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The International Institute of Cosmetology is an accredited, family owned cosmetology school with campuses in Wethersfield and Plainville, Connecticut.

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Our Story

  • 1962

    Carmelo Gugliotti (just 14 years old) starts cutting hair across the street from his parents house in San Justo Argentina.

  • 1973

    Carmelo Gugliotti finds his passion in Hairdressing Competitions. Winning many competitions and awards Internationally through out his career.

  • 1986

    Carmelo Gugliotti, along with his wife Cristina and four sons, move to the United States. Carmelo opens , Gugliotti’s Hair Control, his first barbershop/salon in Hartford, CT.

  • 1990

    With a growing reputation and clientele, Carmelo moves to a larger salon, Gugliotti’s Hair Fashion, in Hartford, CT

  • 1994

    Leonardo Gugliotti, following in his father’s steps, earns his Hairdresser/Barber license in 1990 and starts competing. Through hairdressing, Leonardo was able to travel the world as a platform artist representing several industry brands.

  • 1997

    Martin Gugliotti, following in his father’s and oldest brother’s footsteps. Earns his Hairdresser/Barber licenses and starts competing. Winning a number of competitions and representing the USA in the Hair Olympics.

  • 2002

    Carmelo, Leonardo, and Martin open the International Institute of Cosmetology (IIC) in Wethersfield on the Silas Deane Highway. It becomes CT’s exclusive Pivot Point cosmetology school. The first class had 4 students!

  • 2005

    Damian Gugliotti, youngest son of Carmelo and Cristina Gugliotti, joined the growing IIC schools to become CFO of the International Institute of Cosmetology. Later in 2017 he proceeds to earn the coveted CFO of the Year Award recognized by the Hartford Business Journal.

  • 2006

    Through its philanthropic work in the community and the Gugliotti’s devotion to the success of their graduates. The Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce names IIC Business of the Year

  • 2007

    Carmelo and his sons Leonardo and Martin open their second salon, Gugliotti’s Salon & Spa in Rocky Hill, CT

  • 2010

    IIC expands to a second location with IIC-Plainville opening on Whiting Street. The larger space also provides opportunity for exhibitions, guest hair stylists, and short-duration beauty courses.

  • 2012

    IIC-Plainville begins to offer a makeup academy in partnership with MAC for aspiring Makeup artists (MUA).

  • IIc


    IIC continues to give back to its students and the beauty community by hosting key social media influencers who demonstrate their unique hairdressing and barbering skills.

  • Modern Salon: Excellence in Education


    International Institute of Cosmetology is recognized for Excellence in Education by Modern Salon Magazine.

  • Best of Hartford 2019


    Hartford Magazine names, International Institute of Cosmetology, Best Private School 1st runner up.

  • 2020

    Voted Best SchoolVoted Best Private School 2020

  • 2020

    IIC-Wethersfield launched a revised 600-hour Esthetics program leading to licensure in the State of CT.

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Since starting on my journey to becoming a hair stylist at International Institute of Cosmetology, I have been inspired in ways I never could have imagined.  When you walk into the school, you immediately feel a part of a family. 

Evan S.