Welcome to TSPA, Melanee

We are very excited to welcome our new Financial Aid Officer, Melanee Garrison.

Melanee is available on Monday 9-6, Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday 8-5, Thursday 8:30-5:30 and Friday 9-5 or by appointment. She can be reached at m.garrison@tspatacoma.com or at 253-617-7004.

She is excited to get to be with us! Stop by and say hi to her!

Hair show recap!

The Shine Bright Like A Diamond Hair Show and Auction on March 25th was a HUGE success! Thanks to our donors, sponsors, and attendees we were able to raise $5000 for Jenny and the Ms. Wheelchair America Pageant!!!! It was a fun (and sold out) night of  fashion benefitting the lovely Jenny Adams! Jenny was the MC, AND gave a musical performance to remember!

Student Tauni getting Jenny ready for the show!

Student Tauni getting Jenny ready for the show!

You wouldn’t believe the awesome dresses that our models wore courtesey of up and coming designer Victor Aguirre!                              140325_139_TSPA-Tacoma-The-Salon-Professional-Academy 140325_186_TSPA-Tacoma-The-Salon-Professional-Academy 140325_188_TSPA-Tacoma-The-Salon-Professional-Academy 140325_190_TSPA-Tacoma-The-Salon-Professional-Academy

Victor and model

Victor and model

What are you waiting for? Check the rest of his collection out! You will not be disappointed!   Delicious desserts were provided by Picasso Catering.


Yummy! Picture by Dan McCormack

Our students outdid themselves in terms of hair and makeup. How did we get so lucky to have such a talented student body?

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Thank you to everyone that participated, donated or attended. Head on over to our facebook page to check out the rest of the amazing pictures courtesey of Adamas Design and Dan McCormack!

Events at TSPA Tacoma

This week has been yet another action packed one (anyone else starting to feel like that is the norm around here ;) ) A week of goodbyes and new beginnings.

On Monday and Tuesday we had bloom.com training for our lovely educators, staff and students. If you haven’t checked bloom out yet, you should! It is an awesome social media website specifically for the beauty industry. It’s a great way for stylists, estheticians, and makeup artists to connect with clients, share their work, and find inspiration. Follow us at http://www.bloom.com/TSPATacoma!

Some students discovering bloom!

Some students discovering bloom!

Don't worry, they were supposed to be using their phones!

Don’t worry, they were supposed to be using their phones!

Even Director of Operations, Mark joined in on the bloom fun!

Even Director of Operations, Mark joined in on the bloom fun!

Tuesday a brand new Cosmetology class started school, look for them on the salon floor in May.  Welcome to TSPA ladies!!

The lovely ladies of our March 2014 Class!

The lovely ladies of our March 2014 Class!

Also on Tuesday we had a dress rehearsal and model prep day for our upcoming Shine Bright Like A Diamond Hair Show to benefit Ms. Wheelchair America. The students got a chance to be creative, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with the night of the show. Tickets are selling out quickly, so if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, go here.

Color for a model

Color for a model

Even nails got the model treatment on Tuesday

Even nails got the model treatment on Tuesday



We are very excited to be working with amazing designer Victor Aguirre, for the show and his creations are off the charts awesome.

Victor fitting student Jordan in a dazzling gown!

Victor fitting student Jordan in a dazzling gown!


Look at that crowd! The student love Victor's work!

Look at that crowd! The student love Victor’s work!


The decoration committee has been bustin’ their tails as well!


Today we say a fond farewell to our March 2013 class! Congrats, all of you, we just know you are going to do amazing things!

March 2013 Class. Congratulations on your graduation!

March 2013 Class. Congratulations on your graduation!


Remember to get your tickets!

Crazy week (again!)

This week has been another marathon at TSPA!  Firstly, we are super busy getting ready for our Shine Bright Like A Diamond  Hair Show to benefit Jenny Adams, Ms. Wheelchair America.  Tickets are selling out fast, so make sure to get yours today at  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/560710 

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Tickets available at the Academy’s front desk, or on Brown Paper Tickets

We hosted a career fair on Wednesday that gave our students a chance to network with Salon Owners and Managers from all over the Puget Sound Region. Thank you to all the salons that came out, and to the students for all your hard work!

Also on Wednesday, one of our lovely educators, Mrs. Munson took a group of awesome students to the State Capitol for Career College Hill Day. This is the third time we have participated in this annual event that gives career college students a chance to meet with legislators and show off what they have learned! The TSPA ladies had a great time, and we were proud to have them represent us!

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The TSPA Hill Day Contingent


And finally, today we launched a sale! Redken Styling Products are 25% off! This sale is already pretty amazing, but we love our clients, so we decided to make it ever sweeter by adding that if you prebook your next service while you are here, you will receive an ADDITIONAL 15% off! Hurry in to stock up! Only while supplies last.


Hurry in to get your favorite Redken Styling Product!



Crazy week at TSPA!

Whew! The week of January 13th has been a CRAZY one at here TSPA Tacoma!


Tuesday a brand new cosmetology class of 18 lovely ladies started on their journeys to become salon professionals! They will be available to take appointments in March!

Welcome to TSPA Ladies!

Welcome to TSPA Ladies!


Also on Tuesday was our monthly celebration, which is an academy-wide assembly during which we recognize our students for their accomplishments the previous month. This month we were lucky enough to have nine hard working students jump to level two!

From left: Ashley M, Lauren D, Tauni C, Neysa H, Ashley-Mae M,Michaela S, Jordan C, Stephanie B, and Sheena P! Level 2 looks great on you!

From left: Ashley M, Lauren D, Tauni C, Neysa H, Ashley-Mae M,Michaela S, Jordan C, Stephanie B, and Sheena P! Congrats ladies! Level 2 looks great on you!


We announced our upcoming Shine Bright Like a Diamond Hair Show and Auction! The Hair Show will be held on March 25th from 6:30-8:30 PM. It will be a fun filled evening of amazing hair styles, terrific make-up, and an awesome silent auction! We don’t want to brag, but we have some pretty talented students, and we can’t wait to showcase that talent. And the best part is that all proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and drawings will be donated to the current Miss Wheelchair America, (and local lady) Jenny Adams! Jenny has agreed to MC the event, and rumor has it that she may even have a surprise up her sleeve! This is a must see event, don’t miss it! Tickets will be on sale soon on brownpapertickets.com and at the academy.

Local Royalty, Jenny went on to win the Miss Wheelchair America title.

Local Royalty, Jenny went on to win the Miss Wheelchair America title.

Jenny as Miss Wheelchair Washington

Jenny as Miss Wheelchair Washington

Wednesday, like all graduation days, was a bitter sweet day, we said goodbye to our January 2013 class. While we are sad to see them go, we are  proud of the progress they have made during their time with us. We can’t wait to see what amazing things they are going to do! Watch out beauty industry, here they come!

From left: Krista, Jodi, Hannah, Blaykne, Danielle, Stephanie, Lacey, Sheena, Ashley-Mae, Dani, Tara, Ashley, Chelsyea and Brittany!

From left: Krista, Jodi, Hannah, Blaykne, Danielle, Stephanie, Lacey, Sheena, Ashley-Mae, Dani, Tara, Ashley, Chelsyea and Brittany!


Friday two of our amazing educators, Mrs. Faust and Ms. Thomson left to attend the 2014 National Redken Artist Connection (RAC) in Las Vegas! We can’t wait to see the new tips and trends they pick up from some of the best stylists in the industry!

Despite all the craziness, it has been a great week here at TSPA! We hope to see you in here soon!

Holiday Specials/ Last Minute Gift Idea

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Come into TSPA soon while supplies (and these AWESOME deals last!) Offers are good until 8:30pm on December 23rd. Free $10 Gift Certificate with purchase of $50 in Gift Certificates Free gift with purchase with any regularly priced makeup item. Holiday Shampoo Packs Starting at only $22! Travel Sizes of all your favorite Redken Products [...]

Holiday Giving!

Every Holiday Season, we choose to support a local charity that helps people in our area. This year, TSPA is supporting The University of Washington Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)!  PCAP is a non-profit agency that serves low income mothers with substance abuse problems. The program strives to assist in the participants’ recovery so that they are able to stay in treatment, learn to create a healthy atmosphere for their children, and otherwise change their lives for themselves and their children!

One of the things PCAP does to make the holidays special for participants is a toy drive. Toys (or warm clothing) for infants, toddlers, or school age children are collected and then then participants are given the opportunity to “shop” through the donated items. The mothers in the program wrap the items. This gives them a way to give their children a gift for the holidays. The ability to do something so simple means the world to someone that may not have another way to do it.

Please help us in supporting PCAP! Please bring a small unwrapped gift to TSPA Tacoma by Monday December 9th. We are also accepting cash donations (which we will use to buy toys to donate).



For more information about the program: http://depts.washington.edu/pcapuw/



If you have been in to TSPA lately, you may have noticed a curtained off area near the Esthetics treatment room.

The newest trend in skin-care is treatments that don’t cost a fortune, can be performed quickly, and that give results! Salon and spas all over the country are rushing to offer this type of treatment.

TSPA Educator, Erika Freeman told us that “Micro-zone type treatments are going to play a HUGE role in the future of the skin car industry because a lot of people are strapped for both time and money. These treatments are intense, quick, target the client’s specific skin care goals, and are incredibly affordable. All of this means that the client gets more bang for their buck!”

The Salon Professional Academy Tacoma is very excited for the launch of our new “Micro-Lounge.” The Micro-Lounge (a concept pioneered by Dermalogica) is a semi-private place for the students in our Esthetics Department to perform targeted, quick, and economical micro-zone treatments.

Each treatment is designed to target a specific area, takes under 30 minutes, and starts at only $15! 001

Come in and check out our new Micro-Lounge.

Scholarship winner!

We are happy to announce that Kelsey K in our new November Cosmetology class has been chosen for the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program. The amazing scholarship, which pays for half of the cost of school, is offered by Beauty Changes Lives.

Kelsey told us that “winning this scholarship re-solidified that cosmetology is the right track for me. I wanted to go to Cosmetology school right out of high school, but my parents wanted me to go to college first, so I went to WSU and earned a Bachelor’s in Business. After graduating I got a full-time job, which I had to leave to attend TSPA. Everyone told me that I was crazy, but I had to follow my passion. I am so happy to have won!”

Ten scholarships are awarded every year. This scholarship program is open to cosmetology students who are not active in a program prior to August 5, 2013. Ten winners will receive 50% of tuition covered to a qualifying cosmetology school. This competition is designed for prospective and newer students.