Bellus Academy Featured on KUSI News: Summer Trends & Open House

June 22nd, 2012 by Bellus Academy

Are you or someone you know interested in a career in beauty and wellness?

Join us at our Summer Open House to learn more…

Wednesday, June 27th (5:30pm-7:30pm) at Bellus Academy in Poway.
RSVP: Sarah Holmes, Director of Admissions 858.248.4449 or

Open House Features:

  • Meet our Staff & Educators
  • Tour the Academy
  • Enjoy Refreshments and Goody Bags
  • Learn about Scholarship Opportunities

Make your dreams a reality with a Career in Beauty and Wellness.

Beauty Changes Lives, Enrolled Student Scholarship Competition

June 21st, 2012 by Bellus Academy

Beauty Changes Lives just launched the Enrolled Student Scholarship Competition. Only those who attend an American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) member school are eligible to apply.

Four lucky students will win a day with a celebrity mentor!

Celebrity hair stylists Ted Gibson and Diana Schmidtke, CND Co-Founder Jan Arnold and “The Father of Internal Skincare,” Dr. Howard Murad, will each spend a day with a currently enrolled student. Winners will also receive a $500 travel allowance.

To enter, students must submit a one to three minute video or a 500 word written essay telling us how beauty has changed their life and how they’ll change lives with a career in beauty & wellness. For contest rules and details, please visit

The deadline to apply is July 10. This is a life-changing experience and could help launch the career of promising students!

Beauty Changes Lives is a non-profit initiative designed to raise awareness of how careers in the hair, beauty and wellness industry transform lives both personally and professionally. Created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), Beauty Changes Lives is supported by a coalition of beauty professionals including educators, product manufacturers, celebrities and industry icons. Through public events, educational outreach and partnership with select philanthropies. Beauty Changes Lives showcases the breadth of career opportunities available to beauty school graduates.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

April 23rd, 2012 by Bellus Academy

Guest blogger Summer Collins – Financial Aid Advisor

Have you ever wondered what FAFSA stands for? Well it is the free application for federal student aid. That is how many of our students are able to receive assistance for school here. As many of us may know, financial aid is always changing. In the upcoming fiscal year there are several anticipated changes but, it is not subject to change until July 1, 2012. It varies from interest rates, new regulations, and the ability to benefit test. Also, tax season is over which leads to the new regulation for the 12-13 FAFSA. It requires students to complete the IRS Data Retrieval tool. If students have not done so they should as soon as possible. If students are not able to use this tool they must request an IRS tax transcript because we cannot have tax forms in a financial aid file. In addition to the 12-13 FAFSA subsidized loans are anticipated to change. The interest rate is going up to 6.8%. It is also anticipated that as of July 1, 2012 students who have taken the ability to benefit test will not be able to receive financial aid any longer. Students without high school diplomas will have to obtain a GED or high school diploma to get federal assistance. If you would like more information on financial aid grants and student loans I strongly recommend making a PIN number used for many financial aid purposes at After you have completed making a PIN number and It has become active complete Entrance Counseling at This will give you a better understanding about student loans and grants.

Big things happening at Bellus Academy in National City

April 9th, 2012 by Bellus Academy

Its nine days into the month of April and we have just completed another successful new class orientation at the National City campus. This group included future professionals enrolled in Cosmetology, Make-up and the Spa nail program. The four class starting in 2012 have increased the overall population of the campus by 30% bringing the total number of students to
its highest point in several years. The caliber of students that are committing to Bellus Academy on a monthly basis are the driving force behind the success that we are attaining in National City.

With newly enhanced facilities and continued excellence to education, the increase has not gone unnoticed. Kalia White, a National City student, has recently become the first invitee from this campus to complete a 2-week externship with the Global icons Sonya and Christopher Dove at their beautiful studio in Santa Monica, CA. Joining Kalia are seven other future professionals currently preparing to be placed in multiple extern salons all-over the San Diego area.

The success of these students coupled with improving licensure and job placement rates have the word spreading about the changes taking place in the eldest of the four Bellus Academies. Through commitment to education, hard work and a tremendous amount of dedication big things are continuing to take place down south in National City.

“The Benefits of Massage: It Changes Lives!”

March 5th, 2012 by Amy Masini

Guest Blogger Joe Barbalaco, Director of Massage Programs

I’m sure by now you have heard that massage is for more than just relaxation and pain relief.   Receiving massage on a regular basis rebuilds a new you, mentally and physically.  It helps you embrace some lifestyle changes that may include:  nutrition awareness, physical activity, mental focus,  and a healthier outlook on life.

Through the work of a massage therapist, a person starts to feel differences in the body they might not have been aware of before.  These physical changes include: joints that are manipulated to its fullest range of motion which then allows the muscle tissue to be elongated.   This gives the person a sense of freedom in their body and is capable of moving better as they go through their daily activities.  The ability to move freely reduces the feelings of fatigue, sluggishness, and heaviness which lead to a feeling of being able to be more physically active. This new positive experience of physical awareness of their body may help them reach the next level of a regular fitness regime. When clients can move better they are more likely to try a yoga/stretch class, lift weights, begin a walking or light jogging routine.

Being that we explored that massage is more than just for relaxation or for luxury, we can make this statement, “Massage therapy can assist with producing energy to enhance both the body and mind.” Experienced massage therapist or holistic health practitioners will guide, educate, and provide a plan to wellness for the client who’s looking to improve their health. This is the responsibility of a Massage Therapist.  At Bellus Academy, every trained massage therapist is given methods to encourage their client to a path of wellness.

“Assessment, Treatment, Prevention – Promoting Health through Massage”

Joseph Barbalaco

Director of Massage Programs

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