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Hairstylist

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Hairstylist

Program Overview

Hairstylist is a certificate program. Hairstylists who want to work in the trade are legally required to first complete a 1500 hour pre-employment program.

You will learn how to perform techniques on hair, wigs, hairpieces, skin and nails. You will also develop artistry, salon management and customer service skills.

The program provides an apprenticeship period of up to two years.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in a variety of positions.

  • artistics and/or technical educators
  • cosmetologists
  • hair colour technicians
  • hair stylists and designers
  • manicurists
  • platform artists
  • sales representatives
  • salon owners
  • salon receptionists and managers
  • skin care and make up specialists
  • wig stylists

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
HairstylistHairstylists and Barbers (6271)$21,900 - $52,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August, January

Length: 45 weeks

Locations

  • Prince Albert

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level 'A' are required for practicum placement.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  •  Not applicable at this time

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$10,700

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Courses

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Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BUS 101
Salon Operations
4
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You will develop an understanding of operating a hair salon and employer expectations. Your studies will develop your awareness of legal and labour regulations, financing, salon design and maintaining shop inventory and equipment. The course covers practical application of personality theories to salon situations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
ESTH 100
Introduction to Skin Care and Makeup Techniques
1
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You will review a variety of methods and procedures that relate to preserving, maintaining and enhancing the skin. You will practice techniques in eyebrow arching, waxing, and brow and lash tinting.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 108, HAIR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
HAIR 100
Foundations of Hairstyling
4
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You will explore sciences as they relate to hairstyling. The course content includes chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, trichology, nutrition and metric conversion. You will examine communication skills for hairstylists.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
HAIR 101
Shampoos and Treatments
3
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You will study the practice and theory in shampooing, finishing rinses, hair treatments and scalp treatments. You will develop the knowledge required to recognize diseases and disorders of the scalp.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 102
Hairstyling and Braiding Principles
2
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The course is an introduction to the basic principles of finger waves, pin curls, roller sets, comb-outs, blow waving and braiding techniques. You will learn to style hair to suit particular client features.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 103
Conventional Wet Styling
4
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The course examines the practical application of pin curling, finger waving, wet set styling and comb-outs.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 104
Thermal Styling
4
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You will practice air waving, blow waving and iron waving techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 105
Chemical Waving
3
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You will study and practice all aspects of chemically treating the hair either through permanent waving or chemical relaxing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 100, HAIR 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 106
Basic Hair Colouring
4
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You will study all aspects of colouring with emphasis on practical applications of temporary, semi-permanent and permanent hair colouring techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 100, HAIR 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 107
Hairshaping Mechanics
4
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You will be introduced to the basic principles of cutting mechanics. You will gain an understanding of the use of hairshaping tools, angles and the elevation of cutting techniques (in theory and in practical).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 108
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 108
Specialized Hair Colouring and Lightening
4
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You will focus on specialized colouring techniques with emphasis on the practical application of lightening and toning, creative lightening techniques and specialized colouring techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 106
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 109
Wigs and Hair Pieces
1
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You will practice cleaning and styling human and synthetic wigs, hair pieces and extensions. In your studies you will practice consultation, fitting and styling for wigs, hair extensions, and hair pieces.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 101, HAIR 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 110
Hairstyling Artistry
4
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You will pre-plan and perform an individualized hairstyle by analyzing the elements of design and suitability of a hairstyle to suit your client’s needs. The course expands on the basic mechanics of hairstyling to help you create special effects using specialized styling techniques.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 103, HAIR 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 111
Hairshaping Artistry
3
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You will expand on basic haircutting techniques with an introduction to art principles, creating individualized designs, custom design, and cutting. You will learn how to pre-plan a precision hairshape to suit the client's needs, lifestyle, body stature and styling abilities.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 112
Chemical Waving Artistry
2
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You will plan and wrap chemical wave designs including specialized techniques for all hair lengths.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
HAIR 113
Men's Hairshaping
2
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You will practice barbering techniques for unisex styling. These techniques include clipper cutting, shear/comb techniques, razor/combing.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 111
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
NAIL 100
Introduction to Manicures and Pedicures
2
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You will develop an understanding of the anatomy of hands and feet. Your studies will help you acquire an understanding of hand and nail care, diseases and disorders. You will practice giving manicures and pedicures.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SANT 108
Equivalent Course(s): NAIL 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
NAST 103
Introduction to Indigenous Studies
1
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You will receive an introduction to the Indigenous cultural groups within Saskatchewan. You will learn about the colonization of Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state. Your studies will help you discuss current issues and explore possible solutions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PRAC 200
Customer Service Practicum 1
8
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You will become familiar with salon practices and gain experience in dealing with clients and reinforcing the skills you have practiced on mannequins and other students. You will prepare to work as a hairstylist by practicing under the direct supervision of an instructor.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 103, HAIR 104, HAIR 106, HAIR 111, BUS 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 201
Customer Service Practicum 2
8
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You will focus on professionalism in the salon, teamwork and customer service at a basic level. You will build on the skills you learned in PRAC 200.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 105, HAIR 108, HAIR 113, PRAC 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 202
Customer Service Practicum 3
8
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You will learn how to become more efficient in your skills in dealing with clients and learning the best practices of salon client consultation. You will prepare to work as a hairstylist by practicing under the direct supervision of an instructor. You will build on the skills you learned in PRAC 201.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): ESTH 100, HAIR 112, NAIL 100, PRAC 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 203
Customer Service Practicum 4
8
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You will develop a clientele and work with co-workers to provide quality customer service. You will prepare to work as a hairstylist by practicing with moderate supervision of an instructor and learn industry professionalism. You will build on skills you learned in PRAC 202.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 110, PRAC 202
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 204
Customer Service Practicum 5
6
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You will gain experience in dealing with conflict and consult with clients independently. You will prepare to work as a hairstylist by practicing with minimal supervision of an instructor. You will build on skills you learned in PRAC 203.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 90.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum
PRAC 205
Customer Service Practicum 6
1
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You will demonstrate mastery in performing all hairstylist services. You will participate in a mock journey person evaluation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical
PRAC 215
Salon Reception and Retail Practicum
4
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Your studies will focus on telephone skills, processing payments, maintaining records and opening and closing reception duties in a hair salon. You will practice your reception skills in the salon along with selling products and services, merchandising retail products and managing a salon. You will operate and maintain the hair salon dispensary.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): HAIR 100, BUS 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SANT 108
Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene for Hairstylists
2
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Your studies will focus on safety as it relates to a hair salon, personal health and sanitation. This course provides instruction in the study of bacteriology. You will also study relevant safety concerns such as fire safety, health risks and diseases.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
SEM 100
Beauty Culture Seminar
1
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You will participate in field trip experiences to enrich your industry contacts, increase your product knowledge and learn about the latest technology and techniques.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
WORK 104
Work Placement Practicum
2
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To help you in your final preparations for employment, you will spend one week in industry. You will have the opportunity to observe in the work environment and become familiar with the everyday customer relations and working schedules of a salon.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience -Individual

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


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