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.