OUR sole purpose is to provide not just a great education
but help you achieve a great career

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At Oliver Finley Academy we offer an exceptional education in all aspects of Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technology. Our goal is to empower our students to become creative, well-trained professionals. We emphasize strong fundamental skills, professionalism, character building, and quality work ethics. Our mission is to offer our students the very highest quality education, preparing them for gainful employment in the Cosmetology profession. We strive to instill in our students pride of accomplishment, depth in their vision, and a genuine appreciation for the many disciplines of Cosmetology.

BE Sure what you want and be sure about yourself. fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. you have to believe in yourself and be strong

Adriana Lima



Nail Care


Evening Programs


Oliver Finley has developed a cosmetology curriculum that is tailored to the ever-changing beauty industry. A career in cosmetology requires being creative, professional and versatile. We offer a blend of the components required to be successful in today’s market while still embracing the fundamentals of cosmetology.

Nail Care

Oliver Finley has developed a Nail Technology curriculum that is tailored to the ever changing trends in the industry. A career in nail technology requires being creative, detail-oriented, professional and versatile. We offer a blend of the components required to be successful in today’s market while still embracing the fundamentals of nail care.


Oliver Finley has developed an Esthetics curriculum that is tailored to the ever changing skin care, wellness, and beauty industry. A career in esthetics requires being detail-oriented, professional and versatile. We offer a blend of the components required to be successful in today’s market while still embracing the fundamentals of skin care. Students will receive an education in both theory and practical experience in many phases of esthetics. Their education will prepare them for the professional marketplace as well as give them the necessary knowledge to successfully complete the Idaho State Board licensing exams.

Evening Programs

Our Evening Programs are specifically designed for students who cannot attend during typical daytime hours.

Makeup Artistry

At Oliver Finley, we understand the passion that many of our students have for makeup. We have a dedicated makeup specialist on staff who works with our Cosmetology and Esthetics students. Our specialist’s only focus at Oliver Finley is makeup, so they spend their entire time ensuring your makeup education is well-balanced, creative and exciting.

Our goal at Oliver Finley Academy is to help our students further their educational pursuits in the incredible field of makeup artistry.

"Cutting" Edge

At Oliver Finley we are constantly striving to add increased value to the education of those attending our Academy.

We offer our students some incredibily useful extras that we feel set us apart as a learning facility. While we include an iPad Air in every new student kit, we also teach you how to use this and other mobile technology devices to better enchance your artistry and run your future business as a beauty professional.

As well, we have a full-time Digital marketing expert on staff who specializes in helping our students use Social Media and other online networking tools to their fullest potential

Our campus is outfitted with an Enterprise class wireless network and our students enjoy full access to the internet with no restrictions. This creates a truly rich environment for research and learning.

There’s never been a better time to be an Oliver Finley Student!



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Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.

Coco Chanel


What We're About


The Oliver Finley Academy of Cosmetology was founded on the principles of quality education and an innovative training experience.


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Student Testimonials


and what they say about us

In the six short months that I have been a Student in Oliver Finley’s Nail Technology program, I have learned far more than the art, science and beautification of Nails. Through the shared experience and knowledge of their team of Instructors, I have learned to be more patient with myself, tolerant of others and explore in a positive way, new ideas and techniques. Leslie D. Kent
I couldn't be happier with my decision to further my education at Oliver Finley. I love that they understand that everyone learns differently, and encourage students to strengthen the areas of Cosmetology that interest them by taking various elective classes. Now I have the career of my dreams and am proud to say I am an Oliver Finley graduate! Erica Mohammadi


learn for yourself

Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.

Edgar Cayce

The Staff

Meet the Owners

Eric Holley

Eric co-founded Oliver Finley in 2005 after more than a decade of working in healthcare. During that time he served as a General Manager for Cardinal Health, a 40-billion dollar, fortune 100 company. After 8 years at Cardinal Health, Eric was offered a position as Sr. Client Executive for the Cerner Corporation which provides hospital information technology, healthcare devices, and content solutions for healthcare organizations and consumers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. Eric also was the President of the Kiros Group, a consulting firm for acute care IV pumps. After a successful career in healthcare, Eric moved back home to Idaho for a calmer lifestyle and to raise his family of 4 children with his wife Christine. Eric attended Boise State University and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. As the Director of Corporate Operations, Eric oversees Admissions, Enrollment and General Operations. He also spends some time in the classroom teaching students money-management and business start-up.

Kurt Foote

Kurt has excelled in the hair industry and as a stylist for more than 2 decades -– since 1988. After graduating from the prestigious Von Curtis Academy of Hair Design in Utah he continued honing his skills at the world renowned Architects and Heroes Salon in San Francisco. When his second child was born, Kurt moved back home to Idaho where he now enjoys family-life with his wife Shelly and his four daughters. As a co-founder, partner, and Director of Education at Oliver Finley Academy, Kurt is realizing his dream of instructing others in the craft he loves. In addition, he continues his successful career as a top stylist downtown Boise. Because he believes in high-quality continuing education and staying current with the professional trends in the cosmetology field, he regularly attends conventions, shows, and trainings throughout the country. Oliver Finley reaps the rewards because he always brings back cutting-edge, fresh ideas that keep our students and staff inspired and growing.

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