Cosmetology Course

Curriculum for Cosmetology Course (1,600 Clock Hours)

cosmetologist1The curriculum for students enrolled in a cosmetologist course shall consist of sixteen hundred (1,600) clock hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering all practices constituting the art of cosmetology pursuant to Section 7316 of the Barbering and Cosmetology Act. Technical instruction means instruction given by demonstration, lecture, classroom participation, or examination. Practical operation shall mean actual performance by the student of a complete service on another person or mannequin. Such technical instruction and practical operations shall include:

Total Theory Hours: 485
Total Practical Hours: 1,135
Total Hours: 1,600

Minimum Specified Practical Operations (Minimum number of Hands-on Practices needed):
10 Disinfection
200 Wet Hair Styling
40 Thermal Hair Styling
80 Permanent Waving
25 Chemical Straightening
80 Haircutting
20 Hair Bleaching
50 Hair Coloring
20 Scalp and Hair Treatments
10 Manual Facials
20 Electrical Facials
20 Chemicals (Skin peels, masks & scrubs)
10 Make up applications
20 Eyebrow Arching and Hair Removal
15 Water and Oil Manicures
10 Complete Pedicure
50 Liquid and Powder Brush on
50 Artificial Nail Tips
20 Nail Wraps and Repairs
20 Thermal Press & Curl

Subject of Technical Instruction Minimum Hours
1. The Cosmetology Act and the Bureau’s Rules and Regulations. 10
2. Cosmetology Chemistry (shall include the chemical composition and the purpose of cosmetic, nail, hair, and skin care preparations. Shall also include the elementary chemical makeup, chemical skin peels, physical and chemical changes of matter.) 30
3. Health and Safety/Hazardous Substances (Shall include training in chemicals and health in establishments, material safety, data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and agencies, ergonomics, and communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B.) 70
4. Theory of Electricity in Cosmetology (shall include the nature of electrical current, principles of operating electrical devices, and the various safety precautions used when operating electrical equipment.) 15
5. Disinfection and Sanitation (shall include procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician. The ten required minimum operations shall entail performing all necessary functions for disinfecting instruments and equipment as specified in Sections 979 and 980. Disinfection should be emphasized through -out the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment.) 30
6. Bacteriology, anatomy and physiology. 25
7. Wet Hair Styling (Shall include hair analysis, shampooing, finger waving, pin curling, comb-outs.) 25
8. Thermal Hair Styling (Shall include hair analysis, straightening, waving, curling with hot combs, and hot curling irons, and blower styling.) (A) Thermal Styling (B) Press and Curl 20
9. Permanent Waving (Shall include hair analysis, chemical and heat permanent waving.) 20
10. Chemical Straightening (Shall include hair analysis, and the use of sodium hydroxide and other base solutions.) 20
11. Haircutting (Shall include hair analysis, and the use of the razor, scissors, electric clippers, and thinning shears, for wet and dry cutting.) 20
12. Hair coloring and Bleaching (Shall include hair analysis, predisposition tests, safety precautions, formula mixing, tinting, bleaching, and the use of dye removers. Shall not include any credit for color rinses.) (A) Hair coloring (B) Bleaching 60
13. Scalp and Hair Treatments (Shall include hair and scalp analysis, scientific brushing, electric and manual scalp manipulation, and other hair treatments.) 05
14. Facials (A) Manual (Shall include cleansing, scientific manipulations, packs, and masks.)
… Facials (B) Electrical (Shall include the use of all electrical modalities, including dermal lights and electrical apparatus, for facials and skin care purposes.) however, machines capable of producing an electrical current shall not be used to stimulate so as to contract, or for the purpose of contracting, the muscles of the body or 6cc.) 15
… (C) Chemicals (Shall include chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs. Training shall emphasize that only non-living, upper-most layers of facial skin, known as the epidermis may be removed, and only for the purpose of beautification. All practical operations must be performed in accordance with section 992 regarding skin peeling.) 10
15. Eyebrow Arching and Hair Removal (Shall include the use of wax, tweezers, electric or manual and depilatories fur the removal of superfluous hair.) 10
16. Make-up (Shall include skin analysis, complete and corrective make-up, lash and brow tinting and the application of false eyelashes.) 15
17. Manicuring and Pedicuring
(A) Water and Oil Manicure, including nail analysis, and hand and arm massage  05
(B) Complete Pedicure, including nail analysis, and foot and ankle massage 05
(C) Artificial Nails
____1. Liquid and Powder Brush-on 10
____2. Artificial Nail Tips 10
____3. Nail Wraps and Repairs 05
18. Salon Management & Business Ethics 25

Cosmetology Performance Objective

1. Acquire knowledge of laws and rules regulating California’s Cosmetology establishments’ practices.
2. Acquire the knowledge of sanitation and sterilization as related to all phases of hair, skin, and nails.
3. Acquire knowledge of general theory relative to cosmetology including anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and theory.
4. Acquire business management techniques common to cosmetology.

Skills to be Developed

cosmetologist2Learn the proper use of implements relative to all cosmetology services. Acquire the knowledge of analyzing the scalp, face, and hands prior to all services to determine any disorders. You will learn the procedures and terminology used in performing all cosmetology services, learn the application of daytime and evening make-up to include the application of individual and strip eyelashes, learn the proper procedure of manicuring to include water and oil manicure and pedicure, learn the application of brush-on nails, nail wraps, and nail tips.

Attitudes and Appreciations to be Developed

Be able to appreciate good workmanship common to cosmetology, possess a positive attitude towards the public and fellow workers, appreciate honesty and integrity and have improved personality in dealings with patrons and colleagues.

Grading Procedure

Student’s academic performance is graded four times throughout the program, at the completion of: 450, 900, 1,250, and 1,600 clock hours. At each grading period, an average grade, in the scale of 0 to 100, will be calculated with the following weights:

  1. Theory exam scores count 40% toward the grade
  2. Practical Operations scores count 40% toward the grade
  3. Professionalism count 20% toward the grade
Grading Scale Letter Performance
100% – 90% A Excellent Performance
89% – 80% B Above Average Performance
79% – 70% C Satisfactory Performance
69% – 50% D Unsatisfactory Performance
49% – or below F Fail
Grading Period Minimum Average Grade
450 hrs 70
900 hrs 70
1250 hrs 70
1600 hrs 70

In addition, a student must successfully complete the minimum percentage of work at a scheduled evaluation times outlined below, allowing completion of the program within the established time frames not exceeding the 150% timeframe.

Scheduled Completion Hours Required Completed Hours
400 267
800 534
1,200 800
1250 hrs 70
1250 hrs 70
1,600 1,067
2,000 1,334
2,400 1,600

Requirements for Satisfactory Completion of Course

Shall have completed Theory and Operations required by Board of Barbering & Cosmetology with a grade average of “C” (70%) or better.

Graduation Requirements

When a student has completed the required theory hours and practical operations in Cosmetology with a GPA of “C” (70%) or better he or she is awarded a diploma certifying his or her graduation. All tuition, fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of final papers. Students are assisted in completing the necessary documents to file for the appropriate Barbering and Cosmetology Examination.

Licensing Requirements

Applicant must be 17 years of age or older and have completed the 10th grade. A Cosmetology license will be granted by the State of California only after the student has successfully completed and graduated from the Cosmetology course as described above and passed the licensing exam with an overall average of 75%.