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The Aveda Institute Des Moines takes great pride in providing its students with the highest quality learning environment around. Our 22,000 sq foot facility houses a team of extraordinary educators whose passion is to bring out the best in all of their students. Under their guidance, students from the Aveda Institute Des Moines have won the Edwin Neill Full Potential Award 4 times in the past 7 years!

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Are you passionate about helping others feel their best? Do you love making people look great? If so, a career in cosmetology, esthiology, or massage therapy may be right for you. The Aveda Institute is one of the most multifaceted career schools serving aspiring professionals in the Des Moines area. In addition to hair and makeup classes in our cosmetology department, we offer training in skincare in our esthiology department and various massage techniques in our massage therapy program. Our array of programs makes us the top beauty school in Iowa for a range of career paths, and our expert teaching staff makes us the best.

Up-to-Date Training. Cutting Edge Technology.

The Aveda Institute Des Moines takes great pride in providing its students with the highest quality learning environment around. Our 22,000 sq foot cosmetology school in Iowa houses a team of extraordinary educators whose passion is to bring out the best in all of their students. Under their guidance, students from the Aveda Institute Des Moines have won the Edwin Neill Full Potential Award 4 times since 2014!

Cosmetology

If you live for makeup tutorials and strive to recreate every look, Aveda Institute Des Moines can help you turn your passion into a career. Our cosmetology program in Iowa starts with a theoretical study that establishes a foundation of knowledge for students. Practical experience in the classroom is then used to build on students’ knowledge and provide training for work in a real salon environment. Some of the subjects covered in the cosmetology program include:

  • Hair coloring
  • Natural nail care
  • Acrylic nails
  • Facial treatments
  • Chemical relaxation
  • Chemical waving
  • Hair shaping
  • Hair arranging
  • Scalp treatments

Students also learn about Iowa cosmetology safety regulations, sanitation, and career management. These elements are covered over the span of 57 weeks, with a 37 hour per week schedule. Each week includes teacher-led instruction in the classroom as well as clinical training and hands-on application time. The total program time is 2100 hours of training, ensuring that every program graduate is competent and confident in their cosmetology skills.

Esthiology

For students who are more interested in making a career out of skincare services, esthiology is the place to start. Esthiology is all about the holistic nurturing of the skin through holistic beauty techniques. The Aveda Institute Des Moines is the top school of beauty, offering comprehensive training in all aspects of esthiology, including:

  • Skin chemistry
  • Make-up application
  • Aromaology
  • Facial massage
  • Facial applications
  • Waxing
  • Spa techniques
  • Clinical treatments

Our esthiology program emphasizes treatment using pure plant essences and covers various aspects of skincare in its curriculum. Upon completion, students will be prepared to take the esthiology exam for licensure in the state of Iowa. Furthermore, graduates will receive a diploma certifying completion of the esthiology curriculum — which totals 600 hours of training at our Iowa cosmetology school. Some of the positions that graduates are qualified to work in include skincare specialist, waxing professional, or make-up artist, among many other paths that an esthiology degree can lead to.

Massage Therapy

Nothing feels better than getting a great massage — except giving one. Becoming a massage therapist is a great career option if you want to help your future clients relax and ease sore muscles. Aveda Institute Des Moines is the top beauty school in Iowa that offers massage therapy training at our Des Moines facility. Our program covers all aspects of massage, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pathology
  • Aromaology
  • Spa treatments
  • Body movement
  • Reflexology
  • Swedish massage technique
  • Deep tissue massage technique

The Aveda Institute’s 750-hour program spans 25 weeks of training, which includes classroom training led by the institute’s teachers as well as opportunities for hands-on training. The program also includes demonstrations, visual presentations, and research exercises in order to develop students’ knowledge of massage therapy past the theoretical. Upon completion, students can become licensed in massage therapy in the state of Iowa and pursue positions working in spas, health clubs, or chiropractic and medical clinics.

Beautiful Career Opportunities

The Aveda Institute Des Moines is the top beauty school in Iowa for a reason. Our cosmetology, esthiology, and massage therapy training programs offer the best career opportunities in Des Moines. No matter where your interests lie, you can build a beautiful career at the Aveda cosmetology school with help from our staff of expert instructors. If you’re ready to find a job that nurtures your passions and develops your skills in an exciting new field, call us at (515) 200-1096 or find a program start date that fits in with your schedule.

 

sophie j
sophie j
2021-12-09
Bella S did a full highlight for me and it exceeded my expectations! I went from brunette to light blonde and she did a great job and did not damage my hair. If you are coming in for a transition to blonde, would definitely ask for Bella!
Elayne
Elayne
2021-11-03
Wonderful experience, so many options & the absolute best products.
Review Qween
Review Qween
2021-10-07
I would totally recommend Aveda! The students really care about the clients, and the environment is SO relaxed and full of energy. I also want to give a shout out to their instructor Whitney V, she goes above and beyond to make sure everyone is happy. I loved how kind she was to the clients, and her students as well. I really liked how she worked with them and taught them with such positivity. I received the cut I desired and really appreciated the professionalism and same day appts. Emma Kate did a great job on my hair!
Kayla N
Kayla N
2021-09-25
Isabella C really listened to my concerns and together with the educator for the hair color, which was gray. Isabella took the time during the bleaching out the top new-grown hair (it was natural black) and toning process to make sure the gray color was achieved. Afterwards, she stayed late to achieve the perfect blow dry and curled my hair. I told her that I had an important event. She was friendly, patient, and enjoys. All of that, she made the first experience for me that much more enjoyable and great decision on using service at beauty school. Believe that their students will be succeed and great cosmology out there 🙂
6905 Mills Civic PKWY #120
West Des Moines, IA 50266
515-224-5244

Hours:

Monday: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 8 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Sunday: Closed