An Open Letter to a College Dropout

Traditional college is not for everyone. You don’t have to listen to the college recruiters that come to your high school and convince you that a traditional university or college is the only next step. You don’t have to “go with the flow” and follow your friends to their favorite post-secondary school.

You Are Not a Failure

Just because you tried college and hated it or you didn’t enroll at all, doesn’t mean you are a failure. Bellus Academy is for the student who likes to work with their hands. Bellus Academy is for the student who learns better using visuals and doing it for themselves. Bellus Academy is the place for students who don’t necessarily fit the traditional college mold.

You Can Do It

You can succeed. You have the same opportunity to have a rewarding career as someone who went to a university. If you have the passion, the talent, the work ethic, and the time, you can achieve anything you want. We’ve heard it before: “Cosmetology is a nice job for a person who doesn’t want a real job.” That is  simply not true. Cosmetology is a rewarding career in a booming industry. Cosmetology is a job for someone who wants to be creative, help people, and empower themselves and others around them. Cosmetology is for dreamers, artists and entrepreneurs.

You can learn this trade. All you need is the time and the passion. We can teach you the skills. We don’t believe that only bookwork makes anyone a better hairstylist, makeup artist or esthetician. We know that a diverse curriculum helps future beauty professionals become successful.

Do it for You

Don’t enroll in any college, trade school or university for someone else. Follow your dreams because you want to better yourself. Your education is a personal decision. At the end of the day, you are the one going to the classes. Your future self will thank you if you focus on the main goal: BETTERING YOURSELF.

We want to empower you to make the decision to go to cosmetology school. This is a justifiable, amazing industry. Check out our available programs to learn more, or contact us to start your journey today.

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Why Choose Bellus?

Travel the World

We offer International Certification (ITEC) which allows our graduates to work in 38 countries around the world.

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Top Job Placement

Our career services team and student mobile app make finding your dream career so much easier.

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Business & Marketing Training

Classes that prepare you to own a business and market yourself.

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Our Reputation

Bellus is the most awarded beauty and wellness institution in the country and Intercoiffure recently ranked us the #1 beauty school in North America!

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Compete in Competitions

Our students have a history of succeeding at national student competitions including TrendVision and America’s Beauty Show.

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We're Tech Savvy

Our app gives 24/7 access to academics, attendance and job postings. Select programs offer social learning on iPads, which are included in the student kit.

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Exam Prep

All of our programs include a mock state board test to prepare you for the state license exam and our kits include the state board kit and licensing fees.

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Top Educators

We invest in our educators to ensure that they are trained in the latest industry techniques and trends.

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Our relationships with high-end salons in Southern California allow students to network with top stylists and owners. (CA campuses only)

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We Give Back

We have an undeniable passion for humanity. Our schools are honored to give back and participate in community events while utilizing our technical skills.

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Multiple License Programs

Bellus is proud to offer combined courses that allow you to enroll in one program and graduate with multiple credentials.

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Alumni Benefits

We give our graduates access to job postings, the opportunity to attend campus events and alumni scholarships for advanced education.

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“The teachers were amazing! Without Bellus, I wouldn’t have the rewarding life I have today. School was something I looked forward to every single day. I can’t believe I have a job that I love going to every day.”

- Adrianna
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“My life has changed so much. Within eight months of graduating, I now own a successful wax bar. I am forever grateful for the great education I received at Bellus Academy.”

- Jonyse
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“For the past year I have been working on super-yachts in Spain as a massage therapist for billionaires and have loved every second of it! I don’t know what I would’ve done without Bellus’ training and expertise.”

- Clare
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“I love how hands-on the nail program is at Bellus. I am a visual and hands-on learner and I appreciated the time and focus on my advancement throughout the program. I would definitely recommend Bellus Academy to anyone interested in beauty and wellness education, especially the nail program!”

- Kelsey
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“The program and educators in Make-up Artistry are exceptional. The curriculum was so well designed that each day I couldn’t wait to get to school and begin the next step in learning high-end makeup. I feel very comfortable after taking this class to apply for a job anywhere in makeup, including a Hollywood studio, theater, photography or in a high-end salon and spa.”

- Jessica
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“As a cosmo crossover, the Barbering Program was not only an excellent way to brush up on the basics, but also the best way to take my career to the next level. The staff was so helpful in every aspect and I highly recommend the program.”

- Johnny
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