About Us

Making The World A Little More Beautiful

THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity.  Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.  TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.

  • Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
  • Our approach to personal, hands-on training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
  • We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
  • Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
  • In addition to technical skills, TSPA develops your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that put you in high demand with top salons.
  • We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement.  Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school.  Additionally, we have relationships for placement with more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
  • Janeanne Shipley – Director

    Why i’m in the industry………….
    I believe hair is the best accessory we can wear. It shows our mood, our style and lets us express our creativity. Being a hairstylist is a way to help others express themselves through their hair also.
    As a stylist we have the opportunity to help our guests with their own imagine and in-turn helps with self-esteem. We have an opportunity to help people every day. As an educator, I get to help train the future for the industry that I truly love. It’s a very satisfying feeling to teach someone not only how to do great services but how to treat people as well. We live in a very technology driven world and we have lost the art of one on one communication. So at the end of the day my students learn how to do great services while offering an exceptional experience to others. Everybody wins.

    Professional History…
    I’ve been in the industry for twenty four years. I have worked behind the chair, managed a salon, owned a salon and now I teach at an academy. I’m a Redken certified hair colorist and an expert Dermalogica skin care therapist. I continue to learn new and exciting things the industry has to offer and I get to pass that knowledge on to my students. I was a successful stylist but now my passion is for teaching. I get to teach my students how to do it bigger, better, and faster than I did it. The best thing for me is when a graduate comes back and says, “Look what I’m doing.” And they are excited about the industry they have chosen and that they really are out there doing it and doing it with style.

    Favorite Redken Product…
    Chemistry system is my favorite product because it helps keep or restore our hair to a soft and healthy state. There are so many options for mixing and matching that it meets every need no matter what type of hair your dealing with.


    Tamessia Green – Financial Aid Officer

    Tamessia Green is the Financial Aid Officer at The Salon Professional Academy. She has been with the company for two years. Tamessia has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. She has many years of experience in the finance field and has worked in Financial Aid for a total of four years. If you need any help at all in filling out your FAFSA form or finding a more creative way to finance your tuition, Tamessia can help! Scholarships are also available, call Tamessia to see if you qualify for any of them. When Tamessia is not finding ways for you to finance your education, she is adding to her wardrobe at her favorite boutiques.


    Bilynn Sanders – Admissions

    Hi my name is Bilynn, welcome to The Salon Professional Academy!
    I have a Passion for the beauty industry and I want to help you realize your passion too. Admissions is my game at The Salon Professional Academy. I’ve been in the industry since 2007 and have worked behind the chair and been fortunate enough to be able to work fashion shows, photo shoots, and with local bands.  Is that what you want to do in the industry? Let me show you how it can be done! I even have my educator’s license.  On the at-home side, I’ve been a Rangers fan (Texas, not NY) since I was 7, and I’ll find any excuse to go to Disney World, even if it involves running at 5:30 in the morning.


    Dorcas Grant – Lead Educator

    I have been in the business of cosmetology for 20 years. I went into this industry because I was interested in cultivating healthy hair. My current position as an educator is fulfilling because I always wanted to be a teacher and it is a rewarding feeling to be able to give back and share my life's experiences.
    This industry has provided me with a wonderful career and has developed me as a human being along the way.
    My favorite Redken product is Pillow Proof Primer because it is a great blow drying tool.


    Lisa Gibbs – Lead Educator

    Why I'm in this industry...
    I decided to get in this industry because I wanted to make other people feel beautiful about themselves. I also wanted to get into this industry because it is ever evolving and you can never get to the point that you know will know everything and you can continue to learn and grow. Later on I decided that I had always loved to teach so why wouldn't I want to combine my two passions together and that is when I decided to go back to school and get my educator license.

    professional history...
    I worked the behind the chair for 10 years. During that time, I was privileged enough to get some amazing training, everything from make-up to extensions and a ton of a things in-between. I also had some awesome opportunities to win some competitions and to do some traveling for training which was a great experience and very exciting. I went back to school to get my educators license and have been teaching for 6 years and love every minute of this time. During my teaching, I have also had some awesome opportunities to learn and grow in the many different avenues that you can go down with in this industry.

    Favorite Redken Product....
    Hmmmm..... so many
    Wool Shake...:( discontinued but amazing for teasing and getting that next day finish
    Fashion Work...layer-able and so versatile


  • TSPA Dallas - A Redken Beauty School
    Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry.  Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned.  The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.

    Redken Diamond Academy - TSPA Dallas. DFW's Highly awarded Beauty School

    This exclusive award is earned for the commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards. This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of the Academy’s facility, systems, curriculum, and staff.

    Recognized By Redken For Excellence In Education.

    With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”

    We’re proud to be a Dermalogica Partnership School offering a curriculum infused with the latest technical training from the industry leader in skincare.

    • “To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”

      Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
    • “Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.”

      Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
    • “I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.”

      Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.”

      Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
    • “Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.”

      Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
    • “Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.”

      Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
    • “I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.”

      Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
    • “TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!”

      Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
    • “I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”

      Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
    • The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
      TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.

      TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it

      Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
    • As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service.

      Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven