Have you heard? To save money, law makers across the country are looking into reducing government regulation and occupational licensing deregulation. What does that mean for cosmetology? Some states are looking into eliminating cosmetology license and education requirements for stylists, nail technicians, estheticians, etc. So a person without proper training could be performing chemical services and other complex services in a salon!
Why should you be concerned? Here are just a few of our concerns in no particular order:
Concern 1: Safety
Without formal knowledge and training, an unlicensed stylist could put him/herself and clients at risk. Particularly for stylists behind-the-chair, stylists must understand ergonomics, so that they can properly care for their muscles and bodies to ensure a long, thriving career. They must know how to properly handle their tools and equipment like scissors and clippers to protect themselves and their clients (like knowing how to hold a comb to protect someone’s ear while cutting or check for moles and skin growths before performing a short haircut to prevent cutting someone). These are things that a trained stylist would learn.
Then there is the fact that cosmetologists need to understand a lot of chemistry. As far as safety is concerned, they must know what they can and can’t mix together. They need to know what could cause a chemical burn to someone’s skin, a fire, a bad chemical reaction, what could melt someone’s hair, etc.
Concern 2: Sanitation
Without formal knowledge and training, an unlicensed stylist would not understand or be motivated to follow proper sanitation procedures. Poor sanitation procedures can cause the spread of contagious diseases, staph infections, and other health issues. There would be no one holding salons or service providers accountable.
Concern 3: Lowered Service Standards
There is no guarantee that an unlicensed stylist would understand how to conduct a thorough and proper client consultation prior to performing a service. Trained, licensed stylists understand questions to ask related to hair history, client lifestyle, client likes and dislikes, client’s styling habits, client’s anticipated maintenance routine, etc. The accumulation of this kind of information helps guarantee a satisfied client who loves their ending hair, skin, or nail results. Additionally, stylists would not have a baseline for performance standards in order to ensure consistent quality of work.
What Should You Do?
Be aware of what legislation could affect your region and speak up if there are bills proposed to deregulate or delicense cosmetology or barbering. Use your voice to show support for your local salon businesses, cosmetology professionals, and cosmetology schools.
Considering a Career in Cosmetology?
Research and enroll in a cosmetology school that will hold you to standards of excellence. We are proud of our Loudoun county Virginia cosmetology school, Alure Hair Academy, which employs a staff of professionals with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry cumulatively. We consider our cosmetology school to be one of the best in the area because besides our years of experience, we 1) ensure smaller class sizes so students receive individualized attention to truly achieve their best work, and 2) have one of the most affordable tuitions available for aspiring cosmetologists.
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