Salon training opens door to career opportunities
By Dana Delgado
It is the kind of professional quality that Shane and Tuesday Wilson had in mind when in September they opened their palatial, state-of-the-art training facility, The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA).
“When you walk into our innovative academy, from the layout and the fixtures to the styling stations and pedicure units, you know that it is quality,” said Shane Wilson. “TSPA is modeled after the Redken NYC based salons designed by world renowned architect Peter Millard. We set up our students for success during their experience here and afterwards. Pursuing an education in cosmetology is the first step to discovering a career filled with endless opportunities that maximize one’s artistic potential.”
Located at 901 S. IH-35 next to Hobby Lobby in Georgetown, TSPA offers students a comprehensive instructional program in small classes presented by an experienced cadre of instructors like Adriana Tiller who has been teaching in the business for 38 years.
“We teach creative and innovative applications,” said Instructor Tiller. “Everything is more modern here with up-to-date techniques. I’ve been very impressed and super-excited about coming in at the beginning of the school.”
Wilson emphasized that their instructors have over 20 years average of experience and incorporate the Redken Principle Base Designs in a manner that according to the co-owner is “fun and informative.”
Students will learn to not only cut and style hair but study cutting-edge techniques in hair color, nails, and skin for their cosmetology operator’s license. The expansive 5,000-square-foot facility includes classrooms, specialty service rooms, stylist stations, a student lounge and space for student lockers. In addition to having access to the well-equipped facility, students also receive student kits that include high-quality Kasho shears.
Students undergo 11 months of training that provides classroom instruction, practice and supervised application of their skills with the public. They also are exposed to the business side of the career.
“We are big into the business aspect and wanted to make a difference,” said Wilson. “Our students have a chance to be productive and independent in this career field, which has evolved into more of a profession, and these jobs are always in need.”
A high school diploma or GED is required for enrollment. The next class is scheduled to begin Oct. 13. Classes begin every four weeks.
TSPA offers financial assistance through a variety of scholarships and grants. In addition, the Wilsons own a tuition finance company to assist students with tuition loans. Mrs. Wilson is overseeing operations while her husband is handling admissions.
The training academy is affiliated with Redken, one of the top names in the industry. The Wilsons first met with representatives four years ago in New York about a possible franchise.
“Tuesday (Wilson) researched schools because she saw the need for a cosmetology school in our area and The Salon Professional Academy was endorsed by Redken,” her husband said. “They (Redken) are constantly advancing their products and services. They are one of the leaders in fashion science and are very inspiring to stylists around the world.”
The Wilsons said they were not ready four years ago when they traveled to New York so they waited.
“We were not ready to start at that time, but saw the potential. We waited until the right time arrived and we took advantage of it,” he said. “We are firm believers that it is meant to be, then it will happen! Today, we are the only school that is endorsed by Redken through education and we are excited to bring The Salon Professional Academy to Georgetown, which will give people the opportunity to get a great education in an industry that has great earning potential.”
Mrs. Wilson taught in Georgetown while her husband taught in Round Rock. In 2002, he started a homebuilding company, Destiny Builders Inc., and in 2005 Mrs. Wilson opened Salons of the Town, a premier salon and spa in Georgetown.
“We are merging our business savvy with our teaching experiences to open and operate our academy,” Wilson said. “We want to offer a solid professional learning environment where students will flourish.”
Beginning Nov. 10, a complete line of services will be available to the public at discounted prices. Professionally-trained students will provide a variety of hair care services including shampoos, cuts and styles as well as beard trims. Additionally, an array of hair coloring and hair texturizing services will be available as will natural nail services. Moreover, students will provide skin services including waxing, body wraps, and facials.
The Salon Professional Academy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.tspageorgetown.com.