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Field of Study: Cosmetology and Hair Design

Introduction

Cosmetology and hair design programs prepare people to provide beauty services to customers.

 

Overview

Cosmetology and hair design programs include topics such as:

  • Hair cutting and styling
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Facial treatments
  • Salon management
  • Sanitation and safety
  • Customer service

Concentrations
Students in cosmetology programs may be able to specialize in:

  • Electrolysis
  • Salon management
  • Permanent cosmetics and cosmetic tattooing
  • Facial treatments
  • Makeup
  • Manicures

Schools
Many career schools offer certificate programs in cosmetology. Many community colleges offer certificate and associate degree programs in cosmetology. A certificate program usually takes a year of study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

 

College preparation

You can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school degree or getting a GED.

  • Introduction to Business
  • Business Management
  • Cosmetology
  • Barbering
  • Cosmetology, Nails
  • Cosmetology Work Experience
  • Art
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

 

Undergraduate special

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Test of Basic Adult Education (TABE)
  • Personal interview

 

Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Bacteriology
  • Barbering Techniques
  • Client Consultation
  • Cosmetology Instruments
  • Disorders of Skin, Scalp, and Hair
  • Hair Coloring and Straightening
  • Hair Design
  • Hair Removal Techniques
  • Hairpiece Fitting
  • Makeup Application and Technology
  • Manicuring and Pedicuring
  • Massage Therapy
  • Permanent Waving
  • Sanitation and Sterilization Techniques
  • Skin Analysis
  • Skin Histology and Physiology
  • Spa Therapy Treatments

 

Things to know

You are expected to buy your own equipment and instruments for your courses.

All states require you to be licensed to practice cosmetology and hair design. Licensure requirements vary from state to state. However, they typically include a written, skills, and oral exam.

Some states have separate licensing requirements for certain specialties of cosmetology such as manicures or electrolysis.

Fashions change, and new technologies develop in this field. You should expect to continue training throughout your career to remain up to date.

Many cosmetologists and hair designers are self-employed. You may find it helpful to take business and marketing courses.

 

Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

Barbers
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
Manicurists and Pedicurists
Shampooers
Skincare Specialists
Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
Theatrical and Performance Makeup Artists

 

Resources

National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences
http://www.naccas.org

National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors and Associations
http://www.ncea.tv/

Professional Beauty Association
http://www.probeauty.org

Schools that offer program

Click on the school name to see a list of their programs related to this field of study.

Avalon School of Cosmetology - Worthington, Located in Southwest
Aveda Institute Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN, Located in Metro
Century College - White Bear Lake, Located in Metro
Century College - Online - White Bear Lake, Located in Metro
Cosmetology Careers UnLTD - Duluth , Located in Northeast
Cosmetology Careers UnLTD - Hibbing , Located in Northeast
Cosmetology Training Centers - Mankato , Located in Southwest
Empire Beauty School - Bloomington , Located in Metro
Empire Beauty School - Eden Prairie , Located in Metro
Hastings Beauty School, Inc. , Located in Metro
La Beauty School - Richfield, Located in Metro
Magic Beauty School - Minneaplolis, Located in Metro
Minnesota School of Beauty - Lakeville, Located in Metro
Minnesota School of Business - Richfield , Located in Metro
Minnesota School of Cosmetology, Inc. - Woodbury, Located in Metro
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Online - Red Wing, Located in Southeast
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Red Wing , Located in Southeast
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical - Winona , Located in Southeast
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Online - Perham, Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena , Located in Northwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Canby , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Granite Falls , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Jackson , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Online - Worthington, Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Pipestone , Located in Southwest
Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Worthington , Located in Southwest
Model College of Hair Design - St. Cloud, Located in Central
Moler Barber School of Hair Styling - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Nova Academy of Cosmetology - Rochester, Located in Southeast
PCI Academy - Plymouth, Located in Metro
Park Avenue School of Cosmetology - Park Rapids, Located in Northwest
Professional Salon Academy - Bemidji, Located in Northwest
Regency Beauty Institute - Burnsville , Located in Metro
Regency Beauty Institute - Blaine , Located in Metro
Regency Beauty Institute - Duluth , Located in Northeast
Regency Beauty Institute - Maplewood , Located in Metro
Regency Beauty Institute - Minnetonka , Located in Metro
Regency Beauty Institute - St. Cloud - Waite Park, Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Hutchinson , Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Online - Hutchinson, Located in Central
Ridgewater College - Willmar , Located in Central
Riverland Community College - Albert Lea , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Austin , Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Online - Austin, Located in Southeast
Riverland Community College - Owatonna , Located in Southeast
Saint Paul College - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Saint Paul College - Online - St. Paul, Located in Metro