Alumni Spotlight- Rita F.

The Salon Professional Academy of Holland Alumni Spotlight

  • What are you learning in the salon right now? 
    “I am so blessed because I am learning so much every day at Body Perfections just being able to work next to such talented hairstylists. We also have Lucy who is our Director of Education. I am learning to take techniques I already know and improving them.”
  • What do you think prepared you the most while attending The Salon Professional Academy to be in a salon?
    “The Salon Professional Academy prepared me in so many ways, I am not sure I can pick just one. But the main thing, is the atmosphere at TSPA does feel like a salon and not a school. Being out on the Student Salon Training Area is probably what prepared me the most and having that interaction with clients. Also the way they taught us to do consultations and the planning binders to track our numbers and set goals.”
  • What is your favorite hottest trend right now?
    “My favorite hottest trend has to be all the vivid colors. I haven’t been able to do many, but I would love to start. My next favorite trend would be hair painting and root smudging.”
  • What surprised you most about being in a salon?
    “I guess the thing that surprised me the most is how in school we were taught that only you can make yourself busy and you can’t count on the salon to do it all and that is so true! The salon you are in can only do so much to build your clientele. You have have to be very dedicated to passing out referral cards, connecting with your clients and making sure you post on social media.”
  • What would you say to someone who is thinking about attending The Salon Professional Academy of Holland?
    “If someone were to tell me they are attending TSPA, I’d tell them Good Choice! Being able to leave the school feeling so ready to further your education in a salon is the best feeling and that’s how I felt leaving. I don’t think I would of taken the leap of going to Cosmetology school if it wasn’t for TSPA.”
  • What is one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself when you were a student?
    “I would go back and tell myself  that the 11 months of going to school full time, working part time and being a mom full time would really pay off. I remember it being stressful, but now looking back I feel it was such a short period and now I have a lifetime of happiness being able to go into work and not feel like I’m working a day in my life. I have so much fun at work and it’s where I am able to put all my creativity to use in one place.”

You can schedule a service with Rita at Body Perfections in Holland!


The leaves aren’t the only things changing color in October! As we enter into a new season, hair color transitions from Summer to Autumn, and clients are walking out ready for a Fall photo shoot.

For years, men and women have been coloring their hair in various styles and fashions, and that trend is not going to end anytime soon. Balayage, lowlights, highlights, root smudge, and retouches are just a few examples of popular styles here at TSPA. That’s why we have a color promotion happening here for all you color-obsessed and first-timers! You won’t want to miss on this great deal:

25% off all color services
25% off all color retail

This offer is good until October 31st! Plus, when you come in and get your hair colored during this promotion, you’ll get a $5 off coupon for your next visit.


Redken recently launched a new line of product called “Nature + Science” with high-quality natural ingredients. It is vegan and made without parabens, silicone, and sulfates. Included in their new line is “Color Extend” shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo contains ginseng and is a gentle formula which enhances vibrancy to keep your new color looking fresh. Combine the conditioner to add shine and lock in your color and you will extend your new color to its fullest potential.

Let us color you happy here at TSPA Holland and get you out the door and on your way to the orchard, drinking apple cider, and relaxing by the fire, all while looking your best.


*All services are performed by students under the supervision of a licensed educator.

Why Traditional College isn’t the Answer

While college is certainly appropriate for some students and a prerequisite for some professions, crippling student debt, lack of job opportunities, and growing interest in pursuing passions outside the university path are driving students to explore a skills-based education. “The skills gap is the number one problem American businesses face”, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, in a statement.  For too long, a four-year degree has been touted as the best option for success after high school; “We start to believe that the best path for the most people happens to be the most expensive path,” said Mike Rowe, best known for his popular TV show ‘Dirty Jobs’. “And it also happens to be the path that has led to a skills gap of about 5.8 million positions and student loans of about 1.3 trillion …”

Rowe maintains we’ve done a disservice to high school students with our short-sighted focus on college. In fact, 36% of millennial college graduates with student loans now say they would have skipped college if they had understood the cost, research shows. Then there are the 30% of college students who go to public universities and 20% who attend private schools who haven’t earned degrees within six years, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. They racked up big bills without getting a college diploma in the process.

“About 40 years ago, we started telling the current generation that the best path for the most people was a four-year degree,” said Rowe. “But what happened …  is they wound up promoting one form of education at the expense of all the other forms. College became higher education and apprenticeship programs, trade schools, community colleges, and all the job training opportunities, those became alternatives to education.”

With a higher-than-average job placement rate, an industry that has shown a growth for 30+ consecutive years, and an education-to-career track several years shorter than traditional colleges and universities, beauty school could prove to be more than just realizing your passion as a career…it could be the smartest professional career decision you can make!

Cosmetology School at a Glance

Want to pursue a career that you feel passionate about? If you love making people feel good and you want to express your creativity in a career, then cosmetology school could be a great option for you! Maybe you still have questions about beauty school and you want to learn more. Read our comprehensive guide about cosmetology school to answer all your questions!

Our Beauty Knowledge Quiz

Whether you’re just getting into beauty or it’s been a passion for years, there are so many new and exciting things to learn about the industry. Names of beauty tools, hair trends, and beauty techniques are just some exciting topics you could learn about. You might be surprised by what you learn! Check out “Our Beauty Knowledge Quiz” to find out how much you know.

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Why Choose a Future in the Beauty Industry

Interested in knowing more about cosmetology? There are a lot of reasons why a career in cosmetology could be a great fit for you! Having a flexible schedule and being able to use your creativity are some advantages you could have from a career in beauty. Read our “Why Choose a Future in the Beauty Industry?” blog to find out why you might love a future in cosmetology!

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Reasons People Don’t Commit to Beauty School

Starting something new is a big commitment and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Maybe you’ve thought about beauty school before, but you can’t help but doubt if this is really the right career path for you. From job opportunities to just wondering if you’ll fit in, there’s a lot that you might be worrying about. Check out our “Reasons People Don’t Commit to Beauty School” to see how you can overcome these and other common doubts.

How to Pick a Beauty School in Michigan

So, you’ve decided to apply for beauty school. Now it’s time to pick the right school for you to attend! It’s an exciting stage in your beauty education. While learning about the latest beauty techniques, you’ll be spending a lot of time with instructors and other students. Researching beauty schools in your area can help you find which is right for you. Check out our “How to Pick a Beauty School in Michigan” for tips on finding a beauty school that can feel like home.

What to Expect on a Tour of TSPA Holland

Ready to take your tour of TSPA Holland? We can’t wait to see you and and show what makes our school so special. It’s important that you get to know us and our school’s culture. That’s why we made a guide outlining what you can do to get the most out of your tour. Check out our “What to Expect on a Tour of TSPA Holland?” blog to find out what to bring, questions you should ask, and more great advice!

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Begin Your Beauty Education Here

Ready to start an education you’re passionate about? From learning more about the beauty industry to making the decision to apply, we’re here to help you every step of the way in your beauty journey. Contact us to find out more about our cosmetology program and how you can start!

Why Our Ownership Team Matters

The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Holland is proud to be a part of the TSPA franchise. But we’re also proud to be independently owned by three passionate, business-minded, driven individuals: Scott Harned, Rachel Harned, and Nikol Taylor.

About the Owners

Rachel is an experienced beauty professional who has owned and operated a successful high-end salon for five years. As a makeup and airbrush tanning artist, she takes on an active role in the salon every single day. She also holds a degree in communications and marketing and manages the advertising of her salon and TSPA Holland. Additionally, she teaches a social media and resume/interviewing class to her whole student body every eight to 10 weeks to help them prepare for the future.

Rachel Harned.

Scott brings five years of salon business experience to the table, as well as a degree in communications and economics. His strong finance background helps him actively teach students about credit scores, debt reduction, and budgeting. These are crucial skills for anyone who wants a successful future as a stylist or business owner.

Scott Harned

Nikol has several years of experience as marketing coordinator of a successful salon. She’s also worked in the small business and service industry since she was 15-years-old. In addition to her business savvy, she’s involved in many nonprofit organizations and has a passion for helping young adults achieve bright futures.

Nikol Taylor

A Winning Team

Our talented ownership team is dedicated to fostering students’ growth well after graduation. With years of experience both in beauty and business, they know what it takes to become a successful stylist. As we prepare students to sit for their state board, we’re also focused on shaping them into confident, competent, and employable beauty professionals. Students are family at TSPA Holland even when they’re no longer in school. Scott, Rachel, Nikol, and the entire team are dedicated to each student’s success and happiness.

If you’re interested in cosmetology school, join our family at TSPA Holland! Scott, Rachel, and Nikol have created an environment where we build each other up and help everyone achieve their goals. Contact TSPA Holland today to get details about applying to the program! We would love to welcome you into the family.

Words from our graduates:

“The moment I stepped out of the TSPA doors on graduation day I felt confident and ready to take on the world…To the owners Scott & Rachel, Nikol the admissions coordinator, and all of the amazing instructors at TSPA, thank you for all that you do every single day…For those who are currently searching for a cosmetology/esthetics program look no further than TSPA Holland! <3”-Cynthia A.

“Loved attending school here such an inviting, friendly & family-like learning atmosphere.”-Sydney B.

Come live your dreams at TSPA Holland! The ownership team (and the rest of the staff) is here to help you on your journey to a career in beauty.

Graduating High School? Here are Your Next Steps

Congratulations to all the high school seniors who are getting ready to graduate this summer! It’s an exciting time where it seems that all you can think about is receiving your diploma with all of your friends by your side. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished so far but don’t forget to think about what happens after all the parties and celebrations are over. Maybe you’ve already decided you want to pursue cosmetology after high school. You’re just not sure how to start preparing for it. Luckily for you, we’ve got your guide on how to get ready for this next stage of your life. Follow these tips now so you can head into graduation with an idea of how you can start your beauty journey!

Do Some Research

We know that you may be sick of doing research for your regular school projects, so this step might seem like something you want to skip. Senioritis anyone? Trust us though, this is going to be worth it. Moving on from high school and eventually entering the working world is a big deal, which means you should definitely take the time to find out what that could mean for you. Cosmetology is a growing industry, so it’s important that you discover what area of it you’re most passionate about. Looking up the job opportunities that are available for cosmetologists can be the best part of your research.

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Look Into Financial Assistance

It’s no secret that investing in your education after high school is no joke. That’s why there are resources available for students to help them on their path to becoming a cosmetologist. If you’re worried about investing in cosmetology school, then find out if you qualify for financial assistance*. It just goes back to making sure that you’ve done enough research so you can feel prepared for what comes after high school. We know that this step may seem intimidating but we’re happy to answer any questions you have.

Look at Your Classes Through a Cosmetology Lens

That’s right, your classes can be helpful with your cosmetology goals. If you’re taking an art subject right now, chances are that you’re stretching your creativity to create something that you can feel proud of. Hey, that’s one of the many admirable qualities that cosmetologists should strive to have. You may even be taking classes that teach skills many don’t think about when considering cosmetology. Just think about all the chemicals that are used to color people’s hair. There’s a lot of science that goes into making a guest’s hair that perfect platinum blonde shade. You may already be learning skills and traits that are needed to be a cosmetologist, so start thinking about how they could help you in beauty school.

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Tell People

It’s easy to get excited by an idea. However, sometimes we can start to get bogged down by doubts. Those can be normal, which is why it’s never a bad idea to tell friends and family your plans after graduating high school. You deserve a support system to help you along the process and keep you on track with following through on your goals. Sometimes people may even need to hear their plans out loud to convince themselves it’s something they can go after. That’s what family and friends are there for.

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Schedule a Tour

This is an important step because it’s what all that research you did was leading up to. When you take a tour of the school you can see exactly what you’re getting into. Not only can you get a first-hand look at the school’s atmosphere but you can also ask any question you may have and receive an immediate answer. The atmosphere of the school and what the classes could look like are just some of the things you should be thinking of. As we said, school after high school is different and this could be a great opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like.

Make Us Your Next Step

Now that you know some steps you could be doing now, it’s time to start the process. Get a start on your future beyond high school and contact us to find out more about our cosmetology program. The team at The Salon Professional Academy, (TSPA) Holland, can’t wait to discuss this new and exciting stage in your life!

*Financial Assistance is available to those who qualify. Contact us today to speak to a admissions coordinator for more information.

Common Reasons People Don’t Commit to Beauty School

New things can be scary. Especially starting a new school or new job. If you’ve thought about attending The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Holland in the past, why did you never make the commitment? Was it worry about not being able to make friends? Were you worried about career opportunities? Whatever the reason was, you’re not alone. Here are a few common reasons that many people do not commit to beauty school.

Reason 1: Worries About Fitting In

When you’re starting something new, it’s normal to worry about fitting in. People might already have their set cliques and groups. Where will you fall into place? TSPA Holland provides a welcoming, safe environment for all students. We want everyone to feel secure and at home at our school. No matter what interests you or what background you come from, we want you to become a part of our TSPA family!

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Reason 2: Concerned About Job Opportunities

Have you put off enrolling in beauty school because you don’t want just want to cut and style hair? Don’t worry! Receiving a cosmetology license does not limit you to becoming a hairstylist. In fact, there are various unique careers you can work in as a licensed cosmetologist. A few examples include:

  • Makeup artist
  • Salon owner
  • Colorist
  • Theatrical makeup artist
  • Editorial hair stylist
  • Beauty advisor
  • Beauty blogger

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Reason 3: Afraid of Not Being Able to Earn Money

As one of the most lucrative and fastest growing industries, you can absolutely make a living by working in beauty. Beauty professionals have a variety of career options and there are always plenty of growth opportunities. Another great part about cosmetology is that beauty careers are often quite flexible. You don’t have to work a standard 9 to 5. Need to work evenings or weekends? That’s possible. If you want to rent a booth in a salon and build your own clientele, that’s also an option. You can even move into a more entrepreneurial role as a salon owner after you get a few years of experience under your belt. There are plenty of opportunities to make a living in the beauty industry, it all starts with a cosmetology license!

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Reason 4: Misconceptions About the Word School

Maybe going to school has never been your favorite thing. University and other forms of postsecondary education are not for everyone. Beauty school can be a great choice for those who don’t want to pursue a traditional post-secondary education. TSPA Holland’s cosmetology program presents the chance to learn beauty application techniques, business strategies, and guest relations in a creative, fun environment. It’ll also put you alongside other people who share your interests and passion for beauty. Unlike four-year or two-year educational programs, our cosmetology program is designed to prepare you for a career in less than a year. This can be a great option for individuals who want to enter the workforce and start making money as soon as possible.

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Reason 5: Intimidated By Beauty Culture

To some, the beauty industry can seem a little intimidating. It’s a world full of glamorous models, high-end products, expensive tools, and luxurious salons. But there’s so much more to this industry than glossy magazine spreads. Beauty is about community and growth. It’s about learning and expressing creativity. At the core of our beauty school lies a group of people who are passionate about the industry. We want our students to find future careers that they’ll love. At TSPA Holland, your success is our success.

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Follow Your Dreams at TSPA Holland!

Become a part of our enthusiastic, welcoming family at TSPA Holland! For details about cosmetology enrollment, financial assistance*, and more, contact us via phone or online form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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