Covid-19 Info-Our Commitment Remains Strong

The Salon Professional Academy is working to ensure a path of success by taking significant steps to avoid interruption all the while prioritizing the health and safety of our students, guests, and staff.  Working through something like this is new to the nation, the state, and certainly to us.  We want to put your mind at ease and reassure you that this unprecedented situation will not stop us from supporting Our TSPA Family.

As we have all been forced to connect in a different way and to take extraordinary health and safety measures, NONE of this is new to TSPA.  As is the required practice of our vocation, TSPA will continue to follow universal precautions and CDC guidelines for sanitation.  Sanitation is a huge focus of Cosmetology training and a continued expectation of practicing professionals.  As some states have made a move towards deregulation of the Beauty Industry, we can all see why regulatory measures and standards are a must to ensure that we all remain healthy and safe.  Connecting virtually is NOT a new concept to The Salon Professional Academy either.  We have been embracing and utilizing the benefits of web meetings and digitally based education for years.  Again, as some states have taken a discriminatory attitude towards distance learning for trade schools and most often Cosmetology Schools, TSPA is proving all the naysayers wrong.  We are proud to stand alone with our exclusive E-Learning curriculum and digital education offerings.  We will continue to prove that we are capable of thriving in a digital environment and continue to fight for sweeping changes that will allow us the same consideration as all other Post-Secondary Institutions.

As we focus on the health and safety of our TSPA family we must also prepare for the future.  Our goal is to continue forward momentum toward licensure for our current students and to knock down obstacles for prospective students starting their journey towards a career goal.  Not only have we begun to facilitate classes digitally, we have put systems in place to assist those who have chosen to pursue a career in the Beauty Industry.  Our admissions office will continue to communicate via telephone and email but now we have added a virtual option.   Admissions has begun conducting meetings, tours of our BEAUTIFUL Academy, and enrollments for future class starts ALL utilizing digital technology.  We praise all of those who have decided to follow their passion and pursue their career goals.  Our commitment to you and your passion for the Beauty Industry WILL NOT be hindered by this temporary situation.

We want to THANK all of our loyal supporters and guests for their patience.  We cannot wait to see you!

For more information on a career in Cosmetology or Esthetics please reach out, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Meet TSPA Fort Wayne’s Joint Owner – Aimee Black

Last month we had the privilege to meet Cheryl Livingston, one of the amazing owners of The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA) Fort Wayne, Indiana location. While this school isn’t open quite yet, the owners are already hard at work making the school beautiful and ready to welcome the very first students in their doors.
This month, we were able to sit down with one of Cheryl’s co-owner, Aimee Black, and talk to her about her beauty background, as well as learn about what drives her. With years of experience and a passion to help students succeed, Aimee is dedicated to make this new TSPA location a staple in the community and one known for producing talented students.

”It’s Never Too Late To Change.”

Fort Wayne Owner AimeeAimee is a testament to following your heart and never saying no to a passion. After all, her working career didn’t start in the beauty industry. Aimee began working in restaurants and spent many years as a manager before contemplating a career change after the birth of her daughter.
Drawn to creativity, something that infuses every part of her life from hair to decorating her house, Aimee obtained her cosmetology certificate at 31 years of age, proving that it is never too late for a change or to pursue a new passion.
This simple life lesson is something that she hopes to teach each of her future students. Known for her witty honesty, Aimee welcomes every new guest through their doors with the phrase “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to mess up,” going on to say that “Sometimes you learn more from the bad people, and the bad experiences in life, than you do the good ones.”

“Never Let Go of the Hose.”

Fort Wayne Owner AimeeFailing is something that Aimee has done many times and also something that she has learned from. In fact, one of her greatest (and first) mistakes within the beauty industry was back in cosmetology school. Upon leaving “the Dungeon” of foundations classes, a term used to describe the classrooms of her school as they are all located in the basement, Aimee was finally welcomed onto the floor of her school, mannequin head in hand. Given the task of shampooing the head’s hair, Aimee ended in disaster as the hose went haywire, sending water all over everything: staff, clients, floor and ceiling. Everyone yelled at her to turn off the water, to grab the hose, but both evaded her, leaving her soaking and humiliated on a task that should have been easy but instead taught her a valuable lesson of failure and the value of never giving up.
The successes that have followed the experience, not only push Aimee to do better, but to teach others that lessons and accomplishments can be hidden in failing.
“I never let go of the hose.” She told us, making it clear that that lesson serves as core strength.

“It’s Our Culture That Makes Us Great.”

Fort Wayne Owner AimeeWhen Aimee first entered the beauty industry after graduation she was lucky enough to work in a salon that was run by one of the original Redken Educators. This woman took her under wing and served as not only her mentor but as the basis for much of her standards within the industry. It was this first, impactful experience that fuels Aimee’s drive to teach and educate young students and give them the skills they need to become valuable assets in their future careers.
It’s more than her mentor that keeps her passion for the industry alive, however, it is her determination and faith in a culture that has often been viewed as an underdog. Seen for years as the career for unsuccessful cast offs, the beauty industry has risen above that standard; driven by a loving support structure that can be seen in both the community and culture. It is a culture that she is proud to be a part of but also proud to help grow as she begins the task of training the next generation and continuing a tradition of determination and love.

Feel infected by Aimee’s passion and determination? You are not alone. Join her and Cheryl as they impact an industry and their town. If you are interested in learning more about TSPA Fort Wayne’s programs or would like to be part of our inaugural class and take advantage of our steep discount, contact our admissions department.


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What Does A Cosmetologist Do?

It’s a question we here at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Fort Wayne hear quite a bit, the curious interest of what exactly a cosmetologist does. It may seem like a simple question with a simple answer to most of you, but to many more it leaves them scratching their heads.
We don’t blame them, either. After all, a cosmetologist is much more than societies assumption of cutting hair. And it takes much more training and knowledge than that. It is not cutting your kid sister’s hair with the rusty kitchen shears.

A Cosmetologists Knows Skin

Cosmetology Skin

Yes, it’s true. While this may seem like something more aligned with an esthetician, the basic knowledge of skin care and upkeep is actually one of the basics of a cosmetologists knowledge as well. After all, the health of your skin can directly correlate with the health of your hair. In addition to that, a cosmetologists job is to help their clients look their very best. And putting your best face forward sometimes needs a little help and guidance.

A Cosmetologists Knows Nails

Cosmetology nails

If the upkeep of your skin contributes to the health of your hair, then the care of your nails is the base-line to that beautiful system. After all, they are practically cousins. Grown from the same basic system of tissue, if your nails are struggling it can be a sign of deeper issues. While cosmetologists are not doctors, they are trained to watch for some of these signs, in addition to helping the health of your nails and keep them looking their very best.

A Cosmetologist Knows Hair

Cosmetology hair

You didn’t think we would forget the biggest one, did you? After all, the very thing that cosmetologists are known for is the cornerstone of what they do. It’s their job to create those gorgeous colors, cuts, and updos that you have been eyeing on Instagram for the last few weeks. A cosmetologists job really does include more than cutting, however, with their knowledge stretching far into what can damage your strands, how to repair said damage and tips and tricks to keep those long locks from breaking (or from falling out).

In a nutshell, a definition of a cosmetologists is “the beautification, care, and treatment of the nails, hair, and skin”. So much more than scissors and bright pink updos.
They are who keeps us looking our best, and keep those amazing trends flying strong (we are looking at you, pastel hair).

If you are interested in learning more about cosmetology, or would like to hear about our training programs, contact us today.


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