Earn a living doing what you love. We’ll teach you how. From the client consultation – creating a memorable experience – and building a positive reputation that leads to referrals.

We’re proud of the breadth of experience of our staff and ownership. We’ve been where you want to go and we’re eager to share that knowledge with you. We’ve held positions as stylists, estheticians, makeup artists, platform artists, salon owners, distributor consultants, marketing and sales professionals, regional trainers and more. We’re also aligned with the industry leader in business consulting – The Summit Salon Business Center. SSBC has trained thousands of service providers how to develop a stronger and more financially successful career.

We want to challenge you to be your best…. So … we bring you our Passion, Knowledge, Dedicated staff, Top notch Training Systems and Professional Partnerships

Mission Statement:

The Summit Salon Academy is passionate about delivering the kind of education that makes a difference in the lives of our students and the industry at large. Our curriculum is designed to teach not only the technical skills needed to become a Cosmetologist or Esthetician but also the essential business and customer service skills vital to growing a clientele in the professional beauty industry. In addition we prepare our students to pass the Washington State Board licensing exam.

YOU bring…

  • Your Commitment to showing up and giving it your all.
  • Your Willingness to try new things and maybe even fail a time or two until you succeed! That’s ok and it’s how we learn and grow!
  • Your Enthusiasm for the beauty industry whether its hair, skin or makeup…love what you do.

What People Are Saying

  • I graduated from the Cosmetology program in November 2014. Since graduation, I have been busy working as a stylist at Annie Fisher Hair in Seattle, WA. We work hard behind the chair, doing weddings, and fashion and hair shows. I am also a certified Framesi Technician which means I teach other salons and stylists how to use Framesi color and products. I also freelance when I can doing photoshoots and offside weddings. This year I was also nominated for the Northwest Hairstyling Awards Newcomer of the Year. Industry professionals nominate their peers for this award every year. Upon nomination you must submit a photo that is judged by professionals across the country. It was a great experience coming up with my own concept, team, and of course hair.

    I love working in this industry because I meet the most interesting people and through that process I get to make them look and feel good. I have an opportunity to make someone's day, everyday, and that's the most gratifying thing in the world.

    Learning the Summit Level System at Summit Salon Academy taught me how to measure and achieve goals. The educators and staff are a wealth of knowledge, I picked their brains as much as I could. I am glad that I took advantage of every opportunity I could get my hands on while I was in school.

    My advice to a current student is: know the importance of keeping busy! It is so easy to relax and zone out on your down time and there's times where that's necessary. But I also believe there are so many things you can do to keep yourself moving forward. Watch hair videos, engage with social media, research salons, research other stylists. If you want to succeed, put this into practice in school that way when you get out in the "real world" you're ready to make the most of it. Make goals for yourself and crush them! If you want to do hair in a big city, then describe the type of job you want and go after it! I see so many talented people afraid to put themselves out there. If you don't believe in yourself then why should a potential employer? Do some self reflection and think about the type of stylist you want to be. How do you want your clients to feel and look after they leave your chair? With that in mind, go after a salon that aligns with your vision. This is such a rewarding career and the sky is the limit if you work hard and get after it!

    — Kelsey Knutson, Annie Fisher Hair
  • I enrolled in the Cosmetology program in May of 2011. My journey in the Beauty Industry has been a surprising and amazing one. I am now working at the Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills, CA. Since leaving school, I’ve grown so much in my career. Also, because of my career, I’ve grown so much as a person. The most rewarding aspect of my career is making women feel beautiful everyday. I live in a city where everyone tells you you’re not good enough and I’m there to tell every person that sits in my chair they are good enough and nothing makes me happier. One of the greatest things I took away with me from the Summit Salon Academy is the fundamentals both in technical skill and business. I have learned that every rule gets broken when you are working behind the chair but I can’t stress enough how important it is to know the rules and follow them before you break them. I want to encourage whoever feels stuck. You will never meet anyone more passionate about this industry than me and I still have days where I think “What am I doing?” and that’s OK! Days where you’re frustrated with the Summit Level System, EMBRACE it! It will teach you everything you need to know about the beauty industry and how to work it correctly. When I was still in school, I wish that I had known how crucial the Summit Program is. I took advantage of it when I was in school (in a good way) but I didn’t realize how important it would be for me going out not only into the salon but moving to Los Angeles. The way I take care of clients compared to the way that all my coworkers deal with clients is vastly different because I have such a great foundation thanks to this Summit Salon Academy!

    — Mikhayela Curry, Chris McMillan Salon
  • I enrolled in the One and Only Part Time Evening Cosmetology program in January 2007. After graduating, I had an amazing opportunity to become an educator for Redken. I've had the privilege to assist several artists such as Sam Villa and Kris Sorbie. Today, I co-own Belle Salon & Spa in University Place, WA. I love this industry because I love serving others. It’s a great feeling knowing that I am a day maker. I am so grateful that I learned The Summit Level System in school. It really prepared me for the industry, because when you learn the Summit Level System, you learn the importance and balance of repeat requests, referrals, add ons, and retail sales. You can't have a successful business without it! Current and future students, remember that the owners and educators are usually right! If I'd listened to them....there are some mistakes I could've avoided along the way! Take their advice! Before I started school, I wish I would've known how elevated the curriculum is at Summit. I believe students leave Summit with more principles than any other program. It was eye opening after I graduated to sit in color classes and know more about color than some veteran stylists!

    — Robin Garcia, Co-Owner, Belle Salon & Spa