My Journey that PCI prepared me for!

Graduating from PCI prepared me for all my dreams to come true. Going through 15 months of school was definitely trying, but having mentors and educators that keep you on track and moving forward seriously makes a difference. After graduating, I worked at two separate salons doing chair rental. I’ve now been a salon owner […] Read more

Two PCI Academy Educators Reach New Career Heights

Congratulations to Ronda Bayliss Ott, licensed educator at PCI Academy, Ames, and Heidi Seymour, licensed educator at PCI Academy, Plymouth, for having earned the right to be called Redken Design Certified. Redken Certification recognizes and rewards salon professionals who possess exceptional technical skill and have a true passion for their craft. They are known and […] Read more

Winter Pick Me Ups

Winter Pick Me Ups By Mary Clare Lokken If spring/summer looks are too far off for you, consider what you can do in the upper Midwest in winter to feel great and not to be locked indoors all the time. There are still a few holiday parties left to attend. How about a fresh look from […] Read more

A Fun Look at Fall Fashion

A Fun Look at Fall Fashion By Mary Clare Lokken Ready for a fun look at fall fashion? This fall it’s all about lips or eyes, messy or neat, bohemian retro fashion, and the individual style of the guest. I consulted two beauty experts in Ames for more about what’s new for fall. Meredith Miller […] Read more

Sensational Style for Sunny Escapes

Sensational Style for Sunny Escapes By Mary Clare Lokken While we are in the depths of winter here in Iowa, there are beautiful, warm, sunny places to escape to for rest and relaxation. Your salon professional can help you get ready for those warmer spots in a number of ways and offer you sensational style […] Read more

A Conversation with Graduate Thomas Stoops

No one speaks better for PCI Academy than our graduates. We recently took a few minutes to sit down and chat with grad Thomas Stoops of Radiance Salon inside Dolce Vita Salon Suites. PCI: What has your life been like since graduating from PCI Academy? Thomas: I’ve worked behind the chair, done hair and makeup […] Read more

PCI Graduate Featured on Industry Website

PCI Academy graduate Shreeda Tailor was recently featured on the website. In a regular feature titled “Spotlight on Amazing Hairstylists” Shreeda shares more about her training, her approach to hair care and much more. Congratulations to Shreeda for the much-deserved recognition! The article is included below. For more visit:! SPOTLIGHT ON: SHREEDA TAILOR […] Read more

PCI Students Participate in Community Link Event

PCI students participated in the Community Link event in St. Louis Park, Minnesota on August 28. The event is designed to bring service providers and members of the community together. The event was covered by the local Sun Sailor newspaper (see link below). The Community Link event is one of several PCI Academy in Plymouth, […] Read more

Reason to Celebrate: Recent Grads Ready to Excel

We recently had the honor of wishing a new group of graduates well as they begin their careers in the beauty industry. Here are a few photos from the event…         Read more

Parisa P: Chasing the Dream

Parisa P., Level 4A graduate, PCI Academy, Plymouth MN My life has changed since attending PCI academy. I am much more optimist about life and trials that come my way. I’ve really learned that no matter how people treat you or what people say, it’s always best to remain positive for your own sake. I […] Read more

A Conversation with Success: Aurilla Goldsmith

Aurilla Goldsmith, a 2010 graduate of PCI Academy’s cosmetology program, has created a career that includes personal work as a cosmetologist, as a photo session stylist and with Martin Parsons, a Canadian known for training stylists in high fashion hairstyling. A graduate of Corning High School, Corning Iowa in 2007, Aurilla continued her education at […] Read more

Ashlee Ferlitsch: ‘I love my job!!!’

I love it in Iowa City!!! I love my job!!! I would say the most valuable thing I took away from school was learning how to connect with people, learning how to take a one-time guest and turn them into a repeat request guest. I have taken so many of the tricks I learned from […] Read more

Back to School

Back to school in Ames relates to all ages. It seems like everyone from preschoolers to professors can be counted on to arrive at salons looking for a fresh haircut, a hair color needing repair after too much sun and wind, and the myriad of treatments for hands, feet, face and body. So what is […] Read more