georgia beauty professionals deserve​


no obstáculos

The Georgia legislature is considering changing the law so that beauty professionals can provide blow-dry styling services (no chemicals or cutting) without first having to spend at least 1,140 hours in cosmetology school. Would this help you?

Georgia requires hair artists to get at least 1,140 hours of training in a traditional cosmetology school before they are ever allowed to earn a penny – regardless of what service they want to provide, their existing skills, or if an apprenticeship would let them start earning sooner.

Cosmetology school is a BIG investment – and beauty professionals have to spend a LOT of money before they are ever allowed to work.

But some states let beauty professionals offer safe, narrow services like blow-dry styling – no chemicals, dyes, or cutting – without first getting a cosmetology license. This has created a lot of opportunity in the industry, for both artists and salon owners.

georgia blow-dry stylists and salon owners:


Do you wish blow-dry styling was exempt from full-service cosmetology licensing requirements?

help us increase opportunities for blow-dry stylists in georgia

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.


prestados para asistir a la escuela de cosmetología

Los aspirantes a profesionales de la belleza invierten, en promedio, $16,000 para asistir a una escuela de cosmetología requerida por el estado. Además, después de gastar todo este dinero, muchos todavía tienen que recibir capacitación adicional porque su escuela no les enseñó lo que necesitaban aprender.

un promedio de

prestados para asistir a la escuela de cosmetología

Los estudiantes a menudo se endeudan mucho con los préstamos estudiantiles para pagar la escuela. Sin embargo, los programas rara vez permiten que los estudiantes se gradúen a tiempo, lo que retrasa o incluso bloquea la entrada de los aspirantes a profesionales de la belleza en el mercado laboral y aumenta la carga de su deuda. 


horas para asistir a la escuela de cosmetología

Georgia requires at least 1,140 hours of cosmetology school – even if an artist only wants to blow-dry style hair, or if a salon owner wants to hire someone to provide these limited services. 

No est justo that beauty professionals face steeper and more costly licensing requirements than many other fields.


Chefs prepare food that is ingested by customers and aren’t required to get a license or go to school. They take a short, simple sanitation course, and the restaurant is subject to inspections. It’s up to the chef whether they want to go to culinary school.  


In Georgia, EMTs – who administer life-saving aid – have to get 150 hours of training to get a license to work. Compare that to at least 1,140 hours to blow-dry style hair. That’s not fair.


Personal trainers aren’t required to have a license. Tattooing is arguably riskier and more invasive than what cosmetologists do, but Georgia does not require a license from the state.

Mientras los aspirantes a profesionales de la belleza están en la escuela,gastando money and en lugar de ganando dinero , los que ejercen otras profesiones aprenden en el trabajo o practican sus oficios mientras se ganan la vida desde el primer día. Y eso no es justo.
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 artists into debt or out of work, or make it hard to hire. 
Beauty professionals deserve flexibility and options, like so many other occupations enjoy—not a one-size-fits-all approach that demands over 1,000 hours of expensive, traditional training, regardless of one’s interests, goals, or background.

Los profesionales de la belleza merecen más opciones y flexibilidad.

Not everyone wants to use chemicals or engage in all the cosmetology skills: some beauty professionals only want to provide narrow services, and some employers want to hire beauty professionals who will provide limited services.  Why should they be forced to first pay for over 1,000 hours to get a full-service license?

  • They may only want to do blow-dry and special event hairstyling.
  • They may have brought an artistic skillset from another country, like threading or braiding.  Fortunately, Georgia already exempts natural hair braiding from cosmetology licensing.
  • They could be single parents, caregivers, military spouses, or of modest means and can’t afford the time or cost of school. The expensive licensing system keeps them from pursuing their dreams or dealing with debt.  
  • And there may be others who want to work in a salon just doing blow-dry styling, but can’t because they are required to get a license.  This can keep out those with disabilities, recent immigrants with language barriers, and other vulnerable groups who may have a difficult time finding work.
Creemos que los profesionales de la belleza merecen algo mejor.

Más información

Institute for Justice es una organización sin fines de lucro que trabaja junto con profesionales de la belleza y otros trabajadores en todo el país para cambiar las leyes que hacen que les sea difícil ganarse la vida. A menudo, las leyes estatales exigen demasiado para trabajar en una profesión, como una capacitación costosa que suele enseñar cosas que no son necesarias.  

  • Existen alternativas a este tipo de leyes que son mejores, de menor costo y menos desafiantes.
  • Las alternativas facilitarían el trabajo en la industria tanto para los profesionales de la belleza existentes como para los aspirantes.  
  • Apoyamos la belleza, la oportunidad, el espíritu empresarial, el profesionalismo y la seguridad. Estamos en contra de los obstáculos.