture should be your best image. When organizing your portfolio, your power shots should always be on the right. More time is always spent looking at the photos on the right because the page has to be turned. Ah-ha! I furiously scribbled notes trying to take in every last drop of advice Ryder gave us. Start with only a half a dozen shoots. “Do not go pass twenty,” Ryder advises, “Take out the old, and put in the new.” Always cycle with your current imagines. You need to be taking photos every few days and post to them to social media websites, take advantage of Instagram, it’s free marketing.

Your portfolio should always accompany your resume. When creating our resumes we should be “stacking,” This means we need to be noting any fashion designers and clothing used at the photoshoot. If the wardrobe stylish used Vera Wang on the models, Vera Wang needs to be noted on your resume.

“Internships are the best thing you can do. This will make you more powerful as an artist.” Ryder goes on to tell us a story about a student that took his Makeup Labs and she didn’t know where to apply once she was finished with cosmetology school. He advised an internship and gave her some examples of where to apply; the ballet, the opera. Fifteen minutes after her leaving school she had an eight month internship already lined up. After the internship, she had offers from other operas, one of which flew her out to them and offered her the job personally. She still keeps in touch with Ryder, “I can’t wait to get to work every day to see what I get to do.”

For films, Ryder advises getting “on set” experience now while students are still in school. Even if you want to work in a salon, you will look different, special. Start with student films before transitioning to do films even if your portfolio is amazing you need the experience of how things are during filming. Go to the Film Department at the local universities or the State Film Commission website director. Everyone in the state will be listed with credentials. Cosmetology students need to be interning as a production assistant to learn how movies work, this will help get you starting on your career.

Students and professionals have the opportunity to receive advance training and mind blowing experience that can open up potential to phenomenally crazy possibilities. Ryder gives students tips, practical and priceless advice as future professionals.

There’s always going to be a way to do anything, you have to find your own way of doing things. Find your own inspiration. Ryder confesses that his inspiration has always been music and Rock & Roll from the start. That’s were his gritty edge look manifested from. And although we are taught the “James Ryder” way at his Makeup Labs, we need to expand and make it our own just like everything else.

Ryder was funny, engaging, and informative, and I for one cannot wait to take his Makeup Labs.

“Just jump in and do it.” -Ryder