TSPA Ft Myers: New Owners “Enthusiastic and Excited”

We would like to use this platform to introduce ourselves, the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. I am Richie Wermuth and my “partner in crime” is my mom, Min Wermuth.
Min is originally from South Korea, but we would say home to us is Cocoa Beach, Florida. We certainly consider ourselves “water people,” so making the transition to Ft. Myers was quite a breeze. We are also servants to humanity. A belief that we live by is: that to make a dollar in this world you either have to be serving someone or tricking someone; and we don’t ever want to make a single dollar without serving someone, some way.

My mom’s history runs deep in the beauty/cosmetology industry. With a very traditional and Korean upbringing, it was very important to her parents that she go to college and get a degree. So, to afford and put herself through college, my mom did hair on campus, ultimately paying for her full tuition. She majored in fashion and merchandising at FSU. After graduating, she went to work as a stylist for Moss Brothers and joined the “corporate world.” It didn’t take long for her to realize she could make way more money behind the chair as a hairstylist, while having more free time and a flexible schedule. She also saw an opportunity to be a small business owner; thus Tops Hair Salon was opened in Rockledge, FL in 1985. Min opened her own business and went to work as an owner and a stylist, which she did until the purchasing of The Salon Professional Academy – Ft. Myers. Tops Hair Salon today in 2018 is a well-oiled machine of a salon, which she continues to own while managing TSPA Ft. Myers. I will write more about her salon’s stages of evolution soon, as well as what that growth has looked like.

My history in the industry doesn’t run quite as deep as my mother’s, but it is very vast. Before cosmetology school, I was a student at UCF, community colleges, and even Bible College which brought me to live in Hawaii for a time. That whole journey is another post down the road because it sure was perspective altering. So, after Hawaii I knew that I wanted to become a hair stylist and follow mom’s footsteps into the beauty industry. I attended a sister TSPA in Melbourne, FL. It was an amazing learning experience. I was already working in our salon at the time, but upon graduation I immediately became my mom’s associate. With my TSPA training, I went through the associate program at an accelerated rate, and then became a level 1 stylist. It didn’t take long to become a level 3 stylist following the proper systems and metrics. I also realized my talent was in haircolor, so I continued my education and became Redken Haircolor Certified. After a couple years behind the chair it was time for me to make the step towards working to be an artist for a major brand. I was of course drawn to Redken, the leader in professional hair education. As I was going through the audition and training process to become a Redken Artist, L’Oréal USA (who owns Redken) offered me a corporate position and I accepted. My first title was “Redken Artistic Educator” for the state of Florida. In the Artistic Educator role I traveled four days a week to teach in multiple salons and then had one day a week to work behind the chair in my home salon. The Artistic Educator will work very closely with the Salon Sales Consultants and their District Managers to grow a territory from a sales projection perspective. I give all this info not to boast, but to just begin to paint how vast this industry is when you really dig into it. Just as above, I plan to dive deeper in future blog posts into all the avenues this industry offers and how they work.

Now to present day being the new owners of TSPA Ft Myers. We are so excited, grateful and humbled for this opportunity. Like I said, we see ourselves as servants to others and it was always a dream of my mom and I to own a school; but we never really thought it was possible until SPEC (our franchisor) showed us the light. Aside from our passion to teach the craft of hairdressing and the science behind hair coloring, what runs even deeper into our heart is that we truly see this school as a “sanctuary,” if you will; a sanctuary for women (mostly) who are at pivotal moments in their lives (men too, I am one of them gents but we are the minority here). People who need a true career or a fresh start can come to a place where they become part of a team that shares a common belief system and vision. A place where you feel trusted, encouraged, empowered, stretched, and always creative. Not forced into a box created by a system from past generations. A place where they can become professionals in their craft, but also lights amongst the world that will shine so bright for others to see. Signing off for now, if you are considering cosmetology school and this resonated with you, please come in and chat, or schedule a tour. Either way, we would love to see you.

Richie Wermüth – Co-Owner, TSPA Ft. Myers

1st Photo: Mother’s Day 2015

2nd Photo: Redken Symposium 2013 with Ty Isobe

Back to Beauty School: Tips for Fall!

Summer is halfway over, and it’s time to start thinking about getting ready to go back to school. If you’re a student at a cosmetology school, back-to-school means cute outfits, new school supplies, and of course a fresh image! How do you prepare for this big change? Here are some must-dos for the new beauty school season!


Those lazy summer mornings of being able to sleep in and still have time to do your hair are slowly winding down. Plan ahead to make sure you have time to do your hair, and if you need some ideas, try this fast and easy messy bun that looks like you spent more time than you did on your hair.
messy bun tutorial

Instead, if you want an amazing variation of a ponytail, try this neat trick to add more volume and style to your basic ponytail. In order to achieve this look, all you have to do is separate your hair into two ponytails, and tussle the top one to disguise the second. Not only does it make your hair look fuller, it can also make it look longer, too.
ponytail tutorial

If you want to make summer last even longer, rock a simple beach wave. Give it some character by playing with some fun bobby pin accents. Pulling back your hair slightly will keep your hair out of your face to stop you from accidentally cutting your hair while you’re learning to handle your brand new shears.
beach wave tutorial

Beautiful Accessories

As a student in the beauty industry, you always need a hair tie on hand, but it can leave a nasty groove in your wrist. This hair tie bracelet is a fashionable must-have for someone who needs a hair tie at all times. Not only does it look great, but it feels great, too! Check out the original hair tie bracelet at the company Bittersweet.

hair tie holder

Fresh Makeup

Scrambling to get the last little bit of product out to complete your back-to-school look? Save the hassle and make sure you have enough product by purchasing and replacing old makeup. Even better, use the back-to-school shopping trip as an opportunity to invest in a new eye shadow to go with your glam, new outfit!


If you’re a student in a beauty school, cute but comfortable shoes are a must! Chances are, you’ll be on your feet more than you’ll be sitting. The floors of a salon are extremely slick, too, so find shoes that are non-slip, comfortable, and stylish. There are more than just clunky, black sneakers available now! A good place to start looking is at Shoes for Crews.

Water Bottle

Whether you need your morning coffee fix or just a way to stay hydrated while working during the day, invest in a good water bottle. Working in a salon can be tiring, and a water bottle is a great way to refresh yourself while working. There are so many choices to choose from when it comes to water bottles. A water bottle with a straw could prevent hair from getting into your water while practicing haircuts, while a flip top might be easier to drink out of. Do you want one that’s plastic or one that’s metal? How about one with a straw or one with a lid? The choice is up to you!

Woman with water bottle

Refresh Yourself

It’s not enough to be ready physically. You also have to be ready mentally, too. Going back to school after a long break without the right preparation can be hard to do. You have to put yourself in a completely different mindset. Here are some tips to help you get mentally prepared for the coming school year.

  • Fix Your Sleep Schedule. Summer’s almost over, which means saying goodbye to those late nights under the stars or saying hello to a brand new school experience. Start going to bed earlier than normal to get your internal clock adjusted to getting up early.
  • Organize Your Place. You don’t want to wake up frantically trying to find your kit, your new outfit, or any of your new school supplies. If you get everything ready before the school year starts, it will save you the time and stress of trying to find everything.

Looking to get back to school to feel that thrill of starting a new school season? The Salon Professional Academy at Ft. Meyers has classes starting soon! Check out our amazing programs and apply today!

3 Reasons People Avoid Cosmetology School – Debunked!

Cosmetology school can feel like a daunting experience, you just want to learn how to cut and style hair, after all. But if you have ever looked into cosmetology school, or find yourself bogged down with worry – don’t let it get you down!
Cosmetology School is closer, and more attainable, than you think!
Here are three worries and fears that many people have – Debunked!

    1. Money

      Beauty Myths BustedIt’s no secret that cosmetology school costs money, and that cost can feel overwhelming for some. While that burden can impact many people, there is help available! Things like financial aid is there to help ease that burden. Don’t discount scholarships either! They can eliminate a heavy portion of the financial roadblock – so apply for all you can!

    2. Time

      Full time cosmetology classes can be the equivalent of a full time job, but there is a part time option available! While going part time does push out your graduation date, it also gives you the freedom to hold down a job and spend time with friends and family. The flexibility in cosmetology school schedules can definitely work with you to give the best experience.

    3. Difficulty

      Beauty Myths BustedCosmetology school can be difficult, but with a supportive staff of committed teachers and curriculum designed to help you succeed, you can do this! Even though it may be challenging at times, the rewards are great and can benefit you for years to come.

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! We would love to guide you through this process and get you on the path to pursuing your dreams!

The Differences Between Cosmetology and Other Beauty Licenses in Florida

Unlike many other states, there are many differences in the types of beauty occupation certificates in Florida. The cosmetology based licenses in the state have been broken down into several minor licenses such as hair braider, facial specialist, and body wrapper. While these breakdowns enable many different types of positions within the cosmetology industry, it can be a murky field to navigate.
In fact, many of these licenses have been wrapped into larger licenses, that can make it even more confusing. For example, the nail and facial specialists feed into the Full Specialist’s Certificate, which then feeds into the cosmetology license, making that the all-encompassing certificate. The breakdown of each license is below to help you understand the benefits of each and make a choice that will be most beneficial to your future.
If you have further questions as to the benefits of a full Cosmetology license in comparison to the other Florida licenses, please reach out to our admissions office, we would be glad to assist you.

florida cosmetology or facial specialist license

A simple breakdown of what each license includes according to the Florida board of Cosmetology:

Cosmetology License

  • Hair Shampooing
  • Hair Coloring
  • Permanent Waving
  • Hair Relaxing
  • Hair Removing
  • Pedicuring
  • Manicuring
  • Among Others…

Full Specialist

  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Facials
  • Shampooing Only

Facial Specialist

  • Facials Only

Nail Specialist

  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring

Hair Braider

  • Weaving
  • Braiding
  • Does NOT include Extensions

Hair Wrapper

  • Hair Wrapping

Body Wrapper

  • Herbal Body Wrapping

If you have further questions or are interested in beginning your journey toward a Cosmetology License in Florida reach out to our admissions office in TSPA Ft. Myers.

licenses in florida

Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon Sept 27th

TSPA Trim Hunger Sept 27On September 27th, Trim Hunger hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ existing record for the most people cutting hair at the same time when over 20 Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thons will be held simultaneously at The Salon Professional Academies (TSPAs) across the nation. Additionally, a wide variety of events and fund-raisers will take place at individual participating TSPA franchise locations. To learn more about Trim Hunger, visit www.TrimHunger.com

In recognition of Hunger Awareness Month, Redken 5th Avenue NYC in collaboration with The Salon Professional Academy, will host the Trim Hunger™ Cut-A-Thon at the Redken Exchange in NYC on Thursday, September 10th from 10am– 3:30 pm to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.

Top Redken stylists will be giving haircuts, blowouts and braids for a minimum donation of $25. Much like the way color specific ribbons are worn in support of causes, painting your thumbnail has taken on the same social identity. Essie, also a sponsor of the event, will be offering “orange thumbie” manicures in their Trim Hunger “Roarrrrange” shade as a symbol of support in the fight against hunger.

Trim Hunger is the most recent non-profit endeavor of Redken stylist Josif Wittnik, owner of Salon CTI and Day Spa and The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton, WI. Following a local project to help feed families in need in his community, Josif developed Trim Hunger to raise awareness for the cause and feed the hungry on a national level.

“It costs City Harvest just 25 cents to rescue and deliver one pound of food in New York City, and with more than 2.6 million New Yorkers struggling to afford food for themselves and their families, a little bit goes a long way,” says Leslie Marino, General Manager, Redken US. “Redken’s Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon will bring together both stylists and members of the community to help make an immediate impact on the fight against hunger in New York City.”

NYC, Amazing Hair, Beautiful Ninjas

2014 NSC WinnersNew York City played host to a once-in-a-lifetime event for the winners of the 2014 TSPA National Student Competition. In addition to a trip to NYC, the students and their sponsoring educators were treated to one-on-one training with REDKEN Artistic Director Chris Baran.

The training extended well beyond the classroom – all the way to the set of a professional photo shoot. The students worked hands-on behind the scenes with the models, photographer, and camera crew. The theme of the fantasy shoot was “ninja glamour” complete with elaborate wardrobe, fabulous makeup, and lots of amazing hair. This experience exposed students to just how limitless a career in the cosmetology field can be; with multiple avenues to pursue with the training they are receiving at TSPA. Continue reading