Welcome to the World of Cosmetology

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Human Services

    Course : Introduction to Cosmetology

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student implements the employability characteristics of a successful worker in the workplace. The student is expected to:
      • (A) identify employment opportunities, including entrepreneurship, and preparation requirements in the field of cosmetology services
      • (B) investigate technical knowledge and skills required to be successful in careers in the personal care services area
      • (C) interpret patterns of current information and resources on personal care services to attract new clientele and satisfy and retain present clientele
    • (2) The student applies academic skills to the field of cosmetology. The student is expected to:
      • (D) investigate organizational policies, procedures, and regulations to establish personal care organization priorities to accomplish the mission and provide high-quality service to a diverse set of clients
    • (5) The student experiments with the concepts and skills of the profession to simulated and actual work situations. The student is expected to:
      • (A) model ethical and legal conduct while working in the human services industry
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • understand the general objectives of the program of study
    • recognize needed lifestyle changes as a cosmetologist
    • interpret rules and policies implemented by the school
    • demonstrate clocking in and out properly
    • analyze the importance of TDLR requirements for student permits
    • interpret licensing requirements
    • understand the consequences, within the cosmetology industry, of not practicing ethical and legal behavior
  • Rationale


    Welcome to the world of cosmetology! You are beginning a journey that will change your life in many ways. Completing this program will enable you to obtain your Texas cosmetology operator license. You will be able to work in any salon in Texas. The sky is the limit!

  • Duration of Lesson

    Two to four 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Clock Hours: Documented time spent in the cosmetology class/lab

    Cosmetology: The art and science of beautifying and improving the skin, nails, and hair and the study of cosmetics and their application

    Policies: Guidelines made by the school for the students to follow on a daily basis

    Student Permit: A document that recognizes a student in a cosmetology school and gives her or him the authority to service clients

    TDLR: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed


    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentations


    • glue
    • index cards
    • magazines
    • markers
    • newspapers
    • poster boards
    • Copy of school policy
    • Texas Cosmetology Laws and Rules
    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    As class begins:

    Distribute an index card to each student as they enter the classroom. Have them write a short synopsis of one of their experiences in a salon or spa. Allow students to share their experiences with the class. Have students focus on what made their experience positive or negative. Discuss ways to improve negative experiences and what effect these experiences have on a salon or spa.

    Distribute KWL Chart (see All Lesson Attachments Tab) and instruct students to fill in the first two rows.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Have students prepare to take notes using Note taking handout (see All Lessons Attachment tab) or their own paper.

    Use Welcome to the World of Cosmetology PowerPoint™ (see All Lesson Attachment tab) and follow the outline line below to guide direct instruction.

    Throughout the slide presentation, allow students to ask questions about your cosmetology career. Personal experience is informative, beneficial and interesting to the students.

    1. Cosmetology school: Explain what type of program the students are about to embark upon.

    2. TDLR application: Students must complete this application and pay $25 by money order or credit card before they can begin to use a time clock to track student hours.

    3. Student permits: TDLR Law, Sec. 1602.266

    • The department shall require a student enrolled in a school of cosmetology in this state to hold a permit stating the student’s name and the name of the school. The permit shall be displayed in a reasonable manner at the school.
    • The department shall issue a student permit to an applicant who submits an application to the department for a student permit accompanied by the required fee.

    4. Licensing requirements: 1500 total clock hours

    • One thousand (1000) clock hours in the school
    • Five hundred (500) academic hours awarded upon graduation and completion of 1000 lab/class hours
    • Required practical applications
    • Mastery of the written and practical state exam

    5. Technical Skills: A small percentage (about 15%) of your success

    6. Interpersonal (people) and Communication Skills – 85% of your success

    • Personal image and hygiene
    • Goal setting
    • Reliability and punctuality
    • Communication
    • Sales capability

    7. Student Assets

    • Aspiration
    • Teamwork
    • Determination
    • Dedication

    8. General school policies

    • Clocking procedures
    • Lockers
    • Dress code
    • Standards of conduct
    • Campus student handbook or student conduct code

    9. Course requirements

    • Course of study handout
    • Course outline/syllabus
    • Grading policy

    10. Ethical and legal conduct

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encouraging participation and praise
    • providing students with a copy of the slide presentation

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute Chit Chat (see All Lesson Attachment tab). As a class discuss the chit chat topics.

    Introduce and explain Welcome to the World of Cosmetology Poster Project. Provide each student with Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab) that will be used to assess this assignment. Make sure to explain each component of the rubric.

    Divide the students into groups. Have each group construct a collage depicting the cosmetology industry as it appears to them. Groups must include two to four words from the word wall and be prepared to present and explain the finished product. Provide each group with a poster board, markers, magazines, newspapers, and scissors. If you have access to a computer lab, allow students to create an electronic collage poster project: http://www.glogster.com.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • creating poster project by working with a peer tutor or in a small group setting

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    As students complete poster project have them research cosmetology rules and laws/Section 1602.002-Definition of Cosmetology.
    Instruct students to read this section and write a summary of their findings.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • providing written instructions
    • calling, emailing or sending home written instructions for assignment
    • requesting parent/guardian assistance with project

  • Lesson Closure

    Review, terms, definitions and lesson objectives.
    We have covered quite a bit of information in this lesson. Your opportunities in the field of cosmetology are endless. Successful individuals in our industry have high aspirations, and are determined and dedicated. They also possess highly effective interpersonal/communication skills and are team players.

    Remember that part of your “job” as a cosmetology student is to recognize the importance of school conduct and attendance policies as well as your cosmetology clock hours. Understanding TDLR license requirements and the hard work necessary for success will assist you in attaining your personal and professional goals.

    Student question and answer session:

    1. What does TDLR stand for?
    2. How many hours must you have to get your cosmetology state license?
    3. Do you have to take a state exam?
    4. Why is it important to follow school policy?
    5. What are two characteristics necessary to be successful in the beauty business?

    Allow students to fill in the last row of the KWL chart and submit for teacher review.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students will present poster to the class. Student poster projects will be graded with rubric.
    Instruct students to write a one page reflection on what they have specifically learned from this lesson. Guide students to reflect how the information learned will assist them now and in the future.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • providing guided participation
    • extra time for oral response

  • References/Resources


    • lpert, Arlene, and Milady Publishing Company. Miladys Standard Cosmetology 2004. Milady Pub Corp, 2002.


    • Discovery Education – Free Puzzle Maker
      Students can use this site to construct a puzzle of their choice using words from this lesson. They are to bring the finished product to class and share.
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • Word Wall
    • Use of sentence starters:
      Cosmetology is __________.
      I need to complete 1500 hours to get __________.
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Word Wall
    Assist students with Pre-reading and prediction strategy prior to reading and researching cosmetology rules and laws/Section 1602.002 Definition of Cosmetology, see Independent Practice. Students can make prediction on what information they expect to find in the document.

  • Quotes

    The Greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
    -Benjamin Disraeli

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
    -Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies


    • Welcome to the World of Cosmetology


    • Discovery Education – Free Puzzle Maker
      Students can use this site to construct a puzzle of their choice using words from this lesson. They are to bring the finished product to
      class and share.

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • KWL
      Know, Want to Know, Learned. Chart can be used to activate prior knowledge before reading or learning about a topic. The final column can be filled end during lesson closure.


    • Chit Chat Topics
      This handout has three questions to be answered by the students. As a class, allow students to “Chit Chat” about their answers.
    • Note Taking Handout
    • Rubric for Welcome to the World of Cosmetology Project
    • 90 Second Speech Topics
    • Student Notes for Slide Presentation

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • What qualities are needed in order to become a successful cosmetology student?
    • What qualities do team players possess?

    Writing Strategies:

    • Note Taking
    • Welcome to the World of Cosmetology PowerPoint™
      Provide students with a copy of the slide presentation in the form of a handout (See Graphic Organizers/Handout section) and instruct them to take notes on the content of each slide.
    • Encourage students to proofread and edit each other’s work before submitting for assessment.
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • What strengths do I bring to the cosmetology team? (see All Lesson Attachments)
    • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” What does this mean to you?
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Students create a tri-fold storyboard that reflects all aspects of this lesson.

  • Family/Community Connection

    • Instruct students to interview one or more stylists in the community and ask three to five questions about their chosen career.
    • Invite stylists and salon owners as guest speakers.
  • CTSO connection


    SkillsUSA Championship Contest – Prepared Speech

    • Requires students to deliver a speech five to seven minutes in length on a common theme established by National SkillsUSA early in the school year. Contestants are evaluated on their ability to present thoughts relating to a central theme clearly and effectively, and on voice, mechanics, and platform deportment.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Introduction to Cosmetology students can assist with Cosmetology I and Cosmetology II service-learning projects such as providing services to the elderly.

  • All Attachments