Professional Esthetics Program – 450 Hours

Our Esthetics program was created in response to an increasing demand for well-trained, qualified skin care professionals.  Our 450 hour diverse program insures that the training our students receive will reflect the most current trends in the field of skin care.

In order that our students graduate with a thorough understanding of the intricacies of esthetics, we include classes on the anatomy, physiology and histology of the skin, sanitation and disinfection, skin disorders and diseases, skin analysis, cosmetic chemistry, and the basics of electricity.

From there we explore product selection and ingredients, treatment room set-up, the benefits of massage and basic facial treatments. Students study different hair removal techniques, the use of machines for facial treatments, and a number of advanced treatments and techniques.  Makeup application for day, evening and special occasions is covered, as well as camouflage techniques.  We round out the semester with tips on product sales and recommendations, and career planning for a prosperous future.

Upon meeting all of the requirements for graduation, an Affidavit of Completion is awarded and the student will be eligible to sit for the written and practical exams required by the Board of Cosmetology for the state of South Carolina

Curriculum:

Bacteriology & Sanitation: 25 Hours
Course Description

This course consists of lectures on sanitation and disinfection, including the study of bacteria and viruses and the principals of disease prevention. Universal precautions are taught in keeping with state and federal regulations.

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The Science of Esthetics: 120 Hours
Course Description

Courses are broken down into subject matter as follows: 

Science of Esthetics 1A; General Anatomy and Physiology:  SCI-1A

This course starts with a close look at cells and tissues, then broadens into the systems of the body. Especially important are the bones and muscles of the face, which are covered in detail.

Prerequisites:  None

Science of Esthetics 1B; Physiology and Histology of the Skin: SCI-1B

Delving further into the skin, we take a look of the layers and functions of our largest organ, including hair and nail anatomy.  Skin health, sun damage and mature skin are topics of discussion.

Prerequisites:  None

Science of Esthetics 2A; Nutrition and Disorders and Diseases of the Skin:  SCI-2A

Good nutrition is vital to healthy skin.  We discuss macronutrients, our body’s nutritional needs and the importance of encouraging our clients to make good dietary choices.  The most common skin disorders and diseases are covered in detail in order to teach students how to protect themselves, recognize potential treatment conflicts and refer to the proper medical care specialist when indicated.

Prerequisites:  None

Science of Esthetics 2B; Skin Analysis and Basics of Electricity: SCI-2B

This portion of the science course helps students to identify skin types and skin conditions as well as internal and external factors that affect the skin.  Students learn how to conduct a client consultation and screening and properly chart the findings.   We round out this class discussing the basics of electricity, including electrotherapy and light therapy.

Prerequisites:  None

Science of Esthetics 3A; Basics of Chemistry:  SCI-3A

We continue our science journey by delving into chemistry. We discuss acidity and alkalinity, chemical reactions, and chemistry as applied to cosmetics.

Prerequisites:  None

Science of Esthetics 3B; Skin Care Products: Chemistry, Ingredients and Selection:  SCI-3B

The products an esthetician uses are the most important factor of a facial treatment.  The class covers basic chemistry and cosmetic ingredients, including safety concerns and home care.  Students gain an in-depth understanding of our chosen skin care line, Dermalogica, as well as other natural and clinical product lines.

Prerequisites:  None

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Facial Treatments:170 Hours
Course Description

Courses are broken down into subject matter as follows:

 

Facial Treatments 1; Your Professional Image, Communicating for Success and Intro to Machines:  FT-1

After reviewing necessary hygiene habits, time management and ethics, students are taught the proper body and hand mechanics for performing facial services.  Next we move on to basic machines and their place in the esthetic treatment room.

Prerequisites:  BAC/SAN

Facial Treatments 2; Basic Facials:  FT-2

This class starts out with a review of our Dermalogica skin care line.  Students learn how to perform a basic facial treatment and then move to more advanced treatments that address different skin types and issues.  Specialized facials for acne, mature, and male skin are covered as well.

Prerequisites:  BAC/SAN

Facial Treatments 3; Facial Massage and Facial Machines:  FT-3

Massage, a key component in any facial treatment, is covered at length. We explore the benefits and contraindications and different movements as applied to the face, neck, shoulders, décolleté, arms, and hands.  Students practice using a high-frequency machine, galvanic current, hot towel cabbie, electric mitts and booties, and other tools and accessories.

Prerequisites:  BAC/SAN

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Hair Removal: 50 Hours
Course Description

In this portion of the 450 hour course, students practice several different hair removal techniques, discuss the benefits and risks of hair removal, tools used for each procedure, and room preparation.

We start with tweezing and then move to waxing techniques using both hard and soft waxes.  After covering all areas of the body, including brows, chin, lip, arms, back, legs and bikini area, we introduce marketing tips for this popular and lucrative service.

Prerequisites:  BAC/SAN

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Makeup: 50 Hours
Course Description

This class starts by exploring the psychological aspect of makeup and client consultation. We look at different makeup products and tools and then learn to analyze the features and shapes of the face.  Color theory and selection lead into daytime and evening applications, special occasion makeup, and corrective techniques using our chosen line, Jane Iredale.  Fun projects include fantasy and glamour makeup.

Prerequisites:  BAC/SANAdditional topics include public relations and marketing, working as a team and start-up costs for self-employment. Sales techniques, retail displays, consultation, and client retention are also presented.

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