Our customized basic 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 and Mentor student competitions on a national level. We have won first place in Sassoon Connection Competition for both 2009 and 2010 as well as Wella Trend Vision for 2010. We also went on to take second and third place for Wella Trend Vision 2014. Bellus has gained national recognition in the professional cosmetology world for the quality of work of its students as well as the level of integrity they possess.

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

The S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting Color System, developed by Artistic Director Diego Raviglione,
Master Educator Nick Berardi and Color Director Carrera Bailey, is a precision haircutting /color system designed to give a foundation in fundamental disciplines of our craft. S.T.A.R. is the only haircutting/color system that evolves as the student’s technical skills and creativity become stronger, providing support to nurture the novice to the master stylist. 
Bellus Academy is the only academy that currently offers the S.T.A.R. Precision Haircutting/Color System and Nick Education. Nick Education is the premiere online education site, with professional members internationally. A lifetime support program is included to carry you through your entire career as a master stylist.

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 a 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. This will give you a first hand look at some of the very best salons and spas and what they look for in an employee as well as give you a window into their culture.

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 38 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 Externship Opportunities

Our relationships with 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 secure employment 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 the 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.

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student testimonial

"I would like to first off congratulate Bellus Academy and Courtney Donadio for achieving what we have not seen in years. I have been in the hair industry for over 11 years, and in that time I have had many great exeperiences with HAIR and my love for it. One thing, however, I have truly noticed, is the fact that American Beauty Schools do not produce the same quality of stylist that I have grown accustom to looking for in an assistant. The American Beauty schools produce a new evil that I was unaware existed until owning a salon, and that evil is a stylist who is just in it for a job, and is not passionate about hair, does not love hair, does not dream of hair. At Diesel Salon, we have created a team of stylists who are dedicated, motivated, and are truly passionate about their craft, taking pride in their Art. Art With Boundaries is what we call it, and having the ability to create Art With Boundaries is something that cannot be taught over night, cannot be learned from a DVD, and cannot be educated to someone through a book. To achieve the ability to create Art With Boundaries takes time, dedication, and passion. I feel that Bellus Academy has achieved just this. Our new assistants came to us as new graduates from Bellus Academy, ready and eager to master their craft and exceed our expectations, and you know what? They have done just that! With the addition of two new motivated professionals, our team has been able to push forward with our agenda of becoming the Best San Diego has to offer. It has been apparent to not only myself, but to everyone at Diesel Salon that Bellus Academy is now our "go to" Academy, and we could not be happier with the new relationship that has sparked between Courtney and Diesel Salon. We would love to have a part in the education of young and eager minds, and that is why we have decided to work with Bellus Academy on the externship program. Hopefully our contribution of experience will help with Bellus Academy's agenda; to be the Best San Diego has to offer."

Candice Buckett, Diesel Salon

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