What are the requirements in an advanced beauty and cosmetology courses?

The beauty industry and cosmetology in the United States encompass a versatile area in which several professions overlap to some extent. For instance, cosmetologists traditionally study hairdressing and hair care and styling- so do barbers, although their work focuses specifically upon men’s hair and also includes shaving but does not generally cover nail care. Additionally, several other fields in which licensed professionals practice involve work that relates to aspects of the beauty industry, including nail technicians, estheticians, electrologists, and permanent makeup artists. The specific requirements for advanced courses sometimes vary greatly, depending upon the number of classroom hours required to obtain a state license in each of these fields.

The minimum number of classroom hours of study for each of these fields varies from state to state. However, in general, a full cosmetology or barber’s license typically requires and average of 1500 to 2100 hours of study at a state approved program. In many schools, students prepare by attending classroom presentations, reading textbooks and working in studios maintained by their school. The practical experience represents a significant part of the curriculum, since it offers actual “hands on” tutorials.

Barbers train similarly, but also learn to shave with straight edged razors and other types of equipment used to style and shape beards. The advanced courses offered will vary significantly from one educational institution to another, but generally include customized hair colorizing in both cosmetology and barbering. Additionally, licensed cosmetology and barbering graduates may take specialized courses in fields such as desairology, caring for the hair of people in mortuaries.

Other Beauty Industry Fields

The existence of closely related fields that typically require fewer hours of approved study means that sometimes overlap occurs in advanced courses at beauty colleges. For example, most states require 300 to 600 minimum hours of education for nail technicians to obtain a license. These students learn how to perform manicures and pedicures and to care for nails, and they may take advanced course in topics such as acrylic nails, (a subject that many cosmetologists also study). At least one state in the USA offers a license in hair braiding, and similarly, this field overlaps with subjects studied by cosmetologists and some barbers.

Advanced courses in many beauty-related curricula represent additional niches for in depth study.Requirements in advanced classes usually include demonstrating compliance with classroom hour guidelines. Students sometimes punch time cards to demonstrate attendance.