Artistic and creative students who want to assist others in looking their best, possess strong communication skills, and enjoy working with people of all ages should explore exciting training and career opportunities in the cosmetology field!

The Cosmetology Program is a two (2) year program
that prepares students to take the Commonwealth of
Virginia Cosmetologist Examination in order to
become a Licensed Practitioner.

Students study personal development, manicuring, sanitation and bacteriology, shampooing, hair and scalp treatments, facials, hair styling, hair cutting and textbook theory. In addition, students learn how to thermally straighten and style hair with Marcel techniques, and to perform chemical services such as permanent waving, chemical hair relaxing, hair coloring, frosting, foiling, and hair lightening. Students learn through practical demonstrations, videos, and supervised hands-on applications using mannequins and live models.Barber; Hairstylists; Cosmetologist; Manicurists; Skin Care Specialists1 

Occupations: Barber; Hairstylists; Cosmetologist; Manicurists; Skin Care Specialists1

Typical Salary in Virginia: $16,000- $51,000 depending on education level and specialization2

Employment Outlook: Overall employment of barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.3

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