arizona beauty professionals deserve
Finding and keeping talented beauty professionals can be hard. We want salon owners and managers to have the flexibility to hire and train based on their needs.
We are the Institute for Justice, a non-profit that is working with beauty professionals and salon owners to open opportunities in the industry.
Cosmetology school is a BIG investment, and in Arizona, can require up to 1,500 hours in school. So many beauty professionals are required to take on this burden and debt – even if an apprenticeship or learning from a trusted mentor makes more sense.
If salon owners in Arizona want to be in charge of their own hiring and training, they should be allowed to hire who they want, and not have to wait on the government to grant a license.
The Arizona legislature is considering H.B. 2525, that expands apprenticeships and creates the “Shop and Salon Inspection Program,” which would allow licensed salons to opt-in – if they want – and be able to hire and train beauty professionals without first requiring them to get a cosmetology license. Interested? Please read on and tell us what you think!
the “Shop and Salon Inspection Program” would allow Licensed salons that opt-in to hire and retain the beauty professionals they want – without waiting on the state’s permission.
these salons would still be regulated, but not everyone working there would be. this is just like the restaurant industry. chefs aren’t licensed; instead, the restaurants they work in are licensed and inspected. why aren’t beauty professionals afforded the same opportunities?
arizona salon owners and managers:
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
would you benefit from the “Shop and Salon Inspection Program”?
Please fill out the below form if you have questions or want to support this legislation, and we will reach out with additional information about the bill.
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.
Arizona already exempts blow-dry styling, shampooing, makeup application, threading, and natural hair braiding – let’s expand that opportunity to all aspiring beauty professionals, who would benefit from designing their own pathways in the industry alongside trusted mentors.
It’s not fair that beauty professionals face steeper and more costly licensing requirements than so many other fields.
Beauty, Not Barriers is an initiative of the nonprofit institute for justice, dedicated to uplifting the beauty industry by breaking down barriers that force far too many beauty professionals into debt, out of work, or unable to hire.
Beauty professionals deserve flexibility and options, like so many other occupations enjoy—not a one-size-fits-all approach that demands up to 1,500 hours of expensive training, regardless of one’s interests, goals, or background – or willingness of a salon owner to hire them.
Beauty professionals deserve more options and flexibility.
Arizona already exempts many beauty services from cosmetology licensing, like blow-dry styling, shampooing, makeup application, threading, and natural hair braiding.
The Shop and Salon Inspection Program would fully empower salons to decide who they want to hire and how they want to train them, while being subject to regular inspections to ensure safety standards are being maintained. This is a commonsense next step that will give aspiring beauty professionals and salon owners alike the ability to design their own paths in the industry.
The Institute for Justice is 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.