Spring 2022 Career Fair!

We are excited to be hosting a career fair for ALL TSPA Plainfield students and alumni on April 14th, 2022, from 12-2 p.m. If you are a salon owner/manager interested in participating in this event, please email admissions@tspashorewood.com or call us at (815) 609-6880!


As of January 2021, we have moved to a brand new location a few miles up the road to PLAINFIELD!!! We are so happy with this change and are hopeful our clients and students will be too. Schedule a tour or book a service at our new location by calling (815) 609-6880!

Salon vs. drug store products: which are best?

When shopping for hair care products, consumers have two choices:  they can purchase products at a drugstore or local grocery, or they can buy from a salon.  The question is whether there is a difference in the products, and whether the higher cost of salon merchandise is worth it.

There are many different hair products available for both women and men.  Shampoos, conditioners, and styling products are among the most popular.  The advantage of purchasing from a drugstore is that prices are generally less than what you’ll pay at a salon.  And it’s usually more convenient, since shoppers visit drugstores and groceries more frequently for other products.

But products from those sources, while they may contain high quality ingredients, only contain small amounts of them.  They also tend to contain chemicals that can strip hair of natural oils, causing it to dry out.  Products are sometimes diluted with fillers that make hair feel soft, but can leave build-up between washings.

Salon products are a little more expensive because they’re concentrated with high quality ingredients.  They don’t include fillers, and usually have vitamins, minerals, and oils that nourish the hair.  The ingredients won’t leave a waxy build-up, and because these premium formulas are highly concentrated, you don’t need to use a lot.  Mixing a small amount with water gives you plenty to work with.  Salon products tend to last longer and have higher quality ingredients that are better for your hair.

Salon products are also superior for treating processed or unhealthy hair.  Added proteins nourish hair, and don’t have sulfates or alcohol that cause hair to become brittle over time.  If you make the investment to color your hair at a salon, it’s best to protect your investment with salon products. Stop in at TSPA Shorewood and let one of our professionals in training help you find the perfect product! Redken truly has something for every hair type with the highest standards in quality.

If you are interested in learning more contact us to learn more about the salon products we carry!

Business Skills Contribute To Success In The Beauty Industry

By Denise Freese

Attending Cosmetology school isn’t just about learning to style hair, apply makeup, give manicures, or understand skin care.   A thorough curriculum will offer you courses that teach business skills as well, and will prepare you in many ways for your eventual entry into the professional beauty industry.

The beauty industry offers many flexible, fun, and creative career paths. But there are behind-the-scene tasks that are important to your business, whether you work for yourself, own a salon and manage other people, or work for someone else.

business womanCommunication is an important skill that will serve you well as you establish your business. Knowing how to listen to your clients, and understanding what they want and need, is crucial, and is what will keep them coming back to you. Offering personalized attention will help establish a terrific working relationship with your clients.

Knowledge of accounting and its related areas, including budgeting and inventory control, , is critical.   Having a realistic budget will help with planning for your business; generating revenue and controlling expenses will increase your net profit. Understanding inventory control and ordering processes will reduce waste, keep costs down, help with efficient ordering of supplies, and will help you know what to charge your clients.

Marketing is another key area that requires good business skills. Today’s market requires that a business owner be technologically savvy in order to make good use of social media; visual and verbal marketing techniques will also increase your visibility in the marketplace. Establishing and maintaining a professional image will increase your appeal and draw clients to you. According to www.entrepreneur.com, top entrepreneurs never stop investing in the most powerful, effective business and marketing tool at their immediate disposal – themselves.

For more information about communication and business skills you can develop in Cosmetology school, contact:

The Salon Professional Academy

Focus On Your Field Of Study: Save Time and Money!

By Denise Freese

Cosmetology is a wide-ranging field that includes a variety of paths to choose from. Whether you’re interested in hair cutting and styling, makeup artistry, manicures and pedicures, skin care, or massage therapy, you can find an area to pursue that will provide you with a fulfilling career.

If you need a flexible schedule in a creative field, cosmetology is a great choice. According to www.education-portal.com, all cosmetologists and specialists are required to complete training at a certified cosmetology school to be eligible for state licensing exams.   In general, cosmetology programs take 9-12 months or sometimes longer to complete, but specialist programs in certain states can be completed In about six months.

It’s important to know the license requirements for the state you live in, or the state you want to work in. According to www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com, the Illinois Board of Cosmetology License Requirements lists the following requirements: for cosmetology or barbering, 1,500 hours; esthetician (skin care specialist), 750 hours; nail technician, 350 hours; electrologist, 600 hours; and massage therapist, 500 hours.

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The amount of time you spend in cosmetology school will depend on several factors, including which beauty program you enroll in, the state’s required hours for that program, and whether you attend on a part-time or full-time basis.

By focusing on a specialty within the field of cosmetology, you can complete the licensing requirements much more quickly, saving both time and money.   You can be on your way to a new career in under a year.

For more information about a career in cosmetology or any of the specialties that fall under the beauty umbrella, contact The Salon Professional Academy. They can answer all of your questions and assist you in choosing your new career!

The Salon Professional Academy

Welcome to the Family: TSPA Georgetown

Please join us in welcoming TSPA Georgetown into The Salon Professional Academy Franchise family. As one of our newest locations, Shane & Tuesday Wilson anticipate TSPA Georgetown (a suburb north of Austin, TX) will open the end of this month.(September)

Shane and Tuesday are both native Texans who grew up in Southeast Texas. Shane graduated from Lamar University with a Kinesiology and Teaching degree. Tuesday graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Teaching degree. They have been married for 20 years with a sixteen year old daughter and a thirteen year old son.

Shane and Tuesday looked to leave teaching in public schools and open their own business. Shane started a home building business with a desire to own rental property. They happened upon opening a suite rental salon with the encouragement of Tuesday’s sister, who is a licensed cosmetologist. This gave them the rental property they wanted and it gave them an opportunity to empower individuals in the beauty industry to rent a small furnished suite without the huge overhead of being in business for themselves.

Tuesday saw the need for cosmetology in the local high school where she taught. After several unsuccessful attempts to get the school district to add the cosmetology program, Tuesday decided it was time to take matters into her own hands.   After some research, Tuesday discovered The Salon Professional Academy. The endorsement from the brand REDKEN was a large part of the attraction to TSPA, along with the integrity exhibited by the core group of SPEC [franchisor].   After traveling to an (sales event) in New York in 2010 and meeting the key professionals with TSPA, Shane and Tuesday were convinced that this was the right fit. The timing however was not right in 2010. Much prayer and waiting went into their decision to sign the franchise agreement in December 2013.

Shane and Tuesday are very excited to be in the position to help inspire and equip students with a skill that can open so many opportunities in their future.

NYC, Amazing Hair, and Beautiful Ninjas

2014 NSC WinnersNew York City played host to a once-in-a-lifetime event for the winners of the 2014 TSPA National Student Competition. In addition to a trip to NYC, the students and their sponsoring educators were treated to one-on-one training with REDKEN Artistic Director Chris Baran.

The training extended well beyond the classroom – all the way to the set of a professional photo shoot. The students worked hands-on behind the scenes with the models, photographer, and camera crew. The theme of the fantasy shoot was “ninja glamour” complete with elaborate wardrobe, fabulous makeup, and lots of amazing hair. This experience exposed students to just how limitless a career in the cosmetology field can be; with multiple avenues to pursue with the training they are receiving at TSPA. Continue reading