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5 Things Top Cosmetology Schools Have In Common

The best accredited cosmetology schools tend to have certain characteristics in common. Below is a list of some of the key qualities to look for in a top beauty school, to help you choose the best cosmetology program in your area. Being prepared with this information can help make it much easier to identify the schools in your area that offer the highest levels of quality of cosmetology training and student support in their educational environments. 

Here are five qualities you can expect to find in the best cosmetology schools:

Students Learn By Experience

Top-quality cosmetology schools operate the way all schools in the industry should operate, in order to ensure maximum knowledge retention and enjoyment of learning. The best beauty schools provide an abundance of immersive experiences for students in a guided real-world salon business environment.

Each student spends sufficient classroom time, developing a foundation of basic knowledge about the cosmetology profession. But, the richest aspect of the educational experience in a top beauty school is in actually working on hairstyling, or practicing makeup artistry, or practicing with nails.

The best beauty school in your area has the best teachers. They go above and beyond the curricula, to share with students a deeper understanding of the industry and what it’s like for the professionals working in it. The best teachers help students by offering insights that only highly experienced industry experts can provide.

Top Schools Feature Flexible Learning Schedules

In an excellent cosmetology school, every student is helped to make his or her educational program fit smoothly with all the rest of life’s demands on her/his time. Beauty school teachers and counselors are well aware that many students have inflexible work schedules and/or other responsibilities that they must work around while in beauty school. The best schools help students find good solutions to scheduling issues, through flexible school work schedules.

The Curriculum Prepares Graduates for Licensure

One clear indicator of the caliber of a cosmetology school is how well its program aligns with state requirements for licensure. Though some facets of cosmetology are not regulated in all states, other parts of the services performed in the industry are heavily regulated. So, you’ll need to gather some information.

Find out the policies of a top beauty school you are interested in attending, regarding preparedness for the state licensing exam at the time of graduation. Make sure you are clear on those. You’ll also need to clearly understand the state’s actual licensing requirements. In Utah, for example, only enroll at a school with a program that fully prepares you to meet the Utah state cosmetology licensing requirements.

The Best Schools Provide Abundant Career Counseling

The ultimate benchmark for success as a student in cosmetology school is graduating, obtaining your professional license, and moving into a beauty career. Schools should have strong relationships throughout the local cosmetology employment market. Further, a school’s reputation for developing well-skilled professionals should help graduates be viewed as strong candidates for cosmetology jobs.

The best beauty schools not only offer great cosmetology classes and teachers but also provide an abundance of support and guidance for every student throughout their educational program. Additionally, they strive to help initiate career opportunities for each student.

Ask all the questions you have at each meeting with your beauty school student advisors. For example, ask about graduation rates, current starting salaries in the local market. Even ask about the future outlook for the profession in the city, state, region, and nation.

At a top cosmetology school, student advisors are well prepared for these discussions. They will communicate openly with you about your best opportunities and your skills development, and they will provide all the guidance you need to become an exceptional stylist, makeup artist, nail technician, or other professional in the cosmetology industry.

Top Beauty Schools Provide Thorough Financial Aid Guidance

A common characteristic of the best cosmetology schools is the array of financial aid opportunities they help students evaluate and apply to obtain. Top schools will even help you figure out the best ways to manage your financial needs while you are completing your education.

Financial aid counselors at the best schools will help you throughout the processes of applying for Federal student aid and/or scholarships. They will also help you find the best approach to mixing your payment alternatives, if you wish to use multiple financial aid options available to you.

Finding the Best Cosmetology School in Your Area

One of the appealing things about choosing an education in cosmetology is that students can finish school in less time than it takes to complete a 4-year degree, so you can start working in your career field much sooner. You’ve already picked the smartest approach to getting started, by learning how to recognize common traits of the best cosmetology schools for your career training.

To learn more about what you should know as you’re considering beauty schools, see resources for information on how to become a cosmetologist. To gather information to help you find the best cosmetology school in your area, if you’re not familiar with schools, you can start by searching, “cosmetology school near me,” and “beauty school near me.”

A top accredited cosmetology school offers a wealth of information for people interested in applying to enter its academic program. Typical resources a top school offers include brochures, a cosmetology course catalog, and other helpful items you can download from the school’s website. The school also provides free consultations with student advisors, and campus tours packed with important information you’ll want to know before you apply for enrollment.

American Beauty Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah

We are an accredited cosmetology school with two campuses in Utah. The Academy offers an exceptional comprehensive beauty school training curriculum. Our graduates’ pass rate at the State Board has been 100%. The school’s broad network of strong industry relationships throughout the region has helped many of our students start their cosmetology careers with job offers even before graduation.

If you would like a tour of one of our campuses, call American Beauty Academy, Salt Lake City UT at (801) 406-7386, or to visit our Salt Lake City or Payson UT campus call (801) 406-7386, or use our online information request.

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18:00 15 Feb 21
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Arthur Oliveira
21:54 06 Jan 21
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Jason Eddie
19:15 16 Oct 20
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02:29 09 Oct 20
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19:16 02 Oct 20
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Diego Enrique Ibarra
01:06 02 Oct 20
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Sergio Mitre
Sergio Mitre
21:59 30 Sep 20
The lady that gave me haircut did good job not just her why I like coming back here because me just get bald faded or just bald. But glad they open up again be coming back in month hopefully it’s the same short Latina lady. She had tat on ear and could not remember her name but like how we can talk about things
Moroni Rueckert
Moroni Rueckert
04:52 27 Aug 20
Always very professional, and there is always a supervisor on hand if students have questions about your particular hair cut or color.
Leigh Cooley
Leigh Cooley
22:49 22 Aug 20
The staff were kind and professional. My stylist did a great job.
Marlies Avery
Marlies Avery
05:35 15 Aug 20
This is my favorite place to get a haircut and today I came in to get 4 inches off. Sam did my haircut and she was so nice, gentle, and did such an amazing job. All these workers are amazing at their job.
Autumn Garrett
Autumn Garrett
20:42 11 Jul 20
I’ve always had an awesome experience here! I was able to leave with PERFECT platinum white hair after my first visit, and they’ve done a great job matching the roots each time I’ve gone back:)
Riah Hansen
Riah Hansen
13:19 10 Mar 20
Ricardo Carrasco es excelente y dedicado a su trabajo gracias por el trabajo qué haces en mi
Adriana Frausto
Adriana Frausto
04:03 08 Mar 20
When I got there I had a plane black hair style. But when they finished... it was the most gorgeous hair style I’ve ever had.Ricardo Carrasco was super nice and professional all the time.
Evelin Beltrán
Evelin Beltrán
01:35 08 Mar 20
I’ve been coming here for the past 6 months or so. I love it here. The staff is really nice and helpful. I was afraid of coming here due to it being a school, but they have the teachers look over and make sure your hair is on point. This is a great way to try different hair styles when you’re on a budget and gives students a chance to learn and grow each time you go. Highly recommended.
Liz Josephson
Liz Josephson
23:57 04 Mar 20
I've taken my kids here for haircuts multiple times and each time they are very good about making sure I'm satisfied with the look. The price is right too! I recommend bringing your kids here!
Tyese Blackhurst
Tyese Blackhurst
21:04 22 Feb 20
Makdeme fill very happy
Tabatha Anderson
Tabatha Anderson
22:02 21 Feb 20
Really caring in what they do. They make your feel very comfortable, are really friendly. My son got a perm and my husband got a haircut. Both of them really liked it. Would refer friends here and will come back ourselves!
Natasha Bess
Natasha Bess
02:31 21 Feb 20
Friendly staff, clean and they do an amazing job got hair colored and hair cuts. Love ❤👌
Brenda Almaraz-Cordova
Brenda Almaraz-Cordova
01:21 14 Feb 20
Staff was very friendly, and supervisors were extremely attentive and knowledgeable.#EthnicHairInUtah
D Harris
D Harris
21:10 06 Feb 20
The ladies were so nice and they did it so fast!!! Coming back jaja!! Neda did an AMAZING JOB!!!! :)
Maddie Hernandez
Maddie Hernandez
03:14 31 Jan 20
The warm welcome the receptionist gave was a great first impression. The instructor (Annette) was very hands on and helpful. The two students ( Stephanie and Jasmie) who rocked my hair, were very fun and polite and only needed minimal instruction. I felt like I was in good hands, the second I walked in the door. I'll be back again soon, thank you!
brook cummings
brook cummings
22:03 25 Jan 20
The teaching staff is friendly and helpful and the students are professional and know what they're doing. Would definitely recommend!
Ashley Durffee
Ashley Durffee
22:24 22 Jan 20
I have had my hair done multiple times here and the students and staff are awesome!!! I highly recommend this school!!
Aimee Powers
Aimee Powers
21:36 27 Dec 19
I had a great experience with Rachel Munoz, she did such a good job with my eyebrows! No pain at all!
Yanel Ruth Herrera Rojas
Yanel Ruth Herrera Rojas
16:48 17 Dec 19
Lucero is an amazing stylist. She’s fun to talk to and a good listener and makes getting your hair done enjoyable. I did have to come in a second time to do the color since here wasn’t enough time during my appointment but we were able to work everything out and overall a very good place to go. The cut was VERY affordable.
Julianna Armstrong
Julianna Armstrong
21:20 14 Dec 19
The students a very eager to learn and enjoy Constructive criticism.Thank you
Canyon Heinz
Canyon Heinz
21:54 12 Dec 19
Stephanie C. Did an amazing job, the staff is great.
Marco Arvizu
Marco Arvizu
23:24 11 Dec 19
Colton was fantastic! So talented!
Julia Carter
Julia Carter
21:57 05 Dec 19
Nicole is amazing!!
Brinnlee Newell
Brinnlee Newell
23:31 03 Dec 19
The school has great students and you should ask Karsyn to do anything you need. She is a very professional and will do her best every time you come in.
Colton Wilding
Colton Wilding
21:19 03 Dec 19
I have been coming to American Beauty Academy for years. The girls do a great job and very affordable.
Becky Westegaard
Becky Westegaard
21:05 03 Dec 19
I got my nails done by amber, and I absolutely love them! I will be back!
Ashley Diamond
Ashley Diamond
20:28 25 Nov 19
Amber is very friendly and she does a amazing job. Highly recommend them.
Alexis Wride
Alexis Wride
23:01 23 Nov 19
Everyone is so sweet and gentle. Absolutely darling! Constantly telling me what they're doing, and asking me what I would prefer. They got me in within a few hours notice, and got it perfectly. I loved this salon, and I don't know if I'm ever leaving it!
Allison Call
Allison Call
22:08 23 Nov 19
I love my new color amber was great
Pam Pappas
Pam Pappas
19:04 23 Nov 19
I loved the students that worked on me but the instructors gave me anxiety... I'm so baby smooth! I love Nicole and Angela! Made me feel super comfortable even with my severe low self esteem, they also didn't appear impatient though I'm sure they had to be...
Natasha Anderson
Natasha Anderson
06:25 21 Nov 19
(This has my husband's name..lol.) The service is very friendly and Cassidie took her time to understand what I wanted with my hair. The instructor was readily available to supervise and answer questions. I really like the end result!
Travis Young
Travis Young
00:00 21 Nov 19
Brinnlee did s wonderful job and is very friendly.
Aleta Mattinson
Aleta Mattinson
22:10 20 Nov 19
Always a good experience, kind, friendly staff. Easy to work with.
Ann Shumway
Ann Shumway
23:01 15 Nov 19
Staff was friendly and they did a great job on nails and hair for my daughters birthday party! Thank you
Amy Bastian
Amy Bastian
00:21 15 Nov 19
Nicole was Awesome. I’ll be back
Julie Cloward
Julie Cloward
01:40 14 Nov 19
My son loves coming here. He likes it better than sports clips. Everyone is friendly and does a great job.
Amanda Mattinson
Amanda Mattinson
23:34 13 Nov 19
Great service! Students are well trained. My family has been coming here for 9 years.
June Christensen
June Christensen
21:13 13 Nov 19
Good prices and they all are really friendly second time going here and both time they did an amazing job first time with me getting my roots colored second time with getting my boys hair cut
Robin Root
Robin Root
00:30 13 Nov 19
Love the environment, very friendly
Felisha Olson
Felisha Olson
21:04 12 Nov 19
I come here a lot and they always do a good job.
Leah P.
Leah P.
21:36 09 Nov 19
Very nice people and They did great job thank you very much G & daniala
N Alison Alisa
N Alison Alisa
20:22 22 Oct 19
American Beauty does a great job and have great students who take care of their clients
Heather Denison
Heather Denison
18:02 14 Oct 19
The atmosphere!! I'll be back!!
Jessie Wilson
Jessie Wilson
18:22 10 Oct 19
It's a good place and good price considering its students they do a pretty good job. I go in quite often and the experience is always different.
Veronica Gordon
Veronica Gordon
04:15 01 Oct 19
I always go here! They do a great job and I love helping train the next gen of hair stylists!
Hannah Taylor
Hannah Taylor
16:08 08 Sep 19
G was my barber. Great job with haircut, shave and shampoo. A great place to go.
john gale
john gale
21:00 30 Aug 19
Breanne was wonderful. Great service, awesome attitude.
JaLene Mochizuki
JaLene Mochizuki
18:01 17 May 19
Kaylee Did and amazing job on my haircut! Highly Recommend Kaylee.
Tanner Israel
Tanner Israel
14:14 25 Apr 19
I did a manicure and pedicure with Mary. She is so kind and has amazing talent! I love my nails! Definitely would recommend her to others!
Alicia Sofia Moran
Alicia Sofia Moran
01:36 18 Apr 19
Great place!! Mi eyelashes awesome! Nice job Ricardo Carrasco you are the best 😁
Lourdes Dtodo
Lourdes Dtodo
20:10 15 Mar 19
Great service, loved my 7 year olds hair cut! Can you say dapper??? However, the students smoke in the parking lot right in front of the school. Kinda tacky, in your car or on the side of the building. I saw at least 4 students and instructors smoking and all I could think was please don’t be the person helping me.
Nicole Bishop
Nicole Bishop
01:06 13 Mar 19
Awesome place with a very cheap price of $5. That’s a bargain for the great cut you’ll get there.
Brayan Garcia
Brayan Garcia
19:23 23 Feb 19
Marina and her instructor did a wonderful job!!
Kristi Alvey
Kristi Alvey
22:11 13 Feb 19
Went to get a cut and color and could not have had a better experience! Angela was thorough and patient with me and my questions. We went from dark brown to light ash blonde and she never got discouraged! Would definitely come back!
Robert King
Robert King
22:55 02 Feb 19
They did awesome! I love my hair
Shaylie Glatz
Shaylie Glatz
18:11 18 Jan 19
Oh my goodness! So much love for this place! My husband and I both took advantage of services rendered aaaaaaand adored our time!
Natasha Anderson
Natasha Anderson
22:51 03 Jan 19
Jaidan Taylor did my nails and they look beautiful. I would recommend her for great nails and hair services.
Janice Jacobson
Janice Jacobson
17:28 03 Jan 19
Very professional and friendly instructors and students!
Mary Karman
Mary Karman
19:02 21 Dec 18
My stylist Atusa Rasteh was thorough, skilled, and amazing! Very friendly and accommodating! The academy was clean and cute! Very impressed and will definitely return!
Roselynn Sarellano
Roselynn Sarellano
00:12 16 Dec 18
I had such a great experience here. The student, @BeautybyAtusa, did an excellent job while her instructor, @Bealesoriginal, gave her such great pointers to help my hair look phenomenal! Thank you!
Ray Hunt
Ray Hunt
00:21 15 Dec 18
Diago cut my hair and did an amazing job. Have not had a cut that clean in a long long time. Will definitely go back.
Daryn Winter
Daryn Winter
04:09 13 Dec 18
Great teachers and Wonderful hair stylist.
Sandra Haskell
Sandra Haskell
20:05 06 Dec 18
Best place for a haircut and color my family and I we love it 😍💕💕
Ingrid Alvarado
Ingrid Alvarado
23:19 05 Dec 18
The people here are extraordinary. They are very helpful when it comes to achieving you’re desired hair goal. With all of the colors I do with my hair they have always provided excellent service and quality colors. The Students are fantastic when it comes to helping and giving excellent communication with their client. They are well educated and know what they are doing to get you an amazing look.
Adriana Gallup
Adriana Gallup
02:46 14 Nov 18
I got my first set of acrylic nails done here. Kerissa did a fantastic job! Super happy with how they turned out!
Amber Cluff
Amber Cluff
00:30 14 Nov 18
Ana solis helped me to achieve the hair goal I was going for. I wanted a full on pink hair, but she suggested a pink balayage & it actually turned out better! The workers there are all so chill as well. I recommend this place for anybody. I love my new hair due! Thank you American beauty academy & to my hairstylist Ana!
kayrin miurha
kayrin miurha
19:30 09 Nov 18
All i can say is WOW! What an experience it started off when i walked through the door and was greeted by Kaitlin the wonderful receptionist, whom promptly got me checked in and seated with Linzie. Once seated i knew right away that Linzie was the cats meow, she went the extra mile to make sure that i had exactly the hair cut i wanted and even applied some moisturizer to my face! Linzie transformed me from a frog to a handsome prince!
Nicholas Hogan
Nicholas Hogan
04:04 08 Nov 18
The haircut was really clean, shout out my man diego
Jose Otuafi
Jose Otuafi
00:38 07 Nov 18
Kerissa did an amazing job as always! Love all the students! Instructors are awesome! Will always recommend them!
Savanna Sheffield
Savanna Sheffield
15:57 02 Nov 18
I have went to see Lacey twice she does an amazing job
Annette Lopez
Annette Lopez
02:30 02 Nov 18
I absolutely loved Anne's work, very friendly!
Cody Allen
Cody Allen
17:53 31 Oct 18
Friendly professional service. I'm always happy when I leave.
Brenda Marsh
Brenda Marsh
00:06 25 Oct 18
Bri Allred is so amazing! She’s got the cutest personality and is very knowledgeable. The instructors are always ready to jump in when they’re needed. Love how my hair turned out!
Marcie Hoffman
Marcie Hoffman
22:15 24 Oct 18
I have always had good experiencesExcellent customer service. I always feel good when I get my hair done there. Thank you
Shelleys sacred Channelings
Shelleys sacred Channelings
21:14 24 Oct 18
They are really nice and I love my scalp treatments I come to get!
Megan Atwood
Megan Atwood
19:28 24 Oct 18
I love ABA!!! They are very friendly and do a excellent job!!!
ashley atwood
ashley atwood
19:17 24 Oct 18
Awesome ladies and positive attitudes 😊 Love love the vibe!! Amazing job❤️
Paige Thompson
Paige Thompson
19:16 12 Oct 18
Kiana did a perm. Honestly I think it’s the best I’ve ever had.
gean hill
gean hill
17:20 10 Oct 18
Kerissa was great so nice nails looked amazing would definitely recommend
Alayna Booth
Alayna Booth
23:33 09 Oct 18
All the students here are very talented. The Instructors over see every step of each service. It is a very fun & professional environment.
Willow Evans
Willow Evans
19:27 06 Oct 18
I brought my mother here to get her hair done. I had never been here, but it's close to her home. The girls here are amazing. We were 15 minutes late, but they still got us right in. Her stylist payed very close attention to what she wanted and is making magic happen. Will definitely come again if I'm in town.
sarah mccomber
sarah mccomber
16:28 06 Oct 18
It’s been a great experience here! Super friendly.
Maddison Fillmore
Maddison Fillmore
16:24 06 Oct 18
The service was great. All of the people were nice and friendly. My stylist Amanda took the time to make sure I got exactly what I wanted, even though the appointment went into her lunch hour.
Nichole Frank
Nichole Frank
17:57 05 Oct 18
Narda Francom did an amazing job on my hair today and I love it! She took her time and made it perfect. I definitely recommend American Beauty Academy and Narda, she has got talent!!! I will be back for a color and more. Thank you Narda!!!
Emily Price
Emily Price
02:04 19 Sep 18
Good at what theysdo other than they hate answering the phone, atleast one of them
Awall L
Awall L
18:59 17 Sep 18
Sydney, Lacey and Bree are all great! They were extremely helpful.I love the highlights and color Sydney did and the price is unbeatable.
Kristina L
Kristina L
19:03 14 Sep 18
Great haircut and color!
Polly Butterfield
Polly Butterfield
03:44 23 Aug 18
Nice people work there and the students are amazing. I love my haircut and style. Sydney Johnson was amazing. Thanks girl
Maria Morillo
Maria Morillo
03:49 22 Aug 18
Narda stayed 5 hours after her shift to do my hair when the other girl didn’t show up. She had her threee kids and didn’t eat dinner to do my hair. She sewed in my weave and it was so beautiful!!! I love it. Would totally go to her again. She’s truly amazing
brianna banks
brianna banks
03:02 18 Jul 18
I've had a great experience here! This is a great place to go to. The instructors are very knowledgeable and quick to respond to students questions. At some schools I've gone to in the past, there has been a long wait for the instructors because the ratio of instructors to students. And the instructors were constantly checking everyone's work. It was wonderful. I could tell how much they really care. I was very impressed with everything and everyone. Otilia did a great job with my hair! It looks gorgeous! It was her first full weave too! Color is striking! I'll definitely be back!
Wendie Anderson
Wendie Anderson
16:39 17 Jul 18
☺️..... Really Nice place to go ..... Love the price too.. people are always so nice !
Tibisai Manuel
Tibisai Manuel
12:23 19 Jun 18
Took my daughter here for a night out of pedicures & manicures. The place was really nice & everyone super friendly. Martha & Narda were amazing, go and request them!!!!
Erin H
Erin H
02:23 15 Jun 18
If you're needing a pedicure just for an everyday reasons then it's a great place to go. Great price and everyone is very friendly. But expect to spend a bit longer than you would at a regular salon as they are students and therefore take a bit longer.Parking availability isn't great so expect that there could be a wait for a parking spot or a bit of a walk. This seemed to be worse earlier in the day (before 7pm).I would recommend American Beauty Academy for a pedicure as a "just a treat for yourself" kind of thing. And as I don't treat myself often enough to pedicures, I'm thinking I found a great way to do just that.
Beckey Lee
Beckey Lee
02:45 12 Jun 18
I had an amazing experience here. I had really long hair and decided to cut it short, so I showed them the picture and they were able to reproduce it exactly the way I wanted it. This is the best highlighting that I have had in a long time!! They were extremely professional and friendly. I was a little nervous about getting a hair cut from a student, but Brenda was wonderful! She listened to me and put me at ease. The instructors were awesome as well!!! I would expect to pay $200 for a cut, style, and full color weave at a salon of this quality, but the price through groupon is so reasonable!! I am definitely recommending this place to my friends and colleagues, and I look forward to returning for touch ups and to try other services. Thank you so much for making me feel beautiful!!
Kristin Sandoval
Kristin Sandoval
03:44 08 Jun 18
Chey did my nails. I wanted Disney themed, and she did a great job. She was super friendly and really nice about all my requests.
Grace Carrillo
Grace Carrillo
02:39 31 May 18

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