Cosmetology at College of San Mateo - About the Program
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March 27 - April 2, 2023
Cesar Chavez Day (Holiday)
March 31, 2023
Flex Day, No Classes
April 20, 2023
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About the Program

Program Overview
The 1000-hour and 2 full semesters undergraduate cosmetology program consists of theoretical and practical instruction divided into individual learning segments.

Students will be taught using:
  • Published materials
  • Audio-visual presentation
  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Practical hands-on experience
  • Written and practical exams
First Semester
Students will be introduced to the basics of each of the following facets of cosmetology:
  • Hair cutting
  • Hair texturizing
  • Hair coloring
  • Hairstyling
  • Manicuring
  • Health & Safety
  • Skincare
  • Nailcare
Second Semester
Students advance and apply learned skills on live models in a clinic, lab class setting. Frequent guest artists provide cutting edge techniques and product knowledge, keeping training up-to-date in this ever-evolving industry. Students learn interpersonal communication skills necessary for success in the cosmetology profession, as well as learning successful salon management techniques such as client retention, business survival skills, and practical applications for contemporary designs.

Instruction includes:
  • Classroom lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Hands-on lab assignments
  • Guest artist presentations
  • Field trips
  • Reality-based projects
  • Practice on live models by providing services to members of the community
  • Extensive review and preparation for the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology examination