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Complaint Review: Tricoci University of Beauty Culture

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  • Submitted: Fri, March 28, 2014
  • Updated: Fri, March 28, 2014

  • Reported By: AbsolemIntelligus — Chicago Illinois
Tricoci University of Beauty Culture
751 East Park Avenue Libertyville, Illinois USA

Tricoci University of Beauty Culture, Mario Tricoci Beauty School Unprofessional, unethical, waste of money, rude, verbally abusive Libertyville Illinois

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Do Not Go Here To Learn

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: TUBC Promotes Professionalism

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This report is about Tricoci University cosmetology and beauty school in Chicago, Illinois, and intended to alert potential students of the huge mistake they would be making if they decided to give that institution their money to "educate" them. My family has owned a salon since I was an infant; I have been around this industry my entire life, and I know several girls who have attended Tricoci University. I have heard the most horrendous stories about the way the teachers behave, the way the students are treated, and how completely and absolutely unorganized and unprofessional this institution is. I have heard the following stories directly from students themselves: Teachers do not keep track of students' progess for sign-offs and will pretend to have no knowledge of them being completed. You better watch your back and keep track of all your progess and have proof if you want to graduate on time, because they lose your sign-off sheets and say they have no recollection of your work. At which point you are stuck and have to do it all over again and potentially not graduate on time, and time is of the essence when you have that many sign-offs to complete. Teachers are known to gang up on students and verbally abuse them, harshly criticizing their appearance to the point of cruelty. Did you enjoy that in high school? When the mean girls made fun of your makeup or your hair or the way you dressed? Well, if you did, then Tricoci University is the place for you. Several times I've heard stories of teachers throwing students under the bus in front of clients, giving them one kind of instruction, and then lying later saying "no, I didn't tell you to do that, that's wrong" and blatently lying to cover their own butts. People I know have had their very expensive equipment and tools stolen from them, money taken from out of their purses, and nothing can be done about it. Teachers are constantly threatening, disrespecting, and abusing students all the while giving them a mediocre education in a very unprofessional atmosphere. The general manager at Libertyville is known for terminating students weeks before graduation for ridiculous reasons. They will send you home and you will miss hours if you don't have the correct amount of makeup on, or they will tell you to change how you wear your makeup if they think it's "ugly". The mindset on beauty and attitude of this particular beauty school is very narrow and extreme conservative, so if you are someone who thinks outside the box or has an "edgier" look, you will most likely be targeted and not enjoy your time here. It takes a very thick skin and tough attitude to survive this environment. If you have any doubts, talk to some people who have either graduated from there, or to clients who have gone there and I guarantee you will here more bad stories than good. There is excessive drama constantly displayed, even by the teachers and managers. This institution has a very traditional and conservative opinion on what is "beautiful" and does not support the beiief that they are many kinds of beauty in this world. The narrowminded beliefs of Tricoci University are going against the movement to help build esteem in young people today, especially young women. This school destroys girls' self esteem in an attempt to mass produce clones of Mario's vision - a very narrow, pitiful vision. If you want to be inspired as a hair stylist or cosmetologist, and learn from people who will support your efforts as an artist, do yourself a favor and go somwhere else for beauty school. Anywhere else. You will be so glad you did. My suggestion is that you do as much research as you can about any institution before deciding to give them your hard earned money. This is your future and your passion- make sure you are in an environment that is going to foster your growth, not stunt it and suck the life out of you. Do not waste your time or money on Tricoci University. 

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/28/2014 01:53 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Tricoci-University-of-Beauty-Culture/Libertyville-Illinois-60048/Tricoci-University-of-Beauty-Culture-Mario-Tricoci-Beauty-School-Unprofessional-unethic-1134515. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Do Not Go Here To Learn

AUTHOR: Previous Student - ()

I am a former student of this school. The teachers here are totally unprofessional and emotionally abusive. They do not seem to enjoy teaching at all. I guess they are there because they no longer want to work in a salon and this is their only other option. In my experience, the teachers do not understand the Tricoci curriculum and are not on the same page with any of the material. Furthermore, some will tell students wrong techniques on purpose, put them down, or walk up behind them and cut a chunk out of the back of their hair. One teacher spent the entire first 11 weeks demonstrating "cheers" that her daughter learns. I remember when Mario came to the salon. All but the General Manager made themselves scarce. They do not want anything to do with his techniques or him. This was a very disappointing experience. In some ways I am still in recovery. I was one of those that would have been a natural. Teachers didn't like me. I guess I simplified things too much for them by learning too quickly. So they would play mind games like come over and direct the hair in the wrong direction to appear to be "checking" it and then cut a big chunk out of it and tell me to do it again if it, or roll their eyes and tell the customer I didn't know what I was doing. The put downs and eye rolling were minor in comparison to changing rules daily, giving students that they didn't like extra pedicures or cleaning toilets, not signing off on their work, and standing on the side of a student while they worked on a customer and making derrogatory comments about students while laughing with eachother. Insane is the best word to describe that place. There should be some type of screening or psychological evaluation for teaching. Not sure what each individual's issues were but what a terrible environment. Since I have been out of school I have had to relearn just about every technique. When my cohorts and I graduated we did not even know how to do a men's haircut. They do not teach techniques for cutting around the ear, how to cut a side bang, or any basics. They prefer you go rub hair gel on your mannequin all day and leave them alone. They let you "play" on a customer and then they come and redo the entire cut themselves while making nasty comments and putting you down in front of the customer, which totally ruins your tip. So much time is wasted trying to find them so you can get a consultation approved or to get them to "check" the hair. Never once did I get words of encouragement to foster my growth. If Mario only knew what they are doing to his reputation at that place. 

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#2 REBUTTAL Owner of company

TUBC Promotes Professionalism

AUTHOR: Tricoci University - ()

We appreciate your feedback, and are sorry to hear about anything less than a positive experience by anyone that associates with one of our schools. We invite you to contact us directly for a further discussion.


Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) is committed to teaching a new generation of beauty industry students ethical leadership, values and advanced skills preparing them for their state licensing examinations and careers in the beauty industry. TUBC’s culture has been formed principally by Mario Tricoci’s high degree of professionalism, taste, aesthetic refinement and work ethic.  As with his salon business, the resulting culture of TUBC is hard-working, professional, creative and loyal.  This culture, along with the Company’s superior programming and facilities, has elevated the industry’s standards for the teaching of beauty school students and for the operating of a beauty school clinic.


TUBC’s teachers and staff are expected to role model professional behavior and treat everyone (students, guests, and other staff members) with respect. Likewise, students agree upon enrollment that they will act and present themselves in a professional manner, as well as adhere to a set of high standards for academic progress and attendance during their program.


In the most recent set of student surveys (Jan 2013 – Dec 2013), students and graduates on average “agreed” or “strongly agreed” with the following statements (scale 1 – 5; 1 = strongly agree, 5 = strongly disagree):


"Overall, my experience with Campus Management was good." = Average response 1.8

"Overall, my experience with Teachers was good." = Average response 1.6

"Overall, my experience with Other Campus Stuff was good." = Average response 1.8

"Overall, my experience with Student Services was good." = Average response 1.8


TUBC encourages everyone that is considering a professional beauty school for education or services to first talk to current students, graduates, staff and/or guests.


Tricoci University of Beauty Culture (TUBC) is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS).



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