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1750 124th Ave Ne Ste C
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Aesthetics Northwest Institute - Bellevue, WA
Aesthetics Northwest Institute - Bellevue, WA
Aesthetics Northwest Institute - Bellevue, WA
Aesthetics Northwest Institute - Bellevue, WA
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I have been in the fashion industry for over 20 years. Due to the recession and the decline in the economy, layoffs and foreclosures it was a real wake up call for me. Its amazing...

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Skip this school. I read the other bad reviews on here & they are true. I toured the school & this place is a dump! You walk in, it's dark & I don't mean no lights, I mean in the ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/15/2012

My daughter and I went here last week for the “Spa Day”. It was fantastic! First our esthetician student greeted us and we had some paperwork to fill out then she took us to the room where they do their facials. She looked at our skin through some magnifier then her teacher came in to do a consultation and asked us questions about our skin. That was very informative and fascinating I learned things I didn’t know about my own skin The room was dark and very relaxing, great scents and aroma. After the facial we were led to the pedicure room where we started our pedicure and manicure. It’s really neat they have two nail students working on each of us, one to do the pedicure and one to do the manicure. I felt very pampered. My daughter had some really cute nail art done on her toes and I had French polish on my hands and toes. The students seemed very knowledgeable and excited to have us as clients. We will be back and I have already referred three of my friends. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/8/2012

I was in for my tour of the esthetics program in May (my friend graduated in 2011) and was impressed with the staff and the students. Everyone was so professional and friendly, lots of smiling faces. All of my questions and more were answered. Based on the information and professionalism I received I decided to attend this school. The evening class is going to be best for me simply because have a family and a fulltime job.\r \r Now, I have just registered for the esthetics program that starts in September. \r When I walked in the door for my appointment I was blown away! This is not the same place that I toured originally. They have TOTALLY remodeled the entire school. The new materials and colors they have used are obviously very upscale. It is absolutely beautiful! I was excited to start before, but now I am absolutely ready to start now but I will wait until September.\r \r Good job Aesthetics Northwest, I can’t wait to be one of your many successful grads just like my friend from 2011.\r \r justine Shell\r more

I just wanted to take the time to thank 6/7/2012

I just wanted to take the time to thank Aesthetics Northwest for giving me the tools and knowledge to succeed in the exciting world of skin care. I am currently employed at a dermatology practice in Kirkland. I am glad to report that I got this job as an Esthetician in approximately one month after graduation. Aesthetics Northwest Institute has not only prepared me for my WA State exams but it also prepared me for the real world in regards to the skin care industry. The teachers at this institution are paramount and the skills they instill in the students are immeasurable. I had the pleasure of having Ms. JoAnne. as my main teacher and I appreciate her so much for sharing her wisdom. It was especially interesting to find out after I graduated Aesthetics Northwest, that some of the particular bits of knowledge passed on to me from Ms. JoAnne( that at the time I may have dismissed as ""unrelated,"") suddenly became ever so relevant. I feel that as I continue to grow in this field, I will always value the skills, support and philosophies that I gained at Aesthetics Northwest. Working as an Esthetician is a very rewarding job and your love of people should be what motivates you. It is an exciting field that is always growing and advancing. I am certain that I will continue to learn, gain confidence in my abilities and adapt to new technologies, modalities and trends in the skin care industry. Thank you again everyone at Aesthetics Northwest for helping me strive to be the best esthetician I can be. more

Piece Of Crap School! 3/20/2012

Skip this school. I read the other bad reviews on here & they are true. I toured the school & this place is a dump! You walk in, it's dark & I don't mean no lights, I mean in the sense that there is a coldness, no warmth or good vibes at all. The color of the place is kinda dark, not very uplifting or happy colors, it's depressing. I talked with Vincent, the owners son in his office & it reeked of mold! The place is not clean looking & all the furniture, lights, etc. are very old looking, junky. Some thing's actually look broken & torn. The pedi station is a joke! They don't have actual pedi chairs like you expect. The station is old 70's looking random chairs for clients. The student has a wheel around seat but also has to fill up plastic basin tubs for pedicures. They looked scruffy and dirty. That is gross! Plastic holds bacteria longer for 1 & 2, that is hard to fill up & lug around & 3, why not invest in REAL pedi chairs with the built in whirlpool foot soakers? They take your money & don't put it back into this place. & it would also be beneficial for students to learn on real pedi spa stations since that's what they will be using after they graduate & start working. So he gives me the tour. He goes over the costs of tuition & things & then tells me, the first 4 Saturday's a new student starts school, on all of those Saturday's I must bring a friend or family member with me to do 2 different sets of nails on. The first person comes the 1st Saturday & gets a gel set, then comes back in 2 weeks for a fill. The 2nd person comes the next Saturday & gets an acrylic set & then comes back in 2 weeks for their fill. But this is only after 4 days of class people! Since this is the first time for students putting nails on, these poor people you have to bring & poor students too cause this is torture, but that person has to sit there for 6 hours to get it done! Saturday class is 9-3. I asked why do they have to be here all day? He actually got quite snippy & rude & raised his voice saying, ""have you ever put on a set of nails?"" I said no. He said, ""well it's going to take you that long to do them, that's why they have to be here all day"" ""you're going to have to make some kind of commitment to this class"" I was like wtf! 1st of all, if it takes a student 6 hours to put on a set of nails & to fill them, clearly they are not ready to put nails on people so why make anyone go through that for 6 hours? I sure don't want to sit 6 hours to get my nails done. It's the students 5th day, they are no where near ready for that! That's why it takes 6 hours to do it you moron! A new student is supposed to put in 100 hours before doing services on people. This told me that all this school is into is getting the students on the floor asap so they can start doing clients & make money for the school. Why else would they make anyone go through that for 6 hours? That's ridiculous! If you read more of these reviews, you'll see more from former students who say the same thing, they make students work on clients way before they put in 100 hours & before they are even ready. They are just a greedy little s**t hole & could care less if the student is ready or if the client gets a good service. You're not going to get the education you need from them. They are not up on any new techniques. Right now the rage is Shellac so I asked if they taught this, his answer was no of course. If this is the new rage & it's what people are looking for & really want, why not teach it? They are too cheap to invest in the products! I did a little test. I searched for people on facebook who went to this school & sent them messages asking about their experience & all of them said they do NOT recommend this place & that I'd be better off going somewhere else. Just trust me, save yourself the time & skip this place! more

Worst Place Ever 3/17/2012

DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL unless you want the following:1. An OWNER that is so rude and arrogant she talks down to you as if you are nothing, yes, this includes adults, OK, she's 80 something and in desperate need of updating her own education. 2. The owners son who is also arrogant, not friendly and holds your paperwork over your head as a control issue. 3. Only one other instructor who although is a nice person, knows little about today's new techniques and products not to mention proper sanitation procedures they know nothing about or practice. THIS school is stuck 20 years in the past. You can learn more on Youtube or from a good nail tech. They also will talk down about other schools and make themselves look better. Do not waste your time here. It's sad to pay all that money and have to learn and teach yourself how to do nails. I do not believe for 1 second the positive reviews on their web site or this one. They ask people to write positive reviews but there is not much positive here. Do a filtered search for a post from Vincent M. 8/1/2011, a total lie. He is the owners son who works there. I truly do not believe any of these positive reviews. more

Thanks Aesthetics Northwest 8/1/2011

I attended Aesthetics Northwest, in January 2011. I can speak only from my personal experience, and Aesthetics Northwest changed my life. I am a firm believer that every lesson is what you make of it. Going into any school, there will be high stress days and days of fun learning. Number one: school is to learn and better yourself. I knew when I walked into Aesthetics Northwest, it was my choice and I was ready to challenge myself as an Esthetician and individual. So in this case, I walked in with open arms and I was ready to give my all I did! And it was one of the best decisions I have made!!! Aesthetics Northwest introduced me to the technical side of Esthetics, the business world of how the industry works and how to become the qualified professional you want to be. I was taught from teachers that are the best in the industry. I was there to learn every day, and I gave my best. It was well worth the hard work and I am a better Esthetician for it. I went with every intention of learning as much as I could, yet on top of learning Esthetics, I left with friends that have touched my life in such a changing positive light. I continue these friendships and feel grateful. When you are looking at schools, go with your heart and be sure to go for the right reasons. Being an Esthetician is hard work. It's about putting all your efforts, working on your craft constantly, being able to adapt and take critique's to become better. I chose this career because I've always been a giving person, it is in my blood. I also knew the work behind it would be well worth it. I got my first job 2 weeks after graduation, and I love it. School prepared me to be a professional more

What A Wonderful Institution!! 4/11/2011

I was looking for a school for skin care for awhile. I searched the internet & I saw the Aesthetics Northwest Institution. When I was going to my facialist in California I remember seeing her diploma on the wall and she was a graduate from the Aesthetics Northwest Institute. I thought she was so educated & thats when I realized this was the institution I wanted to attend. So when I moved to Seattle I immediately went to meet JoAnne and her educated staff, I very impressed by all of their knowledge. Now After only 4 months I am almost a graduate , I had such a wonderful experience, I met such incredible people, I gained a lot of knowledge, & confidence especially. The instructors are the best, they really know how to help you understand everything you need to know to be a successful esthetician . With the help of JoAnne & her staff I feel that I can finish the esthetic 600 hours course with top grades. The best part is having The Aesthetics Northwest Institution on my resume (which is such a legend in the skin care industry), I have already been offered a job in the medical field with a dermotolgist. I am so excited to be in this industry of beauty . I would reccommend this school to everyone who wishes to pursue a career and become very educated in the beauty industry. \r more

Great Education 4/5/2011

I have been in the corporate world for over 15 years. I am 30 years old,and have decided to change my profession to become a skincare expert. \r I remembered Aesthetics Northwest Institute back from when I graduated high school. It has always been the top establishment for skincare and esthetics. \r I had the honor of meeting JoAnne herself back when I went to learn about the school and register. I must tell you that I was so impressed with her straight forward style and solid knowledge about everything skincare related. Sounds silly,but this woman is a walking encyclopedia. She is also a pioneer of the industry and it was an honor to be one of her mentees. I was so impressed with the school, the instructors, the professionalism of the staff that I signed up that day.\r I want to stress that you are not a number here. Each student gets personal attention, if you are having trouble with something,you are helped....things like this do not go on in other schools.\r I recently graduated and found a job doing what I love.\r I never do these reviews, but wanted to take this opportunity to publicly compliment the institute on the high standard that they hold and the environment that they insist we keep. If not, I would never have gotten my job.\r I feel very lucky to have chosen this school and know that I will continue to go far in this industry. THANK YOU AESTHETICS NORTHWEST FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!! \r I have looked at some of these other reviews, and I can only say that maybe these students were not serious about their education.\r more

Fashionista goes Esto 4/1/2011

I have been in the fashion industry for over 20 years. Due to the recession and the decline in the economy, layoffs and foreclosures it was a real wake up call for me. Its amazing how one minute you can have a great job, home & family and the next minute you have lost some or all of that life without warning. Even when it doesn’t happen directly to you it can still make you feel so insecure with so many people around you that are losing their jobs. The company I work for has about 50 employees and each year approx 8 people get laid off with no new hiring. Being that I am older, more sensible and wiser I started to look around me to see what professions were still growing despite the economy with barely any layoffs and I realized the spa & skin care industry was still growing even though we were in a recession. I decided to start looking around at the schools that offer the esthetics skin care licensing program that entitles you to become a skin care expert . I finally settled on Aesthetics Northwest Institute because when I went to tour the school they really made me feel welcome and such great flexibility in the schedules unlike some of the other schools had set days and times but I needed something that helped me to work around my work schedule & the everyday busy life of my family. I am so glad I chose this institute it was such a wonderful, magical experience. They have such a high education system, all the instructors were extremely knowledgeable and didn’t treat us like we were just students they made us all feel important and like a family. I have learned so much in such a short time I never would have thought before this program that there is so much to learn about the science of skin care. We learned the science of the skin, product ingredients, client communication, business management, and so much more. The inspirational JoAnne herself is a very charismatic, knowledgeable, hard working, good hearted individual. We all look up to her and are so inspired by her achievements and work ethics she is one of the best role models I have ever met and we are all very lucky to be a part of this special school. more

Cheap, unsanitary, waste of money 3/9/2011

I’m a current student who has been at Aesthetic Northwest for the past 9 months and will be done with school soon. I’m doing the nail and skin course, and am very disappointed that I even paid as much as I did to attend this school.\r \r Their facility:\r Unsanitary. The air vent system has not been cleaned in more than 3 years (it’s supposed to be cleaned at least once a year). The cleaning crew they hired is supposed to clean and empty the trash at the end of every day, it gets done only once a week. The wax room has dried old wax on the walls that has never been cleaned. The break where the washer and dryer are located are old and rusted and plugged from the so much lint being stuck and never cleaned out. The trays in the pedicure room where students clean their implements had not been changed in months because the instructors had never taught or told students to change and clean them until students took the initiative to clean them and found dirty old solution with dead bugs in them. In the facial room the blankets have not been washed in over a year, upon asking the teachers if the blankets could be washed they said no that they didn’t need to be washed. The fake plants in the facility collect dust that never gets cleaned. The paraffin wax used for nail services has dirt and particles at the bottom of the wax warmer that never has gotten cleaned in over a year; clients constantly put their hands and feet in them. The lights in the break room where out for over a year so only half the room was lit, even after making complaints to the manager, he never got it done. Besides the small classroom that only seats less than 10 people, students have to sit in the break room or waiting area that are supposed to open for clients getting nail services. In all their facility is very poor and NOT clean.\r \r Instructors/manager: Vince (the manager) is notorious for making MAJOR mistakes on important paper work. He is the one who takes you on tours when visiting the school, who you talk and deal with to pay for your tuition, and any other paper or needs that you have that deal with the school. He puts off giving you your hours so you can sign up for your state tests, failed to fax on many occasion important documents. One student almost lost her daycare for her child because he failed to fax one simple paper. He's a smooth talker that tells you all that you want to hear to get you to come to the school, but is not at all professional and makes many business mistakes.\r Joanne (Owner/instructor): Is not at the school much. She teaches only in the evening, and only to teachs theory on Thursday and Fridays. She comes off rude most of the time to students and teaches old classes from outdated paper work from over 5-10 years ago. Theresa (instructor): Does not teach as much as Joanne, she shows you how to do things but does not explain. She's always nice and never rude. She is the calm one out of the school staff bunch.\r \r Education: You learn everything you need to know from your books and from the students around you. Besides your work books given to you, everything the teachers teach are from outdated info and they only teach you how to do facials and services that their ""spa"" offers, not other services that you will be doing outside of school in jobs. Like Brazilian waxing, microdermabrasion, ANY kind of make-up, lymph drainage, and many other things that you'll need to know outside of school. \r \r In all its a poor cheap school and spa for students and clients. You get what you pay for, after your first month of school you sit their and get your hours and do book work. You do not learn anything new after the first month. It’s WAY worth it to pay the extra money to go to an ACTUAL SCHOOL, not a cheap place that rips you off for your money.\r more

Very Great Place 2/9/2011

Aesthetics Northwest was a very nice place to finish my education and get my license in 16 weeks. The teachers and instuctors at ANW were friendly to me and everyone who came to ANW. The Owner Vince and Teressa were very friendly and helpful to me when I needed most. It is a great place to get a degree in Aesthetics, Nail Care, (etc). I went there for 16 weeks and learned everything that was necessary to get my license. The atmosphere was great and welcoming. I strongly recommend this school to anyone who is interested in Facials, Skincare, Waxing and Nail care. more

Students be aware 11/12/2010

Vince in the business office makes many promises that are never fulfilled. He has very little integrity and he is not dependable or professional. In October of this year the Washington State License Exam implemented new testing standards. When the state offered a class for instructors none of the instructors from Aesthetics Northwest attended. Upon visiting the school Vince will assure you that they will fully prepare you, this is simply not true. This school relies on self motivation and independent study. ANW is outdated and their sanitation standards far from emulate State Regulations. As a student at ANW you will need to bring in your own clientele if you want to practice services. Free practice on other students is limited to the first month of school. You will be asked to pay for product after the first month. ANW has too many students and not enough facility, clients or instructors. Of course with any school there are negatives as well as positives. The ""head"" instructor, Joanne, has many years of experience and is a wealth of knowledge. The other instructor, Teressa, is super sweet and in my opinion the glue that holds the school together. If you are looking for a cheep solution Aesthetics Northwest Institute but remember you get what you pay for. more

I feel at home 8/14/2009

I got my first job before I graduated! My instructors rock. I am very confident, and I'm ready to make great $$$$! Pros: students first more

Educatation First 1/4/2009

I recently graduated from Aesthetics Northwest. I found the experience absolutely wonderful. The instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. They were always ready to answer any questions we had. Being a registered nurse and having worked in the medical field for 20 years I still found the experience very enlightening and uplifting. Three days after graduating, I landed a great position in one of the preeminent destination resorts in Washington State. I highly recommend this school for anyone interested in a great education from instructors with so much knowledge and experience in the esthetics industry. I visited every school in the area that offers an esthetics program and I am so glad with my final decision to attend this school. It actually changed my life.\r \r Pros: Fantastic instructors Cons: I dont find any more

Excellent education 11/20/2008

I recently graduated from Aesthetics Northwest. I found the experience absolutely wonderful. The instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. They were always ready to answer any questions we had. Being a registered nurse and having worked in the medical field for 20 years I still found the experience very enlightening and uplifting. Three days after graduating, I landed a great position in one of the preeminent destination resorts in Washington State. I highly recommend this school for anyone interested in a great education from instructors with so much knowledge and experience in the esthetics industry. I visited every school in the area that offers an esthetics program and I am so glad with my final decision to attend this school. It actually changed my life. Pros: Flexible schedule more

Fantastic education! 11/18/2008

I recently graduated from Aesthetics Northwest. I found the experience absolutely wonderful. The instructors were very knowledgeable and helpful. They were always ready to answer any questions we had. Being a registered nurse and having worked in the medical field for 20 years I still found the experience very enlightening and uplifting. Three days after graduating, I landed a great position in one of the preeminent destination resorts in Washington State. I highly recommend this school for anyone interested in a great education from instructors with so much knowledge and experience in the esthetics industry. I visited every school in the area that offers an esthetics program and I am so glad with my final decision to attend this school. It actually changed my life. Pros: great instructors, products more

GREAT SERVICE, ATMOSPHERE AND PRODUCTS!!!!!!!!!! 9/11/2008

GREAT SERVICE, ATMOSPHERE AND PRODUCTS!!!!!!!!!!!!\r \r I HAVE BEEN GOING TO ABC NAIL & SKIN COLLEGE FOR YEARS AND LOVE THEM. THE SERVICE, ATMOSPHERE AND PRODUCTS OF ABC NAIL AND SKIN / AESTHETICS NW ARE GREAT.\r I ALWAYS TAKE MY FRIENDS THAT COME IN TO TOWN TO VISIT TO HAVE FACIALS AND THE STUDENTS AND MANAGEMENT NEVER FAIL ME. WE JUST HAD FACIALS LAST WEEK AND THEY WERE GREAT. \r THE ATMOSPHERE IS COMFORTABLE AND THE TWO GALS THAT DID OUR FACIALS WERE GREAT. \r I HAVE NEVER GONE TO THE SCHOOL AND HAD A BAD EXPERIENCE. THE OWNERS/MANAGER IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE. I AM ALWAYS TELLING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT THEM WHENEVER I HEAR ABOUT SOMEONE HAVING SKIN PROBLEMS OR ARE LOOKING FOR A GOOD PEDICURE OR NAIL SERVICES. THE SCHOOL IS ALWAYS CLEAN AND SANITARY AND COMFORTABLE.\r IT IS REALLY GREAT TO BE ABLE TO RELY ON THEM TO SHOW MY GUESTS A GREAT RELAXING TIME AND TO GET EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE WITH PERSONABLE, CARING, KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE WORKING ON US. \r \r IT IS JUST A REALLY GREAT TIME AND JUST SOMETHING SPECIAL TO DO WITH YOUR OUT OF TOWN GUESTS OR WITH MY FRIENDS. \r THIS HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE BIRTHDAY, WEDDING, SHOWER, BABY SHOWER JUST ANYTIME GIFT I GIVE BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WHOEVER I GIVE A GIFT TO ABC NAIL & SKIN WILL GET GREAT SERVICE AND BE PAMPERED LIKE I INTEND MY GIFT TO BE FOR THEM.\r \r DON'T HESITATE TO TREAT YOURSELF OR A FRIEND TO THE SERVICES AT ABC. THEY HAVE NEVER LET ME DOWN AND I'M A HARD SELL AS I HAVE BEEN HAVING FACIAL AND USING THEIR PRODUCTS FOR YRS AND WHEN I HAVE GONE ANYWHERE ELSE IN OR OUT OF TOWN THEY HAVEN'T HAD THE KNOWLEDGE OR THE SERVICE THAT I HAVE CONSISTANTLY RECIEVED FROM ABC AND THEIR STAFF.\r 5 STARS TO THEM!!!!!!!!\r DANA\r more

DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL 8/29/2008

For interested students that plan on enrolling in this school, please re-think that decision. I am very disapointed with the ""education"" i am receiving it seems like they only have ""lectures"" when someone complains about not learning anything and the teachers are very offending, rude and ignorant. i feel like they are stuck in the past and dont like change and are not respectfull to the grown women who are ""trying"" to learn SOMETHING HERE. I do not feel confident with my training at this school especially if i were to go out into the real world and work in a real spa. Im sure they once were passionate about teaching but all that is lost now, its just one big mess and i wouldnt reccomend this for anyone.\r \r AND JUST TO LET EVERYONE KNOW-- ALL THE GOOD COMMENTS WRITTEN ON THIS PAGE WERE THE STAFF AT THE SCHOOL ASKING LONG TIME CLIENTS TO WRITE A GOOD REVEIW IN EXCHANGE FOR A FREE FACIAL/SERVICES...pretty pathetic Pros: cheap services for clients Cons: HORRIBLE ATMOSPHERE FOR STUDENTS more

great spa services at a reasonable price 7/9/2008

I have been a customer of ABC Nails for over 10 years and have always enjoyed my experience there. I normally enjoy the day of beauty and find it relaxing and helpful in the care of my skin and nails. The students for the most part, have been quite good, and try hard to satisfy. So much so, that I rarely request any one in particular, rather I accept who they schedule me with. I find the staff to be quite nice and accommodating and helpful to the students. They will continue to have my business! Pros: You can treat yourself to a reasonably price spa day Cons: We must remember it is a school and not a spa more

Good place for beauty treatments 7/2/2008

I?ve been a patron of ABC Aesthetics Northwest Institute for over 13 years and have always been very happy with both the services I?ve received (waxing, facials, manicures, and pedicures) as well as the clean and sanitary conditions of the school. The students and staff are friendly, professional, and consistently on time with my appointments. I have recommended ABC to many of my friends. more
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