A Day in the Life of a Beauty School Student at TSPA Dallas

If cosmetology is something you’ve been considering, maybe you’ve wondered what a typical day in the life of a beauty student is like. We love sharing our students’ stories at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Dallas. Every student is different and has their own unique experience to share. We asked one of our awesome students, Stephanie Lembo, to tell us what a day in her life at TSPA Dallas is like. Here’s what she had to say!

Stephanie’s Background

Stephanie has been at TSPA Dallas for approximately 10 weeks as of October 2018. She was drawn to cosmetology because people recognized her ability to create beauty from an early age. “My whole life I was told I was good at making people beautiful,” Stephanie says. “I had an eye for it.” While beauty is Stephanie’s passion, she has three kids at home who mean the world to her. Choosing TSPA Dallas was a practical choice for her, as we offer financial aid and scholarships* to qualifying students and provide flexible scheduling options that are ideal for busy moms.

Stephanie Lembo with her three children.

The Morning Hustle

At 6:20 am sharp, Stephanie wakes up and gets her kids ready for school. After driving to two different locations, she comes home to decompress until leaving for class at 8:45. Stephanie says that aside from giving her kids kisses and love, this decompression is the most important part of her day. This is her time to refocus and relax, which puts her in the positive mindset she needs for a successful day at school.

Time for School!

The first thing Stephanie does when she arrives at TSPA Dallas is clock in. After this, she checks her schedule to see if she has a guest that day so she can be prepared. Getting your required hours is vital in cosmetology school, so morning prep and clock-in is important. When it’s time for class, Stephanie gives learning her full attention, always making sure to take notes and ask plenty of questions. The classroom learning portion of cosmetology school is something Stephanie thoroughly enjoys. “I’m in class with amazing girls, so it’s fun learning together,” she says. The new techniques and applications she learns in the classroom help Stephanie stay motivated. She also does some of her own creative research via Instagram and YouTube to keep herself inspired.

Relaxation and Inspiration Outside of Class

When school is over, the third part of Stephanie’s day is just beginning! As soon as she leaves TSPA Dallas, she’s off to pick up her kids from school, make them dinner, take them to baseball or soccer practice, and then get them to bed. At about nine or 10 pm, Stephanie finally gets the chance to unwind and relax with a glass of her favorite wine. With beauty school and a full-time job as a mother, Stephanie doesn’t have an excess of free time. However, she uses the free time she does have to go out and get her creative juices flowing. On Sundays, she finds local photographers and models to work with. This is a great chance to practice beauty techniques while also building her portfolio and working with other creative people. “I come up with an idea [that is] inspired by my surroundings,” Stephanie says. “[I] then just go with it and make it a reality.” School, family, and work are all important to Stephanie, but she can always find the time to be creative and get inspired by the world around her!

TSPA Dallas student Stephanie Lembo.

Join the TSPA Dallas Experience!

Want to learn alongside great students like Stephanie? Enroll in our cosmetology program! TSPA Dallas can be a great place for creative, friendly people who want to pursue a career in the beauty industry. Contact us today to learn about scheduling a tour of our school. We can’t wait to meet you!

Learn more about getting your education at TSPA Dallas!

Cosmetology or Esthetics? Which Beauty Future Should You Choose?

What is a Redken Education?

Are You Ready to Make a Difference? Change Lives With Cosmetology

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.tspadallas.com

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TSPA Dallas Students Rock On Stage!

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Dallas we always seek opportunities for our students to expand their skills, get real-world experience, and allow them to grow as future professionals. It’s these experiences that help us create a unique educational experience that can prepare students for the careers that they seek to create.

While we actively seek to find and create these opportunities for our students, sometimes these opportunities find us.

In February of 2018, a selection of our students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present new looks and products on stage.

The Benefits of the Relationship

As part of The Salon Professional Academy family of schools, we are honored to have a relationship with Redken that gives our students access to products that help them create the looks and styles that will become the foundation of a vibrant career.

In addition to the access to great products and exclusive training opportunities, sometimes we gain opportunities to work with the Redken families in new and unique situations.

That is exactly what happened, this year when we were given the opportunity to work alongside major Redken artists to create looks onstage and help some amazing Redken Artists present a whole new product line to distributors.

The Students’ Experience


“Working with the Redken artist was an amazing and eye-opening experience! It was so interesting to see their thought process about different color techniques and how they worked together to make the best hair possible! It made me want to work hard and become part of the Redken family one day!”


Students working at the event

“When I enrolled at TSPA, I never imagined that the opportunity to work with world-renowned Redken Artists like Lori Zabel and George Garcia would be possible! Assisting at the Saloncentric showcase gave me a priceless glimpse into what I can do with my Redken education and inspired me to be the best artist I can be.”



“I am so thankful for a school like TSPA that gave me the opportunity to meet and interact with some amazing stylists. This will definitely be an experience I will never forget!”


My experience was unbelievable getting to work with the Redken Artists. I had an absolute blast and I learned so much! I will be forever grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”

Meet The Artists

Giovanni Giuntoli


Giovanni began his journey into beauty at 18 and has made great strides since then. As an official Redken Artist, he travels around the world presenting products and looks to the next generation. He is known for his creative looks and deep sense of humor.

Ellen Lawlor


Ellen has worked on everything from Vogue to the CBS Morning Show. With decades in this industry and a passion for creative styles, Ellen has a been a staple in beauty for years. With NAHA nominations in 2000, 2001, and 2002, she is a force to be reckoned with.

We are so proud of our students and their hard work, and excited that they were able to have this experience. We hope that they will be able to take these lessons to heart and share their experience with the peers so that together we can all benefit.

If you are interested in learning more about our school and how we help to prepare our students to enter the vibrant beauty community schedule your tour today.