Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty

24255 Suite A Van Ry Boulevard, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
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Programs Offered

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Program Length 1,600 hours
Average Completion 14 months
Program Tuition $17,100
Cosmetology Instructor
Program Length 500 hours
Average Completion 3 months
Program Tuition $5,100

In the School's Words

"The skill level that you gain at the academy is above and beyond anywhere else. I would recommend Gene Juarez Academy to anyone!"
- Tiffany Wolf, Gene Juarez Academy Graduate

Be Ahead of the Industry

Our academy staff knows what it takes to be successful in the beauty industry here and around the world. Since 1987, we have trained more successful cosmetology professionals than anyone else in the Pacific Northwest. Our graduates go on to stand center-stage at industry-leading events, provide style counsel to celebrities or simply help people feel beautiful inside and out at well-known salon establishments around the world.

Learn from Industry Experts

Founded in 1971, Gene Juarez Salons & Spas has been the definitive authority on hair, beauty and wellness in the Pacific Northwest and the name Gene Juarez is internationally recognized for being synonymous with outstanding artistic excellence. The success of our students and our education program is due to the investment we make in our educators under the Gene Juarez brand. To stay current on trends and technique as well as teaching methods, they continually train and develop both personally and professionally.

I find the graduates from the Gene Juarez Academy to be well educated, professional and ready to go in a salon atmosphere. Because of the outstanding curriculum they have developed, the students have a great foundation and work ethic that I'm looking for in an employee.
-Lisa Power, Owner of Lisa Power Salon

The Student Experience

As a student attending GJA, your success is our #1 priority. Our curriculum is designed to teach you the necessary technical & artistic skills to be successful in the industry. And your education will go far beyond learning how to cut or color hair and create beautiful nails. We focus on the "whole" person by teaching you life skills including how to:

  • Build a loyal, repeat clientele
  • Confidently search for a job
  • Corectly prescribe & sell retail products
  • Set and achieve goals
  • Participate in professional photo shoots

"The GJA curriculum is so well planned it flows so seamlessly from one lesson to the next and one module to the next. I am really impressed by the knowledge our educators have and they are so eager to teach us everything they know."
Angela Standfield, Recent Graduate, South Seattle

Cosmetology Program Curriculum Specifics

  • Haircutting
  • Hair Styling
  • Hair Coloring
  • Shampooing
  • Chemical Relaxing
  • Permanent Waving
  • Hair Extensions
  • Product Knowledge for Top Professional Brands

Follow a Life-Friendly Training Schedule

Our training schedule helps students live a more balanced life and minimize stress while attending the Academy.

Cosmetology Schedule: The Cosmetology program places you in school for three 10-hour days each week. This gives you four days each week to balance work, family and friends. Our 1600 hour program can be completed in just over one year.

Manicuring Schedule: The Manicuring program takes place Monday - Friday for 8 hours each day. This gives you evenings and weekends to balance work, family & friends. Our 600 hour program can be completed in just less than 4 months.

"I love what we learn, how we learn it, the three-day schedule, and I love the fact that the instructors truly care about our success! I am happy to say I would refer anyone to Gene Juarez Academy if they were ever interested in a career in cosmetology."
- Jessica Dahl, Gene Juarez Academy Student

Get Plenty of Real World Experience

On average each campus serves nearly 600 clients per week. Our reputation as a premiere salon organization attracts a wide variety of real clients to your chair so you gain experience with an abundance of hair types of and styles in a salon-like setting.

The student experience extends past the classroom and clinic by providing opportunities to participate in artistic competitions, portfolio and fashion shows, attend industry events as well as provide services to those in need at community outreach events throughout the Puget Sound.

Then, Launch Your Own Career

Our alumni can be found working at well-known establishments throughout the Pacific Northwest, nationally from Los Angeles to New York and internationally from Paris to Tokyo. They consult with industry-leading beauty brands, style celebrities and music legends, work on-set for fashion week photo shoots, consult for national magazines and more. Best of all, industry recruiters recognize the quality of our education, which makes our graduates among the most sought after.

"We are always thrilled when a Gene Juarez candidate submits their application to begin their career at Habitude Salons and Spa. From the start we know that they will be polished, professional and have a clear understanding of what being in service to our customers is all about. They will bring with them all of the basic skills and need to knows plus a devotion to be successful that we often don't see in other applicants. They will also have a realistic perspective of how much effort it takes to continue to learn grow and thrive in this amazing industry. We always move their resumes to the top of the pile and meet them first, with great enthusiasm. Thanks Gene Juarez Academy, for sending us some of the best!"
-Inez Gray, Founder & the Habitude Education Team

Gene Juarez Academy provides students and alumni with placement assistance services including externships, career fair events, lunch & learn presentations plus online and in-house job boards.

We create a customized financial plan for every student. As an accredited school, we are able to offer financial aid and scholarships to those who qualify.

About This School


There is no application fee. Please contact this school to learn more about how to apply.


This school is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS).

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