Cosmetology School (Non-credit)

Workforce Continuing Education School of Cosmetology

Learn the art of cosmetology in Wake Tech's streamlined, non-degree School of Cosmetology program. Prepare yourself to be workforce ready by focusing solely on hands-on training and preparing for the N.C. Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners certification exam. 


See all salon services open to the public Make a Cosmetology Appointment Make a Natural Hair Appointment


Required Information Sessions

Attend a mandatory information session to learn about registration fees, admission requirements, books, kits, uniforms, and program schedule. You must attend an information session before you can register for this course or enroll in Bilingual Success to Cosmetology course.

Requirements for Registration:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Social Security number or Tax ID number
  • High School Diploma/GED or CRC and Money Order in order to register for this course.
Bilingual Cosmetology Information Sessions

These sessions are for Bilingual Cosmetology only. View Information Sessions for Natural Hair Specialist.

No children are allowed to attend the Information Sessions.

Location Date Time Room
Information Sessions are cancelled until further notice.      

For information about cosmetology hair care classes, contact Maribel Jefferies at 919-334-1588 or  [email protected] or [email protected] or 919-334-1590.

Industry-recognized credential: North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Arts

Complete in: 14 months or less (1,584 hour program)

For non-credit student support services or to see if you qualify for financial assistance, contact the Career Pathways Program & Student Resources. 

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Course Details & Registration Information

Natural Hair Specialist
Available Classes
    Section Location Begin Date End Date Instructor Price Seats Available/Total Seats
234617 Face-to-Face Online Instruction 10/06/2020 05/15/2021 J. Hall $838.00 0/9
234939 Face-to-Face Online Instruction 10/20/2020 08/14/2021 C. McIntyre $838.00 0/9
235939 Beltline Education Center 10/28/2020 01/21/2021 A. Johnson $838.00 7/9
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
This 300-hour course teaches students how to care for natural hair without using perms, relaxers, or other chemicals, or hair color. The course includes styling techniques such as braiding, twisting, wrapping, extending, and locking natural hair. It also covers infection control, bacteriology, client consultation, business management, professional ethics, and more. Students will be able to practice and apply their skills on clients who visit the Wake Tech salon. Upon completion of the course, they will be able to take the NC State Board of Cosmetic Art's exam to become a licensed Natural Hair Care Specialist.
Course Objectives
  1. The student will develop habits of good workmanship and the orderly performance of the various tasks in a beauty salon.
  2. The student will develop the technical skills required in the practice of a natural hair beauty culture.
  3. The student will learn to select wisely, care for, and use properly the commercial products that are related to the application of natural hair treatments.
  4. The student will be encouraged to keep abreast of the new and unique developments in the practice of their elected course of study.
  5. The student will strive for the establishment of methodical, effective habits of performance. Students are taught to cooperate with an employer, employees and patrons.
  6. The student will prepare for state board examinations in order to obtain a license to practice natural hair.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Week 1
    Rules, Regulations, and Safety
    Procedures for clients with special needs
    Maintaining safe working conditions
    Kit Check
    Chapter 1: History and Career Opportunities
    Chapter Test- Friday
    1. Safety, Sanitation, and Disinfection Procedures
    a. Draping, Shampoo and Condition Manikins
    b. Procedures; ex.Scientific Brushing
    Oral Report
  2. Week 2
    Chapter 2 Infection Control
    Chapter test- Friday
    a. Labeling
    b. Storing chemical products
    c. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    d. Thermal appliances
    Blood Exposure Procedure Self/Client

    Scalp Treatments
    Thermal Styling
  3. Week 3
    Chapter 3 Personal and Professional Success
    Chapter Test- Friday
    1. Personal hygiene
    2. Implements and tools
    3. Single-use items
    4. Applying products
    5. Prevention of infectious disease
    6. Cleaning and disinfecting work surfaces
    Station Setups
    Bantu Knots
    Two-Strand Twists
  4. Week 4
    Chapter 4 The Professional Consultation
    Chapter Test- Friday
    I. Client consultation/contact
    A. Ethics
    B. Communication/Consultation
    C. Record keeping
    D. Analysis to provide proper service.
    E. Face shape and structure
    Nubian Coils
    Protective Styles
    Demo Consultations
    Hair and Scalp Analysis
    Infused Water Project
  5. Week 5
    Chapter 5 Hair Types, Structure, and Textural Differences
    Hair structure and growth cycle
    1. Hair type and wave pattern
    Chapter Test- Friday
    Monthly Report
    Introduce Performance Sheets
    Station Assignments
    Spiral Sets
    Flat Twist Updo
    Braid Extension
  6. Week 6
    Midterm- Chapters 1-5 on Mondays from this week on.
    Move to Advance Dpt.
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Protective Styles
    Invisible Braid
    Station Set up
    Kit Check
  7. Week 7
    Chapter 10 Natural Hair and Braid Sculpting Techniques
    Chapter Test
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Crochet weave
    Loc Grooming
    Feed- in cornrows
    Yarn braids
  8. Week 8
    Chapter 6 Hair and Scalp Diseases and Disorders
    Chapter test
    Monthly Report
    Clients/Performance sheet
    Shampoo/scalp analysis
    Wig Making
    Placement, design, and direction
    Using extensions
    Artificial hair
  9. Week 9
    Chapter 7 Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Nutrition
    Chapter test
    Moc State Board
    Clients/Performance Sheets
  10. Week 10
    Chapter 8 Shampoo, Conditioners, Herbal Treatments, and Rinses
    Chapter Test
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Review Shampoo/scalp analysis
    Product Knowledge
    A. Purpose and chemistry of shampoos and conditioners
    B. Scalp conditioning services
    C. Procedure
    D. Scalp Massage
    E. Scalp and hair analysis
    Single Box braids
    braid removal
    Kit check
  11. Week 11
    Chapter 9 Textured Hair is Manageable
    A. Purpose, definitions, and techniques
    B. Tools, implements, and materials

    Small Business Center/ Business Class
    Chapter Test
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Review for Final
    Timed Performances
  12. Week 12
    Moc State Board
    Small Business Center/ Business Class
    Protective Styles
    Clients/Performance Sheets
  13. Week 13
    Small Business Center/ Final Business Class
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Lock style and procedures
    A. Purpose, definitions, and techniques
    1. Comb technique
    2. Palm roll
    B. Tools, implements, and materials
    C. Placement, design, and direction
    D. Developmental phases
    E. Maintenance
  14. Week 14
    Moc State Board
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Project Sheets
  15. Week 15
    Physiology and Trichology
    B. Anatomy of the head and neck
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Project Sheets
  16. Week 16
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Review Lock style and procedures
    A. Purpose, definitions, and techniques
    1. Comb technique
    2. Palm roll
    B. Tools, implements, and materials
    C. Placement, design, and direction
    D. Developmental phases
    E. Maintenance
  17. Week 12
    Final Exam
    Clients/Performance Sheets
    Practice and Prepare for Moc State Board Practical
  18. Moc State Board Practical Exam
    Project Sheets
  19. Review and prepare students for the State Board Exam and go over the application procedure for DL Roope.
    Project Sheets due
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
North Carolina State Board of Cosmetics Arts
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. N/A
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Milady Standard Natural Hair Care and Braiding and the workbook
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
  • Natural Hair Care Specialist
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Maribel Jefferies