Congratulations to Our “Best of Westeros” Winners!

The results are in. We have our two winners of the “Best of Westeros”contest! Drumroll, please…

Voters’ Choice

The voters’ choice winner is Saige Allison with her “Mother of Dragons” look. Everyone loved this eye-catching red makeup (complete with dragon scales) and dress paired with Khaleesi-colored hair. It’s a great display of both creativity and technical skill. Congrats, Saige!

Saige Allison

Judges’ Choice

The judges’ choice winner is Rachelle Reeder and her “Children of the Forest Look”! She was able to work with a lot of textures for both hair and makeup to create this woodland fantasy. It was a great chance for her to show off her artistry and cosmetology skills. Nice job, Rachelle!

Rachelle Reeder

Honorable Mentions

Morgan Snyder

153 votes
“The inspiration for my Game of Thrones look came from the Night King, the leader and first of the White Walkers. I wanted to create an intense look to match that of the Night King, while still putting my own feminine twist on things!”

Morgan Snyder dressed as a White Walker.

Trista Bradley

65 votes
“The inspiration for my piece was the quote “I’m not a lady, I’m a wolf.” I based my entire piece on this quote transforming my friend into half a lady and half a wolf.”

Trista Bradley

Morgan Noll

56 votes
“For my Game of Thrones look, I wanted to blend Queen Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons, and Drogon, one of her three dragons named after Khal Drogo. Drogon is the most aggressive of the three dragons and I wanted to capture that in this look!”

Morgan Noll

Corissa Hartman

21 votes
“Edgy warrior hairstyle was done by Corissa Hartman on the lovely Rachelle Reeder. I came up with this hairstyle that I find would fit perfectly in the game of thrones.”

Braided hairstyle by Corissa Hartman.

Kayla Grossen

18 votes
“I took to Kohl Drogo for my inspiration for this Game of Thrones challenge. My goal while creating this look was to capture Drogo’s intense personality.”

Kayla Grossen as Khal Drogo.

We loved running this fun contest! If you want to participate in events like this, apply to our cosmetology program at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Altoona! You could learn awesome hair and makeup skills like Saige and Rachelle. Contact us now!

5 Facts About Lash Extensions

Are you sick of using four coats of mascara to get the fullness and length you want? Do false eyelashes drive you crazy? Eyelash extensions could be your best solution. At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Altoona, our students can provide eyelash extensions and eyelash extension refills under the supervision of licensed professionals. If you’re seriously considering eyelash extensions, read these five important facts first!

Black and white photo of woman with eyelash extensions

1.They can alter your makeup routine

While lash extensions look stunning and can reduce the time you used to take on your eyelashes, you may need to change up your makeup routine. Products you should eliminate include tubing mascaras, pencil eyeliners, waterproof liquid eyeliner, and oil-based face cleansers. Tubing mascara sticks to false lashes much more than natural lashes, pencil eyeliners cause lashes to tangle, waterproof liquid liner removal requires you to rub at the lash line and touch the lashes, and oil-based products can erode lash glue. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives for these products, so make the swap and you’ll be good to go!

Alternative products

  • Pencil eyeliner alternative: Powder eyeliner
  • Mascara alternative: Lightweight mascara
  • Liquid eyeliner alternative: Pen eyeliner
  • Oil makeup remover alternative: Oil-free, plant or water-based removers

Pen eyeliner.

2. Results can vary based on natural lashes

If you have thin, fine eyelashes to start with, you will not ever end up with extremely voluminous lashes. Eyelash extensions are attached to the natural lashes. They can only carry so much weight and if you overload them it can cause major damage. When getting eyelash extensions, it’s wise to have realistic expectations about what your lashes can and cannot do. Whether you have fine eyelashes, short eyelashes, or thick eyelashes, eyelash extensions can still do wonders.

Woman with brown eyes and long eyelash extensions.

3. They need to be kept clean

You should not get your eyelashes wet for 12-24 hours after application or touch-ups, but after that washing them is crucial. When you have false lashes, your cleansing routine needs to be more stringent than ever. If extensions aren’t regularly cleaned, infections like conjunctivitis and keratitis can occur.The eye area is extremely sensitive, so make sure you’re using a gentle cleanser. Stay away from oily cleansers and heavy eye creams. Try using a liquid makeup remover like micellar water, or pre-soaked, oil-free makeup removing pads.

Bioderma micellar water.

4. Eyelash extensions aren’t permanent

Lash extensions will last typically 6-8 weeks, depending on the way your hair grows. Lash maintenance is suggested every 3-4 weeks for a full look. Each extension attaches to a single, natural eyelash, so they do fall out over time as natural lashes do. In order to keep your lashes intact for as long as possible, avoid picking at them, rubbing them, or pulling them out.

5. There are different materials to choose from

The three common types of eyelash extensions are faux mink, synthetic, and silk. Mink lash extensions are feathery and light, maintain their shape and are typically shinier than other materials. However, mink lashes typically come at the highest price point. Synthetic lashes are made from polished acrylic and are denser, shinier, and stronger than other materials. As a result, they are the heaviest material. Silk lashes are the mid-weight material as far as extensions go. They’re finer and more flexible, allowing for good shape retention. Since they are light, these lashes are good for older clients or those with weak lashes. Silk lashes are thicker and have a rich black color, but they tend to be slightly uncomfortable. Think about which material would be best for you and your lifestyle when you visit us.

Pop star Beyonce with mink eyelash extensions.

Visit Us For Eyelash Extensions

If you want eyelash extensions, visit TSPA Altoona! Our students can give you the voluminous, beautiful lashes you’ve always wanted under the supervision of licensed professionals. Call us today to schedule an appointment. If you’re interested in learning how to do lash extension applications or perform other beauty treatments, contact us to find out more about our cosmetology program!

5 Reasons Why You Might Love Cosmetology School!

Graduating from high school is a big deal, your future can be wide open! With so many possibilities it’s hard to know what comes next for you.

At The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Altoona, we understand that there isn’t one choice in higher education that’s right for everyone. Cosmetology school is a wonderful option that often gets overlooked.

Below are five reasons why cosmetology school could be an awesome option for you after graduation!

  1. You Can Follow Your Passion


    Do you find yourself watching hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube? Are you always practicing your blending or lash application to perfect the latest looks? Cosmetology school may be the perfect choice for you so you can build an education in something you love. During school you can learn everything from hair cutting and styling to makeup application! Keep up on all the latest trends and fashions as you are educated on proper techniques and tricks!

  2. You Can Meet People From All Walks of Life

    Interacting with other students and building relationships with guests is a major part of a cosmetology education! This is a good thing because you enjoy talking to people and hearing their stories. You may build lifelong friendships with other students who also have a passion for cosmetology!

  3. You’ll Be More Than a Number

    You won’t need to worry about the teacher not knowing your name or not knowing the people in your class. Our educators strive to be there for you as you try new techniques, cuts, and colors. They are also dedicated to you and your personal success during cosmetology school. They have been in your shoes and understand what it’s like to be a cosmetology student.

  4. You Can Work in a Creative Space

    Does the idea of sitting in an office all day make you cringe? As a cosmetology student you will be surrounded by fashion and creativity on a daily basis. You’ll also be with others who are just as excited about the beauty industry. This makes it easy to let your creativity flow as you learn the ins and outs of the beauty industry.

  5. Not a Traditional School

    Cosmetology school could be a fabulous educational option because it isn’t a traditional schooling environment. It is the perfect mix of classroom time and hands on practice. You can take what you learn in the classroom and then practice what you learn in a real life work setting. Because we focus on mastering our technique in a salon-like setting you can be assured that you will spend less time in lectures and more time practicing your skill.

So what are you waiting for? Cosmetology school is an awesome educational option after graduation! The environment can be fun and exciting and you get to learn about the thing you are most passionate about: beauty!

Check out some of our other blogs on being a cosmetologist to find out more about the beauty industry.


To learn more about The Salon Professional Academy, Altoona and the cosmetology program we offer, contact our school or give us a call at 814-944-4494 for more information.

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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!

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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!

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