THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity. Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies. A TSPA education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.
- Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
- Our approach to personal training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
- We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
- Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
- In addition to technical skills, TSPA can develop your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that can put you in high demand with top salons.
- We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement. Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school. Additionally, we have relationships for placement with more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
Brandy Soden and Dana Robinson – Owners
Brandy and Dana opened The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio in December 2012. As hair stylists, it was their love for the industry and desire to make others happy that inspired them to want to pay if forward to others. Their goal at TSPA San Antonio is to help others gain the confidence and skills to turn their passion into a career. The number one priority at this academy is for each student to graduate as a highly skilled, confident business savvy beauty professional.
Melanie Meador - Academy Director
Melanie is an amazing person. Her passion to help others succeed in their personal and professional life is seen through the joy she shares with everyone who meets her. She has tremendous dedication to helping the students and staff achieve their goals.
Suzette Thomas - Admissions Director
Suzettes passion is connecting with each student and growing them to their full potential. She is encouraging and supportive of each student throughout their entire educational journey.
Barbie Reyna - Educator
Barbie is one of the most passionate educators in her field. Her love for esthetics and the industry is immeasurable. Her students are a true reflection of her talent and dedication to their success.
TSPA Advanced Education
International Make up Show
Over the Top with Michael Cole
Redken Artist Connection 2013, 2014 & 2015
Redken Blow Dry Revolution
Redken Symposium 2015
Redken Design Certified
Her drive to see her students succeed is remarkable. She has a nurturing personality that encourages her students to work their hardest to be the best they can be!
TSPA Advanced Education
Over the Top with Michael Cole
Redken Artist Connection 2013, 2014 & 2015
Redken Color Obsessed
Redken Blowdry Revolution
Redken Syposium 2015
Redken Blonde Obsessed
International Make up Show
Redken Artist Connection 2016
Ray is a creative mind! High energy and a big heart make him an educator that is loved by both students and clients. His passion is teaching Principle Based Design haircutting.
Man UP Design Class
Redken Design Certified
Monique has been an educator in the beauty industry for over 20 years. She brings immense knowledge, passion and skill to TSPA. Her students love her and leave TSPA with a solid foundation for their careers in the beauty industry.
Gina is a former student and is now sharing her cosmetology knowledge and passion in the classroom! Gina is very outgoing and energetic and her students enjoy their time with her.
Jewel Rieck- Educator
Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry. Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned. The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.
This exclusive award is earned for the commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards. This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of the Academy’s facility, systems, curriculum, and staff.
With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”
TSPA San Antonio is the best choice I ever made! It jump started my passion and taught me everything I needed to know for the real world hair salon. My experiences there was truly unforgettable, filled with love ad support from every direction. The educators connect with you not on a professional level but also a personal one. They really care about making sure that you understand the concepts completely and want nothing more than to see your grow into something amazing!
You will be pushed to your greatest potential at TSPA and you will absolutely be successful in your career!
Going to TSPA San Antonio was the best decision I ever made. I went to a different cosmetology school before I went to TSPA and I knew something wasn't right! I knew I wasn't getting the education that I needed or the support so I had to start over completely and it was the BEST choice I have ever made.
They believed in me so much even when I didn't believe in myself. The support you get from Mrs. Melanie, Mrs. Suzette, Mrs. Dana and Ms. Brandy is incredible. I if I hadn't had them and the SA staff pushing me and never giving up on my I would not be where I am today. My entire career is because they believed in me and supported me and didn't let me give up.
Forever in their debt,
De Ann Ninneman Pugh reviewed The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio (TSPA SA) —
May 12 ·
My daughter attends school here & she LOVES it! The staff is fun, yet professional. My daughter will be graduating in late Sept. Early Oct. She is ready to get out there with the tools & guidance they have given her!
De Ann Ninneman Pugh
Wendy Morgan reviewed The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio (TSPA SA) —
April 13 ·
First of all if my daughter plans on making this a successful career, she has found her road! Excellent Academy that not only teaches hair, nails, etc., but the business side of this great career!! This is one of a kind!! I am super pumped she will be attending in September! Our visit with Ms. Suzette gave her and I all the tools we needed to choose this as her path! Ms. Suzette will make sure my daughter gets everything she needs to be sucessful. The owner is super professional with passion as her guide! As a mom, I could not be happier for my baby's new direction!
Nicole Kiser reviewed The Salon Professional Academy of San Antonio (TSPA SA) —
July 15 at 1:11pm ·
This place never fails to amaze me! I've been to this place several times, when I moved out here to San Antonio I have my first services with Zoey for I cut highlight she did a great job then three months ago, I had the same thing with Carly she was great as well.
The first time today I had a facial for acne prone skin I have with Josephine and it's the best one I have had, she did a wonderful job in the care and treatment. Her instructor was I believe Miss Barbara she was kind and knowledgeable. I then had a back to back appointment with Katiya for women's cut, blow-dry and style. She is new and she is excellent, her instructor was Monique, both very professional, kind and cared 100% about my appointment. I left feeling great and I will forever a returning customer, not only the pricing is just what I need but the service is above and beyond. I will be back in 1 month to see Josephine for further care of my skin
TSPA San Antonio Students go beyond reading “Over The Top” they’re freaking living! As in learning, earning and living the life of ESP: Extraordinary Salon Professional.
Michael ColeCo-Founder of Summit Salon Business Center and Global Educator
Here’s what else I know about TSPA San Antonio students! They’re not only attending a College of Beauty to be prepared for a career in Cosmetology they are enrolled in the “University of Self Transformation” for a life long quest to better their best in all aspects of their personal and professional calling.
At TSPA San Antonio Students learn to build an awesome clientele and earn an exceptional income through Redken technical curriculum and Summit “Over The Top” Guest Communication Systems.
In short, TSPA San Antonio Students are learning from the best this industry has to offer. For those that are ready to take the ride OMG does the dynamite BOOM!
The students that I have worked with from The Salon Professional Academy are true "Salon Professionals". This Academy is raising the bar for industry graduates. The talent, drive and work ethics of their students is above all others. I would definitely recommend The Salon Professional Academy to everybody looking to start a career in the Beauty Industry and receive the best education available!
Leti Latham - Owner Pure Posh Salon, San Antonio, TX
"TSPA gives you an amazing foundation for the start of your career. It isn't just about learning a skill. They teach you how to grow your business, and to grow yourself as a person."
Robyn - TSPA Student
"Attending TSPA wasn't just getting an excellent education, but also gaining an amazing group of friends I now call family."
Hannah - TSPA Student
When I started school, I was starting all over. I was scared and prayed I had made the right choice for my family and me. First day of school came and went and I have never looked back! Tspa has given me confidence in myself as a person and a professional. My world will never be the same. I have received support from educators and staff that have made the world of difference on my journey. Education here is key! I have been given tools to take on the world and that is just what I plan to do!
Alex - TSPA StudentWinner of TPSA Student attend Symposium Contest
“To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”
Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
“Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.”
Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
“I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.”
Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
“The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.”
Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
“Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.”
Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
“Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.”
Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
“I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.”
Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
“TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!”
Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
“I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”
Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.
TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it
Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service.
Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven