CHI Lone Star College-North Harris School of Cosmetology Officially Opens for Classes

Farouk Systems celebrated the grand opening of the CHI Lone Star College-North Harris School of Cosmetology on Friday, December 6 at the new state-of-the-art facility located on Richie Rd. in Houston, TX.

The CHI Lone Star College-North Harris School of Cosmetology offers Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations approved cosmetology, esthetics and cosmetology instructor programs.  Students in each of these certificate programs may also be awarded an associate degree by completing a selection of core academic classes available at Lone Star College-North Harris.

The event kicked-off with a ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches delivered by Mr. Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems; Basim Shami, CEO of Farouk Systems; Dr. Steve Head, president of LSC-North Harris; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Houston Mayor Tem Ed Gonzalez.   Attendees included a number of public officials, Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady, the Houston Texans cheerleaders, executives from both Farouk Systems and LSC-North Harris, and local salon owners and stylists.

The facility will welcome its first students beginning in January of 2014. Previously, students in the cosmetology program, which launched this past January, have attended classes in specially-designed instructional space at the CHI manufacturing plant, adjacent to the site of the newly-constructed building.

This class of students, who will be graduating this month, showcased their talent in a runway show featuring creative up-styles that astonished the crowd.  Over the past year these students were given the opportunity to style backstage for multiple beauty industry trade shows mentored by Farouk Systems educators.  They styled for Fashion Houston and were mentored by Dennis Clendennen, as well as for local beauty competitions mentored by CHI Creative Artist Anna Cantu. For this event, Farouk Systems Global Board Members, Patrick Kalle and Maurice Den Exter, flew in from Holland to help prepare the young artists for their final student showcase.   

"Education is the heart of our company and by partnering with Lone Star we are uniting with one of the largest institutions of academics to create a new generation of schools.  The success of this program has been demonstrated today on this stage by these incredibly talented students who are now ready to start their careers as professional hairdressers.  Although these students have successfully completed the program, our journey with them is far from over.  We have invested in these students and will continue to support them throughout their careers," said Basim Shami. 

"Cosmetology is a huge industry, but finding success requires more than just knowing the latest styles and trends. It requires being a professional and understanding business," said Dr. Steve Head, president of LSC-North Harris. "Partnering with CHI gives our students the advantage of learning these skills directly from a global leader."

The new venture will capitalize on the world-renowned products and methods of Farouk Systems, along with the college expertise in education and training. Graduates will be prepared to work in the most sought-after industry positions, and have an invaluable understanding of both client service and the manufacturing process. It will also have a strong emphasis on student career placement assistance, drawing on Farouk Systems' large network of affiliated salons and industry contacts.

The CHI LSC-North Harris School of Cosmetology offers programs leading to certificates in cosmetology, esthetics, and instruction, with both part-time and full-time options available. Prospective students can request additional information by calling 281.618.1169, or by visiting LoneStar.edu/CHIschool to begin the application process.

About Farouk Systems, Inc.
Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston-based company that manufactures high quality professional hair care products.  The company's major brands include CHI® and BioSilk®.  Farouk Systems was founded in 1986 by Farouk Shami with the mission of 'Education, Environment and Ethics' and now has more than 2,000 employees and product distribution in over 100 countries worldwide.  For more information visit www.farouk.com and like us on facebook.com/farouksystems.

About Lone Star College
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.