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!

Admissions: 260.209.1220






Cosmetology vs Esthetics

When deciding what career you want to pursue, it might be hard to decide between a cosmetologist and an esthetician. Both careers focus on beauty, but one focuses on hair, makeup, and skin, while the other focuses mostly on skincare. It’s important to note that both career paths require different licenses in Indiana, so these two careers are not interchangeable. Here are the most notable differences between the two.


A cosmetologist usually focuses on hair, makeup, and nails. By definition, a person licensed to provide cosmetic treatments to the hair, skin, and nails. Some of the skills a cosmetologist in Indiana could learn include:

  • Hair Cutting, Coloring, and Styling
  • Nailcare
  • Waxing
  • Facials and Makeup
  • Business Skills

To get a cosmetologist license in Indiana, you are required to:

  • Enroll in a cosmetology program
  • Complete 1,500 training hours
  • Sit for the state board

Where Do Cosmetologists Work?

Licensed cosmetologists can find careers in multiple places. A common career for a cosmetologist is a hair stylist, but it’s also possible to become a makeup artist, nail technician, or even a cosmetology instructor. The growth rate in the cosmetologist profession is 10%, which is higher than average for most jobs!

Esthetics facial


An esthetician focuses more on skincare and makeup. Someone in an esthetics program might learn about the chemistry of skincare and how to best clean the skin. Estheticians focus on the skin, especially through makeup, facials, and waxing, while cosmetologists focus on hair and nails. Other skills an esthetician might learn could be:

  • Skincare services
  • Makeup application
  • Waxing
  • Spa Techniques
  • Business skills

To get an esthetics license in Indiana, you are required to:

    • Enroll in an esthetics program
    • Complete 700 training hours
    • Sit for the state board

Where Do Estheticians Work?

Estheticians might work in medical spas, salons, hotels, or even department stores. An esthetician could also work in a dermatologist’s office providing non-medical assistance to patients, or they might work in a plastic surgeon’s office as a medical esthetician. Estheticians can also choose to run their own business, depending on what they specialize in.

Cosmetology License vs Esthetician License

The state of Indiana requires separate licenses for cosmetology and esthetics. While some of the skills learned in a cosmetologist program might be similar to an esthetician program, it’s important to enroll in a program that specializes in what you are looking for in a career. An esthetician cannot work as a cosmetologist, and a cosmetologist cannot work as an esthetician.

These two careers, while similar, are different enough that they require a separate license and education. Check out our cosmetology and esthetics programs to find out more!

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