Cosmetology School in San Francisco and San Jose, California

At Cinta Aveda Institute, our instructors can provide you with the range of skills you need to pursue a successful career as a licensed cosmetologist. Our innovative curriculum concentrates on theory, practical hands-on experience, and business strategies to give you a comprehensive understanding of the ever-evolving beauty industry. With two state-of-the-art campuses in San Francisco and San Jose, we serve as the only Aveda institution in Northern California.

What you will Learn

The program starts with the fundamentals of cutting, styling, and chemical restructuring of hair, skincare, nail care, make-up, and the related sciences. The demonstrations, lectures, and workshops reinforce classroom knowledge and help students build their ability and accuracy. This portion of the program teaches students about retailing, guest servicing, personal development, and state safety requirements.

Beyond developing basic skills, you will learn to unlock your creativity at our cosmetology school. We expose you to the latest techniques and trends in hair cutting, coloring, styling, chemical restructuring, and permanent waving. The time you spend in the clinic will build your confidence in your professional abilities, strengthening your career-advancing and employment skills, such as interviewing and resume writing.

Our program prepares you to take the skill certification examination and the California State Board Exam for licensure. After passing these tests, you will have the competency to pursue various careers in cosmetology.


Why Attend Cosmetology School?

If you have a passion for hairstyling, make-up, and the beauty industry in general, cosmetology school is an ideal option for jumpstarting your career. A cosmetology education also may be a viable choice if you are unsure what professional field to pursue. Consider the following benefits you can experience with a job in cosmetology:

  • More Straightforward Career Path

Cosmetology school offers a more focused approach to education than a traditional four-year college program. Students learn the skills they need to pursue careers in the beauty industry without spending time on classes unrelated to their career goals. For this reason, cosmetology school usually is shorter and more affordable than other college programs.

People also can begin their professional life sooner by attending cosmetology school. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most states require students to be at least 16 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have graduated from a state-licensed barber or cosmetology school to start their career.

  • Professional Independence

Many cosmetologists are self-employed, giving them the autonomy to develop a distinct brand, be more creative with their services, and make their own schedules. Even if you do not work for yourself, you will have more schedule flexibility as a cosmetologist. You can work full-time or part-time, during the morning or evening, or on the weekends to suit your preferences or needs.

  • Job Security

Although beauty trends come and go, the cosmetology industry is not going out of style anytime soon. The job market for cosmetologists continues to grow, giving those who pursue the professional field job security. Beauticians also recognize their industry constantly evolves and have the skills necessary to adapt their services according to the latest developments in hair, make-up, and nails.

  • Personal Connection With Customers

Since cosmetologists work with clients directly, they rarely worry about getting lonely on the job. You can interact with people from various walks of life and form long-term relationships that ultimately increase customer loyalty. Additionally, you reap the unique emotional reward of helping clients build their confidence and self-esteem with a new look.

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Career Opportunities

As a licensed cosmetologist, you can follow numerous fulfilling career paths. While the options are extensive, some of the most popular and rewarding occupations in the beauty industry include:

  • Hairstylist
  • Make-up artist
  • Nail technician
  • Salon/spa owner
  • Salon/spa manager
  • Consultant/trainer
  • Cosmetology instructor
  • Hair coloring specialist
  • Retail sales specialist
  • Permanent waving specialist
  • Product sales representative
  • State Board member or inspector
  • Stylist for film, theater, fashion, or print
  • Educational director for a product manufacturer
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Why Choose Cinta Aveda Institute?

There are multiple reasons why Aveda is the ideal school for aspiring cosmetologists. Our salon-ready environment gives you hands-on experience behind the chair and retail counter to thrive in the beauty industry. We offer flexible day and night, full and part-time class schedules to ensure students with different needs can pursue an education. Our dedication to environmental sustainability helps you become responsible and successful as a cosmetologist.

Launch Your Career In Cosmetology

With the education you receive at Cinta Aveda Institute, you can become a leader in the beauty industry. Our high-quality program provides students with vital cosmetology skills and encourages them to continue growing in their knowledge. Contact us today to learn more about our cosmetology school in San Francisco and San Jose, California.

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David Adams
Global Technical Director, Aveda
Aveda Education is all about you, your passion, creativity, and business excellence. We believe in inspiring you to integrate fashion, beauty, and wellness into your life.
Charlene Stratton
Owner, Artbeat Salon & Gallery
In my experience, the Aveda Institute graduates are far better prepared for the salon environment. They come to the salon with a high level of confidence, outstanding customer service skills and extensive product knowledge already in place.
Marjorie Livingstone
Owner, Aveda Bethesda Salon and Spa
Hiring students from the Aveda Institute makes it easier on me as an owner because I don’t have to spend as much time, energy and money retraining them on the Aveda methodology. They come prepared already knowing product knowledge and the Aveda signature spa services.
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