Esthetics School

Discover how the HDC’s reputable esthetics school can make a huge difference to achieving your career goals. Learn your craft and benefit from hands-on, practical experience.

Esthetics Program Hair Design Centre Salon & School Halifax NS

A creative and flexible career

The esthetics industry is thriving in Atlantic Canada, and if you’re passionate about making people look and feel their best, the HDC’s Esthetics Program is for you. You will love the creativity and flexibility that your esthetics career gives you, and the satisfaction that comes from knowing that your clients leave your treatment with more confidence than they had when they came in.

This unique, comprehensive program offers students the opportunity to learn in a traditional classroom, and refine their skills in our on-site, fully functional spa. In fact, our Esthetics Program is so robust that 9/10 graduates secure a job in the industry within a month of graduation. Designed and taught by cosmetology experts, the Esthetics Program gives students a solid foundation in the critical skills they need to build an exciting and rewarding career as an esthetician. To begin, students train to develop a fundamental understanding of esthetic services such as facial services, hair removal, makeup techniques, nail services and enhancements.

Following this, students are given a grounding in the skills required to give their clients high-quality treatments. This includes general sciences such as infection control, anatomy, chemistry and skin sciences. Finally, to ensure our students are able to build and manage a successful career, our course includes training in business-building skills. Graduates will learn how to manage clientele relationships and retention, deliver product recommendations, and plan their careers—all critical skills for the development of a long and successful career in esthetics.

Esthetics Topics Covered

  • Manicuring – including permanent gel polish and nail art
  • Pedicuring
  • Advanced and diabetic foot care
  • Skin mapping
  • Skin therapy treatments – face and body
  • Advanced facial certificate
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Eyelash extension certification
  • Lash lifting
  • Lash and brow tinting
  • Makeup techniques
  • Dermaplaning
  • Waxing – facial, body, bikini
  • Intro to laser hair removal
  • Intro to Bellbaci cupping
  • Relaxation and hot stone massage
  • Botox and injectables (Theory)
  • Specialty product knowledge classes with Dermalogica, Euro, Aveda and Moroccanoil
  • Sanitation and infection control

Our full service SpaZone allows our students to offer guests the complete spa experience, while developing hands on practical experience needed to pursue a career in the ever growing field of esthetics. Throughout the 10 months and 1,500 hours of training, you’ll have multiple opportunities to provide treatment to real clients, putting your classroom training to use, and growing your confidence.

Your education is delivered through an innovative online learning environment, Pivot Pable FUSE, designed specifically for the beauty industry—the only one of its kind! Pivot Point FUSE is a ground-breaking integrated social learning environment, built specifically for you and the beauty industry. An incubator for talented future and current beauty professionals, FUSE combines best-in-class educational content, creativity and a collaborative environment to enhance personal learning experiences. You have never seen anything like FUSE before. It’s the ultimate learning environment within the beauty industry. It’s easy to use and contains all the features necessary to capture your attention, inspire creativity and allow you to share your experiences with your peers. Pivot Point educational content is at the core of your FUSE. The lessons are brought to life through a synergy of communication, collaboration and engaging activities. Plus, there’s a bit of competitiveness, too!

• Show the World Who You Are—Personalize your profile to let others know who you are, what inspires you and show off all your work.
• Become Part of a Community—You’ll have access to your classmates, and so much more; you’ll be in touch with everyone who is connected to your organization. Network, share and inspire!
• Not Connected? No Problem.—Study anytime, anywhere, our downloadable eBooks and study guide don’t need an Internet connection for you to access (once downloaded).
• Organized Learning, Bit by Bit—Lessons have been carefully segmented into smaller sections to provide you with the most pertinent information necessary, when you need it. Whether you’re in the classroom, or somewhere else brushing up on your skills, you can access videos, eBooks, study tools, interactive activities, collaborative peer-driven exercises and fun, engaging assignments.
• Compete—Like to show off? Well, you can in FUSE! You will get points for almost every action you take. Login, get a point, finish a lesson, get lots of points; the top five in your community are showcased on the leaderboard on the home page for all to see.
• Ready, Set, Test—Okay, so now you’ve completed all your lessons, gained tons of practice on the clinic floor and are almost ready for that licensure test, we’ve got you covered with Exam Ace in FUSE. Exam Ace provides you with lots of tests to get you ready to take your exam. Take ‘em as many times as you want, no need to download apps or go elsewhere!

When you successfully complete the Esthetics Program, you’ll receive your diploma and will be one step closer to starting your career. Esthetics is a legislated licensed trade within Nova Scotia. To gain your license as an esthetician, you’ll need to complete an exam administered by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia at the end of the program. With the knowledge and practical experience you gain during your time in the HDC’s Esthetics Program, you’ll be in a great position to start your career.

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“HDC helped me see the true gift of being an esthetician. I gained a strong love and respect for the career.”

– Alanna Hubley

Enroll in the HDC’s Esthetician School & Esthetics Program

At the HDC, there are five start dates for the Esthetics Program, traditionally in: February, April, July, September and November. To create an atmosphere that helps our students learn, group sizes are kept intentionally small. To secure your space, ensure that your application is completed 4 weeks prior the start date. Once processed, students usually find out if they have been admitted to the program 2 weeks after their submission was received.

2018 and 2019 Start Dates

  • February 5, 2018
  • April 16, 2018
  • July 9, 2018
  • September 10, 2018
  • November 12, 2018
  • February 4, 2019
  • April 15, 2019
  • July 2, 2019
  • September 16, 2019
  • November 25, 2019

“HDC gave me the confidence, techniques and business building tools I needed to achieve the goals I wanted in the industry and push me from hobby to career mode.”

– Allie MacNeil

Tuition & Fees: Esthetics School

  • Tuition: $9950
  • Student Kit: $1890
  • Total: $11840 (Tuition and kit costs are subject to change without notice.)

Your tuition & fees cover everything you need to successfully complete your course, and get started in your career. The HDC has carefully selected the materials and tools identified below to ensure they represent the best and most reputable brands on the market today. This ensures our graduates are confident using premium beauty products and tools.

Your tuition includes:

  • A complete kit of high quality professional esthetic implements 
  • A professional makeup kit with all the makeup and tools necessary to start your career
  • Both gel and acrylic nail starter kits to learn the art of nail enhancements
  • A professional Dermalogica smock
  • Three textbooks, including Milady Standard Esthetics Text, which include technical and business building skills
  • Student license from The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
  • Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia Exam Fee
  • Both First Aid and WHMIS Courses
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$500 Bursary available

Students in the Esthetics program are able to apply for a $500 bursary, proudly offered by the HDC. Click here to see the requirements, learn more about the bursary, and apply.

Apply now for the HDC’s Esthetics Program! As Atlantic Canada’s most respected esthetics school, we’ve been helping students in the beauty industry learn and thrive for decades, and we look forward to helping you cultivate your skills as an esthetician. Thanks to our unparalleled experience in the industry, and our innovative course that combines hands-on training with traditional teaching, our hair design & esthetics program graduates achieve a 90% employment rate within 30 days of completing the course.

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The HDC is proudly a part of the Salon Resource Group, and our graduates benefit from this by often beginning their careers one of the amazing salons in the group, including The Head Shoppe and Vitality Medi Spa.

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