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We strive to graduate the top industry professionals by integrating our S.T.A.R. Precision
Haircutting System with our innovative finishing and styling techniques. 
Cosmetology

Our customized 1600-hour cosmetology training is a comprehensive course that includes professional training in all aspects of the beauty industry. Want to be in demand after you graduate? We are one of the only academies to offer advanced courses in cosmetology. Our Advanced Cosmetology 103 program focuses on inspiration-based design that will give you a competitive edge in both the salon and the editorial world.



Student Competitions

Our academies sponsor student competitions on a national level. We have won or placed in all competitions entered.  This includes first place in Sassoon Connection Competition for both 2009 and 2010 as well as Trendvision Competition 2010.
 

Student Competitions       

 

Bellus S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting System

The S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting System, developed by Artistic Director Diego Raviglione and Master Educator Nick Berardi, is a precision haircutting system designed to give a foundation in the art of haircutting. S.T.A.R. is the only haircutting system that evolves as the student’s technical skills and creativity become stronger, providing support to nurture the novice to the master stylist. The S.T.A.R. iPhone and iPad apps allow you to learn anytime, anywhere by watching all the videos on your mobile device or computer.

Bellus Academy is the only academy that currently offers the S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting System and Nick Education. Nick Education is the premiere online education site, with professional members internationally. Lifetime support program is included to carry you through your entire career as a master stylist.




S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting System                 

 

Nick Education | Academy Connection

We have partnered with Nick Berardi to offer his dynamic online educational videos and seminars. Featured in print and broadcast media as renowned stylist and educator, Nick Berardi is a creative force in the international education arena and is well recognized throughout the world for his innovative precision haircutting techniques. Watch the video below to learn more about Nick Berardi and his partnership with Bellus Academy.


International Guest Artists

Experience the craft through presentations and lectures by top industry professionals. We have world-renowned guest artists demo and speak at our academies on a regular basis. You will be inspired to develop your creativity and style.
 

Travel the World

We are the only west coast ITEC approved academy providing graduates the opportunity to receive an international certificate. ITEC is an international examination board that offers a variety of qualifications worldwide. Graduates who successfully pass the ITEC examination are certified to work in over 35 countries. The curriculum offered at our academies exceeds the ITEC standards and prepares students for the ITEC test.

ITEC qualifications are supported by the professional beauty and spa industry and are easily transferable nationally and internationally. The certification will allow for employment on cruise ships that travel internationally as well as employment in spas throughout Europe, Canada and Australia. Preview ITEC on their web site at www.itecworld.co.uk. Watch the video below to learn more about ITEC.
 


Exceptional Externships Opportunities

Our relationships with the high-end salons in Southern California allow students to network with top stylists and owners. This is why our students extern with the finest salons including - The Doves, DK Hair, Salon Radius, Headlines4Hair - just to name a few.
 


Bellus Best in Business

It takes more than just the best technical training to be successful in the beauty industry. 85% of your success will be based on your business, personal and marketing skills. Our academies feature nationally recognized spa and salon business training programs in order to teach future professionals how to manage a fulfilling, profitable, and growing business.

The Bellus Best In Business Program features nationwide spa and salon directors and innovators to give you expert advice on how to get hired and what it means to understand the business side of the industry.
 

Hands-on Experience

Put your talents to work in our vibrant student clinic. Our clinic is mirrored after the upscale salons and spas that inspire our students and welcome our clients. Working under the close supervision of your instructors, you will work with clientele, some of whom may go on to become your clients when you graduate. We are always expanding our service menu to incorporate new trends and treatments.
 

Salon and Spa

Our academies have invested in professional equipment so our students will have substantial experience working with same equipment they will find when they begin their career. You will receive professional tools in your student kit complete with everything you need to start your career.
 

Professional Instructors

Our instructors are professionals who continue to work with top salons and spas. They connect with current icons in the industry to bring students face to face with the artists that inspired them. You will be taught to be the best, by the finest.
 

Professional Products & Kits

We partner with the top companies in product and color systems. This includes - P&G Professional, Wella Professionals for color and styling products, and Professional Sebastian. You’ll start out working with and learning how to sell dynamic product lines that will increase your future sales. Our Cosmetology kit contains high quality professional equipment, featuring Mizutani shears, Taiff blow-dryer and flat-iron, YS Park combs and clips. Kit items subject to change at any time in order to keep current with industry trends and technology.

 

State Board Preparation

All of our instructional programs meet and exceed all of the requirements of the State of California. We boast some of the highest state board pass rates in the state.
 

Combine your Cosmetology education with these programs

Expand your skills while increasing your chances of getting hired
 

Cosmetology 104 - Basic Cosmetology, Make-Up Artistry, and Advanced Cut & Color

We have partnered with the internationally acclaimed Make-up Designory (MUD to offer their 150-hour “Make-Up Artistry” training course. This makes us the only academies outside of New York and Los Angeles to offer a professional make-up course at this level. This 300-hour program combines our unparalleled advanced cut and color Cosmetology 103 course and Make-Up Artistry courses to prepare you for a career working in top salons or a Hollywood set. Go beyond basic cosmetology and let us groom you for a premier career in beauty and fashion.

 

Make-Up Artistry                   

 

Cosmetology 103 - Advanced Cut & Color and Basic Cosmetology

Prepare to embark on a one month, 150-hour course dedicated to educate, inspire and prepare you for a successful and lucrative career in the dynamic world of Cosmetology. This course focuses on inspiration-based design and the creative side of our industry that will enable you to gain a competitive edge in both the salon and the editorial world. Upon completion, we will assist you in producing a professional portfolio to boast your skills. Come and join us in this incredible artistic journey.
 

Advanced Cosmetology                                     

Cosmetology 102 - Cosmetology and Make-Up Artistry

We have partnered with the internationally acclaimed Make-up Designory (MUD) to offer their 150-hour “Make-Up Artistry” training course. In addition, we have an internationally acclaimed make-up artist on staff to provide ongoing advanced workshops. This makes us the only academy outside of New York and Los Angeles to offer a professional make-up course at this level. Upon completion, we will assist you in producing a professional portfolio to boast your skills.




For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete the program and other important information, visit the Consumer Information page on our website.

 

 

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graduate testimonials

“What I liked about the program was the tons of opportunities for extended training and to gain more knowledge. I found the classes to be interesting and motivational. I would recommend this school to others because the education, method of teaching, products and additional training opportunities are the best given by the best.”
- Sara Bleyle (Cosmetology Program)

"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 (Cosmetology Program)

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S.T.A.R. PRECISION HAIRCUTTING SYSTEM

The S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting System, developed by Artistic Director Diego Raviglione and Master Educator Nick Berardi, is a precision haircutting system designed to give the best foundation in the art of haircutting. S.T.A.R. is the only haircutting system that evolves as the student’s technical skills and creativity become stronger, providing support to nurture the novice to the master stylist. The S.T.A.R. iPhone and iPad apps allow you to learn anytime, anywhere by watching all the videos on your mobile device or computer.

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