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Cosmetology Course

Western Beauty Institute’s Cosmetology course covers all phases of hair styling, skin care, and manicuring. It consists of 1600 hours of technical instruction and practical operations. Technical instruction (475 hours) includes theory lectures, demonstrations, textbook study, and examination. Practical operations (1125 hours) include practice of complete services on mannequins and real customers. Students can enroll and begin attending every Monday. There are morning & evening classes available at our location and we also offer Cosmetology courses in Spanish.


The goal of the Western Beauty Institute Cosmetology course is to prepare students for the state licensing examination and to provide knowledge and skill to enable graduates to seek employment as a hair stylist, hair colorist, product demonstrator, and salon manager/owner.


  • Industry rules & regulations
  • Safety and sanitary requirements
  • Hair cutting, hair styling, hair tinting, chemical applications, scalp and hair treatments
  • Make-up application, facials (manual and electrical)
  • Manicuring, pedicuring, nail wraps, application of acrylic nails and nail tips
  • Reception desk duties, professionalism, personal and business ethics
  • Personal grooming, employer-employee relations, customer relations, and communication skills


  • The Cosmetology Act and the Bureau’s Rules & Regulations
  • Cosmetology Chemistry (chemical composition and the purpose of cosmetic, nail, hair, and skin care preparations; elementary chemical makeup, chemical skin peels, physical and chemical changes of matter)
  • Health and Safety / Hazardous Substances (training in chemicals and health establishments, material safety, data sheets, protection from hazardous chemicals and preventing chemical injuries, health and safety laws and agencies, ergonomics, and communicable diseases)
  • Theory of Electricity In Cosmetology (the nature of electrical current, principles of operating electrical devices, and the various safety precautions used when operating electrical equipment)
  • Disinfection and 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
  • Wet Hair Styling (hair analysis, shampooing, finger waving, pin curling, comb-outs) + Thermal Hair Styling (hair analysis, straightening, waving, curling with hot combs and hot curling irons, and blower styling)
  • Permanent Waving (hair analysis, chemical and heat permanent waving) + Chemical Straightening (hair analysis, the use of sodium hydroxide and other base solutions)
  • Hair Cutting (hair analysis, the use of the razor, scissors, electric clippers, and thinning shears for wet and dry cutting)
  • Hair Coloring & Bleaching (hair analysis, predisposition tests, safety precautions formula mixing, tinting, bleaching, and the use of dye removers. Shall not include any credit for color rinses)
  • Scalp & Hair Treatments (hair and scalp analysis, scientific brushing, and manual scalp manipulation and other hair treatments)
  • Facials – Manual (cleansing, scientific manipulations, packs, and masks) + Electrical (the use of all electrical modalities, including dermal lights and electrical apparatus, for facials and skin care purposes) + Chemicals (chemical skin peels, packs, masks and scrubs; training shall emphasize that non-living, upper-most layers of facial skin, known as the epidermis may be removed, and only for the purpose of beautification)
  • Eyebrow Arching & Hair Removal (use of wax, tweezers, electric or manual and depilatories for the removal of superfluous hair) + Make-up (skin analysis, complete and corrective make-up, lash and brow tinting and the application of false eyelashes)
  • Manicuring and Pedicuring (water and oil manicure, including nail analysis, and hand and arm massage; complete pedicure, including nail analysis, and foot and ankle massage; artificial nails)
  • Artificial Nails and Wraps (artificial nails – acrylic, liquid powders & brush-ons; artificial nail tips; nail wraps and repairs)


  • Disinfection & Sanitation
  • Wet Hair Styling
  • Thermal Hair Styling
  • Press & Curl
  • Permanent Waving
  • Hair Cutting
  • Chemical Straightening
  • Bleaching Hair
  • Hair Coloring
  • Scalp and Hair Treatments
  • Facials (Manual)
  • Facials (Electrical)
  • Facials (Chemical)
  • Makeup Application
  • Eyebrow Arching & Hair Removal
  • Water and Oil Manicures
  • Complete Pedicure
  • Artificial Nail – Liquid Powder & Brush-ons
  • Artificial Nail Tips
  • Nail Wraps and Repairs

SCHEDULE #1 (19 months)

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

SCHEDULE #2 (12 1/2 months)

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

SCHEDULE #3 (10 months)

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

SCHEDULE #4 (15 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!