Dive Into Cosmetology

Have you ever wondered if cosmetology school could be for you? You might not know very much about cosmetology school or the careers available to cosmetologists, but we can help answer your questions. After you start researching, you’ll see that a cosmetology license can help you reach your goals and take you many places beyond the salon! We’ve gathered some of our best cosmetology blogs so you can dive in and learn about why cosmetology matters, careers in cosmetology, the right beauty career for you, and more.

Ten Wild Facts About Hair

Cosmetologists learn all about hair during school, but they also keep learning new things every day on the job! While learning cutting techniques and color mixing will probably have to wait until cosmetology school, you can check out these ten crazy facts about hair right now. Chances are you’ve never heard #7 before!

So Why Does Cosmetology Matter?

If making a difference in your community and helping others is important to you, cosmetology could be a great fit. Not only do cosmetologists have great opportunities to help their clients feel better about themselves, they can also volunteer their talents with charitable organizations. This blog shares just a few examples of how cosmetologists can help the homeless, cancer survivors, children, and more.

Careers in the Beauty Industry

So you’re considering making a career change to the beauty industry. Some people might only think of cosmetologists as working behind the chair in a salon. However, a beauty education can take you many other places far beyond the chair if that’s what you choose! Learn about opportunities at salons, resorts, and more here.

What Beauty Career Speaks to You?

Now that you know all about these exciting career opportunities in the beauty industry, which one would be the best fit for you? For many people, their career path isn’t a straight line, they try a variety of different things before settling down and choosing their specialty. This fun quiz can help you get thinking about some ideas of different beauty careers!

Need a Career Change? Make the Switch to Cosmetology!

No matter what your career or educational background is, you can make the switch to cosmetology! If you are looking for a friendly environment, learning opportunities, and upward mobility, you might love a cosmetology career. Learn more about making a career change to cosmetology here!

Take the Next Step

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? We can help! We’re here to help you achieve your dream of becoming a cosmetologist. Contact us so we can answer your questions about our cosmetology program and help you get started on the path to a career in beauty.

What Should You Do After High School Graduation?

It’s that time of year again: the weather is heating up, the school year is coming to an end, and graduation is not far away. People are probably starting to ask you about your plans for after high school. It might seem like everyone knows what they’re doing, but chances are you’re not the only one who’s a little unsure about the next step.


Nobody has their life plan all figured out at graduation. Opportunities will come, paths will change, and you might end up somewhere you never could have predicted! Many of our students here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Antonio, didn’t know they’d work in the beauty industry back when they were in high school.

At the same time, it’s still a good idea to have a shorter-term destination in mind and a few steps you can take to get there. Here are 5 ways you can start thinking about what to do after graduation:

1. Imagine Yourself in 5 Years

Take a moment and imagine yourself in five years. It might seem silly, but visualizing your future is important! Do you live in your hometown or an entirely new city? Are you living with your family, friends, a significant other, or on your own? Do you spend a lot of time with other people or are you focusing on your own hobbies? Maybe you’ve spent the last few years growing your career, or you just finished school and started your first job in a new field.

With all of the positive and exciting things to come, it’s also normal to feel stressed or worried about the future. Being worried about student loans, choosing the “right” career, and wondering if you’re on the right path are all normal ways to feel. While some worries are just part of life, you can make plans to avoid potential stresses. For example, you could choose to get an education with minimal student loans or get lots of information on your career options to feel comfortable with your choice. We offer financial aid to those who qualify, and our Financial Aid Administrator is here to help you understand how it all works.


2. Get to Know Yourself

There are dozens of free personality tests online that can help you learn more about yourself. Knowing if you want to work with other people each day, if you like to be spontaneous, or if you enjoy solving problems will help you decide what type of career you’d like to have. Some personality tests even give a list of common careers for your personality type. However, don’t feel limited by that list. You can choose any career you want! They are just ideas of jobs other people with personalities similar to yours have chosen.

While some people might think that hairstylists need to be very outgoing and talkative, the truth is that a variety of personality types can be great for a career in the beauty industry. People who are naturally quieter will vibe with a stylist who has a calmer personality. Also, estheticians get to work closely with people but often don’t talk with their client during the service.

3. Speak With Mentors

If you’re curious about what it’s like to work in different careers, the easiest thing to do is to just ask people about their job. You could speak with relatives, teachers, and even your hairstylist next time you go in for an appointment! Messaging people you know on social media about their jobs and career paths is also a way to get information. While some people might not be helpful, many others will want to share their journey with you.

If you are considering going to a specific school, reaching out to students or alumni and asking them about their experience is also a good idea. Hearing what they liked or disliked about their experience will be a good way to determine if that path is right for you.


Speaking to someone who knows you well could also help you learn more about what types of paths could be a good fit for you. A teacher, friend, or older relative could tell you what they feel are your strengths and give you ideas of careers to look into.

4. Pay Attention to Your Interests

The easiest way to tell you will like a career is if you’re already doing it! While you probably don’t have your dream job yet, you might be able to use your hobbies and talents in a future job. Maybe you have always enjoyed drawing, writing, makeup, sports, or doing hair. Any of those talents could make a great career!

You can also apply your talents toward a career that might not seem related at first glance. For example, becoming a professional athlete might not be realistic for everyone who loves sports. However, becoming a nutritionist, personal trainer, or physical therapist are all great options for people who are passionate about physical activity.

Think about what you do for fun or what subjects you are drawn to in school. Researching online about the careers that use these skills could help you discover career possibilities you have never thought of before! For example, a career in cosmetology would allow someone to exercise their creativity and people skills. At the same time, a more precise, detail-oriented person could also make an amazing colorist as they mix formulas and place color on the hair.

5. Write Down Your Goals


You might have heard that a goal is just a dream until you write it down. Well, it’s true! Write down your goals and then put them in a place that you see everyday. Some people like to put them on the bathroom mirror or next to their computer screen. After you’ve written down your goal, you can write down some steps to achieve it starting right now.

The first step could be as simple as making a plan to ask someone about their career, booking a tour at a school you’re interested in, or setting aside some time to research careers and get to know yourself better.

Consider a Career in Cosmetology

Now that you’re ready to start exploring different options for life after graduation, you could consider cosmetology. If you are hard working, creative, and enjoy working with people, cosmetology could be a great career path for you to explore! Cosmetology school is much shorter than a traditional college but still has many great financial aid and scholarship opportunities. It’s also a growing field: there will never not be a demand for hair cutting and styling! For more information about cosmetology school, please contact us or schedule a tour.

The Boss Babe Dream Team

Do you dream of becoming a boss babe? Then do we have an inspirational fairytale for you! Whether you aspire to work from home as a stylist or own a salon someday, enjoy our favorite success story that hits close to home: the rise of The Salon Professional Academy, (TSPA) San Antonio. Our owners, Brandy and Dana, are examples of ambition, perseverance, and success.

It Takes Two

Before TSPA San Antonio, Brandy and Dana worked at a local salon, advocating Redken products and techniques. Impressed with their commitment, TSPA approached the Redken-recognized ladies about expanding the franchise in Texas. This new opportunity was a risk they’d never regret.

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A Well-Oiled Machine

Working right alongside the franchise for guidance, the partners invested time to curate the TSPA brand in San Antonio. With Dana’s drive, eagerness to learn, and natural leadership combined with Brandy’s proactivity and passion for education, our partners were able to conquer the learning curve of starting a beauty school. They chose Melanie, our current director, to help advertise and enroll future students. The team eagerly awaited helping others achieve their own beautiful futures just as they had.

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A Balancing Act

In addition to full-time management of both a salon and beauty school, dream team Brandy and Dana are also mothers! Between family life, owning a salon and running a school, these busy and versatile ladies are a couple of wild cards. But ambition is best executed with balance and teamwork.

TSPA San Antonio seeks to create professionals, not just stylists. Beyond makeup and hair technique, our team values professional communication, business and marketing strategies, and how to make a lasting impression on the industry. This is achieved through curriculum, overseen by Brandy, marketing with Dana, and day-to-day management from Melanie.

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Don’t be! Students admire the success of our partners. Attending TSPA San Antonio is an opportunity to learn from Brandy and Dana who share anything from their expertise in technique to advice and mentorship. Their passion and heart for the TSPA San Antonio family is as transparent as a clear coat! We’d love to see you become a part of it.

If you share the passion with us, apply to our cosmetology program now! Enjoy our community of driven potential so that you can achieve the beautiful future of your dreams.

Could TSPA San Antonio Be the School For You?

If you dream of a career change, furthering your education, using your creativity, or a beautiful future, then we welcome you to The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Antonio! Here in the heart of big-city hustle and bustle lies a not-so-hidden gem: one of North America’s largest networks of beauty schools. They say everything is bigger in Texas, but we are ready to tell you what’s better in San Antonio specifically! Read on to see what schooling at TSPA San Antonio could have in store for you.

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Support System

Students and educators alike have a common goal: success! We believe in creative collaboration, inspiring one another, and helping each other in a positive, uplifting environment. At TSPA San Antonio, students can attain creative, professional, and career goals alongside their lifelong friends and mentors. Beauty students can build a network of both professionals and friends who will help students reach their potential during school and beyond graduation.

Learn From the Best

We’ve got quality products to match our quality educators! Lucky for us, TSPA San Antonio has a relationship with Redken that allows us to use their products. Specialized courses taught by trained professionals that can both challenge and teach students. These educators go beyond teaching, as they are mentors and advice-givers. They can help prepare students with practical training and guidance with professional tools and products.

Learn by Doing

Maybe you’ve watched YouTube tutorials or gawked over your own stylist’s skill. Forget just watching! Do! In TSPA San Antonio’s fully-equipped student salon training area*, students get to practice on real guests. Learn the proper technique of cutting, styling, coloring and more while practicing guest relations and retention.

It’s Not Just Hair and Makeup

Beauty school just might be a gateway into entrepreneurship! Students can practice branding themselves as self-employers, social media managers, and even business owners. Business goals and career dreams shared with educators can be fostered with marketing and communication tips. Build everything from a social presence to a resume or portfolio! This is a chance to learn from mistakes and ask questions before pursuing the professional world.

Explore the Opportunities


Students are in luck! TSPA San Antonio students can also enjoy the perks of the Make-up Designory (MUD) courses! Separate from beauty school’s class requirements, MUD courses make a great addition to a cosmetologist’s license, portfolio, or skill set. Advanced, specialized learning in contour technique, eyebrow shaping, and special occasion makeup taught at MUD classes can help future cosmetologists stay on trend, fresh, and unique!

Exam Prep

Dreading that final exam? Don’t! With our study helps such as our mentors and mock board exams, students can feel confident and relaxed when it comes time to face the state exam!

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financing your education should not keep you from your beautiful future. TSPA San Antonio offers financial aid and scholarships to those who qualify. Learn more about qualifying for financial assistance here.

Excited to take a step toward a beautiful future? We are ready for you! Check out our curriculum by program here!

Images shown are not of TSPA San Antonio. Although environments depicted are similar to those at TSPA San Antonio they are not direct representations.

{Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspasanantonio.com}

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

Consider Your Hair Problems Solved!

We get it. Hair can be SO high MANEtenance. Summer hair is prone to breakage while winter hair might suffer from frizz. Sometimes we might even leave a salon as unsatisfied as we arrived! But luckily we’ve got solutions to nine common hair problems so you can tame the mane.


Hair should be a confidence booster, not a burden! The next time you find yourself picking at split ends or itching a dry scalp, give these tips a look! Need more hair guidance? Come visit our student salon training area*!

To see more hair tips, check out this list of trends for 2018!

All services performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed professionals.

How to talk to your Colorist: Haircolor terms & definitions

1. Basecolor: Color applied at the root area or all-over before a dimensional/creative color technique is done.

2. Contrast: Contrast is a value applied to highlights. High-contrast highlights are much lighter than the surrounding hair and provide a dramatic look. Lower contrast highlights result in a more natural look.

3. Cool: Cool is a tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. A color is said to have “cool tones” if it tends toward blue, violet or green. Cool colors include platinum blondes, ash browns, and plum reds.

4. Coverage: Coverage is a measure of a haircolor’s ability to cover gray. Some haircolor formulations are too transparent to effectively cover gray hair. Redken Color Gels Permanent Conditioning Haircolor provides exceptional gray coverage with resistance to fading.

5. Dimension: Dimension is a function of the range of tones in your hair. A head of hair that is all one color is said to be “flat” or lacking dimension. Your stylist can add dimension to your hair with highlights or lowlights.

6. Double-process: A double-process color refers to anytime two color services are done in one visit. Generally this is done by doing the first color service, washing and drying the hair, then doing the second color. This can include lightening the hair then applying a toner, or doing a permanent color followed by a glaze.

7. Express Highlights: Express Highlights are done by applying a small amount of foils or painted-on pieces, usually focused on framing the face.

8. Glaze: Glazes involve using a semi-permanent color to enhance, enrich, change, match, tone down or intensify natural or color-treated hair while harmonizing contrast.

9. Hair Painting: Hair Painting, also known as balayage, is the process of free-handing or sweeping hair color, lightener or toner downwards in soft strokes directly on the surface of the desired section. This method is used to create dimension with a natural, softer look.

10. Highlights: Highlighting hair means isolating select strands in the hair and treating them with a haircolor or lightener to make them lighter than their base/natural color. Highlights can add dimension by contrasting with the rest of the hair and are created with foils, a cap or special combs or brushes used for “painting on” the color.

11. Lift: Lift is the chemical process of lightening the color of the hair. Different haircolor formulations have different lifting abilities.

12. Lowlights: Lowlights are created by using color with foils, caps, or painted on to darken specific pieces and create dimension. Generally low lights will be 2-3 levels darker than your basecolor and slightly warmer. This can be used for a more natural look or create accents within the hair.

13. Rebalancing: Rebalancing is the process of bringing the hair back into balance, and can be created with the combination of highlights and lowlights, and/or glazes.

14. Single-process:  A single process refers to any color service that is done in one step. This can be using a permanent color that lifts and deposits, a glaze, highlights/lowlights without toning, or a creative color service with only one process.

15. Texture: Texture, as defined by the diameter of an individual hair strand, is generally described as fine, medium, or coarse. Your stylist will factor in your hair’s texture when determining your best color formulation.

16. Trend Pastel: Trend Pastel refers to the softened, lightened hues of colors such as red, purple, green, orange, yellow, or blue. Pastel tones of color are meant as colorants and toning shades, and are best achieved when applied to very pale blonde hair to create for example pink, lavender, mint green tones.

17. Tone: Tone, in haircoloring, is the term used to describe a specific color—”golden” blonde, “coppery” red, “ash” brown. Colors are divided into warm tones and cool tones.

18. Warm: Warm is a tonal value that can apply to blonde, brunette, and red shades. A color is said to have “warm tones” if it tends toward yellow, orange or red. Warm colors include golden blondes, auburn brunettes, and coppery

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Ombre VS. Balayage: What is the difference?

If you’re ready to change up your haircolor and you can’t decide between Ombre and Balayage because, well, you can’t know the difference between Balayage and Ombre: you are not alone. Redken Artist Marie-Eve Faucher admits it can be hard to understand what sets them apart and which one is right for you. Let Marie-Eve along with fellow Redken Artists Jaclyn Harwood and Twylla Jane help you decode the difference in the ultimate match up: Ombre vs. Balayage.

What is Balayage?

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Balayage is all about how the color is applied. The word Balayage originates from the French term “to sweep.” With Balayage, not necessarily all the ends will be affected and the transition between dark and light will be much longer and more natural looking.

What is Ombre?

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Ombre is a haircolor technique where all the ends are going be affected and the transition from the deeper roots and light ends is going to be pretty short. The definition for Ombre is the French word for “color that is shaded or graduated in tone”.

So what is the difference between balayage and ombre? And what makes them similar?

“Ombre is typically done with lightener being placed horizontally with full saturation of the section and then blended upward to diffuse the line and Balayage will take smaller sectioning, where color will be painted onto the surface of the hair,” says Twylla Jane. Ombre is more of a horizontal placement and Balayage is more vertical.

In short, Ombre is a bit more of a style; Balayage is a technique.

Both result in a pretty low maintenance routine, since the haircolor placement is not strict but done in gradual (for Ombre) or sweeping (for Balayage) placement. Regular foil highlights, for example, require more regular visits to the salon. However, getting the actual service done and achieving the result you’re looking for can be expensive.

“Balayage and Ombre are both specialized, often times requiring a higher beauty budget and time in the salon,” Jaclyn says. “It is a low maintenance result, but important to continue haircare treatments and consistent visits to the salon to maintain optimal color results.”

What does the difference between ombre and balayage mean for me?

The good news is that anyone can try either look, depending on their desired result. The two techniques can even be used together on any haircolor for any desired haircolor.

Choosing which one is right for you really depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re looking for a blonde, brown, red, rose gold or even vivid color look, your artist should be able to work with you on either technique to create what the color effect you’re going for.

“The creative possibilities are endless,” Jaclyn says.

Depending on how much you’re changing your hair can also determine how many times you might need the processes done at the get go. For example, if you’re looking to lift your natural color to a much lighter state, your stylist will probably need to work on achieving your desired color over a few visits. “It takes time and is not guaranteed that your hair will lift that much in one visit,” she says. “A slower lift is a safer lift.”

Speaking of safe color…How can I make my ombre or balayage last?

Keeping your hair protected during Ombre or Balayage is vital for achieving and maintaining the color. When your hair is colored in any way, whether it’s lifted to a brighter color or altered to a darker one, it changes the pH balance of your scalp. You should talk to your stylist about what’s best to keep your hair feeling and looking healthy. Twylla recommends asking your stylist about Color Extend Bonder. She also recommends the Color Extend Care line if you’re treating your hair with for Ombre, Balayage or both!

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Bondcure damaged hair treatment from Redken

Is there anything better than leaving the salon with your dream haircolor? Actually, yes. Leaving the salon with your dream haircolor without damage takes the cake. That’s why Redken created Bondcure, a restorative treatment that combines the protective power of pH-Bonder and the healing power of Heatcure. It’s a must-have service if you are a color chameleon looking to embark on your next haircolor transformation, or if you’re a blonde ready to refresh your color. Read on to see how this signature treatment can enhance your haircolor experience during and after your service.

What Is Bondcure?

To help keep hair looking its best, Bondcure combines two professional salon services, pH-Bonder and Heatcure Professional.Photo Credit:  @redken

To help keep hair looking its best, Bondcure combines two powerhouse duos – pH-Bonder and Heatcure Professional. While pH-Bonder works to protect hair’s bonds during a color service, Heatcure can help restore the look of hair so that it not only looks but feels healthy. During the Heatcure portion of the service, the restoration treatment formula uses a combination of proteins, oils and waxes. To lock in the ingredients, the formula disperses cationic conditioners into the hair to provide lasting, restorative results. When the formula comes in contact with the Heatcure tool, the heat that this generates alongside the ingredients helps penetrate deeply into the cuticle and cortex of the hair. These two components work together to protect the integrity of the hair.

Who Benefits From Using Bondcure?

With a Bondcure service, you can restore previous hair damage on your hair.Photo Credit:  @eric_j_ray

If you are looking to restore the look of your hair and bring it back to a healthier level, you are a great candidate for a Bondcure service. Whether you are dealing with damage from hot tools or haircolor treatments, you will reap the protective and conditioning benefits of both components found in Bondcure. To maintain the feel of healthy hair, you should continue to care for your hair at home with pH-Bonder Post-Service Perfector and Heatcure Self-Heating Treatment


Beauty Myths: Fact or Fiction 4

Skincare Myth: Blackheads are dirt trapped in your pores…

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Do you stare at those tiny little dark spots on your skin thinking its dirt? Its not! Its really oil and dead skin that got trapped. When the oil and skin oxidize its get darker in color which makes it look dirty!

Skincare Myth: SPF’s with the highest #’s let me stay in the sun longer…

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

No way! The number of the SPF doesn’t tell how long you can stay in the sun BUT how well it protects you against the suns damaging rays. The best sunscreens are Broad Spectrum which protects you against UVA & UVB rays. Always reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours regardless of SPF for the best protection.

Skincare Myth: You should exfoliate daily to achieve glowing skin….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Exfoliating your skin more than 2-3 times a week can do a lot more harm than good. It can dry out your skin or cause tiny tears that will make your skin most vulnerable to bacteria and acne.

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Hair Myth: You always need to shampoo your hair twice for it to be clean..

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

If you wash your hair daily then there is no point. If you have been sweating, doing yard work, swimming etc. you may want to wash twice to remove excess dirt/build-up. If you happen to have excessive product build up or only wash 2x weekly you should use a deep cleansing shampoo followed by your stylist recommended daily shampoo.


Skin Care Myth: You don’t need anti-aging skincare products when you are younger….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Starting a good anti-aging regimen in as early as your 20’s will help prevent as much aging damage as possible. There is no need to wait for the fine lines and wrinkles to show up before you start using the proper anti-aging skincare products.

Hair Myth: Washing your hair daily strips the natural oils….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Your hair goes everywhere you do! If you are exposed to sweat, dirt, chlorine, etc. you’ll need to wash. You always want to keep your scalp clean and healthy. Also, your skin sheds and you’ll want to wash on a regular basis to release the skin cells trapped in your hair so it doesn’t get build-up of flakes.


Skincare Myth: Its cloudy out, you don’t need sunscreen today….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Always wear sunscreen! People tend to get most burnt on the days they “think” they don’t need it! Harmful UV rays bounce off the clouds so just because you cant see the sun doesn’t mean you cant get burnt! Regardless of how cloudy or sunny the day is make it a habit to apply your sunscreen regularly.