The Cosmetology course will provide students with the basic knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to be successful in the vast beauty industry.  During the time in this course students will participate in hands-on, industry relevant training and experiences in the areas of hair, skin and nail care.  Students complete classroom theory work, practice on mannequins, classmates, and demonstrate competency by passing written exams and practical skills evaluations.  Student will learn about the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with personal care. Classroom viewing of industry related DVD’s and and introduction to guest speakers from several areas of this broad industry.

Program Topics

  • Minnesota State Statutes, Rules and Regulations
  • Legal responsibilities and ethical practices in the cosmetology industry including professional and soft skills for employment
  • Infection control, principles and practices
  • The study of nail disorders, diseases, structure and growth.
  • Basic manicuring techniques and practices
  • The Study of the Properties of Hair and Scalp including, chemical composition, structure, and disorders of the hair and scalp.
  • Scalp care, shampooing and conditioning, including proper draping along with safety procedures
  • Principles of Hair Design, including, facial structure and its influences.
  • Basic Hairstyling concepts including long hair formal styling, proper tool usage and safety procedures
  • Introduction to Haircutting, basic principles, techniques, proper ergonomics, tools, and safety standards
  • Basic haircutting techniques and practices
  • Introduction to Chemical Texture including basic science associated with chemical products
  • Physical phase of permanent waving, procedures, supplies and tool usage
  • Introduction to one of the most popular salon services – Haircoloring
  • Identification of hair structure, natural hair color and tone, understanding the level system, color wheel, types of haircolor and their uses, developer volumes and percentages.
  • Experience basic application of haircolor and foiling techniques.
  • Basic study of skin structure, diseases and disorders
  • Introduction to daily skin care regimens, practical facial skills and massage techniques


Skills Needed
To be successful in this program, you should have the following skills:

  • Excellent communication and social skills
  • Positive friendly personality
  • Strong hand and eye coordination
  • Strong manual dexterity
  • Professional behavior
  • Proficient reading, writing and math skills
  • Being alert and aware of what’s going on around you
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Problem sensitivity
  • Physical stamina
  • Time management skills
  • Dependability and a strong work ethic

Cosmetology Syllabus

Instructor Contact Information

Jolene Forsberg 763-684-2232 Jolene.Forsberg@wrighttech.org