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Barbercon LA August 2nd, 2020
Hosted by Diego Elizarraras & Leche Styles

Barbercon Austin,TX August 16th, 2020
Hosted by Sofie StayGold Pok & I_Barber_

Barbercon NYC Oct 4th, 2020
Hosted by Marcus Harvey

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Covid-19 Beauty Industry Economic Hardship

  1.  Kristin Snyder started this petition to U.S. Senate and 2 others(PLEASE BE ADVISED: a monetary “donation” after signing this petition goes directly to CHANGE.ORG but does not in any direct way benefit those who I am trying to help)

Federal Aid Package for Cosmetology/Barber/Body Work Industry

Across the country, the need for social distancing has impacted many industries. One industry in particular stands at high risk for both economic catastrophe AND infection, and that is the community of beauty/body services workers- estheticians, cosmetologists, nail technicians, barbers, massage therapists, body workers, tanning salon owners, etc.

Many licensed beauty/body service workers are self-employed, and rely on clients’ appointment fees to pay both business and personal bills. Our families are facing a long list of economic catastrophes: losing our homes, retirements, extreme debt/bankruptcy, inability to provide food for our children and/or pay for much needed health insurance. Cancellations, rescheduled appointments, and loss of child care during this novel coronavirus outbreak {COVID-19} are cause of grave concern to all who work in the beauty business as incomes plummet. Fear, anger and dread are being felt by all as our families begin to understand the monumental cost to help save our nation from the spread of the virus.

There is already no paid time off/sick leave for self-employment, so many are forced to choose between potential bankruptcy or struggling to remain open, which puts the community as a whole at risk for infection. The very nature of our industry is close contact, often in small studio spaces, where despite using our above-average knowledge of sanitation practices, we are exposed to airborne transmission with every possible cough or sneeze from our clientele. Any beauty worker infected with COVID-19 has the ability to transmit the infection quickly to his or her full book of clients on every given day, even before symptoms arise.

The need for an Economic Hardship package is immediate and should include the following;

-Emergency Medicaid Health insurance for those who are uninsured

-$100 billion in government-backed, low interest loans, to help support the the self-employment income that is disappearing


-Equal relief/aid funding of self-employed beauty/ body service workers, as we are not covered under the current proposed relief bills being voted on at the Federal level

We the undersigned plead with our elected officials to hear our warnings and cries for help as we not only see our own economic plight but also the sacrifice of our livelihoods as we struggle to keep our communities healthy.


Kristin Snyder, Salon Owner and Licensed Cosmetologist- Michigan

Mass Barber Regulations


News New Cosmetology & Barbering Regulations Effective June 1, 2019


  • Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering


New regulations for the Board of Registration of Cosmetology and Barbering (“Board”) went into effect on June 1, 2019.  They include significant changes to the Board’s licensing rules and processes. All fees will remain the same for the time being.

An official set of the new regulations is available here:

The following is an overview of the new regulatory changes:

Elimination of Two-Tier Licensing:

  • Two-tier Cosmetology licensing is eliminated. Type-2 Operator licenses have all of the same permissions as a Type-1 Cosmetologist license. Both licenses are referred to as a Cosmetologist license. Type-1 upgrade applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Two-tier Aesthetics licensing is eliminated. Type-7 Aesthetician licenses have all of the same permissions as a Type-6 Aesthetician license.  Both licenses are referred to as an Aesthetician license. Type-6 upgrade applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Two-tier Barber licensing is eliminated.  Apprentice Barber licenses have all of the same permissions as a Master Barber license. Both licenses are referred to as a Barber license. Master Barber applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Supervisory requirements are no longer in effect. Any individual with a valid Cosmetology, Aesthetics, or Barber license can work unsupervised in an appropriately licensed shop.

Discontinuation of Booth Shop and Booth Renter Licenses:

  • Booth Renter and Booth Shop licenses have been eliminated. Salon owners do not need a Booth Renter license to rent chairs to individual licensees. Licensed workers do not need a Booth Shop license to rent a chair.
  • Salons only need to obtain a Type-1 Cosmetology full-service salon license, Type-3 Manicuring salon license and/or a Type-5 Aesthetics salon license, depending on the services being offered. The salon application can be found here:

Out of State Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Manicuring Applications:

600 Hour Aesthetics Programs:

  • On June 1, 2019, the minimum clock hour requirement for Aesthetics programs increased from 300 to 600 hours. Students enrolled in 300 hour programs prior to June 1st can complete their programs and take the licensing examination.  Any student enrolling in an Aesthetics program on or after June 1st must enroll in a 600 hour program.

License Display Rules for Shops:

  • As of June 1, 2019, all licensees working in a shop will have to display their personal Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Manicuring or Barber license in a location in the shop that is visible to the consumer. A copy of the license can be displayed if the licensee has their original license with them in the shop.

Out of Country Cosmetology, Aesthetics and Manicuring Applications:

  • Cosmetology, Aesthetics, or Manicuring license applicants who received their training in other countries may show proof of two years’ work experience to take the licensing examination, and they must pass the written and practical exam. 

Out of Country Barber Applications:

  • Out of Country Barber applicants will now be required to pass both the written and practical exam. Written exams will be offered in both English and Spanish.

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