beauty professionals deserve
States force beauty professionals to spend too much time and money at traditional cosmetology schools before they can earn a dime. Many go into debt, waste time learning what they don’t need to know or already know, or are left dissatisfied with their program. There’s no denying that beauty professionals deserve more flexible training options that cater to their specific needs.
There are alternative ways to regulate the industry that cost artists far less money and time, while still protecting health and safety.
We want to help make it less costly to work in beauty—and we want to know what you think. Are there ways to improve the industry? Tell us, and we’ll send you a free beauty gift!
It’s not Fair That Beauty Professionals must spend…
Aspiring beauty professionals spend, on average, $16,000 to attend state-required cosmetology school. And after spending all this money, many still have to get additional training because their school didn’t teach them what they needed to learn.
Students often go into a lot of student loan debt to afford school. But programs rarely graduate students on time, delaying—or even blocking—aspiring beauty professionals’ entry into the workforce, and increasing their debt burden.
States require up to 2,100 hours of cosmetology school. Students have reported that they spend much of the practical instruction time standing around, waiting for clients. A former student told The New York Times, “I would say probably 60 percent of our time was sitting around waiting […] I was literally just waiting. I had to finish my clock hours.”
And while in school, students usually must provide services to paying customers—and not earn a dime.
The school profits twice: from the student’s tuition, and the paying customers.
it’s 2023: it doesn’t make sense to require beauty artists to spend so much time in traditional, lengthy, costly programs, when there are so many othER, more affordable training options. but many cosmetology schools lobby to keep hour requirements high – because they profit off of every hour you pay for.
states can free beauty artists to
design their own careers,
save money and time, and start working and hiring.
Beauty professionals face steeper and more costly licensing requirements than many other fields.
The United Kingdom and 12 members of the EU don’t require licensing for beauty professionals at all.
The UK has “voluntary certification,” which allows beauty professionals to decide which credentials they want to pursue. If they want to call themselves a “State Registered Hairdresser,” they have to meet certain requirements; but they don’t have to do this in order to provide services.
Some states make it easier to provide beauty services.
Required hours of schooling differ state to state, even though beauty services don’t. Some states allow services that don’t involve chemicals to be performed without having to go to cosmetology school first.
Some states allow beauty professionals to:
without getting a cosmetology license first.
Hear from beauty professionals who have benefited from changes to laws
Beauty professionals deserve more options and flexibility.
Not everyone wants to use chemicals or engage in all the cosmetology skills: some beauty professionals only want to provide narrow services.
The beauty industry runs on
uniqueness & creativity,
but these laws are stifling it.
We want To Hear From You.
We’ve worked alongside talented artists across the country to change these laws. We want to hear from you about your experience with the beauty industry to see if we can help.
Beauty, Not Barriers is an initiative of the Institute for Justice, a non-profit organization that works alongside beauty professionals and other workers nationwide to change laws that make it hard to earn a living. So often, state laws require way too much to work in an occupation—like expensive training that can teach things that are not necessary.