The Cosmetology program prepares students for state licensing in the field of cosmetology. Students can qualify to become a licensed cosmetologistor to obtain a specialized license in other areas, such as: nail technician, esthetician or natural hair braider. Occupational theory and hands-on skill instruction is provided in the following areas: Facials Hair Styling, cutting, coloring, permanent waving, and relaxing Infection control, principles, and practices Manicures and pedicures Professional awareness With appropriate scheduling and good attendance, students can earn the 1,250 hours necessary to qualify for the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology professional licensure examination. Also, nail technician licensing may be earned following 200 hours of study and successful completion of the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology examination. Students may also qualify to take the esthetics (skin care) licensing examination after 300 hours of study. Advanced study can lead to a Pennsylvania Cosmetology Teacher’s (private/proprietary schools) license. High wages usually distinguish career ladder advancement in the cosmetology field. Earnings increase as cosmetologists gain experience, develop a steady customer base, and take on additional responsibilities as managers. Many cosmetologists begin their careers prior to licensing by working as spa and salon receptionists and shampoo assistants. After earning their state license, they may work as hair stylists, nail technicians, and estheticians. Others work in the personal appearance field as beauty advisors, make-up artists, and sales representatives. The fashion-driven cosmetology field offers many opportunities for those who enjoy creativity and personal interaction with clients.

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