About Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute

Lowell Academy is a nationally accredited institution governed by the US Department of Education, The National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), and the State of Massachusetts. Lowell Academy opened it’s doors in 1933, became incorporated in 1959 and nationally accredited in 1966. For a more detailed history of the school please refer to the section below titled “Our School History”.

The Mission of Lowell Academy

It is the mission of Lowell Academy to ensure that every student is afforded the opportunity to learn their perspective craft inside an environment that fosters creativity and confidence. Students are encouraged to explore their creative process, talents and abilities inside a judgement free atmosphere of like-minded individuals

A Simple Philosophy Towards Teaching

For over eighty years Lowell Academy has submitted to a simple and honest philosophy that can be broken down into three primary components:

  • Provide a good and well-rounded education
  • Provide proper preparation and understanding of industry expectations
  • Provide job placement assistance and career advisement

It’s that simple! Receiving a proper education is crucial to having success in any industry – particularly cosmetology. When we are properly educated we feel confident and when we are confident the possibilities are endless.

Industry Networking & Opportunities 

Our relationships with local salons and stylists allow our students great employment and networking opportunities. Networking and inter-industry relations are essential in becoming a successful stylist or salon owner. As a Lowell Academy graduate you will be considered by many as being of the highest caliber and well-prepared for employment. As an alumni of Lowell Academy you are welcome to come back anytime if you would like help looking for employment . We offer job placement assistance for life!

Curriculum and Classroom Technology

The Curriculum

For over ten years we have employed a curriculum provided by Milady. Milady has been the corner stone of the beauty and wellness industry for over eighty-five years. They are a trusted and proven brand that we are pleased to be affiliated with. Learn more about Milady and the education they offer by going to www.milady.cengage.com

Technology Inside & Outside the Classroom

Each student receives their own iPad Air loaded with an eBook to use throughout the program. Using iPad and eBook technology offers many advantages that aren’t available with traditional textbooks. Technology like the iPad has allowed education to move far beyond conventional teaching and methods of learning. Our students do not rent or borrow these devices, they own these devices, and are encouraged to use them at any point through-out their career.

The iPad is a fantastic tool to build a beautiful and modern portfolio to display your work. This can help build and keep a lasting clientele after becoming a stylist. It is also a great tool to use for promotion and networking via social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

A Healthy Learning Environment

We have a strong and healthy respect for structure and its relationship to the learning process. We also have an understanding that each student requires different ingredients to grow. An environment must be conducive to both learning and teaching. It is important to us that our students spend their time in a place that does both, inspires and motivates. Our Instructors have all been part of this industry and understand what it takes to be successful both during school and after.

This is an industry comprised of creative, hands-on people that need room to explore their talents, artistry and individuality. We don’t allow negativity inside the classroom, rather our instructors prefer a much more respectful and optimistic approach to teaching.

Our School History

The Early Years…

Lowell Academy’s downtown location has an interesting history that precedes the cosmetology school by almost 200 years. This building was the location of Frye’s Tavern, an establishment predating the early 1820’s. The tavern provided food, drink and sleeping quarters to the boats-men working on the Lower Locks and Pawtucket Canal at the time.

In 1832 the tavern was changed to The American House Hotel. Over the next 100+ years the building underwent changes both in structure and occupancy. The location housed grocery stores, markets and numerous retail outlets. The most widely recognized occupant was a retail outlet called Talbot’s Clothing. This popular clothing store occupied a portion of the building throughout the entire 1950’s.

The Beginning of Lowell Academy 

Opening its doors in downtown Lowell’s once American House Block neighborhood in 1933, Lowell Academy became officially incorporated on January 2nd 1959. Originally occupying a different location in downtown Lowell, the school found its permanent location at 136 Central Street in the early months of 1959. It has remained at that downtown location for over fifty-five years and seen thousands of its graduates become successful industry professionals.

Then & Now

Attached to the building around the same time was the once popular Strand Theater. In its day the theater stretched over the Pawtucket Canal where the bridge is now located. The Strand Theater opened in 1917 and was operational until its destruction in 1972. At that point Lowell Academy, in conjunction with Newton’s Hair Salon, become the sole occupants of the building.

Some years later Newton’s was shut down to allow space for Lowell Academy classroom expansion and it has remained such up to the present day. Since that time the school has acquired a reputation for producing excellent and well rounded graduates.


The City of Lowell

Lowell is home to some of the region’s leading venues and historic landmarks like the Tsongas Area, Lowell Memorial Auditorium and LeLacheur Park. With fantastic dining, eclectic art galleries, inspiring performances and events, Lowell is quickly gaining a reputation for being a leading spot for arts and entertainment. The City’s Downtown area blends historic charm with urban energy, offering plenty of entertainment, shopping and dining – perfect for the college student and young professional alike.

Lowell is also the birthplace of cultural icons, such as writer Jack Kerouac, actress Betty Davis, artist James McNeill Whistler, and several other legends. The city has a long history within the artist community which provides a great platform to begin a career in this industry.The prospering downtown area brings vitality and energy to the city and Lowell Academy Hairstyling Institute is located directly in the heart of it all.