What exactly does “more than just a beauty school” mean? 



La Luma Academy's program engages 3 Areas of Focus



The process of making meaning from direct experience, or ‘learning from experience’.  Students spend 8 months on our Salon Floor working as stylists. During this time, they put their newly developed technical skills to practice.  With the support of instructors, students reflect on each service provided on the floor, looking at what worked and what didn’t.  We are committed to learning in every situation, and in providing students with ongoing feedback and acknowledgment to support their growth. Students experience leadership and mentoring throughout the program: with their peers, guests, and community.


Students are taught systems, principles, and procedures for all elements of hairstyling. Service, cutting, colouring, and business systems provide students with a framework for every experience on the Salon Floor. Having a strong framework builds confidence, precision, and consistency, and makes any service or problem manageable. Following their mastery of the systems, students are encouraged to test and challenge the rules of their systems.  It is in challenging the rules that students unleash their creativity while gaining a deeper understanding of their technical skillset.


Our students understand that business is a way of being. The mood and energy you show up with every day will directly impact the success of the day. For students to get the most out of their education and their career, they need a clear purpose for themselves and their future.  Students receive support, feedback, acknowledgments, and opportunities that align with their purpose. Students practice having direct conversations, being responsible for their actions, and being accountable to their team.

The Year Ahead


Junior ( Month 1-4 )

Beginning with a week-long Orientation, the Junior Class focuses on developing a strong technical foundation, creating personal goals, and building a resilient team.  

Some of the material covered in this stage is:

  • Foundations (Cutting System)
  • Master Finishing (Blow Dry System)
  • VIA (Cutting System)
  • Hair Styling
  • Salon Coordinator Class
  • Colour Theory and Application
  • Men’s Barbering
  • Textbook and Theory
  • Long Hair Styling
  • E-Myth (Business Class)
  • Self Discovery 3 Day Course (Guest Teacher: Laurence Follows)
Intermediate ( Months 5-8 )

Intermediate stage sees students make the exciting transition to the Salon Floor as Stylists. Each student learns to support their team on the Salon Floor during their turns as the Salon


Co-Ordinator  while simultaneously continuing to develop their skills by performing services on the Salon Floor.  Leadership skills are learned as this group of students become mentors to the incoming Junior class. 

Some of the material covered during this stage is:

  • Short Trends
  • Make Up
  • Wealthy Barber (Business Class)
  • Salon Project
  • The Art of Hair Design
Senior ( Months 9-12 )

You’re in the home stretch!  During this stage, students continue their mentorship of the, now Intermediate class, and they also begin to lead their own services on the Salon Floor, fine-tuning the skills they have learned in the previous stages.

In addition to leadership and excellence on the Salon Floor, this stage covers the following material:

  • Photo Shoot
  • Resumes and Job Interview Prep
  • Review and Reflect