Cosmetology Requirements: Learn What It Takes to Become a Cosmetologist


What Does It Take to Become a Cosmetologist?

Are you the first one of your friends to try a new hairstyle or lipstick shade? Are you always doing someone’s hair color in your head? Do strangers tell you they love your hair, nails, or make-up? Then it’s time to consider cosmetology school!

The good news is that just about anyone can get into a cosmetology school.

Here’s the scoop on cosmetology school requirements what you need to do to get into cosmetology school, and the classes you’ll need to take to become a salon ready Redken cosmetologist:

  • A high school diploma or G.E.D: Cosmetology schools require a basic education to get in and you must have either a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Age requirements: Cosmetology schools admit people of all ages and backgrounds. However, the state of New York requires our students to be 18 years of age. It’s the diploma’s or G.E.D.’s that future stylists need to have in order to get into cosmetology. 
  • Basic English skills: All kinds of people enroll in classes, but courses at TSPA are taught in English. The ability to follow along in basic English will help you do well.
  • Pass basic classes: To get your certificate or degree, you’ll take fun courses on haircutting and styling, skin care, make-up application, and more.
  • A passion for the job: If you love to style your friends and help others discover their own beauty, you’ll love your cosmetology courses!

With cosmetology programs available near you and online, you can get started on your new career today! Contact Carolyn in admissions. Get started now, book a live or virtual tour. Don’t Forget To Ask About The $15,000 Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships That Can Help You Graduate Debt Free!


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Support Our Dedicated Team and Local WNY Health Care Providers


Let’s help a local WNY health care provider!

We’re excited to announce a gift card promotion that will support both our dedicated students when we reopen and our amazing local health care community.

For the next two weeks, for every $50 Gift Card that is purchased online, we will donate a haircut to a local WNY health care provider.

Thank you for your continued support. Please stay safe.

– Peggy Grenauer & The Salon Professional Academy Buffalo Team

Click here to buy your gift card online!

*Now through April 16, 2020

Beautiful Nail Art

We can’t get enough of the nail looks our students have been so busy creating!

They create the most gorgeous nail art designs – flowers, hearts, & more  – you name it, and our students have probably created it!

We can’t wait for you to see some of our favorite looks! 😍 💅

Want to learn more about our Nail Technology Program??

Give us a call at 716-243-3311 or click here to learn more!

MUD Smoky Eye Workshop

The Salon Professional Academy will be holding a MUD Smoky Eye Workshop on Saturday, March 26th from 12-3:30pm! This exciting workshop will focus on technical application of smoky eyes using layering and blending of eye colors to create a classic smoky eye look in 15 minutes. Participants will gain application knowledge by watching a live, one hour demonstration; then will participate in a 30 minute break and product focus where they can shop the MUD retail and also get the chance to purchase a Classic Smoky Eye kit for a special workshop price of $39.00 (retail value $75.) Following the product focus, students will practice technical application through a two hour hands on session.

Products and brushes are not provided for the hands on portion of the workshop, and participants are encouraged to purchase products in the product focus or bring their own make up and brushes.

You will not want to miss the chance to perfect your smoky eye skills and take your make up application to the next level! Spots are filling up fast, to reserve your seat for this workshop, call The Salon Professional Academy front desk at 716-833-8772. We can’t wait to see the beautiful looks you create!


Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon Sept 27th

On September 27th, Trim Hunger hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ existing record for the most people cutting hair at the same time when over 20 Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thons will be held simultaneously at The Salon Professional Academies (TSPAs) across the nation. Additionally, a wide variety of events and fund-raisers will take place at individual participating TSPA franchise locations. To learn more about Trim Hunger, visit

In recognition of Hunger Awareness Month, Redken 5th Avenue NYC in collaboration with The Salon Professional Academy, will host the Trim Hunger™ Cut-A-Thon at the Redken Exchange in NYC on Thursday, September 10th from 10am– 3:30 pm to benefit City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger.

Top Redken stylists will be giving haircuts, blowouts and braids for a minimum donation of $25. Much like the way color specific ribbons are worn in support of causes, painting your thumbnail has taken on the same social identity. Essie, also a sponsor of the event, will be offering “orange thumbie” manicures in their Trim Hunger “Roarrrrange” shade as a symbol of support in the fight against hunger.

Trim Hunger is the most recent non-profit endeavor of Redken stylist Josif Wittnik, owner of Salon CTI and Day Spa and The Salon Professional Academy in Appleton, WI. Following a local project to help feed families in need in his community, Josif developed Trim Hunger to raise awareness for the cause and feed the hungry on a national level.

“It costs City Harvest just 25 cents to rescue and deliver one pound of food in New York City, and with more than 2.6 million New Yorkers struggling to afford food for themselves and their families, a little bit goes a long way,” says Leslie Marino, General Manager, Redken US. “Redken’s Trim Hunger Cut-A-Thon will bring together both stylists and members of the community to help make an immediate impact on the fight against hunger in New York City.”

Summer 2015 Open House!


Join us on June 25th and see our students in action as they demonstrate the latest techniques in Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technology. You will also have the chance to speak to our educators whose passion for the beauty industry will help you see your future career as a reality.

The Summer 2015 Open House will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. RSVP to secure your spot during the time slot that works best for you!

The Salon Professional Academy is located at 2309 Eggert Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Call us at 716-833-8772 with any questions.

They beauty world moves fast – don’t wait until Fall to get started on the path of a life changing career. Make this summer one to remember and start your journey with The Salon Professional Academy today!

We can’t wait to see you on the 25th!


TSPA Buffalo Clear Start Event!

clear start 4.16.15The Salon Professional Academy will be hosting a Clear Start Event on Thursday, April 23rd from 1-9pm! Our Esthetics students will be showcasing their technique, as well as demonstrating the powerful effects of Dermalogica products. If you struggle with blemishes, acne, or signs of aging skin, this event is for you!

Each guest will receive a complimentary micro-zone treatment with purchase of a Dermalogica Age Smart or Clear Start kit.

Refreshments will be provided and guests will be given the opportunity to win exciting door prizes!

RSVP for the event by calling 716-833-8772.

The Salon Professional Academy is located at 2309 Eggert Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150

We’ll see you on April 23rd!

Spring 2015 Open House

Spring Open House 3.20.15Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up excited for the day ahead? Are you looking to turn your unique passion into a successful career? Do you picture yourself on the cutting edge of the beauty industry? If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, it is time for you to begin picturing yourself as a student at The Salon Professional Academy.

Attending our Spring 2015 Open House will allow you to see the exciting future offered by a career in the beauty industry. See our students in action as they learn the latest techniques in the fields of Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technology; and speak with our educators who not only offer insight into the beauty world, but are prepared to push you creatively to be the best you can be.

Our Spring 2015 Open House will be held, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Reservations are available from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. RSVP to choose a time that works best for you.

The Salon Professional Academy is located at 2309 Eggert Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150

See your dreams become a reality at The Salon Professional Academy!

NYC, Amazing Hair, & Beautiful Ninjas

2014 NSC WinnersNew York City played host to a once-in-a-lifetime event for the winners of the 2014 TSPA National Student Competition. In addition to a trip to NYC, the students and their sponsoring educators were treated to one-on-one training with REDKEN Artistic Director Chris Baran.

The training extended well beyond the classroom – all the way to the set of a professional photo shoot. The students worked hands-on behind the scenes with the models, photographer, and camera crew. The theme of the fantasy shoot was “ninja glamour” complete with elaborate wardrobe, fabulous makeup, and lots of amazing hair. This experience exposed students to just how limitless a career in the cosmetology field can be; with multiple avenues to pursue with the training they are receiving at TSPA. Continue reading