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!

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*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.


Beauty Myths: Fact or Fiction Part 2

Skincare Myth: I don’t need to wear SPF every day because there is some in my makeup.

Fact or Fiction: Fiction!

You should include SPF in your daily skincare routine. To the most coverage you’ll need about 14 times the normal amount of Finishing powder with SPF or 7 times the Liquid make up with SPF usual amounts of product to achieve the SPF that most products claim to have.



Skincare Myth: Oily skin doesn’t need to be moisturized…

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

All skin needs moisture to maintain a natural balance. If it gets out of whack, your skin will be forced to produce more oils than necessary and that can cause more problems.


Skincare Myth: Wash your face as often as possible to remove acne causing bacteria….

Fact or Fiction? Fiction!

Excessive washing can leave your skin dehydrated. Wash nightly before bed to remove dirt, make-up residue and oils that can clog pores. Wash in the morning to remove any excess oils and dead skin cells that accumulates while you were sleeping.


Skincare Myth: Make-Up causes acne….

Fact or Fiction: Fiction!

Studies show that in most cases acne most likely caused by the way you treat your skin on a daily basis and the cleanliness of your make-up brushes. Cleansing your face daily with a good facial cleanser to remove make up residue AND washing your make-up brushes on a regular basis so you don’t introduce bacteria into your pores.

Top 10 Salons in the San Antonio Area

We are proud to be part of the amazing beauty professional community in San Antonio. At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), San Antonio we are not only dedicated to helping to grow the next generation of professional, we are proud to have our students working in some of the top salons in our area.

We have worked to create a relationship with many of these salons and are proud to give our students the benefit of these connections as they work to build their careers.

There are so many salons in the San Antonio Area that we can’t possibly list them all, but here are some of the ones closest to us, and some we proud to have as part of our TSPA family.

    1. Pure Posh Salon

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      This local salon has special ties with The Salon Professional Academy, San Antonio; they are our sister academy! Owned by Brandy and Dana, our own fearless owners, Pure Posh is an amazing salon, that has even employed several graduates of TSPA San Antonio!

      Head in today for an amazing service, and to see a few of our graduates in action!

    2. I’m Unique Hair Artistry

      This multicultural salon in San Antonio, Texas is a favorite among our staff and students. Specializing in creating beautiful ethnic looks, we are proud to have several of our students employed at this unique salon.

    3. Medusa The Salon

      If you love bright colors and trendy cuts this eclectic salon might be right up your alley. With beautiful looks, and a few TSPA San Antonio alumni manning the chairs, you are sure to feel pampered and leave glowing at Medusa The Salon.

    4. The Fixx Hair Studio

      With a fun environment, upbeat atmosphere, and a staff that is ready and willing to help you look your best, The Fixx Hair Salon could be your go to. For great looks in the New Braunfels area give them a call today.

    5. Hair Studio Sonterra Salon

      This award winning salon in San Antonio, Texas is a great addition to our local beauty community. Their beautiful salon and dedicated staff are always seeking to push the limits on what the looks that they create, and build beautiful color sheens on a daily basis.

    6. Evolve Salon

      A Redken based salon in the San Antonio Texas, Evolve Salon not only boasts several TSPA San Antonio alumni, but killer service in a stunning salon that will leave you feeling like a pampered super star.

    7. Joyez Salon

      A brazilian blowout master, the stylists at Joyez Salon are ready to help you look your best for any occasion. Contact them today to see how they can help you, and make sure to say hi to our alumni while you are there!

    8. Mint Salon

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      Mint Salon is an adorable boutique salon in San Antonio, Texas, this salon feels more like a family gathering! With a staff that has your needs at heart, and strives to give you a great experience, you will truly feel at home here!

    9. Sergio’s Salon and Spa

      Sergio and his staff at a fundraiser

      This local salon and spa has been voted number one in San Antonio, and for good reason, the staff and facility are kind, welcoming and will help you feel right at home. From hair cuts to massages, you can get it all at Sergio’s.

    10. PURE Beauty Bliss Salon

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      This true blue texas salon is dedicated to giving you not only the best service, but the best experience you can hope for. With experienced stylists and the skills you are looking for, you are guaranteed to leave smiling.


Are you ready to support the beauty professional community in San Antonio?

With so many options you might be feeling overwhelmed! Consider starting where it all begins and schedule a visit in our student salon training area.

Experience a service with a future professional, and find your next stylist behind our doors.

Contact us today to schedule your pampering salon experience.


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