Contact:   Mrs. Beverly Thornton    Phone: 794-1436 ext. 229


What You Will Be Able To Do:

  • Hairstyling, hair shaping, manicuring, hair coloring, permanent waving, and hair relaxing
  • Scalp treatments (hair care)
  • Men's hairstyling, hair shaping, beard trimming, manicures, pedicures
  • Facials, skin care, and facial make-up                                                                                 Mrs. Beverly Thornton
  • Sculptured nails and nail art
  • Customer relations, sales, shop management, and business ethics

The Cosmetology program provides students with a study of concepts related to the cosmetology profession. Specific topics include cosmetology history and opportunities, professional image, infection control, and basic fundamentals and principles of hair care and design. Students also gain initial practical experience in sanitation, shampooing, hair shaping, and hairstyling. 

Nail Care and Nail Art focuses on all aspects of the nail care industry. Specific topics include nail care history and opportunities, nail and skin services, sanitation and bacteriology, and salon conduct. The study of anatomy and physiology as it relates to cosmetology is an important part of these programs.  Math and science are important in the use and measurement of chemicals.  Communication skills are essential in relating to customers.

Earning Potential:A hair stylist can earn between $15,000 and $40,000 a year. Salaries for manicurists and pedicurists range from about $15,000 to $35,000 a year. Most skin care specialists earn between $20,000 and $40,000 a year. Experienced specialists in high-end salons can earn more than $50,000 a year.

College and Related Education:  Graduates may complete their education in Cosmetology by attending a two year college and transferring the hours completed at DTC toward the 1500 hours needed to take the Alabama State Board of Cosmetology Exam.  Advanced training is also available in the form of seminars, trade shows, and workshops to maintain the highest level of competence in fashion trends, products, and techniques.  Cosmetology students can also receive additional training to become a licensed Cosmetology Instructor.

Cosmetology programs range from about 6 months to 2 years in length. It is usually possible to do the programs part-time, over a longer period. All programs include classroom study, demonstrations, and practical work.
Admission requirements for cosmetology programs vary. You need to be at least 16 years old and you need a high school diploma.

To work as an esthetician, you must first graduate from a licensed esthetician program. These programs usually consist of about 600 to 800 hours of training. There are also 2-year associate degree programs available at some colleges.

Cosmetology, Nail Technology, and Spa Technique classes available at DTC: 

  • Introduction to Cosmetology
  • Chemical Services
  • Hair Coloring
  • Introduction to Spa Techniques
  • Advanced Spa Techniques
  • Introduction to Nail Care
  • Nail Art and Applications
  • Salon Practices and Management