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Express Yourself with a Cosmetology – Hairdressing Program

Do you find you are the one friends and family come to for advice about how they should do their hair?

Do you enjoy helping others look and feel their best? Do you love talking with others and making small talk wherever you go?

Do you feel like beauty and art can intersect and can be used to express yourself as an artist while helping others?

You have always wanted to be able to branch out on your own –  to do unique, cool and expressive things with your career and not be put in a box creatively. You have a keen interest in helping others look and feel their best by expressing who they are, helping them to realize their own potential, and helping boost their confidence. You enjoy trying out new hairstyles and looks on yourself or trying the latest hair techniques.

The Cosmetology – Hairdressing program (Hair Stylist program) at CBBC Career College will allow you to do all of this. Over the course of 10 months, you will have earned your Cosmetology diploma, allowing you to work as a hairstylist throughout the province. We will prepare you to be career-ready and to meet the requirements in order to earn your cosmetology license through the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia. Throughout the Cosmetology-Hairdressing program, industry experts will come and instruct, through theory and hands-on workshops, in order to help you learn the latest in the beauty industry. You will get hands-on practice throughout your program, both in labs and also in-clinic experience, at our CBBC Training Salon & Spa in Sydney, Nova Scotia and our Regency Training Salon & Spa in Halifax, Nova Scotia. You will have the opportunity to work with products like Redken, Reuzel, Quinessence, CND Nail Polish, and Bodyography.

Total program length: 41 weeks (including practicum)

admission requirements

Standard Admissions Policy:

  • Grade 12
  • Admissions Interview

Alternate Admissions Policy:

  • Achieve a level 12 on Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)
  • Admissions Interview

Program Outline

  • Braiding, Wigs & Hair Extensions

    Students will learn through both theory and extensive practice to enhance or create a style by the use of hair additions. Hair additions will include not only wigs and hairpieces but also braiding and braid extensions. Included in this course will be instruction on proper client consultation, and the proper and safe handling of all supplies, equipment, and tools related to these procedures.

  • Career Planning & Salon Business

    Students will be introduced to the planning and management of one’s own career and career goals, including finding career opportunities, navigating through the salon/spa business industry, ownership & operation, developing life skills & human relations, being introduced to professional development, communications, job search & resume building, job skills, sales, and marketing.

  • Chemical Texture, Straightening

    In this module, students will learn the theory and skills applications of performing a chemical service that alters the texture of the hair. Students will be introduced to tools, products, and consultation techniques that are used for creating perms and for relaxing and straightening hair.

  • Chemistry

    Students in this course will gain an understanding of the Basics of Chemistry and its relevance in Cosmetology. Some of the topics that will be covered in both theory and clinical settings will be in the areas of reviewing the PH Scale, forming a deeper understanding of Matter, and receiving instruction in Chemistry within the field of Cosmetology and Aesthetics.

  • Cosmetology Association of NS Act & Bylaws

    Students in this course will receive training in, and gain knowledge of, the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia Act and Bylaws. Students will become familiar with the licensing process and the overall objectives of the Association.

  • Electricity - Hair

    Students will gain an understanding of the Basics of Electricity and its relevance in Cosmetology. Some of the topics that will be covered in both theory and practical will include electrical current and their types, electrical measurements, and electrical safety & safety devices.

  • General Anatomy & Physiology - Hair

    This course will focus on giving students a foundational understanding of the building blocks of the human body and how it relates to Aesthetics & Cosmetology. Topics covered will include cells – function, structure & reproduction, types of tissue & function, major organs and their functions, and names of the body systems and their functions.

  • Hair & Scalp Care

    Students in this course will receive theoretical and practical training in the applications of scalp and hair care, shampooing and conditioning – including selection and procedures. Some of the topics covered include learning about the supplies and equipment used in hair and scalp care, hair and scalp conditions, scalp massage and pre-brushing, procedures and draping, product selection and functions of shampoos, conditioners, rinses, and treatments.

  • Hair Colouring

    This course will provide both theory and practical training in the application of chemical services that will alter the colour of the hair. Students in this course will learn techniques in client consultation, the proper use and safe handling of supplies, tools, and equipment. Various special colouring effects will be taught.

  • Hair Cutting

    Students will gain a theoretical understanding of, and practical experience in, the principles and techniques of haircutting. Learners will be given training in the safe use and handling of supplies, equipment, and tools, and will then learn how to properly use those tools to apply basic haircuts by following cutting techniques, guidelines, and procedures.

  • Hair Design

    Students will gain an understanding of the principles and composition of hair design for use in client consultation and achieving professional results. This course will focus on the following areas of study: design elements, design principles, client consultation, face shape, profile, head shape, designing for males and other genders – facial hair, mustaches, beards and sideburns.

  • Hair Design & Styling

    In this module, students will learn how to combine form and texture to dress and arrange the hair for all hair types/textures when creating a hairstyle. After the students learn the safe and proper use of styling tools, supplies, and equipment, they will go on to apply their theoretical knowledge into practical skills by practicing and demonstrating wet styling, thermal styling, and long hair styling. Techniques will begin from client consultation to comb-out and finishing.

  • Hair Theory

    Students taking this module will gain an understanding of the foundations of Trichology – the branch of medical and cosmetic study and practice concerned with the hair and scalp. Some of the topics covered will include hair structure and its growth and composition, hair and scalp evaluation and analysis, disorders of the hair, disorders of the scalp, hair texture, density, porosity, and elasticity, and hair growth patterns.

  • Labs - Cosmetology/Hair

    The College will have special industry-leading guest speakers come in and deliver information relevant to industry trends, techniques, tools, and products. Opportunities may also exist to visit industry-specific shows/demonstrations. Lab time will also be allocated at the end of the program to the writing of final exams.

  • OHNS

    Students will receive both practical and theoretical training in First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, and Occupational Health & Safety.

  • On the Job Training - OJT

    The OJT program is a program extension that is applicable for all students. A decision of participation in the OJT program will be exercised only by the Cosmetology instructors’ recommendation, and on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the Student Contract obligations, successful completion of the Course Outline to date, Private Career Colleges Act, Dept. of Labour & Advanced Ed., Act respecting CANS, the Labour Standards Act and any other relevant contributing factors that may arise regarding a specific student and the OJT program. OJT can take place at any Salon/Spa in NS currently registered and in good standing with the Cosmetology Association of NS. The host must agree to complete the training evaluation forms and have Master Cosmetologist(s) who are willing to supervise and positively encourage the skills and abilities of the OJT participant. OJT will take place over a maximum of 4 weeks to complete the 100 hours of training. Program participants who do not have approved OJT placement may continue their course of study for 100 hours in the Cosmetology School in which they are enrolled.

  • Professional Image

    In this professional Life Skills module, students will develop foundations for maintaining beauty and wellness in relation to self, and the hairdressing and beauty industry. Students will delve into the subject areas of hygiene, ergonomics, physical presentation, stress management, rest and relaxation, and professional image.

  • Salon Ecology

    Students enrolled in this module will receive theory and practical skills training in the areas of infection control and universal precautions, including infection control principles and practices, and provincial guidelines for cleaning and sterilization, microbiology and bacteriology, viruses, parasites, infection and immunity.

CBBC is the best decision that you can make for yourself. The education, the hands-on experience, and the amazing instructors make the time fly by. You learn skills that translate into real job experience. If you are looking to go to college, choose them! Once you become a part of the CBBC family, your dreams become realities! Stephanie Melski Medical Office Assistant / Cape Breton Regional Hospital

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