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Cosmetology Course

Ready to take the beauty industry by storm?

We’ve earned our reputation in the industry and want to help you do the same. Our cosmetology program can teach you how to create the “it” hair and makeup trends that you see on your Instagram feed, as well as classic looks that will never go out of style. But that’s not all.

At Xenon Academy, we know that being a stylist is about much more than gorgeous hair and makeup. It’s about running your own business and building a list of loyal clients. That’s why our curriculum heavily focuses on salon and social media marketing, income strategies, and guest service training.

Beauty provides a creative, welcoming space for all types of people. It’s also a billion-dollar industry that is fast-paced and highly competitive. For over 30 years, Xenon Academy has trained future cosmetologists to enter this industry with the skills, vision, and confidence needed to succeed.

Why Xenon Academy?

Our favorite thing in the world is seeing students who are excited and passionate about beauty. That’s why we do what we do! When you enroll, you’re not just going to beauty school, you’re joining a big, enthusiastic, beauty-obsessed family. We’re here to learn and have a great time, but most importantly, we’re here to support you during and after your education.

Here are just a few of the ways we stand out:

We provide daily access to industry experts.


Our educators have decades of experience both working behind the chair and as beauty educators. They understand what it’s like to be a beauty school student as well as a professional stylist. Let these seasoned professionals serve as your beauty industry mentors!

We use Pivot Point ® Curriculum Tools.

We’re a proud Pivot Point® Legacy Partner School. That means we’re able to use the curriculum and course materials provided by Pivot Point International. For over 50 years, Pivot Point® has been the industry standard in beauty education and trained successful beauty professionals from all over the globe.

We put our people first.

At Xenon Academy, we hold ourselves to high standards to create a safe space for everyone. With a focus on transparency and professionalism, our school does not tolerate bullying, spreading misinformation, or financial dishonesty of any kind. To learn more about our standards and policies, view our Code of Ethics here.

Program Details

We don’t teach how to cut hair and call it a day. Becoming a beauty professional is so much more than that. As a student, you can expect to receive a comprehensive education that includes beauty techniques, career prep, safety and sanitation, client relations, and business/marketing practices.

Our 1800-hour program can be completed in just over a year. Classes are held Tuesday-Friday from 8:45 am to 4:30 pm. The cosmetology program is offered at both our Grand Island and Omaha campuses.

Curriculum Overview

This information can be found in our course catalog.

  • Scalp and Hair Care
  • Healthy hair and a healthy scalp are essential. This course teaches how to recognize hair/scalp disorders, corrective treatments, shampooing/massage skills, product knowledge, and proper application techniques. This course is taught through discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on practice.

  • Hair Coloring
  • A new color can make a huge difference in someone’s life. This course teaches proper hair color application techniques, the chemistry of products and chemical reactions, corrective hair color, and fashion trend techniques.

  • Women’s and Men’s Hair Sculpture
  • Welcome to the art of hair! This course focuses on hair sculpture for all clients, including solid form, graduated form, increased layers, and uniform layers. By mastering these concepts, you can recreate any hair sculpture, or come up with your own artistic vision.

  • Hair Design
  • Why are curtain bangs so trendy again? This class will answer just that! Our hair design course introduces you to the history of hair styling and how it relates to modern techniques/trends. It also teaches quick services like thermal styling, roller placement, and press/curl services.

  • Permanent Waving Design and Chemical Relaxing
  • Whether a client wants their hair permed or chemically relaxed, a good stylist needs to understand how to safely work with these chemicals. This course teaches the artistic and scientific principles of hair chemistry.

  • Facials, Massage, Makeup, and Hair Removal
  • Learn how to provide your future clients the ultimate self-care experience! This course covers facial shapes and bone structure, makeup application, body treatments, specialty facial procedures, and hair removal techniques.

  • Manicures and Pedicures/Nail Enhancements
  • Get ready for all things nail-related. In this course, you can learn nail care techniques, hand and arm massages, corrective/maintenance options, and how to apply and care for nail extensions. We also provide extracurricular nail enhancement classes if you want to expand your skill set.

  • Rules, Regulations, State Law, Infection Control Practices
  • Safety always comes first at our school. Learn the basic understanding of the laws, rules, and regulations set forth by the state of Nebraska. This includes infection control practices and safety measures.

  • Anatomy and Chemistry
  • There’s a whole lot of science behind the scenes of the beauty industry! New and improved products are constantly being developed by cosmetic chemists to benefit both consumers and beauty professionals. This course focuses on the structure and functions of the human body and why that is so crucial to cosmetic applications.

  • Business: Career Prep
  • Once you’re done with school, you need to find a job. Our career prep classes teach how to prepare a resume, prepare for an interview, and create an Instagram presence that can help you build your business. It also includes salon recruiting events, mock interviews, salon owner guest speakers, and social media marketing lessons.

  • Business: Salon Success
  • You’ve probably chosen to become a stylist because you’re a people person. Careers in beauty are highly social. You need to know how to talk to your clients, but more importantly, you need to know how to listen. This course handles all aspects of client relations, including chair side manner, managing your clientele, proper pre-booking, and the sale of products.

  • Business: Professional Ethics and Client Services
  • For a hairstylist, honesty and transparency is always the best policy. This course focuses on the proper ethics of the beauty industry, as well as professional communication and self-presentation skills that potential employers will expect of you.

  • Business: Management and Salesmanship
  • Whether you want to be an independent contractor or a salon employee, business principles are an essential part of being a stylist. This course provides knowledge of bookkeeping, business laws, insurance, and marketing as an independent contractor, salon suite renter, or potential salon owner.

  • Certification
  • To ensure that you’re progressing through the program, you’ll be tested regularly on your knowledge of information throughout previous weeks. This will help prove your abilities and readiness to progress to the next phase of the program, and ultimately, to graduation and licensure.

  • Salon Floor Classroom
  • After completing a minimum of 200 hours, you’ll be able to perform real salon services on guests while under the direct supervision of licensed instructors. The salon floor classroom is a “live” learning environment where our educators will work with you to master both basic skills and advanced techniques. You must complete all required practice skills to earn your hours for a diploma.

Financial Aid

We understand that enrolling in beauty school is an investment in yourself and sometimes that investment can feel overwhelming. That’s why we offer a variety of financial aid options to students who qualify.

We want to provide ways for our students to study what they love. If you want to learn more about our financial aid options, then contact us to find out how you can get started with the financial aid process.

Come Join The Fam!

Want to become a part of a welcoming and creative industry? Now is the perfect time to start cosmetology school! To learn more about what Xenon Academy can offer you, contact us to set up a tour. We’d love to show you around one of our Nebraska campuses and get to know you. You can fill out our online form for more information or give us a call. We can’t wait to hear from you!