Normal program length is 10 months; 1800 hours

This program gives the student the skills necessary to pursue a career as a Cosmetologist. Upon completion of this program, the student will receive a certificate of graduation. The student will be required to pass the State Licensing exam before they may be legally employed as a Cosmetologist.

 Course Title  Credits Recommended by State Actual Credit Hours 
Shampooing, Rinsing & Conditioning  2 60
Hair Coloring  8 240
Haircutting   8 240
 Hairstyling  7 210
 Chemical Texture Services  4 120
 Manicuring and Pedicuring  7 210
 Application of Artificial Nails  5 150
 Facials and Skin Care  7 210
Facial Makeup   1 30
Hair Removal   3 90
Laws, Rules and Regulations   1  30
Management Ethics, Interpersonal Skills & Salesmanship   1 30
Disinfection, Sanitation & Safe Work Practices  6 180
Total Credits & Hours  60 1800

Our course provides a minimum of 1800 hours of training:

  1. Safety, sanitation and sterilization shall be taught in each subject as it pertains to that subject.

  2. All of the program hours are to be completed at Ooh La Spa Academy of Hair, Skin & Nails.

A student shall spend a minimum of 1800 hours in the study of Cosmetology, which is learning the science of beautifying and improving the complexion, skin, hair and nails. Approximately ten (10) months are required to complete this course. Hours beyond ten months are available for $12 per hour for each additional hour.

If a student’s particular circumstances deem it necessary to complete the program in a longer period of time than the given ten (10) months, the student may arrange to do so at the discretion and with the approval of the Programs Director. The student must make arrangements with the Programs Director prior to the initial start of the program. The Programs Director reserves the right to approve or deny any student the option of completing his/her course of study in a longer period of time than what is standard.

To graduate, the student must have completed the hours required by the state of Colorado; all required written exams must be passed with a score of 90% or greater; all practical requirement sheets must be completed and returned to the office, and the student must pass the Practice State Board Examination with a score that would pass the Practical section of the state Board Examination. Furthermore, all tuition, fees and other expenses must be paid in full. All required paperwork must be included in a complete student file.

Description of Courses

Disinfection, Sanitation, & Safety

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

6 credits (180 credit hours) for Manicurist and Cosmetologist; 7 credits (210 credit hours) for Cosmetician/Esthetician. Course covers methods of cleaning, sterilization, safety precautions, introduction to bacteriology, classifications of bacteria, bacterial growth and bacterial infections, as well as OSHA regulations, MSD sheets, and safety on the job. Course also covers current rules and regulations of the Colorado Office of Barber and Cosmetology Licensure.

Facials and Skin Care

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

7 credits (210 credit hours) for Cosmetician/Esthetician and Cosmetologist. Course covers eyebrow arching, facials, theory of massage, cells, anatomy and physiology, skin and its disorders, superfluous hair removal, electricity and light therapy.

Facial Makeup

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

1 credit (30 credit hours) for Cosmetician/Esthetician and Cosmetologist. Course covers facial makeup, false eyelashes, the benefits of mineral makeup.

Manicuring and Pedicuring

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

7 credits (210 credit hours) for Manicurist and Cosmetologist. Course covers plain manicuring, oil manicuring, pedicuring, state board manicuring, theory of massage and related theory.

Application of Artificial Nails

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

5 credits (150 credit hours) for Manicurist and Cosmetologist. Course covers application of acrylic nails and nail wraps. Also covered are repairs and rebases.

Hair Removal

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

3 credits (90 credit hours) for Cosmetician/Esthetician and Cosmetologist. Course covers machines for professional skin care and other methods of superfluous hair removal.

Laws, Rules and Regulations

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

1 credit (30 credit hours) for all programs. Course covers Federal, State and local laws governing the practice of Cosmetology and Barbering. Also covers the state regulations enforced by the State Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists.

Management, Ethics, and Interpersonal Skills & Salesmanship

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

1 credit (30 credit hours) for all programs. Course covers hygiene, visual poise, personality development, professional ethics, seeking and maintaining employment, salon management, payroll deduction, and preparation of employment opportunities.

Occupational Safety and Health

Instructor: M. Dunlop Graham

Moved to Disinfection, Sanitation & Safe Work practices for both programs. Course covers OSHA regulations, MSD sheets, and safety on the job.

Chemical Texture Services

Instructor: TBD

4 credits (120 credit hours) for Cosmetologist. Course covers permanent waving, the hair, special perm wraps, chemical hair relaxing and chemistry.

Hair Color

Instructor: TBD

8 credits (240 credit hours) for Cosmetologist. Course covers theory of color, types of hair coloring and techniques for hair coloring.

Hair Cutting

Instructor: TBD

8 credits (240 credit hours) for Cosmetologist. Course covers hair shaping, thinning, cutting, and use of clippers, shears and razors for cutting hair.

Hairstyling

Instructor: TBD

7 credits (210 credit hours) for Cosmetologist. Course covers directional styling, finger waving, curling, thermal styling, thermal straightening, and care of wigs.

Shampooing, Rinsing & Conditioning

Instructor: TBD

2 credits (60 credit hours) for Cosmetologist. Course covers basics, compositions, and use for treatments.