Beauty School Courses:
Get Ready for FUN!

Your beauty school courses are your first introduction to the wonderful beauty industry.  I know how excited you are right now!

You are about to start your own beauty career and become a professional hair stylist.

I remember how crazy excited I was to get on with the life I always wanted!

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There are basically 2 cosmetologist books used in the United States; Miladay and Pivot Point. They cover the same material though.

Every student needs to know the same material to pass the State Board Exam.

Cosmetologist schools are preparing you to take the State Board Exam so you can become licensed as a professional hair stylist.

As a cosmetologist student you will be learning about hair, nails and skin care.

I am using the Milady textbook to show you what beauty school courses you will be taking in cosmetologist school.

The textbook is literally 900 pages long!  No wonder it takes a year to finish!

I'm going to make this very simple.  I'm going to lay out the chapters from the Milady Textbook.

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Some of the chapters are self explanatory. I will be more detailed with chapters that may be unclear.


1. History & Career Opportunities

2.  Life Skills

3.  Your Professional Image

  • Beauty and Wellness
  • Looking Good
  • Your Physical Presentation

4.  Communicating for Success


5.  Infection Control:  Principles & Practices

6. General Anatomy and Physiology

7. Skin Structure & Growth

  • Anatomy of the Skin
  • Maintaining Skin Health

8.  Nail Structure & Growth

  • The Natural Nail
  • Nail Anatomy
  • Nail Growth
  • Know Your Nails

9.  Properties of the Hair & Scalp

  • Structure of the Hair
  • Chemical Composition of Hair
  • Hair Analysis
  • Hair Growth
  • Hair Loss
  • Disorders of the Hair
  • Disorders of the Scalp

10.  Basics of Chemistry

  • Chemistry
  • Matter
  • Potential Hydrogen (pH)

11.  Basics of Electricity

  • Electricity
  • Electrical Equipment Safety
  • Electrotherapy
  • Other Electrical Equipment
  • Light Therapy


12.  Principles of Hair Design  (Ok, this is where it starts getting GOOD!)

  • Philosophy of Design
  • Elements of Hair Design
  • Principles of Hair Design
  • Influence of Hair Type on Hairstyle
  • Creating Harmony between Hairstyle and Facial Structure
  • Designing for Men
  • Client Consultation:  Sample Dialogue

13.  Shampooing, Rinsing, & Conditioning

  • Understanding Shampoo
  • Conditioners
  • Brushing the Hair
  • Scalp Massage
  • Shampoo Procedures

14.  Haircutting

  • Basic Principles of Haircutting
  • Client Consultation
  • Tools, Body Positions an Safety
  • Basic Haircuts
  • Other Cutting Techniques
  • Clippers & Trimmers

15  Hairstyling

  • Client Consultation
  • Wet Hairstyling Basics
  • Finger Waving
  • Pin Curls
  • Roller Curls
  • Comb-Out Techniques
  • Hair Wrapping
  • Bow-Dry Styling
  • Thermal Hairstyling
  • Thermal Hair Straightening (Hair Pressing)
  • Styling Long Hair

16.  Braiding & Braid Extension

  • Client Consultation
  • Understanding the Basics
  • Braiding the Hair

17.  Wigs & Hair Enhancements

  • The Consultation
  • Wigs Hairpieces
  • Hair Extensions 
  • Haircoloring Safety Precautions

18.  Chemical Texture Services

  • The Structure of Hair
  • The Client Consultation
  • Permanent Waving
  • Chemical Hair Relaxers
  • Curl Re-Forming (Soft Curl Permanents)

19.  Haircoloring

  • Identifying Natural Hair Color and Tone
  • Types of Haircolor
  • Selecting Haircolor
  • Haircolor Applications
  • Using Lighteners
  • Using Toners
  • Special Effects Haircoloring
  • Special Challenges in Haircolor/Corrective Solutions

This is the real meat of the beauty school courses!!


20.  Skin Diseases & Disorders

  • Aging of the Skin
  • Disorders of the Skin
  • Avoiding Skin Problems

21.  Hair Removal

  • Permanent Hair Removal
  • Methods of Temporary Hair Removal

22.  Facials

  • Skin Analysis and Consultation
  • Determining Skin Type
  • Skin Care Products
  • Facial Massage
  • Electrotherapy an Light Therapy
  • Facial Treatments
  • Aromatherapy

23.  Facial Makeup

  • Cosmetics for Facial Makeup
  • Makeup Color Therapy
  • Basic Makeup Application
  • Special-Occasion Makeup
  • Corrective Makeup
  • Artificial Eyelashes
  • Safety Precautions


24.  Nail Diseases & Disorders

25.  Manicuring

  • Nail Technology Supplies
  • Choosing a Nail Shape
  • Basic Manicure
  • French and American Manicures
  • Conditioning Oil Manicure
  • Performing a Man's Manicure
  • Paraffin Wax Treatment
  • Hand and Arm Massage
  • Spa Manicure
  • Aromatherapy

26.  Pedicuring

  • Pedicure Tools
  • Performing Pedicures
  • Foot Massage
  • Beyond the Basic Pedicure

27.  Nail Tips, Wraps, & No-Light Gels

28.  Acrylic (Methacrylate) Nails

  • "Liquid and Powder" Nail Enhancemets
  • Acrylic Nail Enhancements Using Forms
  • Maintenance and Removal of Acrylic Nails
  • Odorless Acrylic
  • Colore Acrylic

29.  UV Gels

  • Application of UV Gel Nails
  • Maintenance and Removal of UV Gel Nails


30.  Seeking Employment

31.  On the Job

32.  The Salon Business


Excited about the Beauty School Courses?!

It's hard to find info on the beauty school courses you will be taking.  This layout of the chapters pretty much says it all.

You will be in the classroom for part of your time in cosmetologist school and part time will be on the salon floor taking care of clients that pay a nominal fee for services performed by cosmetologist students.


Please bookmark this website for future use.  As you go through your education you will be constantly seeking more information. 

Like, how am I supposed to sell retail? Or, where is the best place to start your beauty career? Or, what kind of questions will salon managers ask in an interview? Or, how do I start my portfolio?

You may not be ready for these topics yet, but you will be before you know it!

I hope this page of beauty school courses gave you what you were looking for.

Come back soon when you are ready to take full control of your beauty career and make all of your beauty dreams come true!  We can make it happen!!

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