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 programs that teach not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.

  • 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 more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
  • Min Wermuth - Director


    Richie Wermuth - Education & Culture


    Kasey Stanke - Financial Aid


    Katherine Arbelo - Lead Educator

    🔹Q: How long have you been in the beauty industry and how did you get started?

    🔸A: 1981 - I went to cosmetology school during my second year of high school. My parents owned a salon so I grew up in the industry.

    🔹Q: What was the industry like when you first started?

    🔸A: Lots of Perms! Foil highlights weren’t around, we did cap highlights instead. Acrylic nails were just gaining popularity and everyone wanted to look more “natural” unlike the eye-catching current trends.

    🔹Q: What was your biggest “aha” moment?

    🔸A: Understanding how color works! Corrective color soon became my passion.

    🔹Q: What do love doing most?

    🔸A: Color is my all time favorite followed by hair replacements/extensions

    🔹Q: What led you to education?

    🔸A: I loved the color line that I use daily at my salon, that I asked the distributor about working for them. I then started my journey as a color educator and then my son suggested I teach at a cosmetology school. The rest is history.

    🔹Q: What are you most passionate in life

    🔸A: My family!


    Elizabeth Barnebee - Educator

    🔺Q: How long have you been in the industry?
    🔹 A: 26 Years! I was 16 and desired something different than the norm of society, so I graduated cosmo school at 17 and I’ve been loving it since!

    🔺 Q: What was the industry like when you first started?
    🔹 A: Lots and lots of perms! Weekly Roller sets! Highlights with a cap!

    🔺 Q: What led you to education?
    🔹 A: My friend started teaching and told me how much she loved it. I started doing part time at first. I liked it so much I decided to leave the salon and teach full time!

    🔺 Q: What is your passion in life?
    🔹 B: History. Before I started teaching I was going to school to become an archeologist in ancient Roman studies. Eventually I will go back. My dream is to excavate the town of Herculaneum in Italy.


    Lisa Kerr - Educator

    🔹How long have you been in the beauty industry and how did you get started?

    🔸“I’ve been in the beauty industry 37 years! I was working at a bookstore and I wasn’t fulfilled, so I decided to go to night school and become a hair dresser!”

    🔹What was your biggest “aha” moment?

    🔸“My first day at TSPA! I realized I was meant to be a teacher. Seeing the students learn and grow as future artists is so rewarding.

    🔹What do love doing most?

    🔸“I love LOVE color! It enhances any cut and style! It’s a building block for a total look!”

    🔹What led you to education?

    🔸“My daughter is studying to become a professor, so she inspired me to become an educator. I met Richie and Min, the rest is history!”

    🔹What are you most passionate in life

    🔸“I’m passionate about teaching, and helping the students become the stylist of the future. I hope they can have the fantastic career I was blessed to have.”


    Mary Sherman - Educator

    🔹Q: How long have you been in the beauty industry and how did you get started?

    🔺A: I have been in the beauty industry for five years. I wanted to have a trade and a degree, and I have always loved beauty related things! Perfect match!

    🔹Q: What was the industry like when you first started?

    🔺A: I started when balayage first started to become popular, and there are much less perms and roller sets. Stylists are more interested in continuing their education.

    🔹Q: What was your biggest “aha” moment?

    🔺A: My biggest “aha” moment was in my third year of doing hair, I finally realized all the ins and outs of cutting hair and how to properly use different angles and degrees.

    🔹Q: What do love doing most?

    🔺A: I like haircutting the most by far. There’s more to do, more product to use, no processing times, and I love seeing the finished style.

    🔹Q: What led you to education?

    🔺A: I had a wonderful education and educators when I was in school, they were my mentors and made me love learning learning so I want to do the same thing for other people.

    🔹Q: What are you most passionate in life

    🔺A: In life as a whole? I’d like to say haircutting, reaching goals, being positive,education, being there for our students and, my cats, and fa


    Marianna Prestano - Lead Guest Services


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    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.

    Redken Diamond Academy

    This exclusive award is earned for the commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards. This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of the Academy’s facility, systems, curriculum, and staff.

    Recognized By Redken For Excellence In Education.

    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.”

    • “TSPA in Fort Myers is the most innovative cosmetology school in training skill and business success. The educators are Redken trained in salon fundamentals using the latest techniques with an NYC edge. Our TSPA graduate-employees were taught critical business building skills such as scheduling, running the front desk and communicating effectively with guests at TSPA Fort Myers. This has improved their earning potential and helped establish them as a outstanding employees at Cre8 Salon & Spa, Cape Coral, FL."

      Marcy MorenoSalon Owner
    • “Being I hairstylist for 30 years it is great to see the new stylist coming out with fresh eager ideas. The Salon Professional Academy is teaching students with solid knowledge and desire to succeed in our career. As a Salon owner I always look to the TSPA for new graduates to hire."

      KimBBeautiful Salon, Fort Myers, FL
    • “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