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Our Mission

Is to use professional principles as a guide to produce confident, well-trained cosmetologists, who will be prepared with the necessary education to enter any phase of the industry. We believe that every person has the ability to achieve any realistic goal they are willing to seek out and conquer.


We offer three programs: Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technology.  We were founded in 1980, by Ann Smith in Storm Lake, IA.  She brought a wealth of information and experience to the new students and staff.  Faust Institute was then opened in 1990, in Spirit Lake, IA.  The Spirit Lake campus continues to thrive while educating hundreds of students to enter a professional career in the beauty industry.

Because we are a smaller school, we pride ourselves in the personal attention we are able to give our students. Our current student to instructor ratio is 4:1. We feel this aids in the quality of education that our licensed instructors provide each day, as well as allows each student the extra individual attention they sometimes need.

  • 94.74% Job Placement

  • Financial Aid Available To Those Who Qualify

  • One Of The Most Affordable Cosmetology Schools In The State

  • Earn A Cosmetology Degree In Approximately 14 Months

  • Earn A Esthetics Degree In Approximately 5 Months

  • Educating Students For 40 Years – 100% Licensure Rate

  • Earn A Nail Technology Degree In Approximately 12 Weeks

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