Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 20]
Action Reduction in License Display Requirements
Stage Fast-Track
Comment Period Ended on 1/22/2020
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1/9/20  5:10 pm
Commenter: Kelsey Gable, Sugar and Skin Spa

Display of License Regulation

As a Licensed Master Esthetician And Licensed Cosmetologist, I strongly believe that removing the regulation for an apprentice to disclose the fact they are an apprentice, is harmful and misleading to the public. Speaking from experience being a former Cosmetology apprentice, some clients did not want services from apprentices due to the lack of knowledge and experience of a licensed professional. If the regulation results in the public being unaware they are being treated by an apprentice, this could result in unhappy clients, and public distrust of beauty professionals in general. This could also put the public at risk considering all licensed professionals have been tested to ensure they are implementing proper sanitation and techniques in their practice, whereas apprentices must continue to be guided and taught how to do so. This could not only harm the public but also tarnish the career of the apprentice, and other employees at that specific business. I also see this as an opportunity for business’s to hire people that are not capable of performing services safely at a cheaper rate, which would in turn hinder employment opportunities for those that are fully licensed and capable. Keeping this information from the public is simply unethical. 

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