Cosmetology program No. 1 in Texas

Shelbi Crews / THE FLARE || Cosmetology student Lydia Loritsch is reflected in a mirror as she gives Whitney Pierce a haircut in the Cosmetolgy Center at KC-Longview.

Tameka Bullard
Staff Writer

The KC Cosmetology Program is No. 1 in Texas, maintaining a 97 percent success rate.

“Our reputation is extremely out there and we’re proud of it,” said Joyce Magner, cosmetology program director and instructor.

Cosmetology is defined as the art of beautifying hair, skin and nails. Cosmetologists initiate style and change, keeping up with the latest hair and beauty techniques.

The Princeton Review, a student-based test preparation and admissions consulting resource, says cosmetologists are considered the “fairy godmothers of style and change.”

Cosmetologists provide several beauty services, including hair treatment, nail care and makeup application.

Hair stylists are responsible for shampooing, treating hair, styling and cutting.

Nail technicians focus on fingernails and toenails.

Cosmetologists must also be familiar with esthetics, or the profession of skin care. Estheticians recommend proper cleaning and skin care regimens to improve the quality and appearance of the client’s skin.

The program has 100 students enrolled this semester.

“At this moment we’re at a low enrollment. We normally do about 135,” Magner said.

Students can enroll in the cosmetology and nail tech program in either January or August.  Cosmetology and nail tech students attend class Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Carolyn Terrell / THE FLARE || Erin Robles does Raquel Gonazles’s nails while Shelby Sloah watches. Students are trained in hair, nails and skin care.

The esthetics program is two semesters with classes Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program keeps a waiting list for those wanting to enroll.

Students enrolled in the program must purchase a starter kit that contains all the tools needed for the success of the course and the start of their career.

KC’s Cosmetology Program offers free services to KC faculty and students.

“If a KC student, staff, faculty, or retiree comes in and asks for a ‘Stretch Your Buck’ I am wanting to give them one,” Magner said.

The Stretch your Buck is a coupon that discounts or gives free services to the clients.

The recipient of the Stretch your Buck will receive a free manicure, hair cut, hairstyle or $10 off a color or a foil on the day of choice.

There is, however, a charge for chemical products, such as relaxers or coloring.

The program also offers student and senior citizen discounts.

Stretch your Bucks are limited to one a month per person.

To make an appointment, call the receptionist at the Cosmetology Center at 903-753-7730.

“It’s important to make sure that we get appointments situated for [students] and we try to share so that everybody is given service evenly,” Magner said.

Cosmetology students are required to participate in clinical assignments which involve hands-on training.

Students interested in any of the programs or wanting to be placed on the waiting list should speak with a counselor on the KC-Longview campus.

Students must complete a state exam before obtaining a license.

The cosmetology exam or the PSI, is governed by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). The exam ensures that students being tested are eligible to obtain a license in cosmetology.

Seniors who are getting ready to graduate are enrolled in specialty classes during their third semester and are prepped for the state exam.

“Ms. Buchanan and Ms. Moody prep them so well. They have worked very, very hard at getting this information to the students,” Magner said.

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