Unveil a Whole New You This New Year


We make them every year, but how often do we actually follow through with them?

What if you made this year different and instead of just writing down that dream that has been elusive for so long – you actually followed through and did something that would change your life?

This could be anything from losing a few pounds, to finally learning to play the mandolin – but what if your goal was something a little more life changing? If you have been thinking of finally pursuing that dream and working toward a career in beauty, 2018 is the year to do it!

Here are five reasons that this year is the year to create a career in beauty!

A Career Before You Know it

Happy woman in new career

Many people put the dream of starting a new career on hold for a multitude of reasons. One of the biggest ones is the time and monetary commitment of getting the education to go with it. It’s no wonder, with the rising cost of secondary education and the time to get a degree nearing four years it can feel like a daunting task to make a career change.

With a career in beauty, however, the time from enrollment to graduation is trimmed down to anywhere from nine to sixteen months depending on your program. This not only means that you are ready to begin your new career sooner, but you could reach your goal before 2018 is out, making your resolution a reality.

A Cost That Won’t Break the Bank

pretty woman with piggy bank

Just like the time commitment toward gaining an education beauty is cut in half, so is the cost. That hefty price tag of a four year education at your local university is a thing of the past. While four-year degrees now cost well over $45,000, the average tuition of an education in beauty is only $13,000 on average. Plus, with scholarship and financial assistance* available, the staff at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Rochester is ready to help assist you to overcome your financial roadblocks and help make your dream a reality.

An Industry With Staying Power

And no, we aren’t just talking about hairspray. The beauty and spa industry has been exploding at a rate almost double of the national average! Every year there are thousands of jobs in beauty and massage that are available and waiting for the right person, with the right education.

If you have ever wanted to pursue a career as a cosmetologists, as a nail technician, or even as a massage therapist, there has never been a better time!

An Education With Depth

At TSPA Rochester we are dedicated to each of our students and to giving them the education that gives them the skills they need to pursue their dreams. This means that we go into more than just the “basics” we help each of our students to develop a love of beauty, a mastery of complex skills, and a knowledge in business that gives them the tools to build a successful future.

One way that we do this is by including skills and extras that work beyond the state standards, helping each of our students to build a portfolio that could help them be in demand.

A New Family. A New Love.

Supportive people looking over a book

When pursuing your dreams, you are going to need the support of your friends and family behind you. With an education in beauty, that support goes even deeper with your classmates, your educators, and the administrative staff at your school becoming your new cheerleaders.

In fact, they will become more than your cheerleaders. They will become a family that will see you through years of beautiful styles and bowls of vibrant color.

There has never been a better time to change your life. Let’s make it beautiful, together!

Contact our admissions coordinator today to schedule your tour and discover how The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester can be the first step toward the future you have been dreaming of.

Want more information on our Cosmetology or Massage Programs?

Read about how our cosmetology program is built to help you find your dreams here. Interested in massage? Discover how we work above and beyond to give you the education you need to make waves here.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tsparochester.com

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Scholarship qualification and application processes vary, not all will qualify. Contact us today to speak to a financial aid administrator for more information.

Winter 2017 Student Spotlights!

2017 Winter Student Spotlight

We are excited to showcase our 2017 Winter Student Spotlights! We will be showcasing three students for the winter; Lou, Courtney, and Lyndsey!

Student Spotlight: Lou

The Salon Professional Academy is excited to announce Lou as one of our cosmetology student spotlights. Lou started in April of 2017 and will be graduating in March of 2018! Some of her favorite things about TSPA are the instructors, the style and how modern the facility is, in addition she loves how professional it looks.  Outside of The Academy Lou is a mother of a one year old. She loves spending time with him and also loves to do hair, cook, dance, and working out with her best friend!  Her favorite product is One United, so much so that she keeps two bottles of it! She loves that it is great for multiple reasons, has a great smell, and it helps finish her styles. Her favorite skill that she has learned and improved on is round brushing and how to fade (haircut). In her future, Lou wants to work at one of the 2 salons that she has found, then after that she would love to own her own salon and become an instructor. Lou’s educators have shared, “Lou is very conscientious about her work and really likes to make the client feel good about themselves. She truly loves learning new skills and techniques.  We know that she will meet all of the goals she sets for herself as she is a very determines young lady.”

Don’t forget to follow Lou on her social media pages to watch for more before and after photos.

Facebook: @LouLouLookz

Instagram: @LouLouLookz

Check out some of Lou’s before and after shots:

Student Spotlight: Courtney

TSPA Rochester is excited to feature Courtney as our 2017 Winter Student Spotlight for Massage Therapy. She started at The Salon Professional Academy September 2017, from that moment on her warm personality is felt in our office, classroom, and the entire academy. Courtney shared with us that she loves how we are always working with new people; students and clients. Some fun facts about Courtney includes that she loves to camp, fish, canoe, and enjoy bonfires. When she is not in the great outdoors she enjoys crafts such as scrapbooking, card making, and soon wants to learn to crochet. She is the youngest of 3 and already has already been to school for cosmetology. She is excited to add Massage Therapy to her repertoire as her future goal is to own a salon/massage studio. Her favorite product at the Academy is hairspray because, “even on a bad hair day it can help you look your best 😊” Courtney’s favorite skill that she has learned so far is the Swedish massage because she believes that everyone deserves to relax and knowing that skill can help others achieve that.  Her educators have shared with us that both as a student and a person she has made our classroom a better place.  She takes her role as a student very seriously, and it shows in how she represents herself as a student: she keeps clean and organized notes, makes note cards, and always is using her time wisely. Whether it is in the classroom or on the massage table, Courtney is always helping both the students and educators in anyway she can. In addition, as a certified cosmetologist she gives an ear if a “cosmo” student is looking for a second opinion and enjoys giving tips and tricks.


Student Spotlight: Lyndsey


Lyndsey’s “Fur” Baby, Rocksea

The Salon Professional Academy is pleased to pronounce Lyndsey as one of our winter student spotlights! Lyndsey is a proud cosmetology student who started in March of 2017 and is preparing to graduate in February of 2018. Her favorite thing about TSPA is that she loves that you can be yourself! She said that she feels like we are all family here at The Academy and really enjoys that we can learn, get things done, and still have fun! Lyndsey got engaged in July and they have started their family with their first “fur” baby, Rocksea. Their favorite hobby is taking Rocksea to go play frisbee. Lyndsey’s favorite skill so far has been hair cutting ever since their first cutting class! Her favorite product is One United because it detangles hair and has 24 other great benefits. She said she uses it on every client. After graduating Lyndsey is planning to be apart of the HairStudio 52 team. She see’s herself being very successful and loving every day of her new career as she fulfills others with happiness on a daily basis. Her educators have said, “Lyndsey likes to give the clients time that they deserve. The clients really enjoy being with her and talking with her and request her frequently. She will do very well in cosmetology.”

Don’t forget to follow Lyndsey on her social media pages to watch for more before and after photos.

Facebook: @HairbyLyndsey                                                     Instagram: @Hairby.Lyndsey

Check out some of her work she has done:

Becoming a Cosmetologist in Minnesota

Your passion for hair runs deep. It may have always always been there, or it may be something that you have recently fallen in love with. No matter how you have found yourself on this path, you have probably begun to consider a career in beauty, and it’s no wonder! With so many career options available, an education in beauty could lead to a successful future.

If you are considering a career in beauty, make sure to find a school that fits your career goals and personality. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Rochester we are dedicated to helping you achieve success. You can find out more about our program on our blog.

Whether you have found the perfect program for you, or are still looking, be ready for the education journey ahead of you by understanding the education and licensing requirements in the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota Cosmetology Requirements

cosmetology students

To gain a cosmetology license in Minnesota you are required to attend 1550 hours of practical and theory classes in order to meet state requirements. In the cosmetology program at TSPA Rochester you can have the opportunity to obtain the skill and technical knowledge that can help you build a successful career.

Education Requirements

The first 240 hours of instruction are dedicated to theory and science-based classes as per Minnesota guidelines. Developing a knowledge in these topics can help you, as a beauty student, create a strong foundation to last throughout your career.

The foundational topics that are covered in TSPA Rochester’s cosmetology program include:

  • Anatomy
  • Dermatology
  • Chemistry
  • Infection Control
  • Safety and Sanitation

The practical and technical skills taught and practiced in TSPA Rochester’s cosmetology program include:

    • Shampooing and conditioning of hair.
    • Hair design and shaping.
    • Hair styling and cutting
    • Chemical relaxing and waving
    • A knowledge in esthetics including facials
    • Makeup application and design
    • Waxing and non-electronic hair removal
    • Care of health of skin and nails
    • Manicures and pedicures

Separated out into 1,130 hours of practical learning and skill and 420 hours of theory and sciences, the cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester works to exceed the minimum requirements of the state of Minnesota so as to help our students build the future they dream of.

Licensing Process and Requirements

students taking a test in a classroom

Once you have completed your cosmetology program at a state-approved campus, you are ready to begin your testing and licensing process.


In the state of Minnesota both a written and practical exam are required so as to successfully assess an applicant’s skills and knowledge. Both of these tests are administered by PSI and can be scheduled on their website.

Practical Testing

Often overseen by a licensed professional and state official, this exam tests the skill in a practical environment. Assessing everything from cutting, to styling to chemical processes, a practical exam is meant to determine if it is up to the standard that the state standard.

Written Testing

Much like the tests that you have taken throughout your education, this assessment asks questions about your skills and theory knowledge, verifying that you possess the correct knowledge to properly manage your clients and perform your duties.


Once you have completed your program hours and passed your written and practical exams you are able to apply for licensure. Applying for licensure in Minnesota is a simple process that once completed and submitted along with your application fee will be processed within 15 days.

Your journey toward becoming a licensed cosmetologist is a beautiful one let The Salon Professional Academy, Rochester support your from the first cut to the last.

For more information about our programs, and to schedule a tour, contact us today. At TSPA Rochester we are dedicated to you, and to your future.

Gift Giving Guide at The Salon Professional Academy- Rochester

TSPA Rochester Gift Giving Guide


It is becoming that time of year where the stress of shopping for the holidays is becoming more evident! This year, TSPA Rochester encourages you to shop smarter and not harder! Avoid jam packed parking lots with even longer shopping lines. Let us help you pick out a few gifts that will take no time at all! In this gift giving guide we will give you a quick tour of items that will be easy gifts, we can even have them ready in a gift pack for you*!

*Restrictions Apply

Perfect Size for Stocking Stuffers

Gift Cards

           The Salon Professional Academy can meet the needs of all of our guests with the perfect gift! Our gift cards can be used on all of the services we have to offer such as but not limited to: haircuts, colors, pedi/mani, massages, and facials. From November 15-December 31 we will be having the following gift card special taking place:

Purchase a $50 gift card and receive a $10 gift card for free *   OR   Purchase a $25 gift card and receive a $5 gift card for free *

 *Restrictions Apply

Diamond Oil- 1 oz.

           The Glow Dry Diamond Oil is an ultra-lightweight blow dry hair oil to help give your hair an instant shine. This oil not only helps protect during blow drying but also reduces blow-dry time, and gives your hair a more smooth and manageable finish.

Pillow Proof 2 day Extender- 1oz.

            This dry shampoo will instantly refresh your hair and help absorb oils so that you can extend your blow-dry by two days! It has a matt finish with no visible residue. A secret use for this is to prep your hair with it before an updo to give some extra grip to your hair! This product has been awarded the 2014 Good Housekeeping Beauty Awards Beauty All-Star Award.

  Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray- 1 oz

This heat protection spray perfectly primes hair for the blow dryer, heat tools, and other styling products. This product can help reduce breakage and provides 24 hour lasting volume without weighing hair down. Hair is left 3x stronger and healthier. The product was awarded: 2015 BTC Stylist Choice Award Favorite New Styling Product, 2014 Launchpad Reader’s Choice Award Best Thermal Protector, and 2014 Good Housekeeping Beauty All Star Award.

Metal Fix 08 – 2 x .68 oz

These fun metallic liquid pomades let you add silver or gold metallic effects to your hair! This is a lightweight product and fun for a night out or on the runway! These products were awarded 2015 Self Magazine Self Beauty Award Multitasker Best Hair Pomade.

Power Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder .245 oz

This powder will volumize the roots and texturize the hair finishing with a full matte look. This powder adds extra grip for easy updos and helps the hair look and feel denser.

All Soft Argan-6 Multicare oil- 3 oz

This natural oil is enriched with omega-6 to help provide a deep conditioning, lasting softness, and shine for hair. Intensely nourishes all hair types.

Fashion Waves 07 1.7 oz

This Sea-Salt spray is a medium control sea salt spray for beachy waves. This product gives instant texture and provides lightweight body and movement.

One United- 1 oz.

                One United is a treatment spray with 25 benefits that increase manageability, protection, and beauty. The One United spray is one of our most referred product by our students and staff! Some reasons our students, staff, and clients love this product is it provides a lightweight conditioning to help soften, nourish, strengthen and detangle the hair. This product is save for color treated hair and will help prevent heat damage from hair hot tools.  This product has been awarded the 2015 Family Circle Best Beauty Buy Best Leave-In Conditioner.

No Blow Dry Cream 1 oz

Just Right: Air dry styling cream for medium hair to make hair quickly air dry and allows for effortless control, movement, and no product feel.

Bossy Cream: Air dry styling cream for coarse hair to help manage the frizz control and allows for effortless control, movement, and no product feel.

Airy Cream: For fine hair to help give texture and volume. It allows for effortless control, movement, and no product feel.


Gifts for Him

          Mess Around 10

This cream-paste helps create a tousled look with body and a natural shine finish. It is called a cream-paste because it feels like paste but it spreads like cream for the ultimate flexibility with a touchable feel. This has a medium control and is good for all hair length and types.

            Rough Paste 12

                  This paste is a long lasting texturizing product that helps create that rough and ragged texture.  It stays pliable so you can rework styles and has flexible control.

            Short Sculpt 19

                   This gel gives maximum control for on the go texture! This will have a strong hold while giving your hair a touchable feel and a sleek or textured finish. This is great for short hair styles.



Not sure which product is right for your hair: Take the Hair Diagnostics Quiz from Redken. https://www.redken.com/hair-diagnostic-tool/hair-diagnostic

Gifts for Her

            Pillow Proof 2 Day Extender

                        This dry shampoo will instantly refresh your hair and help absorb oils so that you can extend your blow-dry by two days! It has a matt finish with no visible residue. A secret use for this is to prep your hair with it before an updo to give some extra grip to your hair! This product has been awarded the 2014 Good Housekeeping Beauty Awards Beauty All-Star Award.

            Iron Shape 11

                        This lightweight spray protects your hair from flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees while adding shine and reducing frizz. This formula won’t leave your hair stiff or sticky. This product was awarded 2014 Fitness Beauty Award Winner for Best Heat Protectant.

            Guts 10

                        This is a medium control root volumizing spray foam. This will give those roots volume and provide a natural feel and texture. Gives your hair fullness and thickness while helping control hair frizz and fly-aways.


Not sure which product is right for your hair: Take the Hair Diagnostics Quiz from Redken. https://www.redken.com/hair-diagnostic-tool/hair-diagnostic


*Restrictions Apply.


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