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California is one of the premium places in the world to study esthetics/skin care. There are so many colleges that teach skin care that the standards are high because of competition. Professional estheticians also have many possible job opportunities because of the entertainment industry and beauty-conscious population.
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It’s not hard to become an esthetician in CA. With persistence and dedication and attending a good school you will have your license in less than a year. The first thing you need to do is attend an accredited school for the required training. In CA 600 hours of classroom and practical training is the minimum you need before being eligible to take exams. Some of the things you will learn in classes and practice on fellow student and actual clients are: exfoliation, facials, makeup, depilation, microdermabrasion, etc. You will also be required to learn more academic subjects like anatomy and skin diseases and disorders.

Once you’ve completed your training you’ll need to pass exams and receive your license before gaining employment. All applicants must pay a fee that covers the exams and licensing fee and show that they have completed studies at a college or school.

Esthetician exams in California consist of a written test as well as a practical which you will need to do on the same day. The practical test will include sections on safety and sanitation, hair removal, massage, and facial masks and makeup.

Check out our page detailing online school options as well.

Bridges Academy of Beauty – Barstow

Citrus Community College – Glendora


Cosmetologist’s Academy of Beauty and Design – Turlock

Culver City Beauty College – Culver City

DeLoux Cosmetology – Fairfield

Flavio Beauty College Inc – Torrance

Thanh Le College School – Midway City

The Beauty World – Oakland

World Vision College of Cosmetology – Oakland

Hollywood Beauty College – Stockton


Marinello Schools of Beauty – North Hollywood – CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – San Diego-Miramar – CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – San Mateo – CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – West Covina- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Victorville- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Chico- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Hemet- CLOSED

Marinello Schools of Beauty – Castro Valley- CLOSED

Bellus Academy – El Cajon, Poway

The Salon Professional Academy – San Jose

Yamano Beauty College – Los Angeles

Also useful for esthetics students in California:
The State Board website.

San Francisco has several esthetics institutes
San Francisco Skyline

The application and initial license fee in CA – pdf


More interested in other types of beauty schools? Check out our pages that list California schools for nail technicians, barbers, cosmetologists and makeup artists.

More listings below…

Estheticians in the US – Schools by State

Schools for Estheticians in Canada

Academy for Salon Professionals – Canoga Park, Santa Clara

Adrian Beauty College of Tracy, Inc – Tracy

Advanced Beauty Techs Academy – Hemit/San Jacinto

Alhambra Beauty College – Alhambra

American Beauty Academy – Brawley

Avalon School of Cosmetology – Alameda

Bellflower Adult School – Lakewood

Blake Austin College Beauty Academy – Vacaville

California Hair Design Academy – Chula Vista, La Mesa

Career Academy of Beauty – Garden Grove

Champion Institute of Cosmetology – Palm Springs

Chico Beauty College – Chico

Cinta Aveda Institute – San Francisco

Citrus Heights Beauty College – Citrus Heights

Cosmo Beauty Academy – Sacramento

David’s Academy of Beauty – Pico Rivera

Designs School of Cosmetology – Paso Robles, Pleasanton

Elite Cosmetology School – Yucca Valley

Federico Beauty Institute – Sacramento

Federico Career Colleges – Bakersfield, Fresno

Flair Beauty College – Santa Clarita

Fremont Beauty College – Fremont

Hoss Lee Academy – Citrus Heights

Institute of Beauty Culture – Santa Maria

International College of Beauty Arts and Sciences – Los Angeles

International College of Cosmetology – Oakland

International School of Beauty – Indio, Palm Desert

James Albert School of Cosmetology – Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Rancho Cucamonga

Le Melange Academy of Hair + Esthetics – Napa

Lu Ross Academy of Beauty & Health – Ventura

Milan Institute – Clovis

Milan Institute of Cosmetology – Concord, La Quinta

Newberry School of Beauty – Chatsworth

North Adrian’s Beauty College – Modesto

Palace Beauty College – Los Angeles

Paul Mitchell Partner School, Safavi Institute of Cosmetology and Esthetics – Modesto

Paul Mitchell The School – Costa Mesa, Alhambra

Redondo Beach Beauty College – Redondo Beach

Royale College of Beauty – Temecula

S.F. Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology – San Francisco

Salon Success Academy – Corona, Fontana, Redlands, San Bernardino, Upland

San Bernardino Beauty College – San Bernardino

Shasta School of Cosmetology – Redding

Shoreline / Goodwill Industries – Santa Cruz

Simi Valley Cosmetology School – Simi Valley

Thanhle Beauty College – Garden Grove

The California Academy – Sacramento

The Cosmetology Institute Temecula – Temecula

The Form Academy – Los Angeles

Cosmotek College – San Jose

W Academy of Salon & Spa – Danville

Wayne’s College of Beauty – Salinas

Western Beauty Institute – Fullerton, Lancaster, Panorama City

Zenzi’s Cosmetology Training Center for Hair, Skin, Makeup & Nails – San Francisco

Did we miss any California schools for the study of esthetics? Please contact us to let us know.