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Cosmetology Crossover

The Cosmetology Crossover course at Western Beauty Institute allows barbers to receive training to become a licensed cosmetologist. The course is 400 hours of technical instruction and practical operations covering cosmetology practices that are not part of the required barber training. Technical instruction includes theory lectures, demonstrations, textbook study, and examination. Practical operations include practice of complete services on mannequins and real customers.


  • Industry rules & regulations
  • Safety and sanitary requirements
  • Hair cutting, hair styling, hair tinting, chemical application, scalp manipulation
  • Hair waving & curling, hair processing & relaxing, shampooing
  • Facial shaves, rest facials, rolling cream massage, men’s hairpieces

TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION (minimum specified)

  • Laws & Regulations (Barbering & Cosmetology Act, Board rules & regulations)
  • Hair Styling (theory and composition of all hair types; hair analysis, shampooing, skin and hair disorders/diseases, various types of scalp manipulations; finger waving, pin curling, comb outs, straightening, waving, blow drying and hair styling)
  • Permanent Waving & Chemical Straightening (temporary and permanent of the hair, hair waving and curling, blow dry styling, hair chemistry & safety; hair processing and relaxing, hair analysis; the use and composition of sodium hydroxide and other base solutions)
  • Hair Coloring & Bleaching (skin and hair analysis theory of chemistry, hair analysis, predisposition & strand test, mixing, high & low lights, chemical composition of hair coloring products and the proper application of tints & bleaches)
  • Hair Cutting (use of scissors, razor shaper, electrical clippers, trimmers, thinning shears haircutting tools & haircutting techniques)
  • Health & Safety (training in chemical and health in establishments, material safety data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws, and agencies, ergonomics, communicable diseases)
  • Disinfection & Sanitation (procedures to protect the health and safety of the consumer as well as the technician; all necessary functions for disinfecting instruments and equipment as specified in Section 979 and 980; disinfection is emphasized throughout the entire training period and must be performed before use of all instruments and equipment)
  • Bacteriology, Anatomy, and Physiology (human anatomy and physiology)
  • Sales Techniques (product knowledge, application, client suitability, salesmanship; career and employment information specific to barbering; compensation packages and payroll deductions, licensing requirements and regulations and fundamental of business management)
  • Additional Training (professional ethics, effective communication, human relations)

PRACTICAL OPERATIONS (minimum specified)

  • Disinfection & Sanitation
  • Hair Styling (shampooing, hair waving & curling, scalp manipulation, comb out, blow drying)
  • Hair Cutting (scissor cuts, razor [shaper], electrical clippers, trimmers, thinning & tapering shears)
  • Hair Coloring & Bleaching (strand test, formula mixing, hair tinting, hair bleaching, high & low light)
  • Permanent Waving & Chemical Straightening (chemical applications, hair processing & relaxing, acid & alkaline permanent waving)

SCHEDULE #1 (19 months)

Tuesday 8:30am – 12:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 12:30pm
Thursday 8:30am – 12:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 12:30pm

SCHEDULE #2 (12 1/2 months)

Tuesday 8:30am – 2:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday 8:30am – 2:30pm
Friday 8:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 2:30pm

SCHEDULE #3 (10 months)

Tuesday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday 8:30am – 5:00pm

SCHEDULE #4 (15 1/2 months)

Monday 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Tuesday 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Wednesday 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 8:30am – 5:00pm

Schedule may vary by location and/or demand.

Still have questions? Contact us and your local campus representatives will be happy to provide more information!