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Western Beauty Institute
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8700 Van Nuys Blvd
Panorama City, CA 91402
(818) 894-9550

About the college

Western Beauty Institute got its start in 1959. At that time, the school’s name was San Fernando Beauty Academy, but today is more familiarly known by Western beauty institute. The institute trains students for future careers in the cosmetology field and the skills needed to pass the California state board exam for cosmetology. At the beauty college, students use their own creativity to enter into careers as a professional hair stylist, manicurist, esthetician, image consultant or even one day own and operate their own salon.


The beauty industry is big in California and that is why the campus for the Western Beauty Institute, WBI, is located in Panorama City, California. WBI has a tight knit relationship with the community and a salon style environment where students get to perform cosmetic procedures on the community with professional supervision. The public can come in for a haircut, facial or nail treatment and students get hands on career training. This type of atmosphere gives students the opportunity to work on customer service skills, build a clientele and learn the salon business.


Future beauty graduates at WBI can take courses in cosmetology, skin care or nail technology. The cosmetology course requires 1600 hours for completion with a focus on all the elements related to the cosmetology field. Skin care specialists or estheticians are only required 600 hours while nail technology is 400. Skin care involves make up, skin care procedures, hair removal, facials and sanitation. The nail care course covers manicures, pedicures, artificial nails, disease and sanitation.

At WBI, the qualified faculty can help turn your creativity into a rewarding and successful beauty career. The beauty industry is booming and you could be the next big name in TV or film or a sought after professional hair stylist in your community.

College Type: < 2-year, Private for-profit

Offering: Less than one year certificate, One but less than two years certificate

Campus Setting: City, Large

Campus Housing Available: No

Student Population: 780, 100% undergraduates

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