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

  • Produce the top industry professionals who remain in the industry long-term.
  • Constantly update programs so graduates can remain competitive in the field.
  • Promote the continuing educational growth of our faculty.
  • Prepare students to successfully pass the state exam for employment or to prepare the student to be successfully certified by the school. (when a state exam does not apply)
  • Provide advanced education and placement services.

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

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student testimonial

"After attending two years of college, I knew I had to face reality and make a change. There was just something missing. From there I began brainstorming, and remembered how much I thoroughly enjoyed styling, cutting and coloring my family and friend's hair over the years! I said to myself, "I'm going to do it!" It wasn't more than two days later before my whole family & Facebook friends knew that I was going to pursue my first love, doing hair! I called Bellus Academy after doing my research of cosmetology schools in San Diego and I found my home. It was love at first sight! I was welcomed at the door with a warm smile from my admissions counselor and got a tour of the ENTIRE facility! I knew it was meant to be, I saw myself there! My journey began shortly after that and I can confidently say it has been worth it 150%! I know that I have a support team, an entire staff of experienced and passionate individuals who are constantly pouring new knowledge into me daily. The highlighting inspiration I gain from Bellus Academy is that MY opportunities go as far as I desire to take them, there are NO limits to my success because I have been given a solid foundation! And, I have my fabulous school to thank for that!"

Allyson Wickersham, Basic and Advanced Cosmetology Program (Cosmetology 103)

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