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Cosmetology Degree

Creativity. Confidence. Color.
Do these describe your new career?

Cosmetology is a field that brings together the best of multiple skills and talents. Talented cosmetologists may immerse themselves in a high-glamour career using creative energy to develop cutting-edge styles. All cosmetologists use their skills to create new looks for people and to increase their confidence. But cosmetology is more than “doing hair.” At Highland we believe this is a business. And we set out to give you the skills you’ll need to manage and market your business. That’s why our course list may seem a little different than some others. We believe these differences are what makes our program unique.

You will learn design basics during lecture courses, and you will also acquire experience—at least 1,500 hours of experience in Highland’s contemporary salon. During these courses, you will be able to work at your own pace and with your own learning style. Post-secondary students can complete their cosmetology certificates in just 14 months. This includes eight weeks of summer school. You may begin the course on either a part- or full-time schedule.

Safety & Lab Experience

Safety and decontamination procedures 
Basic Lab services experience on mannequins

Hair Technique
Shampoos and scalp conditioning
Basic finger waving and pin curls
Hair roller placement
Set and Comb styling with varying patterns
Hair shaping with scissors, razors and clippers
Permanent waving techniques
Customized permanent waves and scalp treatments
Semi and permanent hair coloring procedures
Decolorization and recolorization
Ethnic hair care principles and techniques
Perform hair analysis
Advanced hair styling techniques

Salon Operations
Salon operating principles
Client consultation and retailing
Business math
Managerial aspects of operating a salon
Salon internship
Business communications course
Computer electives
Illinois law
Workers Compensation and OSHA standards
Small business development
Internship for qualified students

Advanced Concepts
Color theory
Client consultation
Hair analysis
Advanced clinic services
Anatomy and physiology
Nerves and muscles
Vascular system

Trade show and advanced seminar attendance
Local and state student competitions

Skin care structure, function, diseases and disorders
Facial treatments and introduction to make-up
Advanced skin care techniques
Skin care machine operation
Artifical eyelash application

Nail Technology
Introduction and history of nail care
Professional image and ethics
Sanitation and disinfection
Nail and skin disorders
Chemistry and nail product application
Theory of massage
Hand, arm and foot massage
Nail wraps, tips and acrylics
Manicure procedures
Pedicure procedures
Nail product knowledge
Nail extension techniques and principles

Nail Art