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Imagine graduating with the confidence and advanced skillset to excel in an industry with untapped potential! Our award-winning curriculum is one of the few to combine foundational knowledge with advanced technical training in cut, color and extensions.

Our Cosmetology Programs

Bellus Academy offers cosmetology programs at our California campuses in Poway, Chula Vista, and El Cajon along with our Manhattan, Kansas campus. Our education combines theoretical instruction and hands-on training. Each of our programs are tailored to meet state-specific requirements while emphasizing technique, artistry, and the latest industry trends!

California Campuses

Students in Poway, Chula Vista, and El Cajon may choose from the following programs of study:

  • Cosmetology: Our 1600-hour program offers an exclusive curriculum that goes beyond state board with 1 month of each discipline, cut, color and hair extension training. You will receive 5 months of classroom hands-on education that you’ll refine during your salon clinic training. This program also includes 3 months of comprehensive hair and eyelash extension training, empowering you to offer your clients an in-demand premium service in a profitable market! Gain entrepreneurial business training and master social media marketing, brand development, client building strategies and financial management.
  • Cosmetology 102: Elevate your professional expertise by adding 150 hours of Make-up Artistry featuring internationally acclaimed brand Make-up Designory (MUD). Our professional kit allows students to perform makeup looks ranging from bridal, theatrical to airbrush techniques and includes a professional photoshoot.

Kansas Campus

Those who attend our Manhattan campus may choose from two cosmetology programs, which include:

  • Cosmetology: With 1500 hours of visual, verbal, written, and hands-on instruction in the Bellus Cutting and Color System, students will learn core scientific concepts in hair, skin, and nail care, physical services, hair coloring, chemical waving and relaxing, and hair design. You’ll gain entrepreneurial focused training that includes social media marketing, retailing, client building strategies, financial management, plus training in Kansas state regulations. Each student will also receive 50 hours of training specific to their individual needs.
  • Cosmetology 102: Building on the cosmetology program, Cosmetology 102 adds 300 hours of Make-up Designory (MUD) curriculum to the 1500 hours covering hair, skin, and nails. Makeup artistry training includes skin analysis, color theory, application techniques, portfolio building, marketing, networking, and additional business management skills.

Premier Education

Our curriculum allows you to develop your technical skills and receive advanced training led by our award-winning industry professionals. Prepare to utilize the latest technology and techniques and expand your product knowledge and service offerings. Begin your hands-on training with the mannequins provided in your student kit and then move to our professional salon floor to work directly with clients!

Students work alongside industry pros and receive an iPad for access to The Lab, our online education portal, and social learning program. You’ll also have the opportunity to customize your studies in areas of interest, from hair color to advanced styling techniques. Financial aid is available to eligible applicants, and our Career Services team helps graduates find employment after the completion of their programs.

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The Student Kit

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Your Future Awaits

When you enroll in a cosmetology program at Bellus Academy you’re taking the first steps toward an engaging, creative career with ample opportunity for financial success. To learn more about our day and night programs, contact us online to speak with an admissions representative.

Join a Growing Industry!

Average job growth rate for most U.S. occupations 7%
Cosmetologists 10%
(U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2024 projections)


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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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Financial Aid

Yes! Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.
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Flexible Schedule

We offer day & night classes. We also have new classes starting every month.
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