Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School offers a four-year cosmetology program consisting of all phases of wet and dry hair styling, chemical services, and manicuring, pedicuring and facial treatments. The program is designed to meet the guidelines for licensure designated by the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology as well as the Massachusetts Department of Educations Vocational Frameworks.

Students are provided with a safe and sanitary environment utilizing the latestindustry tools and equipment. The cosmetology shop which is supervised by three experienced, certified instructors, is open to the public for all cosmetology services.

In accordance with the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology, a student must obtain 1000 hours of combined related theory and shop instruction in order to qualify for state board testing. There is an added focus to incorporate academic activities in preparation for the MCAS where it is applicable to our area of trade. Successful completion of the program qualifies students to apply for State Board testing. An operator's license is issued upon receiving a passing score.

The following is a list of what each student will learn when choosing Cosmetology as their shop at Pathfinder:

Hair Styling:

Basic Hair Shaping
Roller, Pincurl setting and Comb-out techniques
Styling to Facial Shapes
Permanent Waving
Chemical Relaxing
Thermal Curling and Straightening
Analysis of Hair and Scalp (Hair disease, Disorder, and Treatment.)


Nail Study (Disease, Disorder, Treatment, etc.)
Manicures and Pedicures
Hand and Foot Massage
Artificial Nail Application and Repair

Facial Treatments:

Skin Analysis (Disease and Disorder)
Facial Treatments
Facial Massage
Make-Up Application

Hair Color:

Hair Coloring and Highlighting
Color Theory
Color Classification
Color Correction Treatments
Formula Preparation

Cosmetology Instructors

Mrs. Shelby Whalen
Department Head

Ms. Cynthia Rubin

Ms. Jodi Sierzego

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