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Cosmetology, Esthetics, & Nail Technology

 Photo of student performing hair cut  Welcome

Welcome to Trident Technical College Cosmetology!  If you like to help others look and feel their best, then a career in Cosmetology awaits you. The knowledge acquired at Trident will follow wherever life leads you.  

Job opportunities for Cosmetologists, Estheticians and Nail Technicians are excellent.  Nationally, more than 700,000 jobs are predicted to be available through the year 2014. Cosmetology is virtually recession proof! After all, hair and nails will always grow and tastes and fashion change from year to year.

   At Trident Technical College you will find:

  • small class size
  • hands-on training providing valuable experience
  • dedicated and caring instructors
  • a positive, energetic environment
  • professional products used in clinics and labs

Degrees, Diploma and Certificates

Click on the links below to see the curriculum display for each of these areas.

Associate Degree 



In addition to fulfilling the 1,500 clock hours mandated by the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology, TTC's Cosmetology program is strengthened by general edudcation courses in communications, math and psychology.






 Cosmetology NOW OFFERED at night!  Please contact Orby Cotton  (843-899-8088) for more information.
 Esthetics NOW AVAILABLE at Berkeley & Palmer campuses!
 Nail Technology NOW AVAILABLE at Berkeley & Palmer campuses!
 TTC offers three certificate programs in :




Nail Technology

Curriculum Overviews

The Cosmetology 4-semester day program\ or 6-semester night program prepares you for the professional world.  Our curriculum includes:

  • hairshaping, hairdesign, styling
  • braiding
  • haircoloring
  • permanent waving
  • straightening
  • skin care, makeup
  • waxing
  • manicuring, pedicuring
  • salon management
  • state board preparation

The Esthetics program offers a 2-semester day or a 3-semester evening choice.  The curriculum includes:

  • facials with and without machines
  • waxing and tweezing
  • makeup
  • aromatherapy
  • peels
  • custom ingredient blending
  • business & people skills
  • state board preparation

Nail Technology -  In one semester, the program offers:

  • manicuring & pedicuring
  • tip applications
  • silk, linen & fiberglass wraps
  • acrylic
  • gels
  • nail art
  • spa & massage techniques
  • proper sanitation
  • business & people skills
  • state board preparation


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