Leon’s Beauty School’s mission is to educate their students in marketable cosmetology arts and sciences skills to enable graduates to pass the state license exam in order to be eligible for entry level employment.


Leon’s Beauty School was founded in 1963 by the late Leon Oldham. The school was originally opened on Tate Street in Greensboro under the name of Maison de Paris Beauty School. In 1974, it moved to expanded quarters on Walker Avenue, adjacent to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Greensboro College. In 1977, it was renamed Leon’s Beauty School in honor of its founder.

In 1981 Leon’s moved to West Lee Street and in 2007 into its current location on Coliseum Boulevard. Mrs. Leon Oldham served as President and Director of the school until her death in August 1994. Leon’s Beauty School is presently operated by Mrs. Leon’s daughter, Parker Washburn. It is a private co-educational institution which provides course work in cosmetology designed to prepare the graduate for opportunities such as : hairstylist, beauty salon manager, skin care specialist , make-up artist or manicurist. In addition to the basic cosmetology course, the school also offers a course in esthetics and a training course for cosmetology and esthetic teachers.

One of the advantages of the Leon’s Beauty School’s longevity in the Triad area is a significant client base. Having a busy clinic allows them to keep tuition cost low while giving student ample opportunities to practice their technical skills and customer service.


Leon’s Beauty School, Inc. is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology Art Examiners (1201 Front Street, Suite 111, Raleigh, NC 27609) and is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences ( – 4401 Ford Avenue, Suite 1300, Alexandria, VA 22302).


Leon’s not only offers courses in Cosmetology, but now also has classes in Esthetics.

  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetics
  • Manicuring
  • Teacher Training


Cosmetology, the art and science of beauty care, involves the study of skin care, make-up application, nail care, hair design and shaping, chemical relaxing, permanent waving and all aspects of hair coloring. Cosmetology is a challenging industry and offers many career possibilities.

  • Salon owner/manager
  • Stylist
  • Competition/platform stylist
  • Public/private instructor
  • Manufacturer’s representative
  • Educator


Esthetics, the art and science of skin care, involves the study of skin, analysis of its textures and treatments, anatomy of the face and hands and cell structure of the skin. Esthetics is a demanding career.

  • Spa esthetician
  • Skin care treatment centers
  • Public/private school instructor
  • Manufacturer’s representative
  • Educator

Financial Aid

  • Leon’s Beauty School offers Financial Aid to Cosmetology and Esthetics students who qualify.
  • This aid is called the Pell Grant, which is an income-based grant.
  • This grant will not apply to persons holding a bachelor’s degree.
  • This grant does not cover the cosmetology or esthetic kit.
  • Leon’s cosmetology and esthetic courses are approved by the North Carolina Approving Agency for Veterans Administration Benefits for students who qualify.

Leon’s offers Continuation Education classes which have been approved by the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts. These classes are open to licensed cosmetologists, estheticians, manicurists and those who hold teachers license in those areas.



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