Cosmetology is a fascinating career choice. It consists of learning about the care of the hair, skin and nails. A student learns hairstyling, cutting, coloring, permanent waving and chemical relaxing. Students also learn skin care, make-up application, manicuring, pedicuring and artificial-nail application.

Cosmetology is not just hairstyling; students can pursue a career as a make-up artist, skin-care specialist, nail technician, educator or salon owner.Students attend theory class each day. This instruction is either lecture, demonstration or videos. Students practice cosmetology skills each day in a salon atmosphere. Practice occurs first on a mannequin head or on other students.After a student has accumulated 200 clock hours and performs skills at the required level of proficiency, they are then allowed to work with the walk-in clientele under an instructor's supervision.

This Arkansas Tech University Career Center program is operated under the regulations of theArkansas State Board of Cosmetology. Below are hour requirements for obtaining different cosmetology licenses, which must be met along with passing the state board's licensure exam.

Arkansas Board of Cosmetology License Requirements

  • Cosmetologist License: 1,500 Hours
  • Barber License: 1,500 Hours
  • Nail Technician License: 600 Hours
  • Esthetician License: 600 hours
  • Electrologist License: 600 Hours, or cosmetology license + 350 Hours
  • Permanent Makeup License: Demonstrator License