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 Texas requires our students to be 17 years of age. It’s the diplomas 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 Jessica in 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!


Tips For Taking Online Beauty School Classes

Wish we could be on campus with our ARTIST’s but instead, we’re bringing campus to you! 🏫➡️💻.

The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) just launched temporary distance-learning or temporary online learning for our cosmetology and esthetics programs. Just like it is for you, it is new to us as well. We are all a little stressed and adapting to our new world as quickly as possible. To make your transition into the beauty world smooth, here are our top 3 tips to help you manage your online classes.

Tips For Online Learning:

  1.  Manage your time. Set up a view of your daily & weekly schedule by first mapping out a calendar of all of the assignment and activity due dates along with work and family commitments. It’s okay to be selfish, block off time each week to get classwork done. Online classes tend to have a weekly flow and include discussion boards that require student participation. Plan to be a part of the conversation.
  2. Be a good participant. Good discussions are thoughtful, your best resources to help you bring good discussion starters can be from peer conversations, headlines, lecture and course materials. Great responses go beyond agreeing with your peers. Build on the discussion with your own ideas and experiences. 
  3. Build your social community. Share contact information with your peers to connect on homework assignments and for social support. Be a part of  TSPA’s Facebook pages for enrolled students to get the best information fast and easy access to peer conversations on campus and homework topics. Your campus is here to support you every step of the way. Online students benefit from the same support as on-campus students, including help with financial aid to questions about technique.

Be kind to yourself. We are all in uncharted territory right now but we all have each other’s support even if it’s temporarily from a distance right now. 

Whether you’re interested in attending TSPA or just missing home, take a virtual tour with us! 🎥. Jessica in admissions is just a call (972-420-7036) or email away from your future.



Congratulations Janelle Jacobson! – National Educator Competition Winner

At TSPA Dallas, we’ve always known that our Educators do their very best to inspire and train the next generation of successful artisans in the beauty business. So today, we’re thrilled to announce that our very own Janelle Jacobson is being rewarded for her incredible talent as an Educator. Janelle has been recognized among all the educators in The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) brand of beauty schools operating across the country, by winning the 2019 National Educator Competition!

TSPA franchisor SPEC (Salon Professional Education Company) Director of Education, Kerri Schultz had this to say: “Janelle’s passion and dedication is unsurpassed. It shows through her smile as well as her tears. She has an amazing commitment to this industry, and to the high level of education that she brings to each student. Janelle is consistently investing in herself through continued education to elevate her knowledge so she can pass new ideas on to her students and her team. Everyone at SPEC is very proud of Janelle, her dedication to elevating the student experience, and to providing these new professionals the tools they need to succeed in the beauty industry.

Said Anna Geleske owner of TSPA Dallas: “Janelle is highly regarded by our staff, her students (they love her…), and by our guests! We’re absolutely thrilled she’s won this well-deserved honor. Thank you Janelle for being the best!!”

To hear more about what inspired Janelle to become an Educator and pursue her dream, watch her video below. And, if you’d like to meet Janelle and become part of her amazing class, contact us for a tour.

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A Huge Congratulations to Anna Geleske!

Last month, the owner of The Salon Professional Academy – Dallas was honored at the 41st annual state conference of the National Association of Social Workers in Texas as the Public Citizen of the Year.
This is a huge award that is given to one Texas citizen each year who has contributed to the community with accomplishments that exemplify the mission of the NASW as well as made a significant contributions to the at-risk vulnerable populations, both in quality of life, and in social issues.

TSPA Dallas Anna Geleske wins award

“We are not only teaching students a vocation, but we are teaching life skills as well.”

Anna has risen to the standards of this prestigious award over the years with her work in the community and by devoting her life to not only her school but to her students as well. Anyone who has stepped into TSPA Dallas’ beautiful facility has witnessed this, you can nearly feel it in the air as Anna dedicates her time to each of her students and helps them to prepare for the careers and lives that await them after their graduation from TSPA Dallas.

“We believe in taking care of others and helping them achieve things

that will take them into a positive future.”

What you may not know is that the dedication Anna has shown to her students extends beyond the classroom. Ever since the school’s opening in 2004 Anna’s focus has been on helping her students succeed. In that first class Anna and her husband helped a student who couldn’t afford the courses complete her schooling and start her new life, she now owns her salon and has two beautiful children. Something that wouldn’t have been possible without Anna. Since then, she has helped countless students to overcome personal struggles and complete school to change their lives. More than just being a cheerleader, Anna has helped students find housing, as well as working with them to secure basic necessities such as clothing, shoes, and food.

“Winning this award has given me the opportunity to expand my network

of services and help even more students {} better.”

It’s the selfless giving and love, that Anna exhibits has given TSPA Dallas a culture of integrity and love that makes us what we are.

Her commitment to her school, to her community, and to her students has shown for years, and we are proud to see her works recognized.

From everyone here at TSPA Dallas: Congrats Anna! We love you!


2016 Diamond Academy Award

The Salon Professional Academy Dallas has again been recognized as a Diamond Academy by Redken.  The Redken Diamond Academy is awarded for the commitment to and the delivery of Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards.  This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of our facilities, systems, curriculum and staff.  Thank you to Redken for this award.

TSPA Becomes Partner School with MUD Make-up Deisgnory


TSPA Dallas – MUD Makeup training is now a part of our core cosmetology and esthetics classes

The Salon Professional Academy has heard, we have listened, we have researched and we have acted. We are pleased to announce that we have become a partner school with MUD: Make-Up Designory.
MUD Makeup training is now a part of our core cosmetology and esthetics classes. These classes are designed as an introduction to beauty make-up with an emphasis on the techniques required today in the beauty, entertainment, and fashion industries. Regardless of which of these areas you intend to work in, mastering of beauty make-up is a must. In the classes, you will start by learning facial analysis, base matching and application, correction, contours, highlights as well as a focus on the eyes and lips. The class finishes with complete makeup applications ranging from one hundred percent corrective to natural make-up.We are excited to announce that we will be adding extensive makeup training to already licensed cosmetologists and estheticians who are looking to enhance their services portfolio, partner with a cosmetic line and for those who want to learn specialized makeup practices such as natural, bridal, and photo & film techniques. Esthetics students completing the class will receive a level 1 makeup artistry certification. In this intense 84 hour class, students will learn how to apply beauty makeup and the theory behind it.

Advanced Makeup Artistry: Already a licensed Cosmetologist or Esthetician?  We are excited to announce that we will be adding extensive makeup training to already licensed cosmetologists and estheticians who are looking to enhance their services portfolio, master a professional cosmetic line and for those who want to learn specialized makeup practices such as natural, bridal, and photo & film techniques and beyond…the advanced classes are for you!

Call now to see how your passion and dreams of being an esthetician or hair designer with extensive make-up training can become a reality.

Part Time Schedules Available Now!

Part time schedules are now available for the cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy.

We have had such a demand and want to help accommodate those that are interested, but need other options to complete their education as a stylist.  Please call 972-420-7036 or email to schedule your tour and learn about the exciting opportunities that are available to you as a graduate of TSPA.



I35 Construction & TSPA Dallas

I35 Construction Update:

Don’t let getting to TSPA confuse you during the I35 construction project. Nothing has changed your ability to get here and we have accommodated our class times and hours of operation to keep you out of the rush hour traffic.

The Salon Professional Academy is located at the north east intersection of Highway 121 and Interstate 35, between At Home and Toys R Us. Construction is all around us. Do not let that scare you!
Whether you are a cosmetology or esthetics student your programs and the Academy does not open or start until 9:30 am so the morning rush hour is over. My personal experience, is it’s not bad at all after 9am and we have students coming both ways that say that it is worth it.
I35 Construction means progress. We have been guaranteed that the entrances to the shopping center, Lakeland Plaza, will remain open during the construction. So if you are coming to us from south I35, enter the shopping center at the first entrance that you come upon.

Directions Form North I35

If you are coming to us from north I35, cross over the interstate at the Round Grove/Hebron Pwy bridge and enter the center by taking your first right after the bridge and then a left in front of Toys R us and travel down to us.

Directions from the east

If you are coming to us from the east, come to Hebron Pkwy/Round Grove Road and we are just south Toys R Us
Coming from the west, Round Grove Road/Hebron Pkwy is the best place to be. Come over the interstate and we are just south of Toys R Us

We can’t wait to see you and help you with your education or you beauty needs. If you get lost trying to get here, please give us a call 972-420-7036
Find us at 2440 S Stemmons Freeway Lewisville, 75067

Trim Hunger Event To Benefit Christian Community Action

The TSPA of Lewisville, TX will be participating in the September 27th TRIM HUNGER Cut-a-Thon at their location, 2440 B S Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX from the hours of 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Our cosmetology students will be offering Haircuts and styles for a minimum donation of $10.

-TRIM HUNGER is dedicated to wiping out hunger in America and won’t stop until every food bank and pantry, every public school lunch program, and every community outreach effort has enough food to go around. The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) of Lewisville, TX and nationwide TSPA’s have organized fundraising efforts to bring awareness to the issue of feeding the hungry in America.

Call today to schedule your appointment to help TSPA help CCA – Christian Community Action Food Pantry.  All monies raised will benefit our local food bank!  Christian Community Action serves over 600 families monthly with their food pantry and every dollar helps!

TRIM HUNGER, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, is dedicated to raising awareness and donations to address the issue of hunger in America. Through its affiliation with the nationwide beauty school franchise The Salon Professional Academy and with the help of generous corporate sponsors, TRIM HUNGER is igniting the passion to help those in need in the hearts of beauty professionals all across the country. “In an industry already focused on helping, giving, and transforming lives, TRIM HUNGER will have the limitless support of beauty schools, salons, spas, and manufacturers to provide nutritious meals for those greatest in need,” stated Josif Wittnik, the founder of TRIM HUNGER.

In 2014, Josif Wittnik of Appleton, Wi., was introduced to frightening and saddening statistics regarding the number of people in his own community, including many children, who were going without food each day. Motivated by this daily tragedy in his hometown, Josif, the co-owner of The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton (TSPA) and Salon CTI, leveraged their reach and the caring hearts of the other salon owners, staff, and students to sponsor fundraisers. By the end of 2014, thousands of dollars were raised to help the local food bank provide meals to the community. Knowing that more needed to be done, both locally and across the United States, Josif brought this issue to the attention of executives with REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC and L’Oreal USA in January 2015. Since then, TRIM HUNGER continues to receive an outpouring of support from The Salon Professional Academy franchise and corporate sponsors including REDKEN, ESSIE, Adidas, WOW Logistics, and Keller – planners, architects, builders.

Events will take place year round, culminating in a month-long effort in September (National Hunger Action Month) to raise funds and awareness for the hunger problem facing our country. 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 20 TRIM HUNGER Cut-A-Thons will be held simultaneously at The Salon Professional Academies (TSPAs) across the nation.

The TSPA of Lewisville, TX will be participating in the September 27th TRIM HUNGER Cut-a-Thon at their location, 2440 B S Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX from the hours of 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Our cosmetology students will be offering Haircuts and styles for a minimum donation of $10.

Trim-Hunger-250 logo   For additional details or to schedule your haircut appointment contact: 214-222-2436. All monies raised will stay   here in our own community through Christian Community Action. Essie, a corporate sponsor, will be offering     their “Roarrrrange” nail shade as a symbol of support in the fight against hunger. A dedicated grass-roots          campaign through social media will be employed through the use of [hashtag] #orangethumbie. As part of a    growing trend of painting thumbnails the official color of the cause they support, TRIM HUNGER participants      will be invited to share a “selfie” on social media with their “orange thumbie.

  For information on the future TRIM HUNGER outreach in local communities, please contact Josif Wittnik, TRIM HUNGER Founder, or 920-450-0784, or locally Anna Geleske at or 972-420-7036.