MAYHEW — For six weeks, students enrolled in East Mississippi Community College’s Cosmetology program at the Golden Triangle campus have been learning to roll, wrap, cut and tint hair. Now they are ready to get to work.
Cosmetology department will offer full salon services to the public.
“The students benefit because they get to hone their craft and to put the skills they have been working so hard to learn to use,” Cosmetology instructor David Long said. “Our prices are very reasonable and I will be supervising the students to make sure they are doing everything correctly.”
The Cosmetology department will be open to the public Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged, especially for chemical treatments such as waves or hair relaxers.
Brooke Hailey, who resides in the community of Wahalak in Kemper County, said she is excited about working with the public.
“I am a little nervous too but I know I will enjoy it,” Hailey said with a laugh. “I probably like coloring hair the most and cutting hair is fun too.”
Students in the Cosmetology department must complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of training before earning a vocational certificate and qualifying to take the Mississippi State Board of Cosmetology certification exam. The course takes a year to complete.
The students are in class Mondays through Fridays for about 40 hours a week. All the training takes place in the Cosmetology department, which is set up like a full-service salon, with a customer service desk and hair cutting and washing stations.
Student Devonta Williams, of Starkville, said the program is rigorous.
“There is a lot more to it than I initially thought there would be,” Williams said.
Among other things, students are taught how to perform facials, pedicures, various coloring techniques and how to style, wave and straighten hair.
To schedule an appointment for available services through the Cosmetology department, call 662-243-1915.