Hairdressing and Cosmetology

Connecticut Technical High School System's Hairdressing and Cosmetology course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Hairdressing & Cosmetology

Grade 10

3 Credits
Hairdressing & Cosmetology II

Grade 11

3 Credits
Hairdressing & Cosmetology III

Grade 12

3 Credits
Hairdressing & Cosmetology IV

Course Descriptions*

Exploratory and Introduction to Hairdressing & Cosmetology (HC110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Hairdressing & Cosmetology will be introduced to the basics of safety, sanitation and personal hygiene, as well as equipment identification and use. Students are introduced to professional image, sterilization and sanitation methods, draping, product knowledge, hair design and styling, nail structure, skin care and permanent waving.

Hairdressing & Cosmetology II (HC210)
Prerequisite: Hairdressing & Cosmetology I
In Grade 10, students are introduced to: professional image, sterilization and sanitation, draping techniques, shampooing, rinsing, conditioning, haircutting, hair designing, permanent waving, hair coloring, chemical hair relaxing and soft curl perm, artificial hair techniques, nails, skin care, hair removal, electric current and light therapy techniques, styling enhancers and salon business and management. Attention is focused on learning the basics, especially with haircutting, mock applications of hair coloring, chemical hair relaxing and soft curl perm. Grade 10 students participate in school customer work only. Students continue to receive instruction in safety, sanitation and personal hygiene and demonstrate sound safety practices.

Hairdressing & Cosmetology III (HC310)
In Grade 11, topics introduced in Grade 10 are covered in greater detail. Students will start to provide hairdressing and cosmetology services to outside customers within the school salon. The primary focus is on the development of the student’s hands-on skills. Students continue to receive instruction in safety, sanitation and personal hygiene and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Hairdressing & Cosmetology IV (HC410)
In Grade 12, students continue to refine their skills in all areas. Students spend more time working with customers in the school salon and completing theory and clinical hour requirements for licensures (200 theory hours and 1,300 clinical hours). In addition, instruction focuses on preparation for the licensure examination. Students continue to receive instruction in safety, sanitation and personal hygiene and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, interview, to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Students can choose to further their education at numerous colleges and universities across the country in order to obtain a two- or four-year degree. Upon graduation from this program, students will be prepared and qualified to work in salons or spas as a State of Connecticut licensed cosmetologist. State licensure exams are offered prior to graduation. Other types of employment include retail cosmetology sales in a variety of settings.

* Some courses may not be offered at every school.

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