Priority Legislative & Administrative Actions Tracked by IACS


Rep. Margo McDermed


Amends the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act of 1985. Provides that the continuing education requirement for cosmetologists does not apply to a licensee who is 70 years or older and has been licensed as a cosmetologist for at least 25 years.

Comment: In 2015, Public Act 99-427 was the result of comprehensive negotiations among cosmetology industry groups that led to unanimous passage through the legislature and approval by the Governor. One of the issues addressed was continuing education and the recognition in the industry that it should be applicable to all licensed cosmetologists.

While conventional chemicals are still used in the industry, new versions of products and manufacturers regularly enter the market, which may directly impact how a product should be used. For example, clay-based bleaches used for hair painting techniques cannot be placed in foil packets similar to other bleaches because too much heat will be produced, possibly causing over-processing. Keratin smoothing treatments are another example of products being used today that require education on proper use because the formaldehyde content differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, which affects the age of the client who can receive the service.


Rep. Allen Skillicorn

Under Review

Amends the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Hair Braiding, and Nail Technology Act of 1985. Changes the short title to the Barber, Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Nail Technology Act of 1985 and changes corresponding references to the Act throughout the statutes. Repeals provisions concerning hair braiding licenses, and removes references to licensed hair braiding throughout the Act. Effective immediately.

Comment: The originating hair braiding licensure provisions are from Public Act 96-1246 . For more detailed background of legislative intent, click here, for the House transcript from the day the 2010 legislation passed the House, see pages 122-136.

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