Raiders Salon gives students hands-on experience in cosmetology

The Raiders Salon is open for business on the Taft High School campus. Cosmetology students are offering their services to the community on Monday afternoons by appointment only.

It’s the second year cosmetology has been offered at Taft, and with newly-renovated lab space, they’re equipped to offer professional services at reasonable prices ranging from haircuts and hair color to manicures, pedicures, and facials.

Students have at least 100 hours of training before working on actual clients and they are supervised by their instructor. When they reach 1,000 hours, they’ll be able to take an exam and become licensed in cosmetology.

“For me the highlight is to see students implement what they’ve learned in the classroom and put it into practice,” says Dalila Lopez, Taft Cosmetology Instructor. “It’s an opportunity for those with a passion to get experience. We’re getting a lot of feedback from our community that they want to support students and help them go out in the field.”

Senior Nella Gonzalez says she works with one or two clients in a typical afternoon and appreciates the hands-on experience.

“It really is different to work with a real client after training on mannequins which have no emotion and can’t give me feedback,” Gonzalez says. “It’s also nice to get to know them as we’re working.”

Lucy De La Rosa heard about the Raiders Salon on the news and made an appointment for a manicure and pedicure. She promised to promote the program with her friends at a senior citizen center.

“This is a great opportunity for these students,” De La Rosa says. “It’s what I wanted to do many years ago – go to beauty school. I admire these girls and the school for allowing the public to come in and give them practice.”

Holmes and Jay high schools also offer cosmetology courses and the Raiders Salon was modeled after programs they have in place that provide practical experience.

Northside Career and Technical Education programs, like cosmetology, offer students advanced career training in more than 25 different fields.

“Cosmetology expands my options and has motivated me to consider it as a career,” Gonzalez says. “I really respect my teacher because she puts in the effort to make sure we know what we’re doing and can be successful like she is.”

To learn more and book an appointment, call 210-397-5986 and refer to their flyer of services.