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How to Choose the Right Beauty School for You

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We’re so excited that you’ve decided to begin your journey into the world of beauty professionals! Las Vegas truly has so much to offer a budding cosmetology or esthiology student such as beauty contests, events, and fashion shows. You long for your day in the spotlight, and it all starts with getting a license. To do that you’ll need to attend a school that is dedicated to your success. We know how difficult it can be to choose which school to attend and that there’s a lot riding on that choice. Where you decide to go to school may determine your skill level, the type of skillset you have, and ultimately your happiness. Choose wisely. Here’s how.

Define Your Version of “Right”

Not everyone is going to define the “right” school in the same way. There are a lot of different types of beauty schools offering a variety of programs designed to encourage the success of their students. They can express their values through the quality of their work, through their dedication to their students, and through the quality of the products they use. Ask yourself which is most important to yourself and begin looking for schools that reflect that.

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The easiest way to figure out what you value in a school is to figure out what you value in both yourself and your future career. In the past have you enjoyed a job or lifestyle that was flexible and changed on the daily? Do you find that you surround yourself with encouraging and uplifting people that are focused on your personal growth? You can find these qualities in a school, you just need to do the right digging.

Begin the School Selection Process

To ensure you’ve chosen the best school for you, ask yourself the following questions. They can help you feel comfortable with your choice, and you can be happy knowing you did all you could to secure your happiness in beauty school.

Can I handle a full class schedule right now?

Each state has different requirements on how many hours a beauty school student must complete. They are further varied depending on the type of program you choose. In Nevada, cosmetology students are required to complete 1600 hours. Esthetics students are required to complete 600 hours. So what does that mean for you?

It means that you get to spend that many hours practicing your craft and honing your passion for beauty!

We know time management can be difficult, which is why you should be aware of the time commitment. When compared to traditional universities, a career in beauty can be completed far faster. Lucky for you Aveda Institute Las Vegas’s cosmetology program can be completed in as little as fourteen months, while our esthiology program can be completed in as little as five months!

Once you decide that you’re ready to take on the time commitment, it’s time to figure out how to make it happen.

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What are my tuition payment options?

One of the most common questions beauty school students is about tuition. Another pro of attending beauty school over a traditional university is that the cost can be a lot less. When looking for a beauty school to attend you will need to check if they offer financial aid.*

Once you find a school that offers financial aid you can facilitate your education either with the help of their financial aid office or on your own. Most schools will offer payment plans in addition to financial aid. You can call their admissions department to ask any questions you have about financial aid.

This is also a good time to consider your current job. Make sure your courses won’t overlap with your work schedule and that you will still be able to pay for your normal living expenses alongside your schooling. Once you’ve got that nailed down, it’s time to get yourself into your chosen beauty program!

What will I learn from this school?

The most important aspect of your beauty school is what they will be teaching you. To best figure out if their curriculum is going to be beneficial to you, you should:

  • Explore their website, like their about section and mission.
  • Look at the classes they offer to make sure they cover up-to-date techniques and practices.
  • Check if they offer varied school schedules. Make sure you can attend classes as often as possible.
  • Read their blogs. The sign of a good blog will be fairly frequent posting and posts about topical trends and industry-related news.
  • Explore their social media, watch any videos, and see if they respond to their users questions and reviews.
  • Read student reviews. Make sure their students were positive about their education.
  • Schedule a tour. During the tour ask questions about the school’s values and instructors.
  • See if the school offers job placement assistance. This can be a valuable asset when applying for salons post-graduation.

Have you found your perfect beauty school? Are they inclusive and encouraging to each of their students? Once you feel confident that this is the place for you, the final step is to enroll. They’ll get you started on your beauty journey and you’ll be happy you chose a school that fits perfectly with your personal goals!

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The Aveda Difference

If you’re still in the consideration phase, you might want to check out Aveda Institute Las Vegas. We offer curriculum under the umbrella of the Aveda network. We strive to help each and every student succeed in their beauty goals, and we have loved watching them grow. We’ve provided you with some of the tools you can use to succeed and to make Aveda Institute Las Vegas your beauty haven, all you have to do is call us at 702-459-2900.

*Financial aid available to those who qualify.


Aveda is a global industry leader that has a complete education system with dedicated programs for the latest techniques and trends in hairstyling and salon business development to make sure that you are always on top of your game in this industry.