Summit Salon Academy


It’s with incredible excitement that we announce The Salon Professional Academy Tacoma has partnered with The Summit Salon Business Center.


We will now be known as Summit Salon Academy Tacoma.


The mission of The Summit Salon Academy is to make a difference in the lives of our students and the industry at large by delivering education that is grounded in both the technical and business skills necessary to build a thriving career.


We will continue to offer all of your favorite hair, skin, and nail services at prices you love!


We would like to thank our entire clientele for helping us grow over the last 8 years, and joining us on our new adventure!

New Redken Fashion Waves 07

Nothing says summer like beachy waves! Redken has a new texturizing sea spray that can help you get perfect beachy waves, every time!
Oh my gosh we LOVE THIS STUFF!!

fashion waves


We asked a group of students to play with new Redken Fashion Waves 07 and give us their impressions.The results are pretty impressive!



Student stylist’s name: Samantha S

Model: Lindsay C

What products did you use?: Redken Fashion Waves 07, Redken Fashion Work 12 Hairspray, Redken Powder Grip 03

What was your method?: Using a flat iron, I spritzed the section of hair to be curled with Fashion Waves, curled each section, and then sprayed each section with Fashion Work to set. I also used Powder Grip for volume around the crown of her head.

What do you like about Fashion Waves?: I love the hold this product offers without restricting movement. The desired end result was a fun, relaxed wave and we got just that! I was also pleasantly surprised that despite being a sea salt spray, the hair still had a fair amount of shine!

lindsay c





Student stylist’s name: Kayleen M

Model: Sarah M

What products did you use?: Redken Fashion Waves 07, Body Full Volume Amplifier, and Curvaceous Wind-Up

What was your method?: Volume Amplifier close to the roots of her hair, and Fashion Waves all throughout. I dried her hair with a diffuser, and when it was almost dry, I used Wind Up. Our goal was to play up her natural curl for a very natural look.

What do you like about it?: The smell is pretty amazing! It helped to give Sarah a beachy look. Her hair felt really soft which was great because other salt sprays can make hair feel dry!

sarah m




Student stylist’s name: Alicia M

Model: Krystal B

What products did you use?: Redken Blonde Idol BBB Spray, and Redken Fashion Waves 07

What was your method?: I detangled her hair with BBB Spray so that I could comb her hair out. I divided her hair and braided it into two fat cornrows, which I sprayed with Fashion Waves. We rolled the ends of the braids up in rollers, and put her under the hood dryer to dry. Once her hair was dry, we took it down and finger combed it out.

What do you like about it?: Helped to give the braids grip, offers control in the hair, smells delightful! This product is fabulous!!!

krystal b





Student stylist’s name: Brandy W

Model: Christina L

What products did you use?:  Redken Body Full Volume Amplifier and Redken Fashion Waves 07

What was your method?: I applied Body Full Amplifier directly onto the base of each section and blew them straight with a round brush for shine and smoothness. After her hair was dry, I applied Fashion Waves evenly throughout and used a 1 1/4 Inch Curling Iron to put in big loose curls all over her head.

What do you like about it?: Really great hold, so I was able to create a loose curl that wouldn’t fall out immediately! It smells great!

christina l



This product is now available at TSPA Tacoma for $19. Call 253-617-7008 to make an appointment with any of the students featured!

Top five ways to make the most of the sun!

It’s June, which means SUN. And as some of us learn (*cough*Lisaatthefrontdesk*cough*) the hard way, with sun can come pain–either in the form of sunburn, or equally distressing, damaged leathery wrinkled skin!  As a fair redhead, I know a thing or two about sunburn, (primarily how much sunburns suck)  and I want to help make sure that you can learn from my very real torment.

1. This should go without saying, but WEAR SUNBLOCK! Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays can cause damage! Student esthetician DaleRae recommends using a minimum of SPF 15, every single day, without fail.  Dermalogica makes sun protection for all skin types. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you, this may help.

2. Okay so you put your sunblock on in the morning, you can forget about it for the rest of the day, right? Well, not quite. You should try to reapply every 90 minutes while in the sun and student esthetician, Shari W advises reapplying even more frequently than that if you are swimming or sweating.

3. If possible, stay out of the sun between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, the suns rays are at their strongest during this time, and you are much more likely to burn (or just damage your skin for those of you lucky enough to not burn!)

4. If you MUST be in the sun during those times, protect your skin with a large brimmed hat, sunglasses and loose long sleeved clothing.

5. What can you do if you do burn? STAY HYDRATED! Hydrate your skin externally with something soothing, healing, and cooling like my summer godsend, After Sun Repair, and also make sure to drink extra water to help hydrate your skin from the inside out as well (which, incidentally is always a good idea anyway…) Ibuprofen can help with the pain because it helps reduce inflammation.


If you follow these steps, you can enjoy the sun, pain free, all summer long!


-Katlin at TSPA Tacoma

Busy, busy, busy

Another crazy week at TSPA! We promise, we occasionally do have non-crazy ones! ;)   Tuesday was a fun one! We had our monthly student celebration. We had three lovely ladies jump levels! Well done girls!!

Savannah jumped to level 2, Lauren D jumped to level 3, and Lauren K jumped to level 2.

Savannah jumped to level 2, Lauren D jumped to level 3, and Lauren K jumped to level 2.

Then, for fun, we challenged our students to a updo competition! The talent was so intense that our panel of judges had their work cut our for them! Check out the first, second, and third place winners!!

1st place

1st place

2nd place

2nd place

3rd place

3rd place


Wednesday we hosted German Hair Master, Alex Kübler for a demo for our students. He had some awesome tips and tricks to share.

German Master Stylist, Alex.

German Master Stylist, Alex.


Thursday our May 2013 class graduated! They will be finishing up their hours in the coming weeks, and are ready, willing, and able to take the industry by storm! Congratulations ladies!

From left: Hailey, Stevie, Olivia, Jessie, Ashli, Rica, Krista, Amber, Jordan, Michaela, and Lace!

From left: Hailey, Stevie, Olivia, Jessie, Ashli, Rica, Krista, Amber, Jordan, Michaela, and Lace!


Friday we launched  our Student Council Picks. Look for the shelf talkers next time you are in. We had our student council members chose their favorite products, and those items are 15% off for a limited time! Aerate Cream Mousse is $14.45, Shine Flash shine spray is $15.30, Pillow Proof Blow Dry Primer is $18.70, Moveability texture paste is $16.15, Quick Dry hair spray is $14.45, and Extreme CAT strengthening spray is $14.45. Hurry before this offer expires!


Whew, we need to catch our breath.

The Awesome Journey

We are very fortunate to be able to watch the entire education process here at TSPA. The journey from first day of school to licensed stylist or skin therapist is a challenging and frustrating, but rewarding and beautiful journey. On their first day our students are timid but excited to get started. As they progress through their time with us, they will each learn more than they could have even known that they didn’t know.  There will be triumphs with the first successful guest service, or when they master a skill that seemed impossible they first time they saw it.  And, as with any education there will also be setbacks along the way, but each challenge is a lesson. By the time they leave us, they are ready to take on the world.


This week we were lucky to see both ends of the spectrum.


On Monday we hosted a “Take Your Income Over The Top” class. We told the attendees that we wanted to take a picture of all of the TSPA Grads in attendance, and had the pleasant realization that the vast majority of the attendees were grads! It just goes to show that our grads know  that a successful stylist or skin therapist’s education doesn’t ever stop!

Our amazing grads!!

Our amazing grads!!


And then on Tuesday, we welcomed our new May Cosmetology class! These ladies will be available for services starting in July!

May 2014 Cosmetology Class.

May 2014 Cosmetology Class.


We just want to say to all of our students: past, future and present, thank you for entrusting your education to us. We love you!

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 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 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!

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!