Cosmetology

Offered in Alternating Years

BEAUTY SALON ASSISTANT
CO8546 (1 credit)

High School, 10th and 11th grade
  • Prepare for work as an assistant in a hair salon. 
  • Study and prepare in a clinical lab setting, learning practical and manipulative skills. 
  • Emphasize safety and sanitation, shampooing and conditioning, retailing, inventory control, and receptionist work. 
  • Competency completions allow students a certificate for entry-level employment with additional certifications available in College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+); Customer Service Examination; National Career Readiness Assessment; and Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination 
NAIL TECHNOLOGY
CO8692 (1 credit)

High School, 11th and 12th grade 

Lab fees and State Board fee 
  • Students learn to manicure, pedicure, install and maintain artificial nails, and apply concepts associated with bacteriology, sanitation, nail disorders 
  • Learn in a lab setting to manicure, pedicure and apply and maintain artificial nails, and apply concepts associated with bacteriology, sanitation, nail disorders, anatomy, physiology and safety. 
  • This course requires 540 hours divided into two semesters. 

COSMETOLOGY 1
CO8527 (2 credits)

High School, 10th and 11th grade

Kit Fee
  • Study of the hair, skin, and nails and their related care 
  • Grounded in theory as they prepare to practice procedures in a clinical lab setting or classroom, using manikins for manipulative skill practice. 
  • Emphasizes personal safety, professionalism, and sanitation and disinfection of equipment and facilities. 
  • Develop skills in shampooing and conditioning hair, as well as styling and cutting hair. 
  • Introduced to chemical texture services and develop skills in manicure and pedicure 
Teacher recommendation

COSMETOLOGY 2
CO8528 (2 credits)

High School, 12th grade

Lab fees and State Board fee

  • Build on their theoretical foundation of general sciences and practices in cosmetology to increase proficiency in hair cutting and styling on live models, with attention to professionalism, client consultation, safety, and infection control. 
  • Trained in safe chemical processes related to permanent waves, relaxers, soft-curl permanent waves, lightening, and coloring hair. 
  • Develop artistic skills with wigs and hair additions. In addition, students learn to care for skin, hands, and feet, developing experience in providing facials, manicures, pedicures, and nail enhancements. 
  • Business management unit focuses on managing the salon 
  • Prepare for the Virginia Board of Cosmetology licensing exam. 
  • Develop the opportunity to work in a salon for the second semester.