With a new generation of Hawaii cosmetologist entering the profession, the state’s first cosmetological school was opened on February 9.
The opening of the school was hailed by Hawaii’s leading medical groups, who said the university’s new program would serve as a blueprint for the country as it seeks to establish a new model for the cosmetical profession.
“Hawaii is looking to create an ecosystem that will help establish a cosmetics profession that is open to the whole community,” said Chris Ketchum, president of the Hawaii Medical Association.
The University of Hawaii has long been a centre of Hawaiian cosmology, a branch of medicine that deals with the study of the bodies of the dead.
“In the past, the profession has been dominated by male cosmeticians,” said Dr. Ramiro Rodriguez, who founded the school in 1972 and now serves as a board member.
“It was a very male-dominated profession.”
The new program is the first of its kind in Hawaii.
The first school opened in the state in 2002, with about 2,000 students enrolled.
In the past two years, the school has welcomed more than 6,000 new students, including more than 400 women.
“The goal is to have 10,000 to 20,000 in the next two years,” said Ms Ketcham.
The university said that although it is open 24 hours a day, students who work from home and students on their own will be supervised by faculty.
The school has a total of nine full-time faculty members, as well as a small team of part-time instructors.
The students are expected to spend up to 30 hours a week learning and working on cosmetometry.
The school has the largest number of cosmetos in the world, with over 400 in the U.S.
A large proportion of students will take a post-graduate course, but the school also has a pilot program that allows students to earn a certification through a pre-existing training program.
The program, known as the Cosmetology Certification Program, has received international recognition and recognition in other countries.
In 2014, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles was recognized as the world’s best student cosmetographer, with a composite score of 17.6.
At the school, cosmeters will also learn about the importance of teamwork and will have the opportunity to practise on their feet, on a chair, in a chairlift, and with a cane.
“If they can, they can be on the road with their hands on their hips,” Ms Kemptum said.
In the future, the university will aim to create a “cosmetics industry” to support the growth of the profession.
This is not the first time the university has set up a school in Hawaii: in 2016, the city’s first school for cosmetic students opened in Kona.
The state has more than 5,000 cosmetologies, with more than 1,000 licensed cosmetologues, and more than 20,500 students studying cosmetomy, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and pharmacy-related fields.
In January, the US Senate passed legislation that would establish a national school for the study and certification of cosmologists, with the aim of opening up a new field for Hawaii’s economy.
“We’ve been waiting for a moment to do something that will bring more people into this profession,” Ms Rodriguez said.