This Is The Salon Professional Academy

This Is TSPA

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a student at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA)?

What’s it like? What do you do every day? What programs are available? Is it fun? Do I get hands-on training? What are the teachers like? Do you get to work on actual people? Is there housing nearby? Do you use state-of-the-art equipment, tools & technology?

It’s really hard to answer with only words, so…..Watch This!

The Salon Professional Academy offers programs leading to amazing careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology.

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There are so many factors to consider when selecting the school that will change your life by leading your way to a fun, fulfilling and lucrative career. It’s one of the most important decisions you will make as you graduate from high school, or change careers later in life.

At TSPA, we think learning should be fun and rewarding. Sure,  you will have to spend time in the classroom before you get to work on real people, but that can be fun too. Our educators know what it’s like to be a student, so they also know how to make learning fun. From your first day in the classroom, through your first practice on a mannequin, to your debut working on guests in the salon or spa, our educators will personally guide you.

We’ll teach you to be confident, competent and creative.

Technical skills are very important to us, but they are only the beginning of your education here at TSPA. You will gain important business skills, marketing skills, and customer service skills that will give you a major advantage when you start your dream career.

TSPA Culture is Inclusive and Supportive with a Dedication to the Success and Well-being of All of our Students.

You will notice a very friendly and professional atmosphere every time you enter our academy. We are all family here. Everyone is welcome. Lifelong friendships are developed, not only between students, but also between students and staff. We truly care about  what our students are up to after they graduate.

For student reviews and more information about The Salon Professional Academy, we invite you to visit our Youtube channel.

Our Salon & Spa Training Areas have been created to provide our students and guests with the same experience they would have at any high-end salon or spa.

Fargo-Moorhead offers housing in many price ranges and locations. There is even a new apartment complex located right next to our academy, with special pricing we have negotiated for TSPA students.

Where do you go from here?

We have very close relationships with the region’s premier salons and spas, and we meet with them annually to review our programs and find out first hand how our students are performing after they graduate. We also gather the region’s top salons and spas for career fairs in the spring and fall so they can meet our highly sought after students, and our students can meet with them to decide where they want to begin their amazing careers. Many of the salons and spas are represented by TSPA alumni at these events, which gives us a chance to catch up with them!

This Is TSPA – Growing Salon & Spa Leaders, One Student at a Time

TSPA Fargo Earns 9 Awards at Annual Salon Professional Education Conference

TSPA Fargo Earns 9 Awards at National Salon Professional Education Conference

Thanks to our generous owners, TSPA Fargo was represented by 10 staff members as well as themselves at the annual SPEC conference in Florida. Awards based on academy performance metrics as well as overall culture of the school are awarded at the annual “Academy Awards” event. The competition is very stiff, with Fargo competing nationwide against larger markets like Dallas, Washington DC and Winnipeg to name a few. To win 9 awards is an amazing accomplishment!

 

The award we are most proud of, which speaks to the quality and commitment of our students, guests, staff and owners, is the SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD.

 

We are very proud of our educator Mona, for her devotion to helping others. She spearheaded a toy drive involving donations by our students. This was not an ordinary toy drive. Mona personally purchased 100’s of toys with funds donated by students, staff and guests, carefully packaged them for the long trip to the Green Olive Children’s Home in Kenya, and went through many steps to ensure that the toys would make it safely through dangerous territories to the children in need. Mona was awarded the first annual Deborah Shimer Excellence Award in recognition of her efforts. Deborah Shimer devoted her final years to raising funds for the children’s home, and visited the children annually. She lost her battle with cancer in 2018, and this award honors her selfless dedication to help those in need.

To learn more about the Green Olive Children’s Home, visit: globalnpo.org/KE/Mombasa/209227905793223/Green-Olive-Children%27s-Home or https://www.facebook.com/Green-Olive-Children-Home-Mtwapa-Kenya-276706639144020/

 

A HUGE shout-out to our very own Sandy for earning the DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD! Sandy has taken our academy from great to amazing through her dedication to making sure our programs prepare our talented students for highly successful careers in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy and Nail Technology, not only with amazing technical skills, but with great business and leadership skills. We are very proud!

How To Be A Successful Esthetician

What tips do you have for a new esthetician right out of school? It is a fact that a large percentage of people who go through the effort and investment of attending and graduating from esthetics school will never end up practicing esthetics or will do so for a short time. I believe this is because they could not find a job or if they did, the job was not the right fit for them. Our advice is to explore every option for employment, but be sure to only apply for a position that best suits your style and personality.

What jobs are out there for estheticians? What we love about being an esthetician is that there are many options for places of employment. There are day spas, hair salons that have a skin treatment room, skin care spas, hotel spas, cruise line spas, medical spas, department store spas associated with a skin care line, resort spas and more. If you prefer not to be a service provider, there are still many options. You can become a representative for a skin care line that is sold to department stores, medical offices, or spas so you would provide education and training classes to your various accounts, as well as work at trade shows. You can work in a retail environment selling a line at the department store counter (they LOVE hiring estheticians) or other beauty retailers. You can also become an independent contractor and be on-call to work at various spas or even be a freelance esthetician. It is also possible to become an educator and work as a teacher at your local esthetics school. Another option is to become an entrepreneur and develop your own skin care line.

What I love most about a career as an esthetician is that it offers a very flexible schedule. Many places allow part and full-time schedules so if you have another career or have children, this is ideal. Many businesses have employed many estheticians who were once full-time and now work part-time after having children. One size does not fit all when it comes to being employed as an esthetician, so do you research.

How can an esthetician build a clientele? It truly takes a long, long time to really build up a good, repeat clientele. The reason is because you will not connect with every client, and not every client will connect with you. Being an esthetician is a relationship-based profession. Our best tip for this is to mimic their personality. If they are not much of a talker, then don’t talk their ear off. You have to be a chameleon with every client.

Try paying close attention to body language. Asking specific questions on your client intake form that gives you insight into their expectations will go a long way. One of our favorite questions is “What are you goals for today’s visit?” I then provide various options they can check off on the form ranging from “stress relief” to “I want to learn how to care for my skin.” Depending on all that they select, we will make sure to create an experience that gives them exactly what they ask for. I will also discuss their goals during our consultation to make sure we have complete clarity. Having a client leave getting exactly what they wanted will help build the relationship and ensure they will come back to see you again.

Another way to build a clientele is to give out free skin treatments. When you have an empty schedule, your goal is to fill it with clients. And waiting around for them to shell out money for a skin treatment that is often considered a luxury will leave you with an empty room and time on your hands. Make some really nice gift certificates and gift it to your friends, family, and anyone you come in contact with that you feel would be a good fit for you. Let them experience the services you provide at no charge because the more faces you can get your hands on, the more they can spread the word for you. Many of them may love the results and want to come back as a paying client. At the end of the appointment, give them a few of those free gift certificates and ask them to give it to their friends who they think would be a good client for you. Who would not love giving the gift of beautiful skin? Hands down, word of mouth with a referral will trump any other advertising or marketing opportunity. If you work this strategy long enough, and you give a treatment focused on managing expectations, you will no longer have an empty schedule. I promise.

How can I give the best service possible? We would like to expand more on the consultation portion of the service because we believe this is so important and often overlooked by many estheticians. The information we gain from asking clients questions about their skin and having them share their concerns is essential for problem-solving. This is the biggest area of weakness for so many estheticians. They are so focused on giving the actual skin treatment without really knowing what the clients concerns are. Aside from the questions  mentioned above, here are some others to ask after reviewing their client intake form. We find these really insightful to understanding my client and his/her skin so the best results can be focused on. We love to psychoanalyze their skin and these open it up great conversations.

 

What are your top three skin concerns in order of priority?

Is today a good, bad, or normal skin day for you? (This is important because if they say “this is a really bad day for me”, you need to understand what they personally consider to be bad.)

Do you consider yourself to have sensitive skin? Give me specific examples of how your skin acts sensitive? (Everyone will say their skin is sensitive, but you need to know exactly their type of sensitivity.)

How oily or dry is your skin?

If your skin is dry, do you actually get flaky or is it more of a tightness that you experience?

What type of blemishes do you get most often (cysts, pustules, papules, whiteheads/closed comedones)?

Where on your face do you get the majority of your blemishes?

When it comes to caring for your skin at home, do you like a very simple routine like cleanser and moisturizer or do you like to add in additional products to make a more comprehensive routine?

Prior to coming and seeing me, what have you done with your skin both at home or professionally? What kind of results did you get?

What are your specific goals for your visit today?

TSPA Fargo Students Compete For a Spot In “The Gift” Style Show

Fashion Avenue 2017 Style Show a Huge Success!

Each year a local nonprofit organization called The Christmas Gift donates funds to families and individuals in need. A large percentage of their funds are raised through the Fashion Avenue Style Show which draws a large crowd kind enough to donate a $650 – $850 per table. That’s roughly $46,000 raised in one night in table sales alone. Funds are also raised through raffle ticket sales at the event.

TSPA Fargo students compete to earn a spot in “The Gift” style show as individuals or groups each year. Their hair, makeup and costume designs are judged by an independant panel.

This year’s theme was Candyland. As you can see, our students really put their imaginations, skills and creativity to work. They came up with some amazing designs!

Our students thoroughly enjoyed seeing their creations on stage, and the fashion show was a huge success!

We are so proud of our students, and so happy for their accomplishments! We’re excited to see what next years show brings!

Now offering PART-TIME COSMETOLOGY!

You can now earn your Cosmetology degree while you continue to work!

Do you have a dream of becoming a Cosmetologist, but it doesn’t fit your schedule? Due to an overwhelming request for part-time Cosmetology, we have now added it to our course offerings!

 

You can select from 2 different part-time schedules:

  • 9am-2pm Monday through Thursday plus alternating Saturdays from 9am-4:30pm
  • 4pm-9pm Monday through Thursday plus alternating Saturdays from 9am-4:30pm

Start the path to your dream career today, at TSPA Fargo!  701.478.1772