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Changing the Future of Beauty Training Today!

American Institute of Beauty (AIB) is an innovative Florida Beauty, Barber, Massage and Skin Care School centrally located in Pinellas County, with campuses in Largo and St. Petersburg. The school offers programs in Cosmetology, Barbering/Hair Design, Clinical Skin Care, Full Specialty (nails & skin), Massage Therapy, Nail Technology, Spa Therapy (massage & skin), and Fundamental Skin Care. AIB students receive a robust solid education including theory, clinical application, and professional development. Our goal is to prepare our students for a long-term career in the beauty industry and give each student an exceptional educational experience!

AIB is different because we teach fresh, current techniques that employers are looking for in their new hires. We use industry-leading product lines which help to create a real-life salon & spa environment, combined with experienced educators who motivate, develop, and equip our students with the best hands-on training, product knowledge, current trends, and business management skills available.

Whether you’re training to become a licensed Cosmetologist, Barber, Clinical Esthetician, Massage Therapist, Nail Technologist, Skin Care Specialist, Spa Therapist, or Full Specialist it’s all about being in the know. At AIB we make it FUN and EXCITING while learning trend-setting and cutting-edge skills with a BIG emphasis on creativity!

Our Mission

The mission of American Institute of Beauty is to educate and train each student with the skills to achieve a rewarding career in the Beauty, Barber, Massage Therapy, and Wellness Industry to build a future you can be proud of. Our objective is to thoroughly instruct and prepare the student to pass the state licensing exam (when applicable) and to be competent and efficient while working in the industry. If you’ve longed for a career that allows you to be creative, interact with others, and be in charge of your life and work schedule, this industry might be perfect for you!


Our Legacy and Story

American Institute of Beauty is a Redken Premier Beauty School where the minute you walk through our doors you can feel the difference! Our passion for helping to change our students’ lives started over two decades ago in 2003 and grows stronger with each graduating class. Our priority is to teach our students skills for a future that makes them happy, successful, and excited! We’re all about diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. AIB is more than just a beauty school; we offer a real and authentic educational experience.

Whether you’re fresh out of high school, changing careers, or looking for a brand-new start, AIB wants to help you pursue a future you can be proud of. We strive to go above and beyond the call of education. Not only can we help you prepare to sit for your state board exam in whichever field you choose, we also have a Career Services department prepared to assist you in finding employment upon graduation.

Flexible schedules, a variety of learning opportunities, and our ability to offer financial aid to those who qualify in eligible programs allow us to help our students on the path toward success. Take the first step and contact us today to learn more about our school, our programs, and our culture.

2022 & 2023 Winner: Best Cosmetology School

2022 & 2023 Finalist: Best Trade/Tech School 


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My instructor is amazing. She is extremely patient, and she makes sure that no one is left behind. She wants all her students to become successful. I do feel like as her student, I will become successful. I did a facial on a client today and she told me in front of my class that I have a bright future because she felt so satisfied with my service. Nothing makes me happier then having a happy client. I know that feeling too well since I do makeup for weddings on weekends. Making people feel this happy is an awesome feeling. ~Kat R. (Student)

I cannot say enough about this Beauty Institute!! I have worked for 2 different Med Spas, and have been in the cosmetic and TV fields as well. I cannot express how amazing the teachers are because the students are excellent!! I have had facials my whole life, but nothing like theirs!! And the prices are insane!! Not to mention their customer service rocks! The customer service is also amazing! I will never go anywhere else for my beauty services! Thanks for being so reasonable with the prices so I can take care of myself and feel beautiful without going broke! Ladies and men too!! You must try this school, you will be hooked!! Thanks again! ~Peggy P. (Salon Guest)

All of the instructors are great, but my Skin Care instructor goes above and beyond! She has amazing techniques that she loves to share with her students. I not only picked up a full specialty license & a plethora of knowledge- I also picked up some life long friends who will forever be like family. THANK YOU TO MY EDUCATOR & AIB ~Tonya T. (Graduate)

American Institute of Beauty is nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences NACCAS.

By attending American Institute of Beauty-an accredited School, you can be confident that we have met the highest standards of accreditation. These standards ensure that our cosmetology program, clinical skin care program, massage therapy program, nail technology program, skin care program, full specialist program, and barbering/hair design program perform at the level of educational quality you should expect. NACCAS is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

What does Accreditation mean to you and your educational experience?

The Value of Accreditation Accreditors establish best practices, generally referred to as “standards,” and then ask a school to show how that school is meeting (or exceeding) those standards. By attending American Institute of Beauty, a NACCAS accredited institution, you should have confidence in knowing that you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous accreditation process that has evaluated educational quality in the programs offered and that AIB- an Accredited School has shown that it is meeting NACCAS established standards.

Accreditation relies on experienced individuals – administrators, educators, and subject matter specialists – to review the quality of the education provided by your school. The accreditation process evaluates areas including the qualifications of administrators and faculty delivering the education; the relevance and adequacy of the curriculum, equipment and learning materials; and the achievements of students in graduating from a program and subsequently obtaining employment in the field. A school that has successfully completed an accreditation review should have in place the instructional resources and student support services necessary to assist you in achieving your educational goals.

You can learn more about NACCAS accreditation by visiting their website at

Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education (CIE)

License Number 2835 Largo Campus

License Number 4688 St. Petersburg Campus

Florida Department of Education:

325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, FL 32399

Additional information regarding this institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission toll free at 888-224-6684

AACS Member

American Institute of Beauty- an Accredited School- is also a member of the American Association for Cosmetology Schools (AACS) which is an organization representing beauty and wellness since 1924. By being a member of this organization our students benefit by qualifying to apply for scholarships and grants from beauty industry partners. Click for how you can apply for these scholarships and grants


FACTS Member

American Institute of Beauty- an Accredited School- is also a member of the Florida Association for Cosmetology & Technical Schools (FACTS). An organization that works to encourage high educational standards and business practices by providing networking opportunities, continuing education, up-to-date news and guidance on regulatory changes. As Founding Members of FACTS, we take your career seriously and strive to make our beauty school and the entire Industry strong. All Florida cosmetology schools should belong to this organization and participate as members.

The Extras at AIB

We like to go above and beyond in providing for our students. That’s why we offer a few extras at AIB!

1 Career Days

Twice a year, AIB hosts industry-leading employers in our communities from all aspects of the beauty industry to come in and connect with our students on career days. You can meet potential employers, do mock interviews, and you might even land a job before you graduate!

2 Career Assistance

We offer lifetime career placement assistance. You can come back any time after you graduate, and we’ll help you find opportunities. We can also help you mock interview and fine-tune your resume.

3 Guest Speakers and Industry Leaders

We bring in guest speakers, such as Redken representatives, to talk about expectations, desired skills, and their experience in the beauty industry. We also bring in industry leaders to demonstrate what is trending and is hot in the beauty industry. You can have the chance to meet and interact with beauty industry professionals!

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Enroll at AIB!

Ready to get started on a career you love? Contact us to learn more about enrolling in one of our year-round programs! Your future can’t wait.

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Largo Campus
3665 East Bay Drive, Suite 164
Largo, Florida 33771

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*

St. Petersburg Campus
2800 34th St. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

Campus Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed
*Appointments Recommended*