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SOHO Academy Cosmetology Course

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SOHO Academy Cosmetology Course

Course Description

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The SOHO Hair Academy cosmetology course is 2100 hours of comprehensive study that meets Iowa State standards including 765 hours of cosmetology theory and 1335 hours of supervised practical instruction on the public. This course covers all the basics, from hair sculpture and design to permanent waving and coloring, manicuring, skin care, and makeup. You'll also learn invaluable skills in client relations that will help you succeed in the professional world.

Cosmetology is identified by the Standard Occupational Classification under SOC Code 39-5012.00. This course will be taught in English; the catalog and enrollment contract are in English.

Cosmetology School Goals

Full time students attending 35 hours per week finish the 2100 hour course in 60 weeks. Upon completion of the 2100 clock hours cosmetology program students will be capable of passing the final written and practical examinations of the Academy with a minimum 80 percent score, receive a diploma, be adequately prepared to pass the State Board exam for licensing in cosmetology and have efficient skills and speed for entry level employment in the beauty industry.

Cosmetology Course Phases

The first phase at the Academy, Foundations, is spent learning the fundamentals of all facets of cosmetology over eight weeks. Our experienced educators provide step-by-step instruction including lectures, discussions, tests, demonstrations, practical application and the hands-on experience needed to have sufficient skills to perform services on guests. Audio-visual aids enhanced by the use of textbooks, printed illustrations, and evaluations are used in an effort to stimulate growth in knowledge and skills for the individual.

Units of study during Foundations include: Hair Design, Hair Cutting, Hair Color, Permanent Waving and Guest Service.

After the successful completion of Foundation classes, students become Senior Students. Students are assigned to a schedule whereby they begin to perform services on guests on the clinic floor and continue attending Theory and LAB’s each week. This combination of LAB classroom and clinic provides the exposure necessary to master speed and accuracy of technical skills.

Cosmetology Tuition and Fees

Registration Fees : $100
Kit with Lab Jacket : $2,775
Sales Tax on Kit : $194
Tuition : $22,131
Total : $25,200

Kit Contents

Cosmetology Course Outline

Draping, diseases and disorders of the scalp, wet styling, blow drying and iron curling and design, control and finishing techniques.

Includes study of theory and laws of color, levels and series of hair color, mixing and application of semi and permanent dyes, and lightening, dimensional coloring techniques, chemistry and product information.

Includes techniques and implements used in razor, scissor, clipper sculpting, analysis of facial features, hair characteristics, and client consultation.

Includes hair and scalp analysis, hair characteristics, consultation, sectioning and wrapping, chemistry and process, product information and product procedures.

Includes the study of body systems, muscles and nerves of the head, face and hand.

Includes preparation of guests, skin care products, facial procedure, skin conditions, diseases and disorders, packs and masks, brow arching and waxing, facial shapes and features and makeup application.

Includes table set up, manicure procedure, structure of the hands and nails, application of artificial nails and the study of nail diseases and disorders.

Includes materials and methods of construction, selection, fitting, blocking, cleaning, sculpting and styling. Basic understanding of hair additions including extensions, braids and hair pieces.

Hours of training used to customize and supplement the course for the student at the discretion of leadership based on trends.

Includes methods of sanitation and sterilization of equipment and safety procedures used in sculpting, design, perming, nail care, facials and tweezing, and shampooing.

Includes rules and regulations pertaining to health, safety, sanitation, professional conduct, and licensing and examination requirements.

Includes how to understand oneself and its effect on relationships, how to be more effective in daily work through positive attitudes, how to gain self confidence, how to set goals and manage time effectively.

Includes sales techniques, how to seek and obtain employment, payroll deductions, preparation of employment applications and resumes, business management, communication skills, laws and regulations governing salon operations, safety with respect to both designer and guest, desk and telephone procedures, dispensary operation.

Student Hours and Schedules


Student Hours

Academy hours are on weekdays only. No late evenings or weekends.

Mon 9:00-2:30 pm

T-TH 9:00-5:00 pm

Fri 9:00-2:30 pm



2023/2024 Cosmetology Program Start Dates*

January 9, 2023
February 6, 2023
March 6, 2023
April 3, 2023
May 1, 2023
May 30, 2023
July 31, 2023
August 28, 2023
September 25, 2023
October 23, 2023
January 8, 2024
February 19, 2024
April 8, 2024
May 20, 2024
July 15, 2024
September 9, 2024
October 21, 2024
*All Start Dates Subject to Change


The Academy Will Be Closed (2023)

New Years January 2nd
Easter Saturday April 8th
Memorial Weekend May 27 + 29
Summer Break July 3-5
Labor Day September 4th
October 31 Early Dismissal
Thanksgiving Break November 23-25
Winter Break from December 23 to January 6