About Us

We specialize in preparing men and women for rewarding careers in the cosmetology and barbering industries. At North Florida Cosmetology Institute, we place a high value on individual creativity. In each of our programs, you will find a combination of dedication from our faculty, enthusiasm, desire, and creativity from our students. Those elements create an exciting learning environment.

Cosmetology and barbering are very versatile professions! Whatever your talent and interests are, we are here to teach, train, and help guide you to a career for a lifetime. We are eager to help you take advantage of the opportunities in these professional and financially rewarding fields.

We urge you to take a serious look at our programs, and cordially invite you to visit our school. You will be taken on a tour of our classrooms, library, and clinic where students apply the skills they are being taught by working on their models and patrons. You are encouraged to meet with our faculty and staff. We are here to help you plan your future.

— Anita Coppedge and Kimberly Matthews

It is the intent of North Florida Cosmetology Institute to thoroughly train each student in the art and science of Cosmetology, Barber, Restricted Barber, Full Specialist, Nail Technology, and Facial and Skin Care Specialist to obtain gainful employment within the industry.

North Florida Cosmetology Institute

In December of 1988 Anita Coppedge and her daughter, Kim Matthews, formed a partnership and opened their first salon, Reflections of You. Their business took off at a rapid pace and within two years they outgrew their space. While Anita and Kim were contemplating leasing more space, one of their competitors approached them about acquiring her business. An interesting aspect of her operation, Florida School of Nail Technology, was the only private nail technology school in north Florida.

            In April of 1990 Anita and Kim agreed to buy the business. While expanding their clientele during the day, their nights were spent holding classes starting with a group of ten students. After another two years they outgrew their space again and began searching for a larger location. In February of 1992, they moved and were now able to host nail classes with their 25 enrolled students.

      With the nail industry booming in the 1990’s Anita and Kim continued to expand their nails classes. Soon after they realized the skin care industry was beginning to take off and decided to dip their toes into the skin care field. In April of 1994 Anita and Kim introduced their first skin care class, changing their institutes name to Florida School of Esthetics and Nail Technology Inc.

            Anita and Kim’s next major step was in January of 1998, when they began offering complete cosmetology courses. This growth and expansion gave birth to what is known today as North Florida Cosmetology Institute Inc.

            In early 2001, North Florida Cosmetology Institute Inc. was accredited by National Accrediting Commission of Careers Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) allowing them their growth to expand even further. This caused them to outgrow their facilities again, especially with the addition of a Barber school to their curriculum, leading Anita and Kim to their current location on Allen Road. After months of renovations with the help of family and friends, they opened their doors on November 9th, 2004 and have been located on Allen Road since.

            The school has a fantastic staff and offers full and part-time classes for students, as well as day and night classes all under the supervision of qualified instructors. The mother and daughter team are very proud of their accomplishments and their new campus. Most of all they are proud of the past, present, and future students who have made their business successful in turning out some of the finest hair dressers, nail technicians, skin care specialist, and barbers throughout Florida and Georgia.

Anita and Kim look forward to celebrating their 30th Anniversary next year in April.

"The School is Professional"

I enjoy the energy of the staff of this cosmetology and barbering school. The school is professional and students seem to be advanced in their skill trait upon graduation. I recommend to anyone who is looking to advance their life and start a beauty career.

"Would Highly Recommend"

This family-owned School has licensed more barbers and beauticians than I can count. And they still offer lower tuition fees (and fewer hours) than the franchise schools in town. Locally owned since the 90's, I would highly recommend!

"The price is unbeatable"

I had a great experience here. The student I had was professional and friendly. She was knowledgeable and her supervisor was fantastic as well double checking that everything looked good. Would recommend, and will be going back for another haircut! The price is unbeatable and less then a salon even if you leave a significant tip!

Ready for a Great Learning Experience?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the Cosmetology or Barber profession, our services, the school or any related matter.

Call us at 850.878.5269, or email us directly by filling out the form to the right.