As a student at The Aveda Institute and future hair professional, I understand the importance in protecting the Iowa Licensing and Regulation laws on the cosmetology industry. It is important that we protect the integrity and value of education in Iowa.
Being licensed in the field of cosmetology is about much more than just styling hair. You must understand the foundations of anatomy, physiology, and chemistry, as well as the Iowa laws and regulations protecting public health and safety of our guests. Iowa is also the forefront when it comes to hands on education. During our required education for licensure, we get much more than just classroom education, we get critical hands on experience that prepares each and every student for the real world hair industry.
Removing these laws and regulations will allow any person, without proper training, to open a hair and/or nail salon and allow them access into distribution stores that currently are only accessible by licensed professionals because of the products that contain chemicals that can be harmful if not used by trained individuals.
I believe in the near future, as we have seen in other states, we are going to see a war waged over regulation on the cosmetology industry in Iowa in the legislature. We must speak up and protect our licenses and our clients. We worked hard for our licenses and must let our representatives in the Iowa House and Sentate know that we must protect the integrity of the industry.
Here are some polls released in wake of the 2012 elections:
More than nine in ten (94%) of 2012 general election voters say they support requiring licenses, including 97% of Democrats, 92% of Republicans, and 92% of independent voters. Voters say that professional licenses protect the public as well as improve quality and safety. While support is very broad, the strongest support is from women, older voters, African Americans, and voters with low household income.
Nearly eight in nine (88%) voters say that requiring a license protects the public either “a lot” or “some”. A majority of voters (54%) believe that state licensing helps protect the public a lot.
So it is our time to speak out for ourselves and our clients in protecting licensing requirements and the value of our education. As a State Captain for the Professional Beauty Association, I am asking for your help in protecting the future of the beauty industry. Sign and support this petiton. I will deliver it to the House and Senate leaders at the beginning of their session in January 2014. Thank you for your time and remember a cosmetologists touches more hearts than hair!