About Us

Academy of Hair Design focuses on individual transformation starting with a first-class education in cosmetology and barbering. Led by 20-year veteran school owners, David and Christie Gonzales, the Academy is committed to helping students reach their full potential by preparing them for a career in the grooming and beauty industry.  Whether in an elegant salon or traditional barbershop, our students are prepared to meet the challenges of today’s professionals.  Academy of Hair Design provides a unique education for students who desire to explore their passions and creativity, learn professional salon techniques and business skills, and successfully stand out in the beauty industry.

The Academy was also founded with the purpose of serving others, growing locally so it can continue to grow globally by building a network of schools in developing countries to empower people and give them hope.  In 2012, they launched the Dream Beauty Academy, Rwanda in Africa with plans for additional international schools.  Students and Educators take annual trips to teach and serve the students at their sister-schools.  The vision of this local and global strategy attracts great faculty, students and clients who desire to make a difference.


A Unique Curriculum

The Academy’s high standards of excellence in hairdressing and customer service are reflected in the curriculum. Students are immersed in a program that teaches modern techniques, preparing them for future success in an evolving industry. Christie and David recognize that many professionals new to the salon industry are not prepared once they leave their respective educational institutions.  They compare the beauty industry to a 3-legged stool, merging artistry, business acumen, and personal growth.  At Academy of Hair Design, we know the technical side of the industry isn’t the only key to your future success.

To nurture creativity, the Academy has partnered with L’Oreal Professionnel, bringing students access to high-quality products, not typically found in schools.  L’Oreal Professionnel schedules regular classes for students at the Academy to be taught by artists trained in the latest techniques and product knowledge.

On the business end, the Academy has merged its Salon Realities Program with Salon Summit Business Center to teach business, leadership and collaboration techniques.  By combining Summit with Salon Realities, the Gonzales’s believe their educators have created the best real-world experience within a nurturing educational environment.

The Academy of Hair Design is committed to business coaching AND life coaching.  Educators are hired for displaying proficient technical skills and industry experience, as well as passion and heart.  They are committed to developing individuals.  Confidence and emotional health are the secrets to give the students the greatest chance to realize their dreams.

Competent technical skills, business acumen and personal growth are equally important to your future success. These three educational elements make the Academy of Hair Design a truly unique school in the Austin area.