Cosmetology studio


Hairdresser, Cosmetologist 

Median earnings


Projected job growth to 2024

+13% (National)
+12% (Michigan) 

About the career

Graduates are employed as cosmetologists, skin care specialists, stylists, salon managers/owners, nail technicians, education specialists, manufacturer’s representatives, makeup artists, and retail specialists.  While many graduates accept positions in beauty salons or barber shops, others work in department stores, drug and cosmetic stores, and educational facilities.  They will have a profession that is easily transportable and needed by most of the population.. 

What you'll learn

choose to work in a specific area of the cosmetology field, or advance their training to become a cosmetology instructor.  Students in the cosmetology program will receive a combination of classroom and laboratory work, with opportunities to practice their skills on mannequins and actual customers in the campus salon/studio.  Students will learn hair shaping, hair coloring, chemical texturizing, design, and artistic principles.  Additional subjects include: artificial nails, bacteriology, decontamination, infection control, manicures, and pedicures.

NMU Programs

Two-year certificate (64 credits)
Prepares graduates for employment as professional cosmetologists, performing work as a cosmetologist, manicurist, esthetician, and natural hair culturist

One-semester certificate (18 credits)
Cosmetology instructor
Receive training about the Michigan laws governing the cosmetology profession, teaching techniques, record keeping, and administration of a school of cosmetology.

One-semester certificate (16 credits)
Provides skills in the study of the skin as it pertains to the head, face, and neck.

One-semester certificate (16 credits)
Specialize in the study and care of hands and feet.


Learn in a beautiful, state-of-the-art studio

NMU’s Jacobetti Complex Cosmetology Studio, which consists of two salons and a lobby area to greet patrons, recently underwent a $200,000 renovation. Fresh flooring, bright white walls and sixteen new stations and comfortable customer chairs create a welcoming space. Massaging pedicure chairs are available as well. Students benefit from video cameras and large screen televisions that allow them to better observe hands-on instruction and techniques. 


Denise Hudson,, (906) 227-2386,

The NMU Cosmetology Salon is open to the general public for hair styling, manicures, facials, perms, coloring, waxing and nails. Call 227-2383 to schedule your appointment Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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