They say that Virginia is for lovers, lovers of culture, lovers of the beautiful beaches and the DC society lifestyle, and lovers of beauty. Virginia has some of the top cosmetology schools in the country. It presents the career minded stylist with a great opportunity for training administered by experienced professionals in a very supportive atmosphere. There are many cosmetology schools in Virginia and the best ones offer preparation for a career anywhere in the United States in the beauty industry as a cosmetologist, stylist, colorist, aesthetician, manicurist, and for the fashion and entertainment industries as well.
One of the very best is the Regency Beauty Institute, a national institution with Virginia campuses in Manassas, Newport News, and Richmond. The schools offer full and part time programs in hair styling, coloring, texturing, as well as other beauty disciplines. There is an emphasis on preparation for the art as well as the business of beauty and for the licensing examinations required for certification. Regency is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education, which means that qualified applicants can receive a financial aid package to support their training. And because of their relationships with local salons, national chains, and cruise lines, the school is very helpful in placing trained and certified stylists anywhere in the United States.
Another high quality national school with two campuses in the Richmond area is the Empire Beauty School. They offer a one year program which will train you to become a licensed cosmetologist, emphasizing both the artistic and business aspects of beauty education. They also have an extensive network of relationships throughout the country to place you in a job or to help you to open your own salon. They are also a fully accredited school making financial aid available to any qualified applicant. The school offers programs in salon and spa management, product sales and product development which offer a well rounded beauty industry education.
Miller - Motte Technical College in the Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke offers a cosmetology associate of occupational science degree. The program teaches theory and offers the hands on experience necessary to build a career in the hair styling industry. It is also a properly accredited college for the purposes of receiving financial aid and if you want to secure and associates degree while you are preparing for your career, Miller - Motte is an excellent choice.
Another traditional institution of higher learning is Virginia College, which offers a degree with a specialization in cosmetology. The college offers its students flexible schedules with a full range of classes in the various salon disciplines as well as in the business of running a salon. The school operates its own on premises salon where advanced students can get hands on experience working with clientele. Students also run the salon, getting a practical experience in the business side of the beauty industry. It is also fully accredited, allowing qualified students to get financial aid from government sources.
These are just a few of the best choices for beauty education in the state of Virginia. Find an institution that offers the course work that you need in an environment that allows you to comfortably pursue your dreams.