Do you have a love for nail art, trends and self-care? Are you ready to turn that passion into a career that is infused with Aveda's globally-celebrated emphasis on using pure flower and plant essences, as well as organic and cruelty-free products?

At The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, our manicuring program goes deeper than painting nails. Our curriculum focuses on the craft, care and maintenance of amazing nails to help your guests feel beautiful. Learn the fundamentals of manicuring and pedicuring, gel and acrylic application, as well as safety and sanitation. Beyond what you need to learn for licensure, our program teaches the anatomy of the nail, hand and foot care, and business development skills to help you develop a sustainable career in the beauty and wellness industry.

Let's Talk

We can’t wait to meet you! If you want to see if The Institute of Beauty and Wellness is the right school for you, fill out the form or call us at 414.227.2889 (Milwaukee) or 608.250.3100 (Madison).

Once in touch, we’ll schedule an in-person or virtual tour with you, answer any questions you might have, and discuss which programs best meet your career goals.

program Highlights

Part-Time Day: 11 weeks | Part-TimeEvening: 15 weeks

Our 300-hour Manicuring Program covers:

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Licensure Rate*

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*Percentages Based on 2020 Cosmetology Program Graduates

Why Aveda?

The Aveda Difference

Brimming with insider information on signature Aveda rituals, you will gain the skills that top salons and spas are looking for. We are dedicated to our students’ success and to keeping our curriculum and training in demand and relevant for today’s demanding beauty industry. 

Thanks to our student spa clinic area, our students are able to hone their skills on actual guests in an environment similar to what they will experience after graduation. With access to Aveda brand products and professional quality tools, our students gain an education that also focuses on mind, body, and spirit.

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The manicuring program at The Institute of Beauty and Wellness was designed with your career in mind. Our program includes training on social media and business to teach students how to take control of their career and find and retain guests. We teach students Aveda rituals and the service cycle, which equips them with the experience and understanding to provide luxury services sought out in high-end salons and spas. 


Your success is our priority. We hold frequent career fairs and other events to help our students find and land their dream job. After graduation, our doors remain open to alumni for continuing education and events to help them grow and flourish in their career.

How It Works

Take steps towards living your dream today

Step 1: Tour

Tour our historic downtown Milwaukee and Madison campuses in-person or virtually. Group tours of our classrooms and clinic floors available — parents and besties welcome.

Step 2: Apply

Once you've had a chance to talk with our Admissions team and have determined which one of our programs best suits your career goals, take the next step and submit an application.