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The Cosmetology program prepares students for entry-level positions in salons. Graduates of the Cosmetology Diploma program learn the latest style trends and are prepared to work in any environment where hair, nails and skin are cared for.


 Students completing the TCL diploma program in cosmetology who pass the South Carolina State Cosmetology Licensure Examination may work in South Carolina as cosmetologists, manicurists or skin care specialists in a variety of settings. These settings include private salons or working as a self-employed owner of a salon.  Other career options include hair and make-up artists for entertainment productions. Starting salaries range from $16,000 and may go up to higher than $75,000 with time and experience. In 2009, the average annual income in South Carolina for hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists was $31,340.*

*Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


 The cosmetology diploma program is offered in a full-time setting, with classes scheduled Monday through Friday 8:30 am until 4:30 pm for three consecutive semesters.

Hair, skin and nail care theories are studied to develop an understanding of the procedures used within the industry, along with Business Math, English Composition and Psychology courses to prepare graduates for the business aspect of cosmetology.  The program also provides hands-on training in TCL’s fully equipped salon, located on the Beaufort campus, where students can experience working with actual clients and also practice for the South Carolina Cosmetology Licensure Examination.

TCL’s Cosmetology Diploma is a state-approved program and gives the student more than 1,500 hours of instruction in a real salon setting that qualifies students to take the State of South Carolina Cosmetology Licensure Examination.


Note: For list of required courses, please see Course Catalog



Libby DeLoach 843.525.8320 / ldeloach@tcl.edu

Cosmetology Instructor / Location:  Building 10, Room 222


Erin Hancock / 843.525.8313ehancock@tcl.edu

Cosmetology Instrutor / Location:  Building 10, Room 237


Kenneth Flick / 843.525.8238 / Fax:  843.470.8413 / kflick@tcl.edu

Business and Industrial Technology Division Dean