Attending a cosmetology or beauty school offers a way to learn from the experts and to position yourself for a successful career in the beauty industry.
Some of the big names in the beauty business are instantly recognizable to those seeking a beauty career and individuals who have seen products on store shelves or in salons. Some schools are more than 100 years old, although their beauty hasn’t faded.
Here’s a look at five big names in beauty education.
Number of schools: More than 100 schools across the U.S.
Interesting factoid: Its instructors are called “learning leaders” are trained to draw out the artist in every student and prepare them to compete in the real world, according to the Paul Mitchell Beauty Schools website.
Marinello Schools of Beauty
The namesake: Giovanni Marinello is considered the founder of modern cosmetology – he was a prominent physician and gynecologist in Italy in the 16th century.
Number of schools: 62 campuses in California, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah
Interesting factoid: Marinello began when Ruth Maurer, the wife of a Wisconsin physician, cooked up a batch of face cream in a double boiler over a gas jet in her basement. According to the school, “Mrs. Maurer was certain big money could be made commercializing woman’s ageless battle against the facial ravages of time.” She started a beauty school in 1905.
The history: Horst Rechelbacher founded Aveda, a plant-based beauty company that makes skin care, hair care and other products. The beauty schools were started in the late 1970s.
Number of schools: 11 locations in Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Washington D.C.
Interesting factoid: Janet Mills, who completed on “America’s Next Top Model,” is an Aveda Institute graduate.
Empire Beauty Schools
The history: The first Empire Beauty School opened in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., in 1935. The same family has operated Empire Education Group for nearly three generations.
Number of schools: 109 school locations, in 21 states
Interesting factoid: Students learn from tools such as 3-D digital textbooks and interactive white board technology.
These big names in beauty education have shared their cosmetology secrets with thousands of beauty school students now working in the industry.