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. However, the state of Texas requires our students to be 16 years of age to enroll but you have to 17 when you apply for your license. 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 hair cutting 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


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 210.560.8772.

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 manage 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! 🎥. Admissions is just a call (210-560-8772), or email away from your future.

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 temporary 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  for your style of learning, book your virtual tour with our admissions counselors to put your future into motion.

DEMAND GROWS FOR TRADE SCHOOL GRADS: Is Cosmetology a Good Career Choice?

A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!


The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologists, barbers, hairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable, and available in all areas of cosmetology.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to work in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program! Start School from Your Home – Online learning has begun. Book your virtual tour with Admissions 210.560.8772.

From the Desk of Operations Director regarding COVID-19

From the desk of Operations Director Melanie Meador

Staff, students and guests,

In the light of recent events regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio is vigilantly working hard to ensure the health and safety of all who enter The Academy.

We are continually staying abreast of the communications delivered by the CDC, local, state and federal agencies along with the accrediting and government entities that oversee The Academy.

As of today, March 13, The Academy plans to remain open unless local, state or federal agencies call for mandated closures. In the event of an unexpected closure, a plan will be made for continuity of education. The Academy is not distance education approved so alternative or temporary plans will be put in place according to the information and guidelines given by our overseeing agencies.

Our normal day-to-day training and protocols are based off textbook lessons of infection control which require universal precautions, sterilization and sanitations before, during and after each service utilizing CDC recommended disinfecting agents. This, along with proper personal care of frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer, is encouraged.

The Academy has posted CDC signs with guidelines and recommendations throughout the school. We ask that any staff, student or guest that has confirmed exposure to the Coronavirus through travel or close contact please refrain from exposing others. Anyone showing signs or symptoms of the virus including fever or cough please take precautions and avoid entering The Academy.

As new information comes our way, please stayed tuned to The Academy’s website blog, TSPA SA public and TSPA SA student Facebook page, e-mails, texts and Academy door postings for any further guidelines and precautions. The health and safety of everyone is of the utmost importance to The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio.

Thank you,

Melanie Meador


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!

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