Meet Our CEO – Shiva Vahid

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Shiva Vahid, President and CEO

“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 Vahid founded Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails 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 Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails 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.

Expertise in Esthetics Beginning in Europe

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 Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy

Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails 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 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 Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy to become a one of a kind academy that is focused 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.


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11425 Isaac Newton Square South,
Suite 200, Reston, Virginia, 20190

Certification, Accreditation & Licensing

Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy is proud of our SCHEV certification and DPOR licensing that enhances the quality of your education. We are accredited by Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS). This institution is approved by the the Virginia State Approving Agency to offer GI Bill® educational benefits. Learn More
Certified to Operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

About Dermal Science International Aesthetics & Nails Academy

A leading Aesthetic & Nail Technician Training School located in Reston, Virginia and central to Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia. We are situated .3 miles (6 minute walk) from the Wiehle–Reston East Metro station (Silver Line).

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