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How to measure Hair Length on a Cosmetology Mannequin Head
Cosmetology mannequin heads can be quite expensive, and you may find it difficult to figure out what makes the price vary between one model and another. In the previous section, we discussed hair types and quality levels. The type and quality of hair is the first factor that impacts the cost of a mannequin. The second most important cost factor is the hair length. Since hair length is such an important factor in pricing a mannequin, it is important to understand how they are measured. Not everyone measures the same way.

HAIR LENGTH Hair length is typically measured from crown to ends. The crown is located on the top of the head, toward the back. By placing your measuring tape on the crown and dragging it down all the way to the tip of the hair in the back, you get the overall crown to ends measure.

The second most popular way to measure hair is from the hairline (at the forehead), down to ends. There is about 3 inches length between the hairline and the crown, so it’s important to find out how the vendor measures the hair.

The crown to ends method is widely used and accepted, so naturally it is also the most common.

Now length alone is not enough to understand what you are getting, because hair is often layered.

LAYERS Almost all mannequins have layered hair. A layered hairstyle simply means that shorter hair is blended in with longer hair. If you look at the following illustration, you see that hair from the top do not necessarily extend all the way to the bottom.

If a mannequin is made with hair grafts of the same length all around the head, you end up with dramatic layers around the whole head. So typically the mannequin is made with longer hair at the top and shorter hair in the back and at the nape.

This produces a more natural layering effect. If you find a mannequin that is described as “one length”, it means there are no layers. These hairstyles are also referred to as a “blunt cut”. Non-layered mannequins are not common.

EFFECTIVE 7/1/2020:

Candidates MUST use only DISINFECTING WIPES during the practical exams.

Spray disinfectants will not NOT be permitted.


NIC(the developer of the exam) realizes that supplies such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and antiseptic are limited or unavailable and that this may have an impact on testing. NIC has authorized all of our test centers to accept anything that is the "best attempt" or "simulated product" of these supplies. Any candidate that does not have proper hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and/or antiseptic, they will not be deducted points on a temporary basis.

If you are unable to get disinfecting wipes you can simulate this and you will not be deducted points. You can simulate disinfectant wipes by using wet paper towels in a plastic, ziplock-type bag. You will want to make sure to still print off the manufacturer's label and put it on the bag as though there are real disinfectant wipes inside, and you will use them just as though they are disinfectant wipes.

Please note, during these temporary grading procedures, spray disinfectants are still NOT permitted.

Hand sanitizer can also be simulated. You can bring a bottle labeled "hand sanitizer" and you can fill it with whatever simulated product you want (water, lotion, etc.) and then just use it or you can pretend to use it as though it is actual hand sanitizer.

Antiseptic may also be simulated.

These are temporary grading procedures. Please check our website prior to your exam to confirm these temporary grading procedures are still in effect. We will post an update 1-week prior to the expiration of these grading procedures.

All candidates are required to wear a face mask for their practical and written examinations. If you show up to your scheduled examination without a face mask you will NOT be permitted to test and you will be required to reschedule and repay.

For states that require models: Models will also be required to wear a mask. If your model is not wearing a mask they will not be permitted into the exam. Please refer to the Candidate Handbook/CIB for information regarding whether your state requires models.
AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools)
Background & History Founded in 1924, we are a national, non-profit association open to all privately owned schools of cosmetology arts & sciences. Our membership in comprised of cosmetology, skin, nail, barbering and massage schools.

AACS specializes in updating members with information about new teaching methods, current industry events and Washington, DC updates. We do this through a series of seminars, conferences and conventions held throughout the year. Most of all, AACS members act as a family, often helping each other with addressing problems facing beauty education. This “networking” is often listed as the most important benefit to membership.

For those schools that participate in Title IV funding, AACS lobbies Congress and the Department of Education aggressively to protect the interests of private career schools. AACS is your representative in Washington, DC.

Core values we believe in Integrity Being passionate and determined Humanitarian Outreach Embracing Diversity Members First through Empowerment Preserving educational choice Fostering a sense of community Creative learning Changing Lives
National Interstate Council
Promote the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the professional workforce by actively pursuing excellence in cosmetology and related fields.

Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP)
Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP) is the largest association in the nation for skin care professionals. ASCP is dedicated to helping estheticians succeed by providing the tools and resources they need to reach their career goals. Members receive business marketing tools, liability insurance, education and exclusive member discounts, subscription to Modern Salon magazine, all included at an affordable membership fee. ASCP is the esthetician’s partner in success and looks forward to helping future professionals like you today! Phone: 800-789-0411
Associated Hair Professionals (AHP)
You NEED this! Associated Hair Professionals (AHP) is the only association of its kind for beauty professionals. AHP is dedicated to helping hair stylists and barbers succeed by providing the tools and resources they need to reach their career goals. Members receive business marketing tools, liability insurance, education and exclusive member discounts, subscription to Modern Salon Magazine, all included at an affordable membership fee. AHP is your partner in success and we look forward to helping future professionals like you today! Phone: 800-575-4642
FROMM International

Everyday products for the All-American girl, Diane®essentials have been a staple in the industry for decades. A full range of products ensures amazing styling results. Thermal round brushes for the perfect blow-out, ceramic self-grip thermal rollers for soft beach waves, French hair pins for the just-so updo—Diane has it all to get the hottest looks in beauty.
Associated Nail Professionals (ANP)
You NEED this! Associated Nail Professionals (ANP) is the only association of its kind geared specifically for nail professionals. ANP is dedicated to helping nail artists succeed by providing the necessary business tools and resources they need to reach career goals. Members receive business marketing tools, liability insurance, a free website, a subscription to Nails or Viet Salon magazine, education and exclusive member discounts, all included at an affordable membership fee. ANP is your partner in success and we look forward to helping professionals like you! Phone:888-716-2727
CaviCide and CaviCide1™ family are ready-to-use liquid sprays. CaviWipes™ and CaviWipes1™ are surface wipes that are easy-to-use, sturdy, durable, and won’t bunch up during use. These intermediate-level disinfectants are designed for everyday use, and can help reduce healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
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