Hair Design


1,700 clock hours

Length: 1,450 clock hours, approximately 49-54 weeks for those taking day classes and 68-75 weeks for those taking night classes. (Plus 150 hours, safety and sanitation and 100 hours career development = 1,700).

Description: Hair Design, which is the study of hair and its associated structures, includes the related services of coloring, sculpting (cutting), permanent waving, styling (wet and thermal), shampooing & conditioning, wiggery and barbering. It also includes understanding hair and scalp disorders and diseases.

Format: Students progress through the course in four levels: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. To progress from one level to the next, students must complete the required hours, required operations, written evaluations and practical evaluations for each level.

The first 12 weeks of the freshman level is spent in a classroom setting where students learn the basics in all areas of hair design, and practice on mannequins, models and each other. The classes are structured in three-week units in Hair Cutting*, Hair Styling*, Chemical Retexturizing* and Hair Color.* Students are given written and practical evaluations at the end of each two week unit. After successful completion of the 12 weeks of freshman classes, students are assigned to the clinic floor to begin practice of technical skills and customer service skills. Once assigned to the clinic, students attend a variety of classes with other students in their level.

In addition to the above mentioned classes, students also attend half- and full-day classes at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels to increase their skills in both cosmetology and business and in preparation for written exams and for the state licensing exam.

* These terms are types of basic hair-cutting techniques which are covered in each of the respective levels. In addition to the cutting techniques, each block also includes instruction in permanent waving, hair styling, customer service, safety and sanitation.

Course Goals

  1. To qualify to take the Oregon State Board of Barber and Hairdressers National written exam, which covers the subjects of hair design, shampooing, thermal styling, hair shaping, hair color, and chemical retexturizing.
  2. To identify scalp diseases and disorders.
  3. To perform tasks of Hair Design in a proficient manner that will support the graduate in employment.
  4. To have an awareness of personal self worth, pride and professionalism.

Units of Instruction

Shampooing, Rinses, Conditioners & Draping 50
Properties & Disorders of Scalp & Hair 50
Hair Design 400
Sculpting 400
Hair Color / Chemical Services 400
Cutting, Trimming, Beard & Mustache & Shaving 15
Implements & Equipment 20
Chemistry & Anatomy and Physiology 30
Electricity 20
Discretionary 65
Safety & Sanitation 150
Career Development 100
Total Training Hours 1,700

Textbook Disclosure


ISBN 13: 978-1-4180-4935-5

ISBN 13: 978-1-4180-4940-9

ISBN 13: 978-1-4180-4941-6

ISBN 13: 978-1-4180-4943-0

General School and Course Information

Grading Procedures and Scale

Student grades will be based on theory assignments, theory exams, practical assignments and practical exams. Students must achieve a grade of C (75%) or better to be considered acceptable according to the following grading scale:

Grading Scale
A 90% to 100% Superior
B 80% to 89% Excellent
C 75% to 79% Satisfactory
F 74% or less Unsatisfactory


Hourly Breakdown of All Courses


Program Hair Esthetics Nails Safety & Sani. Career Total
H + E + N 1,450 250 350 150 100 2,300
H + E 1,450 250 150 100 1,950
H + N 1,450 350 150 100 2,050
H 1,450 150 100 1,700
E + N 250 350 150 100 850
E 250 150 100 500
N 350 150 100 600
B 1,100 150 100 1,350
C 1,000
 H = Hair Design, E = Esthetics, N = Nails Technology, B = Barbering, C = Cadet Instructor

All courses (except Cadet Instructor) each contain the required units of 100 hours of Career Development and 150 hours of Safety and Sanitation. If you have already completed one or more of the courses and want to return to complete another subject, you must complete at least the following hours, plus have an evaluation of your prior hours to credit to the Career Development and Safety & Sanitation requirements:

Gainful Employment

The occupational outlook for cosmetology careers is very promising. The salon industry continues to grow and continues to employ large numbers of professionals. In the latest national survey conducted for the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, there were 1,682,641 professionals employed in the nation’s 370,250 beauty salons, barber shops, skin care salons and nail salons. New employees were difficult to find. Approximately 3 out of every 4 salon owners that looked for new employees reported difficulty in finding new applicants. Recent trends indicate a steady demand for licensed professionals in the industry.

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