Top Cosmetology Schools in Brownsville

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The Top 5 Cosmetology Schools in Brownsville by Reviews

Cosmetology is a promising career, but as with any field, success depends on your education. A quality school will give you the skills, counsel, and networking to quickly get a good job, but a sub-par school will take your money and offer nothing in return. It is thus crucial to carefully compare all local schools.

Based on student reviews, the five most effective cosmetology schools in Brownsville and the surrounding area include:

1. The Salon and Spa Institute

With glowing reviews from former students and customers alike, the Salon & Spa Institute is one of the most popular cosmetology schools in Brownsville. Alumni credit the Institute’s supportive attitude for giving them the skills, confidence, and networking services to quickly find a job. Above all, they praise the school’s positive, effective learning environment. The only major downside of the school is its cost. Students frequently graduate with more than $15,000 in debt, a hard sum to pay down even for those who quickly obtain good cosmetology jobs.

2. Metro Barber School

Although technically not in Brownsville, the Metro Barber School is only half an hour away in Harlingen, Texas. The Harlingen campus opened relatively recently and has few reviews, but the school’s campuses in other cities are already established. Students at these campuses report high-quality education and a commitment to teaching not only cosmetology skills, but the patience needed for success in the field. Given these past successes, it is likely that the Harlingen campus will provide quality education as well.

3. University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences

Also in Harlingen, the University of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (or UCAS) is notable for its in-depth, extensive training. Students are given the most comprehensive education possible, preparing them for state certification exams and teaching the techniques necessary to thrive in cosmetology. The heavy focus on certification preparation, however, may leave students without the crucial conversation and social skills for cosmetology.

4. MEI Academy of Cosmetology

A newcomer among cosmetology schools in Brownsville, MEI Academy has already gained a positive reputation among its alumni. Graduates portray the school’s methods as not only effective for gaining cosmetology skills, but also as memorable and enjoyable. By presenting high-quality training in a fun learning environment, the Academy ensures that all students will remain engaged and remember what they learn. Unfortunately, only a small number of students have graduated from the school so far, making it difficult to determine how good the school is at educating the general population.

5. New Image Beauty School

Located in Harlingen, this school provides training in both cosmetology operation and cosmetology instruction. Unfortunately, almost no former students have reviewed the school, making it difficult to determine the quality of its education.

Over and Above: The Southern Careers Institute

Although there is no shortage of quality cosmetology schools in Brownsville and the surrounding area, the Southern Careers Institute rises above the rest. Students praise the Institute for its commitment to offering quality education to people of all backgrounds and with all learning styles. The school’s learning environment offers education that is at the same time carefully structured and flexible, making sure students learn everything they need to know without feeling constrained. Choosing the right school is an important part of the process, but if you aren’t sure you want to be a cosmetology operator, consider all other possible career options first. For more on finding the right career for your skills, needs, and interests, contact the Southern Careers Institute today.  

This article was published on: 04/3/13 8:50 PM

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