Best 5 Cosmetology Schools in Las Vegas (2022)

Discover the best cosmetology schools in Las Vegas, as ranked by the Beauty Schools Directory team with the latest data available in 2022.

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Top Cosmetology Schools in Las Vegas

#1 - Aveda Institute—Las Vegas
#2 - Paul Mitchell the School-Las Vegas
#3 - Milan Institute—Las Vegas
#4 - Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences—Summerlin
#5 - Academy of Hair Design—Las Vegas

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This school operating under the prestigious Aveda Institute brand offers programs in various beauty disciplines, including cosmetology, esthetics, massage therapy, and nail technology. The teaching philosophy is the “Aveda Way,” which includes using Aveda’s sustainable, vegan product lines and weaving in philanthropy as part of their business ethos.

This Aveda Institute’s flagship cosmetology program consists of 1,600 hours, including instruction on services such as haircuts for men and women, coloring, makeup, and basic skincare and nails. The coursework includes related topics to help you succeed beyond the salon chair, including time management, product sales, and retaining and growing a book of business. All of this can be completed over 54 weeks full-time. The Aveda Institute offers start dates roughly once a month.

Some of the extras offered by Aveda Institute—Las Vegas include ensuring that students complete photo shoots to add to their personal portfolio, inviting guest speakers, offering career fairs, and providing add-on classes on popular topics such as lash extensions or hair extensions.

Though beauty school reviews inevitably mix student reviews with salon reviews, Aveda Institute—Las Vegas boasts an incredible 4.9 stars on Google with over 1,200 reviews, a testament to the quality of instruction and student body at this school.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  80.90 %
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Paul Mitchell the School Las Vegas considers students "Future Professionals," and the school is dedicated to helping them grow into their beauty profession.

The cosmetology program covers 1,600 hours of training with education split between the classroom, online, and a salon. Paul Mitchell offers everyone an iPad with the student kit to provide access to assignments and online lectures. The school also has extracurricular activities, like a student-run Green Team that teaches Future Professionals and the local community how to respect the Earth.

In a Google review, Tasha Yu shares her experience by saying, "This school accommodates your daily life and understands that we have work so they have evening classes as well as day classes. And everyone there are fun to work with and being 'NICE' is their policy."

Students can also study esthetics, take teacher training, or sign up for a 1,200-hour hair design program at Paul Mitchell's Las Vegas location.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  75.20 %
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Founded in 1985 and still family-owned today, the Milan Institute aims to meet the needs of students looking for a career field with solid growth potential—and the school cares about their success in the field. Current student Alianna Doran says, "If you're looking for a school that truly values you as a student and cares about your education and your success then Milan Institute is the right school for you."

Milan’s cosmetology program is available in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, and covers hair, skin, and nail care training to prepare students for licensure. The program is nationally accredited and approved by the state board to prepare students to take their licensing exams after graduation.

The school also offers an esthetician program in Las Vegas and Sparks, Nevada.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  72.50 %
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Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences is developing the next generation of beauty industry talent.

The cosmetology program follows the Pivot Point Designer's Approach curriculum, an innovative and high-quality education in the hair and beauty industry. Students learn in classrooms and a full-service salon full of interactive workstations. They may also have opportunities to attend field trips to established salons or get the opportunity to network with guest speakers.

Recent graduate Vonni Simma shares their experience in a Google review: "I am a recent alumni. I graduated from the Aesthetics program August 28th and I want to thank my instructors Ms. Fe, Ms. Gina, and Ms. Aly. Especially Ms. Aly who was my instructor for most of my time there she was very kind hearted and knowledgeable. I'm very thankful for her and all of the help she gave."

The school offers nail technology and esthetics programs as well.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  64.20 %
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The Academy of Hair Design—Las Vegas is one of Nevada's most established beauty schools, in operation since 1971. It's a family-owned and operated school dedicated to changing its students' lives.

In a Google review, former student Alyssa Pena says, "I chose the academy of hair design for the beginning of my career because I've seen all the talent that's came out of this school. All the techniques I've learned here, this school taught me all I need to know. The foundation I learned is all I need to keep my education growing. I am excited to finally be graduated but will definitely miss all the instructors and all the people there."

The 1,600-hour cosmetology program covers basic and advanced techniques in hair, skin, and nails. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on the latest haircutting, coloring, and design trends for men, women, and children.

At the Academy of Hair Design in Las Vegas, you can also sign up for hair design, esthetics, and nail technology programs.

3-Year Average Graduation Rate
2018 – 2020 average:  63.20 %
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How We Ranked Las Vegas Cosmetology Programs

The cosmetology schools ranked are accredited or state-approved to provide cosmetology programming according to the licensing requirements in the state. We researched schools that qualified as Title IV institutions and had an average of at least 25 students enrolled in the most recent 3 academic years of available data (2018 - 2020). These schools are all within 50 miles of a major city center and had a weighted 3-year average graduation rate (2018, 2019, and 2020) greater than 50%. After filtering for those requirements, we sorted the remaining programs by the highest weighted average graduation rate to determine the top 6 cosmetology schools in Las Vegas.

Graduation rate and student enrollment data are from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reports. Schools with key data points missing from IPEDS reports may be omitted from the ranking, as are schools with data that is unattributable to its beauty programs. Many excellent educational institutions—including community colleges—offering a wide variety of vocational programs may, as a result, not be represented on these rankings of top beauty schools.

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This program ranking and others on our site were created by Beauty Schools Directory editorial staff based on both proprietary and publicly available data. In providing this information for our readers, our team makes editorial decisions independent from any commercial partnerships with any educational institution.