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Aveda Institute Des Moines

6905 Mills Civic Pkwy
Suite 120
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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The Cosmetology Program at Aveda Institute Des Moines

The cosmetology program at Aveda Institute Des Moines located in West Des Moines, Iowa is a comprehensive 2100 hour course. You can choose either the 53-week course (40 hours/week) or the 57-week course (37 hours/week). Each course runs on a 5-day week schedule. You’ll learn everything from cosmetology theory to professional business building skills. You’ll also hear in-depth lectures and gain hands-on training in:

  • Hair and scalp treatments
  • Hair care rinses
  • Hair shaping
  • Hair arranging
  • Chemical waving and relaxing
  • Hair coloring
  • Facials
  • Skin care
  • Hair removal
  • Manicuring/pedicuring

You’ll learn professional business-building skills in salon management and career development, while you acquire the skills that will help you become highly employable.
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The main objective of the cosmetology program at Aveda Institute Des Moines is to prepare you for the Iowa state licensing exam in cosmetology, while providing you with the skills needed to become successful in the cosmetology career field. Most students graduate and go on to become:

  • Cosmetologists
  • Hair Show Colorist
  • Fashion Photo Stylist
  • Platform Artist
  • Behind the Scenes Hair Show Colorist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Stylist
  • Retail Sales Specialist
  • Salon Manager or Owner
  • Aveda Educator

Because Aveda Institute Des Moines is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), you can be sure that you’ll receive a cosmetology education with hands-on training of the highest academic quality from a school that wants to see you succeed.
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Our Mission Statement

The Aveda Institute Des Moines is dedicated to providing students with a quality learning environment, which will prepare students to obtain their license after graduation and to obtain a career post-graduation in Cosmetology, Esthiology, Massage Therapy, or other business and management related fields such as retailing and management.
The mission is achieved based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Creating an environment of trust and respect.
  • A commitment to teamwork.
  • Promoting personal and professional development.
  • Inspiring the continuous quest for knowledge and growth.
  • Enabling students to provide services that exceed our clients’ expectations.

Our History
The Aveda Institute Des Moines is owned and operated by V.P. Institute, Inc. Our faculty is a skilled team of experienced educators with knowledge of classic and contemporary techniques. They meet state licensing requirements and are trained in all the aspects of hair, skin and esthetics, body care and related subjects. The Aveda Institute Des Moines is a Cosmetology, Esthiology, and Massage Therapy school, approved and licensed by the State of Iowa, and accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences.
Our Facility
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 6 years!

Programs Offered
Aveda Institute Des Moines offers the following programs:

  • Cosmetology
  • Esthiology
  • Massage Therapy

The Cosmetology Program

Upon completion of the 53-week Cosmetology program at the Aveda Institute Des Moines, you will receive an Undergraduate Certificate. We have provided the information below to help you make an informed decision about the Cosmetology program at the Aveda Institute Des Moines.

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Program Cost

Question: How much will this program cost me?

Tuition & Fees: $21,150

Books & Supplies: $2,200

Total Cost: $23,350

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Question: What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?

Federal Loans: $12,000

Private Education Loans: $0

Institutional Financing Plan: $0

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Student Statistics

Question: What is the on-time graduation rate?

Graduation Rate: 0%

Question: What is the job placement rate?

Placement Rate: 91%

The Cosmetology Program Outline

Instructional Methods
The following instructional methods are used during the course of the Cosmetology program:

  • Lectures
  • Videos
  • Hands-on Techniques
  • Demonstrations
  • Overhead Projectors
  • Power Point Presentations
  • Internet Research

Program Content
Course units for the Cosmetology Program are set below. The theory hours for each unit equal or exceed the number of classroom hours required by the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Students must complete the Iowa State minimum of 2100 hours of cosmetology training in order to qualify for state licensure.
Courses in Cosmetology Theory

  1. Hair/Body Systems Theory (26 clock hours)
  2. Sanitation (6 clock hours)
  3. Iowa Law (10 clock hours)
  4. Hair and Scalp Treatments (56 clock hours)
  5. Hair Shaping (260 clock hours)
  6. Hair Arranging (248 clock hours)
  7. Chemical Waving and Relaxing (105 clock hours)
  8. Hair Coloring (435 clock hours)
  9. Skin Care/Hair Removal (113 clock hours)
  10. Manicuring/Pedicuring (160 clock hours)
  11. Precision Trends in Hair Cutting (210 clock hours)
  12. Precision Trends in Hair Shaping (106 clock hours)
  13. Advanced Hair Coloring (107 clock hours)
  14. Make Up (90 clock hours)
  15. Aveda Rituals (40 clock hours)
  16. Personal and Business Development (28 clock hours)
  17. Retailing, Sales and Management Development (100 clock hours)

Total Clock Hours – 2100 Hours
Courses in Cosmetology Training

  1. Hair and Scalp Treatments (45 lab hours)
  2. Hair Shaping (150 lab hours)
  3. Hair Arranging (175 lab hours)
  4. Chemical Waving and Relaxing (60 lab hours)
  5. Hair Coloring (320 lab hours)
  6. Skin Care/Hair Removal (60 lab hours)
  7. Manicuring/Pedicuring (120 lab hours)
  8. Precision Trends in Hair Cutting (170 lab hours)
  9. Precision Trends in Hair Shaping (81 lab hours)
  10. Advanced Hair Coloring (87 lab hours)
  11. Make Up (75 lab hours)
  12. Aveda Rituals (28 lab hours)

Total Lab Hours – 1371 Hours
By the end of the program, you should possess the speed, accuracy, and concentration necessary to succeed in the salon. You should be competent in all tasks required for the Cosmetology Skills certification exam, while possessing the theoretical knowledge needed to successfully pass the Cosmetology Written exam required by Aveda Institute Des Moines and the State of Iowa for licensure.
By the time you graduate from the program and become a fully certified cosmetologist, you’ll be highly employable and ready to enter the entry-level cosmetology career field. Career opportunities include:

  • Hair stylist
  • Barber
  • Esthetician
  • Makeup artist
  • Nail technician
  • Massage Therapist
  • CIDESCO Diplomat
  • Sales representative
  • Permanent waving specialist
  • Hair coloring specialist

Some graduates may also choose to become educators, inspectors, shop owners, and freelancers in their chosen field.

The Cosmetology Courses You'll Be Taking

Cosmetology at Aveda Institute Des Moines is the art and science of enhancing beauty for both men and women. Our program includes instruction in the care of hair, nails and skin. Students will learn hair design, color, cutting and styling and will apply this knowledge to mannequins, live models and guests. The care of healthy nails, manicure, pedicure, and table set-up is also taught. Skin care, facial waxing, and face color is the finishing touch of the Aveda experience.
Hair/Body Systems Theory
Students learn about hair structure, electricity, chemistry, anatomy of the head, face and body, and muscle systems.
Safety and sanitation techniques and requirements are discussed.
Iowa Law
Students learn about Iowa laws, rules, safety and sanitation requirements in order to prepare them for the Iowa State licensing written exams.
Hair and Scalp Treatments
Product analysis, procedures and techniques, client hair analysis, application techniques, equipment,
implements and materials are studied.
Hair Shaping
Students observe demonstrations in hair cutting and shaping, and gain hands-on training in implements and techniques, sections, handling of shears, clippers and razors, and client consultation.
Hair Arranging
Students learn about hair styling, wet styling, finger waving, and pin curl techniques, and obtain hands-on training with roller curls, comb out techniques, artistry in hair styling, thermal styling, conventional thermal irons, and blow dry styling.
Chemical Waving and Relaxing
Lectures on permanent restructuring theory of hair, chemistry of solutions, and pre-perm analysis are discussed while students receive hands-on training in rod selection, perming techniques, custom perm design and wrapping.
Hair Coloring
Students gain an understanding of color theory, classifications of hair color, product analysis, and corrective coloring before they receive hands-on experience in contemporary techniques, one dimensional/multidimensional, foiling, bleach and tone.
Skin Care/Hair Removal
Histology, disorders, facials, skin care, and waxing are discussed and practiced.
Each student will experience manicures and pedicures, nail design and artistry, acrylic nails, nail extensions, massage techniques
for the hands, arm and feet with a hands-on approach.
Precision Trends in Haircutting
Emphasis on Aveda techniques to create any hair design is stressed. Students also learn to identify the latest trends and skills
necessary to develop hairstyles using precision cuts.
Precision Trends in Hair Shaping
Emphasis on trends of professional hairstyling that enhance and contribute to a client’s overall look. Each students will learn to identify trends and utilize the skills needed to develop hairstyles based on length, genre, and texture within a creative approach to producing new styles.
Advanced Hair Coloring
Students focus on layering hair coloring techniques to achieve the desired look. Aveda Collections are taught and an emphasis on advanced use of foil patterns is stressed throughout the course.
Make Up
Students acquire hands-on training in make up application with attention to eye shapes. Bridal and mature make up techniques, as well as photo ready make up applications are also discussed and practiced.
Aveda Rituals
Students learn how to perform the Aveda 12 points of difference. Stress relieving rituals, aromatherapy, sensory, journeys, finishing touch procedure and massage techniques are also utilized in class.
Personal and Business Development
Students hone their interviewing skills and gain an understanding of career success strategy, resume writing, and professional consultations.
Retailing, Sales and Management Development
Preparation in retailing and business management are stressed throughout the course. Students learn the fundamentals of sales and management as they apply to a retailing atmosphere. Students are required to participate in hair shows, an annual field trip to advanced their education, and offer services at events.

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