Topics covered by "Milady Standard Cosmetology, 13th Edition" include general career advice, such as opportunities, creating a brand image and developing life skills, as well as more specific practical information on subjects such as wigs and hair extensions, the principles and practices of infection control, preparing for licensure and employment and the application of light cured gels. Topics are supplemented by images and the range of information is intended to prepare cosmetology students for their licensure examinations.
There are 32 chapters in the textbook, nine of which are devoted to hair. These are:
- Properties of the Hair and Scalp
- Principles of Hair Design
- Scalp Care, Shampooing, and Conditioning
- Braiding and Braid Extensions
- Wigs and Hair Additions
- Chemical Texture Services
- Hair Removal
There are also chapters on facials and makeup, skin structure and nutrition and skin disorders. Chapters on nails and nail care include:
- Nail Tips and Wraps
- Monomer Liquid and Polymer Powder Nail Enhancements
- Nail Structure and Growth
- Nail Disorders and Diseases
Each chapter begins with learning objectives to help readers to contextualize the subjects as they read. At the end of each chapter is a glossary and pronunciation guide. The textbook also accommodates left-handed readers by providing directions and visual aids for left-handed procedures.