Beauty Changes Lives/Kaleigh Prow





One of our TSPA Graduates, Kaleigh Prow, received an incredible opportunity that we will share with you in her words.

My career started at TSPA  Evansville in 2016, where I graduated as the first full time cosmetology 4A stylist in the history of the school. After graduation, I immediately started at Imagine Hair Design in Newburgh, IN in 2017. After 3 months, unannounced to me, my former educators nominated me to become one of Redken’s Next Generation Artists.  A few months later, I found out that I was chosen, along with 4 other girls from around the US to attend Beauty Changes Lives  in Chicago, a fundraiser event, which coincided with  Ameriaca’s Beauty Show. It was as amazing experience.  I got to work beside very talented Redken artists

Day 1: When I arrived in Chicago, we had a team meeting with the entire Redken team. I got to meet Sam Villa, Chris Baran, Casandra McGlaughlin, Justin Isaac, and so many more talented artists. I thought, “This isn’t really happening; someone pinch me and wake me up from this dream!” The first day of the America’s Beauty Award Show, I was so nervous. I didn’t know anyone and being surrounded by so many well-known people had me a little on edge. The entire day, the Redken artists made sure to explain everything that was going on and to include us every step of the way. After the day was done, Sam and Justin told us how grateful they were for our help and invited us to go to dinner with them. I was taken aback at how humble they were.

Day 2: I got to work with Chris Baran, Rebecca Taylor and Cassandra McGlaughlin. Chris taught me so so much. He informed me on how to become a Redken artist and the story behind Redken and what they believe in. I was sold. This group was more than just talented individuals, they were a family. They helped each other with anything and everything.

Event day: Chris Baran explained what we were doing and how Redken decided to do something different than everyone else. All the other beauty product brands choose one next generation artist and had them work on a model the entire weekend whereas Redken wanted to truly change lives. They chose to pick 5 recent  TSPA graduates (cosmetologist) so they could spend the weekend working with and learning from the other Redken artists. Since we didn’t have models to walk down the runway, they wanted us to be the focus. We got our makeup done, Chris did our hair, and we got interviewed by Modern Salon magazine. Right before the show started, we got to meet the executives of Redken. It was such an honor to be able to converse with them.

Time to walk: First off, we all felt like a million bucks. When it was our time to go out, the audience watched a slideshow explaining how we were doing things differently. They got to learn about each one of us and then we all walked out and everyone was shouting and clapping for us. I almost cried on stage from how amazing that feeling was. After it was over, all the beauty brands got to go on stage together for the final bow. We did it! It was so cool to see all the different beauty brands with their models. As we were leaving, we were talking about the highlights and someone mentioned how when it was our time to walk, one of the Redken executives said, “End the show now, that was perfect.”  I couldn’t believe it. It was the perfect weekend with the most perfect team I could have asked to work with. I’m so thankful for the people who nominated me and believed that I deserved this. I’ll never forget that weekend and I plan to use everything I learned from all of them to one day be able to work beside them.

What an adventure my decision to become a hairdresser has taken me on. This year alone, I have traveled to New York City to train at the Redken Exchange on 5th Ave, to Las Vegas for the Redken Symposium, and to Chicago for America’s Beauty Show and  Beauty Changes lives event. I never knew where this industry would or could take me, and I am even more excited to see where I will go.

Kaleigh Prow

Imagine Hair Designs






Where Are They Now? Claire Boyd (Collins)

Claire Boyd (Collins) graduated from our Academy in December of 2008.  She works behind the chair in Santa Claus, IN at Lori’s Day Spa & Electric Beach and is a Regional Education Manager for Sexy Hair.  She is also a wife and a mother of 5. We caught up with Claire when she came into our Academy last month and shared her knowledge and talent with our students during our Jump celebration. We are so proud of Claire’s accomplishments and happy to call her “family” at TSPA Evansville.
Why Cosmetology school?
There was never any other option for me.  At the age of 11 I knew my career path was going to be the beauty industry!
How did attending TSPA impact your career?
TSPA was the best decision I made in order to set myself up for success in this industry.  It is amazing the time they put into the small details all the way up to the details of our income that truly prepared me for what was to come. 
What cool things have you experienced as a hairstylist?
The cool things I have experienced are countless.  I love that my guests trust me enough to let me know very personal things about their lives, I’ve had women tell me they are pregnant before they tell their family.  I think it is so cool that I can remain in Santa Claus, Indiana, working in a 3 person salon, building relationships with my guests and building my books, but still get to travel the world educating fellow stylists who have the same passion I have.  I love getting the opportunity to work on stage at hair shows across the US working with all walks of life!  But the coolest thing is working for Sexy Hair, I have friends worldwide, I get to stay on top of the latest trends, with the best hands on training I could imagine!
When people say, You cant make money as a hairstylist, what do you tell them?
When people say there isn’t money to be made in hair, I laugh at them!  I agree that the first year or so is challenging, but once you get those solid guests who love you and share their love for you, its only up hill from there!  Also, with all of the social media platforms, stylists options are endless when it comes to income!  As I stated earlier, because of Sexy Hair, I have friends worldwide, I have friends in small towns making $75,000 and friends in huge cities make $400,000.  My biggest inspiration is a woman who owns a salon in Savannah, she no longer works behind the chair, instead she runs a high end salon that brings in over $1 million per year!
How has the beauty industry impacted your life?
The beauty industry has impacted my life in so many ways!  I have learned so much about myself through the people I have worked with over the years.  I have friends from all walks of life and experiences that I would have never had if it weren’t for this industry.  I have a career that I am SO excited to go to each day, I have the flexibility to take off for my kids field trips and games AND I make enough money to have a full retirement fund so I can retire at 57 and still be able to travel the world!  The impact this career has made through and through is next to none!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about cosmetology school?
I would tell someone who is thinking about cosmetology school to take the leap.  The secret about the hair industry is your personality, if you can relate to people, make them feel special, remember important details from their last visit and be honest with them… the hair doesn’t have to be perfect.  It is truly in the way you make people feel.  I would also say it is not a hobby, it is a career… a career that can take you to places you never thought possible!

Where Are They Now? Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller graduated from our Academy in November 2008 with a license in Cosmetology. We recently reached out to Kyle because we knew he was doing some amazing things in this industry and we asked him a few questions:
1.) Why Cosmetology school?
It was curiosity that lead me to cosmetology school. I was in college to become an art teacher. Job opportunities are hard to come by in that field. So, decided to look at other options. Almost 10 years later, I could not have picked a better career to fall in love with and be so passionate about. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t gone to cosmetology school. Best decision ever.
2.) How did attending TSPA impact your career?
TSPA gave me a really good foundation for my career as a cosmetologist. The educators are very knowledgeable and willing to help however they can. I also use a lot of the same goal tracking I learned in school to keep my business successful.
3.) What cool things have you experienced as a hairstylist?
Oh wow, so many cool things. First, every day behind the chair, connecting with people and making them look and feel their best. I’ve traveled and worked for I am also an educator for the beauty brand Joico. I travel to work hair shows and to educate other stylists. Most recently, I was in the Dominican Republic for Joico’s Destination Education 2018. I was able to meet and work with some of the industry’s top artists! Another cool part of this industry is the people you meet. Whether it’s clients or fellow stylists, we’re all one, big family!
4.) When people say, You cant make money as a hairstylist, what do you tell them?
I feel like when you’re passionate about something, you do what you can to make it work. The beauty industry has changed so much in a positive way, even since I first started out. I think people are starting to show a little more respect for hairstylists. Which is amazing because I feel like hairstylists are so underrated. We’re just like everyone else, trying to make it in the world, raising kids, running businesses, etc. I mean, how many single, under thirty-five, stylists do you know that own their own home and a small business?
5.) How has the beauty industry impacted your life?
This industry has impacted me in the best way possible. I’ve met so many different people, traveled to so many beautiful places and had so many amazing experiences. Like I said earlier, I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing hair.
6.) What advice would you give to someone thinking about cosmetology school?
At first, I didn’t realize how much time, heart, blood, sweat and tears it took to be in this industry. But I promise you, if you’re willing to work for it, it’s totally worth it in the end.

Kyle Miller

Master Stylist | JoiColor Systems Advisor
Day Salon
3775 Haley Drive, Suite A
Newburgh, IN 47630
Bus: 812.573.0075

Where are they now-Megan Johnson

Where Are They Now? Attending the Beauty Changes Lives Experience!

The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), Evansville Cosmetology graduate Megan Johnson had the incredible opportunity to participate in the 2018 Beauty Changes Lives Experience this past April. The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation helps support the next generation of beauty and wellness professionals by awarding scholarships to cosmetology, nail, massage and esthetic students. This foundation held their 6th Beauty Changes Lives Experience at the Art Institute of Chicago. Here is where the NEXTGEN Team and their Mentors put together looks to interpret their theme of “Exposed.”

Megan worked side by side with Chris Baran as her mentor. She was just as excited to share her experience of this event as she was participating, “The entire week was a dream come true. It was a lot of prep working up to the day of the event. We hung out back stage at the American Beauty Show with the Redken team. Chris and I were prepping in the corner for the Beauty Changes Lives Experience and we’d have artists coming up to us saying how amazing it looked as it came together. Everyone was very welcoming, and it was nice they were so supportive of someone new.”

One of the looks they had created was made from a lot of braids and chicken wire. That’s right, chicken wire! The look was incredible and displayed beautiful texture and movement with the curvature shaping. Megan began to explain what it was like to put this piece together with Chris Baran, “He was very informative and patient. I had never worked with chicken wire before and he had walked me through everything and explained everything without making me feel any less knowledgeable.”

Not only did she learn new techniques, but she took home other lessons as well. She explains, “I met a lot of Redken Artists and industry leaders and this was an awesome way to network. I learned a lot of new techniques. This experience really opened my eyes because at the end of the day we are all still people. No matter how good we are at something we are all still people. I learned to be humble and will take a lot of life lessons with me.”

TSPA Evansville owner, Robin Halter and Lead Educator Kerri Schultz attended the event cheering Megan on. Kerri shares, “It was a proud moment for us. She was such a true student and was always wanting to know every detail of how to do something. I couldn’t think of a more deserving student to have this experience.”

It is exciting to see such talent coming from our very own TSPA Evansville, IN. Being a winner of last year’s National Student Competition and now have participated in Beauty Changes Lives event, Megan sure is expanding her experiences.


Redken Scholarship Winners


We did it again!  We had 13, $1000 Redken Scholarship winners out of the 35 that were given out nation wide to our TSPA franchise Academies. That’s $13,000!!!  Congratulations to:

Larissa Chantley-Barr, Fallon Carie, Stephanie Stevens, Madison Roberson, Kaci Hess, Lauren Singer, Eric Croft, Hailee Fromm, Skyler Conner, Brooke Carlson, Sadi Collins,  Dena Ferguson and Briley Wingerter!  Amazing job and very deserving to all of the winners!


Follow the Artist: Megan Johnson




Where Are They Now? TSPA offers a rare peek into some of our beauty school graduates and shares a little insight into what happens to TSPA students after they win titles like National Student Competitions during their academic stretch.




Winning Student Competition Color Photo (Above)

Meet Megan Johnson (Front Right):

Well, there are some exciting things to come for one of our 2017 Cosmetology graduates and National Student Competition winner, Megan Johnson. The fun happens on April 29th in Chicago at the 6th Annual Beauty Changes Lives Experience. This fundraiser unites our industry, honors outstanding visionary leadership and celebrates the NEXTGEN of beauty professionals. This year’s NEXTGEN talent are going to wow you with their runway collections!

Stay posted to see what Megan brings to the stage!

(Megan Johnson Right Front)

Reflections of 2017


A new year! I always like to take a moment to look back and see what all happened in retrospect. 2017 was a blur…..

So what did happen?  We had a record number of students that entered our National Student/Educator Competition and consequently had a record number of finalist and winners! We had 5 finalist, Students-Alexandra Schroeder, Olivia Wampler, Gracie Smith, Tyla Oller and Educator, Brianne Wagoner, and 4 winners, Megan Johnson, Kevin Leisure, Erica Hackworth and Educator- Abby Turpen. The winners  and their coaches won a trip to NYC in August and took part in a national photo shoot with top artists from Redken and L’oreal Professionnel and photographers.

We gave a lot of services away and collected a lot of money and canned goods. In March we participated in the annual Homeless Connect and did over 480 services to those in need including haircuts, beard trims, brow waxing and manicures. We cut a bunch of hair for back to school in August.  In October we participated in Trim Hunger and collected over $800.  In November and December we collected 16- 50 gallon drums of canned goods and $400 in cash. Over the course of the entire year we held monthly dress for a cause events and collected over $2500 that went to various organizations and sometimes to a student in need.

In June we had our annual summer fun day with blowup slide and obstacle course, volleyball, cornhole tournament, team relay complete with blindfold makeup, dunking booth and lots of great food!


We celebrated our 10 year anniversary in July with our annual career fair and student runway competition.  We gave away a bunch of Sam Villa goodies (blowdryers, flat irons and brushes) and had a record turn out with 21 salons/vendors and a bunch of students!

What came next? Well, we had 9 Redken $1000 Scholarship winners, Sydney Ahrens, Hannah Hartzler, Rachel Hale, Lesa Beasley, Rosalie Fair, Jillian Schirtzinger, Rachel Hale, Emma Wildeman and Kaleigh Prow, out of 35 given to our TSPA franchise and 1 Great Clips $500 scholarship winner, Lauren Singer. We, TSPA Evansville, gave out $32,000 in scholarships in 2017!  Extra funds always make our students happy!

2017 was the year to set records for sure at TSPA Evansville.  We had more students qualifying and jumping (meeting their level goals) every month than ever! We had 2 Cosmetology students reach level 4A, Kaleigh Prow and Hannah Hartzler, which is no easy task since we’ve only had 4 in our 10 year school history,  4 Level 4s,  8 Level 3s and 25 Level 2s. We had the most motivated positive attitude group of students we have ever experienced.   We had our highest total student enrollment plus we had the highest outcomes reported for overall students: Graduation 82%, Placement 89% and Licensure 100% (this is reported by Nov 30, 2017 for 2016 annual report to our accrediting agency, NACCAS).

Our educators spent a lot of time training this past year.  They got certified in MUD makeup and Men’s Hair cutting. They traveled to Texas, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Las Vegas and NYC for various conferences and training. Two of our educators, Lisa Brinkmeyer and Kerri Schultz, became trainers for our parent company SPEC and they now travel all around the country training the staff at the new Academies that are opening. Owner, Carla Boyles traveled to the Austin Film Festival for a viewing of her hair and makeup work on the big screen of Bullitt County.  Whew…our staff and owners were busy!

More exciting news:  We became a brand partner school for MUD makeup and added the MUD into our student kits and into our curriculum. We achieved World Class status for Bioelements and we also achieved the highest Diamond Academy status within our franchise.  We have more new stuff coming that we can’t talk about just yet but we are all pretty pumped!


2017 is a year we can all be proud of at TSPA Evansville.  2018 is shaping up pretty awesome and I’m sure it will be a blur as well.  We will be adding onto our physical building and will have new things to offer down the way so stay tuned.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Robin Halter/Academy Director/Owner

How a girl from Evansville Indiana is making her Hollywood dreams come true…

How a girl from Evansville Indiana is making her Hollywood dreams come true…

The Salon Professional Academy of Evansville is hitting the Red Carpet at the Austin Film Festival October 29, 2017. How did this all come about you ask? Back in September of 2010, just 3 short years after TSPA Evansville opened for business, we began a journey with up and coming film makers David McCracken and Josh Riedford. These young men, both originally from Evansville, were reaching out to the community via local radio advertising to find local cast and crew for an independent film they wanted to shoot in and around Evansville called DAYLIGHT. One of our students heard about this and asked about getting involved. We reached out to David and Josh and quickly built a great working relationship. We traveled all over the tristate area learning the ins and outs of leading the hair and makeup department for a movie. DAYLIGHT wrapped roughly 9 months later and has done very well on the film festival circuit as well as platforms such as iTunes and Amazon.

Having such a great rapport with these film makers made way for them to call upon us again in 2015 to collaborate on their newest venture. Bullitt County is an action thriller about 4 friends on a bachelor party/bourbon trail trek that quickly spirals out of control. The team got the opportunity to do some special effects makeup such as bruising, lacerations, and blood effects. Bullitt County officially wrapped in May of 2017 and is making is premiere at the Austin Film Festival. TSPA Evansville will be represented by Carla Boyles, Co-Owner/Educator, leading the hair/makeup/SFX department for the film. We couldn’t be more excited! Carla also just finished a 3 day shoot for an upcoming A&E program on people living with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). This is Carla’s third time working in television and she also has 4 independent films under her belt. Congratulations Carla and TSPA Evansville!

“I love to show my students there is a world of opportunity for the salon professional. Even someone from a small town in the Midwest can conquer big dreams when they set their mind to it.” –Carla Boyles

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