The Life of a Beauty Student at TSPA DC

So you’re interested in becoming a cosmetologist or an esthetician? That’s very exciting! To become a cosmetologist or an esthetician you first must be a student. Today we’re going to break down what a life as a beauty student at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), DC looks like. Let’s dive in!

A Morning Routine

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A routine tends to help people stay focused and to build confidence in their day-to-day schedule. Dean Sullivan, a cosmetology student at TSPA DC loves a routine. Every morning the first thing he does when he arrives at the salon is set up his workstation. Starting the day off with an organized workstation will help you feel more prepared for whatever the day throws at you.

Dean knows that in order to have a great day, you want to start off on the right foot. Everyone should feel that way. Dean loves starting off his day by making sure to say hi to all of his fellow students. When everyone feels comfortable and welcomed, more positive experiences tend to arise throughout the day.

Get Ready!


A life as a beauty student means that each day you might be challenged, pushed out of your comfort zone, and may be given opportunities to strengthen your creativity. When you have a day with that much potential is always smart to get in the right mindset. Find something that will help you get focused on your big day. That could be a cup of coffee, taking five minutes to meditate, looking over your schedule, or even relaxing for a bit before the busy day begins! Whatever you do, make sure to give yourself time to do it. It will benefit you throughout your day.

Dive Into Learning

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Once classes officially begin for the day that’s when the magic happens. You will take state board prep classes as well as classes in your specific program. Here at TSPA DC, we want to give you all of the tools and skills so that you can find success in the world of beauty. Throughout your classes, you can learn the fundamental science behind the principles being taught and how to execute them with the highest professionalism!

When you’re not in class you might find yourself in the Student Salon Training Area working hands-on with guests and your fellow colleagues and instructors. Being able to spend time working in the Student Salon Training Area can teach you skills that you may not learn in the classroom. To be able to interact with the guests and to feel the excitement of the creative atmosphere, you may just get hooked to it all.

Closing Time

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When the time comes to close up shop, take this time to go over the day. You deserve a pat on the back after a day filled with challenges and success. You are one step closer to potentially becoming a professional stylist! Dean says, “The end of the day is when I get extra feedback from my instructors and I really get to reflect on the day’s challenges.”

Join Us!

Now that you have a little bit of an idea of what a day looks like as a TSPA DC student, you probably would like to know more! Read our blog to see what you can expect in beauty school. Don’t forget to reach out to us for any questions on enrollment or to request to book a tour! It’s never too late to take a chance on yourself and your dreams. Might as well start now!