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Schools

NACCAS

American Association of Cosmetology Schools

AACS is “America’s Voice in Hair, Skin, and Nail Education”

AACS was founded in 1924; we are a national non-profit association open to all privately owned schools of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences.

AACS specializes in updating our members with information about new teaching methods, current industry events, and Washington, DC updates. We do this through a series of seminars, conferences and conventions held throughout the year.

Most of all, AACS members act as a family, often helping each other with addressing problems facing beauty education. This “networking” is often listed as the most important benefit to membership.

For those schools that participate in Title IV funding, AACS lobbies Congress and the Department of Education aggressively to protect the interests of private career schools. AACS is your representative in Washington, DC.

Junior Style Stars

Junior Style Stars is for the enhancement of careers in the cosmetology field providing the platform for the future hairstylist to develop their artistic skills. Unlike other competitions, Junior Style Stars allows all students, regardless of location, to compete on a completely level playing field, devoid of all the usual politics.

Each competitor competes on the identical mannequin and receives the same photography through their local JC Penny’s. All work must be done at the competitor’s beauty school under strict instructor supervision. Judging is done via the Internet. There are safeguards in place to insure total honesty.

Beauty Changes Lives

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) presented an inspiring, public event showcasing beauty’s power to change lives during the AACS Annual Convention, November 16, in Phoenix. Beauty Changes Lives convened icons in the beauty and wellness industry as well as beauty school students and school owners to share how a career in beauty changed their lives. Proceeds from the event benefitted the CUT IT OUT! domestic violence awareness initiative

Cut It Out

CUT IT OUT is a program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States.

Mike McKinley Motivational Speaker


Professional Organizations

InSPAration Management

We Are Your Success Partner InSPAration Management, a firm specializing in spa and salon business development, advanced education, BizTools, and medi spa management to help elevate your success.InSPAration Management is committed to maximizing spas’ and salons’ growth and profits, while improving the guest’s experience, through professional consulting and education.

Spas around the world face many challenges in developing, marketing, and selling their spa brand and services. Additionally, most spas have not fully maximized their profit potential. InSPAration Management provides effective solutions to assist spa and salon industry professionals to reach and exceed their goals.

For the past 13 years, Dori Soukup, Founder and CEO, has traveled the world visiting over 27 countries, that lead her to see firsthand the challenges spa and salon leaders are experiencing. She discovered that most spas and salons have the same challenges. Dori began developing solutions and implementing and testing strategies to help the industry overcome their challenges. We now have a blueprint on how to effectively and successfully manage spas and salons. We invite you to explore all of the business solutions, systems, and structure we have created for you!


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Testimonials

Its about the journey…I graduated from Intl Academy with a strong foundation in cosmetology as a stylist and an educator now over 10years. I am proud to help cultivate and inspire the beauty within us all and visually express it to the world.

Tina H.

International Academy provided me with a strong educational and professional foundation in which I have been able to build upon. My goal has been to elevate myself and others to new levels of success and to show cosmetology graduates that anything is possible in our industry.

Kirk R.

With the education I received from International I quickly advanced in the industry. After graduation I quickly surpassed colleagues in my salon and moved into management after six months. After only three years I was able to open my own salon which has been very successful. All of this has been possible because of International Academy!

Denise L.

Hair has always been a great passion of mine, and when I knew cosmetology was the career I wanted to pursue, I looked long and hard for a loyal school. I found the perfect one, International Academy! So, I packed up my bags from Chicago and moved down to Florida. I learned great skills in coloring and cutting and had lots of feed back from all of the great, knowledgeable teachers. I have now been doing hair for 5 years and am having great success!

Cheryl H.

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