• Personal Care Services or Cosmetology


  • What is this program all about?

    This program will help shape students' ability to create and design using hair, skin and nails as a creative medium.  In a true-to-life salon environment, students will learn theories and techniques in hair cutting and styling, manicures, perms, facials, as well as record keeping and business practices for entrepreneurs.

  • Courses & Credits

    Introduction to Personal Care Services

    Course Description: This course introduces both fundamental theory and practices of the personal care professions including nail technicians, estheticians, barbers, and cosmetologists. Emphasis will be placed on professional practices and safety. Areas addressed in this course include: state rules and regulations, professional image, bacteriology, decontamination and infection control, chemistry fundamentals, safety, Hazardous Duty Standards Act compliance, and anatomy and physiology. Students will experience basic hands on skills in each area to help them determine the pathway they are most interested in pursuing. By completing courses in the personal care services pathways, students can potentially earn credit toward the hours required by the Georgia State Board of Barbering and/or Cosmetology or hours toward their license as an esthetician or nail technician. Pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.

    Cosmetology Services II

    Course Description: After exploring the different areas of Personal Care Services in the introduction course, students may choose to pursue further training in cosmetology services. This course as well as additional advanced cosmetology courses is aligned with the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology requirements and licensure, and with the Technical College System of Georgia. This course is designed to enhance the understanding of anatomy of the skin and hair relating to the Cosmetology Industry. Students will master shampooing, permanent waving, haircutting, basic skin care, and make-up application while maintaining safety and sanitation in the workplace set forth by OSHA standards. The prerequisite for this course is Introduction to Personal Care Services.

    Cosmetology Services III

    Course Description: This course will cover haircutting, hair color, and relaxers. Both theory and practical work will be implemented for students to have basic entry level skills in the field of cosmetology. Safety and infection control will be applied throughout this course. Professional work ethics, communication skills, critical thinking skills, soft skills and professional image will be utilized during this course. This course aligns to the regulations and requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology. The prerequisites for the course are Introduction to Personal Care Services and Cosmetology Services II.

    Embedded Credit: Science

  • Instructors

    Ms. Browder
    Ms. Latoya Browder

    • Licensed Cosmetologist
    • Certified Teacher
    • Bachelor of Science: Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction
    • Certified Lash Technician
    • Hair Stylist, Make up Artist and Beauty Consultant

    ​Cosmetology is my passion! I love the industry and am forever growing and learning. I received my Bachelor Degree in 2005 at Illinois State University and immediately went into the classroom. Next on my journey I ventured into Corporate America where I worked as an Auto Claim Representative at State Farm Insurance for 10 years. I always loved teaching and I never stopped doing hair and make up. In 2017 I had the pleasure of merging two careers I adored most, Cosmetology and Teaching. I now work for GCPS as a Cosmetology Teacher here at Maxwell High School and anticipate being here for a long time. I do it for the student's! I aspire to teach them everything I know of this industry, as well as how to be productive citizen's in society. I believe in encouraging people down a path they love and enjoy, that is my mission as a Cosmetology Teacher.

    Mrs. Loyd
    Mrs. Janice Loyd

    Mrs. Loyd is a licensed Cosmetologist and licensed instructor of Cosmetology. She owned and operated a salon in Tennessee prior to her teaching career. She has been a Licensed Cosmetologist for over 38 years and an instructor for 26 years. In 1992 she began her teaching profession at DeKalb Technical College at the Clarkston campus and taught there for six years. She taught at Lanier Technical College in Gainesville for one year. Mrs. Loyd was hired as a Cosmetology instructor at Maxwell High School of Technology in 1998 and enjoys helping students in their transition from secondary to postsecondary education.  Mrs. Loyd studied at Georgia State University in Atlanta and obtained a teaching certificate for secondary education in cosmetology.

    Mrs. Loyd is an advisor for SkillsUSA at Maxwell High School, she has mentored many students for state and national competitions, and also has chaired the state SkillsUSA Nail Care competition. As a periodic secretary for the Maxwell Cosmetology Advisory Committee she stays in constant contact with local salon owners and cosmetology schools who, in turn, provide support for classroom instruction and competitions. Mrs. Loyd also participated in developing the state curriculum currently being taught in cosmetology.

    Mrs. Loyd enjoys taking students to hair shows and competitions including the International Hair Symposium in New York City. She has accompanied students to National SKILLSUSA competition where student placed 1st in Esthetics and qualified to compete in World Competition July 2015. Two other students also competed in both hair and nail competitions and placed 15th and 22nd in the nation. Since then many students have placed in both Region and State SkillsUSA hair, nail and esthetics competitions.

    Awards and recognition: Maxwell High School Teacher of the Year 2013-2014.

    Mrs. Smith
    Mrs. Cathy Smith

    Hair Professional since 1995 and Teacher since 1996 while maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the hair care industry and business operations.


    • 2013 - Masters Degree in Education
    • 2010 – Bachelors of Business Management, Shorter University
    • 2005 – NTI – Undergraduate in Education, Georgia State University
    • 1997 – Diploma: Cosmetology Teacher Training, Gwinnett Tech
    • 1995 – Diploma: Cosmetology, Gwinnett Tech


    • SkillsUSA advisor , Region Site Manager and Region Chair
    • Cosmetology Advisor member
    • 2009 Technology Teacher of the year
    • ​2015 Maxwell Teacher of the Year

  • Certifications & Partnerships


    • ​Kuene Academy by Salon124
    • Paul Mitchell Esani
    • Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta
    • Georgia Institute of Cosmetology
    • Pamela Hogan Institute of Cosmetology and Esthetics
    • Gwinnett Technical College