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Our Story

Established in 1987, Advance Beauty College proudly serves the Orange County community and works hard to provide quality vocational education to enrich lives. 

Our Story


Makeup Artist School in Garden Grove




36+ Years

Educating beauty professionals 

2 Generations

Family-owned Business


Globally recognized for educational and philanthropic efforts

Barber School Garden Grove


45,000+ Graduates

With the largest manicuring programs in the nation 


Online-learning, combining practical and theoretical training 

6 Programs

Offering barbering, cosmetology, manicuring, esthetician and teacher training

2 Languages

Multicultural campus offers classes in both English and Vietnamese

Top Aesthetician School in Orange County

Give Back

30+ Million

Worth of personal protective equipment to health-care professionals and front-line workers during pandemic


Covid Tests

100+ Charities

Impacting our local communities

50+ Awards 

Recognized for contributions in education, business and philanthropy



At Advance Beauty College, the leadership team is dedicated to providing a supportive and inspiring environment for students to grow and succeed in their chosen careers.

Linh Nguyen

Linh is the President of Advance Beauty College. A licensed cosmetologist, manicurist and barber for 30 years, she has taught in both public and private beauty schools throughout her career. She has participated in Nail Expert Panels alongside companies such as CND, OPI and Tammy Taylor Nails. She has also worked with the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as a member of the Manicuring technical advisory committee. She was hired as an industry expert and assisted with translations for NIC- National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology. She has worked with publishers Pivot Point and Milady as contributor and reviewer for industry textbooks. Linh earned her BA and MBA from Cal State University, Fullerton. Linh currently serves on the Industry Advisory Committee for the Professional Beauty Federation of California, is a member of the AACS- American Association of Cosmetology Schools, and is also on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the CSUF School of Business. Not only does she love teaching students in all areas of the trade, she enjoys that she can help students in their career path.


Linh Nguyen, President of Advance Beauty College

Tam Nguyen

Tam has been a dedicated leader in business, his community and in philanthropy, for the past 25 years. As Chairman of Advance Beauty College, Tam and the team have graduated 50,000 future professionals from the school's innovative beauty program, which offers rigorous training and multilingual education in English and Vietnamese. Since 2016, Tam has been a faculty member at California State University, Fullerton, teaching business management. He is actively involved in supporting various university initiatives, including the Center for Family Business, Center for Leadership, and the Colleges of Education and Humanities and Social Sciences. Tam has also received the Cal State Fullerton Vision & Visionaries Award in 2015 and served as the current Chair of the Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors. In the community, Tam serves on the boards of the Small Business Diversity Network, Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce, Orange County United Way, Orange County Transportation Authority, Metrolink, and Garden Grove Community Foundation. He is also a member of Garden Grove Police Department’s Chief Advisory Council. Additionally, Tam co-founded Nailing It For America, a volunteer group that contributed over 1.2 million personal protective equipment worth approximately $30 million to healthcare professionals, front-line workers, and vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tam Nguyen - Chairman of Advance Beauty Colelge

Suzette Christian

With over 20 years in the beauty industry, Suzette has dedicated her career to the beauty school sector. She has worked for industry leaders such as Paul Mitchell the School and Dermalogica, where she developed the education curriculum, executed initiatives to drive school business and helped to launch Dermalogica’s first undergraduate school in New York City. Suzette spent over a decade managing Dermalogica's premier school partnership program consisting of over 450 schools, where she identified ways to elevate the beauty school industry based on program needs and market demands. In her current role, Suzette serves as a Director of Strategic Partnership with Advance Beauty College and oversees industry partnerships, educational programs and business development. Additionally, Suzette spent a decade teaching in both the private and public sectors. She has been a guest speaker at industry events and served on numerous advisory boards sharing industry insight to help schools identify educational opportunities. Suzette graduated from Villanova University with a B.A, in communications.

Dir. Business Development

Suzette Christian Marchetti - Director of Business Development Advance Beauty College

Tracy Pham

Tracy Pham is an experienced professional with a diverse background. She graduated with a B.A. in International Business and began her career as a manager in a medical office, specializing in Workers' Comp cases, Union workers, medical billing and maintaining HIPAA compliance. Tracy worked as a bilingual adjudicator at the Employment Development Department (EDD). She underwent a rigorous selection process and received extensive training in unemployment claims, awarding processes, adjudication, and appeals. Tracy served as HR Manager at Lexor Inc, a manufacturing company of spa equipment for the beauty industry. During her tenure, Tracy played a vital role in ensuring compliance with OSHA, DOT, and labor laws. She spearheaded the company's expansion, growing the workforce from 40 to over 100 employees and establishing employee benefits, training manuals, policies, and handbooks. Tracy also managed the remote operations of 12 showrooms. In 2020, Tracy joined Advance Beauty College as Compliance Director, where she successfully launched an online platform for distance learning. Currently serving as the Director of Operations, Tracy enforces policies from accrediting agencies, provides employee training, and oversees human resources. Tracy's commitment to efficiency and innovation drives her to continuously improve processes and procedures using technology, contributing to the growth of Advance Beauty College.

Dir. of Operations

Tracy Pham - Director of Operations Advance Beauty College

Alan Gaxiola

After graduating from High School and Beauty School, Alan pursued a career behind the chair as a stylist. Alan had the opportunity to be an instructor/educator for beauty schools and a global brand, before becoming a Director of Operations and Education. Now, he is the Director of Compliance that ensures Advance Beauty College complies with all laws, regulations, and industry standards. Alan's favorite part of being in the beauty industry is helping professionals join the beauty industry, where they can express their creativity and passion. Whether it's through hair styling, makeup artistry, or skin care. The beauty industry provides a platform for everyone to showcase their artistic abilities and create unique looks that make people feel confident and beautiful.

Dir. of Compliance + Education

Alan Gaxiola - Director of Compliance Advance Beauty College
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