Founded in 1924, we are a national, non-profit association open to all privately owned schools of cosmetology arts & sciences. Our membership is comprised of cosmetology, skin, nail, barbering and massage schools.
AACS specializes in updating members with information about new teaching methods, business building skills, current industry events and legislative updates from Washington DC as it affects their business and industry. We do this through a series of seminars, conferences and conventions held throughout the year. Most of all, AACS members act as a family, often helping each other with addressing problems facing beauty education. This “networking” is often listed as the most important benefit to membership.
For those schools that participate in Title IV funding, AACS lobbies Congress and the Department of Education aggressively to protect the interests of private career schools. AACS is your representative in Washington, DC.
We are currently undergoing a lot of change as an association, and as an industry. It's a time of new beginnings and we are actively redefining who we are and what we stand for.
Our members range from seasoned professionals, to young aspiring school owners, to educators and speakers. Being in the beauty & fashion industry, they are in-tune with current trends, appreciate sophisticated design and have excellent taste. We have a solid mix of men and women as members, and need to remain gender neutral.