Crystal Lake 815-207-8599 Elgin 630-345-8665 Rockford 815-605-6088 Schaumburg 815-572-4797

Why Choose CSA

We are the oldest beauty school in McHenry County

We can share success stories from our graduates as late as 1980. The Cosmetology & Spa Academy has been teaching the most successful techniques in the industry that always will prepare you for success in real life. Our curriculum is designed and continues to improve based on the advice of successful veterans in the industry – mostly salon owners who are eager to hire our students.

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Success Stories

I chose Cosmetology & Spa Academy because I liked the way the program was laid out. They used the latest Sassoon techniques. The facility looked brand new and was kept meticulously. I loved the teachers. I was taught by Ms. Dar and Ms. Dita. I felt they were dedicated to getting the best out of all of us, and I liked that they were up to date with the industry.

Kim Shriver PhotoKim Shriver Cosmetology Alumni

First, I chose Cosmetology and Spa Academy because of the convenient location, but after I met the staff and students, I couldn't picture myself ANYWHERE else. I absolutely love everything about the school. The challenges every day. The other students and faculty at the school. I feel so grateful every day that I get to come to a school where I feel respected, useful and helpful.

Christmas Krug PhotoChristmas Krug Cosmetology Program Alumni

The programs are so flexible, they have part-time classes, full-time classes, & night classes. Even another campus if that became more convenient for me. Before I started, one of the instructors sat down and talked to me about what I should expect and she later became my mentor, teaching me so much. I loved the competitions and special events we participated in. The whole overall vibe was fantastic & creative.

Stephanie Labriola PhotoStephanie Labriola Esthetician Program

The teachers here are perfectionist, which you absolutely have to be in this industry. It's great, because they always have pointers to increase our efficiency and up our skill level. The internship program is a great tool here also, because lots of these internships turn into full time jobs after we graduate and provide much need real world experience when dealing with clients.

Vince Ramos PhotoVince Ramos Barbering Program

During my internship, I got to go between the salon and the classroom so it made things fun and interesting. I got to pretty much choose wherever I wanted to go and got accepted right away. They taught me so many things most people in beauty school don't learn and I was so excited to show others what I learned. I'd 100% recommend the Cosmetology and Spa Academy, because you learn everything needed to succeed here.

Brianna O’Brill PhotoBrianna O’Brill Cosmetology Program Graduate

I chose Cosmetology & Spa Academy because I felt so comfortable there. I also knew I would get the best education possible. One of my favorite things about the Cosmetology & Spa Academy were all the extra events that we were part of. I also liked the fact that all the educators were always there, and accessible to the students. I absolutely love doing hair, it is my passion. I love giving people makeovers and making them feel good about themselves. I hope to build a large clientele and rent a booth someday. If you have the same passions and ambitions, you'll fit right in at the Cosmetology and Spa Academy.

Rachel Piquette PhotoRachel Piquette Cosmetology Alumni

I just completed my hours for the esthetics programs and I had a great time at school. Ms. Dita is the best teacher I have ever had! She is so knowledgeable and loves her students. The girls and staff there became family, made a lot of friends. I left with a great education, feeling ready to take my boards. I have a wonderful resume completed and have multiple job offers lined up. I look forward to what the future holds. P.S. Free Practice on each other during the program was a great perk!

Sara Claver PhotoSara Claver Cosmetology & Esthetics Program Alumni

I just completed my hours for the esthetics programs and I had a great time at school. Ms. Dita is the best teacher I have ever had! She is so knowledgeable and loves her students. The girls and staff there became family, made a lot of friends. I left with a great education, feeling ready to take my boards. I have a wonderful resume completed and have multiple job offers lined up. I look forward to what the future holds. P.S. Free Practice on each other during the program was a great perk!

Amber Osoria PhotoAmber Osoria Esthetics Program Alumni

12 Reasons why you should choose us

Our students receive everything they need to succeed, including a supportive environment and sophisticated training. Below are some of the many reasons to choose Cosmetology & Spa Academy.

1 Teaching Sassoon Way cut and color technique.

2 Get The Attention You Deserve With Small Class Sizes

With our small classes, you get to build sincere relationships with your teachers. That’s a great thing for two reasons. First, you get all the guidance support you need. Secondly, they have exceptional life experiences to share and learn from.

3 You’ll Get Practical Experience

If you want to learn from textbooks, this is not the program for you. Over 90% of our curriculum is hands-on experience. Plus, we offer internships that offer practical, in-salon experience before you’ve even completed the program.

4 Internship Program available for those who qualify.

Our students have the opportunity to intern at a desired salon and get credit hours for up to 10% of your program. Our students love this because they get real salon experience when they are still students. 99% of our intern students get hired at salons when they first intern.

5 All The Business Skills You Need to Run a Successful Beauty Salon

We don’t just teach you cosmetology or esthetics. When you come here, you get a comprehensive education, including how to financially manage your business, how to be an effective salesperson, and how to build client relationships, among many other things.

6 Advanced And Up-To-Date Equipment

Practice with the latest technologies and methods in our fully equipped classrooms. When you’re ready to start your career, you’ll be up on the latest beauty practices, making you very marketable. Not only are our graduates very desirable on the job market, we offer many services to our graduates to help make the transition to the working world smooth. We also offer resume building assistance, an active job board, continuing education classes, letters of recommendation, and job fairs, to name just a few.

7 Family-Owned, and You Become Part of The Family

One of the things our students comment on the most about Cosmetology & Spa Academy is the sense of community and belonging they experience. You’ll feel like family when you come here, in the best of ways!

8 Special Events

One of the things that foster the sense of community and belonging at our school is the number of special events you can attend. Great events like CS-Academy Pegens, Miss and Mister CS-Academy, Veterans Day event, Mom & Me Spa Day, Lady in Red, Wild Nature and Summer Camps are a few events at CS-Academy our students participate in. You’ll never be bored while you’re here.

9 Staff With Practical Experience

Our instructors have worked in some of the nation’s finest beauty salons, won prestigious awards, worked on impressive photoshoots, and many other experiences you can learn from.

10 Student Ambassador Program

Your voice matters to us! The Student Ambassador Program is designed to give students the opportunity to connect with the academy, the student body, and the outside community. This role allows you to participate on Board of Committee meetings and weekly staff member meetings, where you can bring the voice of the students. Your goal is to promote the image of the school and stimulate the interest and participation of all students at the Cosmetology and Spa Academy.

Benefits:

  • Leadership training and opportunities
  • High visibility in the community
  • Enhanced employability, reference letter upon graduation
  • Opportunity to earn free product and services.
11 Convenience

We make your on-campus experience easy for you with FREE parking, student lounges with dispensaries, and student lockers, to name just a very few of our on-campus perks.

12 Beauty show – Competitions

Beauty show competitions are in demand from our students. This is where you get to show off your creativity!

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Crystal Lake

700 E Terre Cotta Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60173

815-207-8599

Schaumburg

142 E Golf Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173

815-572-4797

Rockford

657 Highgrove Place
Rockford, IL 60173

815-605-6088

Elgin

609 S Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123

630-940-8428
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