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Why Us?

    Our Design

    Summit Salon Academy’s color bar is modeled after the Redken 5th Avenue Exchange. Designed by the world renowned Peter Millard, our academy provides an innovative salon area. With over 12,000 square feet of salon, spa, nail and classroom space, students experience a comfortable classroom environment and an innovative salon area floor.

    PETER MILLARD is a New York City based designer focusing on retail spaces in the beauty industry with clients including Redken, Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Armani, Essie, L’Oreal and Chanel. For the past 15 years, Peter has had the incredible experience of being a Redken performing artist, touring the globe to meet with salon owners who want to take their salons and retail sales to the next level. Peter also has a long and distinguished portfolio of beautiful events including the fragrance launches of Ralph Lauren Safari, Lancome Miracle, Paloma Picasso Minotaur and high profile sales meetings for Redken, Godiva and Ralph Lauren.

    See our DESIGN in our virtual tour

    The Summit Salon Academy Difference

    Summit Salon Academies utilize the Summit Salon™ performance-based system to teach future service providers how to provide an exceptional guest experience and enhance their earning potential. Summit Salon Academy Tampa marries this performance-based methodology with Redken 5th Avenue NYC’s technical training to provide the most innovative and advanced Cosmetology School experience available in North America.

    Cosmetology School Will Never Be The Same

    Cosmetology school will never be the same. Summit Salon Business Center believes that students are the future of the beauty industry. Summit Salon Academies throughout North America prepare students for a successful career. Each day at Summit Salon Academy begins with one question: “What difference will you make in the world?”

    Our community of salon professionals and faculty reflect a world of talents. Summit Salon Academies go inside the issues that matter—and teach you to reach inside yourself for the strength, skills, and confidence you will develop to face them. Through intelligent communication and superior technical training, you are asked not only to study leadership, but to demonstrate it.

    Our five differentiators

    Five tenets that make Summit Salon Academy unique:

    Summit Salon Library:

    Access to the world’s largest salon, spa and school consulting company and its vast library of industry publications and materials.

    Alumni Relationships:

    Stay connected to our graduates and Summit Salons throughout all of North America.

    Entrepreneurship & Innovation:

    Explore new ventures, connect with entrepreneurs and discover daily innovation.

    Learning in Practice:

    Learn how to connect your passion for the art with daily and weekly financial goals.


    Celebrate intelligence on a daily basis.

    Summit Salon Academy Network

    Our Tampa location includes an international training center for Summit Salon Business Center and annually hosts thousands of salon owners from all over the world.


    Summit Salon Academy Tampa is owned by experienced industry salon leaders Heather Bagby, Joanne Powers, Chris and MaryLynn Pearson. Collectively, the Summit Salon Academy Tampa leadership team owns six salon companies and the world’s largest salon consulting company, Summit Salon Business Center.

    Our Partners

    Summit Salon Academy Tampa is a Redken Premier School. We love to “Challenge our Talents” and “Get Inspired” with the industry’s leading resource for learning. Redken 5th Avenue NYC’s artistic team is comprised of award-winning facilitators and they are often on-site at our Tampa academy. As a Redken Premier School, Summit Salon Academy Tampa offers technical training supported by principles of design and color. Redken’s exclusive Principle Based Design and Color system explores an approach to hair design from the foundation to the finish.

    We also partner with Dermalogica, Essie and MUD Make-up Designory.

    Summit Salon Business Center

    Summit Salon Business Center (SSBC) is the world’s largest salon seminar, training, and consulting company.

    Utilizing the Summit Salon Systems in our curriculum means that when our students leave – they have the foundational knowledge of how to earn a beautiful living if they choose to. These systems also impact our culture by fostering an environment of support and encouragement vs competition. Our students come together monthly to celebrate the top business leaders in each program.

    Sam Villa

    Summit Salon Academy Tampa’s student kit includes Sam Villa’s professional ionic blow dryer, the sleekr professional straightening iron, and a myriad of his brushes and combs.

    Motivating, creative, passionate, energetic, inspiring… these are just a few thoughts that come to mind at the mention of Sam Villa’s name. Known as the Hairdressers hairdresser, Sam has been chosen as the industry’s Favorite Platform Artist and Educator at the prestigious Stylist Choice Awards in 2007, 2011 and again in 2012. Sam possesses a unique blend of technical and artistic skills — and a contagious spirit that draws people in and makes them want to learn!