Meet Our CEO – Shiva Vahid

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Meet Our CEO – Shiva Vahid

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Love for Our Students:
Our love for Esthetics Training and Skin Science Excellence is only surpassed by our love for our students. We empower your beauty industry dreams!

Love for Esthetics.  Passion for Skin Science Education.

Shiva Vahid founded The Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nail Academy as a means to sharing the expertise she has developed over many years in the beauty industry. By handpicking instructional material, training all instructors to The Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nail Academy policy, and overseeing the curriculum and class scheduling, Shiva strives to be one of the leading aesthetician and nail programs in Virginia, Maryland and the Washington DC Metro area.

Background – Starting in London

Shiva started her career as a beauty therapist in the world renowned Gleneagles Club in London, followed by taking a position at another 5-star health and beauty center in London Dolphin Square.  With experience working on the most elite clients from royals to celebrities to heads of businesses, Shiva became the Beauty Therapy Manager at Steiner Salon’s flagship center in May Fair and began teaching in the Steiner Beauty School.

Shiva Vahid, Principal & Owner

Shiva Vahid, Principal & Owner

Expertise in Esthetics Beginning in Europe

“The aesthetician is the artist and the skin is the medium.  Using the proper tools and training, skin can be transformed into a work of art.” – Shiva Vahid

Shiva began studying beauty therapy in England and graduated with a diploma in International Beauty Therapy from the International Health and Beauty Council, and a certificate from the City and Guilds of London in Beauty Therapy. Shiva holds a Teacher Training diploma from Hammersmith College in London.  She is a licensed Master Esthetician and Master Instructor in Virginia, and is trained and certified in many procedures and products worldwide, including Laser hair removal and skin rejuvenation.

Our Story  – Founding The Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nail Academy

The Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nail Academy was established overseas, where Shiva developed the aesthetics curriculum and syllabus. Coming to the United States of America in 1999, Shiva worked and taught in various spas and schools before opening The Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nail Academy’s Virginia location in April 2011.  Her years of hands on experience throughout the world’s beauty industry have helped The Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nail Academy to become a one of a kind academy that is focussed on Love for our students and their success as estheticians and nail technicians.

Shiva established a school aiming to raise the bar on training standards, using her experience of 27 years in the beauty industry and over a decade in the finest Europeans spas and salons.

Excellence in Esthetics and Nail Technician Licensing Training in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.

11301 Sunset Hills Road, Suite A-5, Reston Virginia, 20190
Phone: 703.910.2323
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Excellence in Esthetics & Skin Science Education.

Dermal Science International is a leading Esthetic Schools located in Reston, Virginia. Committed to our student’s success with a range of Financial Aid programs, we are centrally located near Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Our highly acclaimed programs include Basic Aesthetics, Master Aesthetics, Nail Tech training, Make-Up Artistry, Laser Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation Training.




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