• Introduction to Cosmetology Lab

    Course Syllabus

    Instructor: Lisa R. Keeton

    Credit: 1 Course Credit

    Length of Course: One Semester

    Class Fee: $ 100


    Course Description: Introduction to Cosmetology is a one-credit course that provides students with a study of personal and professional image, ethical conduct, sanitation, hairstyling and nail care. Students also gain initial practical experience in the areas mentioned. Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to practice safety and sanitation precautions as they perform basic procedures. Introduction to Cosmetology is the prerequisite to Chemical Methodology, Colorimetry, Salon Practice, and Management.




    COURSE GOALS: The goals of Introduction to Cosmetology are to provide students access to a flexible system of rigorous school and work based learning in which students gain knowledge and skills to become competitive employees in a global economy. Upon graduation, students are prepared for individual success in advanced study as well as employment.

    Classroom Standards and Rules:

    • Class attendance and assignment completion is required.
    • All students are expected to use time wisely.
    • All students are expected to be respectful of other students.
    • Safety rules will be strictly adhered to at all times.
    • All policies of Russellville High School as well as all the rules, regulations, and guidelines found within the Student Handbook and the Code of conduct for Russellville City Schools must be followed.
    • Safety glasses required when necessary in lab.
    • Students will clean workstations each day (mirrors, countertops, sweep floor, fill washer, fold towels)
    • Students will fill containers and wet sterilizers
    • Clean curling irons and kits after each use
    • Students are not allowed to do their own hair or nails
    • Facial chair is used for facials/waxing and Pedicure chairs are for pedicures only.
    • Students are required to watch the clock to make sure there is enough time to clean and put away the equipment.
    • Students are expected to do all live work with supervision of the instructor.  Students perform all services.
    • Students are expected to act professionally when working in the lab.


    • Foundation
      • Skills to Perform the Work of the Cosmetologist
        • Math 
        • Reading
        • Writing
        • Critical Thinking
        • Decision-making
        • Problem solving
      • Teamwork in Planning Goals
      • Technology Tools
    • Salon Safety and Sanitation
      • Knowledge and Skills in Safety Rules and Regulations
        • Safety Rules and Practices
        • Sanitation Measures
        • Fire Safety Procedures
        • First-Aid Procedures
      • Regulatory Agencies
        • MSDS
        • OSHA
        • EPA
    • Origins and Historical Advancements and Opportunities
      •  Origins
        • Cosmetologist/Barbering
        • Archeological Studies
        • Ancient Written Records
        • Greece 500 B.C.
        • Rome 296 B.C.
        • Barbering and Medicine
        • The Barber Pole
        • Fourteenth Century
        • Nineteenth Century
      • Pioneers and their Contributions
        • Twentieth Century
        • Twenty First Century
      • Career Opportunities
        • Cosmetology
        • Barbering
    • Professional Image
      • Skills to improve self-image, effective communication, positive human relations, problem solving, critical thinking and work ethic.
    • Identify Control, Principal, and Practice
      • Identify Types and Classifications of Bacteria
        • Nonpathogenic
        • Pathogenic
        • Growth and Reproduction
        • Two Phases in Life Cycle
        • How Pathogenic Bacteria Enter the Body
    • Principle of Prevention
      • Decontamination of Prevedntion
        • Sterilization, Disenfection, and Sanitation
    • Describe Universal Precautions for Infection Control
      • OSHA and MSDS
    • Basic Fundamentals
      • Demonstrate Proper Draping
        • Dry, Wet, and Chemical
      • Demonstrate Shampooing, Rinsing, Conditioning and Scalp Care
        • Types of Shampoo and Conditionor
        • Hair and Scalp Analysis
        •  Scalp Massage and Treatments
    • Principals of Hair Design
      • Principles and Elements that Relate to Hair Design
        • Facial Shapes and Types
        • Implements and Tools
        • Basic Pattern for Haircutting
    • Techniques for Haircutting
      • Safety and Proper use of Tools and Implements
      • Sectioning
      • Hair Elevations
      • Angles
      • Guidelines
    • Face Shaving Techniques
      • Beard and Mustache Trimming
    • Haircutting Methods
      • Clip Over Comb
      • Wet and Dry
      • Arching
      • Scissors
      • Razor
    • Hairstyling Techniques 
      • Braiding
      • Hair Pressing
      • Wrapping
      • Roller Control


    METHODS OF EVALUATION: (Minimum of six different measurements – tests, projects, presentations, workbooks, worksheets, task list, daily class work etc. – and the percentage each one counts)

    Written Tests 40%

    Task List 60%

    Employability Skills Evaluation (Participation. Teamwork, Attendance, Class Rules etc.) = Test Grade

    Portfolio/ Projects/ Demonstrations = Test Grade

    90-100=A        80-89=B      70-79=C        below 70=F