DMC offers free manicure in exchange for nonperishable goods

The Del Mar College Cosmetology Program will be hosting Guest Day on at the Windward Campus for cosmetology students to gain hands-on experience in the field.

All services are free in exchange for donations of nonperishable food items.

“Students can invite family and friends to provide services for, and all we ask is for donations that will be donated to the Coastal Bend Food Bank,” said Sandra Shelton-Flinn, assistant professor of cosmetology.

Students gain practical experience by working on clients during client days, which include women, children and men.

“I like how it feels when people love the way they look and it was created by your own hands,” said cosmetology major Megan Daniels. “I take pride in what I do, and I find a lot of peace in helping others.”

Cosmetology is the study and application of beauty treatments that include hair styling, skincare, nail care and makeup application. Students in the program learn skills in all areas throughout the semester. In the Cosmetology Certificate Program at Del Mar College, students study a range of basic services, including haircutting and styling techniques, skincare, nail application and hair treatments.

To become licensed cosmetologists, students need to complete all the necessary practical skills and 1,000 clock hours within three semesters, as required by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Students must complete a total of 344 clock hours each semester and adhere to the sequential order of course listing in the Cosmetology Certificate Program.

“You come into the program wanting to focus on one thing, but you’re shown a broad scale of skills, so you end up liking other materials as well,” said cosmetology major Emily Lopez.

Students learn about the latest trends and techniques in the beauty industry and gain practical experience by working with real clients under the guidance of licensed instructors. After completing their training, graduates must pass a state licensing exam to become licensed cosmetologists and work in the field.

“We’ve had really good teachers who put in the effort to show us what we’re supposed to be learning in the proper way,” said cosmetology major Gabriela Villarreal. “They not only help us in the class, but they give us personal life stories and advice, as well as an inside view of what working in the industry is like.”

Guest Day will be held from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4-5 at the Del Mar College Windward Campus in the Flato Building. For more information, contact Shelton-Flinn at 361-698-1799.

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