Our faculty sets us apart. We are proud of the qualifications, experience, dedication, and creativity of our teachers. They constantly strive to develop new and better ways to educate students on the skills and knowledge that will prepare them for a successful career in the beauty field.
Director: Ms. Laila Hamdan is a licensed cosmetologist in Maryland, Illinois and California. She has diplomas in Cosmetology, Byo-Esthetics, and Makeup from the reputable Pivot Point International, Advanced School of Hair Design in Chicago, Illinois. She has a diploma in Cosmetology from Je-Boutique College of Beauty, El-Cajon, California. Additionally, Ms. Hamdan has advanced training in scientific hairstyling, beauty science, glycolic acid treatment, air brush and acrylic nails, and scientific approach to hair design. Ms. Hamdan has nearly 30 years of cosmetology and skin-care experience, including more than 20 years as Director and/or Instructor at two cosmetology schools in Montgomery County and a skin-care school in Northern Virginia. She also has several years of experience in the administration and management of beauty salons, supervising hair styling and skin care services, and marketing and sales of beauty and skin care products.
Sadie Nelson is a licensed cosmetologist in Maryland and the District of Columbia, and has 20 years of experience in the cosmetology field. She was the Director of Education at the Institute from 2000 to 2004. Before joining the Institute she taught at different beauty schools, including the Rockville Beauty Academy in Rockville, Maryland where she also served as school Director (1989-1992). Ms. Nelson graduated from the University of District of Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She attended Washington, D.C. Beauty Academy and received her Cosmetology license in 1983. She further studied at Catonsville College in Catonsville, Maryland and there she received her license in the field of Cosmetology in 1989.
The school Director and teaching faculty have more than 60 years of combined experience in beauty and cosmetics, as hairstylists, salon owners, salon managers, and teachers. Former students often comment on how well they were prepared for their salon jobs and call to express their thanks for the excellent instruction they were given at the Institute and for the dedication and caring they received.