The 1500 hours cosmetology program is designed to train and instruct students in the necessary skills and knowledge of cosmetic art, hair cutting, hair styling, and related procedures and sciences. covering both the theoretical and practical aspects of the cosmetology profession– meeting or exceeding the requirements set forth to sit for the state licensing exam.
COURSE DESCRIPTION The fifty week course will be taught in three levels. Students must have completed the freshman level before moving up to the higher levels. All phases of cosmetology are taught. (Note: all hours reflected below are based on a full-time schedule of 30 hours per week.)
FRESHMAN PHASE (12 WEEKS)
The purpose of the Freshman Program is to allow the student to master the basic elements of cosmetology so s/he will be prepared to provide most hair services to clients on our clinic/floor. During this time, the student will spend seven and one-half hours every day (Tuesday through Friday) in a combination theory and practical training setting practicing techniques on mannequins.
The student will spend six weeks learning hair cutting through practicing the four cutting forms (solid, graduated, uniform layered, and increased/decreased layered) used to create all women’s cuts along with the variations (horizontal, diagonal forward and diagonal backward) of each. The student will also practice men’s cutting techniques, including various razor and clipper techniques as well as trimming facial hair. Also the student will gain an understanding of people skills with emphasis on understanding the four personality styles.
In addition, the student will spend three weeks learning styling concepts during which time s/he will learn basic and advanced roller control, thermal styling, pin curls and finger waves. This will be followed by two weeks learning color theory, basic color and lightening formulation and application techniques. Next, the student will spend one week learning basic perm principles gaining practice by performing a basic perm wrap and a brick-lay wrap. Topics related to infection control as well as properties of the scalp and hair, basic chemistry as it relates to perms and color, and trichology will also be covered. Interspersed throughout this training, the student will be shown the latest trend releases. Topics related to proper shampooing and draping techniques will also be covered.
INTERMEDIATE PHASES (18 WEEKS)
The purpose of the Intermediate Programs is to allow the student to master advanced concepts in cosmetology, thus preparing her/him to fully function in the salon of her/his choice. During this time, the student will spend seven and one-half hours every other day (two days a week) in a combination theory and practical training setting practicing techniques on mannequins. The remaining two days a week the student will be assigned to the clinic floor where s/he will be afforded an opportunity to practice the techniques previously mastered on mannequins on real clients under the close supervision of an instructor. Only by practicing on clients, can a student’s confidence in her/his ability be fully developed.
This advanced training is broken into three distinctive six week training blocks.
During the manicuring and facial block, the first three weeks, the student will learn to identify the diseases and disorders of the nail, how to perform a basic manicure and pedicure, and different applications of polish (including a French manicure). The second three weeks, the student will study about the structure of skin and learn how to perform a basic facial as well as techniques for make-up application, hair removal and threading.
During the advanced color theory and application block, the student will further her/his understanding of color concepts, learn to handle more difficult formulations and learn advanced color applications such as free-hand coloring, dimensional coloring, dimensional foiling, and free hand hair painting. In addition, current color trend releases will be reviewed and practiced.
During the ethnic methods class the student is taught how to apply relaxers and soft curls. Thermal pressing, hair extensions, and wigs are also covered. The latest styling techniques are reviewed
JUNIOR PHASE S (18 WEEKS)
The purpose of the Junior Program is to further the student’s mastery of advanced concepts in cosmetology, thus continuing the student to be prepared to fully function in the salon of her/his choice. During this time, the student will spend seven and one-half hours every other day (two days a week) in a combination theory and practical training setting practicing techniques on mannequins. The remaining two days a week the student will be assigned to the clinic floor where s/he will be afforded an opportunity to practice the techniques previously mastered on mannequins on real clients under the close supervision of an instructor. Only by practicing on clients, can a student’s confidence in her/his ability be fully developed.
Likewise, this advanced training is broken into three distinctive six week training blocks. In addition to the specific content reflected below, the student is prepared to take the written and practical licensing exam in each unit.
During a six week advanced perm class the student will be taught advanced wraps with emphasis on when s/he should use each. In addition, the student will learn how to use a variety of perm tools to create different artistic texturing effects with hair.
During a six week long hair design class, the student is shown various techniques applicable to creating designs and their artistic ability is put through the test by creating artistic up-do’s and braids suitable to wear at any formal occasion.
During a six week advanced class the latest cuts, texturing and color techniques are taught incorporating a current PIVOT POINT Trend releases (Design Forum).
Competition training is offered to those students who are interested in competing in state, regional and national events. This workshop will be scheduled primarily on weekends for three to four weeks and will help the student design a cut, color and style appropriate for the contest being prepared for. The student is also taught how to prepare and present the manikin at a competition level.
The final phases of the program are designed to enhance the student’s confidence in her/his ability to perform services and function in a modern day salon. Once the student completes the Freshman and Intermediate Phases of training, s/he will be designated a SENIOR. During this phase, the student is assigned to the clinic every day and will complete one mock state board every six weeks.