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School of Beauty
Trend Setters first opened its doors in June of 1972. Dennis and Connie Millhouse made their dream a reality with the best beauty school in Alaska. 45 years later, Trend Setters is still a family owned and operated business.
Trend Setters has two professional salons as well, one in the Dimond Center and the other in Eagle River. There has been more top hairstylists graduate from Trend Setters than from anywhere else in Alaska.
When you decide to work with Trend Setters School of Beauty, you will be getting so much more out of your learning experience. Check out all of the amazing opportunities we provide to our students below.
Classes start approximately every five weeks. During a year, the school will start 10 classes. Please contact the school for the dates of the next available class. We do limit the sizes of classes to insure the quality of instruction.
The Hairdressing course is a combination of two sub-courses: Cosmetology I and Cosmetology II.
Cosmetology I prepares the student with basic skills that will be sharpened in the following course. During Cosmetolgoy II, we try to simulate a real salon as closely as possible. This means that our students work very hard and go beyond many of the minimum requirements of the State of Alaska.
Students are expected to treat attendance at school as if it were a job. Attendance of 40 hours per week is mandatory.
The Hairdressing Course prepares graduates to take the Alaska State Board Exam. After passing this exam, they are then qualified to work as a licensed hairdresser in the State of Alaska. They may cut hair, perform hair styling, perming, coloring, and facial waxing.
Approximately 350 Hours
Cosmetology I teaches the basic skills of Hairdressing. Topics include, but are not limited to, men's and women's haircuts, permanent waving, tints, bleaches, and haircoloring. Theory and application is taught on these subjects. Application is done mainly on mannequins during this course.
Students enrolled in Cos. I are encouraged to bring in friends and relatives for free haircuts and permanents so that the student can get as much "live experience" as possible. Instructors will inform students as to the times that friends or relatives can be brought in for work. The only charge for these services is for the chemicals used in perms and colors.
Cosmetology I classes are conducted Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:00 AM. to 5:30 PM. Attendance for these days are mandatory.
Approximately 1,300 Hours
Cosmetology II expands on Cosmetology I in all phases of cosmetology. Work is done mainly on the public in the school salon. Combined with Cos. I, this course allows the student to fulfill all the requirements necessary to take the State of Alaska Hairdressing Examination. Students graduating in good standing receive a diploma from Trend Setters.
Cosmetology II students may request a different schedule from several available. Students completing Cos. I should inquire as to openings in the different schedules. All schedules will contain a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Students are evaluated by the instructors on an informal basis with regard to practical work. The instructor will generally make on the spot corrections to the work that the student is performing.
There are 3 requirements for acceptance at Trend Setters:
All potential students are interviewed to determine if the student is serious about attending and finishing the program. We will be looking for a serious, motivated, goal oriented attitude in the prospective student. The interviewer will decide if the student will be accepted at the conclusion of the interview. It is an informal yet informative process for both the student and interviewer.
Know Your Options
The second requirement is a request that you investigate the other schools in Anchorage before making the decision to attend Trend Setters. Give serious consideration to this request as you would for any other professional school. We prefer an incoming student that has made an informed decision to attend Trend Setters.
Enrollment Form & Deposit
A 150.00 dollar deposit, $75 of which is non-refundable, along with the enrollment form. This fee is to hold your place in the class. This fee will be applied towards tuition and is included in the total amount.
Tuition at Trend Setters is broken down as follows:
Tuition Cos I & II $6,400
Books, Equipment, & Permit $2,100
There is a $150 deposit due at the time of enrollment, $75 of which is non-refundable. This fee will be applied towards tuition. The enrollment fee is already included in the $8,500 total.
The tuition may be paid by using the Alaska Student Loan, if you meet all the requirements of the Loan Program. A tuition payment plan is available for those not using the Alaska Supplemental Education Loan, the Alaska Family Education Loan, or other funding agencies. Otherwise, tuition is payable on the first day of class.
Please see the available payment plan.
The Alaska Supplemental Education Loan and the Alaska Family Education Loan Program are the financial aid available at Trend Setters. For information about these Loan Programs, contact either Trend Setters or the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education in Anchorage. This is commonly known as the Alaska Student Loan.
If needed, a student may use both loans and/or the scholarship. The ASELP is borrowed on behalf of the student and the AFFLP is borrowed on behalf of a family member for the student.
For more information about any of the Loan Programs and/or the Alaska Performance Scholarship visit http://acpe.alaska.gov or call their customer service line at 800.441.2962
Trend Setters is a VA approved school and eligible to accept any VA Education Benefits including the GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill, & MYCAA (specifically for military spouses).
We also accept aid from any Private, State, or Tribal Organizations that offer funding for state authorized, vocational schools.
In-State Transfer Students:
For in-state transfer students, the State of Alaska should be contacted by the student to mail Trend Setters the previous hours and credits earned from the prior school.
Out-of-State Transfer Students:
For out-of-state transfer students, the student should contact the State from which they previously went to school. That State should then mail to The State of Alaska: Board of Barbers and Hairdressers the hours and credits they have. The State of Alaska will then compare the curriculum and decide how many hours are equivalent. At that time the student should contact the State of Alaska and have them mail a copy of the accepted hours and credits to Trend Setters.
An evaluation will be done for each transfer student. From this a decision will be made as to where the student will be placed.
Generally, tuition for transfer students is $700 per month; For as long as it takes them to finish. Depending on what supplies the student already has, additional supplies may need to be purchased as well.
$125.00 will be required if a new State of Alaska permit is issued. If you have a current state permit and only need a duplicate, the cost is $5.00
If the student has a very small amount of hours the student may start in the beginning Cosmetology I course if determined it is needed. At this point, the full $8500 will be charged.
For all transfer students, the Rules and Regulations of Trend Setters School of Beauty apply.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Any haircut $10
Beard trim $5
Conditioning treatment $20+
Brow wax $15
Lip wax $10
Flat Iron $25+
Cap highlights $35+
Foil highlights $75+
Permanent wave $50+
Hours of Operation
Mon: 9:30am- 6:00pm
Tue: 9am - 8pm
Wed: 11pm - 8pm
Thurs: 9pm - 8pm
Fri: 9pm - 8pm
Sat: 9pm - 6pm
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407 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503
907.274.4247 or 907.274.7150