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NO! To Ohio Senate Bill 129 and Ohio House Bill 189 Decreasing Cosmetology Education

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Concurrent bills in the Ohio Legislature seek to reduce cosmetology education and eliminate some licenses. 

  • Cosmetology license education reduced from 1500 clock hours to 1000 clock hours
  • Esthetics (skincare) license education reduced from 600 clock hours to 300 clock hours
  • Manicuring license education reduced from 300 clock hours to 100 clock hours
  • All advanced license education eliminated. Advanced licenses are optional. Why eliminate them? 
  • Allow a licensed barber to become a cometologist with only 200 clock hours of education, reduced from 1000 clock hours 

Proponents of these bills are nationally franchised haircutting chains that we believe have over-sold franchises and now face a labor shortage. Solution: reduce education to provide employees faster. This is a national movement, with similar legislation currently in Texas. Utah recently  passed similar legislation, however, Governor Butch Otter vetoed the bill, citing lack of industry wide input or due regard for the health, safety and welfare of the public. 

These bills are devastating to women-owned small businesses which do not have the resources to effectively train new employees to a level necessary for professional salon services. 

The bills return eyelash extension services to "boutique" status,  no education required. 

These bills will create poorly trained licensees that will 1., be driven to national chains offering education that should have and could have taken place in cosmetology school, or 2., be forced to accept a position in a large regional chain that requires a strong non-compete agreement. 

Cosmetology is a women-dominated business, that is under attack by corporate haircutting only chains.  


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