Consider Accreditation When Choosing a Beauty School

Not all beauty schools are equal, and you may feel overwhelmed when you search for the right beauty school for you. One confusing term you might run across is “accreditation.” 

Accreditation is the approval a school gets from the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). The AACS reviews beauty schools to make sure all of their programs meet the highest standards of beauty education. 

This means that the courses you take in cosmetology, hair care, nail care, and other subjects at an accredited school give you the most for your tuition money. It is important to know that students who apply to non-accredited schools are not always eligible for financial aid, as those schools are not required to accept the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). 

Choosing an accredited school means:

  • You may be eligible for federal financial aid
  • You may have an advantage in the job market because employers know that  applicants from accredited cosmetology schools are salon professionals with the quality training
  • You may have more earning potential because you are eligible to work at more places and may get paid more

In short, a degree or certificate from an accredited beauty or cosmetology school is the gold standard in beauty education. Contact our admission director to learn more about our standard of education and to learn more about tuition costs. 

We Are Not The Beauty School Dropouts

Deep inside of everyone lies a creative vein that thrums and sings along with the beat of our hearts. They pulse and pull and guide as we create beautiful things. Whether these beautiful things be painted masterpieces, computer code, an amazing marketing plan, a hand sewn dress, spreadsheets, or a novel about the American dream – they are all art. Anything you create is a masterpiece guided by the amazing passion that thrums through your heart and soul.
It pulls you.
It is you.
And it drives you as you create a life, a future, and a career.
So why then is one of the most creative industries out there often considered a place for the outcasts, for the deadbeats, for the do-nothings and for the wanderers?
a group of kidsWhy are we, the beauty professionals of the world, caged in a stigma that paints us as anything but what we are?
We are not the cast-offs. We are not the stepchild of creativity.
What we are is passionate fighters who have risen above walls and barriers to create art and build futures.
It may start as the child obsessed with her Barbie’s fashion sense, but it goes so much deeper.
These amazing peoples are everywhere, they are everyone. We see ourselves in the struggling high schooler who just doesn’t fit in. In the single mom who is just trying to make a better life. The college student who found life outside a desk. We are the passionate teen who has thousands of Instagram followers and is ready to take it to the next level, and the artistic boy with a vision being squashed by stereotypes. Our creativity fights through us – building up the woman looking for a change from the office monotony and the ex-addict wanting a fresh start.
Do not let the negativity that surrounds beauty school keep you from this dream or from achieving your potential in a career the ignites you. Let it fuel you, let it push you forward.
Scream it from the rooftops, for we are a culture that accepts all, that supports, that builds, and that has risen above the negativity.

Beauty School Dropout. No Such Thing.We are the determined business professionals who work for years to open our own salon and build our own success.
We are the spunky marketer who builds a book of clients that stays with us for years.
We are the imaginative artists who created the pastel hair you love.
We are the visionaries who dared to cut womens hair short and pull off a man bun.
We are the beauties who fuel You Tube tutorials and Instagram fodder.
We are the backbone of beauty and fashion.

You may think that beauty school is for the cast-offs, the deadbeats and the drop outs.
But you would be wrong.

It is for the artists, the hard workers, the mothers, the fathers, the people who are rebuilding their lives. It is for the dreamers, the does, and everyone with a tenacious fire that burns in their bones.

Yes, we cut hair. But we do so much more. We style, we color, we mold, we create, we build.
And we dream.

We are the beauty school dropouts!

Beauty School Dropout. No Such Thing.

Redken and AACS are Offering Scholarships!

For many, the dreams of going to cosmetology or esthetics school might feel like they are out of reach or perhaps even impossible. Sometimes this barrier may stem from personal barriers (“Who will watch my kids?”), stereotypes (“Beauty school is for losers”), or bad advice (“That’s not a real career”). While some of these untrue cliches can really hurt or diminish someone’s desire to fight for their dream, there is something wildly more common that can put the brakes on it all together.
We are talking here about financial investment.
It is no secret that cosmetology or esthetics School is expensive, with an average cost of $13,715.18. It still remains one of the most economical (and quickest) ways to launch yourself into a viable career, however, as reports the average cost of a 4 year degree is $49,320.
While that financial burden may seem impossible to navigate, there are many options, such as scholarships and financial aid, available to you that can help to alleviate that weight.

TSPA Dallas Financial Scholarships

In addition, because TSPA Dallas is a member of the AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools), our students have access to even more scholarships that can supplement the cost of schooling further. The AACS Scholarships, along with the Redken Scholarship, may help you lower your tuition.

If you are in need of financial assistance, or are interested in one of the many scholarships we have available, read through the list of options below, or reach out to our financial aid department, and we can guide you through your applications, every step of the way.

AACS Scholarships for 2017

In addition to the AACS Scholarships you can find dozens of others at Beauty Changes Lives.

Redken Scholarships


TSPA Dallas Financial Scholarships

*Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
*Scholarships are not guaranteed are are dependant upon a wide variety of requirements, please visit each individual scholarship site for more information.

Cosmetology Career Statistics You Need to Know If You Live in Dallas, Texas

Whether you are considering a career in cosmetology are you are already an established cosmetologist, these are some statistics that you need to know!

Cosmetology Statistics in Texas

If these stats sparked your interest in getting a career in beauty then check our programs and schedule a tour with us today!

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information vist

TREND ALERT: Hair Tattoos

Everyone knows the hype of tattoos and tattoo artists, but what about hair tattoo artists? Yes, you heard that correctly! They have been trending for a while now and we can’t get enough. Hair tattoo is often used synonymously with undercut but what people don’t understand is that they can be much more than just an undercut! From subtle and chic to colors and jewels, the world of hair tattoos will have you longing for a saucy new look! Check out the hair tattoo artists that we are obsessing over.


This hair tattoo artist is one of our absolute favorites. She is always thinking outside the box and pushing creative boundaries resulting in some amazing hair tattoos! You can check out her funky work on her Instagram page at @angela_doll.

A photo posted by Angela (@angela__doll) on Dec 26, 2016 at 7:50pm PST

Rob Ferrel

Rob takes barbering to the next level! His masterpieces will have you second guessing on whether you are looking at a canvas or a head, but to him they are synonymous. Check out his intricate work on his Instagram page, @robtheoriginal.

A photo posted by Rob Ferrel (@robtheoriginal) on Jan 14, 2017 at 4:51pm PST

Rebecca Taylor

This hair magician will make all of your hair dreams come alive. Rebecca is the queen of color and can put any unicorn to rest with her amazing color techniques. We absolutely love when she spices up her colors with some fun hair tattoos. You can swoon over more of her work at @rebeccataylorhair on Instagram!

A photo posted by Marissa Renee (@marissarmiller) on May 11, 2016 at 11:46pm PDT


Shout out to this amazing lady barber. She has mastered hair tattoos and the fun part about her is that she puts a little zest into a lot of classic looks. Who said brides can’t have hair tattoos? Not us! Check out her Instagram page at @lova_dabarber.

Gitty & Göff Haircut Boutique

We are obsessed with the Swiss boutique, it has us feeling all the hair love. Short hair, long hair, it doesn’t matter! You can stay confident that Gitty & Göff Haircut Boutique’s Instagram page, @gitty_und_goeff, will have all the hair tattoo inspo that you’re looking for. Clear your schedule because you are going to get lost, daydreaming about all the possibilities!

Alexis Ramos

Women, men, children, this barber is leaving his hair tattoos on all types of people! From shapes to portraits, he does it all. See more of his talented work on his Instagram page, @barberlele.

A photo posted by @barberlele23 on Dec 30, 2016 at 4:15pm PST


Do you have some hair tattoo goals? We want to see, share with us in the comments! And if you are thinking about getting a hair tattoo of your very own, call us today and make an appointment in our student salon!

Hall of Fame: Alumni Achievements

Here at The Salon Professional Academy in Dallas, we strive to create an environment in which our students can learn, grow and develop their skills artistically and professionally. We absolutely love hearing about success stories of our talented graduates. It’s their success that we work so hard for and when we get wind of their achievements, it inspires us to continue doing what we do. If we were to list the successes of every one of our students, we would have a novel. But, we feel that these specific students put their best feet forward in the beauty industry and have really made a name for themselves. We want to highlight their achievements in hope to galvanize our students to work hard and show them what hard work can do for them.

Recently, we nominated a handful of students for induction to our Hall of Fame. Our Hall of Fame is simply a source of recognition for all of our graduates that have gone above and beyond and established themselves in the world of beauty. With humility being a recurring characteristic of our Hall of Fame members, we figured we would take a minute to toot their horns for them and tell everyone a little bit about them and why we think that they were worthy to be inducted into our Hall of Fame.

Marcus Conteras

Class of 2009
Since graduation, not only has Marcus’ passion for the industry grown, but his career has flourished. Marcus has taken full advantage of his TSPA education. He went from working in a warehouse with a criminal record to managing multiple barbershops. Now today, he is a successful barber/stylist in Frisco, TX, where he lives with his wife and three children. He is a true inspiration for all who want to take their TSPA education and make a great life.

Natasha Castillo

Class of 2009
Since graduation, Natasha opened her own business at 21 years old, where she has been able to grow a clientele of over 450 clients. On top of being a successful business owner, wife, and mother of two, Natasha has also become a Sexy Hair Educator for two years where she teaches trends and products to nationally branded salons. While doing this, it has allowed her the opportunity to travel across the country and perform cuts and styles on platform stages. Her salon has been voted by Yelp as the top salon in Plano, TX.

Lauren Reagan

Class of 2008
Since graduating from TSPA Dallas, Lauren has lived by one mantra: people may not remember what you do, but they’ll always remember how you make them feel. Lauren has strived to apply this adage every day since beginning as an apprentice and now as a salon owner, mother, and philanthropist. After apprenticing for 3 years, she took her experience and opened her first eight-chair salon where she is pioneering a non-traditional and elevated apprenticeship business model where she plans to open multiple salons in the future.

Alysson Vivero

Class of 2011
Since graduation, Alysson was hired by ULTA and quickly excelled by jumping three levels within two years. While working for ULTA, she exceeded expectations in the ULTA Artistry Program and became a Color Certified Redken Artist. You can find her today excelling as a stylist, Redken Artist, wife and mother of two in a salon in College Station, TX

Courtney Moon

Class of 2009
Since graduation, Courtney was immediately hired at Salon LaPage in Denton, TX and is a level 4A Redken Master Specialist and Educator. She is planning to become a Redken Artist and Redken Color Certified. She is thriving not only in her career as a stylist but as a mother and educator. She credits a lot of her success to the mindset she learned at TSPA. “There are no boundaries, you are the one who decides who you are.” She also says, “TSPA is where she learned how to learn.”

Kate Stabile

Class of 2006
Since graduation, Kate went to work immediately in a salon for 8 years. In addition to having a successful career as a stylist, she is also an educator for L’Oréal Professional and is Vidal Sassoon certified. Taking her experience from TSPA and her already amazing career, she has now opened her own salon and plans to expand. Her TSPA experience has taught her it’s not just hair, it’s a business.

Sydney Lopez

Class of 2012
Establishing her business in a suite rental salon, Sydney quickly excelled as a stylist. Sydney’s balayage, color, and vivids work have been featured on multiple sites, including Redken and Olaplex. As an accomplished editorial makeup and updo artist, her images have been featured online numerous times. Junebug Weddings named Sydney Best Hair Stylist 2015. Sydney’s success as a stylist is not to be superseded by her zest for being a wife and mother.

Sara Reed

Class of 2008
Since graduation, Sara has opened her own business as a stylist and has truly embraced the spirit of being an entrepreneur. She specializes in vivid color and established herself as a successful business owner as a stylist. She has also educated on behalf of Monat Global and leads a team of hundreds. She has been able to find a great balance between leading a busy life as a business owner and being a wife and mother.

Kim Wallace

Class of 2008
Since graduation, she is a level 4AA in a Summit Salon with two associates where she has developed a successful six figure income career. She has a large list of certifications including being a Redken Master Specialist and Redken Color certified. Not only has she developed a successful career as a stylist, she is also is married and looking to continue to grow her career. Her advice to current students is “Keep going, keep pushing hard!”

We want to express our excitement, admiration and the utmost respect to these individuals. Keep up the great work. Do you know a TSPA Dallas graduate who has gone on to do amazing things? We want to know so we can keep them in mind for our Hall of Fame, so share their names with us in the comments!

Ten Gifts to Give Your Cosmetologist

It’s that time of year again where the pressure of finding the perfect gift for every person in your life weighs heavy on your shoulders. We may not have the answer for every person in your life but we definitely have the go-to list of gifts for the cosmetologist in your life! Whether they are your partner, family member, or your personal stylist, we have ten unique gifts that will have their hearts swooning.

A Ring Holder Necklace

Wearing rings is not ideal for a stylist when they are at work. Any stylist can tell you about the inconvenience of wearing jewelry while they work. We have a solution! Necklaces like this are convenient, safe keepers of your rings!


A Cute Cosmetology-esque Mug

It’s been said a time or two that cosmetologists function on coffee and hairspray. Get them this cute mug that will make all their coworkers jealous!

A Utility Wristband

This may not have the cutest name but it sure is cute AND handy. Any cosmetologist will tell you that it was possible, they would love to have at least two more hands! Shears, combs, pins, clips, there are so many tools that go into the process of a service. Lend a helping hand and give them this nifty bracelet.

Cosmo Bling

Show your appreciation for their talent but gifting them some cosmetology inspired jewelry, like these cute shear rings!


Business card holder

Help your stylist upgrade from digging in the bottom of their purse in search of their business card to this cute and efficient business card holder! These upcycled cardholders will have your stylists praising your gift buying abilities.

A Clock For Their Station

Multitasking is one of the many talents of a cosmetologist. They often have to juggle clients and services between one another with the pressure of completing in time and the fear of running behind. Check out this cute and convenient clock to help them stay right on time.

A Ring Leveler

Now, some of the more seasoned stylists may turn their nose at this but we have a feeling that the newbies to the industry will fall in love. This ring has a built-in level to help ensure a straight cut and help build their confidence!

Lint Rollers

This may seem like a lame gift but hear us out. In a day in the life of a cosmetologist, you will find them trying to rid their clothes of the pesky hair that lingers throughout the day. Give them this handy, dandy lint roller to help evict those lingering hairs that have long overstayed their welcome. It’s not only useful but it’s cute too!

Heat Protecting Finger Gloves

Cosmetologists are tough cookies. Scissor knicks, sore feet and burnt hands are all common battle wounds. Help them fight their battle with hot-tool burns by giving them these cute, heat resistant finger gloves.

Tickets To A Hair Show

The beauty industry is ever-changing and growing. Help the cosmetologist in your life keep their skills and tools up to date by giving the opportunity to attend a hair trade show. Visit this site to see where you can pick up tickets for one of DFW’s most talked about events.

Let Us Be Your Guide!

Do you have a cosmetologist in your life that is tricky to buy for? Tell us what your go-to gift ideas are in the comments. If these gifts made it to the top of your wish list, a career in cosmetology could be the perfect path for your new year! Check out our programs page to learn more about starting a career in beauty.

GI Bill Opportunities at TSPA

TSPA Dallas is Accepting Applications For 9/11 GI Bill & ALL GI Bill Recipients

TSPA Dallas honors ALL GI Bill Benefits and military spouse careers advancement account recipients (MyCAA)

GI Bill & Post / 911 GI Bill Dallas The Salon Professional Academy couldn’t be more proud to have you as a student or to help you learn more about your GI Bill and your beautiful career. Whether you are considering a career in cosmetology or esthetics, our admissions and financial aid team can help you prepare for your beauty program. The process is pretty simple, all you have to do is reach out to us, schedule a visit to come see your new campus and social network, meet our warm admissions team and then we help guide and support you through the enrollment process as soon as you are ready – all you have to do is pick a start date! We help our students prepare for careers in salons, spas, runway, video or fashion. You could be eligible to compete in the TSPA national student competitions and more. The sky is the limit on how far you want to take yourself in the cosmetology or esthetics world! Thank you for your service to our country! It is time to let us help and support you. We have a great relationship with the local VA vocational and educational team, that can help you with any of your GI Bill Benefits – either for yourself or your dependents!

Being a Military spouse is full of challenges. Help is available for those who wish to pursue an education. The MyCAA program assists military spouses to help start you on the path towards a new exciting career.

For additional information, eligibility criteria, instructions on how to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website at or call our Office of Financial Aid at 972-420-7036 or email to schedule an appointment to get all your questions answered-don’t delay your passion any longer!