Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship


We are proud to help present the $1,500 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship to our Cosmetology Student Chloee!

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation Mission:

To help deserving students receive financial assistance for the professional training necessary to build successful, long-term careers in the cosmetology industry. In honor of the life, work, and memory of Joseph Francis, 1933-1994, born into poverty, who achieved worldwide success through sacrifice, hard work, and determination.

This scholarship program has an annual window for receiving applications from January through June 1st every year.  For more information you can visit their website.

For more information about the scholarships we offer here at The Salon Professional Academy please contact our admissions office at 651-340-0766 or


*Financial assistance and scholarships available to those who qualify.


Throwback to 1970’s Fashion


Our 4th Fashion Show was a success!!!

However it looked a little different than our past fashion shows.  We were not going to let covid-19 stop one of the favorite events at The Salon Professional Academy.  We turned an event that usually brings a lot of people to The Academy into a VIRTUAL show.

Students used 1970’s fashion for inspiration.  It was fun to see what different directions they went when planning the makeup, hair and clothing for their models.  This shows models were TSPA Students to help keep the number of people in The Academy  to a minimum.  They all did wonderful.  We would love for you to see all of them.

Click here to view all of the great models from the show. –>>

Are you looking for a way to use your creativity?  Do you like working with people.  Think about a career in the beauty industry!  Schedule a tour of our salon inspired Academy and see for yourself what an exciting career could like like.

Schedule a visit here. –>>

*Financial assistance and scholarships available to those who qualify.


Back to COOL

There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to going back to school this year.  Whether you are doing virtual, in person, home schooling or a hybrid, we invite you to take advantage of our Back to Cool Offers!

Getting a haircut can help make you feel so good and helps build confidence at any age.  People need this more than ever right now.  One of the “Back to Cool” offer is $5 kids Cuts, which includes a shampoo 7 blow-dry style.  This can help cut the expense of going back to school as well.

Let’s talk more about confidence!  Did you ever have skin issues as a teen?  Are you a teen with problem areas that you need help managing?  The Salon Professional Academy has a great option to get started on the right path with your skin.  Come enjoy a TEEN FACIAL!  The best part is you will get to take home a Dermalogica Clear Start Kit for home use.  The Academy also has 20% off Dermalogica all month long!

Here are the take home skin kits!


And lastly we have the FREE TEEN CUT with any color or highlighting service!  Do you want your hair to whisper, talk or shout when you enter a room?  Come in for a consult with our cosmetology students & educators about what service is best fit for you and your beauty budget.

For appointments please call 651-340-0766.  We look forward to your visit.

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*All services performed by students under the supervision of licensed educators.  Not valid with other offers or discounts and ends Sept 14th.

Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist

What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s the diplomas or G.E.D.s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on haircutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour

Covid-19 Info

We are so excited to have the students and staff back!

Taking guests starting June 15th.  All students, staff & guests will be required by the State of MN to wear masks.  So if you are ready to get a service done make sure you bring one with.  We have disposable available for purchase.  Will ask you to check in and the front desk and then we are having guests wait in the entry way until the student is ready for you.  There is plenty of space to practice social distancing while you wait.

The safety of our staff and students has always been a priority and will continue to be.  We look forward to your visit.

Employment Opportunities: Jobs in the beauty industry

Beyond the Salon: The Wide World of Beauty Careers 

If you want to have as much fun as Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, then a job in a salon is a great option. But did you know that there are countless opportunities in many fields for those with in-demand cosmetology skills?

 What can you do with a cosmetology career?

  • Entertain: We love J.Lo, but let’s face it: J.Lo would not be J.Lo without her team helping her maintain her look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like Revlon, L’Oréal, and Redken after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!

 A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today! Book your virtual tour with admissions : 651-340-0958 

Access to Online Education: Are Online Cosmetology & Beauty Schools a Better Way to Go?

Stuck at Home? Start a New Cosmetology Career!

In an uncertain world, you can still take steps toward your future no matter where you are today! Start your cosmetology career online and get a head start on a new career from the comfort and safety of your own home!

TSPA knows that students want the best education they can get. That’s why TSPA now offers online cosmetology and beauty school certificates and licenses.

What are the benefits of TSPA’s online cosmetology and beauty school programs?

  • Start any time. New classes start regularly, so there’s no need to wait!
  • Accessibility: All you need is an internet connection and you’re ready to start your training!
  • Variety: You can learn techniques in many areas, including cosmetology, esthetics, nail technology, business management, and marketing.
  • Financial Aid or Financial Assistance: Online students may qualify for all kinds of scholarships, grants, and loans. More financial resources may be available during this time.
  • Program support: Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Our modern style education appeals to all styles of learning. TSPA knows that there are no limits to what you can do and is now providing temporary online cosmetology programs* to help you achieve your goals no matter where you are! If you’re looking for a cosmetology school that is best for your style of learning, book your virtual tour with our admissions counselors to put your future into motion.

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Julie in admissions is just a call 651-340-0958) or email away from your future.


Tips For Taking Online Beauty School Classes

Wish we could be on campus with our ARTIST’s but instead, we’re bringing campus to you! 🏫➡️💻.

The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) just launched temporary distance-learning or temporary online learning for our cosmetology and esthetics programs. Just like it is for you, it is new to us as well. We are all a little stressed and adapting to our new world as quickly as possible. To make your transition into the beauty world smooth, here are our top 3 tips to help you launch your online classes –

Tips For Online Learning:

  1.  Manage your time. Set up a view of your daily & weekly schedule by first mapping out a calendar of all of the assignment and activity due dates along with work and family commitments. It’s okay to be selfish, block off time each week to get classwork done. Online classes tend to have a weekly flow and include discussion boards that require student participation. Plan to be a part of the conversation.
  2. Be a good participant. Good discussions are thoughtful, your best resources to help you bring good discussion starters can be from peer conversations, headlines, lecture and course materials. Great responses go beyond agreeing with your peers. Build on the discussion with your own ideas and experiences. 
  3. Build your social community. Share contact information with your peers to connect on homework assignments and for social support. Be a part of  TSPA’s Facebook pages for enrolled students to get the best information fast and easy access to peer conversations on campus and homework topics. Your campus is here to support you every step of the way. Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Be kind to yourself. We are all in uncharted territory right now but we all have each other’s support even if it’s temporarily from a distance right now. 

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Julie in admissions is just a call 651-340-0958) or email away from your future.


Do you wash your face at night? Why?

Most of us have heard how important washing your face at night is…..  But when I talk with my guests so many say they only do it in the morning.  Why is this?

I was guilty of this too until I educated myself more about the importance and how your skin repairs itself at night while you sleep.  Not only does it remove your makeup allowing your skin to breath but also removes dirt, dust, smoke and sweat that has accumulated through out the day.  Not washing you face can cause premature aging, enlarged pores, acne, uneven skin tone, dryness and dull looking skin.  I am not trying to scare you into washing your face but if you struggle with any of these things finding the right skin care regimen can help.  There are many Dermalogica trained Skin Therapists to help you do just that.

So next time you are to tired  and want to skip washing your face just remember…..

Take Care Of Your Skin ~ You Wear It Everyday.

“I regret taking such good care of my skin”  ~said no one ever



Set Yourself Up For Success, Not Failure.

Set yourself up for success, not failure.


It’s that time of year again when we all perform the much dreaded “self-evaluation.”  Do I need to lose weight, would I like a new boyfriend/girlfriend, do I like my job, do I want a new career?  The list goes on and on, thank goodness we are only forced to do this “evaluation” every January.

This year I encourage you to focus on change in your life that will bring more fun and joy to you every day. Live in the moment. Surround yourself with people who “bring you up” instead of  “drag you down”.

Set yourself up for success instead of dreading failure.  Make your goals simple and achievable, loose a pound a month instead of trying to lose 10 lbs before February.  Commit to finding a “new” friend who helps push you in positive direction.  Explore new career opportunities that you have thought about but never acted on.

At The Salon Professional Academy Maplewood our goal is to provide our students with positive support, consistent feedback and an environment that pushes them to do things they didn’t think they were capable of.

Your job is to live in the moment, our job is to be the supportive friend.

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