A Day in The Life: Breaking the Stereotype!

We know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that you would LOVE a career in the beauty industry. You’ve watched the YouTube tutorials, you’ve seen the beauty bloggers, you’ve purchased the make up palettes. You can totally do this for a living! We also know what “they’re” thinking. “They” being your closest support system, is thinking… NO WAY! You’ll work long hours, you are on your feet all day, and you will never make enough money to support yourself!

We’re here to set the record straight! There is more to the beauty industry than what you think, and definitely more to this career than they think!

A student at The Salon Professional Academy starts their day at 9:00 am. We start off with some morning energy to get your creative mind and body ready to take on the day! Learning requires ENERGY and if you want to be a student at TSPA Altoona, you are going to want to be ready to learn!


Those first 10 or 22 weeks in the foundations classroom is where you will begin receiving that core curriculum of cutting, coloring, business building skills, and product knowledge. All these chapters, including anatomy, chemistry, and electricity, is what sets this apart from being just a hobby, to being a career.


Once a student completes 300 hours of training, they are able to transition into our Student Salon Training Area until they’ve completed 1250 hours required by the State of Pennsylvania. This is their time to start building that clientele, working more hands on with the public, and begin experiencing what life would be like once they are in a salon. Redken is a goal orientated brand, which means we love setting goals for our students, and even more than that, we love to CELEBRATE those goals being met! Our student salon training area is where our students are able to provide that 5-star experience to their guests. That includes a thorough consultation, offering additional services, recommending retail products, and pre-booking that guest for their next appointment. These are the skills and tools that help make a smooth transition right into salon life after graduation.


The Salon Professional Academy Altoona has a graduation rate of 75%, licensure rate of 98% and a 94% placement rate. Which means educating, graduating, and helping our students find a home after they graduate from our Academy is very important to us! We always check up on our graduates to see how they are doing in their salons, and if they need help finding another place to call home, we are there to assist in any way that we can!

Ultimately, it is our culture, passion for a quality education, state of the art facility, and knowledge of this ever-changing industry that we believe sets us apart from “just a beauty school”.
If you are serious about taking the next steps towards finding out if a career in the beauty industry is right for you, please be sure to check out our “Crash A Class” and Affordability Workshop event that we will be hosting on Wednesday, October 9th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can find more details and RSVP by following the link to the event on our Facebook page! ——–> Crash A Class – Free Workshop

Do something for your future self this year. Start your cosmetology education today! For more details about scheduling a visit, enrollment, financial aid*, class flexibility, curriculum, and more, contact TSPA Altoona today. Our staff is here to answer any of your questions and help you pursue your dreams in 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 http://www.tspaaltoona.com