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Beauty Professionals Should Be Licensed, According to U.S. Voters

Posted on: May 16th, 2013 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

Licensed Hairstylist Applying Hair CurlersRegulation and licensure of beauty professionals is a vital component to keeping the field professional, as well as safe and protected for the consumer. Many states are pushing for deregulation of industries, and the cosmetology professions are no exception. The stated goal of deregulation is to increase employment in the field and competition among providers. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth rate of at least 14-18% in the cosmetology professions by the year 2020.

In an effort to determine the mood of consumers regarding regulation and licensing of the beauty professions, the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) conducted a national poll in December 2012. The study was completed online immediately following the election of November 2012, and involved 1202 Americans who voted in the 2012 presidential election. The margin of error for the study was +/- 2.83%, which places the confidence level in the results at 95% or more.

The results of the poll were overwhelming: 94% of U.S. voters studied supported requiring beauty professional licensing and regulation. The main reason cited for this support was the need to protect the public from health issues, and to improve the quality and safety of the beauty industries.

The respondents generally did not understand the connection between public health issues and beauty licensing prior to the poll. However, when informed of the issues, 67% agreed the connection was important. 80% of voters studied knew beauty professionals attend a school to receive their license. They were less likely to know this training includes preventing disease and identifying health issues. Eighty-two percent (82%) of the respondents felt deregulation would negatively affect safety and quality in the beauty industry. Education, licensing, regulation and continuing professional education give standards and accountability to practitioners and businesses for cleanliness, sanitation and safety.

The study is highly valuable in that it identifies what messages are important to convey to beauty professionals and consumers. The most compelling message in favor of continued licensure and regulation is that of sanitation and public health. This message showed consensus among voters of all ages and political affiliations.

The PBA has launched a campaign among its members to increase pride in the profession and to reinforce the need for licensing and regulation. Called the “I Am” campaign, it encourages beauty professionals to share their pride in their profession. Beauty professionals should share the message of what licensing means and why it is important. They receive information and resources about the effects deregulation would have on the supply chain within the beauty industry. Manufacturers, distributors, salon business owners and the licensed beauty professionals would all be affected.

However, the consumers would be the ones carrying the most risk if beauty professionals were no longer required to be accountable to a licensing board. The state boards regulating cosmetology and other beauty professions have a consumer complaint resolution process, salon and business inspectors, professional testing requirements and oversight of operators within the professions. These all help protect consumers from negligent and unsanitary practices, untrained operators and shady business practices. Without regulation and licensure, beauty operators would no longer be required to attend a beauty school or pass exams to prove their skills. Obtaining beauty services would be completely at the risk of the consumer.

States Should Create Shorter Licenses for Specialized Cosmetology Trades

Posted on: June 18th, 2012 by Heather No Comments

Hair Braiding LicenseToday’s job market requires certain skills to enter into the field of cosmetology. The same concept holds true when it comes to specialties within the beauty field, such as hair braiding or eyelash extensions. However, those who are interested in doing nothing but hair braiding are currently required to complete an entire cosmetology program. Throughout the duration of the program, these students are learning information and honing skills that they will never use in the course of their career, ranging from hair and nails to makeup and skin care. While these are great for someone interested in a career as a cosmetologist, if all you want to do is braid ethnic hair or do weaves or perform eyelash extensions or thread hair, this is an excessive cost and time investment for no reason.

States like Illinois are unweaving the tight regulations regarding hair braiders. The laws in Illinois once deemed it necessary for anyone working with hair to complete a 1500-hour cosmetology program. Since hair braiders generally only offer braiding, and not coloring or cutting, these students were spending more time and money than necessary to enter into the field.  No doubt many hair braiders opted not to bother. When the Illinois State Board of Cosmetology decided that hair braiders could practice their trade without taking a 1,500 cosmetology course, it made a wise decision to promote small businesses in the community. Now, hair braiders are able to practice their craft without fear of violating the law or having to pay thousands of dollars for unrelated coursework. Now, hair braiders can get down to business sooner, and with an educational background dealing with skills they will actually need.

Not only is taking an overabundance of classes and learning material you do not need a waste of time, it is also a huge waste of money, since the cost of a hair braiding class is much less than that of a cosmetology school program. Many states currently impose restrictions on the cosmetology niches that a person may practice. These regulations require a person to go through the full-length and full-price process of obtaining a cosmetology license in order to do only hair braiding or another niche area of cosmetology. For women and men who want to start their own small business in hair braiding, eyelash extensions, hair threading, or other beauty specialties, these regulations pose obstacles that prevent them from opening and operating their small businesses.

Fortunately, states like Illinois are beginning to understand an easy way to fix the problem. Instead of imposing burdensome regulations on individuals who practice hair braiding, they are deciding to create shorter licensing requirements for these individuals. In Illinois, a 300-hour course is now required for people who wish to practice hair braiding as their sole craft. Even better, those who have practiced hair braiding for years will be able to continue practicing by applying for the new license with work experience. The only caveat is that these people must apply for the license before the end of 2012. Otherwise, they will have to take the 300-hour course like everyone else.

Other states have also imposed a similar requirement. States like South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, New York, Florida, Virginia and Texas now give people the opportunity to obtain the short license for practicing niche beauty services. These states realize that forcing people to take 1,500 to 2,000 hour courses can be counterproductive to building up their communities’ economies. Instead, shorter licensing requirements for niche services allow everyone to improve the cosmetology industry in their own way and obtain the funds they need to make a living. Fostering small beauty businesses, such as hair braiding or eyelash extension shops, or the hair threading shops often seen at mall kiosks, also motivates other people in the community to start their own businesses.

Due to the current requirements imposed on hair braiders, those with small shops or little home-based businesses are being threatened with legal action unless they close their doors or attend cosmetology school. Small businesses are the foundation of a community, and these laws are taking bricks out of the foundation, which can wreak havoc on a community’s economy. Additionally, these small businesses create a domino effect. In other words, when one shop opens, it can lead to another one opening, and then another and you get the picture. In the long run, the shorter license requirements for specialized cosmetology trades are opening the doors for numerous business opportunities that will only keep expanding. A prime example of other businesses sprouting from one business occurred in Washington D.C. with Pamela Ferrell and her husband Talib-Din. The government tried to shut down their business for practicing without the proper licensure. However, Pamela and Talib-Din proved just what the power of one business can do. They have been running strongly for 25 years, and they provide training to numerous men and women over the years. Many of their own clients have even gone on to open their own businesses.

Overall, creating these shorter specialty beauty licenses will give individuals the chance to live out their dreams of performing niche beauty services and opening their own small businesses. People can save money by taking shorter courses at cosmetology schools and start legitimate careers more easily. Cosmetology schools may gain more business from people who otherwise wouldn’t have sought training and licensing. Licensing boards can earn more from licensing fees from people who otherwise would’ve skipped licensing. Communities will thrive with more small businesses. Beauty specialty licenses are a win-win-win-win situation.

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Illinois Creates New Hair Braider License

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by Heather 1 Comment

Professional Hair Braiding in IllinoisRemember when we brought you the news about Illinois tightening their hair-braiding laws back in August 2009? At the time, the Illinois State Board of Cosmetology was requiring a full 1500-hour cosmetology license to work as a professional hair braider. Of course many of us were in an uproar and were hoping for a compromise that allows hair braiders to take a much shorter braiding-specific training course.

Well the verdict is in, folks! According to this article the state of Illinois heard you, and they now allow hair braiders to apply for a new hair braider license!  The law took effect earlier this month, about two years after the initial controversy surfaced.

Even better? Experienced braiders who have been at it for years can apply for a license based on their experience in the field. FYI: This must be done before the end of 2012, so get those applications in! New braiders can get a hair braiding license with 300 hours of classroom and practical training.

We’re really proud of all the folks who stood up for the hair braiders’ cause, and so impressed with the Illinois cosmetology Board for listening to its constituents and accommodating this very important group of beauty professionals. Great work, everyone!

If you are interested in attending a beauty school in Illinois that offers a hair braiding program, search for schools near you and request more information from them to find out from each school whether they offer a 300-hour hair braiding program.

Review of Chris Rock’s “Good Hair”

Posted on: October 27th, 2009 by Beauty Schools Directory No Comments

good-hair-sit-back-and-relaxChris Rock’s three-year-old daughter Lola asked him, “Daddy, why don’t I have good hair?” This launched the comedian headfirst into the topic of ‘good hair’ – commonly thought of as straight, shiny, European-looking locks. This topic has fueled debates within the African American community for generations.

Rock records this search for truth in African American hair culture in Good Hair, a thought-provoking and entertaining documentary produced by HBO Films and directed by Jeff Stilson. Good Hair tackles the topics of texture, hair relaxing, weaves, and the booming financial business of African American hair care to explore the way that hairstyles impact the relationships, lifestyles, health, wallets, and self-esteem of African American women.

It’s a bold topic – how American culture defines beauty, and the lengths that women to which women will go to in order to conform to that standard. As cosmetologists, we have a hand in this. We know how expensive and painful weaves can be. We know that often, women look even more beautiful rockin’ their natural hair than getting it relaxed. But still, African American hair is a big business – with special standards, techniques and training for stylists.

What’s great about Good Hair is that it doesn’t point any fingers or take sides. The film advocates self-love and appreciation, no matter whether women choose natural or relaxed hair.

Have you seen Good Hair? What do you think?

Address-Free Licenses for Florida Barbers and Cosmetologists

Posted on: October 9th, 2009 by Beauty Schools Directory 2 Comments

Florida cosmetology law requires barbers and cosmetologists to post their license and picture where customers can see it.  Until Tuesday, October 6, home addresses were also required to be posted. This change gives cosmetologists and barbers comfort knowing that their personal information is no longer easily accessible to the public.

According to this article, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation says the change wasn’t prompted by any incident or crime – it’s simply a safety precaution. The request for the change was made by representatives of the states nearly 200,000 barbers and cosmetologists.

Many cosmetologists and barbers – especially those with a lot of walk-in business – are relieved with this change. Is your home address listed on your license? If yes, did/does your home address being posted publicly for all to see concern you?

Cosmetologist and Barber Licenses in Florida No Longer Have to Post Home Address

Illinois Tightens Hair Braiding Laws

Posted on: August 20th, 2009 by Heather 16 Comments

hair-braiding-illinois-cosmetology-lawSince 1985, Illinois has maintained that if you want to work in the cosmetology or beauty field, you must have a cosmetology license. In fact, all states require all cosmetologists be licensed to work on hair, nails and skin. But, when you offer such a niche service like hair braiding, that’s where the law becomes a little twisted, at least for some.

According to Illinois law and the Illinois State Board of Cosmetology License Requirements, anyone working with hair must take the required 1,500 hours of cosmetology training. That is putting some tight restrictions on hair braiders. They provide a service that is strictly braiding hair, and normally don’t offer any other service like hair cutting or coloring. However, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation wants hair braiders to be licensed, and not for the reasons you may think.

When a beauty professional is licensed, they are protected by the law when a customer refuses to pay or writes bogus checks. But, it goes a little deeper than that – some believe that hair braiders need to be trained in a few core courses relating to the industry.

The United African Organization would like to see a compromise from the state that allows hair braiders courses only in sanitation and business training, which would be around 300 clocked hours of cosmetology school.

Up on the debate block for the fall is a law that would require hair braiders to complete 300 hours of training, which the courses would focus on blood-borne pathogens, recognizing scalp disease and sanitation practices.

What do you think? Should niche beauty services like hair braiding have specific cosmetology licensing requirements? Tell Beauty Schools Directory your views on this tangled matter.