Six Delicious Scrubs to Get You Excited for the Holidays

Holiday body and face scrubs

While we may not experience the frigid temperatures that many places do this time of year, we are certainly feeling the change in temperature and humidity. With such a drastic change it’s important to keep your skin looking fresh and refreshed with scrubs and masks to clean away the year and get you ready for vibrant holiday celebrations.

With so much holiday cheer going around, why not extend all that you love about this time of year into your beauty regimen?

If you are looking to clean, care, and refresh your skin just in time for the holidays why not try one of these amazing do-it-yourself recipes that will bring all the joy of the season into your life, all while benefiting your skin.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

Don’t let your favorite latte stay in the cup, put it to work with this all natural, easy to make, scrub that will not only wipe away dead skin, but detox those cells to give you a healthy shine.

Whipped Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

gingerbread scrub

Nothing makes you excited for the holiday like the smell of warm gingerbread. With the ability to help repair free radicals, ginger can help transition your skin into the dry winter months and keep you glowing year round.

Cranberry Sugar Scrub

cranberry scrubHigh in vitamin C, this cute little berry is worth more than that gelatin that sits mostly untouched on your table. The antiseptic properties of this scrub can help you fight acne, build collagen and keep your skin soft and baby fresh.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

apple sugar scrub

Warm. Apple. Pie. Is your mouth watering yet? Well, this recipe isn’t for the oven, but for your face. Rest and refresh your face with this skin relaxing concoction, that will help to lift and tighten skin.

Spiced Apple Cider Sugar Scrub


spiced cider scrubSpeaking of the familiar aroma of spiced apples, this scrub brings back the warmth of a cabin after caroling, combined with the cinnamon of the holidays to give you the fresh clean skin that you need to start the season off with just the right amount of glow.

Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Body Butter

vanilla body butter

Just as important as scrubbing away dead skin cells, you want to keep your skin moisturized through the dry months. This easy to make recipe will help you do just that, all with the fresh scent of your favorite holiday treats.

We hope you will love these scrubs full of the smells and ingredients that rule the holidays.

If you love skin care as much as you love the holidays contact us today and learn about our programs and see how you can gain an education that fuels your passion for skin care.

Why Part-Time Classes ROCK!

Part Time Cosmetology School Rocks

Work. Kids. Family. Work.

There are a million reasons that you might be putting off following your dreams, a million reasons why you think it can’t possibly work to go to school and still maintain the life and responsibilities you currently have.

What if all those reasons you are holding onto aren’t reasons, but rather fears keeping you from your dream?

You can pursue your dream career!

Even with kids, family, and maybe a job, working toward the future you have always wanted is possible, now even more so with our part-time schedule.

With minimal hours and an easy to accommodate schedule, enrolling in part-time courses at The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA) Huntsville can help you to reach your dreams without sacrificing your current responsibilities.

Contact us today to discover our part-time classes.

Read below to discover why part-time courses rock!

Work While You Learn

girl with books

Because our part-time classes are available in both day and evening schedules, you can easily keep your current job while you work toward your new career. This can be a difficult transition for some, but with a supportive staff and peers surrounding you – you can do it!

Keep Your Weekends

Because our part-time courses occur mostly during the weekdays, you will still have your weekends to yourself, to do with as you please! This is a huge benefit because you need your down time! Take this time to practice self care, and keep your mind at its best for learning!

Don’t Sacrifice Friends and Family

girls hanging out

Freinds and family are important, and we want you to be able to be there for them as they support you through your beauty school journey. One of the big benefits of a part-time schedule is having the time to do just that! Because our schedule is low hours per week and at set times, you are able to schedule family dinners, or just have time to go out with your friends!

More Time to Master

While it is true that taking a part-time cosmetology course will extend your time until graduation, that isn’t necessarily bad. By learning the information slowly and over an extended period of time, you are giving yourself the opportunity to master every technique and truly understand the techniques to become a successful cosmetologist.

Build Your Book and Step Into a Career

woman getting facial

The benefits of the extended calendar go beyond the time to master skills, you will also find yourself with more time to build your client base. With extra months to find a following, show your skill, and bring clients into the salon, you could graduate your program with an even larger client base than some.

Join a Family, Find a Support System

When you start your education at The Salon Professional Academy Huntsville you are doing more than just ‘going to school’. You are joining a family. Beyond your peers, beyond your teachers, stepping into your first day of class at TSPA Huntsville means you are stepping into a family of people who will support you, and building relationships that will last a lifetime.

We Won’t Lie, Part-Time Classes are Going to Take Work

But it is work that could lead to some amazing opportunities. Do not be afraid to pursue your dreams of a career in beauty! At TSPA Huntsville we are ready to support you every step of the way. Beauty school can be work, but we know you can do it!

Ready to rock? Take the first steps to creating a beautiful future, today!

Contact us today to learn more about our programs, discover our financial aid options, and take the first steps toward a future that may have felt out of reach.

Don’t let your reasons become roadblocks. Take the leap and begin changing your life.

Are You Backed by Redken?

A redhaired Redken model struts the runway

Hair. Makeup. Beauty.

The life of a cosmetologist calls to you. You already love doing hair and makeup for your friends and family. You live for it and can’t possibly say no when people ask you for help.

You love it that much.

With so much love, isn’t it time to pursue a career in beauty?

If you have ever thought about working in this beautiful and varied industry, you are going to want an education that matches your goals and desires for your future.

If you are thinking about beauty school, consider a school that is backed by Redken.

When a school works in conjunction with a major brand, there can be some large benefits for the students that can not only impact their education but the skills and knowledge that can help them pursue their dreams.

Here is how the relationship The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA) Huntsville has with Redken can benefit you as a student, and give you the education you want.

A History of Education

In the 1960s when Jheri Redding and Paula Kent founded a new brand of hair products based on their combined knowledge of hair and industry, they made a decision that no other brand had before. Their product, which was made for professional use, went right to the schools.

They knew that they wanted to give students access to the highest quality products, to give them an edge that will help to set them apart from others in the industry, and by putting their products in students hands they were able to do that.

As the first product to work with schools, and with the aspiring cosmetology students they train, Redken is proud to be part of this amazing industry and to support so many as they pursue their dreams.

More Than a Product Line

When Redken made the move into schools, they did more than put their product on the shelves. They came into the schools themselves, bringing in platform artists, development managers, and even the artistic director to hold presentations, and training for the students there.

Their commitment goes beyond the training opportunities they give to each school, for when a new product is released they once again bring their schools and students into play, training them on each new product line and giving them access to the skills they need to master it, often before anyone else.

What a Redken Premiere School Means Today

Today, Redken still holds the passion for supporting future cosmetologist through their education with trainings available to schools that are designed to help them master complex and new techniques.

Those trainings, combined with products that were developed for professionals helps students to develop the skills they need before graduation, giving them the opportunity to truly shine as they move into the workplace.

At The Salon Professional Academy Huntsville we are proud to work with Redken to give our students the skills they need to reach their dreams.

Interested in seeing how the relationship with Redken we hold can help you reach your dreams?

Come in for a Tour Today

Contact the admissions department at TSPA Huntsville to see how beautiful your future could be.

Top 4 Reasons People Pursue Cosmetology

Top 4 Reasons People Pursue Cosmetology

The beauty industry is home to a variety of people with diverse backgrounds and lives. Each person is unique, from the way they decorate their station or salon to the shears they purchase. However, if you ask any cosmetologist why they’ve chosen this career, you will likely get one of these four reasons.

In February of 2016, a member of the popular cosmetology forum and social networking site, Hairbrained, asked members the following question: how/why did you become a hairdresser? Here are some of the most popular answers.

”It’s a Family Thing”

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Many cosmetologists grow up in the family salon. The smell of hairspray is like home to them, and they wanted to continue the family legacy by pursuing the career themselves. Aunts, uncles, grandmothers, and even sisters and moms all serve as inspiration to many “generational” hairstylists. Just take a look at a few of the 4k+ comments on Hairbrained.

”I was Born to do This!”

Cosmo career choices

Some people are destined to become hairdressers. There’s just no ignoring all the signs that you should do what you’re passionate about! You probably have a few family pictures featuring your DIY bangs, and maybe your family dog didn’t like your craft scissors all that much, but hey! That was just the beginning of a beautiful journey. Here’s what users on Hairbrained had to say.

”I Love Creative Control”

Cosmo career choices

Cosmetologists are artists. Creativity gives them the freedom to shape and form works of art with hair as their medium. These cosmetologists were often found painting, drawing, or playing an instrument, and their ability to express themselves was their top priority. Today, not a thing has changed! Some cosmetologists still do other types of art outside of their jobs, and many value self expression in a way that other people can’t quite understand. Here’s what the Hairbrained community had to add.

”I Want to Help People”

Cosmo career choices

Many cosmetologists have a desire to make an impact on those around them, that’s why we find that a good lot of them were once in the medical field. Seeing your work change lives is one of the most rewarding things you can experience. The beauty industry can change the world, one head of hair at a time, and you could be a part of that!


What’s Your Reason?

Have you thought about becoming a cosmetologist for one or more of these four reasons? Check out our cosmetology program, and contact us to find out how to get started on an artistic, rewarding, and exciting industry!

7 Female Athletes With Fire Hairstyles

Athletes With Fire Hairstyles

Despite what you might think, being athletic does not mean that style and beauty is beyond you. In fact, athletes of every stature have some of the best looks and daring style around. Don’t believe us? Check out some of these amazingly talented and amazingly stylish ladies.
You’ll be begging to copy these looks before you know it.

Serena Williams

Serene Williams
© Vogue Magazine 2017

Straight. Up. Fabulous. Serena Williams’ 2015 cover in Vogue is as hot as her tennis game. Bursting onto the scene more than ten years ago she has been ranked 1st in singles eight times by The Women’s Tennis Association. Oh, and she owns a record 39 Grand Slam titles at ~ 35 ~ years young.

Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe
© VitaminWater, Megan Rapinoe 2016

US Olympic Gold Medalist. The face of Vitamin Water. This soccer midfielder plays hard and doesn’t let her oh-so-gorgeous hair suffer. Megan Rapinoe has set the hair bar very high in women’s soccer.

Holly Sonders

Holly Sonders
© 2017

Holly Sanders has game. You don’t often think of gorgeous hair in golf, but Holly is on par. This photo, taken from a 2017 shoot for, is all the evidence you need. While she doesn’t play much anymore, she continues to keep her voice heard as a broadcaster.

Venus Williams

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© ESPN 2012

You didn’t think we would forget Venus, did you? Not used to following in her younger sister’s footsteps, Venus comes in strong on our list, her unique sense of style as brilliant as her tennis game.

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn
© @LindseyVonn Official

Lindsey Vonn’s Gold in downhill skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games is as shiny as her many hairstyles. This low-fuss style is easy to recreate and easy to manage with regular trims every 4-6 weeks.

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie
© ©Michelle Wie 2015

Michelle Wie takes as many chances on the golf course as she does with her hair. She sported this rainbow look at the 2015 Evian Championship in France. It’s a hard look to pull off, and she wore it fabulously.

Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman
© Aly Raisman official 2013

This two time Olympic gold gymnast may be use to keeping her hair up and out of her face, but when she wears it down – it is gorgeous. This simple long wavy cut from on Aly Raisman is so classy. We loooove it.

Ready to get your hair game on fleek and stun the competition? Visit us at and give us a call to schedule an appointment.

*All services performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed, trained professionals

What Hairstyle Fits you Best? Find Out With Our Tell All Quiz!

Finding the perfect hairstyle can be difficult, with dozens of different options and trends popping up almost daily!
What hairstyle you choose and what style will look good on you largely depends not only on what your habits and likes are, but the shape of your face.
Using all of these aspects, we can help you discover your perfect hairstyle in only six questions!

Perfect hairstyle quiz

Ready to take the big (or little) chop? We can help you make your new look perfect in our Student Salon.* Call today to make your appointment.

*All services performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed, trained professionals

Don’t Let Summer Kill Your Style!

Humid Summer hair tips

Summer is here, and with it comes the sweltering humidity that Alabama is known for. Even though our temperatures won’t get above 100F like it does in some parts of the country, it’s not the heat that we have to worry about.
It’s the humidity.
Yes, the humidity can easily surpass the 60% mark on most summer days, and while that can be great from skin and hair – it also has its downside too.
Prepare yourself now for summer and you can keep yourself looking great, and your hair looking its best.

Curls For Days!

No matter what kind of hair you have, chances are you are going to seeing some curls. If your hair is natural and already pretty curly, be prepared to lose some length to tighter curls. If your hair is stark straight, that wave that you either love or dread in the summer months is making its famed return.
No matter what kind of hair you have, there are products out there that will help keep your hair moisturized while locking out the added moisture in the air, and keeping the curls under control.

Speaking of the Moisture in the Air…!

Love them or hate them, humectants can make or break your summer humidity survival. Humectants are nice little additives that pull the moisture out of the air in order to keep your hair moisturized. This can be great, until the humidity is creeping up to 70% and those curls you are already looking more like a swamp that healthy luscious ringlets.
Be aware of your hair type, and needs, when using humectants to avoid over moisturizing – and be prepared with a good protein wash just in case that happens.

The Frizz! The Frizz!

And no, we don’t mean the redheaded lady with a school bus (we are showing our age, aren’t we?). We are speaking of the unruly mess of flyaways and unkempt tangles that have surely moved in by now. This isn’t the usual frizz that settles down with a quick spritz of water, either. This is humidity frizz; caused by proteins and hydrogen and all sort of sciency things that the Smithsonian lays out really well.
Even with the science behind it, however, there really isn’t much you can do about it. I know, that’s probably the last thing you want to hear, but when the humidity soars it’s true. That’s why for when those days that your frizz is particularly loud, we suggest “doing something” to your hair.
This can be anything from wrapping, to braiding, to sticking it all in a messy bun. Having a few go to styles can be a saving grace on days when you just want to hit the lake in peace, or you just don’t have five hours to tame your mane.

I know we haven’t suggested some miracle product to tame your hair on high humidity days, but that’s because the secret to humid hair maintenance is in moisturizing. Understanding your hair and this careful balance will go along way. Being aware of the humidity level and your hair type is important – but overall – don’t forget to rock whatever locks you’ve got and have a great summer!

If you need a good moisturizing mask, or just need help trimming those curls before the humidity gets any higher, head on over to our student salon* and let us help you get ready for the worst, and the best, of summer.

*All services performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed professional instructors.

The Perks Of Being a Cosmetologist

Beauty School Perks

Are you trying to decide what to do for a career? Are you thinking about changing careers? Want to find that perfect career that will be satisfying and that you will love? Whatever boat you’re in, cosmetology may be the perfect fit for you. A lot of perks can come with being a cosmetologist, like being able to choose when you work, that can make it a very fulfilling career. Here’s some of the great aspects of being a cosmetologist:

Great Opportunities

As a cosmetologist there can be a lot of opportunity to be creative. It is a huge part of your job. You will have to be creative in almost all aspects of your work. Friends and family will ask for your advice sometimes, too, which will give you the chance to be a visionary for them and help them find the perfect look!
Beauty School Perks

Make New Friends

A lot of people think of their hair stylist as more than the person that just cuts and styles their hair. They think of their stylist as a friend too. Most clients enjoy coming in and chatting while you take care of them. You get to meet, talk to, and become friends with some really cool people! You can create some very meaningful relationships because of your decision to become a cosmetologist.
Beauty School Perks

Create Your Own Schedule

In many cases cosmetologists have the opportunity to make up their own schedule. Choosing your own hours to work is a huge benefit! This will allow you to spend more time with family and friends, go on vacations, or build up your own business. This is a perk that doesn’t come with a lot of other jobs out there!

What’s Trending?

If you spend a lot of time keeping up on the latest trends, then cosmetology might be a perfect fit for you! As a cosmetologist, it is super important to always be up to date on everything happening in the beauty world, like hair styles for summer 2017 or the latest makeup trends. Staying up to date on these is not only fun, but it will help you be a great cosmetologist!

Feel Good About Your Work

A very satisfying aspect of being a cosmetologist is the fact that you get to help people look and feel more beautiful. When you’re done with your work, your clients will leave feeling better about themselves and the way they look than when they came to you. When a client comes to you and you cut and style their hair, it could be the perfect confidence boost they are looking for. Not only will they leave feeling amazing, but helping people feel great about themselves will make you feel awesome about the work you do as well!
Beauty School Perks

Great Work Environments

Cosmetology can open a lot of doors. You can pursue a job in a spa or salon, which is probably the most common path, but there are so many other options that you can pursue in addition to a regular salon job. It’s common for cosmetologists to take on some side jobs or do freelance jobs on their own. When you have the skills that a cosmetology school can give you, there can be a lot of opportunities to work for other people as well as for yourself. Being a trained cosmetologist can provide a lot of amazing choices on when and where to work.

There are so many perks of being a cosmetologist! What appeals most to you? Let us know in the comments! Are you ready to discover how cosmetology can help you start a great new career? Check out our program! You can also contact us to learn more!

Natural Hairstyles to Inspire

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With wedding season blossoming as quickly as those beautiful roses in your front yard, many brides-to-be have turned to the minor details – like that perfect hairstyle for their perfect day.
If you find yourself amongst these blushing brides, here are some beautiful natural styles to fuel your imagination.

Beautiful Accents

Beautiful Accents

Gorgeous Curls

Gorgeous Curls

A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess

Nest of Tight Curls

Nest of Tight Curls

Silky and Smooth

Silky and Smooth

Perfectly Kinky Curls

Perfectly Kinky Curls

A Crown of Braids

A Crown of Braids

Knotty Mohawk

Knotty Mohawk

Low Bun

Low Bun

Bantu Twists

Bantu Twists
Gorgeous! Did you find your perfect style, or would you like to try a few? Schedule a consultation with our amazing cosmetology students to help you get ready for your big day.