Hair, Skin and Nail Care is a Growing Industry

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Mott_cosmetologyTo say that hair, nail, and skin care is a growing industry is no joke. The beauty industry is predicted to continue to experience job growth through 2024.  Carol Nielsen, Coordinator for the Cosmetology program in the Transitions Salon, attributes this growth to the personal touch. “You aren’t going to have a robot doing hair, nails and skin. This is still a human and personal services industry.”

nail tech summer2013_0004According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 64,400 new jobs will open up for hairdressers, cosmetologists and barbers over the next eight years, with an overall job growth rate of 10 percent, which is faster than the national average for all jobs. For estheticians, job growth is predicted at 12 percent over the next eight years, and for nail technicians 10 percent.

Mott Community College offers Associate’s degrees and Certificates in Cosmetology, Esthetics and Nail Technology, providing students with programs that can get them into the workforce after one semester, or prepare them to own their own business with an Associate’s degree.

What makes the Mott Community College Cosmetology program stand out is Transitions’ School of Cosmetology Career Salon, a full service salon and spa on Mott’s main campus. The salon is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public for a nominal fee. All services are performed by senior students under the supervision of licensed, professional cosmetology, esthetic, and nail technology instructors.

Transitions provides students the hands-on experience they need to perfect their professional skills and fulfill licensing requirements. “Our salon and spa facilities are state-of-the-art in the beauty industry,” said Nielsen, “and we use professional products.”

For students with an entrepreneurial goal, the Associate in Applied Science degree in Hair Salon Management will give them the additional business and management skills needed to help establish a successful small business.

“Quite a few of our students pursue an Associate’s degree because they are interested in owning their own business,” she said. “Both the Salon Management and Nail Technician programs are good preparation for entrepreneurship and self-employment.”

The Cosmetology Certificate is a state licensed program that includes the required 1500 hours of specialized instruction and application of skills necessary to pass the State Board of Cosmetology Licensing Exam. Students learn hairstyling, haircutting, hair coloring, chemical hair restructuring, manicuring, pedicuring, and skin care. “We teach all the latest trends,” Nielsen said. “Currently we are doing ombres, sombres and baliage.”

Twenty-two credits of the Cosmetology certificate program count toward the Associate’s degree in Hair Salon Management.

The Cosmetology degree is an intense program, according to Nielsen, because of the required contact hours. “We want to make sure our students are well prepared for their licensing exams. And almost 100 percent of our students pass their exams,” said Nielsen.

One of the newer programs is the Cosmetic Services Certificate preparing students for a career in Esthetics (skin care). Students are trained to help maintain the health of facial and body skin. The Mott program provides for the required 400 hours of specialized instruction and application of skills necessary to pass the State Board Esthetics exams. Students who graduate can specialize in areas such as the medical industry, working  with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. They can get further training in laser treatments and chemical peels under the supervision of a doctor.

“With this program students go to class for 15 weeks and take the licensing exam,” said Nielsen. “Once licensed, they can go right to work in a salon.” Tied to the Cosmetics Services Certificate are four business classes. “A lot of people who work in the beauty industry are self-employed and renting spaces in a salon. These Business classes give Esthetics students the skills to navigate the business side of the industry better,” Nielsen said.

The Nail Technician/Salon Management Certificate program provides students with the required 400 hours of specialized instruction and application of skills necessary to pass the State Board Nail Technology (Manicuring) exams. Students learn manicuring, pedicuring, artificial nail enhancements including acrylic nails and gel nails, nail repair, and nail wraps.

Pulling it all together is the Cosmetology/Nail Technology/Esthetics Instructor Certificate program. This program prepares students for many career options such as teaching in private or public Cosmetology/Nail Technology/Esthetics schools, owning or managing a school, or being a platform artist, demonstrator, product educator, or State Board examiner. Mott’s state licensed program provides the required 300 hours for the Nail Technology and Esthetics Instructor and 500 hours for the Cosmetology Instructor, and specialized instruction necessary to pass Michigan’s State Board Instructor Licensing Exam.

To start your career today in the Mott Community College Cosmetology, Nail and Esthetics programs, visit, call Carol Nielsen at 810-762-8016 or email

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