Cosmetology Clinic Provides Opportunities for Both Students and Clients
Ever wished you could get a quick haircut or a relaxing facial during your lunch break but didn’t think you had the time? As part of its curriculum, SFCC’s Cosmetology Program offers a wide range of low-cost services through its student training clinic-from haircuts, styles and color, to manicures and facials. The public is welcome to book these services Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Thursdays, 3-8 p.m, and they are available for men, women, and children.
Currently, the most popular service the cosmetology clinic offers is facials. “Hair coloring is popular with the students. They enjoy doing that the most,” said Tim Johnson program manager and cosmetology instructor, “but facials are the most popular with our clients. They enjoy it because it’s relaxing.”
Cosmetology is defined as the art and science of beauty care, and it is that combination that makes the practice of cosmetology unique. “Cosmetology is definitely an outlet for creative people,” Johnson said. “Anybody who is artistic or enjoys making crafts seems to do well in cosmetology, but it’s not limited to artists. It’s a skill that anybody can learn.”
Along with the artistic ability, students must also understand basic chemistry when mixing solutions for different hair processes such as color and perms. Also, because hair cuts are based on different types of angles, they must have an understanding of geometry.
“Cosmetology is a 10-and-a-half month program. For the first nine weeks, the students work on mannequins then in the tenth week the clinic opens to the public and we begin working on live models,” said Tim Johnson, program manager and cosmetology instructor. “The students must complete 230 hours before they can work on clients.”
Students in SFCC’s Cosmetology program vary in age and have a wide range of career goals. “This year there are two career academy students in the program, so we have students from age 17 up to their early 40s,” Johnson said. “Some of our students plan to continue in cosmetology as a career, and others use it as starting off point for other directions. Former cosmetology professor Mary Starling’s granddaughter, Ariel, is currently in our program, and she is using it as an opportunity to learn about skin care to become a dermatologist,” Johnson said. Other cosmetology students go on to work in salons throughout the state, and some even open their own. The Teazin and Cutting Up salon in Wauchula is owned by two of Johnson’s former students.
Johnson also tries to provide the best opportunities for success for his students. He is currently researching a new leadership program he hopes to incorporate into the cosmetology program. “The program will provide leadership skills as well networking and scholarship opportunities. It would be great for them. We hope to get it running soon.”
“People like to look good and feel good,” Johnson said. “It helps with self-esteem.
Even with the economy the way it is now, people are still going to their beauty appointments, so it really shows that people feel it’s important to look their best.”