Cosmetology is the newest program offered at the Salem CTE where a brand new salon and classroom have been constructed.  Cosmetology is a high demand area with a strong employment outlook. The State of New Hampshire requires 1,500 hours of education and clinical experience for licensing.  Through partnerships with post-secondary cosmetology schools, students can earn up to 300 clinical hours over the 2 year CTE program. Students should have strong communication skills as this is a very social environment.  Because clinical hours are accrued, all absences must be made up to account for lost hours. Students are responsible for obtaining an apprentice license ($25.00) and a cosmetologist kit and mannequin (approx. $150-$230). Financial and fundraising assistance is available.



I am a graduate of Michael’s School of Hair Design & Esthetics and, after working in the salon for a number of years, I decided to pursue teaching. Prior to coming to Salem, I worked as a Learning and Educational Leader at a Paul Mitchell School for 10 years. During my time at the school, I taught cosmetology and was designated the cutting, color and texture specialist. Cutting is my passion and drives my creativity. Eventually, I became a National Educator which provided me with the opportunity to travel to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Newport Beach California on multiple occasions to train with my peers.

The opportunities with this career choice have been endless for me. As a Paul Mitchell National Educator, I have had to opportunity to work in many salons, attend shows, and meet platform artists and industry icons.
In 2018, I was hired to open the new cosmetology program at the Salem CTE Center. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and, influence the lives of many aspiring cosmetologists and estheticians.

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Our cosmetology course provides valuable experience in an exciting industry that is always changing and very competitive.


2.0 credits
Grade 10-12

In Cosmetology 1, students will be introduced to the cosmetology industry and associated careers. Students will work in a combined classroom and hands-on environment, learning safety and sanitation, hair cutting and styling techniques, nail technology and esthetics. A newly constructed cosmetology salon serves as the classroom for working with hair mannequins. All students are required to obtain a cosmetology apprentice license from the State of New Hampshire and purchase a cosmetology kit and mannequin head (approx. $150.00).

2.0 credits, Grade 11-12

In Cosmetology 2, students continue to improve and practice their skills from level 1 while learning more advanced hair cutting and styling techniques, coloring techniques and advanced esthetics such as facials and pedicures. Students will learn about the business of salon operations and ownership. Cosmetology II students will have the opportunity to work with customers in the salon. An additional cost for advanced tools may be required.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Cosmetology I with a grade of C or better or teacher recommendation.