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San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology

At the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology, we prepare our students—or as we call them, Future Professionals—for successful careers in the beauty industry as licensed cosmetologists. Students are guided through our program's three levels—CORE, ADAPTIVE, and CREATIVE—by expert, dedicated Learning Leaders, taking on more advanced hair techniques, real-world skills, and independence as they move through each stage of the cosmetology program.

Level 1 Core

CORE is a foundation course in hair cutting, color, texture, styling, and an introduction to our Paul Mitchell Schools culture. Future Professionals learn cosmetology fundamentals in theory, and then practice them hands-on in the safe environment of the classroom. You'll work on mannequin heads and receive close, personal attention from a Learning Leader who will guide you every step of the way.

Level 2 Adaptive

During the ADAPTIVE phase, the learning continues in the classroom and on the clinic floor classroom, where Future Professionals practice and perfect the fundamental skills learned in Core. Adaptive-level students work on live models in a salon-like environment with the oversight and support of their Learning Leaders. You will work with professional products and learn how to conduct client consultations and create extraordinary guest-service experiences.


Level 3 Creative

Future Professionals expand their skills and are introduced to more advanced and creative techniques during the CREATIVE phase. At the Creative level, students prepare to become salon-ready by working more independently at a pace and in conditions that are similar to those in a salon. You will also develop your speed, build a resume and portfolio, and prepare to pass the cosmetology state board exam.

Phase Two

PHASE TWO is an honors program for our Cosmetology Future Professionals. Phase Two Future Professionals are role models for other SFIEC students. They have the front stations on the clinic floor classroom and their guest services are at a higher price point. Our guests and salon owners request Phase Two Future Professionals for their say “YES” attitude, professionalism, ability to recommend take home products, and their salon timing. This program is offered to all qualified Future Professionals. A qualified Future Professional for this program has a visionary attitude, a 90% or above in attendance, completed a written application, and has passed a written exam. They will need to complete a consultation by giving a haircut and style in an hour or less on a live model with a Phase Two Learning Leader. At the end they will be given a one-on-one interview with the Dean of SFIEC, Deedee Crossett. 

Student Kit

One of the most exciting days for our Future Professionals is the day they get to unwrap their very own professional kit. It's packed with all the essentials—hot styling tools, mannequin heads, shears, scissors and clips, and much more—so you're ready to succeed in school and launch your dream career. *SFIEC's exclusive kit is available on display in the admission's office.

Check out the kit in our admissions office!

IPad Included!

When you have the latest technology and resources at your fingertips, you'll be more successful in school and in your career. That's why every Future Professional at the San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology receives an iPad with their student kit, giving them on-the-go access to schoolwork, career advice from industry leaders and much more.

How Much Will It Cost?

School Supplies, Kit, And Tuition Costs

Tuition: $22,256.00

Application Fee (nonrefundable): $75.00

Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF): $0.00

Kit, Equipment, Textbook, Supplies (nonrefundable): $4,744.00

How long will it take?

School Required Hours

Commitment to Complete Program: 1600 hours

When can I get Started?

Class Start Dates

  • 1-17-2017 Cosmetology Full-Time (Daytime)
  • 2-7-2017 Cosmetology Part-Time (3 days) (Daytime)
  • 3-7-2017 Evening Cosmetology (Evening)
  • 4-11-2017 Cosmetology Full-Time (Daytime)
  • 5-9-2017 Cosmetology Part-Time (3day) (Daytime)
  • 8-8-2017 Cosmetology Part-Time (3 days) (Daytime)
  • 8-29-2017 Cosmetology Evening (Evening)
  • 9-5-2017 Cosmetology Full-time (Daytime)
  • 10-24-2017 Cosmetology Full-Time (Daytime)

Student Educational Materials

  • 1 Cutting System APP, ISBN N/A, $199.00
  • 1 Men's Cutting System DVD, ISBN N/A, $162.50
  • 1 Color System APP, ISBN N/A, $199.00 
  • 1 The Coloring Book, ISBN 978-0-9743205-3-3, $26.00
  • 1 The Skill Cards, ISBN N/A, $26.25
  • 1 Paul Mitchell Product Guide Workbook, $2.50
  • 1 Connecting to My Future Book, ISBN 0-9743205-0-1, $19.95
  • Be Nice (Or Else!) Book, ISBN-13: 978-0-974-993-99-7, $23.95
  • 1 Plugged In apron and membership(while enrolled)
  • 1 Master Audio Club subscription (while enrolled)
  • 1 The Color paper swatch chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 PM SHINES® paper swatch chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 Blonding Brochure, ISBN N/A, $N/A 
  • 1 SHINES XG® paper swatch chart, ISBN N/A, $N/A
  • 1 Black Messenger Bag
  • 1 Dollar Camp Access
  • 1 Bloom.com Access*
  • 1 Perm Workshop*
  • 1 Apple Ipad, $400.00
  • 1 Online Prep Access

*These kit items are exclusive to San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology kit.

Required Textbooks

  • 1 Milady’s Standard Cosmetology 2012, Coursemate; ISBN-13: 9781133281566, $159.95

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