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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 Nguyen, President of Advance Beauty College

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.

Tam Nguyen


Tam Nguyen - Chairman of Advance Beauty Colelge

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.

Suzette Christian

VP of Operations


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.

Nikki Nguyet Vo

Admissions Director

Nikki Nguyet Vo has been in the beauty industry for over two decades. As a beauty salon owner and educator, Nikki is licensed in Cosmetology, Massage and completed the teacher training program. Over the past 10 years, Nikki has held various positions as at Advance Beauty College in education, management and admissions. Nikki has extensive training by industry leaders such as OPI, CND, Tammy Taylor as well as Matrix, Dermalogica and Image Skin Care.


Julia Nguyen

Compliance + Financial Aid Dir.

Julia graduated from University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. For over 15 years, Julia has held various roles in vast industries including banking and international studies and led strategic initiatives in both roles. In her time with Advance Beauty College, she served as Student Services Coordinator and Financial Aid Director. My background provided me with a variety of skill sets in customer services by working with a diverse student population, staff and public. Her passion is always to help students to be successful not only in the beauty industry but also in their life.

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