Schools for Cosmetology in Southern California

Hair coloring is part of the curriculum at the Academy of Esthetics.
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Like diamonds on a tennis bracelet, Southern California boasts a bright assortment of accredited cosmetology schools. Students looking to enter a beauty career near Hollywood are fortunate to have multiple choices accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences either in the Los Angeles area or just a few hours away.

1 Los Angeles

The Academy for Salon Professionals in the Canoga Park section of Los Angeles offers a 1,600-hour cosmetology course that gives students skills to manage a salon and work along runways, television sets, stages, film sets, or in marketing, sales and product development. The Academy of Esthetics and Cosmetology in the San Fernando section of Los Angeles County also offers a 1,600-hour course covering 14 points, including health and safety, sanitation, anatomy, hair coloring, facials, eyebrows and nails. Students can take extra training on salon management.

2 San Diego

The Marinello School of Beauty in El Cajon, San Diego County, is one of 62 Marinello schools nationwide. The school’s cosmetology program covers technical instruction and practical training in hair dressing and nail care as well as professional ethics, salesmanship, record keeping and client service records. Bellus Academy, also in El Cajon, offers a basic and advanced cosmetology curriculum. Advanced students graduate with a portfolio of their best hair styles. The school offers international training, which certifies stylists to work in more than 35 countries.

3 Orange County

COBA Academy in Orange offers a 1,600-hour course that can be completed in 40 weeks. After “freshman” training, students style clients’ hair on a salon floor under the supervision of instructors. The school had a 95 percent pass rate for the California Board Cosmetology Examination in 2013. Toni & Guy Academy in Costa Mesa starts students off with lectures, videos and demonstrations and moves up to cutting, coloring and styling. Prospective students are invited to tour the school. The school also offers continuing education for certified stylists.

4 Ventura County

Modern Beauty Academy of Oxnard opened in 1961. Its status with the U.S. Department of Education allows its students to obtain federal loans. Enrollees give customers haircuts, facials, waxing treatment and manicures. Lu Ross Academy of Ventura’s curriculum covers 20 bullet points including wet hair styling, bacteriology and scalp treatments. If you don’t pass the state examination on the first try, you can come back to Lu Ross for further instruction for free. Cosmetology students get extra training in makeup and skin care from instructors in other Lu Ross programs.

Rudy Miller has been writing professionally since 1996. Miller is a digital team leader for, a local news website and content provider to the Express-Times newspaper in Easton, Pa. Miller holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Miami.