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If you love working with people while providing a service that is always popular, following your dream of becoming a cosmetologist can become a reality at Haywood Community College. Our skilled instructors provide students with a competency-based knowledge of the industry and principles to become successful. With coursework focusing on the artistic side of the profession coupled with hands-on learning, students will have the understanding to qualify for the State Board of Cosmetic Arts examination to obtain their licensure. To ensure successful completion of the cosmetology program, students will complete 1,500 clinical hours and will need to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.


Highlights of the Program

  • Hair design 
  • Chemical processes 
  • Skin care 
  • Nail care 
  • Multi-cultural practices 
  • Business/computer principles 
  • Product knowledge 


  • Associate in Science – Cosmetology 
  • Diploma in Cosmetology 

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Potential Careers

  • Hair Color Technician 
  • Salon Trainer 
  • Salon Manager 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Hairdresser 


The Haywood Community College Cosmetic Arts Department offers salon services to the public. We offer affordable services that please your sense of style and will pamper you to the point of complete relaxation.  The students are fully supervised by licensed professional instructors  Our goal is to create an exceptional guest experience for each client. The salon operates from September until May. The salon accepts cash or check payments only. 

To make an appointment or to get more information, call the appointment line at 828-627-4642.

Hands-On Experience

decorated manikin head in row of other displays

As part of the curriculum, each year Cosmetology students showcase their skills during the month of October through an experienced-based friendly competition. Each student puts their talents to work using a variety of hair and make-up techniques just in time for Halloween.


Brooke an HCC student in Cosmetology classroom with sinks

Taking the next step can seem daunting. Brooke took the time to find her career path and then took her next step by enrolling in HCC's Cosmetology Program. Ensuring she maintains her GPA while being a mother to four children can seem daunting but Brooke is persevering! Listen to her story about the path that led her to HCC.

Brooke's Story

Class Schedules

student cutting hair of a female client

HCC offers a variety of class times to fit your busy schedule. Different class options are available based on your graduation year. You can view available classes and then meet with your advisor to get registered.

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The HCC PIVOT scholarship provides funds for tuition, books, fees, and supplies for high demand, high skills, high wage career fields such as this one. Any student entering into a certificate, diploma or associates degree within select fields is eligible to receive this scholarship for up to nine semesters as long as they continue to meet the qualifications during their time at HCC.

Learn More

For more information contact:

Cathy Gilchrist
  • Cathy Gilchrist
  • Program Manager, Cosmetic Arts
Farrah Rodriguez
  • Farrah Rodriguez
  • Success Coach

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