What Does Distance Education Look Like?

We know that the past year has caused a lot of changes in our lives. As we’ve all had to adjust to keep safe, our team at The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose has been working hard to make sure our students get the same high-quality education. A big part of that is incorporating distance education into our curriculum. Read more to learn what this looks like at our beauty school and our plans for the future with distance learning.

What is Hybrid Learning?

Are you wondering how hybrid learning is possible at a beauty school? It’s a valid question and one we’ve been able to answer through the dedication of our team. Each of our instructors have gone through multiple trainings on how to best teach students online to make sure that they can offer their students the best support.

What hybrid learning means is that students learn the theoretical beauty lessons online through Zoom. After studying the techniques, students then come into our student salon to perform the services they learned. Right now to make sure our students stay safe while learning what they love, all our stations are six feet apart and everyone is required to wear a mask. We are also sanitizing our working stations just like we’ve always done.

What Do Online Lessons Look Like?

During their education, all our students will use the online learning platform, MindTap. This system from Milady allows students to learn beauty techniques virtually through a variety of lesson plan formats. Activities, videos, theory workbook, and guides are just some of the ways students will learn all about their program.

tspa san jose students learning online

And of course, our instructors will be teaching students their lessons over Zoom and be there every step of the way just like when students were completing these lessons at our school. Once students master their lessons, they’ll be able to take their quizzes and tests online through this platform.

While at home, students in our cosmetology program will be given everything they need to learn and practice all the skills they’re learning. This means that they’ll be given an iPad or tablet, a mannequin, tripod, and other tools.

What are the Advantages to Distance Learning?

As we said, our instructors spent a lot of time preparing themselves for the transition to online learning. Now after doing this for months, we’ve been able to build out a system of how to best help each student. Part of our lessons allows time for our students to complete their lessons with instructors regularly checking on their progress and answering questions or offering advice. If a student does need extra help or wants to talk about their future career, our instructors can set up a breakout room to give some one-on-one assistance.

Another exciting benefit that’s come from learning online is the opportunity to hear from guest speakers from all over the United States. So far our students have been able to learn from professionals from Redken about a variety of important things to know about the beauty world. As we continue to teach online, we can’t wait to see who else is able to talk with our students and what other opportunities we can offer that otherwise wouldn’t have been available!

What’s in Store for Our Future?

So, how long will this distance education last at our school? Now that our instructors are trained for online learning and we’ve created a system for helping students, our plan is to keep this hybrid learning format. Our instructors are even starting to incorporate our lesson plans and formats into Canva to help us make this permanent.

tspa san jose team wearing masks in school

We’ve always wanted everyone with a passion for beauty to study with us and now that we’ve mastered online learning, we believe this is the best way to give students a convenient education! With this comes a shorter commute time and allows students a chance to have more time for their job, kids, or any other commitments they have.

How to Get Started?

Right now to make sure everyone is staying safe, we’re only offering virtual tours. During this, our team will show you around the school and talk about the application process. If you have any questions that are specific to you like financial aid, we’ll set you up in a private breakout room where you can find out what you need to take the next step.

Contact us today to learn more about our distance education for our programs and find out how to get started. We can’t wait to meet you and help you start your beauty journey!

2020 Student Work Recap

While 2020 didn’t go how we all expected, one thing remained the same: we had some incredible beauty students! Like every other year, they never cease to amaze us with their artistic talents and dedication to learning as much as they can about the beauty industry. That’s why we wanted to take some time to shout out the amazing work they’re doing! To celebrate 2020 ending, check out our list of some of the styles our students were able to create this past year.

Color Correction

Would you look at the shine in this hair pic? We are obsessed with this deep brown color that our student, Michelle gave to her client! It’s even more impressive when you see the before and after pictures. You’re definitely going to want to follow Michelle on her Instagram page @hair.era to see the process of getting her client to this beautiful shade. If anyone is wondering if it’s possible to fix their hair color, all they have to do is look at this amazing color correction and they’ll have all the proof they need.

woman with long shiny hair

Bright Hair Dye

Who doesn’t love a dramatic hair color change every now and then? And that’s exactly what our student, Gabby was able to give her client. This color was done right before the holiday season and we can’t think of a better shade to end out 2020 and start the new year with! We love seeing students try out bright colors like this and Gabby has been doing lots of fun colors recently for us to admire. Go check out her Instagram page @_beauty.by.gabby to see what other colors and styles she’s been able to bring to life!

woman with bright green hair

New Hair Color

We are obsessed with this fall color done by our student, Sidney. The dimensions on this are unreal and the pops of red complement perfectly with this client’s hair color. Our students are always excited to learn coloring techniques and we have to say that they’re all killing it! We can’t stop looking at pictures like this and can’t wait to see what else they’re able to accomplish. Check out @coloredbysid to see some of the other amazing color transformations. She has a beautiful Instagram feed that perfectly shows off her creative talents!

woman with brown streaked hair


We couldn’t have a recap of our student’s work without including a balayage, especially one as beautiful as this! This was done by Auriyana and we have to say that we couldn’t be more impressed with the final result. It’s even more amazing when seeing the before picture and how much of a difference this hair service was able to make! Auriyana is now a licensed cosmetologist so follow her @beautybyauriyana to see all the stunning looks she’s creating.

woman with balayage hair


Everything about this style is gorgeous to look at. From the highlights and foliage to the bouncy curls, this student work done by Paola couldn’t look better! With everything that happened in 2020, we’re so grateful that our students were able to continue learning what they love while staying safe. If you want to see more of Paola’s hairstyle, make sure to check them out on her Instagram account @hair.bypao.

woman with blonde hair highlights

Create Your Own Style

Has seeing these student work pieces got you thinking about creating your own beauty styles? At The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA) San Jose, we help students learn multiple cosmetology skills like styling and coloring so they can feel confident upon graduation. Contact our team to learn more about our program and how you can start the application process!