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Cosmetologists and other personal appearance technicians, such as nail technicians, stylist assistants, and skin care specialists (estheticians) provide specialized services to help clients look and feel their best. Your cosmetology license can take you in many directions depending upon the depth of your passion and the effort you are willing to invest in your future. As a licensed stylist, you can build a loyal clientele, help your team succeed, and become involved in competitions, photo shoots, and trade shows. You could also become affiliated with a distributor or manufacturing firm and assist them with education, product training, marketing, and/or sales. For more information, please contact Jacquelyn Minter.

Who Should Apply?

Employment prospects are very good for recent cosmetology program graduates, as many open and new salon positions are filled with cosmetologists with less than one year of work experience. This affords graduating students a great opportunity for employment! Additionally, graduates can work toward building a career in the entertainment industry as a cosmetologist, nail technician, and makeup artist. Like any other career, in order to be successful, students must have the desire, ambition, and training to pursue his/her goals in a methodical and ethical manner. The acquisition of these skills can lead to career pathways such as:

  • Hairstylist
  • Hair designer
  • Color artist
  • Barber
  • Esthetician
  • Makeup artist
  • Salon owner
  • Product representative/sales
  • Sales and demonstration
  • Instructor
  • Platform artist
  • Cinematic makeup


Student combing through hair on a practice mannequinStudents attend a three block class every-other-day for two years in this program. Students earn three credits upon the successful completion of each class. All instruction and lab activities taught by Mrs. Jacquelyn Minter and Ms. April Roberts follow the guidelines set by the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology

8527 Cosmetology I
This introduction to cosmetology (open to rising juniors) covers topics such as safety, sanitation, disease control, facilities, equipment, professionalism, ethics, shampoo, conditioning, haircutting and styling, soft curls, and the introduction of chemical services (hair coloring, permanent waving, and relaxers). During class students also conduct consultations with clients.

8528 Cosmetology II
In this course, students gain knowledge and experience using previously learned techniques as well as 
advanced techniques for cutting hair, styling hair, color theory and techniques, straightening and permanent waving of hair, styling artificial hair, and applying makeup and other aspects of skin care. After completing this course, students will be prepared to take the Virginia State Board of Cosmetology licensure exam.

During their program of study at THCTT, students will:

  • Apply knowledge and expertise learned in our state of the art laboratory
  • Build skills in several areas within the cosmetology field
  • Learn to build relationships with local leaders from the field and with clients
  • Create an employment portfolio which will assist in securing a job
  • Acquire knowledge of, and confidence with, the latest trends in the world of beauty
  • Develop skills related to salon business operations
  • Experience an opportunity for creative expression

Salon Services

We invite you to make an appointment for your next salon service. Our hours are 10:10 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Appointments are required. Please contact Vanessa Spurlock for more information. 

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