Programs Offered

Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics / Massage Therapy

Recent Reviews

Sara Jane
3/24/2024 via Google
via Google

If you are a prospective cosmetology student, RUN. If you can handle borderline emotional abuse, lying, manipulation, constant chaos, and general lack of organization, you might be able to learn a thing or two - at least if an instructor likes you - otherwise, good luck. The only reason they're able to find any staff is because of personal connections and don't actually care if you have an instructor's license or not before they hire you to teach because they're desperately trying to maintain their public image. Don't let anything you see or hear from them fool you, they're constantly downsizing the kits, cutting out educational/team building activities, skimping out on valuable educational time due to their inability to keep staff and stretching the staff they do have way too thin, all while raising the tuition. It was agonizing; having prospective cosmetology students tour the school when we just had THREE instructors quit at the same time because of how badly mistreated they were and having no real contingency plan, knowing they were getting fed the same lies my class and so many others were. Please take your money and go somewhere else before you waste it on a poorly fabricated sham like this.

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Sara S.
3/24/2024 via Yelp
via Yelp

If you are a prospective cosmetology student, RUN. If you can handle borderline emotional abuse, lying, manipulation, constant chaos, and general lack of...

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Nina Scott
1/29/2024 via Google
via Google

Had my hair cut short and done blonde from three different colors on my head. I can’t remember the young lady’s name that did my hair but she did a super job at the cut and color, I haven’t been able to get anyone as good as her since!!! Thank you guys!!!

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In the School's Words

When you choose Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy (SMIHA) for education in beauty and wellness, you are forging a path toward a career in an ever-expanding and exciting industry. Our mission is to develop and train beauty & wellness students to become professionals who are knowledgeable, and successful. Our unique, collaborative approach to education and values-based culture have created a community of passionate and inspired students and alumni.

Hands-On Learning

We believe in hands-on learning, collaborative culture and a shared sense of purpose- those are the values at the heart of everything we do. When you graduate from one of our programs, you already have real-world experience and confidence in your craft. Your potential for financial growth and personal fulfillment will be limitless!

Start a career you love in less than a year!

Our online application connects you with one of our admissions representatives to get you more information about our programs and enrollment process. Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy is fully licensed by the state of Virginia, Certified to Operate by SCHEV, accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences and is recognized by the US Department of Education. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.


Sylvain Melloul International Hair Academy offers the following programs:

Barbering / Cosmetology / Esthetics / Massage Therapy


Program Length 1,500 hours
Average Completion 11 months
Program Tuition $19,062


Program Length 600 hours
Average Completion 7 months
Program Tuition $9,085

Massage Therapy

Program Length 900 hours
Average Completion 7 months
Program Tuition $12,860


Program Length 1,100 hours
Average Completion 8 months
Program Tuition $15,150

Master Esthetics

Program Length 600 hours
Average Completion 7 months
Program Tuition $9,235

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 $25 application fee.

Financial Aid

55% of students received financial aid

On average, students received $5,115 in financial aid.

Student Body

Gender Ratio

88% Female, 12% Male

Race / Ethnicity Ratio

50% White, 3% Hispanic / Latino, 40% African American, 1% Asian American, 0% American Indian, 0% Hawaiian / Pacific, 5% Two or More, 1% Unknown

146 students are enrolled in this school

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Page last updated: 04/22/2024

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