Passion into Profit

Having passion for what you do and making a profit from that passion is everyone’s dream.

However, don’t count on passion alone. While enthusiasm is a great place to start its not enough to sustain your career for the long term.

Start by establishing your vision. You need to bring clarity to what your vision for your career is. Do your research. What schools and salons are out there? What type of culture, style and education bests suits you. What is my end game do I want to be a service provider, do I want to eventually be a business owner. Does my choice of school or salon meet my current and future needs.

Create a plan.  Speak with the teams at your school of choice or of the salon you would like to work at upon graduating and get a feel for the environment. Speak with your personal support team, the people who help guide you on a daily basis. Speak with your financial supports, if you are starting school how will you pay for the costs? What are your options. If you are looking at a salon to join will your wage cover your expenses. Your plan should consist of the steps needed to fulfil your vision.

Next put your plan into play. Whatever your passion is, whether you are starting at school or a salon always be open to suggestions and learn from mistakes have an open mind. Don’t let any chances of failing stop you from making a living from your passion. Educate yourself about your passion.

Succeed at making a profit from your passion.  Make sure you are good at what your passion is, love of something is just the beginning.  Be around people who share the same vision and have the same passion as you. Share your passion with those around you.


Self Care during Covid

The one thing that we, who are privileged enough to #stayhome to do our part, can indulge in for the sake of our mental health is SELF CARE.

Routine & Ritual

The COVID-19 outbreak can take an emotional toll on anyone, as it elicits anxiety, stress, feelings of uncertainty and grief. Take it easy on yourself. If you find your thoughts racing and heart palpitating, take a step back, stop reading the news, and breathe deeply. Take a long, warm shower, inhaling deeply as you scrub your skin . Don’t rush through your routine, Take your time with application and pay more attention to massaging your face.  Warming up the muscles, boosts blood circulation and enhances absorption of ingredients. It also allows for lymphatic drainage, and reduces puffiness and fluid retention.

If you want to take it a step further  consider adding facial massage tools, such as a jade rollers. It massages your face, which in turn also boosts drainage.

Gut & Skin

Now that you’re home and cooking more, it’s time to take control of your gut health. Good gut health builds up your body’s ability to fight infection and prevent inflammation, which also protects your lungs and other vital organs. That aside, it is also the secret to getting clear complexion. Start off by introducing probiotics into your diet with fermented foods such as tempeh, kimchi, and kefir. These introduce good bacteria — while killing off the bad ones — along with vitamins and antioxidants into your system. Avoid dairy, and other inflammatory foods. Add more Omega-3 fats found in fatty fish, chia seeds and flaxseeds, and vitamin C-rich vegetables, which can fight free radicals that break down collagen in your skin. Watch as your complexion starts to glow.

Change the way you shop

As tempting it is to step out of the house even though we’re not on a lockdown, it’s recommended to stay home to flatten the curve. If you’ve run out of skincare, shop from the many options available online. Many of our favorite skincare shops are temporarily closed, check websites to see if they give an online order option for pick up or delivery. Support local businesses as much as you can.

Treat your skin as gently as you should your soul

The benefits of short certificate courses

Career Enhancers. Short courses are a great way to fill the gaps in your knowledge and give you a competitive edge.

Few people would argue that having a higher salary is something they would dislike. Incorporating regular  short courses into professional life is a great habit to develop, and will help to acquire the key skills that could accelerate your ascent up the salary scale.

The more you equip yourself with the key skills your industry requires, the more you become a necessary component of company & personal success. Regular  certificate courses continually improve your prospects, and show employers & clients your dedication to personal improvement.

With regular certification courses there is a high degree of freedom that allows you to strategically build the skills you can apply to your current job, or qualify you for the job you aspire to have. Skills in a range of  areas can give you advanced abilities applicable across a great many  positions.

Short  courses also provide the opportunity to touch base with fellow professionals who are taking part in the same course, but may have very different backgrounds. When completing short courses , the network potential with fellow students is easy, and meeting fellow professionals could have fantastic consequences for your career.

Thanks to our diverse educators who have extensive combined professional experience, regular short courses  are constantly being developed & updated so you can be sure you always remain professionally competitive.

Vacation Hair & Humidity Tips

It’s beyond frustrating to see the hairstyle that looked smooth and sleek at home puff up into an unrecognizable mess of frizz when you arrive at your vacation destination. Many of the world’s best travel spots are prone to high humidity, so if you’re heading to a place known for swampy air, pack appropriate hair-care products. Extra effort spent taming your hair will pay off when you look back at your vacation photos and admire your cool style.


Apply a deep conditioner to your hair the day before your trip. Take another small bottle of deep conditioner so you can treat your hair every three or four days during the trip; moisturizing your hair will not only help it look healthy, but weigh it down a bit so it won’t puff up. Pack moisturizing shampoo and daily conditioner to use each day in the shower.


Embrace the natural texture of your hair. Leave heat-styling products at home and let your hair go wavy or curly, if that’s its inclination. If you can’t stand leaving home without these items, use heating products like straightening irons and blow dryers only to style your bangs or touch up the top layer of your hair. Humidity will bring out any curl in your hair, so there’s no use fighting it.


Rub humidity- or frizz-fighting mousse or gel between your hands and work it through all your hair from the roots to the ends. If your hair is straight and fine, skip the mousse and apply a smoothing serum over your hair.


Finger-comb your hair to eliminate tangles. Let your hair air-dry. To prevent frizz, keep your hands off it while it dries.


Style your hair. Letting it stay down leaves you open to frizz and poofiness. Pull it up in a ponytail or bun. If you have bangs, keep them under control by wrapping a scarf around the crown of your head, propping your sunglasses on top of your head or sweeping them to the side and securing them with bobby pins. Part your hair down the center and make two French braids, one on either side of the part, or sweep your hair back into a low bun at the nape of your neck for a low-key look that works for both day and night.

If all else fails, pull on a baseball cap or floppy sun hat!

How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

How To Choose The Career That’s Right For You

When the time comes for you to decide what you want to do to make a living, it’s important to remember that a career is more than just a job that pays the bills. It’s a way to express yourself and utilize your talents and skills. A career should be something you enjoy. Something that completes you. You need to learn about the responsibilities, skills, employment opportunities, and training or education requirements prior to pursuing a specific career. Follow these steps to narrow potential career options:

1. Assess yourself – Each individual has different goals, talents, interests, and values. In other words, there are certain careers each individual should not pursue and others where they’d excel and be satisfied. Determine what you would enjoy and excel at by taking career assessments, receiving career counseling, and conducting thorough self-evaluation.

2. Make a list of potential occupations – After conducting some self-assessment, it should be apparent the types of careers you should pursue. It is not possible to pursue each one, so the list should be used to determine where to begin your career search. Select 5 or 10 careers and create a new list with these choices. When making your choices, select jobs that interest you, are recommended following career assessment tests, and ones matching your skill set.

3. Explore the options – Learn about each potential career after narrowing your list. Be sure to learn about educational or training requirements, job duties, employment outlook, annual earnings, and promotion opportunities. Information can be obtained from the Internet, but try to meet with a professional in each field to obtain in-depth details about each profession. If you not know professionals in these fields, contact willing participants and schedule informational interviews. However, you will probably find that you have relatives, colleagues, and school mates currently working in fields that interest you. During an informational interview, collect details about annual salary, employment prospects, and entry-level employment requirements. It’s not recommended to request employment during these interviews, but take advantage of networking opportunities.

4. Narrow down your list – Eliminate careers that no longer interest you after thoroughly reviewing each one. Many people become dissuaded from pursuing a career after learning about education requirements, annual earnings, and declining industry growth. Once you’ve become acquainted with each career, narrow your list to 1-2 options.

5. Set goals – After your list has been narrowed, establish attainable goals. You should be informed enough to establish short and long term goals. Typically, short-term goals can be met between 1-3 years and long-term between 3-5 years. It will not be easy reaching each goal, so be prepared to work hard, make adjustments when necessary, and remain committed. Goals are typically achievable when they’re defined, flexible, realistic, and attainable within a specified time period.

6. Create a career action plan – Once you’ve established career goals, begin developing a career action plan consisting of goals and specific steps to reach them. Additionally, career action plans contain possible obstacles, steps to address them, and resources that can be utilized when assistance is needed. This plan will clearly define how you will receive required training or education, obtain employment, and develop professionally once you’ve begun your career.

7. Obtain training – Obtaining required career training will probably consume the majority of your time and efforts as you pursue a career. Depending on the profession, you may be required to earn a college degree, complete vocational training, learn new skills, or complete an apprentice or internship.

Are you creative, outgoing, love to help others feel great about themselves? These are just a few of the qualities of successful people in the beauty and wellness industry. Learn more about these amazing careers by clicking back to our programs page, or give us a call at 204-794-8772.

The TSPA Advantage

At TSPA, we go far beyond teaching you about cosmetology, massage therapy, esthetics and nails. We also teach you how to market yourself and run a business.

Part of our business education program involves designing your own salon or spa, and branding it. We feel that “If you dream it, you can achieve it!” Our students have come up with some amazing designs and branding schemes over the years, and we are confident that some will become reality.

Our students enjoy presentation day, when everyone gets to see the creative branding and designs. That’s all great, but we also teach our students how to come up with a budget and business plan in order to make their dream a reality some day.


This is not only a fun assignment, it also teaches our students what it takes to launch and run a successful business. It also allows our students to unleash their creativity and imagination, away from the salon training area.

  This is another example of how TSPA  programs are designed to train students for much more than passing the state boards. We develop the entire salon/spa professional with great technical ability, business & marketing training, and the guest handling skills that are in high demand by top salons and spas. We are growing salon and spa leaders, one student at a time.

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?  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 Hairstyling, Esthetics, and Nail Technology. We also offer several advanced training programs for those who are already licensed.


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.


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

Color Your World and Protect It

TSPA Model with Red Hair

There are many factors that can threaten to fade your hair color. From sun, to salt water and chlorine, these elements can put major stress on the hair and in many cases cause hair color to lose its shine and vibrancy. Has summer damaged your color? If so, we have solutions for you…and you’re in luck because hair color services and products are now 25% off through October 31st at TSPA!

At this time of the year, it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re using the best haircare regimen to keep your hair healthy and your hair color bright. Read on to discover the best  haircare systems for maintaining bright, beautiful hair color and fighting that end-of-summer hair color fade!



A sulfate-free haircare system that helps to add shine and enhance color vibrancy.

“The RCT technology of Color Extend Magnetics targets the root, core and tip of each hair strand. With Soy Protein, Arginine and Sepicap, the hair receives protein to add structure, as well as conditioning and restoration benefits,” explains Redken Artist Jaclyn Harwood, “This system works to strengthen the hair and lock in color.”



If you’ve recently gone blonde, you know that summertime stressors such as sun and chlorine can cause blonde hair color to become brassy, with unwanted yellow and orange tones showing through. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage is a color-depositing purple shampoo system that works to banish brass while keeping blonde haircolor cool and bright.

“Redken’s Color Extend Blondage system tones, brightens and strengthens blonde hair,” explains Harwood, “The system’s pure violet pigments counteract yellow undertones leaving the hair brighter, while Redken’s Triple Acid Protein Complex strengthens the hair. Summertime sunshine and outdoor activities can contribute to loss of moisture in the hair’s proteins, leaving the hair brassy and adding unwanted warm. Redken’s Color Extend Blondage neutralizes these unwanted tones to ensure blonde hair color stays bright and strong.”



If you rocked a bold gray or silver look this summer, you may have noticed your hair color beginning to fade and yellow. When this happens, Redken’s Color Extend Graydiant Shampoo and Conditioner is the best choice as it helps to tone and strengthen silver hair.

“Redken’s Color extend Graydiant is color depositing haircare system which makes it the perfect choice  for gray and silver guests,” explains Harwood, “With custom direct dyes and strengthening benefits, hair is left strong with a beautiful silver tone.”

Call us to book your new color, or stop by to get the products you need to protect your current color! ‭(204) 772-8772‬

TSPA Experience – Life as a Student Event

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Hairstyling, Esthetics or Nail Tech student? Are you wondering how to channel your creativity? Would you like to learn how to be successful in the beauty industry? Find answers to your questions at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) Winnipeg’s “TSPA Experience” event!

During this event you will get to:

  • See life through the eyes of a TSPA Student
  • Get hands-on experience in the classroom, meet the Educators, and experience a JUMP Celebration
  • Learn directly from your peers why they chose The Salon Professional Academy for their education
  • Enter your name in a drawing for a chance to win a TSPA gift basket!

Mark your calendar for September 3rd, 2019 from 1pm-4pm.

To RSVP – Fill out the “Tell Me More” form HERE and in the comment box write: TSPA EXPERIENCE.

Deadline to RSVP is August 30th.

Questions? Please give us a call at 204-772-8772!

We look forward to meeting you!!!


Pick up some cool summer gear and support a great cause.  From June 1st to August 1st we will be selling a fun and versatile summer stretchy scarf or “buff” like the ones you’ve seen on the tv show Survivor.  They can be worn more than a dozen different ways and are the perfect summer accessory!  They only cost $5 and all of the proceeds from your purchase go toward support of Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue.    Get them for you, a friend, and the kids and know that you are doing your part to support a great cause.


TSPA Winnipeg is running a fun contest that could make you “Insta-famous” and hook you up with a fabulous prize.   Simply follow the steps below for a chance to win the grand prize of an amazing BBQ combo, including: a BBQ Super Cooler, BBQ tools and a Meat Package!

The contest is simple:

  • Purchase a TSPA Buff at the school
  • Take a fun, creative selfie prominently featuring you wearing the buff. (keep the images appropriate please 😊 )
  • Post it to your Instagram account using these two hashtags: #tspainthebuff & #tspawinnipeg
  • Post your picture by August 1st
  • Check back with the school, our social media accounts, and/or website to see if you won and to claim your prize.

CONTEST DETAILS: Employees, currently enrolled students, and direct account contacts from vendors/companies affiliated with the school are ineligible to win the grand prize.  All posts need to be of an appropriate nature. Lewd, profane, discriminatory, or inappropriate posts will be disqualified.  Winner must claim prize by September 1st, 2019 or it will be awarded to the next selected post winner.  Contact this school with any additional questions you may have.  The use of the word “buff” is a play on words as well as the colloquial, generic term for a stretchy, tubular-sewn scarf and not meant to imply the product being sold for charity is the trademark brand BUFF®.