Our Programs


Our Cosmetology program is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start an exciting new career in the beauty industry. Our instructors will teach you techniques in hair styling, cutting, coloring, makeup, and nail design, as well as salon business and the information you need to know to pass your State Board exam.


The Esthetics program will give you training in many aspects of the skincare industry. You will learn to recognize skin conditions, provide a variety of facials, recreate the latest makeup techniques, perform hair removal, and more. You will practice these services on real clients on the student salon floor, using professional products. When you graduate, you will be ready to take your State Board exam and start a new career as a licensed Esthetician.


The 400-hour Manicuring program at Palomar Institute of Cosmetology is designed to give you in-depth training in nail care using OPI Nail Technology. After completing your classroom training, you will move on to the student salon floor where you will perfect your skills giving nail services to clients.

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Guest Testimonials

I’ve been coming to Palomar Institute of Cosmetology for about one year now. I started in 2008 at the Oceanside College of Beauty when my daughter suggested I needed to do something for myself because I was in a dark, dark time, so I did, and I have been happy ever since. I come in once a week, and I get a pampering. I have had facials done that were wonderful. I’ve had pedicures done, manicures, and the students are delightful. I enjoy the atmosphere, and the only sad part is they eventually graduate and move on to careers, but that’s sad because I hate seeing them go. It’s a great experience, and it’s a decision I made many years ago that I truly, truly think is one of the best things I ever decided to do.

Patricia St. Clair

Hi, my name is Shirley Smith, and I’ve been coming to this school for nine years. I always have a great experience here. It’s really fun, and I love their shampoo sets, their bleaching, and all of the teachers and the students are really fun. It’s a great place to come to.

Shirley Smith

Hi, my name is Stella. I want to start by saying that I started at the Oceanside College of Beauty several years ago, but the reason why I am here is because I followed the staff over. The staff, the students, the guest receptionist at the front counter, Ms. Kathy, have been amazing. They’ve always made me feel warm and welcomed. I’ve had the opportunity to observe the instructors engage with their students and their clients, and I just admire how everyone interacts so well together. Their ultimate goal is to make sure that we the client achieve the goal we are striving for. I always feel beautiful when I leave here, and it’s not just because of the fabulous work they do on my hair, it’s because they seem like they’re family here and I love being a part of that, and I don’t think I’ll go anywhere else.

Stella Palosdelrosa

Hi, I’m Jeanne Meadows, and I live in La Costa. I’ve lived here for almost thirty-five years and I have been coming to Palomar Institute of Cosmetology for close to twenty-five years. Probably as long as it’s been open, and I have yet to find a hairstylist, esthetician, staff, or anyone to have a complaint about. I only get my beauty treatments here, and I love it and recommend this facility to people on Nextdoor, or any place I go to and I get a chance to compliment and refer others to come here. You get more for your money and top-notch education, products, and everything you can ask for, so I think it’s a win-win, and I just love it.

Jeanne Meadows

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