Our Facility



The American College of Hair Design has been helping students find their way to success in the world of hair design for many years. The school was founded in the 1960's by Mrs. Fran Nash; under the name The Sedalia School of Hairdressing. Mrs. Nash owned the school until 1980 when it was bought by Jim Anderson. Mr. Anderson owned it until 1990 when Tahereh Benscoter purchased the school.  We moved into our brand new facility at 125 Winchester Drive in Sedalia in 2001.

Our school is completely air-conditioned, well lighted, and housed in a large, 5600-square-foot, modern building with classrooms, a student lounge, and a large supervised clinic area. The clinic is equipped with 29 styling stations, manicure and pedicure stations and 2 spa pedicure chairs. The classroom is equipped with audio-video educational system, many reference books, and supplies all the equipment required by the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology.


Our Staff


Chris Hanlon - Admissions/Financial Aid/Owner

Chris earned her Associates degree in Accounting from Linn Tech in 1986 and has been the accountant for American College of Hair Design since 1992. She joined the staff at American College of Hair Design in 2001 as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and most recently, purchased the American College of Hair Design from the Benscoter family trust in 2016.


Jody Manuel - Cosmetology/Barber Instructor/Director of Education

Jody completed his training at American College of Hair Design in 2015 and got his instructors license in 2017.  Jody has attended classes in St. Louis, Kansas City as well as many local classes.


 Tonya Jacobs-Jackson - Esthetics Instructor

Tonya completed her Esthetics training in 2006 from the American College of Hair Design.  Later in 2006 she became Laser certified.  In 2009 she completed her certification to apply permanent make-up.  Adding to her list of accomplishments, she achieved her Nail tech certification in 2011 and in 2015 became a licensed instructor.  Tonya is currently the esthetics instructor at American College of Hair Design.


Rory Colburn - Barber Instructor

Rory completed his barber training in 2019 at American College of Hair Design. Upon graduating he began his career at Sedalia's Two-Bit Barber Company where he continues to work part-time. Rory returned to ACHD in 2021 with his instructor's license, as a barber instructor. 


Corissa Butts - Cosmetology Instructor 

Corissa graduated from ACHD in 2019 from the Cosmetology program. She returned to ACHD in January of 2020 to pursue her instructor's license. She has three daughters, Harley, Jazminn, and Zanah. She has always had an interest in hair and beauty and wanted to share her love of and talent with her students. 

General Policy


New Students

New Cosmetology and Esthetics students will be accepted for enrollment the first Wednesday of every other month beginning with January. Barber students will be accepted for enrollment the first Wednesday of every other month starting with February.  Students must enroll in advance of each starting date through the Admissions Director. Classes are limited to ensure maximum personal attention by instructors.


Any student previously enrolled who did not complete training may re-enroll, provided they have zero dollar balance on all school contract charges.

Requirements for Admissions

All applicants are required to visit the school for a personal interview with the Director of Admissions. An applicant is encouraged to apply for admission as far in advance of the starting date as possible.

An Applicant must be at least 17 years of age on or before the first day of class.

An applicant must have in his possession proof of a high school diploma or a high school general education development (G.E.D.) certificate.

An applicant wishing to enroll for the instructor training course must have a valid Missouri Cosmetology License. All applicants must be in good mental and physical health. American College of Hair Design does not recruit students already admitted to another school.

Credit for Previous Training

American College of Hair Design may accept up to 500 hours of credit for previous training, provided there is proof of said credit and that the credit was earned in an accredited school of cosmetology as recognized by the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology.

Our Mission

AmberAmerican College of Hair  Design

is dedicated to educating quality students with the fundamental knowledge to meet the challenges of a career in cosmetology, esthetics, and Instructor Training, both today and in the future.

Each student admitted to the school receives individual, hands-on instruction in the technical skills, professional services, business and job related information. Each student also participates in closely- supervised cosmetology services while apprenticing in the clinic.

Each unit of study offered by the school is designed to provide a broad base of knowledge and understanding in order to maximize the graduate's employability.

Additional objectives of the program are:

  • To develop the students technical abilities to the highest level.
  • To develop professional qualities and self confidence within each student.
  • To counsel each student in the variety of opportunities within the field of cosmetology arts and sciences.
  • To introduce and teach the techniques involved in the latest products, equipment, and styling trends.
  • To educate students to perform professional services used in the treatment and beautification of the skin, hair, and nails with confidence and dignity.
  • To fulfill all requirements of the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology.
"In cosmetology you control your own future. It's the way you think, the way you talk, the way you act and the way you look that allows you to take charge of where you will be a year from now, five years from now, or ten years from now."

~ Tahereh Benscoter, Owner of American College of Hair Design





Missouri State Board of Cosmetology
P O Box 1062, Jefferson City, MO



National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences
3015 Colvin St., Alexandria, VA  22314



Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education for Student Loans
3515 Amazonas Dr.,Jefferson City, MO



U. S. Department of Education for Title IV Eligibility
Room 3919, Maryland Ave,Washington D.C.



Missouri Department of Elementary-Secondary Education,
Veterans Division

P.O. Box 480 Jefferson City, MO



Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
4141 N. E. Lakewood Way, Lee Summit, MO






MACS – Missouri Association of Cosmetology Schools
4530 Hampton Ave. St. Louis, MO