Programs Offered

Cosmetology / Esthetics / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training

Recent Reviews

Natalie A.
3/22/2024 via Yelp
via Yelp

I can't believe this school is still open. I went here and it was a horrific experience. Owner is very snakey and unethical. Also remember watching a few...

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Michelle Ni
2/21/2024 via Google
via Google

Please save your money and invest into another school! I took the barber program here and it was horrible from the professors to the “principal”. I would go in and we would just sit in a class room doing nothing no instructions were given to us we were just expected to show up and teach ourselves with no help. They were always short on supplies and the school itself was dirty. The professors were nothing but drama it felt like I was back in high school. I didn’t learn anything and still have a passion for it but this school left me in debt with no way to pursue my passion. Please don't be like me and save yourself the time and money.

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Leslie Garcia
2/7/2024 via Google
via Google

Unprofessional, teachers switched out over 4-5 times in the 6 months that I was there. Products are never stocked and they hound esti’s clients to pay but barbers pocket all the money. From my experience they are very shady when it comes to money and payments. My plan was to have $1k taken out every month to pay for my classes but they never did so when graduation time came they said I didn’t have payment, couldn’t graduate, and would have to pay the daily fee on top of that for “graduating late.”I had to pay 5k the day before graduating in order to Prevent the fee due to there lack of vigilance. You pretty much learn on your own here, there’s never a good, qualified instructor. In fact me and a few other classmates were emailed asking if we’d like to TEACH the phase 1 class. Unbelievable!!! At one point I had a girl who was in the class before me teaching us in phase 3 before she even took her test and got her license. If you’re looking to just get a license then this might be the place for you, otherwise beware at alll costs!!!

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In the School's Words

At the Cosmetology & Spa Academy, you'll learn innovative haircutting and coloring, Sam Villa's thermal tool designs and techniques, the latest nail techniques, skincare, and the business skill set from Milady. As a family-owned school, we care about our students and try to understand their areas of interest and help them grow in their natural talent. The class sizes are small, 9% of the learning is hands-on and our instructors are veteran professionals. Learn the secrets of the professional beauty world and take advantage of internships, special events and competitions!

From hairstylists, nail technicians, and salon owners to beauty magazine editors, cosmetic marketers, and beauty consultants, our Cosmetology, Esthetics and Instructor programs can prepare you for a variety of career opportunities. You can learn all about beauty though in-class instruction and hands-on training, along with learning client care, upselling and ways to grow a loyal clientele. The decision is up to you!

With over 30 years of experience graduating successful cosmetologists at our other two campuses, we are excited to help you get started on an amazing career path. With our small class sizes, first class affiliations, and hands on training we are your perfect choice to immerse yourself in the beauty industry. As a family owned school, we are committed to a positive nurturing culture that truly helps our students succeed.

We at Cosmetology & Spa Academy are committed to the highest quality learning environment that best prepares our graduates for success. In addition to world class technical training, to help you land your dream job we offer:

  • Nationally-known guest educators
  • Competitions
  • Resume building
  • An active job board
  • Plenty of scholarship options
  • Professional business training
  • Job fairs

Your Future

Upon completion of your program at Cosmetology & Spa Academy, you should be prepared to take the Illinois state board exam. Once you pass your exam, you can be on your way into the exciting world of beauty. We also provide resume building assistance, keep an active job board, write letters of recommendation, host job fairs and provide financial aid for those who qualify.

Did we mention our institute has some added perks? Students are offered free parking, student lounges with dispensaries, student lockers and a free 1-inch tablet. Also, undergraduates who have reached 6 hours may receive one free or discounted beauty salon service per week!

Our doors are open! Step inside and explore the career opportunities out there for you with an education from the Cosmetology & Spa Academy. Contact us today.

Cosmetology And Spa Academy "Where your beauty career begins!"


Cosmetology & Spa Academy - Schaumburg offers the following programs:

Cosmetology / Esthetics / Barbering / Nail Technology / Teacher Training


Program Length 1,500 hours
Average Completion 11 months
Program Tuition $24,000

1,500 hours of training in preparation for the Illinois state board exam. Classes include Vidal Sassoon haircutting and coloring, hair design, Martin Parsons' long hair and spa training, and practical salon experience.


Program Length 1,500 hours
Average Completion 12 months
Program Tuition $24,000

Are you looking for a fun & exciting career that is expect to grow 14% through the year 22? Our barber program is for you!! We feature the latest techniques in cutting, styling and coloring. Our curriculum feature's Sassoon cutting, as well as American Crew and Toni and Guy. Our men's cutting team has trained all over the world in the highest fashion markets such as London, Paris, Rome and LA. This program is not accredited yet.


Program Length 750 hours
Average Completion 5 months
Program Tuition $14,000

750 hours of training, including methods to help control acne, reduce scarring, even out pigmentation, diverse waxing techniques, chemical peels, aromatherapy and more.

Beauty Instructor

Program Length 1,000 hours
Average Completion 12 months
Program Tuition $20,000

About This School

Accreditation or State Approval

One or more programs offered at this school is accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accredited programs qualify graduates for applicable state licensing. In addition, accredited schools typically can offer more financial aid options, including federal financial aid. Learn more about accreditation and approval.


To apply to this school, there is a $100 application fee.

Financial Aid

45% of students received financial aid

On average, students received $4,881 in financial aid.

Student Body

Gender Ratio

75% Female, 25% Male

Race / Ethnicity Ratio

30% White, 47% Hispanic / Latino, 14% African American, 3% Asian American, 0% American Indian, 0% Hawaiian / Pacific, 4% Two or More, 2% Unknown

436 students are enrolled in this school

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Page last updated: 04/09/2024

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