Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy®  has been recognized annually by Modern Salon since 2010 for Excellence in Education. Dedicated to graduating salon and spa “ready” industry professionals our team of educators delivers quality education in collaboration with industry leaders. Our programs are nationally accredited by NACCAS and will prepare you for a new career in the Salon or Spa industry in less than a year. Three of our campuses are located in beautiful, sunny San Diego County recognized as “America’s Finest City" and our newest campus is located in Manhattan, Kansas known as the "Little Apple" of America's Heartland.
We offer courses in Cosmetology, Advanced Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Spa Nail Technician, Makeup Artistry, as well as Bellus Best in Business training for spa and salon professionals. We are one of the only academies in the nation to provide the advanced training and multiple license programs that can help prepare you for a premium career in the beauty and wellness industry.

Our Mission

Bellus Academy is dedicated to student success by enriching lives and cultivating professionals through innovative, personalized post-secondary education in a creative and inspiring environment that prepares graduates in the business skills and fiscal responsibility necessary for success in the Beauty and Wellness industry.

Our Values

One team, one voice, one mission
Confident, fearless pursuit of excellence
Creating the future through imagination and ingenuity
Empowered to take risks, make decisions, innovate and make a difference
Mentor with passion
Heartfelt devotion to changing lives

Our Motto

We are visionary leaders – changing lives – and revolutionizing beauty and wellness education.

Academy Vision

  • Bellus Academy continues to revolutionize beauty and wellness education.
  • Bellus Academy is the academy where new innovations are launched!
  • Bellus Academy creates professional partnerships: uniting the students with Industry experts.
  • Bellus Academy is a leader in elevating the profession and brands the careers in beauty and wellness as a premier career.
  • Bellus Academy is positioning the educators as the elite in the industry, mentoring and inspiring both those entering the industry and those who pursue excellence with their craft.
  • Bellus Academy is committed to the promotion of lifelong learning.

Academy Commitments

  • We have a unified inspired culture where the entire team enrolls, educates, graduates and places professionals.
  • We will change 1160 lives in 2015 (435 Poway – 206 El Cajon – 233 National City – 286 Manhattan)
  • Silos are broken down encouraging respectful, open communication where we embrace differences, are accountable for our metrics and celebrate our success.
  • We are a united and empowered team armed with expertise through training to achieve our mission.
  • We build career ready professionals.
  • We are a fiscally responsible team where each member takes ownership of driving our success.
  • We represent the evolving Bellus brand with pride at all times.

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student testimonial

I am so grateful to the teachers and administrators of Bellus Academy. As a person changing careers in mid-life, I appreciated the fact that it was an environment that demanded professionalism and the best from its students. In return, we received a top-notch education and legitimate career opportunities that other schools just can't provide. We worked in a luxurious spa atmosphere, and offered terrific service to real salon patrons, which boosted our confidence and honed our skills.
And it wasn't always easy. It wasn't always "five stars" in my brain. I didn't pick up some things as fast as some of the other students. There were times when I cried and , literally, felt like I  wanted to throw a mannequin head across the parking lot, by her ponytail - and just  give up. But, I had  awesome instructors like Matt Hom, Bryden Muggleston, Eric Thrane and Carerra Bailey, who told me, "Hang in there. We know it's tough, but we believe in you." And when it came time for State Board, as with most Bellus grads, not only did I pass the State Board the first try, but I passed it with flying colors. (I believe the school has something like a 90+  pass  percentage rate with its grads.)
There is a reason Bellus graduates get some of the best entry level salon and spa jobs, after earning their license. They go beyond the usual fair of "get them their hours and get them their license." They more than prepare us for State Board. They help us SHINE. They offer externships to top students, and when I found the job market to be rather hostile to a person of my age, I was able to meet with counselors, and re-assess my next steps. After a few tweaks of the resume and a few job leads, I was hired as an assistant at an incredible salon. I couldn't ASK for a better fit for me,  or more awesome co-workers and bosses. Had I needed further education? I could have attended courses they offer to professional alumni, as well. They really went out of their way to help me succeed. That is what I am most thankful for. They CARE about our success. Let it be known, that I highly recommend Bellus Academy to anyone pursuing a career in the beauty industry.  I am proud not not only be a beauty school graduate...but a BELLUS ACADEMY Graduate.

Rainbo Throp, Poway Campus Alumni | Cosmetology Program

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