cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌkäz-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce cosmetology (audio) \

Definition of cosmetology

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

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Aside from the careers with the most demand for teachers, CTECS is looking for candidates trained in cosmetology, culinary, environmental technology, information technology and automotive, among other fields. Abigail Brone,, "Job fair encourages skilled workers to consider career in teaching at technical schools," 2 July 2019 The cosmetology schools spend 1,600 hours teaching us how to destroy our hair. Alexa Díaz,, "California set to be first state to protect black people from natural hair discrimination," 27 June 2019 Her kids, now 11 and 15, are enjoying their new school and Gabriela was able to apply for a loan and attend cosmetology school this year. Abigail Abrams, Time, "President Trump Wants to Dramatically Limit People Seeking Asylum in the U.S.," 12 June 2019 At the time, Josh was bouncing in and out of jobs, and Susan left her job in cosmetology to work as a broker at Wells Fargo. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Susan Cox Powell's Sister Reveals What She Believes Really Happened to Her," 4 May 2019 When the 26-year-old Cleveland woman succeeded, finally, in passing her state cosmetology exams, a group of eight former strangers threw her a surprise celebration, complete with balloons and a cake. Emily Bamforth,, "Open Table creates support families for former foster youth," 19 Jan. 2018 Surveys have found that 60 percent of salon workers who work with hair dyes, bleaches, and permanent wave solutions suffer from skin conditions, such as dermatitis on their hands, starting as far back as cosmetology school training. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 Virginia College had locations in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville and Montgomery, offering courses in cosmetology, health care, criminal justice and other trades. William Thornton |,, "Former Virginia College students suing over closure," 4 June 2019 Supporters say the focus on existing job openings makes more sense than the earlier approach, which trained students in skills like cosmetology or culinary arts regardless of demand. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Vocational Training Is Back as Firms Pair With High Schools to Groom Workers," 13 Aug. 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

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


cos·​me·​tol·​o·​gy | \ -jē How to pronounce cosmetology (audio) \
plural cosmetologies

Medical Definition of cosmetology

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

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