UNION COUNTY — Beginning this school year, Union County High School juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take a course which would give them a professional license upon completion.
For the first time since the late 1980s, Union County High School will offer a cosmetology course. The course will be held in the school’s new cosmetology lab, located in the UCHS Berry Building, and after two years, students will be licensed cosmetologists upon high school graduation.
The course instructor will be Amy Cash. Cash is from Cowpens, and she began teaching cosmetology in 2001. Cash has taught at the Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology in Spartanburg. Cash said she took the same type of class she will teach after she graduated high school in 1995. Cash said she is very excited about the introduction of the UCHS cosmetology program.
“I’m anxious to get students in here to see the work behind this whole thing,” Cash said.
Cash turned a salon chair so that it was in line with the rest as she mentioned preparing the school’s cosmetology lab throughout the month of July. She said she had cleaned the lab and ordered supplies, and a representative from the state board came in to inspect last week.
The lab has salon chairs, back-wash shampoo bowls (which allow students to stand directly behind the chair while they wash someone’s hair), a manicure/pedicure area, a front desk area, and a dispensary room with chemicals and gels. The class will use Matrix as its professional product line.
Each student who takes the course will receive mannequin heads for practice as well as a kit including shears, a curling iron, a flat iron and a mannequin hand. They will also use Milady standard text books, which Cash said cover “everything hair, skin and nails.”
“I’m looking forward to being able to educate students so they can have a career when they graduate high school,” Cash said. “They can start careers with salaries at around $30,000-40,000.”
Cash said the class will work on live people, but the timing will depend on students’ progress.
“Whether it’s a manicure, pedicure, eyebrow wax or makeup, I want them to have touched a live human being before Christmas,” Cash said about her first class.
Cash said cosmetology is a hands-on profession, and so will be the class.
“You don’t know it until you touch it,” she said.
Cash said she has been fascinated with cosmetology since accompanying her “Mamaw” on salon visits, and she has an aunt and a sister-in-law who are in the hair industry.
“You get to make people look good and feel better about themselves when no one else can,” she said.
Cash said she looks forward to building the program and giving students the opportunity to succeed.