Beauty Makeover on a Budget

ALERT: This post contains “before and after” photos…please do not be alarmed by the “before” photo.  I am being extremely brave by posting it, haaaaa!!

Last Saturday, I had one of the best “me” days I have ever had.  Back in December I won a Twitter contest/giveaway from @TUBC to receive the first ever #TUBCmakeover!  I won a haircut, color, manicure, and pedicure from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture.  It turned out to be a full day of beauty and total relaxation!

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is a beauty school founded by Mario Tricoci but is also a salon.  The students get salon training alongside qualified instructors and patrons get outstanding beauty services at a fraction of salon prices.  There are several locations throughout Illinois to choose from.

Tricoci University uses quality Redken hair products and OPI nail products exclusively.  There is an expansive menu of salon services to choose from including hair styling, color, facials, body treatments, manicures, and more.

I arrived at 9 a.m. on Saturday and was greeted with smiles and treated so sweetly by everyone.  I chose my Violet Red hair color and was on my way to a new ‘do before I knew it!  Even though the salon was very busy, the atmosphere was never hectic or rushed.  That bugs me sometimes, when you are trying to get your hair done and feel like you are being thrown around, hustled, and bustled just to get you out of there.  I really enjoyed talking with my girls, Ellie and Brittany, and the other students as well.  It was refreshing to be around young ladies (and men) who were excited about their day and their futures.

I loved that the instructor got involved and was a huge help with my cut when I expressed what I was looking for.  The communication factor was excellent, which is so important when you are getting your hair done.  I am absolutely in love with my cut and color, it is exactly what I wanted!

After my hair cut and color was complete, I was off to my pedicure.  It was incredibly relaxing to just sit in a big comfy chair and have a sweet girl to pamper your feet and legs with all the special scrubs and lotions, complete with massage.  Last but not least, my manicure was the final touch.  If you are curious, I opted for Rainbow Connection by OPI on my toes and Wocka Wocka by OPI on my fingers.  These are two shades that I do not have at home so it was perfect!

Here are those “before and after photos” so that you can see how awesome my hair turned out!



While it was a six-hour day of beauty, the only thing I noticed was that I was having the best beauty day.  Oh, and I felt a little hungry too after six hours!  If you are in the Chicago Metro area, or near Peoria or Rockford, you should stop in and see all that Tricoci University has to offer.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised.  For reference, my full day would have cost me $80.00 (haircut, color, manicure, pedicure).

A big thank you to Tricoci University of Beauty Culture for this amazing day.  Follow @TUBC on Twitter, maybe they will run this contest again! UPDATE:  There is a makeover contest going on right now and ending February 27, 2012!!  Check their Twitter timeline to find details.

Have you ever frequented a student salon before?  If so, what was your experience?


  1. February 26, 2012 / 11:28 am

    You look awesome!!! I’ve thought about doing that as we do have a local vo-tech school here. But wow that’s a long time! Glad you had fun 🙂

    • February 27, 2012 / 8:06 am

      Thank you so much for the compliment! It makes showing the hideous “before” photo not so bad, ha ha! I swear it did not feel like I was there that long, it was so relaxing. I have two kids (5 and 3) so it was nice to be away from responsibility for a while :).

  2. February 25, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    Hi Tina! They did a fabulous job, and I loved the before & after pics in true makeover fashion! That is so cool that you won that Beauty Day, and that you got to feel pampered for a full 6 hours – sounds like heaven to me! <3

    • February 27, 2012 / 7:48 am

      Thank you, sweets! I’m plotting to do it again in a month or two, hoping to coax one of my sisters to come along 🙂

  3. February 24, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    Love your hair it looks really nice!

    • February 25, 2012 / 8:59 am

      Thank you so much, you are a sweetheart! It took a bit of guts to post the “before” photo but it was kind of liberating too!

    • February 25, 2012 / 8:58 am

      Thanks so much!!

  4. February 24, 2012 / 4:21 pm

    I bet the beauty schools here must do something similar. I will have to look into that. Thanks for posting!

    • February 25, 2012 / 8:57 am

      You should! This was my first experience at a school and was impressed!

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