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!

Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist

What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of Illinois requires our students to be 18 years of age. It’s the diploma’s or G.E.D.’s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on hair cutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!

Employment Opportunities: Jobs in the beauty industry

Beyond the Salon: The Wide World of Beauty Careers 

If you want to have as much fun as Queen Latifah in Beauty Shop, then a job in a salon is a great option. But did you know that there are countless opportunities in many fields for those with in-demand cosmetology skills?

 What can you do with a cosmetology career?

  • Entertain: We love J.Lo, but let’s face it: J.Lo would not be J.Lo without her team helping her maintain her look! Skilled cosmetologists are in demand across the entertainment industry.
  • Teach: Share your passion for hair and beauty by becoming a beauty school educator!
  • Travel: Take your skills on the road in your own mobile hair salon or as a stylist on a cruise ship!
  • Sell: Work for leading companies like Revlon, L’Oréal, and Redken after you learn the business in cosmetology school!
  • Write: Write blogs and articles on new products, tools, and techniques for major beauty companies.
  • Heal: Help people with chronic illness by becoming a beauty consultant to hospitals and treatment centers.
  • Style: Work behind the scenes in the exciting worlds of fashion shows, photo shoots, and television shows!

 A cosmetology education can open doors in multiple industries, so what are you waiting for? Start today!

Book your virtual tour : 815-609-6880

DEMAND GROWS FOR TRADE SCHOOL GRADS: Is Cosmetology a Good Career Choice?

A Cosmetology Degree is Your Path to a Better Future!

According to Forbes, America needs trade school graduates now. A career in the beauty industry could be your ticket to financial security!


The beauty industry is worth $523 billion dollars. The average American woman even spends nearly a quarter of a million dollars on hair and make-up in her lifetime!

That’s why the job outlook for cosmetologists, barbers, hairstylists, and make-up artists is better than any other field right now. The need is so great that you can start working and earning as soon as you complete a short trade school certificate in cosmetology!

How can you cash in on this trend?

  1. Investigate the different skills you can develop. You can become a hairstylist, make-up artist, skincare specialist, and more.
  2. Search for trade schools in your area or online to see what’s available.
  3. Talk to admissions counselors to find out what program is right for you.
  4. Enroll in a program at a trade or cosmetology school. Programs are short and affordable, and available in all areas of cosmetology.

An affordable trade school certificate can put you on the road to work in no time. If you want a career path with a stable financial future, consider enrolling in a cosmetology program! Start School from Your Home – Online learning has begun. Book your virtual tour with Admissions 815-609-6880.


A Beautiful New Year’s Resolution: Your Career

We made it! 2019 is upon us and we are ready for it. Goodbye negative energy and hello positive vibes, people, and opportunities! Turn 2018’s problems into 2019’s resolutions. If any of the following concerns have ever crossed your mind, we’d say a beautiful career is your New Year’s resolution indeed! At The Salon Professional Academy, (TSPA) Shorewood, you can make your dream job your personal goal this year.

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I Don’t Like My Job

Let’s face it. You need a career that suits you as well as the perfect red lip! There is no shame in shopping around and to find just that. In fact, it may even take trying out a job to find that it wasn’t for you after all. Whether you are looking for a change of scenery, growth opportunities, entrepreneurship, or creativity, schedule a tour with TSPA Shorewood!. Beauty school may just be the missing piece.

Want to leave an unfulfilling position? Embrace our full-time cosmetology program to get you on the fast track toward a rewarding career! You can even reduce your current job hours and attend beauty school part time. Here at TSPA Shorewood, we want to see you thrive on the schedule that best works with you.

College Isn’t For Me

Interested in furthering your education? College can be long, strenuous, and expensive. The classroom setting isn’t for everyone and their learning style. Specialize in the trade you’re passionate for! Get licensed and enter the professional workforce in a fraction of the time AND cost!

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I Need to Begin My Professional Work Life Fast

Your future career can feel so far away. Traditional college can takes four years (or more!). Many trade schools take at least two years. Resume-building takes years of job experience. Even self-starts can take years to build clientele and turn profit. What if we told you you could be working in the beauty industry by this time next year? If you are ready to begin that beautiful career, we can help you get there.

I Don’t Want to Work for Anyone Else

You’re speaking our language! Licensed cosmetologists can have the freedom to work where and when they want. Whether you rent a chair at a salon or work right in the comfort of your own home, being your own boss provides the freedom to pick your days of the week, hours of the day, and when to take those much needed brain-food breaks! Building your own guest book also means taking on clients you jive with. Work with those who are willing to work with you and time spent behind the chair will feel like time spent with friends.

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I’m Not Passionate About My Career Path

You absolutely CAN do your passion for a living! Instead of 40 weekly hours of feeling burnt out and bored in a career you’re not passionate about, you can thrive in an environment where you can create, inspire, and grow. As a cosmetologist, you can beautify your clients, make new friends, become a business owner, and look forward to the next day, everyday.

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You deserve a future that is fulfilling and rewarding. At TSPA Shorewood, we not only want to help you succeed, but desire to give you the tools and knowledge to get there. Any doubts you have for 2019 could just be what lead you to our front doors.

Want to learn more about what TSPA Shorewood has to offer? Schedule a tour today to explore campus and meet our staff!

{Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspashorewood.com}

Tips to Totally Nail That Last Minute Costume

Picking the perfect costume can be very scary stuff. What’s worse is when the money spent leaves your wallet feeling GHOSTED, but have no fear. Making a decision is as easy as (pumpkin) pie with our list of tips and ideas.

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Cruise Past the Costume Shop

Sure, the designated seasonal costume shop might have everything you need in a pinch but it sure isn’t pinching pennies! Who really wants to spend money on cheap materials for one-time wear? Avoid jacked-up prices on awkward-fitting attire in a vacuum-sealed bag. Seek out nearby consignment stores and thrift shops to find unique, well-made pieces that are MUCH more affordable. You can find everything from bargains to designer for less than half the regular retail price.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Well what DID you find? With a store stocked up with oldies but goodies, maybe a unique idea will hit you like a witch’s spell. Perhaps the store will inspire your costume rather than the other way around. Retro plaid skirts can be TV show characters, female zombies, school girls, and anything preppy. Jeans and overalls can be worn, torn, or resewn into costumes for flower children, scarecrows, punks, celebrities, etc. Check out the men’s graphic tee section! You’re on your way to looking like AC/DC, Michael Jackson, or Nirvana.

Make a Statement

Stumped? Skip the over-the-top outfit! It only takes a single statement piece to stand out. You know what they say, “What, THIS old thing?” Time to recruit Pinterest! We love the dead give away hairstyles like ice cream cones, devil horns, cat ears, and pineapple! Too time consuming? Look what can happen when you get eyeliner-happy or overboard on contour! The only thing standing between you and your favorite Snapchat filter is the right colors. Boom. Your costume is KILLER good.

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One Ingredient Costumes

Sometimes an easy costume only takes one extra item to pull together. Take it from Jim Halpert! A name tag, face paint, or construction paper is all you need for Halloween hit.

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ariana grande bloody costume

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easy harry potter costume

Pun City

Dad jokes. You know you love a good one! Try wearing your favorite instead!
If nothing comes to mind, here are a few of our favorites.

  • Gold metal + loaf of bread = bread winner
  • Pants + Smarties + tape = smarty pants
  • Dress or suit + “apology” sash or poster = formal apology
  • White and yellow + devil horns = deviled egg
  • Baby carrier + bag of cane sugar = sugar mama

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The “No Costume” Costume

Even if you’re not feeling it or have next-to-nothing resources, some “costumes” speak for themselves.

(Image examples: “This is my costume” t-shirt or one that says “404 error: costume not found”. Dress up as a close friend or coworker or your dog.)

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Excited yet? With these tips laid out, picking the right costume is almost too easy. Instead of wondering what to wear, you’ll have a hard time narrowing it down to one! But everywhere you go, you’ll be the treat and THAT’S no trick.

Feeling the beauty queen look this year? Thrown on your best cat eye and party until the ghouls go to sleep! Take our quiz to find the perfect cat eye look for you.

Like these ideas? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about executing beautiful looks professionally. See if our cosmetology program is a right fit for you!

Is Beauty School Right For Me?

Are you thinking about beauty school? It can be a great opportunity to learn new things and express your creativity. If you’re not sure whether beauty school is right for you or not, take our quiz!

Get More Information

If beauty school is right for you, call TSPA Shorewood for more information or to schedule a tour. We’d love to help you get started on what could be an exciting future. Contact us now to get any of your questions answered!

Don’t Cheat Your Face Shape! Our Handy Guide Can Help You Look Your Best!

Do you know how to use your face shape to its full potential? Our ultimate guide can help you not only determine your shape, but find your perfect hairstyle and makeup to match.

Are you ready to build your perfect look?


Are you ready to embrace the perfect face shape? We hope our ultimate guide helps you find the perfect look, and use your beautiful face to its full potential.

If you want to learn more, or are ready to take this knowledge to the next level, check out our cosmetology program. With a curriculum that stretches from hair to nails and so much inbetween you can become more than just a master of faces, you can help create them.

Schedule your tour today.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspashorewood.com