Welcome, TSPA Holland!

Holland Team

Holland, MI is known for its Dutch heritage, beautiful beaches, historic windmills and wooden shoe factory. Today, we’re adding a TSPA to that must-see list! Please join us in welcoming Scott and Rachel Harned of TSPA Holland!

This is not Scott and Rachel’s beauty industry debut. In 2014 the couple created and opened Bombshell Blow Dry Bar, a full service salon with a blow dry bar concept in Holland, Michigan. In the summer of 2015 Bombshell launched its associate program which employs newly graduated cosmetologists and focuses on molding them and teaching them to fit the role of a successful, full-time stylist in the salon.

With a background in advertising and communications, it’s no surprise that Rachel’s strongest attribute is her drive to help everyone understand her business and know why it’s a place they want to receive services. She is always doing all that she can to get the word out about her business in the most creative ways. Her dedication to supreme customer service and continued education is by far one of her biggest priorities. Watching her employees grow and achieve the highest level of success is what makes it all worth it to Rachel. She hopes to extend that same growth and success to students at TSPA Holland.

Scott has done consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, including Chevron, BP and Koch Industries. In 2010 he joined a national restaurant industry vendor as Director of Sales and Marketing. He is in charge of facilitating business growth and building the corporate profile and service offerings for companies, such as Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Chili’s and Red Lobster. Scott’s strongest attribute is his ability to understand and meet the needs of his clients.

Since January 2014, Scott has served as CFO for Bombshell Blow Dry Bar. In collaboration with the entire management team, the salon turned a profit in its first full calendar year. The couple plans to expand in the upcoming years. They believe opening TSPA will help to achieve that goal with highly qualified candidates who can hit the ground running.

We are thrilled to welcome Scott and Rachel to the TSPA family, as we know they are capable of great things!

TSPA to Sponsor Scholarships for Miss USA and Miss Teen USA


Salon Professional Education Company (SPEC) is proud to announce that it will be offering a variety of scholarships at our participating beauty school franchise locations across the country for contestants and winners of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Beauty Pageants beginning in 2016.  Both The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) and Elevate Salon Institute (ESI) brands of beauty schools will provide scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to be applied to cosmetology programs at the participating location of the students choosing.

Participants in any of the 50 state competitions will be eligible to receive $2,000 to be applied toward the cost of their cosmetology tuition at the participating school of their choosing.  Winners at each of the 50 state competitions will receive $5,000 scholarships.  Winners of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA will be awarded an additional $5,000 for a grand total of $10,000 in scholarship awards.


National Student Competition Judging Begins


The 2016 TSPA National Student Competition has entered into the judging phase with winners to be announced in late-Spring.  This nationwide competition, available exclusively to The Salon Professional Academy franchise school locations, provides a creative opportunity for both students and educators to compete in texture, color, contemporary style, make-up, and nails.  Winning students and their sponsoring educator win a trip to NYC to visit the Redken 5th Avenue headquarters, receive hands-on training from Redken artistic director Chris Baran, and participate behind-the-scenes at a professional photo shoot.  SPEC wishes all of the contestants good luck and looks forward to the celebration of winners this May.

Redken 5th Avenue NYC to Host Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon this September

trim-hungerIn recognition of Hunger Awareness Month, Redken 5th Avenue NYC in collaboration with The Salon Professional Academy, will host the Trim Hunger™ Cut-A-Thon at the Redken Exchange in NYC on Thursday, September 10th from 10am– 3:30 pm to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.

Top Redken stylists will be giving haircuts, blowouts and braids for a minimum donation of $25. Much like the way color specific ribbons are worn in support of causes, painting your thumbnail has taken on the same social identity. Essie, also a sponsor of the event, will be offering “orange thumbie” manicures in their Trim Hunger “Roarrrrange” shade as a symbol of support in the fight against hunger.

Trim Hunger is the most recent non-profit endeavor of Redken stylist Josif Wittnik, owner of Salon CTI and Day Spa and The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton, WI. Following a local project to help feed families in need in his community, Josif developed Trim Hunger to raise awareness for the cause and feed the hungry on a national level.

“It costs City Harvest just 25 cents to rescue and deliver one pound of food in New York City, and with more than 2.6 million New Yorkers struggling to afford food for themselves and their families, a little bit goes a long way,” says Leslie Marino, General Manager, Redken US. “Redken’s Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon will bring together both stylists and members of the community to help make an immediate impact on the fight against hunger in New York City.”

On September 27th, Trim Hunger hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ existing record for the most people cutting hair at the same time when over 20 Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thons will be held simultaneously at The Salon Professional Academies (TSPAs) across the nation. Additionally, a wide variety of events and fund-raisers will take place at individual participating TSPA franchise locations – Find a TSPA near you HERE. To learn more about Trim Hunger, visit www.TrimHunger.com

Madison Announcement

madison announcementWhat do Oscar Mayer hot dogs, American Girl dolls, and Badgers have in common? These companies and university mascot all call Madison Wisconsin their home – and now share a new neighbor; please welcome Tony Santini and The Salon Professional Academy Madison!

Growing up, Tony was very creative, with a focus on art and music. It wasn’t until he turned 19 and entered beauty school that his creativity found its true outlet! Seventeen years later, he has never looked back. In his career, Tony has taken part in session styling for model portfolios, stage looks for theater and opera, and did hair at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Continue reading “Madison Announcement”