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Cosmetology Department


The world around us is an exciting place of color, shape and beauty. In the cosmetology department at Santa Monica College, we bring this beauty to reality. We welcome you to join our program where you can obtain the education to succeed in the cosmetology, skin care and nail care industries. These well established programs will prepare you for a professional career, a career change or advancement in your existing career.

We offer a variety of classes to help you obtain that goal you have been dreaming about. Note that to enter classes, students must have a valid transcript and registration. Also, all NEW Cosmetology students MUST attend a mandatory orientation. Orientations occur at 3:30pm on select dates (see below) and are held in the Business Building in Room 143/B.

Upcoming New Student Orientations

May 8​
July 24
September 25
November 13

Our program prepares you to take the state board examination for a:

  • Cosmetology License (1,600 hours)
  • Skin Care License (600 hours)
  • Nail Care License (400 hours)

We also have a cosmetology teacher's training program. Santa Monica College also offers an AA degree in cosmetology.

High school students in the 11th and 12th grade may begin this program concurrently with the high school program when approved by the high school principal.

Information regarding the cosmetology program is available in the cosmetology department and through the SMC website.

Career Options

The cosmetology career is an exciting one and may lead you to a career of being a platform artist, educator, stylist, colorist, salon owner, sales representative, makeup artist, work in the television and movie industries, on cruise ships and many other wonderful professions.

There are many careers available for the cosmetologist: stylist, esthetician, manicurist, educator, colorist, salon owner, salon manager, sales representative, makeup artist.

Dear Students & Employers,

Please click on the link below to go to the Jobs4U website which provides services for SMC Students, Alumni & Employers. You may search for jobs or internships through this website.

Programs of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Salon Hours & Price List

Salon is CLOSED on Mondays

Tuesday - Friday
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Attention Clients: To ensure there is enough time to complete services, NO chemical processes will start after 2pm.


Contact Info

Business Building Room 143

Front Desk (Reception)
(310) 434-4292

Debbie Perret
Department Chair

Helen LeDonne
Academic Advising
(310) 434-4906

Ray Valdiviezo
Back Office
(310)​ 434-4294

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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