Hairdressing and Cosmetology

Program Description
Hairdressing and Cosmetology was one of the first careers introduced to technical education in the Connecticut Technical High Schools in the early 1900’s. Cosmetology also described as appearance enhancement encompasses a broad range of specialty areas including hairstyling, nail technology, and esthetics. It is the art and science of beautifying and improving the skin, nails, and hair, and the study of cosmetics and their applications. The term cosmetology comes from the Greek word kosmetikos, meaning skilled in the use of cosmetics. This field is recognized as one of the oldest professions in the world.

Today, new techniques and specialties are growing more than ever. Estheticians rejuvenate skin and keep some disorders at bay. The industry is in an age of specialization. Day and men-only specialty spas are on the rise, providing many new career opportunities

To learn more about our program offerings, please view our Program of Studies.

Program Standards
•   Explain the history and opportunities of Cosmetology careers
•   Explain the history and opportunities of Cosmetology careers
•   Describe life skills necessary for successful employment in cosmetology
•   Demonstrate Draping
•   Discuss effective communication within the salon environment.
•   Demonstrate infection control in the salon.
•   Define and describe the structure of the hair root
•   Recognize hair and scalp disorders
•   Perform basic hair styling techniques
•   Performing the Three basic Haircuts
•   Describe the basic principles of hair design
•   Demonstrate Haircut or style in relation face shapes
•   Demonstrate a men's haircut
•   Define and describe basic nail structure
•   Perform basic manicure & pedicure
•   Demonstrate hair designing to include braiding and artificial hair techniques
•   Demonstrate knowledge in wigs and hair enhancements
•   Perform basic facial
•   Demonstrate application of color services
•   Demonstrate a highlighting
•   Demonstrate advanced haircutting skills
•   Perform Chemical Texturizing
•   Demonstrate advanced Styling
•   Demonstrate advanced Highlighting


Industry Certifications
State of CT Cosmetology License

Career Pathways
•   Barbers
•   Hairdressers
•   Personal Appearance Workers
•   Makeup artists
•   Manicure/pedicurist
•   Skincare specialist

Program Locations in CT
•   Bullard-Havens, Bridgeport
•   E.C. Goodwin Tech, New Britain
•   Eli Whitney Tech, Hamden
•   Emmett O’Brien Tech, Ansonia
•   H.C Wilcox Tech, Meriden
•   Grasso Tech, Groton
•   Harvard H. Ellis Tech, Danielson
•   Henry Abbott Tech, Danbury
•   Howell Cheney Tech, Manchester
•   Norwich Tech, Norwich
•   Oliver Wolcott Tech, Torrington
•   Platt Tech, Milford
•   Vinal Tech, Middletown
•   W.F. Kaynor Tech, Waterbury