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!

Paying For School Just Got Easier!

Ready to come to school and get on your career path but have had a hard time coming up with a way to pay for your tuition? Well, TSPA just partnered with a new loan company that makes it sooo much more affordable for you to get started!



Climb Credit is a new kind of student lending company which focuses on financing career-building programs to help students get a high return-on-investment from their education. They believe education is an investment toward your future career and earning potential.

Climb Offers:

· A quick online application – with the ability to add a cosigner – completed in as little as 5 minutes with no impact to credit score

·  Prepay, in part or in whole, at any time without penalty

·  Instant decisions 95% of the time, with the ability to accept and e-sign your documents in just a few clicks

·Friendly and responsive customer service available


{Financial assistance or scholarships may be available to those who qualify. For our privacy policy and other information, visit http://www.tspaholland.com/privacy-policy.}

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


Summer in the Buff to Benefit Kids Food Basket


Pick up some cool summer gear and support a great cause.  From June 1st to August 1st we will be selling a fun and versatile summer stretchy scarf or “buff” like the ones you’ve seen on the tv show Survivor.  They can be worn more than a dozen different ways and are the perfect summer accessory!  They only cost $5 and all of the proceeds from your purchase go toward support of Kids Food Basket.  Get them for you, a friend, and the kids and know that you are doing your part to support a great cause.


The Salon Professional Academy of Holland is running a fun contest that could make you “Insta-famous” and hook you up with a fabulous prize.   Simply follow the steps below for a chance to win the grand prize!

The contest is simple:

  • Purchase a Buff at the school
  • Take a fun, creative selfie prominently featuring you wearing the buff. keep the images appropriate please 😊
  • Post it to your Instagram account using these two hashtags: #tspainthebuff & #tspaholland
  • Post your picture by August 1st
  • Check back with the school, our social media accounts, and/or website to see if you won and to claim your prize.

CONTEST DETAILS: Employees, currently enrolled students, and direct account contacts from vendors/companies affiliated with the school are ineligible to win the grand prize.  All posts need to be of an appropriate nature. Lewd, profane, discriminatory, or inappropriate posts will be disqualified.  Winner must claim prize by September 1st, 2019 or it will be awarded to the next selected post winner.  Contact this school with any additional questions you may have.  The use of the word “buff” is a play on words as well as the colloquial, generic term for a stretchy, tubular-sewn scarf and not meant to imply the product being sold for charity is the trademark brand BUFF®. 

New Year New Hue

New hair, who dis? It’s that time, gurus: a new year, clean slate, fresh start, and fresh hair.
As you hustle to reach those goals, do it with a happy head of hair to match! Here’s our list of hues waiting for you to try in 2019.

Your Time to Shine

We may still be in the thick of those winter months, but you don’t need sun to shine! We love a good head of glossy locks in any season. Take the spotlight with a new hair shade that has dimension, body, and plenty of luster. Catch the light like you catch their eyes!

Diamonds and Rubies

Shine like the gem you are! If you are a platinum blonde, a bold redhead or have always wanted to try it, here’s some ‘gram-worthy inspo! Go bright white, ruby red, or even marry the two in a gorgeous ruby ‘do.

red to blonde ombre

platinum blonde hair red shadowed

Opal Hair

Love the idea of adding color but can’t pick just one? Try them all in a pastel-hued rainbow that shines exactly like a gorgeous opal! This BRILLIANT style is unique and still maintains subtle stunning tones. “Expensive taste”? You’re worth it!

opal rainbow hair

24 Karat Sunset

Everyone loves a beautiful view and in this case, that’s you! No matter your current hair color, ask your stylist about warming up your look with golds, reds, and strawberry blondes. Represent vampy vacation hair anytime of year with multi-hued, sunny strands.

golden red blonde sunset hair

bright pink purple peach sunset hair

A Walking Sweet Treat

You are what you eat! Take your favorite treat and turn it into wearable inspo. Sweet!

Butterscotch Babe

Looking for low-maintenance? Think butterscotch: a fluid mix of creamy butter and warm brown sugar. It looks like sun kissed sand: a natural glow!

butterscotch sandy blonde

Honey ‘Do

Oh honey, you know you want to! And if that’s true, then you ‘do you. A reverse ombre or a bronde makeover adds the perfect oomf to lack-luster, dry winter hair. Maintain your current color with some added shine and life with a slightly-lighter glaze of honey.

honey brown hair glazed natural highlights

golden natural dimensional blonde

Marshmallow Mane Dish

Dessert doesn’t have to be as small as a snack! Make it your MANE dish with icy platinum. Too much? Start small to keep it “mallow”. We love spicing up a dark hues with an unexpected splash of bright white. You’ll be looking sweeter than ever, sugar!

platinum blonde streak marshmallow hair

blonde and black hair tuxedo hair

PB & Jealous?

We are going nuts for this jam! Contrasting colors are beautifully flattering. Pops of purple or blue compliment warm tones like blonde, red, or orange just like peanut butter compliments jelly! Pull some shades of plum, wine, or deep mahogany to dress up your everyday brunette.

purple bronde blonde hair with plum and brown

blonde and purple peanut butter and jelly hair

You Blue Them Away!

It’s all in the name! If your resolution this year is to try something new, blue could be for you.

Raven Maven

Take a dive into deep ocean blue! Any midnight-maned ladies could rock a gorgeous blue-toned black better than Kylie!

sleek blue black hair

Pewter-Dubbed Denim

Ashy hair is in and here to stay! Go from trendy and cliche to unexpected and creative with an ashy shade of blue. Just like a good pair of jeans, this look goes with anything.

ashy blue denim hair

denim blue black ashy hair

Ready to change up your look? Visit us* at TSPA Holland for a New Year New Hue.

{Financial assistance available to those who qualify. For our privacy policy and other information, visit http://www.tspaholland.com/privacy-policy.}

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

Official REDKEN Diamond Academy 2018

After careful examination and evaluation, we’ve done it again! Like in 2017, The Salon Professional Academy, (TSPA) Holland has been granted the Redken Diamond Academy Award for 2018.


What It Is

So what is this Redken Diamond Academy Award? It is our exclusive qualification for honors for our school and improved training for our students. Our relationship with Redken is one that we fostered with advanced education protocols and exceeded standards. Diamond status is our excellence in education and a demonstration of our relationship with Redken!

From Partnership to Relationship

While TSPAs have an exclusive relationship with Redken, the Diamond Academy Status is an additional accolade. While other beauty schools may offer you the chance to use Redken products, at TSPA Holland, we are provided access to further products, exclusive instruction, and higher honors.

hair stylists at work

What It Means

TSPA Holland has access to Redken’s top products for students to use. We even get the opportunity for additional education from the Global Artistic Director of Redken, Chris Baran. This also means we can host a Redken master educator color class to further our technique. A greater network is a greater education!

chris baran redken

This unique education can help students learn more during their schooling and thrive professionally! Talk about beautiful possibilities. Check out what educational differences might be in store for you by scheduling a tour today!

Ready to take on cosmetology school under Diamond Academy Status? Apply today!

{Financial assistance available to those who qualify. For our privacy policy and other information, visit http://www.tspaholland.com/privacy-policy.}

Makeup Inspired by Our 5 Fav Flowers!

Flowers, flowers, and even more flowers! Summer is in full bloom, and we are thrilled. This season we have been inspired by all of the beautiful floral that has taken over the earth, especially with the Holland Tulip Festival right behind us. We were so inspired by the gorgeous colors seen in the flowers at festival that we thought it was best to incorporate them into our makeup. From eyes to cheeks and down to our lips, here are five of our favorite makeup looks inspired by our favorite flowers!

Pretty Peonies

Pink Peonies in a sinkModel with blue eyes and pink blush looking at the camera
Peonies are known for symbolizing romance, good fortune, and compassion. But what most people don’t know is that Peonies are a symbol of bashfulness due to a Greek myth of Aphrodite’s affection towards Peonies causing her to become bashful.

In honor of all of the bashful Peonies in bloom, we are bringing color to our cheeks! Reds and pinks will bring color to your face and give you a more innocent look. Keep your eyes light with shimmer to complete the look.

Orange You Glad

Blackberry Lilies (orange flower with black freckles)Female model wearing orange eyeshadow
Don’t be scared to add some orange into your makeup routine. Surprisingly, orange works well for all eye colors and can really make them pop! Blackberry Lilies are meant to show innocence. However, with a pop of color like this, it’ll be hard to look innocent. Be bold and don’t be afraid to stand out with some orange. You’ll be glad you did.

Snow in Summer

White GardeniaFemale model looking off camera with white eyeliner on her eyes
White isn’t really seen as a “bold” or “unique” color, but once it is the focus of your makeup, things change. Dark or vibrant colors are usually used to emphasize your features. However, when you incorporate white to be the main color, your features will be striking! Follow the steps of the beautiful Gardenia flowers and its wisdom of love and purity to inspire you.

Lovely Lilac

Lilac on a vineFemale model with purple eyeshadow
A field of Lilacs is heaven on earth. Which is very fitting since Violet Lilacs are known for being spiritual flowers. Embrace the heavenly vibes and turn your makeup into something unearthly. Swap your angel wings for eyeliner wings. Line the bottom of your eyes in violet to bring a gorgeous more edgy vibe. Hey, angels can have a little edge to them!

Sun and Sunflowers

SunflowersFemale model with eyes closes and glossy yellow eyeshadowSunflowers. We couldn’t leave out the most summer flower there is. Sunflowers are sent to show adoration, loyalty, and strength. Sunflowers are known to be resilient because they can survive in difficult climates. Show your strength by incorporating yellow. This will bring warmth to your face and even a boost of confidence. To really add some more drama, seal the color with some gloss! This will really show off your color and your personality!

Show Us Your Skills!

Summer is a time to try new things and to work hard to perfect skills. Use this time to work on new looks, new techniques. Go outside and be inspired by nature and what this beautiful world is giving us! When you stop to smell the roses, keep an eye out. You might find your new go-to look. If makeup is your calling, you might want to consider our cosmetology program! Contact us to find out more information.

Prom Checklist 2018

You’ve been waiting all year for this moment and it’s finally here: prom season. This is the perfect night to get glamorous, take photos, and have a great time with your friends. Before the big night, there’s work to do. From dress and shoe shopping to getting your hair and makeup done in our student salon training area at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Holland, the perfect prom can take a lot of preparation. To help you stay organized so you can make the most of the experience, we’ve created a prom checklist for you!

Stylist does an elaborate formal hairstyle on a blonde girl.

Schedule Your Hair/Makeup Appointment

Prom is a busy season for hair stylists and professional makeup artists. Don’t wait until the last minute, schedule an appointment with us ahead of time. Our professionally trained students can give you the prom hair and makeup of your dreams under the supervision of industry-experienced educators. Got a specific look in mind? Bring in a photo and we’ll do our best to replicate it for you. Planning to do your own hair and makeup? Make sure you have everything you need weeks ahead of prom. This could include a blow dryer, curling or straightening iron, bobby pins, hairspray, dry shampoo, a brush and comb, elastic bands, decorative hair pieces, and so on.

Three girls with brown hair in pink prom dresses.

Choose a Dress and Make Sure It Fits

Choosing a dress can be the most fun part of the prom experience. When you visit a shop like Spring Sweet in Holland, Michigan, you can choose from dozens of beautiful gowns at a variety of price points. Whether you choose a trendy two-piece or a classic halter, you need to make sure your dress fits like a glove. Tailoring and other alterations can take time, so if there’s an issue with your dream dress, make sure it’s fixed at least a few weeks before the actual prom.

Close up of girl wearing red dress's feet in gold shoes and boy in black suit's feet in black leather shoes.

Make Sure You Don’t Wear Painful Shoes

The prom is a dance, which means you’ll be on your feet most of the night. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a pair of heels so painful you can barely walk. If you’re someone who is comfortable in heels, wear them around for a few weeks to break them in. If sky-high heels aren’t your thing, there are plenty of beautiful ballet flats, slides, sandals, and kitten heels out there to choose from. Make sure to buy bandages, pad cushions, or sole inserts if you’re going to need them. Your feet will thank you!

Close up of girls' wrists wearing corsages and sporting manicured nails.

Get Your Nails Done

Another great prom accessory is a professional manicure. Make an appointment in our student salon training area for the day of the prom or right before. One of our supervised students is ready to pamper you and help you look your very best. If you are looking for a professional quality look that will help bring your look together, be sure to make us your first stop. Whether you want to color coordinate with your dress, get some delicate nail art, or want classic French-tips, beautiful nails from TSPA Holland are a prom must-have.

Three girls with face masks holding cucumber slices.

Baby Your Skin

You want glowing, clear skin for prom. During the weeks and days leading up to the big night, take extra time with your skin care routine. Exfoliate, moisturize, and use face masks whenever you can. For those who have acne-prone skin, now is the time to be extra stringent with acne control products. For extra pampering, schedule a facial with one of our professionally trained students. You can also make appointments for brow, lip, and face waxing.

Let Us Help You Get Ready for Prom

If you want to feel and look your best for the prom, come visit us at TSPA Holland. Our professionally trained students can help you walk away feeling great before the big night.

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

Get Ahead of Acne. We Are Here to Help.

Acne Happens.

No matter who you are, chances are high that you have been impacted by acne at least once in your life. If you are the lucky ones who went through your high school years with an ethereal glow, there is no guarantee you won’t be facing the same issues later in life. Despite what they say, acne isn’t just for awkward teens. It can strike anywhere, anytime.

Understanding acne is one of the first steps toward helping to keep your skin blemish free.

Let’s master the basics! Read on to get our 5 tips to help keep your skin fresh and clean.

By the end of this blog, not only will you gain more understanding on this common irritant, but you will feel more confident in how to combat it. And don’t worry, there isn’t a popping video to be found.

Understanding Acne

At the very core acne comes from a build up of dirt and oil under the skin, but how that dirt and oil build up is an important step into what creates acne, and how to treat it.

The build up that creates a zit occurs in the tiny pores that cover your skin. Pores exist to expel the dirt, oil, and bacteria in your skin, but when there is too much, they can’t do their job and become clogged. It’s that backup that creates acne. While this build up is more common on your face, it can occur anywhere that you have pores– meaning they can appear anywhere.

While the actual development of acne is a bit more complicated than just a build up of dirt, it is the build up that begins the process. It’s one of the main reasons we have been prompted to keep our faces clean by dermatologists and estheticians. In addition to regular cleaning habits, there are many other things you can do to help keep your skin acne free.

5 Tips to Keep Acne at Bay.

No matter where your acne develops, there are a few things you can do everyday that will help to limit the blemishes appearances and keep you looking great!

  1. Allow Your Skin to Breathe

    Washing your face is a good foundation to allowing your skin to breathe. Cleaning off sweat from sleep and makeup at the end of the day are important rituals to help keep your pores happy. In addition, consider limiting the amount of makeup you wear during the day to help give your skin some breathing room.

  2. Avoid the Spread of Dirt and Oils

    The spreading of foreign dirt and oil onto your skin is one of the biggest contributors to acne. And who does all of that spreading? You do. Specifically, you do when you touch your face, or when you use your fingers to apply makeup. Limiting the amount of hand-to-face contact during the day can help to eliminate breakouts much more than you think!

  3. Beware Skin Clogging Products

    More than your hands, the products we put on our skin can lead to breakouts, as well. While makeup and lotions are known culprits of this, some cleansers can leave a residue behind as well. Make sure you check labels and search out oil-free or lightweight versions to help protect your pores.

  4. Keep Your Skin Moisturized

    This goes into more than just using a good oil-free moisturizer everyday, it also means limiting your sun exposure on areas that are prone to acne. Keeping your skin hydrated and free of sun damage is an important step to making sure your pores can do their job.

  5. Fuel Your Body

    Diet and exercise play an important part in fighting blemishes like acne. If you are eating a fatty diet, your pores will have to work twice as hard to expel all of those oils and bacteria. Exercising can also help to keep your pores clean, just remember to rinse off sweat after you are done so that you don’t cause an unneeded build-up.

While these tips are a great foundation for helping to keep your face and skin looking great, there is something even more important that can help limit outbreaks and put a stop to the facial scarring that so many acne sufferers experience.

How ‘Popping’ Your Acne Can Affect You.

Some people are masters are leaving acne alone, others can’t resist the need to pop. Love it or leave it, acne popping is so huge that ‘pimple popping’ videos are a common occurence on social media.

Those wildly popular videos from Mr. Popper and Dr. Pimple Popper however, are a bit different than your experience. Those are done by licensed dermatologists that know when extractions are necessary and how to do it without causing trauma to the skin.

Ask any licensed dermatologist or esthetician however, and they will all tell you the same thing: popping acne will only lead to trouble.

Not only could the compression of those poor backed up pores cause the bacteria to press into other parts of your skin and lead to further breakouts – but it can also lead to facial scarring in the form of tiny dents and imperfections.

As tempting as it is to pop for acne breakouts, we suggest a different route. Schedule an appointment in our student salon training area and get a deluxe spa facial from our talented esthetics students. Not only will we help to cleanse and exfoliate those pores, we will pamper you every step of the way, helping you to forget that breakout ever occurred.

Want to learn more? Check out our esthetics program and learn about how you can become do more than conquer your acne, you can help others master their and feel great in their own skin. From Skin care, facials, and makeup our esthetic students are passionate about what they do.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Scholarship qualification and application processes vary, not all will qualify. Contact us today to speak to a financial aid administrator for more information.

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

For more information about our graduation rates, the median loan debt of students who completed the program and other information visit www.tspaholland.com

TSPA Holland: Dedicated to our Community

On November 5th 2017, The Salon Professional Academy(TSPA), Holland was awarded the Community Service of the Year Award at the annual SPEC conference. This award, given to one school who has shown an intense commitment to supporting their community, is a huge honor and one that we are proud to receive.

The Salon Professional Education Company, or SPEC, is the parent company to The Salon Professional Academy family of schools. Each year we gather together for trainings and announcements that impact our schools, and help us to deliver a quality education to every one of our students.

TSPA Holland Community Service award

A Dedication to Community

Since we opened our doors in September of 2016 our focus has always been on supporting our community and teaching our students the benefit of giving back. In addition to our own yearly work with our own charity; Share Your Heart for the Holiday’s, we have also donated time and services to many other charities local to Holland, Michigan.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run - Ann Arbor News
Runners make their way under a balloon arch as they begin the Girls on the Run 5k at Eastern Michigan University Rynearson Stadium on Sunday. Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com

This charity, which promotes self-esteem in young girls through physical fitness, holds and annual 5k. Used to both support the charity and the girls involved with the program, this 5k depends on vendors to help create an atmosphere of fun.

This last year TSPA Holland donated their time at the Happy Hair Station, where race participants could get their hair jazzed out with color and glitter!

Be Nice

Be Nice Michigan

In a fundraiser celebrating their grand opening, the owners at TSPA Holland chose to work with Be Nice, a non-profit focused on suicide prevention. They provided donation cans as well as training for their students to help them recognize the warning signs of depression and suicidal thoughts in their clients and co-workers.

Kids Food Basket

Decorated lunch bags

Thousands of children in Michigan live in food insecure houses, meaning that they often don’t know where their next meal is going to come from. The students at The Salon Professional Academy, Holland work with local charity, Kids Food Basket daily to to help provide them with snacks and meals for their weekends outside of school. They do this not only by providing food, but by decorating the bags the kids are sent home with with positive messages of encouragement.

It truly is a rewarding experience to know you are making a difference in the lives of those in your community.

It is from all of this amazing work we do with our community that has led to our recognition of this award. We are honored by the recognition and proud to know we have set a precedence towards service that influences our students as well as other schools in the TSPA network.

We hope that we can pass on the torch of service to other beauty schools around the country, encouraging them to give back to those who have given so much to them.

Get Your Jingle on! December Events in Holland, Michigan

The holidays are here and with it comes the lights and events that make the community in Holland so vibrant and beautiful.

If you are looking for events to make your holiday season perfect, check out some of these opportunities right outside your door.


Experience a Magical Holiday Season in Holland, Michigan with these Amazing Events

All Month Long
Santa’s House in Downtown Holland

December 1
Sinterklaas Eve in Downtown Holland
Deck The Halls in Downtown Holland

December 2
Kerstmarkt, European Market (through the 9th)
Nutcrackers the Nonsense Musical at the Holland Civic Theatre

December 3
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker at DeVos Hall

December 7
Nutcrackers the Nonsense Musical at the Holland Civic Theatre

December 8
Up on the rooftops in Downtown Holland
Nutcrackers the Nonsense Musical at the Holland Civic Theatre
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker at DeVos Hall

December 9
Downtown Holland’s Shopping Jam
Arts and Crafts Show at Holland Doubletree
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker at DeVos Hall
Holland Symphony’s Holiday Concert at Dimnent Chapel

December 10
Christmas at the Cappon House
Grand Rapids Ballet presents The Nutcracker at DeVos Hall

December 11
Holiday Wine tasting at Butch’s Dry Dock

December 13
Victorian Christmas Tea at the Cappon House

December 15
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 16
Christmas at the Cappon House
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 17
Christmas at the Cappon House
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 18
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 19
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 20
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 21
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 22
A Christmas Carol at Peter Martin Wege Theatre
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo

December 23
Sneaky Elves Holiday Gift Workshop at Holland Arts Council
A Christmas Carol at Peter Martin Wege Theatre
Zoo Lights at Binder Park Zoo