THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity. Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies. TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.
- Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
- Our approach to personal, hands-on training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
- We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
- Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
- In addition to technical skills, TSPA develops your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that put you in high demand with top salons.
- We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement. Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school. Additionally, we have relationships for placement with Redken salons across Canada.
Marlee MacPhee - Director of Operations
Marlee MacPhee has been with Tspa Winnipeg since shortly after opening its doors in 2012.
Marlee has been in the industry for 20 years. Throughout that time she studied Small Business Management, Operated a Mobile Salon and continuously upgraded her education.
She started working with Tspa as an educator and has now moved into the Director of Operations position.
Being very passionate about the industry, she loves being involved in the training of new up and coming stylists.
She takes pride in being a part of a team that delivers inspiring and innovative education. Her favorite moments come from past students who call or visit full of excitement on their achievements so far, it’s extremely rewarding to hear their stories.
Her favorite REDKEN product is Pillow proof blow dry express primer
Stephanie Dzikowicz - Admissions
I’m in my 4th year with The Salon Professional Academy. I come from a sales background but I’ve always had a love for the cosmetology industry. Being the Director of Admissions gives me the opportunity to combine my knowledge of sales with my passion for beauty while having the opportunity to help up and coming stylists and estheticians embark on their journey to a career in the industry. Being the first person our students meet with when they come for a tour, to the last person they see after graduating is very fulfilling. I’m blessed to be a part of their education which will be the foundation to the rest of their extraordinary careers!
My favorite Redken product is Iron Shape. I love having a variety of hairstyles and Iron Shape give a great hold when flat ironing or curling, while protecting my hair from the damage that hot tools can cause.
Tammy Koroma - Recruiter
Tammy is a versatile professional with a unique and wide ranging skill set that has enabled her to successfully contribute in a variety of roles. Tammy truly enjoys making connections and applies her expertise to identify the students needs here at The Salon Professional Academy.
With a positive, proactive attitude, Tammy is looking forward to providing support and positive reinforcements to potential students, helping guide them through the admissions process and onto their new career path.
Robin Hunter - Esthetics Educator
Instantly interested in the beauty industry at a young age, Robin is an Esthetician and Make-Up Artist with over ten years of experience. After graduating in Winnipeg with her Esthetics diploma, her desire for the skill took her to Toronto to complete her advanced Make-up training. Her career and continued learning then took her to Montreal and Ottawa. It was there that Robin worked with numerous make-up artists on fashion shows and photo-shoots, which created her strong network.
She continues her career in an educator role, sharing her passion and knowledge with students today.
Mandy Mckenzie - Esthetics Educator
Nicole Nicol - Hairstyling Educator
Nicole Nicol has been in the beauty industry for 23 years and still continues to love what she does. Throughout those years she has had the opportunity to explore many facets that this career choice has had to offer stylist, educator and salon owner. She loves working with color and being a color technician gave her behind the scenes experiences at a variety of hair shows, as well as teaching experience. She is excited to be a part of a team that cares about the future of our industry and feels privileged to have the opportunity to grow future stylists. She believes we really do have the best careers in the world !
Nicole’s favorite Redken product is currently Fashion Work 12. She loves having hold and flexibility when working with hair and long styling.
Candice Schneider - Hairstyling Educator
My name is Candice Schneider.......In the beginning, I was that child who loved making her dolls look beautiful, from applying make up, styling and of course cutting the hair that would obviously never grow back. I knew I always had a passion for being in this industry.
When I had the opportunity to enroll in the hairstyling program in 2000, I enjoyed every minute of it. Graduating from the program in 2002, I continued to further my knowledge in the industry and participated in many educational and training classes. After 15 years of being in the industry, I strive to learn more, and love to share what I have learned. Its a never ending learning industry.
My favorite Redken product is "Diamond Oil", I love the smell, and the shine it gives without making it look oily. It works great after a flatiron.
Pam Lagos - Hairstyling Educator
Pam has been successful in the beauty industry for over 30 years.
Over the course of her career she has been employed at various beauty salons, traveled to New York for education and operated her own Salon in Greece for 13 years. She chose this profession because she believes that she can provide people with happiness and wellness. She also loves this profession because it requires constant education and training always providing her with new challenges.
She is honored to be in a position that can help students develop and build their skills for their future. It brings her satisfaction knowing she is helping to teach the next generation of stylists.
When you do what you love its not work, its life!
Maria Dutra - Harstyling Educator
Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry. Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned. The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.
With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”
The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) was my second home from November, 2013 until I graduated in June, 2014. I took the full esthetics program and had the most fun I have ever had while attending school. At the beginning, you definitely feel overwhelmed with all the information, but in the end it all really does come together. Your teachers will remind you of that every day; BELIEVE THEM! You will feel nervous on your first day of school; you will feel nervous during tests & exams; you will feel nervous your first day/week in the salon area; you will feel nervous with your first client, THIS IS NORMAL! After the first week in the salon area, I got my groove going and loved every minute of it. I have been working as an esthetician for just under a year now and my clientele has grown more than I imagined in such a short amount of time. Clients are always rebooking. I thank TSPA for teaching me everything I needed to know and giving me the confidence to grow in this industry. Laura Novak2014 TSPA Graduate
I went to the school yesterday morning to get my hair cut and coloured. I had Michaela. She did an awesome job, the teacher was always there giving her step by step help and encouraging her all the way thru the process. I have to say that I received so many complements on my hair yesterday. I was really impressed. I felt like I was in a real salon. Lori Blahut
“The quality of education that a TSPA academy provides is beyond any beauty school I have ever experienced. What I value as a salon owner is when a TSPA student comes in for a position at our salon they are trained on the level system, understand the importance of retail, and most importantly, their skill level is exceptional. Here is the reality, it is important a graduating TSPA student understands the importance of not only how to sell retail but also how to sell themselves. The added benefit of the business-building education that TSPAs bring to the student is financial security.” Leah FreemanInternational Redken Artist, Salon Owner
“To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.” Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
“Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.” Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
“I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.” Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
“The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.” Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
“Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.” Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
“Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.” Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
“I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.” Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
“TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!” Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
“I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.” Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.
TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service. Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven