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The cosmetology industry is projected to grow by nearly 10% in the next ten years. If you’re creative, passionate about the latest trends in hair and makeup, and love helping people feel good about themselves, this thriving field is the right place for you to establish a career. Yet while cosmetology professionals are in high demand, you’ll need comprehensive training to compete for the most exciting jobs in the field. At Bellus Academy, our cosmetology programs help students achieve the skills they need to excel in their craft.

Our Cosmetology Programs

Bellus Academy offers cosmetology programs at our campuses in Poway, Chula Vista, and El Cajon, California and Manhattan, Kansas, that combines theoretical instruction and hands-on training. Each program is tailored to meet state-specific requirements for practicing cosmetologists while emphasizing technique, artistry, and the latest trends.

California Campuses

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

  • Cosmetology: This 1600-hour program provides visual, verbal, written, and hands-on instruction in the Bellus Cutting and Color System to educate students in the fundamentals of hairdressing, health and safety, esthetics, and manicuring. Program participants also receive professional development training that includes business communications, record-keeping, salesmanship, decorum, and more. Externships in community service and/or off-site learning are available for qualified students.
  • Cosmetology 102: Along with 1600 hours of training in cosmetology, this program provides 150 hours of training in makeup artistry with the Make-up Designory (MUD) curriculum, covering history, sanitation, and application with instruction in portfolio building, personal success, and business skills.

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. The cosmetology program also includes comprehensive instruction in management, salon development, insurance, client record-keeping, and salesmanship, 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 150 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 other business skills.

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Cosmetology Study at Bellus Academy

Students who enroll in our cosmetology programs won’t just learn the skills required to meet state requirements. Bellus Academy focuses on the technical skills of the trade as well as training that helps graduates grow their careers. And while you’ll begin your hands-on training with the mannequins provided in your student kit, all course participants eventually work with live clients in our busy on-site salons.

Students work alongside industry pros and receive an iPad for access to The Lab, our curriculum, 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.

Enroll Today

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.


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

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

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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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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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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