What It Takes to Be a Nail Pro

When it comes to beauty and creating the perfect look, nails are a huge part of that. Finger and toe nails can be the cherry on top or the last finishing touch to completing your perfect style. Because nails are pivotal in the grand scheme of creating an awesome look, there are those out there who have to dedicate themselves to learning how to create that! These are the nail technicians and they are just as important as any other beauty professional!
sparkly golden finger nails

What Do Nail Pro’s Do?

Manicures, pedicures, nail extensions, and nail polish are a few jobs that a nail tech does. They pamper the tips of your feet and hands like they should be. A nail technician can be trained in many different techniques that will not only make your nails look nice, but will help the skin around them be more healthy. Having nice nails and a splash of color on your fingers can make all the difference!
Hands being manicured

Where Do Nail Pro’s Work?

You may know someone who is a trained nail tech and they probably work in a salon or spa. This is the most common place for a certified nail technician to work, but there are those who do it freelance or who do nails in addition to providing other services. If you’re thinking about starting your own salon or beauty business, becoming a nail pro can help you be much more competitive!

What Else Can They Do?

Doing nails is just one aspect of cosmetology. Many people who are trained nail technicians also have training and certifications in other areas of cosmetology, like hair and makeup. Becoming a nail technician is a great way to get started in the cosmetology world. Getting certified as a nail technician only takes 200 hours. At a school like The Salon Professional Academy Altoona (TSPA Altoona), you can learn to be a nail tech quickly then if you want to learn more you can take other cosmetology courses.
colorful finger nails

How to Become A Nail Pro

There’s a lot to learn to become a nail pro, but don’t worry we can help you! Becoming a nail technician requires that you learn about the chemistry of nails, sanitation practices, nail sculpting, as well as business and communication skills. The best place to learn these things is at a certified school. In school you can learn what you need to know to be a pro and you can also get practice and experience to help you make it a career!

Being a nail pro can be a fun and fast paced career. If you’re interested in becoming a nail pro, contact us! You can also schedule a visit and come talk to us about learning the ins and outs of the beauty industry. We can’t wait to help you begin the journey toward a career!

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

Not Sure What to Do After Graduation? Consider Cosmetology School!

Summertime is finally here! Graduation has come and gone, and you are probably trying to figure out what to do next. Work? College? Cosmetology school is an alternative you may have already been considering and now is the perfect time to enroll and here’s why:
New cosmetology school student

You May Qualify For Financial Aid

Let’s face the facts. If you just graduated from high school, you probably don’t have any money to pay for anything let alone school, which isn’t cheap. Lucky for you, financial aid is available to those who qualify. In addition, there are great loans and grants that you can apply for to help you get through cosmetology school. The first step to finding out if you qualify for financial aid for cosmetology school is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Contact us and we can help you with the FAFSA and answer any other questions you may have about financial aid opportunities.
New cosmetology school student

Get Cool Stuff

When you enroll here at The Salon Professional Academy Altoona (TSPA Altoona), there are a lot of perks that can help you succeed in your education and career. An example of this is the iPad you will be given when you enroll! This iPad can be used to access your textbooks, take notes, watch tutorial videos, take tests on, upload and store your portfolio and so much more! In addition to the iPad, you will be given the tools you need to get through school and start your career! The kit you will receive, with the iPad, includes professional cosmetology equipment like shears, clippers, a blow-dryer, and other tools you’ll need in school.
Cosmetology Kit

Work With Cool People

Becoming part of the TSPA family is a special moment in our students’ lives. There are several ingredients that make TSPA an exciting family to be a part of! One of these ingredients is the fact that we are affiliated with Redken which means we have some amazing resources to work with in our student salon. Our instructors have extensive training, and TSPA Altoona is recognized by Redken as a Diamond Academy which means the students here can have a great experience and can be confident in what they are being taught.

The campus at TSPA Altoona is modern and updated which makes it a great place to work and learn. Once you walk through the doors you immediately feel like you are in a top shelf salon in New York. The atmosphere is amazing and it’s close to shopping and dining! You can take a virtual tour of our campus to see how great it is for yourself! Finally, learning at TSPA means you get to work and learn with friends! It’s can be a great experience that you will love!

Get Practical Experience

The best way to learn is to do. During your time in school, you will be able to practice many of the different tasks and techniques of cosmetology. The practice you get can help you fine-tune your skills which will help you down the road when you are in your career as a cosmetologist. Practice makes perfect, as they say.
Hair Stylist

Master Social Media

Cosmetology is important in addition to your technical education. Part of that is learning new ways to use social media. Social media can be a powerful tool to help find new clients when you are working in the beauty industry. Platforms like Instagram and Facebook can be used to show people your best hair and makeup styles. At TSPA, we want to help you learn when, what, and how to post on social media in a way that will help you grow your clientele!

A place where you can make new friends, get experience, and start a new career! Are you excited to start now? Contact us to learn more about enrolling this summer. You can also schedule a visit and see if TSPA is right for you! We can’t wait to see you!

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

A Cosmetology Program With Heart

“It’s the energy that drives you”

These simple words may not be ones that you would normally associate with a cosmetology school, but they are ones that we have made our focus. At The Salon Professional Academy Altoona, we thrive in creative energy giving our students room to experiment, create, and grow. Transforming them into beauty professionals who are determined and armed with the skills and knowledge that gives them the ability to achieve their dreams is our passion. We do this by utilizing a curriculum that is up to date with modern skills and trends, not only with hair and beauty but with business and marketing as well.

Altoona Cosmetology School hours

A New, Beautiful, You

A Redken Diamond Academy since 2014, our curriculum goes beyond the basics, utilizing the most advanced and up to date system Redken has to offer. Fostering cutting and color techniques that combine modern skills with classic looks, we strive to keep our students at the top of their game in this ever-changing industry. Balayage and pastel locks are no stranger to our students.

That Gorgeous Hustle

The beauty world has changed a lot in the last few years. While the basics of cutting and style will always be somewhat familiar, how we market those skills and build our client base is unrecognizable from how it was twenty, and even ten, years ago. By including a brand new IPAD in our student kit, we are utilizing modern technology in the way our curriculum is delivered as well as how we train our students to stay connected to their clients. Our business curriculum goes beyond the basics of management and financials, delving into social media integration and marketing to teach our students how to brand themselves and build a business, turning a creative filled education into a long term passion.

Hands-On Hair

No matter where you chose to go in your future, the skills you acquire are what determines how far you go. Nothing will build those skills more than the hands-on experience you receive while in school. At TSPA Altoona, we make that hands-on experience a priority. With an active student salon, seeing more than one thousand clients each month, and one-on-one coaching given monthly to each student, hands-on learning is available in droves. Helping you perfect those skills while giving you free reign to let that imagination and creativity soar is what has made TSPA Altoona the first step in a successful future to so many throughout the years.

Home Away From Home

Located in a beautiful shopping center just off the interstate in Altoona, our beautiful upscale facility is the home away from home for students as far away as Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, and Huntingdon.  It’s more than just our education opportunities and convenient location that gives us that distinction, however, it’s the feeling you get when you walk in the door. It’s the culture of support and love. It’s the friends and connections you make that will last you a lifetime. It’s the feeling of community that will stick with you from your first job to your last. That culture and energy is one that we pride ourselves on, and one that we want each of our students to be a part of.


It’s the energy that drives you. And with a cosmetology program fueled by ingenuity and innovation, our energy will infect you, driving you to heights you may have found previously impossible. Don’t live by their rules anymore. Pursue your dreams and make your life what you want it. Discover the passion in TSPA Altoona, schedule a tour and see how we can help you achieve the future you’ve always wanted.