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Life Sciences & Services Academy

  • Health, Hospitality, & Human Services Pathway

Program Description

All cosmetology students work in The Salon at Minuteman!

Cosmetology is the study of all phases of hair, nail and skin care. Students learn basic manipulative skills, safety judgments, proper work habits, and desirable attitudes necessary to obtain licensure.

This career major will prepare students for entry-level positions in cosmetology or a related career field. The mission of the Cosmetology major is to develop professionals with a creative flair for hair and fashion combined with a strong personal commitment and a sense of professional ethics.

Students will graduate fully prepared to pass both the written and practical state board operators exam. This license will provide individuals with career opportunities such as color and highlighting specialists, perm technicians, platform artists, hair stylists, manicurists, makeup artists, desairologists and educators.

Course Content

  • Wet Hairstyling
  • Finger Waving
  • Scalp Treatments
  • Hair Shaping
  • Manicuring
  • Pedicuring
  • Facials
  • Salon Management
  • Braiding
  • Blow-Dry Styling
  • Thermal Curling
  • Eyebrow Shaping
  • Hair Coloring
  • Hair Removal
  • Permanent Waving
  • Customer Service
  • Dimensional Hair Coloring
  • Foiling
  • Hair Lightening
  • Artificial Hair Styling
  • Chemical Hair Straightening

Career Tree: Cosmetology

First page of the PDF file: CosmetologyCareerTree2019

Cosmetology Instructors

Cynthia Demaio

Teacher Cosmetology, Health, Hospitality and Human Services Pathway Lead, New Teacher Mentor Lead

Melissa McLaughlin

Instructor-Cosmetology, New Teacher Mentor
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Industry Certifications

  • Mass Cosmetology License
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Safety
  • Barbicide
  • Barbicide/COVID-19

Possible Career Pathways

  • Colorist
  • Cosmetology Instructor
  • Esthetician
  • Hair Extension Technician
  • Hair Stylist
  • Makeup Artist
  • Manicurist
  • Massage Therapist
  • Platform Artist
  • Salon Owner
Projected Salary


Massachusetts averages:

  • Hair Stylist: $59,851/year
  • Manicurist: $52,692/year
  • Esthetician/Skin Care Specialist: $48,237/year

National average:

  • Hair Stylist: $29,680/year
  • Manicurist: $29,210/year
  • Esthetician/Skin Care Specialist: $37,300/year
Sources: Indeed.comU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Source 1, source 2, source 3
(Updated 1/23/23)

Advisory Committee Partners

  • Ailish and Aston
  • Blondie Salon and Spa
  • Creative Expressions Salon
  • Dellaria Salon
  • J&L Hair Studio
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Salon XS
  • Station Row Salon
  • Supercuts
  • WendyO Salon

College Partners

  • Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

  • Ailish and Aston
  • Blondie Salon and Spa
  • Creative Expressions Salon
  • Dellaria Salon
  • Paul Keneth Salon
  • Paul Mammola Salon
  • Salon XS
  • Supercuts
  • Vianni & Clark