Cosmetology is an energizing, ever-changing field that’s perfect for those who desire a career driven by imagination and creativity. The cosmetology program at Nathan Layne Institute in Chubbuck, Idaho, prepares graduates for a lifetime of success in and out of the salon. Let renowned beauty industry pro Nate Shaw and his team of instructors empower you to take the first steps toward a bright, colorful career.

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Now’s the perfect time to pursue a career in cosmetology, esthetics or barbering. We’ll even help you find a job after you graduate! We offer financial aid to those who qualify and our schedule allows you to have the perfect school/life balance.

Cosmetology Program Overview

Our owner, Nathan, has poured his extensive beauty industry expertise into designing a cosmetology program that prepares students for a successful career. Far from teaching to an exam, the Nathan Layne Institute team ensures that foundational skills and cutting-edge techniques used in the real world are taught to all cosmetology students.

The cosmetology program at Nathan Layne Institute consists of 1,600 training hours over 54 weeks, covering a broad set of skills you can rely on in your future career, including hair cutting, styling, tinting, and coloring; performing manicures and pedicures; skincare, and hair removal.

In our teaching method, classroom learning is just one piece of the puzzle. Students at Nathan Layne Institute spend most of their time learning hands-on on our salon floor. In fact, the first 260 hours consist of introductory material and live model practice focused on getting students salon-ready as soon as possible.

Plus, we bring in industry experts and educators to hold seminars for our students as well as other learning opportunities that foster engagement and a leading edge in the field.

What You’ll Learn in Our Cosmetology Program

Along with the history of cosmetology and theory, our comprehensive curriculum includes the following topics to set you up for success as a beauty professional:

  • Hair cutting, styling, and chemical treatments
  • Hair color application and chemistry
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Makeup application
  • Waxing
  • Safety and sanitation
  • Beauty-related laws and ethics

Building Your Beauty Brand

At Nathan Layne Institute, you’ll gain much more than a basic education in cosmetology that will get you through the state licensing exam. We send our students into the world with the tools they need to be confident, skilled professionals. From salon management to brand awareness, students have the opportunity to learn the business of beauty and other skills they can take with them for a lifetime, such as:

  • Marketing promotion
  • Networking
  • Business planning
  • Participating in fashion show, photoshoots, and charity events

Lash Extension Certification Course Option

As beauty trends evolve, so do the offerings at Nathan Layne Institute. With the explosive popularity of lash extensions in recent years, we now offer an optional Lash Extension Certification course to all of our current and future students.

This elective course allows students to expand their business offerings and income after graduation. Cosmetology grads who are certified to offer lash extensions to their clients often report that these services are lucrative, so it’s a wise investment for many of our students.

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Upcoming Cosmetology Program Start Dates

We start new cohorts of Cosmetology classes every few months. Here are the upcoming scheduled 2024 class starts, though you should talk to our Admissions team for more details:

Upcoming Cosmetology Program Start Dates
March 5, 2024
May 7, 2024
July 9, 2024
September 3, 2024
October 29, 2024

Career Paths After Graduating from Our Cosmetology Program

One of the reasons we love teaching cosmetology is that the field covers so much, from hair to nails and more. Licensed cosmetologists have many choices of jobs and workplace settings open to them in a growing, in-demand industry.

While most think about working in a salon after beauty school, there are many paths for Nathan Layne Institute grads to apply their talent and training. These are just some of the career paths you can take after cosmetology school:

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  • Hairstylist (salon, booth, or freelance)
  • Salon owner or manager
  • Platform artist
  • Cosmetology educator
  • Beauty brand representative
  • Retail sales
  • Industry writer, blogger, or social media influencer

There are many potential perks to working in the beauty industry, including showing up to a creative job every day, having a flexible schedule, finding pathways to becoming an entrepreneur, and meeting new people.

How We Help You in Your New Cosmetology Career

The team at Nathan Layne Institute is connected to an expansive network of beauty pros at salons, spas, retail stores, and beauty product manufacturers who can help make your dream become reality.

We also believe firmly in teaching students how to build a book of business, a set of skills that will serve you well in any cosmetology career you choose. Not only do Nathan Layne Institute students gain hours of valuable experience in our salon, but they’re also encouraged to start building their business as soon as possible.

As part of our program, you’ll learn how to build a rapport with potential and returning clients, just as you’ll learn how the craft of beauty services under the supervision of licensed cosmetology educators by your side. Clients you book at the Nathan Layne Institute student salon can follow up after graduation, setting you up for success from the time you step into the field as a licensed professional.


Cosmetology is a career that you can be excited and passionate about. If you love helping other people look and feel their best, you owe it to yourself to find out what this career path could look like for you. Reach out to us to learn more about our cosmetology program today and find out how Nathan Layne Institute can be where you find yourself!

Interested in some of our other programs? Check out our esthetics program if you want to focus and dive deeply into skincare and makeup skills and topics.

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