Tecahers: Mrs. Lavelle, Ms.Larriu

Cosmetology includes classroom and practical experiences concerned with a variety of professional care treatments, including the beautification of hair and skin care. Instruction includes training in giving shampoos, rinses, scalp treatments, hair styling, setting, cutting, coloring, tinting, bleaching, fitting wigs, permanent waving, facials, manicuring, hand and arm massaging. Scientific knowledge related to bacteriology, anatomy, hygiene, and sanitation is emphasized. Additional instructions in the areas of small business (salon) management, record keeping, and customer relations are also provided in this course. Instruction is designed to qualify students for the licensing examination.

Students in this shop work on each others' skin, hair and nails for their grade and a manikin which is always available to them for practice. Occasionally other students from the school who are unrelated to the shop and even outside visitors indulge themselves in the pampering of the work cosmetology students do. This allows the future cosmetologists to get a feel of working with an actual customer instead of their fellow classmates.



Competencies Students Obtain

Within this beautifying career path, future cosmetologists are able to leave high school with knowledge and expectations of their future. The field is predicted to have average job growth over the next decade. Job opportunities will be better for students who get their license in cosmetology. Going into this working field after high school, students obtain the knowledge of:

  • Wet Hair Styling
  • Blow Dry Styling
  • Manicuring
  • Hair Treatment
  • Scalp Treatment
  • Permanent Hair Weaving
  • Hair Coloring
  • Hair Shaping
  • Facial Treatment
  • Thermal Hair Styling

Career Outlook and Opportunities

The Cosmetology outlook  expects students to earn at least $10 an hour or $23,000 a year as a cosmetologist or stylist. Certifications are earned by the end of the required courses and years. College continues the workings of the students so that they may further build on their path. This can get them employed during college. Also, technical opportunities are available to Dean's graduates such as:

  • Massachusetts Cosmetology License
  • Cosmetician
  • Make-Artist
  • Manicurist
  • Salon Manager
  • Platform Artist




William J. Dean Technical High School
1045 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040