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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1/10/20  5:50 pm
Commenter: Stacy Hamrick

Please keep this requirement.

If this proposed new regulation is set forth, the damage/health risk to any future client will be greatly increased. I understand wanting to save businesses money but to take away a clients free will and choice on who can provide a service to them (because, let's be honest, they will be going into any of these services completely unaware that they are being performed by an apprentice) is not only wrong, but seems unethical. I know as a previous student, every client I had was a learning experience and I was not always perfect with my recommendations or treatment. Luckily, I've never hurt a client but just imagine someone performing an aggressive peel on a client without having the proper education. Sure, you may know the steps but to understand why you are doing what you're doing and if it's in the best interest of this client, makes all the difference with obtaining a successful outcome and not causing harm. Imagine having that type of experience in the 'real world' where lawsuits and horrible reviews can end a career or these small businesses. Where you can literally cause serious damage because you didn't understand or know proper technique and safety set forth by the regulating body that the state of Virginia sets forth for licensed individuals.  These owners are essentially paying minimum wage to the apprentice while charging their clients a premium for a service that should be performed by a licensed professional or master Esthetician.  Which in turn, would lead a client to believe they are receiving treatment from knowledgable and licensed individuals. 

It just appears to be a very slippery slope in which more harm than good could come from it. Bottom line, everyone has a right to make the best decisions for themselves based on all the information provided. Removing the law that require the display and removal of ID badge seems not only misleading but deceitful.

Thank you for your time in reading my opinions on this subject. 


Stacy Hamrick

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