cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē \

Definition of cosmetology 

: the cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails

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The cosmetology students, meanwhile, will offer their services and gain experience. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Mayfield High School senior is organizer of event that provides haircuts for abused women," 30 Aug. 2017 Buy Photo Brigitte Nzali was stunned the first time she was slapped with a fine for braiding hair without a cosmetology license in her trendy salon in Blackwood, Camden County. Jan Hefler,, "$18,000 in tuition and 1,200 hours of study for a license to braid hair? New Jersey lawmakers say no," 13 July 2018 Nikki Quintanar, once homeless herself, was one of the cosmetology students cutting and styling hair at the event, which drew more than 150 people. Karen Pearlman,, "El Cajon homeless event draws big crowd," 20 Apr. 2018 The newest Ducey appointee to the cosmetology board, Brandi Wells, agreed. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Blow dryers and bullies: How haircuts became a major issue for Gov. Doug Ducey," 5 Apr. 2018 The 39 students who make up the cosmetology classes at Cleveland Heights High School, however, are going beyond all of that. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Cleveland Heights cosmetology students experience a different kind of beauty -- that of giving," 4 May 2018 New Jersey hair braiders are declaring victory after lawmakers last week recognized a 17-year push to no longer require African braiders to shell out $18,000 and 1,200 hours in cosmetology school in order to operate a business. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Families of Cosmo DiNardo murder victims speak out, Pa. to pay $2M to fight teacher shortage | Morning Newsletter," 13 July 2018 The cosmetology building will include retail and salon space to support an existing campus program that provides hair care to the community. Priscella Vega,, "Golden West College construction projects aim to build a future of ‘innovation and invention’," 4 July 2018 Monroe is conversant in everything from quantum mechanics to evolution to cosmetology, and then can connect it all to the state of uncertainty that art museums across the country are currently facing. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of cosmetology

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cosmetology

French cosmétologie, from cosmétique cosmetic (from English cosmetic) + -logie -logy

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English Language Learners Definition of cosmetology

: the job or skill of giving beauty treatments to women by washing and cutting hair, applying makeup, etc.


cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy | \ -jē \
plural cosmetologies

Medical Definition of cosmetology 

: the cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair, and nails

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