Paying For School Just Got Easier!

Ready to come to school and get on your career path but have had a hard time coming up with a way to pay for your tuition? Well, TSPA just partnered with a new loan company that makes it sooo much more affordable for you to get started!


(on the form under “Comments” please note that you are interested in “CLIMB”)

Climb Credit is a new kind of student lending company which focuses on financing career-building programs to help students get a high return-on-investment from their education. They believe education is an investment toward your future career and earning potential.

Climb Offers:

· A quick online application – with the ability to add a cosigner – completed in as little as 5 minutes with no impact to credit score

·  Prepay, in part or in whole, at any time without penalty

·  Instant decisions 95% of the time, with the ability to accept and e-sign your documents in just a few clicks

·Friendly and responsive customer service available


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*{All services performed by students under the supervision of licensed professionals}


Helping Children with Hair Loss


Are you ready to donate your hair?  

                                   Are you unsure where to send your hair?  

The Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood is a proud Salon Partner with Children With Hair Loss.

Children With Hair Loss is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss.  Check out their website for more information and how to help or donate.


Pictured above is a 7 year old that had been patiently waiting for her hair to be long enough to donate.  And you can tell from the smile on her face how happy she was when it measured long enough.  One of the cosmetology students here at The Academy made her new haircut look amazing with a stylish asymmetrical bob.

Schedule your hair donation haircut here at The Salon Professional Academy and we will send the hair for you.

Hair must be a minimum of 8 inches to donate.  Hair must be clean, dry and in ponytails or braids.  Hair then can be placed in a ziplock and a mailing envelope.  There is a complete donation form on the website that can be downloaded.


To make your haircut donation appointment with one of our cosmetology students call 651-340-0766.

All services are performed by students under the supervision of licensed educators.

Summer in the BUFF!


Pick up some cool summer gear and support a great cause.  From June 1stto August 1stwe will be selling a fun and versatile summer stretchy scarf or “buff” like the ones you’ve seen on the tv show Survivor.  They can be worn more than a dozen different ways and are the perfect summer accessory! They only cost $5 and all of the proceeds from your purchase go toward support of RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES Upper Midwest.  Get them for you, a friend, and the kids and know that you are doing your part to support a great cause.


The Salon Professional Acadmey is running a fun contest that could make you “Insta-famous” and hook you up with a fabulous prize.   Simply follow the steps below for a chance to win the grand prize gift basket worth $500.

The contest is simple:

  • Purchase a TSPA Buff at the school
  • Take a fun, creative selfie prominently featuring you wearing the buff. (keep the images appropriate please 😊)
  • Post it to your Instagram account using these two hashtags: #tspainthebuff & #tspamaplewood
  • Post your picture by August 1st
  • Check back with the school, our social media accounts, and/or website to see if you won and to claim your prize.

CONTEST DETAILS: Employees, currently enrolled students, and direct account contacts from vendors/companies affiliated with the school are ineligible to win the grand prize.  All posts need to be of an appropriate nature. Lewd, profane, discriminatory, or inappropriate posts will be disqualified.  Winner must claim prize by September 1st, 2019 or it will be awarded to the next selected post winner.  Contact this school with any additional questions you may have.  The use of the word “buff” is a play on words as well as the colloquial, generic term for a stretchy, tubular-sewn scarf and not meant to imply the product being sold for charity is the trademark brand BUFF®. 


$5000 Summer Scholarship

Cha Ching!  Save on your career investment.

Imagine paying $5,000 less for tuition?!?!

Now you can!

This scholarship is offered to the first 6 new students enrolled in our JUNE & July COSMETOLOGY program.  This is the perfect time to start working toward an amazing career in the beauty industry.  We develop the entire salon professional with great technical ability, business & marketing training and guest handling skills that are in high demand by top salons & spas.  Enroll now and find your place in our fun and friendly environment that is focused on the student experience and student success!

Class start date are June 11th & July 9th that are eligible for this years summer scholarship.  Please contact us below for for information.

Fill out the form below and our admissions Director will be in contact with you.  We look forward to learning more about you and your career goals and how we can help you achieve them her at The Salon Professional Academy.

Financial assistance and scholarships available to those who qualify.

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Ready. Set. Glow.

The Ultimate Skincare Event

Bye, Bye Winter, Hello Soft & Supple Spring Skin! 

April 30th is your chance to say ‘good bye’ to winter’s harshness on your skin and ‘hello’ blushy spring glow. Both our Esthetician & Cosmetology students, in training, will transform your skin for only $10 per facial and $5 brow waxing.

Plus enjoy 25% OFF all of your favorite Dermalogica & Redken Products for one night only! Of course you can book your BFF at the same time. But hurry, if you pre-book, you get entered into a drawing to win a free $350 Dermalogica Gift Basket!

We have a sharing contest starting April 1st and the winner will be the person who receives the most shares as a result of sharing our Facebook post announcing this Ready Set Glow event! The person who has the most shares wins a pampering day including…..  pedicure, manicure, hair conditioning treatment & style.

Call to book your appointment – 651-340-0766

Enjoy swag bags


25% OFF Dermalogica & Redken

TSPA T-shirts for purchase (you’ll want to buy one because we’ll run contests for persons wearing them in their travels and during events this summer!)


Crash A Class – Life as a Student Event


Learn what it’s like to be a cosmetology student and how you can be successful in the beauty industry. See life at The Salon Professional Academy through the eyes of a student during our interactive event. Bring a friend and join us November 7th for our Crash A Class event!

During Crash A Class you will get to:

  • Learn directly from your peers why they chose The Salon Professional Academy for their education
  • Get hands-on experience in the classroom, watch demonstrations, and meet the Educators
  • Learn more information on class start dates and tour our beautiful salon inspired campus
  • Gain insight to the beauty industry
  • Enjoy refreshments and take home a TSPA swagbag

Remember to mark your calendar for November 7th, 2018 from 5pm – 7pm.

See you there!

Trim Hunger


Over the last three years, hunger awareness in the beauty industry has helped feed hundreds of people. Hairdressers, students and clients nationwide are successfully trimming out the need for food in America.


Trim Hunger/HuTerra is in partnership with a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and donations to address the issue of hunger both locally in the fox cities of Wisconsin and in America. Through its affiliation with the nationwide beauty school franchise The Salon Professional Academy and Elevate salon institute with the help of generous corporate sponsors, Trim Hunger is igniting the passion to help those in need in the hearts of beauty professionals all across the country. In an industry already focused on helping, giving, and transforming lives, Trim Hunger will have the limitless support of beauty schools, salons, spas, and manufacturers to provide nutritious meals for those greatest in need. 


In 2014, Josif Wittnik of Appleton, WI was introduced to some frightening and saddening statistics regarding the number of people in his own community, including many children, who were going without food each day. Motivated by this daily tragedy in his hometown, Josif set out to do something about it. As the co-owner of a local The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) and Salon CTI and Day Spa, he leveraged their reach and the caring hearts of the other owners, staff, and students to sponsor fundraisers through a variety of activities under the name Cut Out Hunger; playing on the hairdresser pun. By the end of 2013, they had raised thousands of dollars to help the local food bank get meals out into the community. Knowing that more needed to be done, both locally and across the United States, Josif brought this issue to the attention of anyone who would listen. This effort reached a turning point in January of 2015 while Josif was attending the biennial Redken Symposium in Las Vegas. Upon sharing his story with fellow TSPA owners, salon professionals, and a variety of executives with Redken and L’Oreal, Josif received an overwhelming response from people wanting to get involved. Since then, the brand evolved to Trim Hunger (in keeping with the salon industry theme) and continues to receive an outpouring of support through The Salon Professional Academy franchise and corporate sponsorship from both within and far outside the beauty industry.


The Month Of October……The Salon Professional Academy, located at 3000 White Bear Ave. Maplewood, MN 55109, will be holding a bake sale to the public to raise money to help support the efforts of TRIM HUNGER.  100% of the efforts will be donated straight to them.  We are very excited to be a part of this for the first time to help raise awareness.  Today the students bags candy corn and peanuts that were donated by them and staff members.  This will be a fun treat to add to our bake sale.
For more information about Trim Hunger or to make a donation online, please visit


Additionally, a wide variety of events and fund-raisers will take place at individual participating TSPA franchise locations. To learn more about Trim Hunger, visit


The TSPA Experience!



Experience what it feels like to be a Cosmetology Student!

2 Dates Available!  April 25th or May 9th

Cost: $15 or 2 for $25

Join us for a hands-on experience, receive a student salon service and get a fun Redken tote bag to take home! Learn what a career in the beauty industry looks and feels like.

SPACE IS LIMITED! Save your spot today! To register, email us at or call (651) 340-0958 for more information.

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Accreditation. Get The Facts.

When you are pursuing a career in beauty, the school you go to matters.

Everything from the curriculum that is taught, to the experience of the educators can impact the education that you receive, as well as the career you may find yourself in. It’s one of the major reasons that finding a school that fits with your dreams, and is ready to help you reach them, is so important.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Maplewood we know that understanding what goes into beauty school quality can be confusing! Everything from products, to curriculum, to accreditation and accolades can take a role in the quality of a school.

Are you ready to break it down?

We are ready to help! With our dedication to our students and to their futures being a huge part of our culture, we want you to feel confident in your school choice, and in the path you have found yourself on. Your future is what you make it, it’s our job to help make the journey beautiful.

If you have further questions, make sure to reach out to our admissions coordinator and schedule your tour today, we would love to help you find a choice that you are confident in.

Brand Affiliation

Redken Diamond Academy - TSPA

Having a school that is aligned with a national product brand is actually very common. After all, schools want to give their students access to the very best brands as they prepare them for a new career.

Sometimes it is more than just product, however. Often those brand affiliations come with additional support and product knowledge that can further impact the education of future professionals. Our relationship with Redken does just that for our school and for our students. With access to additional training opportunities, a Redken based cutting system, and amazing products that have influenced cosmetology students for generations, we are proud to be recognized for Excellence in Education by Redken.

National Accreditation

There are a few national accrediting bodies that are recognized by the department of education for monitoring trade school standards and regulations. These standards stretch across graduation rates, facility standards, teacher experience and more. At its core accreditation affiliation is required for a school to be able to accept federal student funding.

It is often thought of as a “golden banner” when a school is accepted into an accrediting family. However, because these applications and approvals can often take multiple years for both application and approval, it is definitely not a definitive seal of approval.

Often, schools are meeting (and even exceeding) the requirements to be recognized by an accrediting body long before their accreditation is official.

If you have any questions about accreditations, or would like to discover how the standards of your school align with those required, we suggest you schedule a time to sit down with your admissions coordinator. We would love to answer any questions you may have.

Franchise Association


National accreditation bodies are not the only thing that can positively affect a schools standards. As part of a franchise like TSPA we are required to meet certain education, facility, and graduation rate requirements not only to uphold the standards of our brand, but deliver a quality education to our students.

At TSPA Maplewood we are proud to be a part of The Salon Professional Academy family. Not only because we believe in the mission and goals of the school, but because we want to positively impact cosmetologist for generations to come.

Program Focuses

Often schools will have different programs or focuses that could impact the education and future of the students. If you want to go into bridal hair and makeup for example you may want to make sure that the school you are going to has makeup either included in their cosmetology program or as an additional course.

Talk to your admissions coordinator to see what is offered at your school. They will help you know how additional focuses and options can positively affect you and help to make your future exactly what you would like it to be.

Are you ready to create your own beautiful future?

At The Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood, we want each of our students to feel supported as they reach for their dreams. It’s why we strive to create a program that helps them do just that.

If you have more questions about how we have done that, or what goes into our schools quality, please don’t hesitate to ask! Come in for a tour, and chat with our educators and students and discover for yourself what makes TSPA the school for you.

Are you ready to begin your journey, let’s take the first step together.

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

Cosmetology Vs. Esthetics. What’s the Difference?

The beauty industry is vast and varied with careers ranging from barber to spa technician to the gold standard cosmetologist. Plus, all of these careers can come with specialities that vary greatly, too.

What a cosmetologist learns in Alabama could be vastly different from what they will learn in Minnesota.

With so many variations, attaining a career in beauty can feel slightly overwhelming!

Do not worry; it is simpler than you think. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Maplewood we are ready to help you cut through the confusion and find the career path that will help lead you to your own beautiful future.

Discover the difference between a career in cosmetology and esthetics and find out which one is right for you!


noun cos·me·tol·o·gy \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē \

The professional skill or practice of beautifying the face, hair, and skin.

woman  doing another womans hair

Have you always been obsessed with hair? Are you the friend everyone goes to for help before their big date? If you have dreamed of a future in cosmetology since you were a child, or if its a new love, gaining an education that will go beyond the basics is important for your future.

At The Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood we are committed to your future and to helping you develop the skill and knowledge you need to reach your dreams. Read more about our cosmetology program here.

Education Requirements

  • 1,550 hours of education and practical training. Broken up into 1,130 hours of practical skills and 420 hours of theory these hours are required to be completed by a students seeking a career in cosmetology.
  • Practical Skills Requirements Cosmetology is a skills based career, and because of this it is important to make sure that all future cosmetologists understand and are able to competently execute certain tasks.
    • Shampoo and Conditioning
    • Hair Design
    • Hair Shaping
    • Styling and Cutting
    • Chemical relaxing and waving
    • Makeup application
    • Waxing and non-electric hair removal
    • Care or skin and nails
    • Manicures and Pedicures
    • Facials
  • Theory Education Requirement Each cosmetology student must obtain a knowledge of certain topics as per the licensing division in Minnesota. Some of the topics that are required to be covered include:
    • Anatomy
    • Chemistry
    • Dermatology
    • Infection Control
    • Safety and Sanitation

Cosmetology is often regarded as an all-inclusive beauty education. And while that may not be completely true, in Minnesota an education in cosmetology goes beyond hair, delving into esthetics and nail technology. This inclusive education can help broaden your skills, and your career potential.

If you are more interested in focusing just on makeup, as well as the care of skin, then an education in esthetics might be for you.


noun aes·thet·ic \ ēs-ˈthe-tik , is-\

The branch of cosmetology that studies the principles of beauty, focused on physical appearance and care of the skin.

woman getting a facemask at a spa

Do you love helping your friends get fresh, beautiful skin? Are you often regarded as the one with all the secrets to skin problems and makeup? While an education in esthetics goes beyond the essentials in skin, it can help you develop the skills you need for a future full of fresh faces.

Education Requirements

  • 600 hours of education and practical training. These hours, to be split between practical and theory based training, are required to be completed by a students seeking a career in esthetics.
  • Practical Skills Requirements A career in esthetics focuses mainly on the skills that are required of the student in the workplace. Because of the hands on nature of this beauty based career, the student must learn and show ability in the following areas:
    • Skin Analysis
    • Temporary Hair Removal
    • Brow and Lash Tinting
    • Care and Health of Skin and Nails
    • Facials
    • Waxing and non-electric hair removal
  • Theory Education RequirementThe foundation to any beauty career is based on the knowledge of health, safety, and care of the body. These skills must be mastered, and will be tested as per the state licensing board in Minnesota.
    • Anatomy
    • Cosmetic Ingredients
    • Dermatology
    • Infection Control
    • Safety and Sanitation

If you are passionate about skin and are looking for an education that will get you working faster than a career in esthetics could be your perfect fit.

Which of these beautiful careers sound right for you?

woman getting her makeup done

If you are ready to explore where each of these beautiful career paths can take you we invite you to come in for a tour. Our admissions coordinator and friendly staff are ready to introduce you to our beautiful facility, and help you discover what future could await you.

Schedule your tour today.

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