Arlene Thompson

 Department Head

Cosmetology is a challenging, rewarding profession that offers the opportunity for artistic expression as well as financial security for male/female students who are self-motivated, innovative and ambitious, there is no limit to your potential. The entire field of cosmetology includes hair dressing, esthetics (skin care), nails (manicures/pedicures) and make-up.

The cosmetology course consists of practical “hands-on” and related classes. The course is broken down into four years, starting with basic procedures to more advanced material. Cosmetology students must be 16 years of age before they start earning trade hours. Upon reaching 1,000 hours students must be required to successfully pass the Massachusetts State Board Exam (75% or better is required to pass- a prerequisite for graduation). A challenging curriculum and methods of instruction will help prepare students to successfully pass the Massachusetts State Board Exam. Current textbooks, instructional material are available to all students. A faculty that is highly involved in continuous improvements  will help educate students to the ever-expanding and ever-changing Beauty Industry.


Skills and Competencies:

Effective Communication Skills and positive Human Relations

Infectious control [Microbiology]

Draping, Shampooing and Scalp Massage

Hair Styling [Hair Theory]

Manicure/Pedicure [Nail Theory]

Facial Treatments [Skin Theory]

Chemistry Texturizing [Perming/Chemical Relaxing]

Hair Coloring [Color Theory]

Haircutting Procedures

Hair Removal Essentials

Makeup Application

Participating Co-op and Internship Sites:

Paul Conzo’s Day Spa and Hair Salon

The Hair Market


Jeffery Roberts Salon


Salon Sogno

Bauhous Hair Salon

Salon 27

Amazing Style

Capelli Avanti Salon

Super Cuts

Career Opportunities:

Salon stylist

Salon manager

Salon owner


Photo stylist with modeling agencies and theatre groups

Platform artist

Department store cosmetic consultant

Manufacturer’s representative or field technician

Distributor or sales consultant

Nail technician

Trade publication publisher, writer or editor

School Owner or Director

Instructor [private or technical school]

  • For more information about this department, contact Ms. Thompson.

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