COS 181: Haircutting

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2023
Credits: 8.5
Total Contact Hours: 240
Lecture Hours : 120
Lab Hours: 120
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 240
Total Student Learning Hours: 480
Prerequisite: COS 141.
Transferable to CSU: No
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

A continuation of the theory of professional haircutting techniques and procedures introduced in COS 141. Lectures, demonstrations and practical experience in the following areas: women's haircutting, men's haircutting and clipper cutting. 120 lecture hours, 120 lab hours.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate and perform advanced haircutting techniques using haircutting tools--shears, razor, clippers and texturizing shears.
  • Practice safety, sanitation and disinfection procedures for electrical and non-electrical equipment.
  • Effectively translate the various forms of haircutting: solid, uniform, increase layer, graduated and combination form, into more complex haircuts and designs.
  • Interpret and identify various haircutting techniques by observation and through written form.
  • Design and comprehend advanced haircutting texturizing techniques.
  • Identify complex haircuts by demonstrating and modeling through audio visual/live demonstration.

Major Course Content

Health and Safety

  1. Infection control
  2. Draping
  3. Tools and product
  4. Disinfecting procedures

Haircutting Tools

  1. Shears
  2. Razor
  3. Texturizing Shears
  4. Clippers
  5. Disinfecting tools
  6. Consumer safety 

Haircut Shapes

  1. Solid
  2. Increase-layer
  3. Graduated
  4. Uniform-layer
  5. Fades
  6. Combination


  1. Blunt
  2. Notch
  3. Slide-cut
  4. Point-cut
  5. Effilating/Slithering
  6. Channeling
  7. Over-comb Technique

Women's & Men's Haircutting

  1. Long length haircutting 
  2. Medium length haircutting
  3. Short length haircutting
  4. Clipper cutting


  1. Client protection
  2. Tools
  3. Personal protection
  4. Equipment maintenance

Lab Content

Haircutting Analysis

  1. Analyze and differentiate advanced haircutting shapes
  2. Demonstrate and apply advanced techniques
  3. Identify and apply various tools

Haircutting Tools

  1. Demonstrate techniques using advanced haircutting and texturizing tools
  2. Shears
  3. Razor
  4. Texturizing Shears
  5. Clippers
  6. Trimmers
  7. Over-Comb Technique


  1. Long length haircutting
  2. Medium length haircutting
  3. Short length haircutting
  4. Clipper cut


  1. Recognize and differentiate hair variations

Client Interaction

  1. Practice interpersonal skills
  2. Business trends


  1. Practice techniques with higher expectations
  2. Demonstrate and execute professional work ethics

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Behind the Chair Modern Salon

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Write a one page description of a graduated form. Provide a narrative with a completed haircut and multiple design procedure criteria including head forms showing mapping of partings, sections, texture techniques.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Prepare an audio visual demonstration of a haircut.

Instruction Type(s)

Lab, Lecture, Online Education Lab, Online Education Lecture