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
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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
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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
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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 Golf.com, 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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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
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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
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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
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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 huntsvilletspa.com 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!

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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

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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!
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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

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.

Five Nail Designs You Can Master

Spring has officially arrived and everything is in bloom. Sundresses are coming back and the heavy colors of years before are being replaced by soft pastels and florals. And best of all, hands and toes are coming out from behind heavy gloves and boots, ready to meet the world once more.
If you are ready to don those strappy sandals, but haven’t made it to your manicurist yet, do not be dismayed! It’s easier to get those nails ready for the world than you think.
Here are five nail designs you can master in a matter of minutes to get those nails spring ready before the tulips have fully bloomed!

  • Bunnies!

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    Nothing says spring like cute little bunnies poking their noses out to eat some delicious clover. This nail design is oh so delicious – and much easier than you think! This tutorial will guide you through it step by step.

  • Pretty Daisies

    Spring Nail designsIf bunnies don’t scream spring to you, then these delicate little daisies are sure to do the trick. All you need is a ball pin and finger nail polish in your choice of color and this tutorial will have you rocking these little cuties in no time!

  • Faded Floral

    Spring Nail designs fadedWant to be covered in spring but don’t want to scream it? This abstract floral version might be just what you are looking for. Utilizing a sponge and a couple of other easy tricks, this tutorial will guide you through step by step.

  • Speckled Eggs

    Spring Nail designs speckledIf you have fond memories of coloring and dipping eggs, you can easily relive it with this spongy design. Brought to you by One Nail To Rule Them All, this tutorial is easy and quick! You could be ready in five minutes flat!

  • Polka Dots

    Spring Nail designs polka dots You can’t do spring nails without polka dots, and this tutorial has the perfect guide to perfect this easy look. Want to add more? Try some glitter polish to add an extra pop!

Still overwhelmed? No worries! Head on over to our student salon* and visit one of our amazing students, ready to practice their craft and get your toes sporting those beautiful flowers.

*All services performed by students under the supervision of licensed professionals.

Eight Years Gone!

TSPA Huntsville Anniversary

In April of 2009, The Salon Professional Academy in Huntsville, Alabama opened their doors, starting a tradition of beauty in the community that has not only held strong but grown exponentially in the past eight years
Starting just as the temperatures were warming all those years ago, the first class of ten walked through those doors that have now been seen as home to so many. While that number may seem low, it’s actually a tradition that has held steady at TSPA Huntsville since day one. Smaller class sizes mean more one-on-one attention, which means a more stylized education.

Staff | TSPA Huntsville Anniversary

“Every class has a different make up and we have to be sure that every face (class) is equally fabulous! That isn’t an easy task! But we have done it!” – Ms. A. Friday-Stewart

This dedication to their students education is something the school prides itself on, and something that they hold high. In fact, it is that low class size and intimate learning environment that has prompted them to an astounding 96% pass rate – a number well above the national average.

All of this success has not been without it’s trials, something which they hesitantly admit never gets easier. One of these situations that is the hardest to deal with is when a student “waves the white flag” and gives up. It’s hard to watch someone give up on their dreams. While the teaching staff can often support them through the roadblock, other times they have to say goodbye. No matter what happens, the dedicated staff at TSPA Huntsville never gives up on their students and are dedicated to helping them reach their dreams no matter what the cost.

Stuff Fun | TSPA Huntsville Anniversary “We honestly believe that our students can do it! It’s not always easy to find everyone’s sweet spot but we don’t mind the cavities trying!” – Ms. A. Friday-Stewart

From that first warm spring day and through all the hottest summers, TSPA Huntsville is glad to bring beauty, success, and style to its community. It is a tradition they hope to continue for many years to come and through many more crazy hairstyle trends.

Here is to another eight years!
Make sure to stop by the Student Salon* during the month of April to take advantage of some of our amazing anniversary specials! Including $8.00 cuts! Call for details!

*All services performed by students under the supervision of trained and licensed professionals.

Are You Ready for Cosmetology School?

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It’s a fact that has been poured into your head since a young age, mentioned by grandparents as they pressed a ten dollar bill into your hand and bored into your head by your father as you complained about having broccoli for dinner – again.
“The career choice you make will affect the rest of your life.”
Luckily for you, you already know what you want to do. Hard part done.
You want to be a cosmetologist.
But what do you need to do now that you have made this decision? What are the next steps to actually enroll?

  1. Take a Tour and Choose Your School

    School Tours

    Second to deciding what you want to do is deciding where you want to get the education to do it. Any working cosmetologist will tell you, that your education matters. As many different schools specialize in different things, have different add ons, and different focuses within their program. In addition the venue matters, you want to make sure that the features and equipment are up to the current standard and are clean and well maintained.
    The best way to do this is to take a tour. Once you have narrowed your choices down, schedule a few tours to find out more about the schools on your list, watch the floor, maybe even schedule a shampoo and blow-dry in the student salon* to get the feel of the atmosphere and education level. You want to fit into the school’s culture and feel welcome as a student – this is the best way to find out if you will.

  2. Know the Time Commitment


    Beauty School Time

    This kind of goes along with choosing your school, but we are giving it it’s own section because this is actually much more important than you think. Every state has different hours requirements and because of that the programs are going to take different amounts of time. Those numbers will vary even more depending on if you are going to be taking day or night classes. Are you going to be working while you are in school? Are your expectations for completion in line with the reality? Make sure you know all the facts and have thought through the outcomes before you dive in to avoid further complications, and in turn find a school that will work with whatever schedule you have.

  3. Know the Cost (and Plan Accordingly)

    cosmetology cost

    Another big varient between beauty schools is cost. Each school is going to have a different cost, and that cost is going to include different things. Here at TSPA Huntsville, our Cosmetology courses include all the books and the basic kit you will need to get started. That’s everything from scissors to specific product lines and training pieces that you will need to get you through our program. In addition to that, you need to know what any upfront cost is (we have a $200 enrollment fee) and if the school offers financial aid to help assist in the cost.

  4. Get Everything Together

    Beauty School prep

    Once you have decided on your school and have figured out the cost and financial aid, you need to gather everything else to enroll. Where is your high school diploma? Do you need a GED? Is there any additional testing required? Start the process by filling out an information request or contacting the admissions office of your chosen school and connect with an advisor that can help you through the process from start to finish.

  5. Let The Countdown Begin

    Beauty School prepYou have chosen your school, you have figured out your schedule and financial aide, you have been accepted and are ready to roll. There is only one thing left- get ready to start. This may seem like the most exciting time, and it is, but there are logistics you need to clear up as well. Everything from making sure you have the right clothes, to finding the cutest pair of black, non-slip shoes created. Get everything done before the first day to make sure you have the best day possible.

You are finally here, you are ready to begin and start this next chapter in your life. We hope you have a great experience at whatever school you have chosen, weather it be TSPA Huntsville or a school close to you.

*All Services performed by students in our student salon

Signs That It’s Time to Pursue a Career in Beauty

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Admit it, you have seen the writing on the wall. You’ve noticed it as you carefully lay out brushes and sharpen your scissors. You’ve heard the voice gnawing in the back of your mind as you watched Queen Latifah’s Beauty Shop for the hundredth time. You want a career in beauty.
You want this to be your life.
But how do you know for sure, and how did you get here in the first place?
Here are the ten signs that you might be ready for a career in the beauty industry, you know, just so you can make sure.

  1. You aren’t living for the weekend anymore.

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    You want your work to be meaningful. You want to do love what you do, and wake up every morning excited to do it. Don’t wait to get off work to do what you love, go to a job everyday that you love doing.

  2. You understand financial responsibility.

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    You have saved and budgeted most of your life, even if it was just to save up for those perfect thigh-high boots. You understand the meaning of saving, and are ready to dive in. Financial aid doesn’t scare you, you see them as the investment in the dream you have had for so long.

  3. You are a do-it-yourselfer.

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    You want control of your life, and the idea of building your own clientele and perhaps even your own business someday makes you exceptionally giddy.

  4. You have a love for beauty.

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    Watching late night beauty tutorials on YouTube is just a part of your daily schedule. You are always looking for the next new trend and are one of the first to try it out, and maybe even fix it so that it looks better.

  5. Your friends always go to you for tips and tricks.

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    They know that your sense of style and beauty goes above and beyond. They can count on you for advice, for help in the perfect updo, and of course, the loan of that red sweater that is going to make their eyes pop. And, best of all, you love to help them!

  6. You have no problem talking to anyone – about anything!

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    What may make other people nervous only makes you excited. You have realized that people are amazing, and that connecting and talking to them can be one of the most rewarding experiences. You are always ready to talk, about anything, and don’t shy away from the opportunity.

  7. You find yourself critiquing hair and makeup on movies or TV.

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    The sure sign you are a lost cause: You can’t watch a movie without ripping apart the hair, trying to figure out how to do it, or even more common, how you would have done it better. You often spark up conversations on the hair you’ve seen, but no one really seems to understand why that 1920’s pin up was done incorrectly.

  8. Everyone around you is a guinea pig.

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    If you see a hairstyle or color you love, you HAVE to find a friend to let you attempt to replicate it.

  9. You are a perfectionist.

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    When doing hair you pay close attention to everything, from the length of a cut, to the symmetry. You constantly challenge yourself to try harder things, and that attention to detail has only helped you perfect your skill.

  10. You ask strangers about their hair

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    Above and beyond being ready to strike up a conversation, you will go out of your way to compliment someones hair, ask them how they did it, and have even been caught staring at the perfect natural faux-hawk more than once.

Know you are ready for sure? We don’t blame you, that itch is hard to ignore.
Reach out to us today and we will get you started, let’s make that dream come true!