The PIC Difference
Take your passion for doing hair, makeup, and nails and turn it into an exciting new career at beauty school! For more than 25 years, Palomar Institute of Cosmetology has been educating beauty school students and molding them into top professionals in the beauty industry.
Our cosmetology, esthetics, and manicuring programs blend innovative curriculum and hands-on training with extensive preparation for the State Board exam. Our programs are designed to engage students and develop their skills, setting them apart from other professionals in the beauty industry.
Our beauty school instructors go above and beyond to make sure our students master the concepts and are ready for life after graduation. All of our instructors are working professionals and are constantly being retrained so they can teach the students the very latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry.
The cosmetology program is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start an exciting new career in the beauty industry. Our expert instructors will teach you the latest techniques in hair styling, cutting, coloring, makeup, and nail design, as well as salon management and everything you need to know to pass your State Board exam. If you want to take your education to the next level, you can apply to our exclusive Master Stylist Program, an advanced education and training program that no other beauty school in California offers.
The esthetics program will give you training in all aspects of the skin care industry. Inside our newly remodeled Esthetics Department, you’ll learn to treat skin conditions, provide a variety of facials, recreate the latest makeup techniques, perform hair removal, and more. You’ll practice these services on real clients on the clinic floor, using some of the best products and most modern equipment on the market, like our new Earthlite hydraulic spa beds. When you graduate, you’ll be fully ready to sit for your State Board exam and start a new career as a licensed esthetician.
Our Beauty School Uses Professional Brand Products
Palomar Institute of Cosmetology partners with some of the best professional products in the beauty industry, so our students are better prepared to work in a salon or spa after graduation. Students learn about retail and how to educate their clients about the products they're using, two important aspects of being a successful beauty professional.
Palomar Institute of Cosmetology is licensed to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education,
accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences,
and a member of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce.
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What's New at Palomar?
Coming Home: Student Becomes the Teacher
April Cox attended Palomar Institute of Cosmetology back in 2004 when she and her fellow classmates were the very first graduates of the Master Stylist Program. She says the specialized program enabled her to learn even more than the cosmetology training she needed to pursue her dream career.Read More
Palomar Welcomes a Colorist Legend
Palomar Institute of Cosmetology was pleased to host a renowned talent in the field of hair color recently. American Board of Certified Haircolorists President Andre Nizetich brought his wealth of experience to students, instructors and guests in a special event held on campus. A 55 year veteran of the beauty industry, Andre is passionate about hair color. He has taught thousands of hair colorists, authored four books on the art of hair color and invented tools and equipment for use in the cosmetology industry.Read More
Kathleen Mosley: A Full Life Circle
Even at the end of their lives, she can make them feel beautiful. At least, that's what Kathleen Mosley believes —because she's seen it happen, time and again. Working as a medical assistant at San Diego Hospice, Kathleen watched as elderly women with just weeks to live would light up when cosmetologists came in to do their hair.Read More