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Cosmetology Program

Cosmetology Program Overview

The Cosmetology Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that covers a range of topics including hair coloring, styling, cutting, makeup, and salon management. In addition, the program emphasizes the importance of professionalism, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and sanitation. You will also become familiar with the rules and regulations outlined in the Cosmetology Act.

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Welcome to our Cosmetology services! Please note that all client appointments are by reservation only, with services commencing on February 29th. Hair color services are tentatively scheduled to begin on April 4th. Check out our current menu of offerings.

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Employment Opportunities

A cosmetologist, sometimes called a hairstylist, is someone who specializes in giving beauty treatments, usually to women. A cosmetologist is proficient in hair treatments, facials, and other skin and nail treatments. Some cosmetologists specialize in just one of these areas. The sub-categories of cosmetology are hairstylists, hair colorists, manicurists, and estheticians. Often cosmetologists specialize in more than one of these categories.

A hairstylist specializes in hair cutting, hair coloring, styling, bridal updos, and makeup. Hairstylists apply hair extensions and weaves. Some hairstylists also give recommendations and perform work on wigs and hairpieces.

A manicurist specializes in nail care, including manicures, pedicures, and acrylic nails and gels.

An esthetician specializes in facials, head and neck massages, and hair removal through waxing. Some estheticians offer full-body massages. Estheticians may offer one or more of the following types of waxing: bikini, Brazilian, leg, or arm.


Department Contacts

  • Hours
  • 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 408-288-3710


Enrollment into the program is accepted in either the Fall or Spring semester. Most students complete the program in two full semesters and a summer session. The Cosmetology program is designed for full-time students only. Because SJCC is a community college funded by the state, we are able to provide this comprehensive education at a fraction of the cost of private schools. The estimated cost of the entire program is $6,000.


When you enroll in the Cosmetology program, you will have the opportunity to receive instruction in the areas of hair, skin, nail, and salon skills. After successfully completing the program, you will be able to earn a Certificate of Achievement and/or Associate in Science degree. As an SJCC graduate, you will have the necessary skills and knowledge to pass the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology exam. To be eligible for a state license, you will need to successfully complete 1,600 clock hours in an educational institution approved by the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Eligibility Criteria