Welcome to Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy in Orange County, CA

We designed our educational system to reflect what we believe in, and we believe in quality education, successful employment, and successful people. We are Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy.

Who Was Colleen O’Hara?

Colleen was a hairdresser, salon owner, and lover of learning. After years of working behind the chair and running a salon, Colleen recognized the need for beauty education in the industry. In 1982, Colleen bought a cosmetology school and transformed it into her very own beauty academy.

To an industry that had given her so much, she wanted to give back, and she loved doing it. Colleen was known in the area, as her career started in 1966 and was full excitement. Famous families visited her chair and her reputation lives on in the So. Cal area.

What Can We Offer You?

Our top priority is providing an education you can be proud of. We have created a culture, curriculum, and learning environment that our students love. With over 30 years of experience in the beauty education industry, we know that students prioritize how they feel and how they are supported at our school. Our family-feel and student-centric ideology are our motivation.


Our downtown Santa Ana location is a beautiful, 30,000 foot modern building with Esthetics, Hair Design, and Barbering departments. We offer plenty of room for you to grow in your area of aspiring expertise. You can tap into the downtown art scene with our close proximity to the historical downtown area.

Product Partners

We offer students the chance to work with a variety of professional products like Wella, Redken, Dermalogica, and MAC Cosmetics. Because we are a MAC Professional Partner School, our Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Makeup students receive discounts on MAC retail products in their stores and field tips to MAC to learn from the pros.

Student Services

  • Educational Services:
  • We can help you with tutoring for the State Board Exam and mock board education.

  • Financial Assistance:
  • Our Financial Aid Advisors are prepared to help you figure out the financials of beauty academy. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

  • Career Services:
  • We don’t guarantee career placement, but we want to help you to the best of our abilities. We can help you with resume writing, interviewing skills, and distributing your resume to potential employers.

Get Started at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy

Ready to begin your journey to a career in beauty? It starts with an education. Contact us to find out how you can get enrolled at Colleen O’Hara’s Beauty Academy!