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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There are dozens of fields of study in fields including: graphic design, bridal consulting, cosmetology, surgical technology, personal training, massage therapy, dental hygiene, video game design and much more. Teen Vogue, "What To Do After High School: 9 Things To Do Besides College," 4 Apr. 2019 While attending high school, Detroit-born-and-bred Ross enrolled in cosmetology school, practicing hairstyles on herself as well as taking neighbors as clients. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy 75th Birthday, Diana Ross! The Pop Icon’s Best Beauty Looks of All Time," 26 Mar. 2019 Emails and phone messages seeking comment from the state board of cosmetology and the bureau of professional and occupational affairs were left. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Suit: Drop ‘good moral character’ cosmetologist requirement," 12 Dec. 2018 Lowell cosmetology curriculum falls short of what the state requires, so licenses are not issued upon release., "Makeup in Lockup: Beauty, Power, & Danger in Women's Prisons," 2 June 2018 Lauren and Millie, both 13, met the couple at the center's cosmetology studio, handing white roses to the duchess upon arrival. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Reveals Baby Secrets as She Brings Magic Touch to Royal Day Out," 14 Jan. 2019 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

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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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