The Bellus Academy Experience with Autumn Camacho

Posted on April 17th, 2014 - Written by: Amy Masini

smallAre you starting your journey through the Bellus Academy experience?

Do you want to know what other students love most about their time at Bellus Acadmey?

Read about the experience of Autumn Camacho, a recent graduate of Bellus Academy and discover what her Bellus Academy experience entailed!

The Beginnings as a Bellus Student

When Autumn began at Bellus Academy, she was not convinced that it was for her. Coming into the Cosmetology Program, she worried about fitting in. Despite her reservations, she continued through the Bellus Academy experience.

Autumn’s Bellus Academy experience was nothing like she thought it was going to be. She never imagined she would have to learn anatomy so well! Bellus is intensive and goes past the basics. Autumn appreciates the holistic experience that prepares students well for the real world. It goes beyond simply taking a state board. She affirms that Bellus Academy is the most amazing place to be and the most amazing business to get into.

When she was starting out, Autumn went to her first instructor to say that she felt like she couldn’t do it anymore and thought she wasn’t learning the way she wanted to. The instructor challenged her with what she wanted and how leaving would benefit that. Autumn’s instructors have always listened to her and given her these types of pushes and encouragements to succeed.

The Staff

Autumn feels so grateful for having the amazing staff who always kept her going. She says they got her hooked in and she feels she could not have chosen a better school or location. Everyone at Bellus from instructors to the admissions office helped her succeed. Autumn asserts that if you do the work, the people will go above and beyond for you. Every time she had doubts, they pushed her and kept her going with reasons to stay.

As someone who considers herself to be a self-starter who jumps in feet first, Autumn was supported by instructors who were always there to help but let her dive into the learning process. The willingness the instructors had to push her is something she cherished. She understood that they challenged her out of care. They taught her to use everything as a learning experience.

Planning for the Future

During her time at Bellus she participated in a lot of events which were amazing in that they gave you freedom to test out the waters of a real working environment.

As a graduate, Autumn hopes to work with hair and greatly values the importance of a good blow dry as the foundation of a hairstyle. Autumn encourages students to always take feedback as constructive criticism because the instructors are always pushing you to be successful. She advises to be a positive person, never give up, and be at Bellus Academy every day to work toward your future.

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Beauty & Wellness Industry Appreciation Event

Posted on June 16th, 2011 - Written by: Bellus Academy

Beauty and Spa Professionals and those interested in beauty and spa careers are invited to attend our Industry Appreciation Event. This night features scholarships for prospective students, complimentary salon/spa treatments, refreshments, industry networking and demonstrations.

Featured at this event
• $500 scholarships for all attendees
• Demonstrations featuring artistic icons and medical spa physicians
• Networking with salon and spa leaders
• Raffles and goody bags with cutting-edge products
• Complimentary spa and salon treatments (i.e. mini-facials, chair massages, hand treatments, etc.)
• Refreshments and appetizers

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, June 29th from 5-8pm
Located at: Bellus Academy, 13266 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064 (Visit us online at
RSVP: Email Joanne Berry at by RSVP by June 25th

Event Agenda
5:00pm Arrivals, refreshments, tours & complimentary services
6:00pm Introductions and welcome – Lynelle Lynch, President
6:15pm Hair Demonstration Featuring Diego Raviglione & Nick Berardi
6:30pm Wellness Presentation with Linda Anne Kahn from Beauty Kliniek, La Jolla
7:00pm Liquid Face Lift Demonstration with Dr. Richardson from Destinations Med Spa
7:15pm Make-up presentations by Temptu & MUD
7:45pm Raffle and close

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Join Us at our Industry Appreciation Party Boasting Industry Speakers, Treatments & Networking

Posted on September 13th, 2010 - Written by: Amy Masini

Book signing with Howard Murad, M.D. | Complimentary Treatments | Networking

Howard Murad, M.D.

World-renowned skin care specialist Dr. Howard Murad will be honored at an Industry Appreciation Night held at Bellus Academy, on September 22nd. Dr. Murad is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost authorities on skin health and has been named “Best forward-thinking doctor” (Vogue Magazine) and “a beauty genius” (Elle). In addition to being recognized for his skincare accomplishments, Dr. Murad will speak at the Industry Appreciation Night and sign copies of his newest book, “The Water Secret.” This will be Dr. Murad’s first personal appearance since the book’s launch.

“Dr. Murad’s achievements in the area of skin care have been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Lynelle Lynch, President of Bellus Academy. “We are thrilled he can be with us for our Industry Appreciation Night, as we are very excited to present him with a Professional Partner Recognition Award for his significant contributions to the beauty industry.”

Event Details
Industry Appreciation Night, hosted by Bellus Academy of Beauty & Spa, will be held on September 22, 2010 from 6pm-9pm at Bellus Academy, 13266 Poway Road, Poway, CA 92064. Click here to RSVP by September 18, 2010.

Featured at the event will be:
• Book signing with Howard Murad, M.D. (pictured above)
Demonstrations featuring artistic icons and medical spa physicians
Networking with salon and spa leaders
• Raffles and goody bags with cutting-edge products
• Complimentary spa and salon treatments (i.e. mini-facials, chair massages, hand treatments, etc.)
• Refreshments and appetizers

Event Agenda
6:00pm Arrivals, refreshments, tours & complimentary services
6:30pm Introductions and welcome – Lynelle Lynch, President
6:45pm Hairdressing Industry Presentation
7:00pm Howard Murad, M.D. Presentation
7:15pm Temptu Airbrushing and MUD make-up presentations
7:45pm Howard Murad, M.D. Book Signing “The Water Secret” his book releasing that night!
8:00pm Dr. Charlene DeHaven Presentation
8:00pm-9:00pm Select complimentary spa & salon services
8:30pm Awards ceremony and raffle drawing

For more information contact Joanne Berry at or Athena Johnston at

We look forward to seeing you!

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Guest Blogger Karisa Interviews Student Extern

Posted on April 30th, 2010 - Written by: Amy Masini

As the Bellus Insider I get to interview students who are externing at the hot salons and spas in Southern California. Today I interviewed Kim Webb who just got back from an amazing externship at The Doves Studio in Santa Monica. A little a about Kim – she enrolled at Bellus three weeks after graduating High School and has excelled in the Cosmetology program. She was only 17 when she enrolled. Now at 18 – she is excelling fast!

About The Doves – They are the elite Creative Directors for the color and product lines, Wella and Sebastian. They are also recognized as some of the most sought after hairdressers in the world. They have won some of the most prestigious awards and continue to advocate advanced education.

I interviewed Kim in our Vichy Shower treatment room at the school. Sounds strange but it’s the only place we could get away from the action on the Salon floor. I hope this video provides some insight to current students who would like to land a great externship or to people who are looking to get into Cosmetology. If you leave questions – I will answer them!

Thanks, Karisa

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See the World – Guest Blogger Joanne Berry

Posted on April 29th, 2010 - Written by: Bellus Academy

ITEC (International Therapy Education Council) from London came to our school yesterday and tested some of our massage and esthetic students so they could get a qualification that’s recognized in 38 countries worldwide! The great thing is once the students have this qualification they can work in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and many other countries plus the cruise ships – it really is a passport to the world.

Joanne Berry, Director of Spa Education and Recruitment

Now they also have a hair qualification too for hair stylists so if anyone wishes to travel in our great industry they should inquire about ITEC – it’s a great qualification to have. Also, STEINER will be here on the 20th May conducting more interviews for students wishing to work on the premier cruise ships, if you need more information don’t hesitate to contact me.

Joanne Berry
Director of Spa Education and Recruitment
(858) 748 1490 ext 321


student testimonial

"I enrolled at Bellus Academy in 2009. I enrolled in the make-up course with Ms. Judy and the Esthetics Program with Miss Larissa and Miss Olga. Since day one the teachers and staff have been amazing. I could not have asked for more out of a school and teaching staff. I feel very fortunate and happy that this school is available and can accommodate such fantastic services."

Ellie Davis, Esthetics & Make-Up Artistry Program

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