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Why Avenue Five Institute?

Avenue Five Institute is Great for Creative, Serious Learners

When it comes to your education, we know you have choices. Do your homework, ask your stylist, massage therapist, or esthetician what they recommend, and don’t compromise on investing in your future. If you are still on the fence, here are 10 reasons why Avenue Five Institute might be a good fit for you!

1. Award Winning

Avenue Five Institute has received numerous industry accolades and awards, including Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education awards, Nuts & Bolts Business School of the Year and President’s Award. Student achievements include consecutive Professional Beauty Association Beacon Winners, finalists in the International Sassoon Academy Cut and Color Competition, and Business Student of the Year honors. Check out our news section for more information!

2. Experienced Educators

There is no substitute for experience. Members of our cosmetology department receive annual training from Wella Professional educators. Esthetics and Cosmetology instructors also receive educational instruction via Milady’s Master Educator Program and periodically attend the International Salon and Spa expo in Long Beach, CA. These are just a few examples of how Avenue Five Institute is dedicated to providing salon-professional education built on years of industry experience. Learn more about our staff.

3. Business Training

Avenue Five Institute has partnered with Beauty as a Business (BaaB) to offer essential social media training for beauty and wellness professionals.  This curriculum includes online branding, content creation, and engagement.  These skills help graduates to connect, stand out, and expand clientele on platforms like Instagram and TikTok.  By elevating one’s digital presence, professionals can foster lasting connections and propel their career forward! BaaB

4. Education First

At Avenue Five Institute, we believe education comes before all else. No matter what manufacturer you prefer, the techniques of massage, haircare and skincare can be universally applied. Learn more about Earthlite, Wella, Dermalogica, Rhonda Allison, Hylunia, Sebastian and OPI, just to name a few!

5. We Have Fun!

School doesn’t have to be boring. If you don’t hear laughter, if you don’t see smiles, if you don’t feel excited, supported, challenged, and inspired about your future career, you’re not at Avenue Five Institute. Like us on Instagram to keep up with the latest happenings!

6. Student Salon & Spa

Our highly active student salon and spa regularly remains among the top of Yelp’s list of the most-reviewed salons and spas in Austin! There is no substitute for live models, and our busy student salon, spa, and massage clinic is the ideal environment to refine your skills.

7. Employment Assistance

Avenue Five Institute provides students with the tools to prepare them for their first job in the industry and many opportunities to interact with salon, spa, and massage therapy professionals. While no program can guarantee employment, we provide support to help you put your best foot forward.

8. Competitions and Photo Shoots

It’s our philosophy that a well-balanced education should include portfolio and studio work. Competitions and photo shoot opportunities involve event planning, working with models and photographers, and providing creative direction. Many of our graduates have submitted photo work to national competitions and earned opportunities to attend exclusive events and award ceremonies at some of the worlds largest industry conventions. Take a look at some of our students’ work at our Photo Gallery.

9. Community Service

It is with a genuine spirit of love and caring that Avenue Five Institute students give back to the community each year. For reasons dear to the owner’s heart, our charity of choice is the The Breast Cancer Resource Center of Austin. Any Baby Can, Dell Children’s Hospital, Settlement Home, Homeless Resource Center, Homeless Christmas Drive, Goodwill, Austin ISD, St. David’s Hospital and Lake Travis Youth Association, are a few of our other favorite places to donate our time and resources.

10. Guest Speakers

Diversity in education creates well-rounded professionals. Guest speakers and educators have included Stephen Moody, Kevin Murphy, Alan Ruiz, Ron King, David Glover, Rudolph Leon-Guerrero, Tina Anderson, Evelyn Jackson, Jim Yates, Don Haidl, Eric Massey and Sam Villa.