Our Programs

Big Island Beauty Academy Programs

Big Island Beauty Academy offers a full range of courses in Cosmetology, Hairdressing, Nail Technology, Esthetics, and Beauty Instruction. Our primary goal is to establish a solid base of education and experience to equip students with the essential tools to launch a successful career in their chosen career path.

Cosmetology Program in Kona, Hawaii

Cosmetology & Hairdressing

Our strong hands-on approach with a dedicated expert faculty makes our Cosmetologist program stand out! After course completion, students become masters in Cosmetology and Hairdressing, due to our rigorous class schedule and hands-on training.

Cosmetologists and Hairdressers have the advantage of endless job opportunities at their fingertips. By becoming a Cosmetologist or Hairdresser, you can work in beauty salons, hotels, spas and even own your own salon. As a Cosmetologist, you will have more career options and higher salary. Cosmetologists and Hairdressers also have the unique luxury of setting their own hours and being self-employed. This growing industry has endless opportunities that Big Island Beauty Academy will help you achieve!

Lash Lift Prep during Esthetics Course at Big Island Beauty Academy


The objectives of the esthetics program are to develop basic beauty knowledge of the skin and its disorders. Students will learn various treatments and techniques used to give regular and European facials, including equipment use and maintenance, waxing, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, makeup, and related subjects.

If you love the field of Cosmetology but would like to specialize in the study of skin care, then an Esthetics career is for you! Once you’ve received your esthetician license, your job at a salon or spa is to make the customer feel pampered and relaxed by providing facials, pore cleansing and exfoliation treatments, body wraps and polishes, foot reflexology, aromatherapy and spa treatments as well as hair removal and waxing treatments.

Ms. Estefany demoing nail art during Nail Technology course at Big Island Beauty Academy in Kona

Nail Technology

Big Island Beauty Academy holds the highest standards for our Nail Technology program. Our objective is to develop professional knowledge of the nail and its disorders, as well as techniques in manicure, pedicure, and artificial nail application services.

If you’re looking to join an industry where you can enjoy being creative and helping people, attending nail school might be for you. Most cosmetology and beauty schools offer courses dedicated to nail technician training, but Big Island Beauty Academy also offers courses specific to learning the art of nails and their esthetics. Our students train to become nail technicians, also known as manicurists and pedicurists, who specialize in nail art and design, manicures, pedicures, acrylics, gels, nail art, wraps, nail extensions and more.

Teachable moment with Ms. Estefany during Beauty Instructor class at Big Island Beauty Academy

Beauty Instructor

Become an educator and begin sharing your passion and expertise in the beauty industry! If you’re ready to shape the future of the beauty industry by teaching young students, the Instructor program offered at Big Island Beauty Academy is the answer to your search. Our program meets all state requirements in teaching experiences, theory, and hours to become a licensed Cosmetology Instructor. Our program will give you the classroom experience that you need to inspire your students, and will give you the confidence to begin teaching a new generation of beauty industry professionals.

Our curriculum includes instruction in topics such as teaching techniques, technical and leadership skills, hands-on experience, and ongoing coaching. If you’re looking for a career that offers a ton of flexibility, is artistic and creative, and you have a love of teaching, then becoming a Cosmetology Instructor is right for you.

For more information about our Beauty Instructor program, please give us a call at (808) 329-6447.


Course Schedule

We accept new students into our programs throughout the year! New students may enroll at any time and begin courses on the next start date for their desired program (see schedule below). We are now offering full and part time classes for every program.

We strongly encourage you to enroll three weeks before the start of each session. We recommend enrolling earlier if possible to make sure your kit can be ordered and available for your first day of class. If a session is not full, we do still accept late enrollments — please contact us to see if we can fit you in for your desired start date!

The session start dates listed below are for our Cosmetology, Hairdressing, Esthetics, and Nail Technology programs. Beauty Instructor program schedule is upon necessity.

For more information on our course schedule, please give us a call at (808) 329-6447 or schedule an Admissions Appointment online.

2023 Session Start Dates:

Tuition Breakdown

Application Fees are required as a non-refundable deposit in order to secure your position in an upcoming session. We recommend to submit this deposit as soon as you have chosen your desired session, in order to save your spot.

CIMA Seat, Kit Fee, and an agreed upon first Tuition payment (if signing a payment plan contract) are due three weeks before the start of the session. Enrolling early will ensure your kit can be ordered and ready for your first day of class. Enrolling later than this usually results in your kit not arriving by the start of the course.

The above may be paid by check, account transfer, money order, cashier’s check or credit card

There is a 3% processing fee for all credit card payments

Big Island Beauty Academy offers in-house payment plans

Big Island Beauty Academy offers several payment plans to assist in making all programs available to everyone. Please schedule a tour and consultation to make an appointment that will open doors of opportunity. With a career in the field of beauty, you’ll have the opportunity to show your creative side, your fun side and your nurturing side as you pursue your dreams, and enjoy the independence that comes with taking control of your life.

For more information about our Beauty Instructor program tuition, please give us a call at (808) 329-6447.

Learn More About Enrollment

Want to learn more about our programs here at Big Island Beauty Academy?

We offer one-on-one consultations and school tours for prospective students. Schedule an Admissions Appointment now to get your questions answered, and discover which financial option works best for you!

Appointments are available Wednesday–Saturday from 10am–4:30pm. To schedule an appointment, please use the button below to book online.

When booking online, select “Admissions Appointment” (near the top of the services list) to schedule your appointment.