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Have you ever wondered, “What’s the difference between cosmetology and esthiology?” Even though cosmetology incorporates some esthiology training, there are several notable differences between the two fields.

Here are some of the distinctions between them:



What is the focus? Focused mainly on hair with some skin and nails curriculum as well.  Focused mainly on skin treatments.
How many hours are required? Denver: 1,500 hours

Provo: 1,600 hours

Phoenix: 1,600 hours

Tucson: 1,600 hours

All locations are 600 hours
What can I learn?
  • Haircutting
  • Hair coloring
  • Shaving
  • Razor design
  • Blow-dry styling
  • Thermal styling
  • Pin curl techniques
  • Perms and hair waving
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Artificial nail application
  • Makeup application
  • Waxing techniques
  • Lash and brow tinting
  • Facials
  • And more
  • Facials
  • Facial makeup
  • Hair removal
  • Electricity and light therapy
  • Aveda product knowledge
  • Skin detoxification
  • Facial massage
  • Skin types
  • And more


Is financial aid available to those who qualify? Yes Yes
What is the career outlook? 8% (Faster than average) 11% (Much faster than average)
What are some career options? Hairstylist, salon owner or manager,  film stylist, makeup artist, sales representative, hair coloring specialist, fashion show stylist, permanent waving specialist. Skincare specialist, waxing specialist, makeup artist, spa manager or owner, product representative, beauty blogger.
Which locations is this program offered at? All of our locations All of our locations

Discover the differences between our two programs more in-depth!

Learn More About Cosmetology

Whether you’ve had a passion for beauty since you were little, or you’re just now discovering your dreams of a beauty education, we can help you learn more about our specific programs. Aveda Inspire Greatness Institute could be the perfect place for you to start your educational journey into the world of hair, skin, and nails.


Why Choose an Education in Cosmetology?

There are plenty of reasons why people love their cosmetology education! Here are just a few of the reasons why you might love a future in cosmetology as well:

Becoming a cosmetologist can be a rewarding educational experience for those interested in many different areas of beauty. Not only do you get the opportunity to become experts in the field of hair you can also expand your talents into the realm of skincare and nails.

The career outlook is faster than average. A growing career outlook means that there may be more possibilities for you to reach your dreams in the future!

You get to help people every day! Many people love to visit their stylist and have a great relationship with them. Not only will you get to make them feel amazing with their appearance, but you can support them as their friend as well

How To Become a Cosmetologist

We have locations in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. While each state has its own requirements for earning a cosmetology license, the overall process is still the same:

  • Take a tour of a school you’re interested in
  • Apply to your school of choice
  • Complete the required hours
  • Sit for the state boards
  • Start working in the world of beauty

If you’re excited to learn about the specifics of what is required for each state, you can get in touch with our admissions representatives who can answer your specific questions.

Learn More About Esthiology

If you have a passion for esthetics, explore our esthiology program! It’s no secret that the world of esthics is growing and that people are becoming more invested in their skincare and overall well-being. Becoming an esthetician can be a rewarding future for those who want to spend their time helping others. Our esthiology program is offered at all four of our locations!

Why Choose an Education in Esthiology?

There are many reasons why our students love their futures in skincare. Here are some of the amazing benefits of becoming an esthetician:

The work of skincare is only growing! The global esthetics market is anticipated to reach $19.5 billion by 2023. As more and more people focus on their skincare and wellbeing, estheticians have the opportunity to be right next to them and educating their clients through their journey.

There are plenty of job opportunities available to those interested in skincare. You can choose to work specifically with makeup, advanced treatments like lasers, or work at a spa and prompt the general health and well being of those who need a spa day. There are plenty of esthiologists who have started their own business as well and love working for themselves.

Becoming an esthiologist takes less time and is cheaper than a traditional college experience. Many people find becoming an esthiologist is more fulfilling as well since they are pursuing and learning what they are passionate about!

How To Become an Esthetician

Each state has different requirements for becoming a skincare specialist! It’s important to make sure you know the steps in your state so that you can become qualified and pursue your dream in esthetics! There are a few things that you’ll want to do no matter what state you reside in.

  • Tour and apply to the school of your choice
  • Finish the required 600 hours
  • Sit for the state boards
  • Begin your future in the world of skincare

If you can’t wait to get started in a field that can offer you the opportunity to pursue your dreams, then you can get in contact with us today and we can help answer your questions!

What Financial Aid Options Are There for Cosmetology and Esthiology?

Whether you’re the perfect fit for cosmetology or esthiology, it will also be important to know how you can pay for school. Luckily there is financial aid available to those who qualify so investing in your future is a possibility!

Financial aid can come in the form of:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Student loans

You can read more in-depth about financial aid available for beauty school students and watch videos that can walk you through the process of applying for financial aid.

Talk About Your Future


Let’s talk about what inspires you! We’d love to hear all about your dreams in the world of cosmetology or esthiology. There’s no goal too high for those who have a passion for beauty and promoting self-care to those around them. If you’re ready to become a beauty expert, then start by getting in touch with us today. We can’t wait to show you the possibilities with Inspire Greatness Aveda Institutes!