Simply The Best

Are you curious why our students and graduates believe The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) in Altoona is the best beauty school in Central Pennsylvania?   We are happy to share the facts, awards, and recognitions that have people singing our praises and referring students to our Academy.

First, The Salon Professional Academy in Altoona has been recognized by the professional beauty and product brand Redken 5th Avenue NYC with the REDKEN Diamond Academy award for our excellence in education every year since the award was introduced in 2014.  As a Diamond Academy, TSPA Altoona must demonstrate a commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards, which is confirmed by a rigorous examination of our facility, systems, curriculum and staff!

Second, in 2017 the Blair County Chamber of Commerce awarded our Academy the Excellence in Small Business for our entrepreneurship, technology in our classrooms and business developing skills for our students.  We are the only beauty school in the area to have received this award in the past decade.

Third, we have an Award-Winning Team!  The Salon Professional Education Company (SPEC), which has 30 franchised beauty schools nationwide, has recognized the TSPA Altoona team multiple times over the past five years.  In 2016, Kim Hofer, our owner, was recognized as SPEC’s Operations Director of the Year.  In 2018, our Dynamic Duo of Michelle Fogal and Kayla Shook were recognized as SPEC’s Admissions Director of the Year and Financial Aid Director of the Year, respectively. Their outstanding teamwork is now a franchise-wide template to other franchisees as to how their roles intertwine and support prospective students.



So, if you are thinking about a career in the beauty industry, you should come in and visit with our award-winning team.  Our welcoming culture and learner-focused approach to education is truly different and designed to appeal to today’s students.  You want and deserve an incredible education and environment – you will find it at The Salon Professional Academy in Altoona, PA!

We are here to help you begin your path on an amazing journey!

New Year, New You?

There are always so many expectations that come with January 1st. Everywhere you look you will see someone or something that is telling you “New Year, New You.” But was there really anything wrong with the “old” you?

Whoever you were in December of 2018, is probably exactly who you needed to be at that time.

A high school student, just trying to make it to Winter break so you can get to the second half of your Senior year! Proms, Spring sports, finals, GRADUATION!

A college student, who always assumed going to college was exactly what you needed to do to find a successful career. Now you are one semester in and are finding out that maybe this isn’t for you, this isn’t the creative, exciting, rewarding experience you thought you were going to have.

A parent, you’ve spent the last few years making sure that your children have everything that they need. Your first priority is them, then comes the house, the bills, the Christmas lists, then finally, you.

Maybe you are someone who doesn’t fall into any of these categories. Maybe you are the person who had to learn at a young age to pitch in and help pay the bills, take care of family members, or even take care of yourself. Now you’ve gradated high school, found a necessary job, and you’re just trying to get by as well as you can.

No matter what stage of life you relate to, the clock striking midnight is not going to magically change who you are as a person. It will, however, give you 366 (thanks leap year) more chances to work towards the person you WANT to be.

We all want more for our significant others, our families, and our children, but don’t forget to add yourself to the list of things that deserve a little more attention and recognition. Remember, it is equally as important to focus on yourself.

“If you want to see where you will be in 5 years, look to those around you.” If you see strong minded, independent, hardworking individuals who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, then hold on tight to those people, they will take you so far in life. If you don’t, don’t panic, maybe YOU are that person to someone else, or maybe you need to start looking for a new tribe of people.

That’s where we come in. We are The Salon Professional Academy of Altoona. We are a family, a tribe, a unit of individuals who come together with one common goal, YOU. You are the reason that our staff has chosen a career path in education. We don’t expect you to fit in a certain box and we aren’t expecting some “new you” version just because it is a new year. You are exactly who we want to meet, get to know, and help grow through coaching and mentoring.

Offering programs such as Cosmetology, Esthetician, Manicuring, and Teachers, allows more opportunity to receive an education in the field you are most interested in. We offer financial aid, payment plans, and scholarships to those who qualify. Our award-winning Admissions and Financial Aid team are ready to assist you through the process of enrollment. Our Front Desk Support Staff and Educators are here to provide guidance and training to help you achieve industry standards and expectations.

New Year, New You? We think New Year, Same You, New Opportunities has a better ring to it!

Quick and Easy Halloween Looks that are TSPA Approved!

If you are like us, you LOVE Halloween!! But maybe you aren’t sure what you can throw together for that work event, costume party, or kid’s school activity. The good news is, The Salon Professional Academy is here to help you find the perfect spooky, glamorous, or adorable makeup look you are needing! It is very possible that you have your entire look planned out in your head, but you just aren’t sure how to make it all come together. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to getting that perfect look this Halloween!

1. Find a couple inspiration pictures!
It’s best to have more than one, but no more than 3 pictures to draw some ideas from.
Put your own creative spin into the look, not everyone has the same face shape, products, or skill level, and that’s okay!

2. Make sure you have the basics!
You don’t have to be a professional or take hours getting ready to achieve some super cool makeup looks this Halloween.
A couple brushes, some foundation, an eyeshadow palette or variety of eyeshadow colors, eyeliner and mascara, and you’re good to go!

3. Accessorize!
No makeup look is complete without a little extra bling to bring it all together!
You don’t need to go out and spend money to find something that compliments your look.
Find some things that you have lying around the house to pull the look together!

Halloween is all about having fun with your friends and family.
Spending time with those you love makes any holiday, gathering, or get together worth it!
And of course, be sure to snap lots of selfies!

We’ve put together some DIY quick and easy make up looks for you to recreate at home OR you can schedule an appointment here at The Salon Professional Academy, Altoona to recreate these looks as well! Our student stylists are happy to help make your Halloween dreams come true!

The Pumpkin
Student Stylist: Megan
You can really use your imagination for this one! All black or all orange clothing would work for this look!


The Deer
Student Stylist: Shelly
This look is super easy to pair with some things from your closet! If you have a brown or white top and some leggings, you are good to go!

The Scarecrow
Student Stylist: Kaena
A flannel and a pair of jeans is all you need to bring this look together! If you have a straw hat laying around, that’s a bonus!

The Mermaid
Student Stylist: Brandi
A headband, necklace, or earrings with some bling will really bring this look to the next level!

The Skeleton
Student Stylist: Look # 1- Elexis, Look # 2- Becca
All black everything is a really easy way to pull off your skeleton look!


We Have A History with Success –
Originally founded as Pruonto’s Hair Design Institute in 1963, we have spent decades helping to build future salon professionals. We are ready to help assist you in the journey of discovering your success.

Family Values-
Since the beginning, TSPA Altoona has always focused on the value of family. Owner, Kim Hofer, purchased the school from her parents in 2008. She has turned a small privately- owned business into a thriving enterprise based on the advanced education today’s students are looking for. That family spirit has resonated into the culture we have here at TSPA. From our staff, to our students, to our guests, our goal is always to make you feel at home with us.

The Full TSPA Experience-
Our programs are designed to engage all types of learning styles. Hands on, visual, and demonstration-based curriculum helps ensure that students are able to learn concepts such as product knowledge, business building skills, hair design, skin care, nail technology, eyelash extensions, and so much more. We offer the tools you will need to provide your guest with that 5-star experience. We are dedicated to helping you build the skills you need for a successful career.

Educators with a Purpose-
Our Educational team has over 65 combined years of experience in both behind the chair and facilitation. Our team is here to provide you with one on one coaching to grow you both personally, and professionally. It is this current experience, and continued trainings that our Educators attend throughout the year, that they are able to share their passion, and professionalism so enthusiastically with each of our students.

The Support Systems-
Our Front Desk Support Staff team members are here to assist you in guest services. They help you prepare for your real-life salon experiences by assisting with pre-booking, retail sales, and additional services.

The Admissions and Financial Aid partnership is as strong as our willingness to help you get started into your future career! When it comes to offering students support, guidance, and assistance, we are always on top of it. It is a great example of two people working together as a cohesive, dual unit of support for students. With a shared work mentality and love of the beauty industry, they can create a positive, welcoming environment at TSPA Altoona.

Our Office Administrator Ali is the woman behind the curtain. She assists the Educators, Admissions, Financial Aid, Front Desk Support Staff, and most importantly, the students. She sits with each student and walks them through the process of applying for their state board exam. She stays up to date with our Alumni to make sure our students are placed and finding a home after school.

                                                    We can’t wait for you to join our TSPA family!

Why Beauty School is an Investment in Your Future

Think about where you see yourself in a year. Is it in a new career where you get to do something you love every day? With a cosmetology license from The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Altoona, you could find a fulfilling career in the beauty industry. It all starts by making an investment in your future!

Turn a Passion Into a Career

Everyone dreams of working in a career that they love, but not everyone is lucky enough to find that type of job. If you’re passionate about hair, makeup, skin care, beauty trends, beauty products, and literally anything beauty-related, you can turn that passion into a career. The first step is your education. Our cosmetology program at TSPA Altoona can teach you the beauty techniques, business strategies, and networking skills you’ll need to find success in a beauty industry career.

Girls doing each others' makeup at a counter.

Learn Valuable Skills

The concepts we teach at TSPA Altoona are skills and techniques you can actually use in your career as a stylist, makeup artist, or another beauty profession. Not only will you receive a Redken-based education in the classroom, but you’ll also get the chance to practice, hone, and perfect your skills in our student salon training area. Additionally, the lessons we teach in business strategies, social media, and guest services can teach you to market yourself as a stylist and build a clientele.

Redheaded girl takes a selife in the mirror while a stylist does her hair.

Find a Career You Love

From clients to co-workers, everyone can tell when you’re doing something that you love. Take your love of beauty and share it with others! Whether you want to be a stylist, focus on hair color, or work in makeup artistry, there’s nothing better than genuinely loving what you do on a daily basis. Many people may think that cosmetology school just leads to life behind the chair, but there are actually various career options for licensed cosmetologists. Some more unique cosmetology careers include:

  • Theatrical makeup artist
  • Personal stylist
  • Platform artist
  • Editorial stylist
  • Beauty advisor

Blonde makeup artist styles two girls in sequined dresses.

Form Connections

While you’re in beauty school, you can make lasting connections with other students, educators, and staff members. These connections could be useful when it comes to job networking, but they could also lead to fulfilling lifelong friendships. While attending beauty school, you can learn and develop your technique with people who share similar goals, passions, and ideas. This type of camaraderie can create a great network of support both during beauty school and after graduation.

Group of girls take a selfie together.

Make Our Cosmetology Program Part of Your Future

Do something for future self this year. Start your cosmetology education. For details about scheduling a tour, 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

Reasons People Don’t Commit To Beauty School

It’s as easy to fear failure as it is to fear the unknown. A new environment, a new school, and a new career can seem overwhelming. The Salon Professional Academy, (TSPA), Altoona, could be your opportunity for total success! If you have ever felt anxious about beginning beauty school, read on. While it may seem easier to not try than to try and risk failure, but here are a few reasons we think it’s still a chance worth taking!

Reason: I Won’t Fit In

TSPA Altoona is a safe space. Students can learn and thrive in our positive environment. We welcome vulnerability and celebrate mistakes that can help develop your future! Remember, you have an advantage that no one else has. You are you! The beauty industry is looking for anyone with passion and a willingness to learn, no matter their background.

shy redhead beauty school

Reason: Teachers are Intimidating

Our educators are well-trained, passionate, and dedicated to help you! Educators are here to share their expertise and eager to help you reach your goals! Learning from their experience may even help you avoid making some rookie mistakes of your own. Instead of feeling intimidated, think of the educators and staff of TSPA Altoona as your mentors. Take advantage of the access you have to experienced professionals and network them all program long!

Reason: School is Not For Me.

What if we told you school could be fun? Forget philosophy and formulas you’ll never need. Beauty school is where you can focus on application techniques and guest relations. Learn the tricks of the trade and only that trade! Enjoy working alongside fellow creatives who all share the same passion for beauty. Beauty school is a comfortable challenge that can not only allow you to explore your talent and taste, but also look forward to each and every day of it.

Reason: Work is WORK. Not Fun.

A job doesn’t have to be all work, no play, especially if you love the work! If you love creating, working with your hands, staying busy, guest relations, and helping others feel confident and beautiful, this is a career that’ll keep you going! Feel fulfilled full-time with a career in cosmetology.

laughing pretty girls

Reason: Cosmetologists Can’t Make a Good Living.

As one of the fastest growing industries in the world, you can bet your most expensive eyeshadow palette that you can absolutely make a great living as a cosmetologist. Professionals have a range of options and growth opportunities within the industry. While you can work from home to be near your kids or rent a chair at a salon and build a local guest book for a great salary, you can also move into salon ownership, stage makeup, or celebrity styling. See what the world has to offer both inside and outside of the salon!

Reason: I Can’t Afford It

With opportunities like financial aid, grants, and scholarships for those who qualify, financing your education does not have to keep you from your future. Contact our Financial Aid Administrators to see what options may be in store for you!

financially stressed

Why TSPA Altoona?

Our tight-knit community grants us the advantage of becoming a family where lifelong friendships can blossom. As a student, you can access professional products and enjoy the benefits of our partnerships with Redken and MUD. Network with professionals to ready yourself for that professional field. Some members of our staff were once cosmetology students too, and can’t wait to help you attain your professional goals at TSPA Altoona.

If you’d like to check out TSPA Altoona and see if it is the right fit for you, schedule a tour with us today!

{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}

If Traditional College Wasn’t For You, Your Future is Still Bright

Sometimes it takes trying out a job, college, or program to figure out that it may not be the thing for you after all. We can see where anyone who has withdrawn from a university may feel discouraged or nervous for the future. If you’ve recently left college or made another drastic life change, you aren’t alone. Here at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Altoona, we’ve seen people blossom, discovering their passion and purpose. You could be next.

college is hard

The Future is About You

Let’s make this short and sweet. If you don’t love it, don’t do it! Realizing what is all wrong for you (like college) is the first step toward discovering your passion. It may feel like a load of trial and error, but it may also bring you one step closer to the perfect fit. Need a change? Let go of anything that holds you back so that the good things have room to come together in front of you.

Don’t Let Change Scare You

Instead, let change be the motivator! Taking time to seek what the world has to offer is the only way to find those fitting opportunities. Your time is now! Research, experiment, or talk to friends and confidants about finding the path just right for you. Exploration can be a beautiful thing. Starting fresh, like attending TSPA Altoona, can guide you to a new career, talent discovery, friendships, and reduced stress. Pave your own future with an opportunity for growth at beauty school. A simple tour of our school can give you a great first look at a potential future.

wink okay success woman

Success That Doesn’t Require a Diploma.

College is not the only road to success. In fact, billionaires like Bill Gates and Giorgio Armani left college to pursue their own dreams and businesses. Resigning from college is a chance to take a leap! If entrepreneurship intrigues you, then beauty school could be for you! As a cosmetologist or manicurist, you can pursue and run our own business. Options can include owning a salon, becoming a beauty educator, teaching master classes, working from home, or renting your own space. Business ownership is just one potential option as a cosmetology school graduate. Dream-chasing doesn’t require a degree!

Study What the Name Says

Learn the tricks of the trade! While any bachelor’s degree requires the completion of several extra or irrelevant courses, beauty school hones in on exactly that: beauty! To those art majors stuck taking math classes, we salute you. But forget weeder classes, statistics, and organic chemistry. Specialize in the trade you came to TSPA Altoona for. Instead of studying for four years and hoping to land a job, you can receive professional experience in the industry during your education, working with real guests and networking with professionals.

makeup artist

If college wasn’t for you, cosmetology could be! Leave those stressful year-round testing, late night jam cram slams, and student meal plan PTSD behind you where it belongs. Dropping out could just be an opportunity to drop in. Ridding the burden and stress of a university could be a blessing in disguise that brings you closer to our front door. Seek opportunity at TSPA Altoona today.

{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}

Is a Future in Cosmetology Right for You? Take Our Quiz to See!

Do you have plans for what you’ll do after high school graduation? Why not consider a future in cosmetology? This can be an exciting field for people who are creative, outgoing, and independent! Find out if a future in cosmetology is right for you. Take our quiz!

Now that you know that a future in cosmetology could be right for you, take the next step! Contact The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Altoona to learn all about our cosmetology program. You can also schedule a tour of our campus online or over the phone. Get in touch with us today!