About Us

THE NEXT LEVEL OF SALON PROFESSIONAL™ At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) we believe that pursuing an education in the professional beauty industry is the first step to discovering a career filled with creativity and endless opportunity.  Our goal is to maximize your artistic potential through a program that teaches not only the latest techniques, but also proven business and marketing strategies.  TSPA’s quality education can significantly improve your earning potential and prepare you for a long-term future in the industry.

  • Our curriculum and training has been co-developed and continually updated with help from REDKEN 5th Avenue NYC. This ongoing collaboration translates to education that is some of the most relevant, trending and compelling in the industry.
  • Our approach to personal, hands-on training includes smaller class-sizes that enable more interaction and one-on-one time with educators.
  • We continually train and support the educators who instruct you in the skills you’ll need for a successful and rewarding career.
  • Our beautiful, innovative Academy locations provide a positive, real-world learning environment.
  • In addition to technical skills, TSPA develops your ability to grow clientele and bookings, increase retail sales, and build lasting guest relationships – abilities that put you in high demand with top salons.
  • We make the privately-held salons and spas, where incomes are highest, a target for placement.  Area salon and spa owners serve on our advisory boards and recruit from our school.  Additionally, we have relationships for placement with more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons across all 50 states.
  • Board of Directors/Owners

    All the owners at The Salon Professional Academy had a clear and concise vision when they decided to be Cosmetology school owners. Being salon owners they knew that students were not salon ready when they came to them in their salons, fresh out of school. They would say to them, “Forget what you learned in school. We will retrain you.” All these graduates had learned was how to pass the State Board exam to get their license. While this is important for obvious reasons, they still felt like it was an injustice. They wanted to change the industry one student at a time. They wanted to change salon and spa owner’s views of students upon graduation. They all feel they have achieved this. All of their students get a top-notch education that is infused with Redken education as well as advance education that make them more salon ready. They know that they are changing the industry one student at a time, because they are hiring these students in our salons. “We absolutely see the difference in student from TSPA. They are all well versed in guest service, know how to work as front desk support, know the fundamentals of color formulation, know how to do microdermabrasion and chemical peels. The list goes on and on.”

    We love our students and this industry!

    John W Sickles - Co-Owner

    John has worked for over 36 years in the Beauty Industry, both as a stylist and salon owner. John was nominated for the prestigious 2008 Global Entrepreneur and Salon of the Year award, which recognizes and honors leading salon owners who consistently demonstrate extraordinary business and entrepreneurial success in the areas of salon leadership, general management, financial prosperity, marketing & promotion, and who contribute to the salon industry and their community. The Jon Lori Salon has been in business for 32 years and has 35 employees.

    Donna Hernandez - Co-Owner and Director of Education

    Donna Hernandez is a Co-Owner and the Director of Education at The Salon Professional Academy. Donna is a Certified Redken Colorist and a Certified Redken Design Artist, with more than two decades of experience. At the Academy Donna has had the opportunity to fine-tune her own creative prowess while sharing her expertise with eager students. Donna is very proud to say that TSPA is the only cosmetology school endorsed by Redken 5th Avenue.
    Donna boasts, “The educators at TSPA will get the job done. They will give our students the education they need and deserve to create top 20s in our industry!”
    In addition to heading up the education team at The Salon Professional Academy, Donna also owns Color Bar 51, where she still works as a stylist.
    With 15 years experience in salon ownership and operations, Donna has a deep understanding of exception guest and student service. Not only will you receive a top of the line education, but also a truly unique student centered experience.

    Sean J Sickles - Co-Owner

    Sean Sickles is co-owner of The Salon Professional Academy and has been licensed as a cosmetologist, working in the industry for over 15 years. Born into the beauty industry, Sean’s passion is to grow industry leaders by empowering woman and men to create confidence in others, to find their artistic identity, perfect their craft, and love what they do.
    Sean simply states, “Not only is this career financially rewarding but waking up every morning doing something you love in a culture that changes on the daily and accepts everyone… is simply inspirational, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
    Sean has been instilling confidence while educating students and guests in new styles, techniques, and trends to provide the ultimate educational experience with exceptional quality. Sean has trained at the famous REDKEN Exchange, Purology, Bumble & Bumble University in NYC, and Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami, FL. In addition to being a REDKEN Certified Master Hair Colorist and Certified in Principal Based Design, he holds over 40 Certificates of Achievement, and is extremely well versed in all aspects of Hair Color, Keratin Treatments, Hair Straightening, and Precision Cutting.

    Nichole Pensiero-Director of Admissions

    Nichole is a person who truly cares for others. She brings passion, positivity and excitement to the admissions role. Nichole thoroughly enjoys guiding students along their career paths and loves to see the students' joy upon each success along their journey - from performing their first service to completion of the program, securing a job and realizing their dreams are within reach. Nichole is all about TSPA and setting the bar higher with the exceptional students she enrolls. Call her today!!!

    Karen Young - Lead Classroom Educator

    Karen Young was named lead educator for TSPA in 2014 and has been here from the first day our doors were opened, on October 5, 2009. Her dedication to the exceptional education that is offered at TSPA and her love to share her knowledge with her students is second to none. Karen has had extensive training in the TSPA principles of teaching. These include being certified in Principle Based Design and Finishing. She has joined the elite ranks of becoming a Redken Certified Colorists. Karen has traveled across the continent and into New York City on numerous occasions for Redken based training. She is also welled grounded in Dermalogica and MUD Makeup Designory.

    Suzanne Savage - Educator

    Suzanne Savage trained for her educators license at TSPA and joined the TSPA team in 2012 as The Director & Lead Educator of our Aesthetic Department, Suzanne has been in the industry for over 35 years. She is a Licensed Aesthetician/Cosmetologist and Educator. Prior to joining the TSPA team, Suzanne worked as a Spa Director for a large full service day spa, salon and gym. She has over 25 years hands on experienced both working in the Medical and Spa Aesthetic field.
    Her biggest passion in life is helping others to feel good about themselves and provide them with the education to do so. "Education is power and being an educator you have the opportunity to empower many." This is the reason why she entered into the world of Aesthetic Education.

    Angela Curbelo - Lead Salon Area Educator

    Angela Curbelo joined TSPA in 2012 and in 2014 was made the head of our volunteer work and scheduling all our advanced education for our students and the industry as a whole. She has had many years in the salon industry but has found her true love is being an educator. In the 3 years that Angela has been an educator at TSPA, she has been certified in all of TSPA teaching methods. Just a few of the many certification she has received is Principle Based Design and Finish, Train the Trainer, hair extensions and makeup. Her passions lie with the education her students receive from her. She loves to share every piece of her knowledge to help here students be a top 20 student and stylist. Angela has a very bubbly personality and is always in a positive mind frame. She is an integral part of the TSPA educational team. She is always full of ideas and always willing to help anyone that needs help. Angela always pictured herself in this amazing, lively industry, which then brought her to TSPA to be an educator. Her passion and love for her students runs deep. She would do anything for them!

    Cristina Rosales - Educator

    Cristina Rosales joined our TSPA education team upon graduating form our Educators Program in 2015. She has been in our industry as a stylist and makeup artist for more than 10 years. Cristina developed a love for this industry, from watching her mother in the salon as a child. Always so eager and asking the questions, “Why and how?” Cristina enjoys watching her students find their creative side and developing their own technique. She has always had a passion for education. She believes knowledge is the foundation to any path you take in life and if you are determined to keep learning you will become unstoppable.

    Caylie Sharp - Educator

    Caylie Sharp started as an educator with The Salon Professional Academy in 2015. Prior to her career as and educator at TSPA, she worked as a hair stylist and makeup artist for 7 years. She was one of the first TSPA graduating classes and decided being an educator would fuel her passion for our industry. She then started the educator’s program. She believes that continuing her education is a major part to her career. Caylie is extremely motivated. She is determined to give back to the industry; she wants to share her passion and knowledge to every student. Caylie enjoys watching her students grow and see them using different techniques and becoming TOP 20 beauty professionals!

    Susan Amorosi Guido - Director

    Susan Amorosi Guido brings over 20 years of combined admissions and financial aid experience to The Salon Professional Academy team. Her impressive professional background includes, holding license as a Cosmetologist and Educator. Susan is also an Examiner for the NJ State Board of Cosmetology. Helping students to get one step closer to their dreams. Susan takes pride in her profession and is constantly striving to provide the most accurate, detailed information possible to allow students to make the best decisions for their future.

    Dorean Shaw - Director Of Financial Aid

    Dorean Shaw joined our TSPA financial aid team with over thirty years of experience as a licensed Cosmetologist. After reaching her goals in the salon, Dorean elected to go to college, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Degree in Political Science. One of Dorean’s strong beliefs is that education is the foundation to a successful career. That belief allowed her to strive to provide the students’ accurate, detailed information regarding their specific financial needs while in school in order to allow them to make the best decisions for their future.

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    Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry.  Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned.  The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.

    Redken Diamond Academy

    This exclusive award is earned for the commitment to, and delivery of, Redken’s advanced education protocols and standards. This recognition can only be earned by successfully completing a rigorous examination of the Academy’s facility, systems, curriculum, and staff.

    Recognized By Redken For Excellence In Education.

    With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”

    We’re proud to be a Dermalogica Partnership School offering a curriculum infused with the latest technical training from the industry leader in skincare.

    • “I got my hair done by Amber. Amber was very professional and very knowledgeable. I see her going far in the industry.”
- Joy, Piscataway

    • The quality of education that a TSPA academy provided is beyond any beauty school I have ever experienced. What I value as a salon owner is when a TSPA student comes in for a position at our salon they are trained on the level system, understand the importance of retail, and most importantly, a strong skill level. It is important a graduating TSPA student understands the importance of not only how to sell retail but also how to sell themselves. The added benefit of the business-building education that TSPAs bring to the student is financial security.”

      Lori A SicklesJon Lori Salon
    • Hands down the best cosmo school in new jersey ! so glad i made the decision to follow my heart and pursue my dreams at a school like this. Nothing but great things to say about TSPA, its staff and my fellow classmates!

      Shaylyn TianoTSPA Student

I enjoyed my experience and got good training here. By far the best in NJ!

      Tamika HeardTSPA Alumni
    • I’ve enjoyed several services at your place. Brought a co worker twice, my mom once, I’ve been there three times so far…Anna has done a great job for me twice. Just wanted to pass on my compliments.

      Helen Sickle
    • My bridal party and I had a FANTASTIC experience at Salon Professional Academy on Saturday! We loved being able to interact with our stylists, and they did our hair and makeup exactly how we wanted! THANK YOU!! (P.S. Jamie, my groom turned to me before the first reading and said, “Your hair is AWESOME.” That says a lot!)

      Meghan Hooper
    • When you walk in, you could easily forget you were actually in a school and not a high-class salon. The professionalism continued throughout the experience- from greeting, consultation, service and checkout. For the mom on a budget, I didn’t feel like I was sacrificing on the service and pampering expected from an expensive salon.

      Amanda Moore Doehrer
    • TSPA is a great place to maintain your hair at an affordable price. The work the students do is very good, and the product (Redken) is some of the best on the market. When the stylist school I went to for years closed I tried another, but it was too far away. Then TSPA opened. I gave it a try and have been going there ever since. Besides the hair services, the esthetic services are terrific. I highly recommend either division of the school.

      Lisa Charmont
    • “The quality of education that a TSPA academy provides is beyond any beauty school I have ever experienced. What I value as a salon owner is when a TSPA student comes in for a position at our salon they are trained on the level system, understand the importance of retail, and most importantly, their skill level is exceptional. Here is the reality, it is important a graduating TSPA student understands the importance of not only how to sell retail but also how to sell themselves. The added benefit of the business-building education that TSPAs bring to the student is financial security.”

      Leah FreemanInternational Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “To have a passion in life is one of the strongest emotions we can have, to experience it every day is a gift, and to earn our living doing it is the blessing only few of us discover… hairdressing for me is all of the above. If being a salon professional is your dream then realize it in the capable hands of the Educators at The Salon Professional Academy, recognized by Redken 5th Avenue NYC. It’s the place to be to learn what you need to enable you to live better and earn better. You will leave school with intense enthusiasm, continued support and a stronger passion for one of the best professions that can take you to where you want to be.”

      Kris SorbieRedken Education Artistic Director and President Kris Sorbie LLC, NYC
    • “Being that the TSPA academy is a Redken recognized academy, I believe that the principles that make Redken a huge success in education are easy to recognize when you’re experiencing the academy. I'm excited to see what we will witness in our profession in the near future because I know that the principles I've learned have changed my career and life. Now, seeing our youth start with these skills is very exciting to see unfold. The quality that a TSPA academy creates is a salon professional that is more technically skilled and is more career-focused, over all a better professional ready out of school.”

      Hugo UriasRedken Artist, FUEL Facilitator, Hairdresser for 20 years
    • “I have been working with the educators at TSPA for many years. The difference is in the educators. They say… ‘the bigger the party, the more people show up.’ TSPA schools attract passionate, committed professionals who love teaching others what they've learned. You can feel their commitment in everything they do and that translates to the TSPA graduate in more confidence, better skill retention, and at the end of the day - more earning power.”

      Scot ShermanFormer Redken Artist, Salon Owner
    • “The combination of strong technical skills and unique business building essentials make TSPA one of the top education facilities in the country. Students are provided the opportunity to gain skill excellence from amazing instructors as well as internationally recognized guest artists from across the country. When students graduate from TSPA they are fueled with a skill set to build a solid foundation behind the chair.”

      Ryan MorganRedken Artist, Redken Exchange Facilitator
    • “Exclusive training and unforgettable moments are in store for the student that attends The Salon Professional Academy. [They] offer top-notch education that will create healthy habits early on in your career behind the chair, as well as, more money in your wallet for the rest of your life. The point of difference with TSPA is this: While you are building your technical skill, you aren’t just learning to pass the State Board exams, you are learning how to build, run and grow a business.”

      Jayson MorganRedken Certified Designer & Colorist, Salon Owner
    • “Beauty schools are a great way for students to learn practical cosmetology skills while simultaneously preparing themselves for a rewarding career path and there is only one that I recommend and that is The Salon Professional Academy. In today’s world of cosmetology schools there is no better school that trains a student for the salon community then TSPA. TSPA schools teach technical skills, as well as solid business skills to support any salon, as the school atmosphere is professional and conducive to the achievement of excellence by student and faculty alike based on learner-focused education. The educators at TSPA find the knowledge and guidance to prepare a cosmetology student for a long successful future in the cosmetology field. The staff and management of TSPA schools instill the student with confidence to succeed in the professional salon industry.”

      Sam VillaRedken Education Artistic Director, Platform Artist
    • “I am thoroughly impressed by the well-rounded skills of the students that The Salon Professional Academy provides our industry. And as an owner, it is refreshing to hire students that are so well prepared.”

      Phil LeeRedken Educator, Salon Owner
    • “TSPA is undoubtedly the finest and most thorough academy for coaching and grooming the hairdressers of tomorrow! By not only learning your new hair skills from the industry's best, most experienced instructors, but also how to combine them with essential business strategies, you will be fully prepared for success!”

      Kenny BerkRedken Artist, 35 years industry experience
    • “I believe the Salon Professional Academies are some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and [their] curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”

      Patrick ParentyPresident L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA
    • The decision on choosing the correct academy to fast track your hairdressing career can be ominous. I think that means hard! LOL. Seriously, as the Artistic Director for Redken, President of Fuel Education and hairdresser for 47 years, I’ve traveled the world, taught and performed in 27 different countries. There is one common thing in the hairdressing industry… your “Learning to Earning” ratio. Simply put, the more you learn and the higher the quality of your learning – the more you earn.
      TSPA is affiliated with education-centric companies like Redken and Fuel Education Systems that train and help to produce the finest TSPA educators with the highest standards of education in the industry – bar none. How does that affect you? The best educators produce the best students. Salon owners want graduates who are salon-area ready with minimal post-academy training.

      TSPA understands your need to be grounded in the Principles of Design, Finish and Color upon entering your first salon. They help ground you in those principles and ready you for that position behind the chair; and TSPA has one of the highest rates of job placement …and after all that is the point, isn’t it

      Chris BaranEducation Artistic Director - Redken
    • As an educator for Redken (and as a working hairdresser), I have trained and worked with thousands of hairdressers in salons and schools all over the nation. No matter where I am, I can always tell a "TSPA" graduate because they are consistently one step ahead of their peers - in skills, professionalism, and customer service.

      Jesse LinaresRedken Artist, Artistic Director - The Studio by Studio Gaven
    • Recently began to come to this salon. Been here a few times now and have never been disappointed. Great service starts at the reception desk right when you walk in the door, everyone is friendly and ready to assist you. Hair services are wonderful.

      Christina Pokorny