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Natural light pours through the vaulted glass windows. Amazing beauty imagery adorns the 30-foot walls. Raw wood, polished concrete, and metal create a feeling of industrial chic. A steady stream of guests enjoy our complimentary rituals and unique services that define the AVEDA Difference. This crown jewel of a campus generates energy and exudes high end style. Combine that with its close proximity to lush, white sandy beaches and the rich culture of the tri-city area — including Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater — and you can easily see why many students consider the AVEDA Institute Tampa Bay, located in the suburb of Clearwater, as one of the best beauty school decisions they ever made. But beyond the fashionable and relaxing atmosphere of the facility, and the endless amenities of the surrounding area, our students enjoy a fast-paced, real word curriculum designed to uphold the AVEDA Institute mission as a cosmetology school leader and promoter of personal health and wellness. Each program is individually tailored to meet your career goal of becoming a hair stylist, esthetician or beauty industry professional, and now every cosmetology program enrollee receives an iPad. So if you’re looking for a beauty school in the Tampa Bay area — drop by, send a text, call, or complete the full online application form — to arrange a tour with someone from our admissions team who is dedicated and passionate about finding the best beauty school to fit your future. To schedule an appointment for services, stop by, give us a call or book online here.

Programs Offered*:


Our cosmetology course incorporates theory with extensive hands on experience to provide you with a complete understanding of beauty and wellness. The program includes hair cutting, color, texture services, nail care, makeup application, business development, retail knowledge and the concept of gaining and retaining clients. Upon completion, students move on to intensive real-world training to hone their skills.

Dual License Spa Therapy

Students learn techniques to balance and renew the skin, body and elemental nature. Hands-on clinical experience includes facials, waxing, makeup application, business development, wellness and retail knowledge.


Our Esthiology program prepares you for a future as a skin care specialist. The training utilizes our trademark AVEDA pure flower and plant essences and wellness rituals. Every graduate will be trained in facials, waxing, makeup application, business development, wellness and retail knowledge.

* All state testing and licensing fees are included in your tuition.

Massage establishment license no: MM32426




Tampa Bay’s June Student Spotlight

Join us as we celebrate Paige and Liz as our June Students of the Month! Paige Curtis Instagram: @a.paige.of.beauty “I chose Aveda for their principles and desire to provide natural alternatives to everyday hair, skin, and body products. Aveda set the standard for me when it came to my education and my lifestyle. Not to […]

Tampa Bay’s May Student Spotlight

We’re so excited to celebrate Patricia Mallett as our May Student of the Month! Why Aveda? “I chose Aveda Institute to study cosmetology because of their reputation in the industry and mainly because I’ve been a customer of  Aveda for more than 20 years. Their products are the only ones I rely on to work […]

Tampa Bay’s January Student Spotlight

Hannah Crucet “I chose Aveda because I wanted the best education in Cosmetology. I love that Aveda has taught me how to enhance a person’s beauty while also caring for their well being. Being part of a company that cares for the world we live in while also being able to be creative and do […]

Tampa Bay November Student Spotlight

Join us in celebrating Aubrie Miller and Crystalle Bevelot as our November Students of the Month! Aubrie Miller Aubrie is our Student of the Month because of her dedication to the industry and her helpful and caring personality.  She always greets us in the morning, with a “Good morning, how are you today” followed by […]

Tampa Bay’s October Student Spotlight

Join us in celebrating our October Student of the Month, Flor Dejesus! “Hi my name is Flor Dejesus! I’m a makeup artist from New York with a passion for beauty. I recently moved to Florida and decided to further my career by enrolling in a cosmetology program. After attending several open houses, I decided to […]

Aveda Tampa Bay’s July Student Spotlight

Congratulations to both our Students of the Month, Vincent Saladino and Areniz Morales! Read about the incredible journey they’ve experienced so far here at Aveda Institute Tampa Bay. Vincent Saladino – A-Side “As I was announced Student of the Month, I couldn’t help but reflect on the short amount of time I’ve been at Aveda […]

Aveda Tampa Bay June Educator Spotlight

For the month of June, we would like to recognize Emilee Nicole Stratton for her continued passion and hard work as Aveda Institute Tampa Bay’s Educator Spotlight. Emilee’s first eight years in the beauty industry started behind the chair, specializing in hair extensions. She then went on to become an Aveda educator and has worked […]

Tampa Bay’s Student of the Month – April 2016

Congratulations to Margery Veloz and Jan Wilson for being Aveda Institute Tampa Bay’s April Students of the Month! Get to know them better by reading below. Margery Veloz Margery is currently in Foundations B. Her favorite thing about going to Aveda Institute Tampa Bay is mastering the techniques that allow her to create hairstyles she […]

Tampa Bay Catwalk for Water 2016 Winners

Congratulations to Ashley Noyes for being the student winner and Stefania Costanzo for being the full tuition scholarship winner at Aveda Institute Tampa Bay’s 2016 Catwalk for Water Fashion Show! Check out some pictures from the show and read about the inspiration behind these winning looks. Stefania Costanzo, Aveda Institute Tampa Bay Scholarship winner What inspired […]

Tampa Bay Educator Spotlight

We would like to recognize Ashley Bonavito for being a passionate and dedicated educator here at Aveda Institute Tampa Bay. She lives the Aveda mission and is always eager to share her talent with her students while educating them during their journey through beauty school. Get to know her better by reading below. Why did […]

Tampa Bay’s Student of the Month – March 2016

We are excited to announce Aveda Institute Tampa Bay’s three Students of the Month for March! Congratulations to Dwayne Tran, Danielle Hartberger, and Alyssa Camarillo! Dwayne Tran Dwayne is now a masters student. His guests rave about him. He always has a smile on his face and will go out of his way to make […]

Tampa Bay’s Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show

In October of each year, the Aveda Institute Tampa Bay gathers its students and guests to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year, The Aveda Institute Tampa Bay, located in Clearwater, Florida is proud to present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream For A Cure…a theatrical / runway event.” Join […]

Students Start Their Cosmetology Experience

While beginning beauty school can be nerve-racking, it is also an exciting time in one’s life with the prospect of starting a new journey. At Aveda Institutes South, we offer students the opportunity to excel in a creative and fast paced industry. Read these student’s early experiences at Aveda Institutes South and get ready for […]

How to be a Successful Aveda Cosmetology Student

Blog post by AI South Beauty School student: Ilyssa Glover Make the most of your time in Beauty School Many people that I have personally come in contact with think that Beauty School is a walk in the park. Little do they know, being a successful student requires long hours, determination, hard work, dedication, and […]

10 Bad Things For Healthy Hair

1. Sun Exposure UVA and UVB rays from sun exposure can damage the outside cover of the hair strand, called the cuticle. Sun damaged hair can result in faded hair color, split ends, thinning, frizziness, and dried out strands. With the hot months approaching, Aveda’s Sun Care line is the perfect way to ‘Summer Proof’ […]

The Future of Beauty School Education

“We can lay in bed and watch the videos!” “It’s a teacher to go!” “We are able to really take control of our education” – AI South students on what they thought about the integration of a digital curriculum At AVEDA Institutes, we encourage innovation, sustainability and empowered decision-making through our education program. As a […]

Why Aveda Institute Tampa Is The Best Beauty School For Me

“I chose Aveda not only because of the awesome products and the values it stands for, but their graduation rate really  impressed me!  Starting my education at 50 has its challenges, but getting a top notch education at Aveda makes it worth it!  The curriculum and teachers are excellent.  Even when I feel I’m having […]

Aveda Salon Before & After

Paige came to us at the Aveda Institute Clearwater for a little help with her current look. She arrived with golden blonde hair (levels 7-10) but desired to be more of a medium brown with ashy blonde highlights! She was paired up with one of our student stylists, Kaitlin Parker, in our Salon Concepts class. […]

5 Ways Cosmetology School is Challenging

Think about it: how many times has someone scoffed at you for going to Cosmetology School? Remarks like “Oh, 13 months? That’s nothing,” and “Man, I wish I had taken the easy route and gone to beauty school,” cast a somewhat deceiving shadow on our education. Maybe you believed it too; that going into a […]

My Experience at the North American Hairstyling Awards

Vegas, Vegas, Vegas. Where dreams are made and banks are shattered and nothing, I mean NOTHING, seems to be off limits. I could regale you with tales of all the bizarre and seemingly unreal oddities I encountered in this crazy city, but fortunately, there was an absurd amount of beauty as well. I was in […]

Hair Tips: Super Sultry Beach Waves

With July 4th come and past with the usual flurry of high ponies and Sun kissed faces, and the celebration of the glorious Flag Day in full swing, hearts may be heavy when the realization hits that our next big holiday to lay by the pool an sip an ice cold lemonade won’t come until […]

Spring Hair and Makeup Tips

Now that spring is here, and summer is just around the corner, it’s time to ditch those deep browns and winter tones in the hair and makeup and brighten them up! There are plenty of different ways to do so with you hair. You could do a heavy full head of highlights, or even a […]

Cosmetology Schools In Florida

When it comes to choosing a Cosmetology school in Florida there is no better choice then an AVEDA beauty school. AVEDA six has locations in Florida: South Florida / Miami area Ft. Lauderdale Jacksonville Tallahassee Tampa Bay / Clearwater Orlando From the quality of our styling courses and instructors to the power of the AVEDA […]

Updo Hairstyles Perfect For Prom

It’s officially prom season! With the books completely filled with updos, pedicures, and makeup applications, I was honored to have Elisa Gomez come in for her prom makeover. Elisa had shown me multiple images of ideas she had, and after much deliberation we had chosen a nice side updo filled with curls. Seeing Miss Gomez […]

New Spring Hair Style

I just recently gave a girl in my class a spring make over, just to give her a look different from what she is use to. I had a vision of a braided mohawk with curls. For the first step I would suggest that you do not shampoo the hair because braids hold better and […]

Starting School At Aveda Institute Tampa Bay

I currently attend the Aveda Institute Tampa Bay and am about half way through A2. I absolutely love my institute, my classmates, and mostly my educators! A little about me. I moved to South Tampa in June 2011 from North Idaho to attend this institute. I just turned 18, so I wanted to get started […]

Why AVEDA’s Pure Abundance line is the best!

I love all Aveda products, but Pure Abundance is by far my favorite. It makes my fine hair feel so much thicker and more voluminous. It contains acacia gum from Africa and kaolin clay from England. Plus, it smells amazing. I love how unlike other style preps, the Pure Abundance style prep can be applied […]

Red Hair with AVEDA Color

Today’s day had a slow start to it, but I kept my spirits high knowing that my good friend Susan was coming in for a color today! Susan and I had met while working at Starbucks together, and she’s been dying to come in to get a color for months. With such a busy schedule, […]

The Perfect Hairspray

Our firmest hold hairspray offers long-lasting hold and humidity defense for all hair types and has a net-zero climate impact* All-day firm hold and 24-hour humidity defense Fast-drying, non-flaking formula UV filters and anti-oxidants Organic essential oils of Bulgarian lavender, bergamot, palmarosa, and vetiverŃcalming aroma *Through Aveda’s funding of renewable energy to offset the CO2 […]

AVEDA Hair Product Be Curly Review

Be Curly is my favorite line. Not only because I like pretty, curly hair, but because it truly works wonders and there are different ways to use it with having beautiful results. For people with very tight spiral curls, there is a style-prep you can use with the curl controller to loosen the curls while […]

Braid Into Top Notch Top-Knot

Want an easy fun hair-do? Rock this top-knot with style!! Start out with dry hair, then start a French braid in the top section secure with small (preferably clear) elastic at the top center of the head. After creating braid now pull all hair up into a high pony( secure pony w/elastic), now here is […]

The 2013 Academy Awards Hair Styles

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Tears of Beauty School Joy

As Christine wiped the tears from her eyes, I stood behind her thinking to myself, “What have I done!” She wiped the final tear, composed herself, and said, “Buddy, I’ve been getting my hair done for years now, leaving so unsatisfied. I have finally found someone who knows what I want to my hair, and […]

New York Fashion Week

So this month held the uber wonderful Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week, and let me tell ya what this gal loved immediately: Tadashi Shoji, ladies. Holy goodness, this amazing man was definitely the highlight of day 1. Inspired by pre-revolutionary Russia, every gown he showed is everything I’ve ever wanted in my closet. Ever. […]

Hair Color & Style with Gosia

I started my day off today with a partial foil, followed by a one length with backward flowing layers. Gosia from Poland was my client today, and she was absolutely marvelous to work with. Gosia had such fine hair, that brushing out her partial was a bit of a challenge. She experienced in the past […]

Keep Calm and Choose Aveda Florida Beauty Schools

I’m from a small town in South Georgia. We have a technical college, and a lot of the girls I graduated with decided to go into the cosmetology program there. Knowing this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I wouldn’t settle for just any education. I even went to […]

New Aveda Color Line

Blog post by Beauty School Fl St. Pete Cosmetology student: Melody Blackthorne Today I had the special opportunity to be a color model for the new Aveda color line. I am more than happy with the results I received! That’s one of the great things about being a student at the Aveda Institute, you are […]