THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity.  Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.  TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.

  • Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
  • Our approach to personal, hands-on training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
  • We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
  • Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
  • In addition to technical skills, TSPA develops your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that put you in high demand with top salons.
  • We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement.  Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school.  Additionally, we have relationships for placement with more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
  • Karen Culhane - Cosmetology Educator

    Karen Culhane has been a licensed cosmetologist and stylist for 36 years. She has been an educator for a total of 17 years. Karen has said that "I thoroughly enjoy working with students teaching them all about color."

    Kim Simon - Cosmetology Educator

    Kim Simon has been a licensed cosmetologist and stylist for 6 years. She has been an educator for a total of 5 years. Kim shared that "Although I wish I would've started this career at a younger age, I'm very happy I finally did go to cosmetology school. It has been a lifelong dream fulfilled."

    Gina Rundquist - Cosmetology Educator

    Gina is one of our Cosmetology Educators.

    Casey Lenn - Massage Educator

    Casey is one of our massage educators.

    Jane Loecher- Massage Educator

    Jane is one of our massage educators.

    Courtney Amos- Career Planning Specialist

    Courtney has been around the salon industry all of her life, being her mom owns and operates a successful business in town. Courtney most recently completed a program to become a certified taxidermist. She loves going out and meeting new people especially at high school visits. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animals.

    Kathy Christianson - Financial Aid

    Kathy has been a licensed cosmetologist and stylist for a total of 43 years. She has been an educator for 17 years. Kathy shared that "Cosmetology has taken me many places an I have met wonderful people along the way."

    Amelia Bagniewski - Guest Service Coordinator

    Amelia is one of our Guest Service Coordinators.

    Nancy Winter - Guest Service Coordinator

    Nancy is one of our Guest Service Coordinators

    Alexandria Kvenvold - Assistant Director of Operations

    Alexandria (often times called Alex) is the Assistant Director of Operations here at The Salon Professional Academy!
    Alexandria has a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University- Rochester. She taught kindergarten for 3 years. In addition, she has coached and supervised dance teams and dance camps on and off over the years.
    Alexandria has been the Co-Director for the Miss Gladiolus Days Scholarship Pageant over the last 7 years.
    Her background in careers has varied in education, sales, customer service, banking, direct support for individuals with disabilities, photography, independent beauty consultant, with many more. These varied opportunities have helped build her ability to be able to take on such a different role than what she had originally been pursuing. She said that she feels this brings all of the things she enjoys into one role.

    Jessica Amos - Owner / Director

    Jessica Amos graduated from The Cosmetology Training Center in Rochester in 1993. The next 25 years began with an advanced training program at Kathleen's on 2nd, where she worked for five years before becoming an independent contractor at Detangles Hair Studio for 18 months. She eventually had the opportunity to purchase a salon. With a three-year-old daughter and a newborn son in tow, she opened Hair Studio 52 in 2000.

    Jessica is The Salon Professional Academy- Rochester partner and Director of Operations.

    Daniel Link - Owner / Director

    Daniel Link began his career as a stylist in 1988 after graduating from Cosmetology School in Fargo, ND. After working 14 years behind the chair and overseeing the creative and educative direction for 425 hairdressers at a large company in Minneapolis, MN, the culmination of a lifelong dream was brought to reality in May 2002 when Daniel opened MarcDaniel Salon located in Maple Grove, MN. The salon is the bold expression of his vision and over 25 years in the industry. Of those 25 years, 23 have been committed to training and empowering successful stylists. The salon has been named “Best Salon” 4 years in a row.

    The salon’s core services are a reflection of Daniel’s philosophy of specialization. Having worked with some of the world’s best stylists and on the most glamorous shows in the industry, he developed an appreciation for the artistic benefits brought about by focusing on a singular area of expertise and developing it to the highest possible level. Daniel stays true to the art that has always been his passion, noting that there is a great difference between giving someone a haircut and giving someone a haircut EXPERIENCE.

    Education has always been a large part of Daniel’s philosophy, not only for his clients and himself, but for his staff as well. Daniel spent a large part of his career on the road doing platform work and providing specialized cutting curriculum for some of the top salon systems in the country. He has studied under some of the most influential names in the business. He completed three levels of study at the New York Academy under Jacques Dessage, has shared the stage with Annie Humphrey and Tim Hartley from Vidal Sassoon in London, as well as Sam Brocoto, Richard Hudavoni, Rocco Altobelli and Orbie’ to name a few. He is an annual attendee at London’s Salon International show and makes semi-annual visits to New York to view trends. It’s now his opportunity to provide that education for new generations in the industry. His involvement with many schools in the industry paved his path to realizing the importance of following his journey to Academy ownership.

    “I am very excited to be part of what is happening in our industry and specifically with THE SALON PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY and the team we have assembled to lead this necessary change in the way we educate those with a passion and desire to succeed in our business”.

  • Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry.  Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned.  The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.

    Recognized By Redken For Excellence In Education.

    With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”

    • I thought she was absolutely amazing :-)

    • He is great at massage!

    • She was very nice, did a great job cutting my hair and she also talked about products with me.

    • Wonderful and Relaxing

    • "TSPA has been my go-to place for many years. The instructors do a great job of preparing the students, guiding them, and stepping forward to help with anything they need. I recommend often!"

      Connie - Guest
    • “To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”

      Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
    • “Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.”

      Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
    • “I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.”

      Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.”

      Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
    • “Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.”

      Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
    • “Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.”

      Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
    • “I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.”

      Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
    • “TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!”

      Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
    • “I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”

      Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
    • The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
      TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.

      TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it

      Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
    • As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service.

      Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven