What Are Cosmetology Violations?

Those who practice any type of cosmetology are licensed and regulated by state boards in every state in the U.S. This is true for hair dressers, manicurists, estheticians, colorists and any other cosmetology specialty. Each state board has inspectors which visit salons in their area unannounced in order to ensure that the cosmetologists are compliant with the current health and safety regulations in the industry.

Understanding  Cosmetology Violations

Cosmetology violations can result in fines, and even losing your license. Because of this, and because they protect the health of both the cosmetologist and the customer, they are especially important to avoid.

Inspections for Cosmetology Violations

Inspections for cosmetology violations include confirming all employees are licensed by the state board, checking that the salon has a business license, and making sure that all health regulations are being followed. The rules and regulations can vary from state to state, but there are some which are consistent in most areas. These are among the most important rules, because they are the ones that most greatly influence health and safety for you and your clients.

Equipment Requirement

All states require that salons and their equipment be kept clean and in good repair. When an inspector looks at the cleanliness and condition of the salon, he or she will check the floors, walls, furniture and fixtures. When it comes to equipment, they will look at everything from washing sinks to hair dryers to combs.

All non-electrical instruments must be cleaned by fully immersing them in a disinfectant that kills bacteria, fungi and viruses. Then, the instruments must be stored according to code. Clean instruments are stored in a clean, covered container while soiled items are kept in a clearly-labeled receptacle until they can be disinfected.

Other items and surfaces in the salon must be cleaned with antibacterial soap and water regularly. Shampoo bowls, wax pots, manicure tables, chairs and other items that come into direct contact with the client must be disinfected between each use.

Licensing Requirement for Workers

Lastly, everyone who works in a salon providing services to clients must be licensed by the state board. This is to ensure every customer receives high quality and safe services. To make sure this is the case, most states have a rule that licenses must be current, and must be displayed openly in a conspicuous location in the salon.

How We Can Help

While there are many rules and regulations when it comes to earning and keeping your state board license in cosmetology, they become easier when you are well-trained to follow these protocols correctly.

In cosmetology school, beauticians and other cosmetologists learn the reasons behind these rules, and why they are so important. If you are interested in beginning your cosmetology education, contact us at Evergreen Beauty College for more information.

Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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