Aveda Institute Des Moines
Aveda Institute Des Moines



Schedule: 210 Days (approx. 70 weeks)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
8:00a.m. – 6:45p.m. (10 hours each day)

Starting August, 2013: Schedule 263 Days (approx. 53 weeks)
Tuesday-Friday 10:00a.m.-7:00pm, Saturday 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. (8 hours each day)

Express your creativity and talent in hair, skin and nail care and makeup application. Our cosmetology course incorporates 1,335 hours of extensive hands-on learning to provide you a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. Upon completion, you’ll be ready to succeed as a licensed cosmetologist.

An Aveda Institute education is rigorous and thorough. Throughout the Cosmetology program, you’ll cover the following topics in varying levels of depth and detail, giving you an exceptional foundation for your professional career.At the end at Salon Life: Students perform services on guests. The clinic floor provides students with a "real-life" salon experience. All services performed by students are under the direct supervision of licensed instructors.


Curriculum Overview

Phases (7 Phases)

Introduction/Alpha Unit
You’ll start by learning the fundamentals of cutting, styling and chemical restructuring of hair; skin and nail care; makeup; and the related sciences. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops concentrate on developing skill and accuracy and reinforcing classroom knowledge. You’ll be introduced to retailing, client servicing and personal development skills. This unit also covers state safety requirements.
Beta I and Beta II 
Unlock your creativity as you explore the latest trends and techniques in hair cutting, styling, coloring, permanent waving and chemical restructuring. Time in the clinic allows you to become increasingly confident in your professional abilities, and you begin to learn vital employment and career-advancing skills such as successful interviewing and resume writing.
Gamma I and Gamma II 
Get ready to launch your career with in-depth training in client service, time management, self-promotion, goal-setting, merchandising and entrepreneurship. Your speed, accuracy and concentration are now ready for the salon. You can demonstrate competency in all tasks required for the skill certification examination, and possess the theoretical knowledge you need to pass the written examination required by Aveda Institute Des Moines and the State of Iowa for licensure. It’s time to realize your dreams as a salon professional.

90 Days Classroom: 225 hours Clinic: 675 hours


Plant Aromaology™
history of aromaology
therapeutic effects
custom testing and blending psychology of aroma methods of application sensory journey personal blends

scalp and hair analysis
infection control
ingredient analysis skin disorders universal precautions

Anatomy & Physiology
cells, tissue and organs
muscular system
nervous system
circulatory system
endocrine system
excretory system
respiratory system
digestive system

product analysis
draping for wet and dry
chemical services
selecting correct shampoo/

Hair Styling
wet styling
pin curl techniques
roller curls
comb out techniques
artistry in hair styling
thermal styling
conventional thermal (marcel) irons
electric thermal irons
blow-dry styling

Hair Cutting
implements and techniques
client consultation

Permanent Restructuring
history of permanent waving
chemistry of solutions
pre-perm analysis
rod selection
perming techniques
custom perm design and wrapping

Chemical Hair Relaxing/Restructuring
product analysis
client hair analysis
application techniques
equipment, implements and materials

Hair Coloring
color theory
classifications of hair color
product analysis
corrective coloring
contemporary techniques
one dimensional

Skin Care

color theory
contoured and natural
makeup application
subtle and dramatic application

Nail Care

nail design and artistry
massage techniques for hands,
arms and feet

State Rules and Regulations

Iowa laws and rules
safety and sanitation requirements

Personal/Career Development
time management
team building
cover letter/resume writing
interview techniques
job requirements
employee benefits and wages
business and salon management

Gainful Employment Information

Tuition $21,000
Kit Fee $2,200*
Registration Fee $150
Application Fee $50
*Includes Books and Supplies
2010 Incurred Median Loan Debt for Cosmetology students attending Aveda Institute Des Moines $5,973.78.  All information is based on private loans as Title IV was not offered in 2010.
The Cosmetology course is seventeen (17) months in length. For the 2010 annual report, eighty-five (85) students were enrolled as of January 1st, with another one-hundred (100) starting training in 2010. Sixty (60) students were scheduled to complete, forty (40) students actually completed. Out of the forty (40) students who completed, thirty-three (33) took the last required portion of the licensing exam in 2010, 100% of these students passed all portions of licensing exam. Thirty-seven (37) individuals are employed in a field for which training prepared them.  All information is in compliance with NAACAS accrediting agency guidelines.
Occupations Available
SOC CODE 39-5012.00 Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp.  May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services. 
Sample of reported job titles:  Cosmetologist, Hairstylist, Hair Stylist, Barber Stylist, Hair Dresser, Manager Stylist, Nail Technician
For additional information regarding occupations visit The Department of Labor's O*NET at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-5094.00

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