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The Aesthetics Institute of Portland has been offering advanced beauty education since 1985. After decades of teaching dedicated students and producing the beauty industry’s leading professionals, we’ve built a reputation for excellence. It’s our high level, hands-on approach that distinguishes us from other schools and sets our graduates apart.

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We are currently offering cutting edge programs in Esthetics (skin care), Nail Technology, and Electrology (permanent hair removal). Throughout these structured, interactive courses, students not only learn advanced techniques, they also get to practice with the modern tools and technology used in salons and spas today.

Our mission is to give students practical knowledge and a unique job market advantage upon graduation.

southeast-portlandThe Institute is located in southeast Portland, offering students the perfect backdrop for an education in beauty and fashion. The Rose City is a place where individuality reigns supreme, which means we get to practice outside the box with creative styles, colors, and techniques. Portland is also home to America’s third-largest fashion week and the birthplace of numerous natural beauty brands. The Huffington Post says it’s “the beauty capital you’ve been missing.”

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In 1985, Cynthia Mendoza felt that the curriculum for esthetics and nail service was lacking in technology, practical skills, and the sciences. So, with hopes of advancing the profession, she opened the Oregon College of Electrology and Thermology in downtown Portland. After opening a satellite college in Spain, the school’s name was changed to the International College of Electrology and Thermology. Years later, the college moved to its current location in southeast Portland and became the Aesthetics Institute. The facility has more than 5,000 square feet of classrooms, instructional areas, testing area, private treatment rooms, body treatment areas, and offices.

Today, Ms. Mendoza is constantly updating the curriculum to ensure graduates leave the Institute with a solid foundation and are prepared for the demands of the current work environment.

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