Cosmetology Program Offers Discounted Services to the Public
CNM Cosmetology students get in-depth, hands-on experience as well as thorough state board exams preparation.

Cosmetology Program Offers Discounted Services to the Public

CNM’s Suncat Salon is open to the public and offers a variety of cosmetology services, including hair, facial and nail services.
March 07, 2019

The fourth-term students in CNM’s Cosmetology Program are preparing for their final test before graduation, a public ‘hair show’ where they will demonstrate the technical skills they’ve learned on clients.

"They will be able to demonstrate their skillsets in hair and makeup on real clients,” says Christina Hernandez, part-time instructor in the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety. “This demonstration gives them the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in a professional salon.”

CNM recently relocated the Suncat Salon, a student-run cosmetology lab, to Richard R. Barr Hall on Montoya Campus from the South Valley Campus. The salon is open to the public and offers a variety of cosmetology services including, hair, skin and nail services at discounted prices.

Christina says the Cosmetology Program offers more than just an education in technical skills. She says that the program focuses heavily on preparing students for their state board exams.

First-year student Megan Farmer says that the in-depth board exam prep is part of why she chose CNM’s Cosmetology Program over other private institutes. She says that the vast curriculum of CNM’s program is allowing her to be versatile with her skillset while preparing her for a professional environment.

“I’ve heard that other private institutions really aren’t educating their students on the importance of the state boards,” says Megan. “Here at CNM, we go over every cosmetology board exam and we get tested like five times before the actual test. I’m confident that when the time comes, I will pass the exams and become a licensed cosmetologist.”


Megan says that affordability and one-on-one time with instructors are additional advantages to CNM’s program. 

“It’s less expensive than other schools and the instructors really go out of their way to make sure you understand everything and if you don’t, they will work with you, individually, which I really like,” says Megan. “I know that I am getting a quality education here because I am always engaged and actually learning new things every day.”

Julian Luna, first year student in the Cosmetology Program, wants to be a barber when he graduates, and he says that having a wide scope of cosmetology skills will make him more appealing to a larger customer base.

“I don’t just want to be a one-trick pony,” he says. “I want to be a jack of all trades in this field and learning how to do manicures and facials will definitely boost my ability to market myself to a diverse clientele.”

The upcoming hair show will take place on April 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Suncat Salon in the RB Hall on Montoya Campus.  For more information on the hair show, contact Christina Hernandez at

Learn more about CNM’s Cosmetology Program.