Cosmetology Program

Alure Hair Academy Cosmetology Program

Our Alure Cosmetology Program prepares you with the knowledge & skills necessary to enter a career in the beauty industry.

As per the Virginia Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation (DPOR) requirements for a cosmetology license, students must clock 1500 hours of combined theory & practical training.

Our students enroll for a full-time schedule (Monday-Thursday) with the goal to complete their education in as little as 13 months.

Phase 1: Basics

During Phase 1, students learn the fundamentals of cosmetology — such as science, sanitation, safety, basic hair techniques, & basic nail techniques through live demo, online resources, & mannequin practice.

Students learn basic anatomy applicable to cosmetologists & the basic haircut shapes. They begin to learn the chemistry of hair color & how to do basic formulations. Students will learn how to style hair in a way that will have their future guests satisfied by the end of every visit.

Our experienced instructors keep students engaged & excited by taking the time to understand how each student learns & by connecting their lessons to real-world situations. Because class sizes are small, our students thrive with individualised attention & build the confidence they will need for the phases ahead.

Phase 2: Clinic

During Phase 2, students advance to the clinic floor, which is our Salon Alure full-service salon space. They will be able to perform services on guests right across from where our licensed stylists are servicing the Salon Alure clientele. This gives our students the opportunity to experience what it is truly like working behind the chair but with the security of having a team of professionals instructing & coaching them as they work.

Students will learn effective client communication skills, advanced hair & nail techniques, & how to perform skin care services. Salon Alure clients receive the benefit of a free mini-facial, hand/arm massage, & aromatherapy with each hair service. Students will learn how to perform those rituals as well, which is just one small example of the specialised advanced instruction our students will receive.

Phase 3: Beyond

During Phase 3, students begin to prepare for their future careers. They learn about retail & how it can be used to help clients achieve their desired look. They learn general marketing & social media skills that will help them attract a loyal clientele. Students will have a basic understanding of the nuts & bolts of a salon business. They will learn how to set financial goals through salon stat tracking, manage their finances, & plan for their future retirement.

Students will also begin prepping for their state board exam & begin exploring career opportunities to map out their future. Our team will assist them with preparing resumes, help them connect with our network of salons for potential career opportunities, & equip them with everything they need to know to begin their journey into the beauty industry.

Education Investment:

(Includes tuition, kit, & registration fee)

We are proud to offer the best rate for private cosmetology schools in our area & also provide real-world experience in a real, fully operating salon. Please reach out to our team to find out about our multiple payment plan options, as well as our scholarship opportunities available.


Why was Alure Hair Academy created?

Alure Hair Academy is led by experienced, licensed beauty professionals who understand salon reality. It’s not just about passing the test to get licensed. It’s about preparing you to thrive in the beauty industry and helping map out your career path.

Alure Hair Academy founders, Harman & Manisha Nayyar, have started several salon businesses & have coached hundreds of stylists to improve their technical skills, set personal business & financial goals, & grow their clientele. Many stylists have moved on to start their own salon businesses, some have become runway stylists, and others have grown with the Salon Alure brand (also co-owned by Harman & Manisha).

Now with the opening of Alure Hair Academy, students can get on the right track right from the start of their education.

What makes Alure Hair Academy different?

  • Over 20 years experience in the beauty industry.

  • Focus on hands-on learning. No stuffy classrooms. Learn in a modern, upscale, fully operating salon & med-spa environment.

  • Includes virtual learning through our technology partner, PivotPoint.

  • Most affordable private education completed in a little over a year with scholarships & payment plan opportunities available.

  • Small class sizes for individualized attention. Don’t get lost in the crowd.

  • More business skill classes than other cosmetology schools to set you up for financial independance.

  • Guests you service at the school can easily be retained as a part of your ongoing clientele. Especially if you decide to become a stylist at any of the three Salon Alure locations in northern Virginia.

Are you accepting new students?

Yes, since we aim to start a new cosmetology group every few months, we are always accepting new students. Please give us a call at 703-919-7803 to ask for our next start date, or email us at

What are the requirements for admission?

  • Complete, sign, & submit an enrollment application & enrollment agreement

  • Schedule & complete an Alure Hair Academy Tour & interview with our admissions director

  • Pay the registration fee

  • Must have graduated from high school & provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status.

  • Provide a copy of government-issued photo i.d.

Do you have financial aid or government funding?

No, we currently do not have access to financial aid or government funding. However, we do have multiple payment options as well as scholarship opportunities. Please contact us to inquire.

What is the school schedule?

We currently offer a full-time day program with some hours spent on virtual learning. We do not currently offer a part-time or evening schedule.

Schedule an Academy Tour.

Want to visit our modern, upscale school, located in our full-service Salon Alure salon & med-spa? Want to speak with an Alure Hair Academy team member & have your questions answered? Schedule your academy tour.