21 NCAC 14T .0602 Cosmetology Curriculum

(a) To meet the approval of the Board, a cosmetologist training course shall consist of 1500 hours of instruction in theory and practical performances as set forth in Paragraph (b) of this Rule as follows:

(1) Professional image;

(2) Sanitation;

(3) Bacteriology;

(4) Disinfection;

(5) First aid;

(6) Anatomy;

(7) Electricity,

(8) Chemistry;

(9) Professional ethics;

(10) Draping;

(11) Shampooing;

(12) Roller sets;

(13) Pin curls;

(14) Ridge curls with C shaping;

(15) Fingerwaves;

(16) Braids;

(17) Artificial hair;

(18) Up-styles;

(19) Blowdrying;

(20) Brush control;

(21) Blowdrying with curling iron;

(22) Pressing or thermal;

(23) Hair cutting;

(24) Partings;

(25) Perm wraps;

(26) Relaxer sectioning;

(27) Color application sectioning;

(28) Scalp treatments;

(29) Manicures;

(30) pedicures;

(31) artificial nails; and

(32) Styles and techniques of cosmetology services including:

(A) Arranging;

(B) Dressing;

(C) Curling;

(D) Waving;

(E) Cutting techniques and implements including razors, clippers, thinning shears, and shears;

(F) Cleansing;

(G) Cutting;

(H) Singeing;

(I) Bleaching, or coloring hair;

(J) Esthetics;

(K) Manicuring;

(L) Business management; and

(M) Salon business.


(b) Performances shall be defined as the systematic completion of all steps for safe and effective cosmetic art services to a client and shall include the following:

Practical Performance Requirements



Scalp and hair treatments


Fullhead fingerwave and style


Fullhead pincurl and style


Hair styling - sets, blowdrying, thermal press or flat iron, and artificial hair




Chemical reformation or permanent waving and relaxers


Temporary color


Color application - semi, demi, permanent color, and hair lightening


Multidimensional color - low or high lighting, cap, or bleach


Lash and brow color


Nail care - manicures and pedicures


Artificial nails sets which includes all four fingers and thumb


Facials with surface manipulations


Makeup application


Hair removal razor, cream, waxing, or tweezing



(c) Sharing of performance completions shall not be allowed.

(d) Credit for a performance shall be given to only one student.

(e) Certification of performance completions shall be required on the graduation form and application for the Board examination. Graduation forms shall include the following:

(1) Student name and social security number;

(2) School code;

(3) Course type completed;

(4) Date of course completion;

(5) Number of hours and minutes completed;

(6) School owner name and signature; and

(7) School seal.


History Note: Authority G.S. 88B-4; 88B-16;

Eff. January 1, 2012;

Amended Eff. January 1, 2015; June 1, 2013; October 1, 2012;

Readopted Eff. January 1, 2016.