Shaping tomorrow’s leading beauty professionals

We not only give our students the education they need to pass the state exams, we offer a balanced curriculum that gives them the best advantage in the job market after graduation.

—Cynthia Mendoza, Founder of the Aesthetics Institute

The Aesthetics Institute of Portland produces well-trained graduates that far exceed the minimum standard.

We believe that a combination of small class sizes, multi-method teaching and detailed hands-on training is key to a solid esthetics and cosmetology education. We cater to each student’s unique abilities and ambitions, and we continually adapt to learning and teaching the latest cosmetology and esthetics techniques.

The Aesthetics Institute Difference


Many schools promote training with modern equipment, but their students have only a brief exposure to it within the curriculum. At the Institute, use of industry-leading machines, tools, and tables will be part of your daily learning experience.


Because everyone learns in different ways, the Institute teaches theory and practice in auditory, visual, practical, and social ways. Students benefit from small class sizes and more individualized attention from instructors.


The Institute sends its instructors to conferences across the United States to always keep current on industry changes and trends. This ensures students receive an education that truly prepares them to thrive in today’s industry.


Practical application of theoretical skills is critical to mastering any beauty-related discipline. Students will apply and develop their skills in a supportive, encouraging environment with every resource they need to succeed.


The Institute’s medical day spa gives students the additional real-world experience that sets them apart other graduates. By serving clients here, you’ll not only hone your skills as an esthetician or cosmetologist, but you’ll also come to understand the demands and rewards of a professional in the beauty industry.

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