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About The Salon Professional Academy

Our Mission

The objective of The Salon Professional Academy is to produce highly trained, well-prepared graduates for salons and spas. We are committed to excellence in cosmetology, arts and science education. Educational systems and programs are updated constantly to keep the student’s interests first and our educational quality high.

We keep our class sizes to a minimum to ensure that you receive the one on one attention you deserve to maximize your professional edge.

Redken hair care for both professional and retail, along with Creative Nail Design, CND, Dermalogica and Mirabella make-up.

We have the support of industry leaders such as Michael Cole, Randy Kunkel, Sam Villa, Daniel Doud, Patrick Fitzwater, Peter Millard and Roy Peters.

Our facility is state of the art, including classrooms that are equipped with the best educational tools.

We have placement in more than 6,000 Redken Club 5th Avenue salons in all 50 states. The Salon Professional Academy graduates are recruited all across the country.

The Salon Professional Academy

The Salon Professional Academy is truly a unique place of learning. We’ve taken the best of salon life and the education world and blended them to a harmonious whole with our Nashville cosmetology school. With the hustle and bustle of a large, high-end salon, students spend the bulk of their time here learning in a real life atmosphere. In an effort to best prepare our students for excellence and success upon graduation, we keep them accountable through their technical, business, and service skills. The Salon Professional Academy students spend their time in the cosmetology classroom with a highly qualified education staff of board licensed cosmetology instructors with over 80 years of combined industry experience. The Salon Professional Academy believes that our approach gives our graduates a distinct advantage when entering the marketplace.

Facilities, Equipment, and Community

The Academy is located in Nashville, Tennessee. There are nice parks and public facilities in addition to great living, dining and shopping areas. The Nashville area includes the population of 13 counties with a total of over 2,000,000 people. There are many great places to visit within minutes of The Academy.

The Academy is a beautiful 8,500 square foot educational facility with state-of-the-art equipment, including 48 styling stations, 8 manicure stations, 8 pedicure thrones, and 4 facial beds for skin care. We have in excess of 90 chairs and 30 tables for use in our classrooms. Even during large group presentation by guest artists, which is not a typical theory/lecture setting, we have ample seating, workspace, and teaching areas for our entire student body and staff.

The school was designed so that each section of stations is easily monitored by the instructor. The open floor plan also allows instructors to easily monitor the pedicure/manicure area and the skin care room. Our facility also includes student lounge and administrative offices.

Meet Our Team

Chip Woods

Admissions, Owner

Wanda Woods

Director of Education, Owner

Sharon kunkel


Randy Kunkel


Ms. Davenport

Financial Aid and Educator 

Ms. Steele

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Garlock

Cosmetology Educator

Ms. Pitts

Cosmetology Educator

MR. Thomas

Cosmetology Educator

Start Your Career Today!

When you graduate from The Salon Professional Academy, you will be a knowledgeable and skilled professional trained to pass the state board exams and work as a cosmetologist.