Stop the deregulation of Cosmetology, Barbering, and other related fields.
  • Petitioned South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

Stop the deregulation of Cosmetology, Barbering, and other related fields.

    1. Spencer Barnhart
    2. Petition by

      Spencer Barnhart

      summerville, SC

On March 8, 2013 stakeholders in the Department of Licensing, Labor, and Registration (LLR) received an e-mail asking for public opinion on Governor Nikki Haley's proposed task force for regulatory review. The Task Force's mission is to "develop a report that evaluates South Carolina's current regulatory burdens on all sizes and types of businesses in South Carolina and proposes recommendations to relieve these burdens"
In shorter terms, they want to know what boards and regulatory procedures are just making it harder for SC citizens to obtain jobs, start businesses, and stimulate our economy.

Unfortunately, this does include the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology and South Carolina Board of Barbering. Boards whose sole purpose is to enforce certain licensing requirements for Cosmetologists, Barbers, and salons.
Cosmetologists are required in South Carolina to have a minimum of 1500 clocked hours or about 1 year of schooling in the art of not only hair, skin, and nails, but in ; client safety, sanitation/infection control procedures, physiology, myology, anatomy, and countless other sciences. To obtain a SC Cosmetology license after you complete these required courses you must also complete a written theory exam and practical exam which test your knowledge of cutting, coloring, blood spill containment, skincare, and nail care. We are also required to complete 12 hours of continuing education every 2 years to maintain up to date knowledge on all practices. A very tedious though extremely necessary process.

Cosmetologists and Barbers take pride in our work and education. If Governor Nikki Haley goes through with this proposed "deregulation" this will allow anyone to work with caustic chemicals and potentially hurt a client or themselves, and call themselves a cosmetologist or barber. As a group we need a governing body to regulate the way we operate daily to protect our consumers.
Not only will deregulating our industry devalue our work, allow just about anyone to practice cosmetology, but how many people will have to be exposed to potential injuries, infections, and malpractice before we realize that sometimes you really do "get what you pay for".

We propose to Governor Nikki Haley that we keep our Board of Cosmetology and Barbering. To not only protect ourselves, but most importantly to protect the very people that we work on every single day. Our system of checks and balances works.
And we ask that you truly think about your consumers first and foremost.

I ask that each and every stylist not only in South Carolina but all over sign this petition to unite us against deregulation. Let's continue to keep our clients safe and our work of value.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
Stop the deregulation of Cosmetology, Barbering, and other related fields.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. The first step is simply public awareness

      Spencer Barnhart
      Petition Organizer
      West Ashley cosmetologist fighting to keep her industry regulated

      In February, an executive order by Gov. Nikki Haley created the Governor's Regulatory Review Task Force, tasked with proposing ways to deregulate South Carolina businesses. Now a local cosmetologist has started a petition on to keep her industry regulated, collecting nearly 500 signatures in two weeks.

    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • DeBora Hyman FLORENCE, SC
      • 6 months ago

      I'm a current cosmetology student and since I've been at school I've learn so many things that I didn't know. Sanitation is extremely important when it comes to hair skin and nails and it determines life or death or even an outbreak

    • Gloria Hines DARLINGTON, SC
      • 7 months ago

      I went to school for my training and i paid for my continous training.

    • melissa bonner CHAPIN, SC
      • 7 months ago


    • Samantha Burnett LEXINGTON, SC
      • 7 months ago

      Im a cosmetology student

    • Renita Royal FLORENCE, SC
      • 7 months ago

      I have been in this business over 20 years and i know first hand the danger and damage that comes with corrupting clients hair and scalp...I have many clients coming in where some inexperienced cosmetologist did not take the time nor had knowledge to perfect the damage that was cause to the client hair and scalp. I feel everyone that is not knowledgeable of chemical or products should not be licensed to apply chemicals.. We depend on our laws and the governors in office to protect us as well as our clients. Would you allow doctors to perform procedures on you without a license?


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