New Hair Design License in Washington State?
There is a new bill that is currently being proposed in Olympia to introduce a new type of Cosmetology License. It is referred to as House Bill 2512. It contains a few different proposals, but one of the most notable proposal is it will introduce a “Hair Design” License. This new license would be a hybrid of the current barbering license and cosmetology license. It will consist of 1400 hours and will cover everything in cosmetology less the skin and nails. Another way you could describe it is a barbering license that includes chemical applications.
The language that is being introduce for this new license is key. In its current definition in the bill, “Hair design” means the practice of arranging, dressing, cutting, trimming, styling, extensions, weaving, shampooing, permanent waving, chemical relaxing, straightening, curling, bleaching, lightening, coloring, mustache and beard design, and massage of the scalp.”
There are both proponents and opponents to the bill. Proponents support it because it will allow people to choose what they want to do; they are not forced to go an extended amount of school to cover areas that they don’t have an interest in. It would shorten it up by 200 hours, roughly a 4-6 weeks of schooling. Opponents share that the Cosmetology license in its current form has truly served the public and the professional. An additional 4-6 weeks of school makes the Cosmetologist more well rounded and also allows more transferability for our stylist when they move to different states.
I haven’t yet made up my mind and would love to hear your thoughts! Write them below!