PHOTOSTORY: Cosmetology


For many, Santa Monica College is an institution where their primary objective is to get an AA degree and transfer to a four-year university. They will sit behind a desk jotting notes down while mindlessly listening to professor after professor lecture. However, the students in the SMC Cosmetology department learn in a different sort of way.

Tucked away in the SMC Business Building, the cosmetology department has their own on-campus salon that’s open to the public. The salon is the cosmetology’s version of a classroom. The students are able to perform salon services on real people while still under the supervision and direction of their instructors. Any member of the community has open access to come and receive a variety of services from students looking to hone their skills. Services offered range from hair styling, coloring and shaping, manicures, waxing, make-up application and several other services that can be found online. Being a “test subject” is not a free duty; however, the salon is beyond reasonably priced. For students and seniors, wild valid I.D., are entitled to a discount of ten percent. For instance, only a haircut and shampoo runs eleven dollars prior to any discounts.

So if you are looking for a DJ Khaled beard trim, the frosted tips of Ricky Martin or smooth waxed legs like an Olympic swimmer all with a college student’s price range, maybe the SMC Cosmetology Salon is the place for you.