Winter Survival Guide for Your Hair

Winter can be harsh…on you AND your hair! While the cold can cause your hair to crack like icicles or frizz up like mad, this winter hair care survival guide can lead you back to that smooth and sleek mane of your dreams all season long.

Pull Your Hair Back

Ever feel like scarves and heavy coats tangle the hairs at the nape of your neck? Keep the mane tame with sleek buns or quick side braids that get your hair out of the way. Updos also protect from harsh, drying winds and chills that can strip hair of moisture. Bonus: this also gives those strands a nice break from heat tools!

winter updo

Maintain Moisture

This is important all year round but crucial in the colder months! Moisture prevents damage and brittleness. Let your regular conditioner sit longer or try applying a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Spritz your hair with a bit of leave-in conditioner after your shower, especially if you plan to go outside. If you need an on-the-go boost, try applying a little coconut oil, argan oil, or shea butter to your ends. A diet rich in vitamin A promotes natural sebum production, supplying hair with natural moisture. Try cooking up some seasonal favorites like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

deep conditioning hair

Keep It Cool

Who doesn’t love a hot shower especially in winter? As good as that steam is for your hair, save the scald for your skin. When it comes time to wash and condition your hair, turn the temperature down as cool as you can bear it! Heat strips hair of moisture, even under water. Cooler temperatures seal the cuticle, lock in shine and moisture, and combat frizz. Worth it!

Split Ends? Gimme a Break!

Unfortunately cold weather can lead to more breakage. Keep hair far away from its breaking point with regular trims. Avoid going outside with wet hair where it can freeze and crack right off! Don’t skip heat protectant. Between wind, rain, and humidity, you just might find yourself using heat more often or more intensely. A protein-rich diet helps keep those strands strong and healthy. Try hearty stews, greens, and eggs.

brunette hair breakage

Combat Static

Save it for summer sessions on the trampoline. Keep hair up, hydrated, and avoid touching it when you can. Stash dryer sheets in your purse to run through strands anytime of day! Buy a serum to spray on whenever you need the help or even a far-away spritz of static guard will do exactly what it sounds like!

shiny smooth healthy hair

Let Us Help

No matter your hair concern, we’d love to help! From frizz to humidity, let us treat you to a solution and prepped for winter! Make an appointment at our student salon training area* now!

Want to learn more about hair? Take this quiz to find out if you are ready for cosmetology school!

*All services provided by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Spring 2018 Student Spotlight

We are excited to announce 4 student spotlights. We will be showcasing 2 cosmetology students and 2 massage therapy students for this season!

Our first cosmetology student spotlight is Sierra! Sierra began her journey here at TSPA Rochester in August 2017. Her favorite thing about coming to The Salon Professional Academy is all of her returning clients. She gets to see them on a regular basis and share life experiences and ambitions. Outside of TSPA Sierra shared many fun things with us such as how much she loves her family and how adventurous they are. She enjoys playing softball, outdoor activities, eating pizza and eating eggrolls. A fun fact about Sierra is that she can throw 55 mph and won a contest at the MN State Fair! When asked where she see’s herself after graduating she said she would like to keep doing hair in a salon and then maybe go back to school to become a police officer. Her favorite Redken product that she uses is the One United spray because it does wonders and gets snarls out of everything. Sierra’s favorite technique that she has learned is curling hair with both curling irons and a flat iron. Sierra’s educators have shared, “Sierra is really great with her clients and they sure enjoy her. Her clients feel taken care of and love to come back and see her. We know that where ever she goes in her career she will bring her talent for color and her smile.”


Our first massage therapy student spotlight is Sap. He started our massage therapy program in December of 2017. One of his favorite things about The Salon Professional Academy is his educators. Sap said that after graduating TSPA one of his goals is to be one of the best massage therapists out there. He has loved all of the techniques and skills that his educators have taught him so far and can’t pick just one. Sap’s educators have shared, “Sap is a very sympathetic person-which can be seen in his massage- listening to his clients and making sure their session covers the work that they are receiving. Sap wants to learn more about his culture’s massage therapy techniques and holistic treatments (Chinese and Cambodian).”


Our final cosmetology student spotlight is Mariah. Mariah started the cosmetology program here at The Salon Professional Academy in August 2017. She shared with us that her favorite thing about TSPA is the instructors and the professional atmosphere. Some fun facts about Mariah outside of the Academy is that she works at David’s Bridal as a dress consultant. She was born in New Mexico and moved to Minnesota when she was 3. She has a mom, bother, two dogs, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She enjoys dancing, shopping, and going to Disney. After graduating her goal is to work at Disney doing hair and makeup for Disney characters as well as work at Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. When asked what her favorite Redken product is she said that she loves the Full frame 07 because it gives curls more definition and volume. Mariah’s favorite techniques she has been working on is styling. She absolutely loves to do vintage hair styles working with curls, updos, and even round brushing. You can follow her Instagram page at Mariah’s Makeover Magic. The staff and educators shared, “Mariah is a very enthusiastic individual and always has something to chat about. She enjoys conversing with her guests and taking the time to get to know them.


Our final massage therapy student spotlight is Dave! Dave joined the massage therapy program during our December 2017 start. His favorite thing about TSPA is that it is a relaxed, friendly (almost family like) atmosphere. He also said he enjoys that the massage and cosmetology students as well as educators and owners are all very friendly and easy to get along with. He shared with us, “I have been a server/bartender for over 10 years and worked most recently at the Half Barrel and HuHot Mongolian Grill. I love to perform onstage in theatrical productions and am looking forward to number 16 in May where I will be in Jesus Christ Superstar. Otherwise I am hiking, biking, playing sand volleyball, bowling, shooting pool, or spending time with loved ones.” He shared with us that after graduating from The Salon Professional Academy he will stay in Rochester for now and take clients at the new location of Optimal Movement located on 19th street. At this time his favorite skill is learning the Swedish massage and thinks that we could all use a nice Swedish massage regularly.  Dave’s educators shared, “Dave is the epitome of the phrase ‘Gentle Giant’- a tall man with long hair and a strong voice, but with the compassion and understanding. He loves being an active member of his community and is excited to have a career that allows him to use those skills with his new tremendous skills as a massage therapist. Dave has picked up on massage therapy like a fish to water, and only continues to get better and better.”


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.

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.


*Restrictions Apply.


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