Lone Star College-North Harris is innovating its cosmetology program through its partnership with world-renowned beauty brand CHI. The college’s relationship with CHI will expand possibilities for its cosmetology students and alumni by granting them access to opportunities unavailable anywhere else in the country.
The new CHI Lone Star College-North Harris School of Cosmetology welcomed its first students to the facility this past January. The building, which is adjacent to the CHI manufacturing plant, will grant students direct access to one of the world’s most successful beauty product brands, allowing them to build more lucrative careers upon graduation.
Achieving top-tier incomes in cosmetology involves a complex, multifaceted approach, explained LSC-North Harris President, Dr. Steve Head, “It’s about understanding beauty as a broad spectrum: academic, scientific, and artistic; and also understanding the business side through customer relations and sales techniques.”
“Education is at the heart of our company’s success and innovation,” added Basim Shami—Farouk Systems CEO. “By partnering with LSC-North Harris, we are uniting one of the largest academic institutions with our internationally-renowned brand to create a new generation of schools. Our students will be mentored by celebrity stylists and award-winning platform artists, giving them the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the industry’s largest beauty shows, gain hands-on experience preparing looks for photo shoots, and working backstage at nationally televised events including Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.”
Farouk Shami, the founder and president of Farouk Systems and the CHI Brand, is qualified to run a beauty products company. As a hairdresser himself, he relocated his manufacturing operations from overseas to Houston. “We plan to continue growing here locally,” said Basim Shami. “Similar to the college, our company has a deep connection with the surrounding community, and this partnership exemplifies our shared commitment to investing in the success of those who live here.”
The crux of the program is learning that cosmetology is not just about the techniques of the craft, it’s about knowing how to operate in the larger economy. “This is truly a business model,” said Dr. Head. “The students will go to hair shows with CHI. They’re going to be taught the business side—how to run a business, because [Farouk Shami] has been so successful in really creating the brand and the products, with a billion dollars a year in sales.”
When people consider going to school, one of the first questions on their minds is whether they will be able to find a job that matches and respects their newly attained skillset. “The end goal here is to get them jobs when they come out,” added Dr. Head. “We envision this as a model that will replicate at different locations across the country.” The partnership between Lone Star College-North Harris and CHI is a revolutionary approach to high-end cosmetology education and a beacon of opportunity for those in Houston and the surrounding area.
The CHI Lone Star College-North Harris School of Cosmetology is currently accepting applications for new students.