Welcome to Branforad Academy
Branford Academy Of Hair & Cosmetology employs only top notch instructors who possess the knowledge and skill to help you fulfill all of your dreams in such a competitive industry.
The Academy is managed as Branford Academy Of Hair & Cosmetology and is owned by Diana Leonardi
Head of School.
Diana oversees the general Academy operations including financial aid, admissions and administration. She graduated from State Academy in 1983 and has worked as a stylist since her graduation. In 1990 she opened her first salon and has owned, managed and operated it. In 2001, Diana founded Branford Academy Of Hair & Cosmetology with the hopes to not only educate young men and women, but to pass down to them the knowledge she has obtained throughout her life and career as a cosmetologist.
Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology is proud to offer a staff of passionate, hard working and talented instructors who want to help you make your dreams come true. Don't trust just any esthetician school. Choose Branford Academy!
What Others Are Saying
When you are taught by the best you become the best. All words of wisdom came from Ms Diana herself. Start by making a new career path with the help of Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmology.
Branford Academy goes above and beyond by having classes to be certified in color line, hair straightening systems, extensions, & more. I was set up of for success from day one by being shown how to be professional and make it in this industry.
Coming to this school has been one of the best experiences of my life... I will actually be sad to graduate in a way. To those who are reading this, thank you for taking the time and I urge you to enroll here you won't be disappointed.
I enjoy the variety of things we learn including nails, make-up, hair extensions and different treatments that other schools don't offer. I find the atmosphere and experience to be exceptional!
The teachers here are amazing! They are patient and well informed. I love all of the different classes with speakers and manufacturers representatives who come in and demonstrate their products and techniques.
I am so glad that I stuck with it and swallowed my pride to get where I am going...which is to be a truly successful cosmetologist and not just solely a barber.
I think it is smart that they promote "all product lines" as opposed to one because I will feel more comfortable in my career having used a large variety of products.
I would definitely encourage other people who are considering all the cosmetology schools to come see our school. The choice to come here was one of the best moves I've made in my life.
Diana Leonardi is a leader in Cosmetology education. She started Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology in 1999 in a small house and grew it into two beautiful campuses. The first in Branford and the next one in 2020 in Bridgeport Ct.
Diana started her career at the the age of 15 watching her uncle cut hair in his barber shop and allowing her to take clients by the time she was 16.
Over her career she has owned her own salons & still is educating herself in our industry. In 2021 she spent 3 months in Italy honing her skills and bringing new and creative ideas back to the states.
Diana’s passion has always been providing the best education and resources, so students can Change Their Futures Through Beauty.
Candice received a Bachelor’s of Science from Southern Connecticut State University and has over 10 years of experience in corporate customer service and client retention. Candice has always been passionate about self care and skin care and has been a licensed esthetician for the past 3 years. She received her esthetics certification from Paul Mitchell The School and is licensed in New York State and Connecticut. She is very passionate about her craft and focuses on continuing her education in the esthetics field by attending trainings and seminars. She has trained with Dermalogica and Glymed Plus The Skin Institute as well as Joelle Lee were she was trained on multicultural skin care and hyperpigmentation. Her main goal is to help individuals feel comfortable and confident in their skin. Candice specializes in skin discoloration and is certified in aromatherapy, microdermabrasion, lash lift/tint, paraffin treatments, brow shaping, detox body wraps and waxing.
Hailing from New York, Anthony Diaz is a force to be recognized. Blessed with talented hands that have created some of the most creative designs, this young man is one of the tri state up-coming famed barbers. His creations are fantastic, new and energetic.
Joe Scott is a licensed Master Barber and has been cutting for over 30 years. He is the owner operator of the Shear Success Barber and Salon located in Stratford Connecticut.
His mastery of the clippers and shears, coupled with the ability to cut, blend and style men, women and children keeps him in demand. His passion for barbering led him to become an educator. This has allowed him to instruct and guide the next generation of licensed professional barbers.
Joe prides himself on staying current in all the latest hair trends, styles and new advancements in the barbering community. Joe is not afraid to use color and incorporates techniques, such as airbrush to enhance the haircut. He is also one of the few barbers in Connecticut that is offering solutions for bald and or thinning hair for men.
Erica draws upon twenty years of experience in the beauty industry , beginning her career as a makeup artist. Erica graduated from Brio Academy and became a licensed Esthetician. She is currently a Connecticut state licensed esthetician, eyelash extension artist and professional makeup artist. She continues to work in all aspects of the beauty industry as well as being an esthetics educator at Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology. Erica is trained in eyebrow lamination, henna brows, brow shaping by hand and dermaplaning. Erica specializes in clinical grade chemical peels and anti-aging skincare techniques. She is certified in and continues her education with Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare, Dermalogica and SkinCeuticles. She believes that everyone should gain self confidence through self care and wants to share her love of the beauty industry with others.
Professional, Certified, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Instructor and Educator with over 30 years experience in the Industry. Joby Rogers is a Principle Makeup Artist Educator and Instructor at several Beauty and Cosmetology Academies & Schools throughout New England. Joby has worked in all facets of the business including Celebrity clientele, MakeUp Education, Fashion, Print, Runway, Film, Television, Photography, Instruction, Weddings, etc... Joby Rogers’s Makeup Artistry has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, People magazine, Marie Claire, Forbes, NY Fashion Week, Essence, USA Today, London Now, New York Post among others.
Dwight Christie master natural hairstylist has created runway worthy hairstyles for over 14 years his unique experience has lead him to becoming a instructor due to his strong client following Dwight owns and operates D’styles beauty bar in Hamden ct which allows his students to learn the most current techniques.