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 a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.  TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.

  • 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.
  • Roseann Hawley - Co-Owner

    Roseann Hawley has been a licensed cosmetologist and stylist since 1994. She began her career as the manager of a salon while also providing services to guests. She quickly realized that she wanted a more fast-paced salon where she could gain more experience. So, Ms. Hawley moved to a new salon where she quickly became manager and stayed for twelve years.
    In 2007, Ms. Hawley made the decision to step out on her own, opening Roseann's Hair Studio in Phoenixville, PA. Her salon opened with five additional stylists and grew rapidly to 10 within the first few years. Proudly, two of these stylists are Ms. Hawley’s children, Chuck and Dani. Dani also has been certified by Redken, where she also holds a position as a Redken Artist. With the guidance of the Summit Salon Business Center, Roseann's Hair Studio quickly outgrew its first location. In 2012, the business moved to a larger site and became a “Redken Elite” salon, assuring continued growth and education for the employees and their guests.

    When Roseann’s Hair Studio became a Summit Salon, the next training program was held at The Salon Professional Academy’s Tampa location (which was the first time that Ms. Hawley had ever stepped foot in an academy of The Salon Professional Academy franchise). She distinctly remembers saying to her husband, "Why don't we have a school like this in our area?” In her mind The Salon Professional Academy addressed a critical need. Specifically, Roseann’s Hair Studio started their Associate Program because it became obvious that new hires coming out of the beauty schools in their area had to be retrained (a problem that continues to this day). Ms. Hawley is thrilled to bring The Salon Professional Academy to her area – both for her salon and for others in the area who will benefit from her well trained and highly qualified graduates.

    Jennifer Killeen - Co-Owner

    Jennifer Killeen has a Bachelor of Science degree in design and business and has owned a number of companies over the past twenty-five years. After working as a bank manager and executive director for a local chamber of commerce, Ms. Killeen joined her husband’s construction company, Cornerstone Group, Inc., as vice-president and treasurer. In addition, Ms. Killeen has served as Phoenixville’s elected real estate tax collector for the past nineteen years, runs a bookkeeping company that focuses on not-for-profit businesses for the last eight years, and manages a number of rental properties that she and her husband own in the area. Ms. Killeen enjoys the challenge of starting new businesses and running successful companies that provide excellent customer service.

    Ms. Hawley and Ms. Killeen met in 2011 and immediately realized they had very similar personal and business values, including a strong work ethic. They began meeting to discuss business issues and brainstorm solutions for their respective companies. As Ms. Hawley became more interested in opening a TSPA in her area, she invited Ms. Killeen to join her. The natural partnership led to the formation of the Ultimate Education Group, LLC.
    Both Ms. Hawley and Ms. Killeen firmly believe in education, whether it relates to the technical aspects of the cosmetology industry or education for personal growth such as learning how to manage money to buy a car, buy a house, raise a family or just get out of debt. They are excited that their TSPA will allow them to share their love of education with young people in their area and give them the opportunity to have financially and personally rewarding careers.

    Abby Woffindin - Cosmetology Educator

    Why I chose The Salon Professional Academy
    I chose The Salon Professional Academy because it has provided me with the opportunity to grow professionally through the amazing relationship they have with Redken 5th Avenue. Additionally, The Salon Professional Academy has allowed me to grow personally under the incredible guidance, mentorship and support from the phenomenal team of women with whom I am so fortunate work.

    Why I love to be a Cosmetology Educator
    I have such a strong passion and desire to share my knowledge and experience of the Redken brand with future professionals! To be able to be a part of each student’s journey to learn, earn and live a better life with a brand that provides such incredible support and opportunity is truly an honor. Every day is fun!

    The best part of my day
    The best part of every day is sharing my love of this craft with future professionals as they grow and fall in love with the industry as I have. Every day is a journey for them and I am thankful to be along for the ride!

    Jessica Mecca - Cosmetology Educator

    Why I chose The Salon Professional Academy
    The Salon Professional Academy is recognized by Redken for excellence in education and has a strong relationship with Dermalogica. Having an opportunity to work in an environment and continue my education with two of the industry’s leading brands…. the choice was easy!

    Why I love the Beauty Industry
    I love the beauty industry because it is always evolving. It teaches you to adapt to any environment. I believe this to be an attribute that helps me grow both professionally and personally. Every day is different. Fashion and trends are ever changing and I have a true passion for people and providing exceptional customer service. The reward for me lies within being able to create a unique, relaxing experience for all of my guests.

    The best part of my day
    The best part of my day is seeing a student have an “Ah ha!” moment. Knowing that I have made an impact fuels me to continue to learn and grow as a facilitator. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some amazing mentors during this adventure…. It’s now my opportunity to pay it forward!

    Tim Polarine - Cosmetology Educator

    Why I chose The Salon Professional Academy
    I chose The Salon Professional Academy for many reasons. The education that The Salon Professional Academy offers to students is excellent. It is a professional environment that I find to be a great place to teach, as well as learn.

    Why I love to be a Cosmetology Educator
    I enjoy being a cosmetology educator for the same reason I enjoy working in the industry itself. It is a great mix of interacting with students, guest, and continuously learning and adapting to what the industry itself demands.

    The favorite part of my job
    My favorite part of my job is the instant job satisfactions. It is very satisfying for me when I can effectively teach a student a skill that they begin using right away. I also enjoy the practice I get with my owns skills while teaching.

    Tracy Rubendall - Esthetic Educator

    Why I chose The Salon Professional Academy
    I chose The Salon Professional Academy because this school rocks! I always wanted to be part of a great team, and I finally got my wish! Thank you TSPA!

    Why I love the Beauty Industry
    I have loved the beauty industry since I was five years old. The telltale sign was my mother finding all my Barbie dolls with no hair! 30 years later, I still love my job! Teaching has always been a passion. It is a way to pass my knowledge along to the future professionals, and help make a difference in another person’s life.

    The best part of my day
    The best part of my day is watching future professionals practice what they have learned and seeing them smile because they are enjoying themselves.

    Ashley Stevens - Esthetic Educator

    Why I chose The Salon Professional Academy
    I chose The Salon Professional Academy because of our shared desire to see future professionals succeed! I also value that The Salon Professional Academy not only encourages, but requires their educators to participate in continuing education classes. The staff is friendly and welcoming and they immediately made me feel a part of the team!

    Why I love to be a Cosmetology Educator
    Since I was a very young girl I have always wanted to teach. As I got older, I developed a passion for beauty and fashion. One day it just came to me that I could combine my two loves by becoming a cosmetology educator. I am both inspired and excited to help future professionals prepare for success!

    The best part of my day
    The best part of my day is knowing that the work I do is valued. Seeing students light up with joy as they learn and master new skills is a gift that I am forever thankful for. I love knowing that I can be the person that I needed as a student for our future professionals!

    Regina Schellhammer - Nail Technology Educator

    Why I chose The Salon Professional Academy
    I chose The Salon Professional Academy because of their focus on excellence in education. This is a team I wanted to be a part of. We have awesome educators and owners and I am proud to be a part of the team. I also enjoy being in a professional environment.

    Why I love the Beauty Industry
    I enjoy observing students truly grow from their first day when they don’t know anything about cosmetology to learning and perfecting their skills. Everyday is an adventure for me and helping students to succeed in their new career gives me satisfaction and the inspiration to continue on educating future professionals.

    The best part of my day
    The best part of my day is seeing students succeed as they overcome their fears of being able to take guests for their fist time. Their transition from that first day with a guest to their graduation day is amazing. I get satisfaction from seeing their “ah-ha” moments and I am grateful to be a part of their education!

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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.


    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.”

    • “To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”

      Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
    • “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