Where Salon Success Academy Began

Our California beauty school has a long history that began over sixty years ago with our founder, Richard Gross. Back then, the school was known as Richard’s Beauty School. Now, Salon Success Academy has six locations throughout California’s Inland Empire, and we continue to provide our students with an education that can help help them succeed in their future beauty-related careers. Whether you have a passion for hair, skincare, nails, men’s hairstyles, or make-up, we have a program that could be for you. Keep reading to learn more about our family-owned and operated beauty school!

Our Mission

Our mission is to equip our students with the tools necessary to succeed in the beauty industry by providing exceptional technical education in the classroom and servicing our local communities. The training our students receive will enable them to successfully attain employment in the beauty industry and related fields.

Our Partners

At Salon Success Academy, students use salon-quality products in the beauty industry. Representatives and educators from these product lines regularly visit our campuses to train our students on more recent techniques using their products.

Who Salon Success Academy Is Today

Salon Success Academy welcomes students into our family, providing you with opportunities to complete your studies at the lowest cost possible. We are committed to helping you achieve your career goals and can provide you with academic and personal support while you study here. Our talented and caring instructors make classroom instruction and demonstrations interesting and fun, giving you various opportunities to nurture your creativity and learn the skills you can use in a beauty-related career.

We offer programs in Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barbering, Nail Technology, and continuing education courses in Make-up Designory/ MUD Makeup. Since our beauty schools are nationally accredited, we are able to offer financial aid options to those who qualify.

You can also take classes at a pace that fits your lifestyle. We offer day and evening classes, making it possible for students to study full-time or part-time. Choose from one of our six beauty school locations in Southern California. With six locations, we are big enough to provide unique opportunities, and small enough to maintain personal relationships.

Other Reasons To Choose Salon Success Academy

Our "Starting Smart" Orientation Program

Orientation at Salon Success Academy introduces you to campus life through a fun and informative program that includes a continental breakfast. You can meet faculty and staff and other students. We give you the equipment and tools you can expect to use during your program, and we strive to answer any questions that you may have.

Student Ambassador Program

Our Student Ambassador Program is a program unique to us, and it has been proven to help students develop confidence and leadership skills. Ambassadors represent Salon Success during our Starting Smart Orientation and mentor new students. The program benefits you whether or not you become an ambassador because ambassadors support other students, striving to help them succeed. Becoming an ambassador may give you opportunities to meet with industry experts, attend hair shows, and represent our school throughout the community.

Supportive Staff

As part of our “people-helping company,” the staff at Salon Success Academy truly cares about the students’ progress and, ultimately, their professional success. We provide our staff with ongoing training and testing to ensure they are teaching more recent techniques and trending styles.

Professional Learning Facilities

We have created facilities that are divided between classrooms for lectures and space for hands-on practice. The clinic labs feel like real salon environments where students learn and practice on paying clients and develop professional customer service skills. All services are provided by students under the direct supervision of licensed professionals.


An externship gives you the opportunity to work off campus at a professional salon or spa with actual clients. Many of our students who are given externships may be hired by that company, plus the 160 hours count toward professional license requirements.

Salon Management Classes

We can teach you the ins and outs of working in a professional salon. Salon management classes teach you how to build a clientele, create a professional portfolio, and practice your people skills. This is part of our career-minded curriculum that helps prepare students for the real world after beauty school.

Community Outreach

Salon Success Academy helps in a variety of community fundraisers throughout the year, and we love to get the whole school involved! We believe giving back to the community is the right thing to do, and you can find plenty of ways to help us along the way.

Professional Memberships

Salon Success Academy is proud to be a member of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). This national organization provides us with the best practices in effective school management. We are also the co-founder of the Professional Beauty Federation of California (PBFC). To learn more about this important state organization, visit www.beautyfederation.org.

See What Our Students Have To Say


“I am a graduate from this campus and i would highly recommend this school to anyone looking to learn all about the beauty industry! I was prepared for stateboard, working in a salon, and how to be professional with clients! thank you so much!”

Jenna D.

Jenna D.


“This is such a great school, I met wonderful people and had great teachers. Thank you for such a great experience.”

Steph J.

Steph J.


“I attended the salon success academy part time night barbering program at the Riverside campus. It was a lifelong goal of mine to attend barbering school to pursue my passion!!! Not only administrators, but all the professors and students are amazing heartfelt people who truly love what they do. I highly recommend the school to anyone who wants to enter the beauty industry!!!!”

Jose L.

Jose L.


“I attended the West Covina location for manicuring I enjoyed every minute I was at school I would 100% recommended it, I know it can be intimidating to start a new journey but I can guarantee you, you will not regret coming to salon success! ❤️”

Carina C.

Carina C.


“I recently graduated and I feel really prepared for my stateboard test! Ms. Vee and Mrs. Cierra did a wonderful job making sure I learned all the basics and real like situations! Ms. Linda also did a great job keeping in touch during distance learning to make sure I stayed on top of my hours! I would definitely recommend.”

Esperanza R.

Esperanza R.


“This was such an amazing campus to train me for my future career! Amazing teachers and staff I couldn’t imagine starting my career anywhere else!”

Trinity L.

Trinity L.


“I am writing this review because I find it very disheartening that only people that have negative things to say usually post a comment. I'm here to do the opposite. I've been at salon success academy Upland campus since February. I am in the cosmo program and a current student ambassador. I have had the best experience here. To be older and now getting to do something that I love and to come and be accepted was more than I could ask for . I have built lifelong friendships and have met teachers that I have come to admire. Anywhere in this world is going to have its ups and downs but it's not as bad as some say. I have been acknowledged when I do a good job and I have received constructive criticism on what to do better next time. If you're following the rules and doing what you came here to do then you will have no problems. The things that I have learned at this school will definitely make me a successful stylist when I leave. SO THANK YOU SALON SUCCESS.”

Chelsii N.



“I went to salon success to become a licensed nail tech through my course of training I loved it so much at the Redlands campus by far amazing and neat it ended up making me want to come back and become a esthetician because of the such amazing teachers specially Mrs.K. Great choice and I would highly recommend”

Dejanae H.

Dejanae H.

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